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My Body Does Not Like Me Right Now!

So yeah, I pretty much stink up the joint when it comes to exercising on a regular consistent basis.  I get all amped up and I say to myself,” Self you got this! Today is the day, you are going for the gold! You are going to go out there and CONQUER the world of exercise! Ain’t No Stopping Us Now! It’s all you baby! YEAH! Let’s get it!” Then me and myself are good for a little while, then something happens, or I get caught up in life and meaningless things that really do not matter and then I miss a day.  Then one day becomes two and two days turns into weeks…. and well you get my drift……sigh!

Yesterday, I got up and took the kids to school and instead of coming right up and getting caught in my feelings I drove to a nearby hospital and walked the bike trail.  It felt good, but it also hurt. 20 minutes of fast walking on concrete is no joke on the calf muscles. (My body was not happy!)  Today, I got up and I dropped the kids off at school and instead of coming home and complaining (to myself ) about how out of shape I am, and whining (again to myself) about how I wish this weight would just go away, I walked to my TV and completed the Cardio Kickboxing workout with Jill Coleman on FitTV.  A workout that was full of cardio (jumping jacks and punches) and Interval Training (squats & high knees) packed into 20 minutes.  (My body sooooooo does not like me right now!)

Apparently long breaks with no real physical activity beyond chasing after my kids is no good for this girl right here.  My knees are screaming out in protest and my muscles in my arms and legs would so like to slap the mess out of me right now.  So I am done making promises with mouth that my body can’t keep (Like running with no plan) and I am taking it day by day. I can no longer give me and my complaining self anymore breaks and I plan on working out every day for a least 20 minutes a day (that is all I can take right now) so my old body does not throw in the towel and completely shut down on me.

Cause honestly, I really need my body to like me again……

Mornings with Mookie!

During the summer my niece comes up from Mississippi and stays with my parents. My daughter (JadaBear) packs her bags and moves out of my house, and goes to stay with my parents (who live up the street from us) until her cousin (aka her idol) goes home.  That leaves me at home with my very active, very loud, 3-year-old son.

Every morning without fail this kid gets up and walks into my room before sunrise and says, “Mommy I wake up, and I sleep in my own bed.” (really kid, I’m proud of you but, do I need an announcement every morning?)  Some days he follows it up with a solo on his g’tar (that’s guitar for those of you who don’t speak 3 yr old…He has a guitar that howls so this is always so relaxing.)  Others days he comes in and gets in the bed with me and talks to me and jumps on me until I get up cause he is weally weally humgry! (really hungry) with hands gestures and everything. (he gets his dramatics from his big sister).

The other day he was in rare form. He got up at 3am (he was oh so very cold, and he needed me to put the blanket over his shoulders), 5:30 am (he needed to watch Dora and Bubble Guppies, & could I please change the channels), and 7 am (cause he needs to get up to go see his JadaBear).   When he was finally able to get up out of the bed and play it went a little something like this:

Mookie: Mama can I have that?

Me: What’s that?

Mookie: Come see it’s up there?

Me: You can not have anything off of that shelf it is too loud. (there is a shelf over his dresser mounted to the wall, and there are race cars and trucks up there)

Mookie: Did you say no to me?

Me: Get away from me, please!

Mookie: Mommy you making my head hurt dammit, (yeah he cussed at me) don’t say no to me! (I could not believe what he just said so it took me a minute to stop laughing and to respond.)

Me: What did u say?

Mookie: I don’t know, but I sorry can I have my race car?

Me: No!

My crazy kid stomps back to his room mad and crying, muttering how mama always says no to me….he comes back  five minutes later with the remote control to his race car in his hand! (which was on the shelf above the dresser where he COULD NOT reach it!)

Mookie: Mommy can u get the race car now?

Me: How did you get the remote from up there? (I finally roll out of bed to see what this nut has done!)

Mookie: I threw it up like this (lots of hand gestures and lots of spinning) and it came down.

Me: What? (I have no clue what this boy is talking about, but his room is a HAWT mess!)

Mookie: I threw it (every stuffed animal he had) like this and (more hand gestures and more lots more spinning….I don’t know why) and it came down Mama!

Folks, this kid threw his stuffed animals at the shelf until he was able to push the remote control off of the shelf.

Me: Give me that (snatching the car remote, and trying not to laugh) stop throwing stuff and go sit down somewhere before I hurt you.

Mookie: What? You said no, so I get it myself!

Me: I’m done!

All of this before 8 am? I can’t take it any more, but I gotta give it to the kid, he thought outside the box and he figured out a way to get what he wanted for himself (even if it was the wrong way). I have a feeling that this kid right here,  he is going to be a whole lot of trouble for me, for the rest of my life!

Pray Church, Pray!


19 Down 1 to Go!

Todays workout isolated all of my upper body muscles. We did circuits that worked the biceps, triceps, shoulders and the back. In between the circuits we did sports drills. TRUTH: I was in no way, shape or form inspired to workout today. I am tired and annoyed by the fact that my kids refuse to sleep pass 2:30 am, and insist on making sure I am awake with them. (Got to love the babies…..sigh)


Workout: 19 out of 20

Workout Time: 16:15

Exercises Completed: 16 out of 16

Today’s Exercises

Walk & Run (Medium)

Standing twists (2x)

Alternating Shoulder Presses

Bent over rows (2x)

Alternating Bicep Curls (2x)

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

Upright Rows

Alternating Triceps Kickbacks (2x)

Back, Front & Mid Court (Tennis, missed nearly every ball)

Alternating Standing Knee Crunches

Alternating Cross Knee Punches

Run, Walk (Medium)

One more day, tomorrow has got to be better!


