Spending Time with Sean from The Bachelor

This morning I had a 6am date with Sean Lowe from The Bachelor.Sean Lowe from the Bachelor, wedding, Body Beast But he wasn’t wearing a tuxedo.
Sean Lowe the Bachelor, Sagi Kalev, Body Beast
유씨 and I started the Body Beast workout program today.
Day 1 is Build: Chest / Tris.
Build Chest Tris

OMGWTFBBQ was that a tough workout. I haven’t felt this shaky since, never. I thought it wouldn’t that big of a deal because
-I’ve done a few rounds of P90X;
-There aren’t all that many actual exercises in this video;
-We watched it last night and I was annoyed by how many and how long the breaks were; and
-I used relatively light weights: 8-, 10-, 12- and 15 pounds. (The 15s didn’t make it into the second set of exercises).

Maybe it’s the sequence of the exercises? For the most part, each exercise has 4 sets: start light, go medium, then the heaviest you can, then decrease the weights back to medium or lighter weights. By the time I got to that 4th set, my arms were trembling. There were a few push-up sets in this video too, and I could manage about 3 each time. On my knees. And those breaks, boy did I need them.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Body Beast. I haven’t seen a lot of reviews on it from women, and the women who do review it are typically body builders or fitness competitors. Obviously, I’m neither; I just want to be fit and strong. And I’d like to be able to put my suitcase in the overhead compartment without assistance.

Have you tried Body Beast? Would you?

If you’re just starting out on your health journey, you might be interested in The 21-Day fix. This program covers diet/portion control and simple, quick workouts. It’s the perfect way to develop some new healthy habits.
21 Day Fix Challenge Pack



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!