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Noodle Legs

Hey there! Did you have a great weekend? Mine was busy, but good!

Saturday, I went down to Branson for an oil change and shopping adventure.  I had a 20% off coupon for Maurice’s, plus two full $10 off punch cards! I got two pair of work pants that fit perfectly, two work shirts, a necklace, a bling ring, and a cute dress to wear out for Chris’s birthday! Smile  All for $80 less than it should have!

Sunday was my normal grocery/laundry day, and I also got in a quick 20 minute workout on the treadmill. (For some great motivational tips to get yourself running, check out this post by Tina.)

Today after work, I had planned to run, but I got to talking to my momma on the phone and lost track of time. At 10 ‘til 6, I got off the phone and thought to myself that I didn’t have time to run and shower, but I could get in a strength/toning workout real quick and not have to shower since I wouldn’t get sweaty and gross… That’s what I thought.

I pulled some moves from this workout from fitnessmagazine.com, and now my legs feel like noodles! I only did one set of each because of time. I did the Fly Away (10 reps), In-and-Out Lunge (10 reps), Ski Boot Sit (10 reps), Duck Squat (10 reps), Side Shaper (1 rep), Crunch and Lift (20 reps), and Upside-Down Crunch (5 reps).

If you’re looking for a good leg/butt workout, try this out! It also has abs moves thrown in as an added bonus.

It’s bedtime over here, but let me know if you try out this workout!

 

Also, Cassie at Back to Her Roots is celebrating her 1 year blog birthday and is having some awesome contests to celebrate. Go check her out!

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

I’m happy to report that I was slightly more active this week! I’m making an effort to do something every day, but not getting too bummed out if I miss a day.

Here’s what happened this week:

  • Sunday 7/24: 20 minutes on treadmill (steady state) plus weights:
    • Single Arm Dumbell Extensions- 10 at 5lbs, 7 at 10 lbs, 3 at 5lbs
    • Dumbell Curls- 2 sets of 10 at 10lbs
    • Tricep Kickbacks- 10 at 10 lbs
    • Hammer Curls- 5 at 10 lbs
    • Upright Rows- 10 at 10 lbs
    • Single-Arm Dumbell Rows- 10 at 10 lbs
    • Bent Over Rows- 10 at 10 lbs
  • Monday 7/25: 15 minutes on treadmill (hard and fast, I didn’t have much time)
  • Tuesday 7/26: none
  • Wednesday 7/27: none
  • Thursday 7/28: none
  • Friday 7/29: I put on my workout clothes, but never made it to the treadmill.
  • Saturday 7/30: 20 minute run/walk on the treadmill

What did you do this week?

 

Amber

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It’s Been A While…

Since I had an iced latte from Starbucks…

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Since I’ve had pants that aren’t too big

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Since I saw raindrops on my windshield…

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Since it’s been under 95 degrees in the middle of the afternoon…

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Since I’ve been on the treadmill (okay, only a few days)…

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But not since we had tacos!!!

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This was my Saturday, hope yours has been fantastic as well!

 

Amber

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An Improvised Dinner

Hey there! How did the week treat ya? I’m so tired my eyes are burning! I had big plans to come home and workout today, but I only got as far as putting on my workout clothes…

I wanted to share with you what happened the other night, and how I saved dinner!

The plan was to have BBQ chicken, grilled zucchini, and grilled corn on the cob (for Boyfriend)… On the grill. I got everything ready for the grill, took the chicken out and put it on, closed the lid, and came back inside to get the veggies. When I got back to the grill and opened the lid, I noticed the flame I had left on “High” was looking more like “Low”. I thought it was just the wind keeping it from coming up; but then, right before my eyes, it slowly disappeared!!!

I’m not the griller in this house (he was in the shower), so I went and asked him what was going on—and learned I was out of gas!  OMG!! What am I supposed to do now?!

George Foreman to the rescue!!

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I got that plugged in and hot, put a skillet on the stove for the zucchini, and transferred the corn from aluminum foil to saran wrap.

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It took a little bit of improvising, and a lot of quick thinking on my feet, but dinner turned out delicious!

The zucchini got caramelized and yummy in the skillet…

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And the chicken cooked up evenly and stayed moist.

