Day 3 – PPtoTT

Only a couple of days into this 30 day pursuit and I’m already feeling more energetic, stronger and happier. Micko said last night that he can see a change already too – not physically yet, but in my demeanour.

DAY 3. FIRM BUTT FRIDAY

10 regular squats

(Feet shoulder width apart. Back straight. Tummy in. Lower your torso (keep back straight) as you bend knees to almost sitting position – knees should not go beyond ankles. Go back to starting position)

10 inner thigh squats

(Feet wider than shoulder width. Toes pointing outwards. Lower torso until thighs are parallel with floor & slowly raise yourself)

10 squat dips (per leg)

(Stand 2 steps in front of a chair, facing away from chair. Feet hip width apart. Hands on hips. Lift left leg so top of foot rests on chair. Lower right leg doing single squat – keep right knee behind right toes, dip left knee toward floor and straighten right knee to stand x 10 then swap legs)

20 bicycle crunches (20 each leg)

(Lie flat with lower back pressed to floor. With hands gently holding your head, left knees to 45* angle. Start bicycle pedal motion and alternate elbows touching opposite knee as you twist from one to another)

30 second mountain climbers

(With your hands & toes on the floor, your body forming a bridge, alternate bringing each knee up to your chest repeatedly)

15 second horse stance (per leg)

(Start with hands & knees on floor – hands under shoulders, knees under hips, straight back. Extend left arm forward and right leg back so it’s parallel with the floor. Hold for 15 secs and swap)

40 second plank

(Rest your forearms & toes on the floor. Torso & legs should remain rigid – no sagging or bending. Keep neck relaxed & face towards the floor.  Maintain plank position)

REST (Put boxing mitts on & get a partner)

1 minute jabs

(Partner holds pads in front of you. Alternate left, right. Your left arm punches diagonally across & vice versa. Stand with 1 foot forward & 1 back and maintain that stance)

1 MINUTE REST

1 minute upper jabs

(Partner holds pads at your shoulder height (roughly) facing down. Alternate left, right. Punch opposite pad & maintain the same stance)

1 MINUTE REST

1 minute outer jabs

(Partner has arms apart with pads facing inwards. Alternate left, right. Punch across your body to the opposite pad & maintain the same stance)

REPEAT FROM BEGINNING!

Enjoy your weekend!

Kiz xx

Day 2 – PPtoTT

Who has tight thigh muscles? I do!

Who has sore lower tummy muscles? I do! 

Who has tender arms? I do!

DAY 2. THIGH LOVIN’ THURSDAY

10 regular squats

(Feet shoulder width apart. Back straight. Tummy in. Lower your torso (keep back straight) as you bend knees to almost sitting position – knees should not go beyond ankles. Go back to starting position)

10 jump squats

(As per regular squat, however instead of returning to original position, jump up and then repeat. Go carefully, hard on knees)

10 inner thigh squats

(Feet wider than shoulder width. Toes pointing outwards. Lower torso until thighs are parallel with floor & slowly raise yourself)

20 crunches

(Lie flat with knees bent, feet on floor. Hands can be hovered on knees (easy), crossed on chest (harder) or rested gently behind head (hardest). Crunch shoulders up, lower back must remain on floor & control back down)

20 bicycle crunches (20 each leg)

(Lie flat with lower back pressed to floor. With hands gently holding your head, left knees to 45* angle. Start bicycle pedal motion and alternate elbows touching opposite knee as you twist from one to another)

20 leg raises

(Lie flat with legs out, arms by your side. Engage core muscles – imagine belly button pushing lower back flat against floor. Keep feet together & legs straight as you raise to 45* angle and control the movement back down to just above floor & repeat)

30 second mountain climbers

(With your hands & toes on the floor, your body forming a bridge, alternate bringing each knee up to your chest repeatedly)

40 second plank

(Rest your forearms & toes on the floor. Torso & legs should remain rigid – no sagging or bending. Keep neck relaxed & face towards the floor.  Maintain plank position)

REST (Put boxing mitts on & get a partner)

1 minute jabs

(Partner holds pads in front of you. Alternate left, right. Your left arm punches diagonally across & vice versa. Stand with 1 foot forward & 1 back and maintain that stance)

1 MINUTE REST

1 minute upper jabs

(Partner holds pads at your shoulder height (roughly) facing down. Alternate left, right. Punch opposite pad & maintain the same stance)

1 MINUTE REST

1 minute outer jabs

(Partner has arms apart with pads facing inwards. Alternate left, right. Punch across your body to the opposite pad & maintain the same stance)

REPEAT FROM BEGINNING!

Only slight changes today, I think tomorrow I’ll introduce the dreaded burpee into the mix.

Kiz xx

Day 1 – Painful Pursuit to Toned Terrificness

I’m totally loving the cool weather of late. I thoroughly enjoy wearing jeans & jumpers and feeling snug. What I hate though, is feeling sluggish, wobbly & jiggly and just plain unfit.