(P.S. This was actually written yesterday, but my son hijacked the computer last night and would not let me get near, because he was watching Dora the Explorer!)

Final Week of the Challenge!

I am finally at the last week of the challenge on the EA Sports Active for the Wii. (HALLELUJAH!!) Lord knows it took me way longer than it was supposed to. (This was supposed to last one month, I do believe I have managed to push this into month two….sigh!) Truth: I thought I would have quit completely by now. (I am sort of a slacker when it comes to exercise.) But, I have made it to the last week and while it took a lot of effort, I am a little proud of myself. Today’s workout put some of my sports drills into action and worked out my lower body by reviewing some of the exercises I have worked on in the past.


Workout 16 of 20 (Four more to go!)

Calories Burned: 181.3

Workout Time: 19:14

Excercises Completed: 16 out of 16

Today’s Exercises:

Walk, Run (Long)

Squats (2x)

Standing Twists

Side to Side Jumps (2x)

Run, Knees, & Kick Ups

Squats with Calf Raises

Alternating Bicep Curls (2x)

Back, Front & Mid Court (Tennis)

Jump Squats

Run (Long)

Alternating Triceps Kickbacks (2x)

Dance Basic 1 (I worked it out with the Shopping Cart and the ever popular Side to Side Pointing!)

I think my biggest challenge this week will be staying on course. Only taking my one rest day (Sunday) and the getting back into the business of working out. I have a tendency to lose focus and I take more rest days than I should (2 sometimes 3….it’s sad I know). Then when I finally do get back on track, I complain about how hard it has been for me to get this done. (All my fault I know, I know). So I am determined to finish out this week with a bang, no complaining about the challenge (fingers crossed people fingers crossed).

Till next time!




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!


Doing More

Once again today’s focus was on lunges. (Oh, how I hate thee lunges, let me count the ways…). “Get low,” they said, “aim for maximum height on the jump lunges,” they said, “put some power behind it.” (Kick Rocks, I said!)  The squat holds, PLUS the squats with calf raises almost did a sista in! It was complete torture. I worked my way through the never-ending stars circling around my head, and I made it through to the end! When I finally hit the floor, gasping and panting for breath, Coach Mookie was there (he is on the sick & shut in list today) cheering me on. (You did it momma, good job.)  Then he gave me the thumbs up sign, sideways. (Good times people, good times!)


Workout: 13 out of 20

Calories Burned: 171.8

Workout Time: 20:08

Exercises Completed: 18 out of 18

Today‘s Exercises

Walk & Run (Medium)

Squats with Calf Raises (2x)

Alternating Shoulder Presses (2x)

Shooting (Basketball)

Alternating Lunges (2x)

Jump Lunges (2x)

Serve, Bump, Set & Block (Tennis…. I was so off today, I missed just about every Set & Block)

Run, Knees & Kick Ups

Squat Holds (2x- 20 seconds of pure pain each time)

Shooting & Passing (More basketball)

Run & Walk (Long)

I wanted to do something extra today. Something quick and easy, so I followed up my workout on the EA Sports Active for the Wii with a quick 8 minute Cardio Dance workout off of the FIT TV on Xfinity. They called it a quick cardio blast that would work my entire body in my quest for cardio fitness. Umm they did not lie. That Kendra Kemerley worked it out in those 8 minutes. She got my heart pumping and I used every inch of my body in the workout.

Now that I have sweated out my perm, I must go hit the showers.


Squats, Squats & More Squats

Todays theme was Sports Drills. I went in thinking this can’t be too bad until I saw the list of exercises that I would have to complete today. (Apparently I have not learned from the other 10 workouts that EA Sports Active for the Wii is full of trickery and deceit!) I ended up doing TONS and TONS of squats. TONS I tell you!  We also worked out the arms with some boxing and tennis, and they threw in some baseball  for a little variety. (which I liked because the catching and throwing is helping me to whittle away my expansive middle.)

Summary: High Intensity

Workout 11 out of 20

Calories Burned: 217.2

Workout Time: 24:38

Exercises Completed: 17 out of 17

Todays Exercises:

Dance Intermediate 2 (More waving my hands in the air and raising the roof- always fun, but never on beat!)

Squats (3x – by the third set my legs were BURNING for real!)

Catching & Batting (2x – Baseball…loved it because it worked the middle!)

Jump Squats (3x – Like the divas on In Living Color from back in the day HATED IT with two snaps in the air!)

Kick Ups (Short -supposed to be fast, I of course went slow, got a little pep talk from the EA coach…. if I put in more effort I will get better results….REALLY?)

Bent Over Rows w/ Triceps Kickbacks (2x)

Alternating Bicep Curls (2x)

Run, High Knees, & Kick Ups

Back Court & Front Court (Tennis – worked out forehand/backhand and volleys)

Targets &  Heavy Bags ( Right/Left Jab, Right/Left Cross, Heavy Bags – My favorite – My arms are still shaking even as I type this)

Dance Basic 2 (Cool down with the lawnmower and what the game calls the Disco move…I’m telling you I would KILL on the dance floor we these moves, if it were 1970 and I had some gogo boots and metallic halter dresses!)


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