Fashion Friday in Red.

Fashion Friday.  Red.  Anything red is just plain sexy.  Especially so when it involves fashion.  Let me know your favorite pick of red sexiness.  Do you feel sexy when you wear red?  If so, what piece of clothing achieves that for you…?  For me, its a sexy pair of shoes or a bright red top. 

Dont’ forget to stop by Blonde Episodes to link up and view more Fashion Friday posts. 

Have a fabulous Fashion Friday!
All images via {pinterest}

These shoes have my name allover them.

Uber sexy.
Love this look.  The top makes the outfit.  The “pop”.

Love it!  Fabulous and very sexy.

All images via {pinterest}

The Workout {Series} – Post #3

I haven’t posted in awhile on really kept up with this series.  And yes I have a reason.  I haven’t been working out daily as I stated.  Well, in the last 7-days I have and lifted 4 times.  Woo-hoo!

You see after my initial post, lifting was to begin the next day.  But, it didn’t.  You see I tweaked my back while in the car.  And you’d think I learned my lesson with my back and the car.  You can’t be in the driver’s seat and turn around to grab a bag behind you.  It just doesn’t work.  Simply doesn’t.  However, I’ve been there, done that and I know how to fix it.  And I did.  A few days rest and extra stretching and the back was fixed.  I have kept up with the cardio, lifting was the problem.

So, I’ve done Breakout routine 1 and 2, with some variations.  I don’t do well with dead lifts.  My lower back doesn’t like them.  Yes, I know that means more core exercises and that’s a work in progress.  Anyhow, I’m really liking the routines. 

I do 20 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine and then 20 minutes of lifting.  It’s a great little workout.  And I’ve been working out at the gym in my apartment complex so, I think I might forgo my membership to the health club.  However, this evening I lifted weights in my apartment because the bench and weights were out of use.  There was a group of 5-guys having a 20 minute conversation about miscellaneous things…I didn’t have the heart to ask them if I could work-in my working out in the midst of their all important conversation. 

So, anyhow.  The workout is going really well.  And I almost forgot to mention that I have been a bit sore and that’s expected.  I feel that the latter part of this week I’ll probably step up the weight amounts – I’m almost back to my old weight levels, YAY me! 

And a definite for this 40 minute workout is to have a rockin’ set of tunes on my IPOD.  Definitely rocking!!!

Just thought I share a little update on the workout program.  And in case you missed the introduction to this series visit Post #1 and Post #2

The Workout {Series} – Post #2

If you missed the first post to the series read it here
It’s important to devise a workout schedule and stick to it.  And follow your routine.  Track your food and H20 intake.  Basically, in a nut shell just write everything down that you eat and drink in a journal.
First things first, I need to weigh myself and take my measurements.  Fun stuff…  Note:  this will be posted after the gym tomorrow.
Some general information about the book and the program…  And you need to understand the lingo.  I’ve been working out with and without a trainer for about 10-years now and there is “lingo”.  Don’t worry I’ll explain as much as I can and if you don’t understand just comment and ask.  And I’ll answer the best I can.  Deal?  Deal.
A separate post of the 10 Commandments of working out will be coming soon.  And various other aspects of the program that I’ll will be following (in various posts).

As I figure out how to “post” my workout Excel spreadsheet for tracking purposes I will.  There’s a way to do it.  I just need to figure out how; I ‘m thinking a Google document?  Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Before I life weights I am going to do at least 30 minutes cardio on the elliptical machine, my favorite.  Make sure that you drink plenty of water as you are doing your cardio and continue to do so while lifting weights.

This is the Break-In Routine for Day 1 of weeks 1 and 2.  Note:  I will post day 2, day 3, and day 4 over the next few days.  I will be following The Body Sculpting Bible for Women by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera.
Ok, so this is how you do it.  There are 4-sets of exercises listed below and they are paired together.  This is how you to do it:  1-set of each paired exercise and continue until all 4 sets are complete.  For example, 15 reps of dumbbell rows (drink water), 15 reps of push-ups (drink water), 15 reps of dumbbell rows (drink water), and 15 push-ups (drink water) = set complete.  Drink water during each 90 seconds of rest.  And stick to the 90 seconds.  Trust me!  Results baby.  I also recommend having your IPOD on and a rockin’ set of tunes to help keep your heart rate up; no slow relaxing music.  None.  Seriously, trust me here.

