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I completed the EA Sports Active for the Wii 30 Day Challenge! Now, yes it took me longer than the actual 30 days (about 38 to be exact) but that is beside the point! I made it thru to the end with very little collateral damage. Today was the very last day in the 30 Day Challenge, but not the last day of working out for me. I still have a very long way to go. I might revisit this challenge again in the near future and actually try to complete it in the 30 days. (No promises)

We mixed in just about all of the exercises that I have ever done during the course of this challenge today, giving me an overall body workout (Lawd, have mercy it did!) The focus today was my form, I can’t say I have that down pact yet, but I gave it my best shot!


Workout 20 out of 20 (Oh Yeah!)

Calories Burned: 173.7

Workout Time: 20:37

Exercises Completed: 17 out of 17

Today’s Exercises

Dance Fast 1 ( We warmed up with the standard side to side, up and down arm movements and the exciting SHOPPING CART!)


Jump Squats

Alternating High Knee Reverse Lunges

Shooting & Passing (Basketball)

Bent Over Rows with Triceps Kickbacks

Bicep Curls with Shoulder Presses

Serve, Bump, Set & Block (Volleyball, I still can’t set to save my life….bygones)

Squats with Calf Raises

Alternating Lunges

Run (Medium)

Jump Lunges

Alternating Side Lunges with Toe Touches

Side to Side Jumps

Front Shoulder Raises

Lateral Shoulder Raises

Dance Fast 3 (We cooled down with the those same fun-loving side to side, up and down arm movements and the LASSO! Oh Yeah Baby!)

So I am quite proud of myself for actually completing the 30 Day Challenge, even if it did take me 38 days. (Whatever, don’t judge me) It probably would have been a whole lot more effective if I actually followed the plan, and if I had not been sidetracked by life a lot. Next up is ZUMBA for the Wii! I found (well the husband found…thanks babe) the cd and I will be starting on Monday. Zumba for the Wii also has an exercise calendar you can follow to boost your weight loss. My goal is to workout it out Zumba style for the next 30 days!

Wish me luck y’all, Lawd knows I am gonna need it!


Down But Not Out!

I have been down lately, really down. Which means I have not been motivated to workout at all! Today, I am better, but not quite where I need to be, but I knew I needed to get back on the horse and workout or it would really be over for me.

The workout today focused on the upper body. They were trying to give my legs a break from all the lunges and squats I did during the last workout. Turns out that was completely unnecessary since I have not worked out since Tuesday. (I know, I know….Bad JJ) Emphasis was placed on my arms and shoulders. I also used my hips and got a little workout on my waist during the baseball and tennis exercises.


Workout: 15 out of 20

Calories Burned: 122.9

Workout Time: 14:37

Exercises Completed: 17 out of 17

Today’s Exercises

Alternating Standing Knee Crunches

Alternating Side Lunges with Toe Touches (2x)

Alternating Reverse High Knee Lunges (2x – I did really good on these my lunges are getting deeper…they don’t hurt any less but they are getting better)

Alternating Cross Knee Punches (2x)

Targets & Heavy Bag (Right/Left Jab, Right/Left Cross, Heavy Bag)

Bent Over Rows (2x)

Lateral Shoulder Raises (2x)

Front Shoulder Raises (2x)

Pitch, Catch & Bat (Baseball, I usually do really well on this exercise, today I missed EVERYTHING!)

Back Court, Front Court (Tennis)

Run, Walk (Long – I have said it before, and I will continue to say it until somebody hears me RUNNING IS NOT A COOL DOWN!)

Because I have been such a HUGE slacker this week, I followed up my 20 Day Challenge workout with a workout from FIT TV on Xfinity. There was not a lot of cardio in my first work out, so I went with Cardio Hip Hop with Kendra Kemerley (I swear this chick looks just like Macy of off MTV’s Teen Mom). She called this a feel good workout that combined hip hop moves  with an easy to follow choreographed routine. Easy to follow not so much (I am not as young as I used to be). It did get my heart rate up and worked out my mid section (my biggest trouble spot) and worked my legs as well.

See you next time!



I usually workout when the kids are not here. I prefer to workout with no one around because I don’t like to be watched. I don’t like commentary and questions about what the people on the screen are doing. (observations and complaints about the game can only be made by me, thank you very much). They try their best to be helpful, they really do, but today they were just a distraction, which made the workout twice as long as it needed to be because I had to answer questions and fight with the short people to get them to act right!

Today, Bear decided she was going to workout with me. That would have been fine, if she were doing the SAME workout as me. This chick stood right next to me, and yelled out the moves she wanted to do, instead of the ones they were actually doing on the screen. (really Bear, REALLY?) Then when she thought I was not running fast enough, or doing the exercise the way she wanted me to do them, she would yell out how I needed to keep up with the people on the screen, cause they really know what they are doing. When she got tired of working out, (Thank ya baby Jesus!) she went to the back of the family room and made up songs to the music they were playing during the workout. (YEAH!….sarcasm) How that little girl manages to be louder than the surround sound stereo is beyond me.

Mookie on the other hand decided he did not want to eat the oatmeal he specifically asked for, and sat at the table yelling, “Mommy I done! I done Mommy, I no need the oatmeal.” Over and over and over again. He finally got down and stood next to me running in place saying “I sorry Mommy, I just done, I done”. (Thanks buddy). Again louder than the stereo!

This is why I work out when the short people are not home…..


Workout 13 out of 20

Calories Burned: 143.3

Workout Time: 17:07

Exercises Completed: 14 out of 14

Todays Exercises:

Dance Fast 2 (raising the roof, swaying side to side, and arm movements!)

