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Monday, July 21, 2014

30 Day Ab & Butt Challenge Starts 7/22

I'm ready to tackle another 30 Day Challenge. After two months of working my lower body with the Squat and Extreme Squat Challenge I'm ready to work on my core. I'm also looking forward to maintaining what I've worked hard on from the previous challenges by adding a butt challenge to the mix.

Starting Tuesday, July 22nd, I'll be working on the 30 Day Ab Challenge and 30 Day Butt Challenge from 30dayfitnesschallenges.com #30dayfitness.

30 Day Ab Challenge Fitness Workout Chart Image

This ab challenge will really help strengthen my core. An area I've not been paying enough attention to.

30 Day Butt Challenge Workout Chart

I'm adding this challenge as well to give a new variation to my previous squat challenges. I know it's not 500 squats but this will keep me on track to working on my lower area since I've worked really hard to this point for what I've got.

 Head on over to their website at Ab Challenge and Butt Challenge to get more information about both these challenges and to see videos on how to complete each of the exercises in the daily requirements.

I'd love to find some others that would like to join in with me on this next challenge.. Please let me know by leaving a comment below. It would be great to motivate you on your journey to fitness..
I'll be back tomorrow with before photos of my core and backside so I can see my results in 30 days because I really find before/after photos so motivating because when you are working out each and everyday you tend to see the same things since the change is not very noticeable. You will really see the bigger picture when you have them side by side.. Hope you'll join me..

I want to point out though, I will also be running 2-4 times a week and hitting the gym for cardio training and some light weight lifting. This will not be my only source of exercise for the next 30 day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

30 Day Squat Challenge Results

Back on June 23rd I posted about taking the 30 Day Extreme Squat Challenge. You can read more about that HERE.

Thursday was the last day for my challenge and I wanted to post some before/after photos to show my progress.

Starting at 250 squats on Day One. I ended Thursday with 500 squats. I was skeptical that I would see a difference with this challenge. It was only 30 days and feared that it wasn't enough to make a difference. I was surprised though that you can see a difference from my before/after photos below. 

The photos on the left were taken on Day 1 of this challenge and the photos on the right were taken today 7/19.

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These photos are a wonderful example that a little makes a difference. I can see the back of my legs are slimmer and the areas below the rear are smaller. On my profile shots I can see my rear smaller and my legs toner. This challenge works all of your legs, butt muscles, your core plus the front leg and inner thigh.

I highly recommend everyone to do this challenge. You can start with the 30 Day Challenge 

 30 Day Squat Challenge Fitness Workout Chart

and then the following month do the 30 Day Extreme Challenge.

30 Day Extreme Squat Challenge Fitness Workout Chart

I'll be embarking on two new challenges that I'll be starting on Monday June 21st. I'll put up a fresh post about this challenge here shortly. Come back and check it out. Would love for you to join me. A hint.. It's all about butt and abs..

Save the Ta-Ta's 5K Race

Last night I participated in my very first ever night race. Save the Ta-Ta's 5K in support of local families affected by breast cancer. The goal was to dress up in pink to enjoy the evening run. The trail was lit up with pink glow sticks and we were given glow sticks to wear.

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I went all out for this race. I'm not one to dress up or bring attention to myself but once I arrived, I realized I was not alone in my attire selections. My wonderful friend Amelia made my tutu for the occasion and I decked myself in more pink with my headband, shirt, shoes and socks. I was ready to have fun.

The route started at the river and went along the river trail up a nice hill to our local U.S Flag which here locally is called Flag Hill. Did a half mile loop up top and then it was all down hill from there back home. I ran it in 38:16 which is a 12:20 min mile. I find that excellent despite the running conditions. There is a large amount of fires burning in the adjacent states and also in Canada around MT and it was thick with smoke during the race. With my float on fire (no pun intended) while running up the elevated hill (smoke was thicker) I was having trouble with the desire to cough. Luckily there was water at the top to smooth the throat on the way down.

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Here above is me giving my youngest son a high five as I reach the finish line.

I enjoyed the night time idea of the race and being able to dress up made for a wonderful experience. I will definitely be running this again in the future!

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This photo was taken just after my race in my glistening condition. I was pumped and excited to finish.

Thanks to my friends that supported me and helped motivate me to do my best.. You guys are awesome!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A May Bride by Meg Moseley

 

A May Bride
by Meg Moseley


About the Book:
 
She thinks she has prepared for her wedding all her life . . . but it seems she may have forgotten the most important part.

Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life-a wedding just like the one her younger sister is planning back home. Their single mom will pay for Alexa's wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.

At a wedding at her church, Ellie bumps into a man who's one of the guests. She's noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn't trust freewheeling men like Gray.

When Ellie risks her own future for her sister's sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle to Ellie's family?

Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they've begun come crashing down?

My Thoughts on This Book:

WOW! I've loved each and every one of these wedding novellas and this one is no different. First time reading a book by this author. I loved her ease of writing. I couldn't put it down until I was done. A quick read, perfect for an afternoon relaxing on my deck and enjoying the warm breeze. I fell in love with Ellie and Gray. I easily related to Ellie and her character which made it even more enjoyable to read. Ellie has dreamed of her perfect white wedding. At 18, she started her own wedding fund so she could have her day just as she wanted it without needing to deal with her overprotective mother. When her prince charming finally comes into her life will she be able to convince her mother that he's the one, and not someone like her father? 

I received an e-book copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.