I’ll be using my 8 pound weights for all of the exercises that involve weights.

Modified Compound Superset #1  {I’ll explain this “lingo” in our next post.  I don’t want to overload you.} 

Back – Dumbbell Rows (one arm)
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds

Chest – Push-ups (against wall if unable to perform on the floor)
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds
Modified Compound Superset #2
Shoulders – Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds

Calves – Standing Calf Raises
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds
Modified Compound Superset #3
Biceps – Dumbbell Curls
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds

Triceps – Overhead Dumbbell Extensions
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds
Modified Compound Superset #4
Thighs – Dumbbell Squats
Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds

Hamstrings – Stiff-Legged Dead Lifts

Reps 15-20    Sets: 2    Rest: 90 seconds
Workout for day 1 is complete.  Drink a lot of water and don’t forget to stretch!  This is very important, very.  I know from personal experience.  I will be stretching.  And I will do a future post on stretching.
Enjoy!  Any questions please let me know.  Also, I’d love to know if your working out with “me” too.

The Workout {Series} – Post #1

Several years ago as an attempt to workout by myself I purchased The Body Sculpting Bible for Women.  My sole intention was to “teach” myself what to do by following the exercises (and thus learning myself) and most importantly understand the how and why of putting together a workout regime together.  And on a side note, I have since bought a few other books, but we won’t discuss those now in this post.  I don’t mine learning how to do the exercises myself however, I don’t like “putting together” my own workouts.  Candidly, I rather have someone tell me and “show” me how to do it.  Hence, the reason I like working with a personal trainer.  Also, when you are obligated to show up at the gym, at a specific time, and write a check YOU have accountability folks!  As a result of this dilemma I narrowed it down to the real problem: I need help with my accountability.  Problem solved.  Hmmm…not quite.  But, its a start.
Over the last few years I have belonged to a gym (LA Fitness) and had a personal trainer (at a separate training studio).  The original concept behind joining a separate gym in addition to the training studio was to get rid of the trainer.  My other half continues to tell me “honey, you’ve worked out with trainers for several years and YOU know what to do and you can do it!”  And Bern is correct – I do know how to do it!  I just need to DO IT.  JUST DO IT (as Nike once said).  Anyhow, I bet you see what needs to happen here, can you guess?  Yes, I need accountability.  And I cannot think of a better way to do it than on my blog. 
I’ll be honest I really like working out with a trainer.  And I have had some really great ones too!  January 2011 was my last month with the awesome, fabulous Pam!  She is by far one of the best trainers I have worked with.  She knows my limits and when to push me.  And Pam was extremely series about helping me reach my goals.  The obvious reason that I discontinued going to the training studio is due to personal finances.  Training is and can be expensive.  It’s a definite extra expense and one that I decided is one that I can do with out because I do know what to do – I just have to do it.
So, I decided to write this series called {The Workout}, aka the Accountability Program.  In essence, I will be accountable to …this & that… and all of you my fabulous followers.  A great idea don’t you think?  I’ll be sharing my progress, goals, and workout routines.
I will be using the “Body Sculpting” book as my point of reference, my guide, my outline, my bible and of course it will “double” as my virtual (in book format) personal trainer.  I am going to follow the layout in the book and begin with The Break-In Program as a pre-cursor to the 14-Day Body Sculpting Workout.
Anyhow, it is the introduction of my a new series.  I’m looking forward to making my workout goals concrete (in writing) and being accountable to them.  I am determined to reach my goal and I WILL reach it.  All I need is determination, dedication, commitment, and accountability.
Check back soon for Post #2: my current stats, my goals, and my schedule.

I’m just not feeling it.

Sometimes, this happens.  And today was one of those days.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  The gym that is.

I went anyway.  I always feel good while I’m doing and most definitely afterwards.  I wonder could it have anything to do with the endorphins that are released?  Ahh, yes!  And it always works.  I always feel better after cardio, period.  Always.