Bent Over Rows with Triceps Kickbacks (2x)

Bicep Curls with Upright Rows (2x)


Side to Side Jumps (2x)

Kick Ups (Long)

Lateral Shoulder Raises (2x)

Bicep Curls with Shoulder Press (2x)

Dance Intermediate 1 (gave us a new dance called the LASSO- brimming with excitement people, BRIMMING!)

Run (Long)

Today’s workout was intense, with the running on the track and the jumping side to side, I was really sweating in no time. EA Sports Active for the Wii tried to get a sista to do inline skating, I had to say no. Forcing someone to squat and jump after making them run tons of laps, and jump side to side is a form of torture and they are CRAZY if they thought I was going to do that! Plus I have bad knees….I’m just saying!

Have a great Saturday!



Truth Moment

Truth Moment: I am tired, aggravated and frustrated today. I want to give up and call it quits! I have been doing everything I am supposed to be doing (eating less & better while exercising more) and I am still not seeing any visible results. My spirits are low and I have been walking around with a headache (THIS BIG) for a couple of days. In spite of my many irritations today, I got up and exercised anyway.

Per EA Sports Active for the Wii: Today’s workout takes me back to the basics with squats, lunges,presses and rows (I’m brimming with excitement and enthusiasm people I really am!) I played a little basketball and worked on my passing and shooting. And I hit that track three (count them three) times with running, high knees and kick ups to keep my heart rate up!


Workout: 9 out of 20

Calories Burned: 201.2

Workout Time: 22:47

Exercises Completed: 18 out of 18

Today’s Exercises:

Walk & Run (Medium)

Squats (2x)

Alternating Shoulder Presses (2x)

Bent Over Rows (2x)

Passing 1 (Hitting targets with the basketball!)

Alternating Lunges (2x)

Jump Lunges (2x)

Targets & Heavy Bag (Left/Right Jab, Left/Right Cross & Heavy Bag)

Run, High Knees & Kick Ups

Squat Holds (2x -30 seconds of pure H-E- Double Hockey Sticks!)

Shooting & Passing (more basketball)

Run & Walk (Long)

Over & Out


30 Day Challenge (Day 4)

Technically, I am behind two days because I took a couple of days off this past weekend to hang out with my family. Me and my little clan attended 3 birthday parties, a Fabulous Ladies Nite with some Fabulous women, church and some quality time with the people I love the most, but that is another story for another day!

Calories burned: 207.2
Workout time: 22:06
Exercises Completed 17/17

Today’s Exercises
Walk & Run (medium)
Square (2x)
Alternating Shoulder Presses (2x)
Bent Over Rows (2x)
Alternating lunges (2x)
Jump lunges (2x) (this would be were I hurt my foot trying to be all athletic and stuff and I came down all kinds if wrong on my foot and I do believe I pulled a muscle in the bottom of my foot-only me lawd, only me!)
Targets 2 (boxing)
Run, knees, kick ups
Targets 4( boxing)
Alternating bicep curls
Front shoulder raises
Run, walk (long)

Even though I hurt myself, I powered on and modified some of those wonderful lunge jumps so I could complete my workout. I do need to add some more variety to my workout though. I get bored and I am easily distracted by everything else that is going on in my life right now, so it is quite easy for me to go do something else instead of working out. I am trying to stay focused and positive although my scale is not being very helpful and is not moving at all! (I am happy it is not moving up, although I would be much happier if it would move down). I am eating better these days (thanks 40 day Fast) so that should definitely help.

Preparing me for a better, happier, healthier life!

The Athlete In You (Easy)

I truly believe that the athlete in me dug a ditch, laid down in it, and died a LONG time ago. That is not to say that I don’t want her back, and I am doing everything in my power to breathe new life into her. But my lawd have mercy on me, it is hard. I am not looking to be supermodel skinny,  I just want to get back into my size 8/10. That is when I looked ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. No one thought I was bingeing/purging (if you really knew me, you would know that I love food way to much to eat it, then turn around and throw it up) or anorexic (again, I LOVE FOOD). Or that I was pregnant way before I actually was. (Yes, some people have thought all of those thing about me at one time or another).  I looked good and felt good about myself and I want that back.

I also know that part of my problem is my lack of patience. Wait my bad, I mean I have NO patience.  If I don’t see results instantly, I have a tendency to give up. Forgetting that slow and steady wins the race, and that I can not have a quick solutions to what has been a long-term problem. So here I am trying to be consistent and refusing to give up (at least for today….. who knows about tomorrow).

EA Sports Active for the Wii – the Athlete in you (Easy) focuses on endurance, agility, balance and coordination.

20 Exercises

Shooting and Passing  (Basketball – worked the arms)

Pitch & Catch & Bat (Baseball – worked on coordination which apparently I have none of)

Squats (a lot of them, and they want you to get really low – pain)

Squat Hold ( I could barely do the squats, so we all know the squat hold was a no go)

Alternating High Knee Reverse Lunges 2x

Kick Ups ( I call these the Bootay Kicks)

Inline Skating (Skipped – I still can’t figure out how to successfully do these)

Bent Over Rows with Triceps Kickbacks

Bicep Curls with Shoulder Presses

Targets & Heavy Bag (Love boxing wish there was more of it in these workouts)

Back Court & Front Court ( Tennis)

Alternating Lunges

Alternating Side Lunges

Run, Knees, & Kick Ups (Running the track, High Stepping & Bootay Kicks)

Serve, Bump, Set & Block (Volleyball – I was not good at this when I used to play in high school, so you can imagine how well I did today)

Bent Over Rows

Upright Rows

Alternating Bicep Curls

Alternating Triceps Kickbacks

I did really well on the majority of these workouts, I even managed to complete most of them! All I know is that I better have some KILLER GAMS come the summer time with all these lunges and squats that I am doing, or me and EA Sports Active are going to have some serious problems…I’m just saying.



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