2014 Blogger Challenge – New Year’s Inspiration

Today felt like a Monday, didn’t it? But tomorrow’s Friday so it all works out very well.

2014.000-2Today’s post is the first in a series for the 2014 Blogger Challenge hosted by Gaby at Another Girly Blog. Thanks, Gaby!

Topic 1: “New Year’s Inspiration” – Instead of writing new year’s resolutions on my blog, I am sharing some pictures that inspire me.

Beachbody Coach, Team Beachbody, P90X, P90X3, T25, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Brazil Butt Lift, Shakeology

I drank the Kool Aid Shakeology and am pretty much convinced that Beachbody will change my life even more than it already has.

7 Cardinal Rules for Life

#4 is especially true

You can't out-exercise a bad diet.

Yes, I know.

It's never too late to be what you might have been.

At the age of 41, I became a runner! Crazy but true.

What inspires you for the new year?


2014 – Starting as I mean to carry on

Happy New Year!

Today I slept in a bit, and was woken up by the stealth bomber flying over my neighborhood en route to the Rose Parade. Last year , we saw it while hiking. So exciting!

The Workout of the Day was Insanity Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.
Insanity, Shaun T
Pure Cardio is probably my favorite workout DVD of all time. I reviewed it here. My sister did it with me last week – I think she’s a fan now too.

I also washed all of my makeup brushes, gave myself a chemical peel, laid out my work clothes, and packed tomorrow’s lunch (PB&J and raw veggies for snacking). I am starting the new year as I mean to carry on, with good habits and organization.
Now if only I could off the internet and get to bed for a 5am wakeup.

What’s your plan for the new year?


Ugly Sweater 5K

Yesterday I ran the Ugly Sweater 5K. Usually I don’t think a 5K is good value for money, but this was on Groupon for $20, so I thought, what the heck.Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

Let me tell you something, Interwebs. Trying to run after the first week of Insanity is perhaps not a great idea. Especially when you gasp in pain when you walk downstairs.

Still, I didn’t do too terribly bad. I secretly wanted to do a 10-minute mile, but I’m not quite there yet.

This was a fun race, even if it was just around the park a few times. The park was decorated, a lot of runners were in costume, and there was a DJ with electronic Christmas music.
Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

Plus, it was sponsored by Samuel Adams.
Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

Beer is a surprisingly good recovery drink.
Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

How was your weekend?


It’s Finally Here! P90X3

P90X3 was released today! I had a sneak peek of P90X3 in September – you can read about it here.

P90X3, Tony Horton, Beachbody, Shakeology

Here’s some info about P90X3:

  • All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes long. This is perfect for people who want an intense exercise program but don’t have the time for regular P90X.
  • P90X3 is a 90-day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.
  • All orders of P90X3, purchased on TeamBeachbody.com, through a Coach or through a Challenge Pack, from 12/10/13 through 12/31/13 will include a free P90X3 hat. Imma rock that hat.
  • The meal plan includes a vegan option!
  • I’m giving away a Shakeology shaker cup for anyone that buys the challenge pack through my store.

Here are details of the workouts:

P90X3 DVDs Tony Horton, Beachbody, Shakeology

Prices depend on which P90X3 kit you buy, but the base kit is $120.  The best deal is really the Challenge Pack that is on sale for $180 until December 31. The challenge pack includes the base kit and a month of Shakeology (you all know how I feel about Shakeology).

Let me know if you want more information – you can email me at blushandbarbells@gmail.com or leave your question in the comments.

Thanks for reading this and sharing in my excitement!



Black Friday / Cyber Mondy Beachbody Sale!

Beachbody Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale! Now is the time to get started with your exercise goals – don’t wait for the New Year! Or maybe you want to give the gift of health and fitness to someone for Christmas? With prices starting at $9.99, Beachbody exercise programs are life-changing!

beachbody challenge

Here’s a short list of some the incredible sale prices:

  • P90X is $119.85 and it includes a free chin-up bar! If you read my blog you know that P90X is my HG of all exercise programs. This one has really changed my life. This is the original set of 12 DVDs AND P90X+ (DVDs you can swap out for more variety). The exercises vary everyday to get you in shape from head-to-toe. All you need to do is follow the calendar.
  • Insanity Asylum is $89.85 and it also includes a free chin-up bar. I’m tempted by this one myself since I’ve done Insanity a few times – I might be ready for the graduate program. I think it might increase my running speed, too.
  • Turbo Fire Deluxe is $29.95 and it includes a tracker journal- anyone that’s tried to lose weight knows how important it is to keep track. TurboFire comes with 6 DVDs to help you burn fat and calories faster than ever.
  • Tai Cheng for $59.85 – this would be a wonderful gift for someone on your list that is older or injured or wants a non-impact exercise program. This series of DVDs teaches the fundamental 18 moves of Tai Chi
  • Hip Hop Abs Rockin Abs DVD is on sale for a shockingly low price of $9.95

Tons more exercise and skincare items on sale – click here for the complete listing. If I can help you decide on any of these programs or products,let me know!

Happy Exercising!