However, this “endorphin” release didn’t stop me from tweeting this: I’m 9 minutes 18 seconds into my cardio fix and I’m ready to head home for that glass of vino…“.  And at this point I’m already on glass two.  I’m having leftovers.  Vodka Sauce, tomatoes, olive oil with medium size shells.  And need I forget my garlic rolls.  Yum!

I’ll tell you this what I am feeling…
I’m feeling Judith McNaught (the author).  I am on a Judith McNaught “kick” right now.  Last night, I finished Paradise and tonight I’m beginning Every Breath You Take.  Yes, I read the book in 3-days, 709-pages, and I do work full-time.  Cardio goes by quicker if I read.  Typically, I catch up on my favorite blogs via the trusty BB (BlackBerry) but, a book makes it go so much faster.

{via Wonderwall}

Oh, and I’m feeling this look {see photo}.  Aside all of the “gossip” about Leann Rimes and how thin she is – this photo of her epitomizes what I used to look like and my goal.  Oh, yes it really does!  And when having workout goals, a picture is “key”.  And this picture definitely is it!  About 3 years ago I was this cut and I want to get THAT back.  I’ll be 35 this year and the body isn’t reacting like it used to, to my cardio and weight program.  So, we are going to switch things up.  Oh, and I’ll need lose 20 pounds.  Nice, huh.  Don’t worry, all of this, will be included in the new series.  All of it.  Part of the inspiration is accountability (to myself).

Oh, this is something really exciting!  I am really feeling the 2 new weekly series that I am almost ready to unveil on …this & that…  All About Me. and My Workout Routine.

I am really excited about the 2 new series.  I am debating on whether or not All About Me. will be a blog hop.  I’m thinking it will be.  It would be fun to find out all about you.  And there will be guest posts for this as well.  Yes, my first guest has already agreed.  More to come about these series and the inspiration behind them. Note:  I already spilled a “hint” of the inspiration above.

Thanks for stopping by …this & that… until next time.

Shout Out Saturday #2

Hello, hello, hello! 

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope today is a glorious day for everyone.

Today, I am looking forward to the freedom of sleeping in.  Yesterday, I woke up at 5:40 a.m.  Yes, it was for a specific reason (work).   Anyhow, a great week and now onto a fabulous weekend.  Most importantly I get to sleep in today.  Sunday, however, I do not.  Bern heads to the airport around 6 a.m. for his quick trip to Cali.  Another highschool reunion committee meeting — the big day is almost here!  Well, weekend that is.  I will also, be heading to Cali that weekend to visit Kirsten!  I am very excited for that.  Girlie time will be fun!  However, Sunday morning I will be having breakfast with my cousin and workout partner, Amy.  My workout partner when I make it to the gym…

So, back to Saturday.  Besides being incredibly excited about sleeping in I am even more excited about heading to the gym for some much needed cardio!  This past week was really busy for me so I had to cancel the trainer and skip the gym several evenings.  Yes, a major bummer I know.  Simple said sometimes other things take precedence and are a higher priority.

Saturday:  sleeping in and the gym.  Ahhh, its almost cardio time baby!!!  I am very much looking forward the elliptical machine can’t you tell?!  Too funny, right?  Also, Saturday is my day to run errands.  For example, the dry cleaners!  Unless, of course, Bern picks up or drops off my clothes for me.  So sweet of him I know!  Bern – you are such a sweetie!

Yes, I know I am allover the place today…  Back to Saturday.  My list of to-do’s…  Tweet, check.  Sleep-in, check.  Cardio, check.  Lift, check (this is a maybe and dependent on how busy the gym is).  Tweet some more, check.  Dry cleaners, check.  Mail, check.  Pick-up my phone charger, at home (forgot it at my apartment).  Pick-up Jesse’s [rockstar next door neighbor] CD for Bernie, check.  Tweet, more, check.  Pool time, check.  Read travel books, check.  Relax, check.  Blog, check.  Ok, I think my list is set.  Oh, wait…a stop at Starbucks for my Iced Venti, 2 pump classic, Green Tea.  Yum!!

Side note 1: not sure I like the change to Twitter.  And I am thinking about upgrading to uber twitter…?

My hot date for tonight – Bern and I will be watching Season 1 of Dexter.  I’ll let you know what I think.

Have a fun this wonderful Satruday!  Make it a great one.  And don’t forget to give it your all!  What will you be up to?