So, I’ve decided, it’s time to tone this temple!

(I finished that sentence with an exclamation mark to suggest I’m totally excited & motivated for this, but in truth, it’s more so because I’m trying my absolute best to convince myself that this is going to be a good thing…)

Hence the reason I’m sharing my plan & possible plight right here. So (at last count) 131 of you lovely folk, can either join me in action or in support.

Although my real action on the exercise front started on Monday with what felt like 5000 squats + a workout last night too, my Painful Pursuit to Toned Terrificness challenge officially starts today!

If perhaps you want to join me on this exercise escapade please note that the ‘equipment’ I will be using will be: boxing ‘bag mitts’ i.e. a lighter version of a boxing glove – perfect for speed, accuracy & technique + boxing punch pads (for my partner in punching!). NO other whiz bang equipment is required at all.

So, without further ado, let’s get totally smokin’ starting with:

DAY 1. WORK IT WEDNESDAY

10 regular squats

(Feet shoulder width apart. Back straight. Tummy in. Lower your torso (keep back straight) as you bend knees to almost sitting position – knees should not go beyond ankles. Go back to starting position)

10 jump squats

(As per regular squat, however instead of returning to original position, jump up and then repeat. Go carefully, hard on knees)

10 inner thigh squats

(Feet wider than shoulder width. Toes pointing outwards. Lower torso until thighs are parallel with floor & slowly raise yourself)

15 crunches

(Lie flat with knees bent, feet on floor. Hands can be hovered on knees (easy), crossed on chest (harder) or rested gently behind head (hardest). Crunch shoulders up, lower back must remain on floor & control back down)

15 bicycle crunches (15 each leg)

(Lie flat with lower back pressed to floor. With hands gently holding your head, left knees to 45* angle. Start bicycle pedal motion and alternate elbows touching opposite knee as you twist from one to another)

15 leg raises

(Lie flat with legs out, arms by your side. Engage core muscles – imagine belly button pushing lower back flat against floor. Keep feet together & legs straight as you raise to 45* angle and control the movement back down to just above floor & repeat)

30 second mountain climbers

(With your hands & toes on the floor, your body forming a bridge, alternate bringing each knee up to your chest repeatedly)

40 second plank

(Rest your forearms & toes on the floor. Torso & legs should remain rigid – no sagging or bending. Keep neck relaxed & face towards the floor.  Maintain plank position)

REST (Put boxing mitts on & get a partner)

1 minute jabs

(Partner holds pads in front of you. Alternate left, right. Your left arm punches diagonally across & vice versa. Stand with 1 foot forward & 1 back and maintain that stance)

1 MINUTE REST

1 minute upper jabs

(Partner holds pads at your shoulder height (roughly) facing down. Alternate left, right. Punch opposite pad & maintain the same stance)

1 MINUTE REST

1 minute outer jabs

(Partner has arms apart with pads facing inwards. Alternate left, right. Punch across your body to the opposite pad & maintain the same stance)

REPEAT FROM BEGINNING!


I will adjust this workout every day and it will continue for the next 30 days.  I would be totally stoked if you joined me on this pursuit to terrificness! Sandy, you must have read my mind based on your response on Facebook yesterday! Hahaha

Kiz xx

Definition of Ter-rif-ic-ness – A state of being when a person is not only terrific but toned too.

Proud Mummy Moment #1

Micko has been tinkering on a project in the garage for about a week now. He’s a closet inventor I sware  – whatever he needs, he creates. And this project has been no different.

He decided that to get the boys on a motorbike without their concern or ours, he needed to make it himself. He used a pocket rocket shell & covers with a motor from an electric scooter we had lying about. He made a throttle & ‘race light’ and the end result was this…

It goes no faster than an electric scooter but certainly looks the part, don’t you think?

Both Chili & Ace had a turn yesterday afternoon and rode confidently. Such clever little men.

I can totally picture myself wearing team colours at a future MotoGP!

Kiz xx

Sand Bucket List

I was fortunate enough to be a guest blogger on one of my fav local websites today, Brisbane Kids.

Please click here if you’d like to read my Sand Bucket List – a tribute to childhood.

Big thank you to Ngaire from BK!

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Kiz xx

Things Kids Say #9

Micko recorded this clip with Chili last Christmas. As you can see, Chili is devouring some chocolate. And no, it’s not the first time he’d tried it. And no, it wasn’t his last ever meal.

If body language is anything to go by – do you think sweet Chil meant what he said?

We didn’t think so either!

It cracks us up every time.

Kiz xx

Rainy Day Activity

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Inside hop scotch. It’s proven to be quite an entertaining game today for Chili & Ace. Seriously entertaining for me too – absolutely hilarious watching Acey try to coordinate his hops & jumps!

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