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I had a giant pile of zucchini with my chicken breast:

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And Boyfriend had a sweet potato with his:

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(That corn is from my parent’s garden, thanks Mom and Dad!)

I’m going to classify this dinner as delicious and successful, even if it didn’t go quite as planned.


Tonight we’re having breakfast for dinner—scrambled eggs with veggies, and hashbrowns and bacon for Boyfriend. I’m wishing I had picked up a watermelon to go with this tonight, but oh-well! 

After dinner is figure-out-which-insurance-plan-to-choose time and then probably early to bed. My to-do list for this weekend is extensive, starting with an oil change tomorrow morning.

Are you a quick on your feet type of person, or do you freak out when things don’t go exactly as planned?

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

This is a recap of what I did this week to get up and get moving! Sadly, since this week was quite busy, I only worked out on the weekend.  I did pump some iron this weekend though!

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  • Sunday 7/17: 20 minutes on the treadmill
  • Monday 7/18: None.
  • Tuesday 7/19: None.
  • Wednesday 7/20: None.
  • Thursday 7/21: None.
  • Friday 7/22: None.
  • Saturday 7/23: Hills on the treadmill—I pushed a button on our treadmill and let it tell me what to do. It kicked my booty!! I also strength trained with the following:
    • Stability Ball Dumbell Press- 2 sets of 10 at 10lbs each
    • Single Leg Calf Raises- 2 sets of 10 each leg; one set no weight, second set 10lbs strapped around each ankle
    • Donkey Kicks- 2 sets of 10 each leg at 10 lbs each
    • Ab Burnout: Alternating V-Ups (10 each side), Knee Tucks (20), Side Bends (10 each side), Ball Crunches (20)

What did you do this week to be active?

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

This week was not a good workout week! I was busy every night, and the nights I had planned to workout, something happened that kept me from it. Lame excuses? Not really, I seriously didn’t have any free time this week.

I would like to note that on four of the days I worked this week, I spent at least six hours on my feet walking around! The other day I spent about four hours walking.

  • Sunday 7/10: 20 minutes on the treadmill, with a new personal best for the mile!
  • Monday 7/11: work only.
  • Tuesday 7/12: work only.
  • Wednesday 7/13: work only.
  • Thursday 7/14: work only.
  • Friday 7/15: work only.
  • Saturday 7/16: None (I was out of town for a friend’s wedding shower).

This coming week I’ll be getting off work 30 minutes earlier than normal (thanks to going in 30 minutes earlier), so I should have a few nights to get my booty moving! 

How were your workouts this week?

 

Amber

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Scale Minus 10

Hey, hey!

I am absolutely thrilled to report that I have officially lost 10 whole pounds!! That’s right, 10!!

You might think 10lbs isn’t really all that much (I know I did before I actually did it), but it took some seriously hard work and motivation, and the changes in my body with just 10lbs are amazing! I’ve lost 2 inches off each my waist and hips, and anywhere from 1/2″ to 1″ everywhere else… Do you know how much different my tummy looks with 2 inches and 10 pounds gone?! Its flatter, it looks less bloated/poochy, it no longer holds my pants in place–that’s right, just 10 pounds and my pants are all too big!

What about emotional/mental changes, you ask? Well I feel a lot more confident in myself! I don’t worry about having a spare tire or muffin top showing through my shirts since my pants aren’t snug and my tops fit better. I’m not embarrassed to wear shorts around the house in front of Boyfriend anymore (still holding on going out in public in shorts!)–matter of fact, I’m not embarrassed to let him see my in my undies either, haha.

Speaking of Boyfriend, he has been incredibly supportive of my weight loss efforts! He doesn’t suggest a restaurant or even dinner at home unless its something Amber Diet friendly or can be modified, he encourages me to get my booty on the treadmill (in the nicest way possible), and tells me everyday that he can tell I’ve lost weight–either in my tummy, my face, the way my clothes fit–and how good I look, and to keep it up. Chris: thank you for being so awesome, I love you!!

I know this post doesn’t include a single food pic, is entirely self-centered, and has about five too many exclamation points, but I’m so excited, I just had to share!  

 Hope you’ve all had a great weekend, enjoy your Sunday, and keep cool!

 

Amber

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