ANGEL_AMBER's SparkPeople Blog ANGEL_AMBER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So Excited!!! Last night I had a great night. The hubby had to work really late and didn't get home until after our son was in bed. I decided to try and get him out of his grumpy mood by simply just being a good wife. So when he got home I asked him how his day was while I cooked us dinner. I think he really needed a vent session. Afterwards, we ate dinner and he was back to being his fun, happy self, cracking jokes with me. See...I thought perhaps he was holding in stuff all week. So I knew he needed ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:06:26 EST Christmas Stress....Let's get rid of it! This week has been a little nutty for me. Trying to get all the last minute Christmas things off my list. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was especially crazy! My daycare provider was off for the day due to medical tests. Therefore, my son would be spending the day at my parents place. This is a longer drive so my morning routine had to change. <BR> <BR> I woke up at the normal time but would only have 30 minutes to work out. I did PiYo Full Body Blast. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:30 EST Gingerbread Houses and Rest! Had a fantastic weekend. Saturday morning I woke up and went to get my hair done. Actually got a lot cut off. It's only just past my shoulders in length now and it had been down to my bum! hahaha But it was too long and kept getting tangled. <BR> <BR> Than my son and I decorated gingerbread houses and cookies. It was messy but so much fun. My son wanted to mix all the icing colours together. And at the end he was more interested in pouring sprinkles from one container to the other. haha... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:01:29 EST Midnight Callers and Too Much Chocolate! Whew! I ended up having to shovel again before dinner yesterday. It was just snowing steadily all day. Thank goodness I shoveled in the morning or else it would of been so packed down. <BR> <BR> I did more Christmas baking last night. I made only one batch of gingerbread dough as I only wanted to make a gingerbread house and a few cookies. But the dough only was enough to do a house. I am guessing my son more then likely will want to decorate cookies. So I made another batch of dough la... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:13:13 EST Let it Snow, Let it Snow..Let it Snow!! Last night I did some more baking...completely forgot to pop a piece of gum in my mouth so I sampled more than I wanted too. It's mindless sampling really. Once I realized I said 'Amber stop - you'll get a bad tummy ache!" haha. I try to eat clean so much that when I do things like sample my Christmas baking I always end up with a horrible stomach ache. I stopped myself in time last night. Whew! <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up and did Fire 55 EZ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:16:43 EST Baking, giggles and great workouts! Last night the hubby was really not feeling well and he wanted to just read. I decided to start my Christmas baking. I made my snowball cookies which are my hubby's favorite. I wanted to help him feel a bit better so I made them and told him I would love if he could sample them to ensure I made them correctly. hahaha Made him smile which was the point. <BR> <BR> I did, however, perhaps do a bit more sampling myself than I wanted. I forgot about my gum trick. Chew gum while baking to avoi... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:51:17 EST Rest is Important Phew! Had a great weekend but was super tired. The little guy got up on both Saturday and Sunday at 4:40 am! So early - did some research and am currently in the process of 'sleep training' my son to realize that it's not time to get up until 6 am. That's the time we have to get up during the week in order for me to get him to daycare on time and me to work on time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday he tried again to get up at 4:30 am. But I managed to get him to go back to sleep until 5:30 am. So pro... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:03:49 EST Staying Strong and Recovering Nicely! Last night I decided to just enjoy an evening with my hubby and not do an additional workout. To be honest....I was so drained by the time we got the little guy to sleep I just wanted to relax. He is testing us lately. Seeing what he can get away with. It was a rough night. We usually only let him watch TV after his bath for like half an hour and then a book, then bed. But he was misbehaving and I told him if he didn't listen then he would get no TV time. He didn't listen so I had to foll... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:59:00 EST Cardio Recovery Feels So Good! Wow! I had a busy few days. I decided to take a complete rest day on Tuesday after all. My should muscles were really sore all day long. My brother had hurt is rotator cuff and he was in a lot of pain for a very long time. The majority of his favorite workouts had to cease for months. Thus, I decided to be smart and rest just in case. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I woke up and decided I would attempt a workout. I wasn't sure if my son would wake up or not. But I figured I would begin ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:14:11 EST Rest Day??? Well I kind of have to laugh. This morning I woke up and my arm muscles were (and still are) so sore. I blame Insanity and Body Pump from last week! I almost went back to bed to give my body a rest. Than I remembered that I planned on getting a lot of housework and Christmas shopping done this weekend so perhaps it's best to wait until then. <BR> <BR> Thus, I got all suited up and went downstairs to workout. I literally just finished my warm-up of Fire 45 EZ class when my son started to c... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:25:45 EST Happy December!!! Woo hoo! The countdown to Christmas can begin! If you haven't already guessed - this is my favorite time of year! Just love it! <BR> <BR> This weekend was great! Saturday morning I went to my nieces birthday party. I left my son at home as he is still getting over being sick and I didn't want him to make anyone sick. Not to mention my brother has 2 cats and my son is just getting over a chest infection. Regardless, it was a nice birthday. <BR> <BR> When I got home my son had just gone do... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:08:38 EST Happy Friday and Great Workouts! Feeling much better today. I think it's just been such a relief that the little guy is doing so much better. <BR> <BR> Last night I was able to get in Tone 30 Class after the little guy went to sleep. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I haven't done this workout in awhile so it was a nice treat. I almost skipped it but I told myself that I had a goal of getting in at least 2 strength training workouts every week. My weekend is pretty packed and ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:14:52 EST Update - Crazy Week So Far! Wow! It had been a crazy week! First lets begin with last Thursday. I took my little guy to the doctor. Our family doctor ordered blood work on him as he would also like to rule out anything serious as to why his under-eye circles are so dark. However, only certain blood labs will take blood from a child as young as my son. Thus, we could not get blood done on Thursday until I call around and find a lab. (I have found one but we haven't gone yet due to other events.) <BR> <BR> I got a flu s... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:30:16 EST W3/D4 - Treat Attempt Failed! hahaha Last night was a very hairy drive home after teaching. We've had a lot of snow fall. Thankfully once I got onto the highway no one was driving crazy. Everyone seemed to be on the same page and were driving slowly and cautiously. I arrived home in time to have some cuddles with the little guy before he went to bed. My hubby has been having a horrible week at work and asked if we could have pizza. I normally save my pizza treat for the weekends but we have an outing on Friday and then we al... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:05:49 EST W3/D3 - Got Some Sleep and Feeling Awesome! Last night I had a good class with my students. I ended up having to give a few students a bit of a lecture on fairness and what it's like when they begin working. I think they all left feeling much better. I am still shocked at some of the accusations they come up with though. My goodness! haha <BR> <BR> I ended up going to bed early last night - around 9 pm. And guess what? I fell right asleep! It was awesome! Felt great. I slept in different pajama's, I made sure nothing I ate around... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:58:00 EST W3/D2 - Baby It's Cold Outside! Wow is it ever cold outside today!!! Brrrr -definitely wearing a thick sweater today. hahaha <BR> <BR> Last night the hubby had a guys night so after the little guy went to sleep I decided to get in a bonus workout. I didn't feel like yoga but didn't want to do something too intense. So I opted for Turbo Jam Cardio Party 2. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven't done this workout in a very long time. I have to admit I was really happy... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:34:13 EST Week 3 - What an Amazing Weekend! I had such a great weekend! I was so happy to see my son. <BR> <BR> We drove down Thursday night and decided to go out for dinner since our son would be fast asleep by the time we got there anyways. It was a nice date night. when we got there we heard all kinds of funny stories about our son. He is even recognizing letters of the alphabit! <BR> <BR> When he woke up Friday morning my hubby and I were in the guest room in the basement and he was upstairs with his grandparents. We left my ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:28:01 EST W2/D4 - woo hoo! It's my Friday! Well last night I successfully just relaxed. I didn't worry about chores that needed to be done. I instead sat and talked with my hubby. Then we ate dinner and caught up on one of our shows. Definitely a very nice evening. We went to bed early as we both had to be up early. I was very happy that I was able to chill. <BR> <BR> Although this morning I did panic a bit. Thinking - OMG we have to do this, and this, and this before we leave tonight. Main problem is I think it will take longer b... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:05:16 EST W2/D3- Needs to Throw Out the Clock! Last night I had to give my class another term test. I have to say it's really nice being on the other end of testing. Not actually taking the test. I have to laugh too at how some students try to make it obvious they aren't looking at their friends computer screen! hahaha Because the test is in a lab and they are close together I am not saying anything. <BR> <BR> Last night when I got home I ended up feeling a bit bad about some habits I have. Not sure if anyone else is like me but I a... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:09:21 EST W2/D2 - Loving me some Turbo Fire! LAst night I was really missing my little guy. The house can be so quiet. It's amazing how one small little boy can fill the house up with so much energy. I cannot wait to see him on Friday. A whole week without him is tough - but also nice. Missing him a lot. <BR> <BR> This morning was another great workout! I work up and did Fire 45 EZ Class. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Great workout! No fire drills in this one but you still ge... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:48:38 EST Week 2 - Feeling Refreshed and Accomplished! Although I really, really miss my little guy - I am thoroughly enjoying the extra sleep and freedom I had over the weekend. My hubby and I built my son a playroom complete with custom shelves to fit all his toys. He is going to be one suprised little guy when he gets home. <BR> <BR> I also turned an un-used hall closet into a much-needed pantry with nice shelves. I feel so organized after this weekend. It took a lot of time and hard work but the hubby and I are so happy at everything we... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:16:29 EST Day 4 & 5 - Feeling Awesome Last night it was very weird coming home and not having to rush around to pick my son up from daycare, make dinner, etc. I actually immediately worked out. Felt so odd! hahaha And the house was so quiet. <BR> <BR> As I knew my hubby was going to be late I decided to do a long cardio and strength workout to try and make up for all the short workouts this week. <BR> <BR> I began with Fire 45 Class. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I love this ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:53:08 EST Fit Christmas - Week 1/Day 3 Last night I was a little bad..but also good. haha Yesterday afternoon I was still full from lunch so I didn't eat my snack before teaching from 4 pm - 7pm. Class went really well but when it was time to leave I was starving. My hubby asked for a pepporini pizza as he got home late and just quickly made our son dinner and ahd yet to eat himself. <BR> <BR> So I grabbed a pizza. I originally wasn't going to eat any. But I had a headache so bad that I needed something. So I took 1 slice, pee... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:00:27 EST Fit Christmas - Week 1/Day 2 Last night the hubby ended up working late. But it allowed me to get some quality one-on-one time with my son. We had dinner, then he shocked the heck out of me when I brought out his first words flash cards. He had been getting frustrated with them about a month ago so I put them away. Last night he was so excited that he knew what every card was. I couldn't believe how fast he learned all the cards! it's truly amazing how fast they soak up everything. <BR> <BR> I brought out stickers afte... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:30:49 EST Fit for Christmas - Week 1 Thank you so much for all your kind words. Last week was a very hard week for my family. We decided to have a 'Celebration of Life' for my Nana instead of a funeral. My Nana always loved get togethers with people talking and eating good food. We thought this would be the best way to honour her. <BR> <BR> We didn't end up celebrating Halloween because my little guy went 2 days in a row without a nap and getting up at 5 am. When it came time to possibly trick-or-treat he refused to put on his... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:12:45 EST Sad News - Time to be with family Sadly my Nana took a turn for the worst and passed away yesterday morning. I am pretty messed up about it as I haven't dealt with the death of anyone close before. Pretty much all over the place right now. <BR> <BR> Will be back bur right now I need to be strong for my Mom and help with the arrangements. <BR> <BR> Be back soon. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:32:11 EST Week 4/Day 2 - Rocking it! Thank you so much for all the nice comments on my previous blog. My Nana seems to be doing better every day. We are very hopeful that she will pull through. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I split up my workout and did weights before work only. So after the little guy went to bed for the night I went down and did Combat 45. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a great workout and I felt great afterwards. I was actually able to go higher on my kne... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:09:29 EST Week 4/Day 1 - Recapping a Weekend of Highs and Lows This past weekend was really crazy for me emotionally. I had some extremely happy/fun times and then some very upsetting times. <BR> <BR> Friday night my hubby and I decided to order pizza. But before it arrived I decided to do the Turbo Fire HIIT 15 workout. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's only 15 minutes and I burn well over 100 calories if not close to 200 calories. Thus, I felt better about my cheat. And the best part - I only ate 1... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:21:49 EST Week 3/Day 5 - Feeling Strong Last night I really felt like doing a PiYo workout. So after the little guy when to sleep I went down to the basement and when I saw the PiYo slides I knew which PiYo workout I was going to do! hahaha <BR> <BR> I did the PiYo Strong Legs workout. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Loved it! It felt great to do. I only wanted a little bit of an additional workout. The PiYo slides really make you feel the lunges. Oh and moutain climbers! Holy abs!... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:10 EST Week 3/Day 4 - Finally a Loss!! Last night I again went to bed early. I felt great yesterday and really want to keep on this path. Thank goodness for our PVR! Makes my husband more agreeable to me going to bed early. hahaha (I don't let him watch our shows without me and vice versa!) haha But he mentioned last night that he's also feeling more energized going to bed earlier rather than staying up. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and did Body Combat 60 Live! <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:22:48 EST Week 3/ Day 3 - Feeling More Energized Yesterday I honestly felt like crashing mid-afternoon. I hate this. I seriously think it is both low iron and not enough hours of sleep. After I got home from teaching last night I had the worst headache ever! It has been raining for roughly 2 days straight so I think it was the weather causing the head ache. So I decided to go to bed early again. I was proud that I again managed to be in bed 30 minutes earlier than normal! Woo hoo <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and felt a little tired.... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:19:35 EST Week 3/Day 2 - Sore! I decided not to do a bonus workout last night. I normally would because it's a non teaching night. But I did not like how tired I felt Friday and Saturday last week. I also had a very intense workout session in the morning. So I chose to call it a day on the workout front. I got to bed 30 minutes earlier than my usual time. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up and my abs and thighs were so sore! I didn't realize how great of an ab workout I got in yesterday until this morning. hahaha... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:20:34 EST Week 3/Day 1 (and week 2 recap) CLX and Body Combat This weekend was weird for me. It was good but I was also very tired for some reason. I mentioned on Friday how tired I was. Well Saturday I was just as tired. I perked up later in the day but wow - so tired. <BR> <BR> I think I am not getting enough hours of sleep every night. Being that my morning workouts are allowing me to be consistant with my workouts I am going to attempt an earlier bed time to see if this helps. The other culprit could be my iron. I was told it had dipped low aga... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:20:40 EST Week 2/Day 5 - CLX and Body Combat Last night I ended up doing an extra workout - Turbo Fire 30 Class. Love this workout. <BR> <BR> I ended up going to bed early last night but for some reason I feel extremely tired right now. I mean I could easily put my head down on my desk at work here and literally fall asleep. I am just tired. And I got a decent sleep. I woke up when my alarm went off with a tone of energy and ready to work out. Not sure why I all of a sudden feel tired! Weird. <BR> <BR> When I was full of energy ea... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:20:07 EST Week 2/Day 4 - CLX and Body Combat My class last night went really well. Perhaps because I didn't have the added stress of being reviewed. hahaha I ended up getting home in time to see the little guy before he went to bed. I love, love, love how he greets me with a hug and an excited 'Mommy!" when I walk in. Just puts a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up and did a workout that I think I have only done once before...Body Combat Upper Body Blow Out <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:10:56 EST Week 2 Day 3 - CLX and Body Combat Last night I was very stressed out and my eating didn't go as planned. I am a perfectionist. Last night I was being reviewed while I taught my class. Meaning there was a woman just sitting and watching and taking notes. Being the first day back after Thanksgiving I ended up with just under half my class showing up. I was starting a new unit on Publisher. It was then discovered that only 1/3 of my class actually had this program on their lap-tops. (Okay this got me a little agitated. D... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:31:18 EST Week 1 End and Beginning of Week 2 - CLX and Combat What a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Friday night I ended up just relaxing with the hubby instead of trying to get in a bonus workout. I was tired. But Saturday morning the hubby told me to got get in my workout in and we'll head out after. So I went and did HIIT 15 Class followed by Burn Circuit 3. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It felt great to be able to get a workout in before hitting the road for a long car ride. This ended up being ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:32:31 EST Week 1/Day 5 - CLX and Combat Last night was a good night. I always miss my son Tuesdays and Wednesdays because by the time I get home from teaching my evening courses he's asleep. So it was nice to be able to come straight home from work and not go to another job last night. It gave us some time to have a nice dinner together and play with my son. It was fun. I cooked us chicken, potatoes and peas/carrots. My son will literally eat the carrots off my plate! He just loves them. <BR> <BR> After the little guy went to s... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:10:38 EST Week 1/Day 4 - CLX and Combat Last night my term test went really well with my students. Now I just have to mark 70 tests! hahaha <BR> <BR> By the time I wrapped the test up and all the students left it was 6:30 pm. I was started to get really hungry. I texted my hubby to say I was leaving. Then I decided to grab food on my way home because I was starving, my hubby was sick, and it would be after 7 by the time I got home. But I have been eating so well so I made the decision to get subs. I got a turkey sub on whole w... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:05:38 EST Week1/Day 3 - CLX and Combat Last night was the first term test for my Tuesday night class. They asked so many questions. Some because they simply forgot others because they skipped too many of my classes thinking because I am teaching Word and Excel that it's all easy. I am thinking perhaps the small group of skippers might start coming to class more often now. <BR> <BR> This morning my son woke up looking for his soother around 4:25am. After he fell promptly back to sleep, I just couldn't fall asleep. So I got up ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:22:00 EST Week 1/Day 2 - CLX and Combat I was so pumped to do my workout this morning. I always get excited when I switch programs. ahahaha <BR> <BR> Today I began with Burn Circuit 1. It felt awesome to be lifting heavy weights again. One of my favorite moves in this is the lunge and rotate. Man that is tough if you are using heavy weights! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was really, really - I mean REALLY - happy that I was able to do all 12 ULTRA slow push-ups on my toes. Fel... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:05:00 EST Week 1- CLX and Body Combat Woo hoo! I can now officially say I completed the entire 8 weeks of PiYo! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Overall I really liked this program. I didn't get any weight loss results as I am having other issues which I believe it tied to my diet. I did however significantly improve my flexibilty, my planks, core, push-ups and even shocked myself by being able to complete moves I would normally never attempt. <BR> <BR> I will continue to add ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:27:03 EST PiYo Week 8 - Day 5 Last night I decided to do a 20 minute workout for some cardio. I didn't want to push it too much but I also needed a stress release. For some reason my son was super cranky...well not even cranky. Everything made him cry. I am not sure if this is a cold coming on or terrible 2's starting. If we so much as said 'no don't do that' bam! Huge freak out. <BR> <BR> So after he want to bed I went downstairs and throw on PiYo Strength Intervals. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:54:21 EST PiYo Week 8 - Day 4 Class last night went really well. Although the students are freaking out about the term test next week. hahaha <BR> <BR> This morning for some reason as soon as 4 am hit I was waking up every 10 - 15 minutes. I finally just got up at twenty to 5 am and got my workout in. <BR> <BR> This morning I began with PiYo Sweat <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was a great workout. And I was sweating. In the power section - where she has you d... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:18:25 EST PiYo Week 8 - Day 3 - So close! Wow Day 3 of Week 8 already! This is the last week of PiYo. So proud that I have been sticking it out for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> Last night I was a little disappointed that only 8 - 10 students showed up to my class. There's a term test next week - which seemed to shock the students that did show up. hahaha I know that It's project due date times for other course so I understand why my class got skipped but am just worried about my students for the test next week. <BR> <BR> This morning my... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:05:24 EST PiYo Week 8 - Day 2 Last night I enjoyed a fantastic chicken pot pie with my son. The hubby was out helping a friend install motion detector lights. So it was just me and the little guy. We had a great dinner and it was seriously yummy~! <BR> <BR> After my son went to bed I decided to get in a 20 minute workout as I was feeling stressed out. Even though my hubby just got home I really needed a stress relief. So I decided to do HIIt 20. Short, but intense which should help to relieve my stress. <BR> <img s... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:06:33 EST PiYo - End of Week 7 ...and now onto Week 8! Already! Wow week 8 already! My goodness. <BR> <BR> Let's re-cap the end of Week 7. Friday I was off work and had the day to spend with my little guy. It was beautiful out so I decided to go for a run with him in the jogging stroller. Unfortunately my son really, really wanted to go to park about 5 minutes into my run. I let him know the park was a few minutes away and I needed his help to get there. I then let him tell me whether to turn right, left or go straight at every corner. He had a gre... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:23:44 EST PiYo Week 7 - Day 4 Class last night went really well. Now I just have 70 labs to mark! haha <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up slightly tired...I went to bed at a decent time last night so I think it's just because my week has been busy. I put on my workout clothes and went to the basement to rock my workouts! <BR> <BR> This morning I began with HIIT 25 from Turbo Fire. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love, love, love this workout. I definitely got my swe... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:50:59 EST PiYo Week 7 - Day 3 Teaching last night went really well. It helps that the content was really light. I figured because last week was complicated formulas and next week will be as well that this week we would focus on sorting, filtering and formatting Excel tables. So nothing complicated and class even got out early. So bonus for everyone! I am sure my class tonight will also be pleased. haha <BR> <BR> This morning I woke 10 minutes before my alarm and I was wide awake. I guess someone was super excited to ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:13:26 EST PiYo Week 7 - Day 2 Last night I decided to get in a bonus workout as I had all this energy to spare. And because it was a bonus workout I decided to do a workout I haven't done in a really long time. I went all the way back to Turbo Jam Fat Blaster! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a fun workout to do last night and I am so glad I did it. This workout is kind of like the Turbo Fire Low HIIT workouts. However the drills in this workout are 2 minutes e... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:25:48 EST