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Youngblood: beginning novice…

August 28, 2010 1 comment

You know when you go to a hairstylist and they make your hair look gorgeous, you have a feeling of dread as well?  It’s because you know that you’ll never be able to replicate what they did in your own bathroom.  Same thing with makeup.  It takes a couple tries when you’re trying a new product, and my attempts with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are no different.

As I first brought up in a previous post, I found a perfect match with the Dark Mineral Rice Setting Powder and the Coffee Loose Foundation.  When I was sitting in the stylist’s chair, I was surprised that she said Coffee and not Toffee.  Coffee seemed too dark for my skin but hey, the proof was right there in the mirror.  So, I did as she said: I dusted the Rice Setting Powder and then applied the Coffee foundation. Read more…


STS: Week 12 complete!

I know I’m late.   It’s been crazy here.  First off, I officially decided to nix all the best and back workouts this month.  My back, though tremendously better than it was two weeks ago, can still feel twinges of pain and I just don’t want to risk it.  So, if you don’t think I’m really doing Meso3, I’m sorry but I’m doing what I can without injury.  It also was difficult this week because my mother came to visit and I still was plagued with sleep problems.  Thus, a lot of switching around from Cathe’s original rotation.

The day before my mother came, I started off the week by doing a strength workout, Disc 30: Shoulders, Biceps, and Triceps.  First of all, love love love this combo.  It’s a great upper body workout.  You do four sets of three different exercises (shoulder, bicep, and then a tricep exercise) and you have three rounds of that.  I love the amount of time I have in between sets.  It’s perfect to update my notes and even to surf (and shop!)  online while Cathe talks.  Unlike cardio, I can do strength workouts without a problem in the evening so its a good thing to schedule in when I didn’t have time to workout in the morning.

I had every intention of working out the day my mother came but it was not in the cards.  I picked her up from the airport and ended up chatting with her the whole day so no workout.  The next morning I did the quickie (but hardie) Hiit 30/30.  I was huffing and puffing and needed breaks.  I imagine a good chunk of that was from a buildup of lack of sleep but I still find it uber fun.  I also thought in the middle of the workout if I could use a bosu instead of a step to do the entire workout.  I’m VERY curious of this option and must remember to try that the next time.

The next day I did Disc 29: Plyo Legs.  This workout was pretty weird because my mother decided to plop herself in the middle of the room and be my live audience.  I can’t tell you how odd it felt and how I had to suppress the urge to throw her out.  But she wasn’t doing anything wrong so I felt dumb to push her out of my private gym.  I haven’t been keeping track of my weights during Plyo Legs and I really wish I did.  I keep on going lighter because I’m worried about my back but I started to put heavier and heavier weight as the workout progressed.  I always get really afraid of Plyo Legs before I start but then I get really into it after the first two or three sets.  All the Plyo workouts from Meso 3 are keepers and I need to remember that when I’m making other rotations.

After taking a rest day for shopping, I then did Cardio Core Circuit.  Still a killer!  I am getting much better at those core exercises though.  I also wondered in this workout if there were places where I could use my bosu.  I continue to have issues with lateral hopping.  I never go as far as Cathe and at this point, I’m not trying during the workout itself to do it anymore.  I’ll get better with other exercises but CCC is so tough in itself that I really don’t need push myself any further than I do without passing out!   The last workout on tap was MMA: Kickboxing but I was completely dreading it.  My husband suggested I sub it for a kickboxing workout I loved so I put it 4DS: Kickbox Cardio only and then followed it with the MMA: Kickboxing Core Conditioning and Stretch.  It was freaking perfect.  First off, I had a dumb grin during the cardio kickboxing segment.  It is still by far my favorite kickboxing workout ever (well, until Cathe makes another one…or perhaps Turbofire?).

Considering my mother was here to make me fat, I think I did pretty well!  The coming week is going to have a lot of double workouts interspersed with “rest” days…shock the body?

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STS Week 10 and 11 barely complete…

These last two weeks have not been great for me at all.  I got massively sick two weekends ago and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since.  I got TWO workouts in my recovery week.  Just two!  And they were light step workouts — first I did 4DS: LIS cardio only when I felt like my congestion was loose enough to breathe again and the next day I did Step Moves.  What they lack in intensity, they make up for in a serious fun factor.  (If you do love step with semi-advanced choreography, I highly recommend getting these two workouts).  That was the entirety of my Active Recovery week or STS Week 10.

STS Week 11 wasn’t so great either.  In fact, its not even really complete at this point.  All during my sickie recovery week and last week I had severe back pain.  I didn’t want to touch STS: Chest and Back.  I just didn’t want to aggravate it at all.  So I ended up doing every workout except for that. Hiit: Double Wave Pyramid kicked my ARSE hard core.  I told myself that I was still recovering from being sick but I could barely do it and I needed some serious breaks.  Because I had such a bad run with the HiiT workout, I was super leery of doing Plyo Legs.   When I finally did get myself psyched to do it, I got into the groove pretty quickly.  It moves very fast.  You alternate between a plyometric move and some weighted leg exercise.  So, yes, your legs are like jello near the end of it but maybe more like that decadent chocolate mousse jello.

I was looking forward to doing Athletic Step as it has surpassed Step, Jump, and Pump for my all time favorite steady state cardio workout.  Clearly, I was still out of it.  I ended up doing the whole workout but with insane breaks and not well and just couldn’t get myself into it.  I still love it, and I still look forward to it but I just had a crappy workout.  The next day, almost with fear, I started the STS: Shoulders, Biceps, and Triceps.  That workout was a home run!!  Wow, just so much fun.  In fact, I have to re-evaluate the weights I used since they all felt a bit on the light side and that’s saying something given how week my shoulders usually are.  I felt much better about working out that point.  I finished out the week with MMA: Fusion, which is still very difficult for me despite not having a high cardio factor.  I’ve found the better form I have with that workout, the more fun the combos are.  The first combo drags for a while and then everything else picks up a ton of speed.

My mom is visiting me this week so I’m not sure how much exercise I’ll get in.  I hope more than less!

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Where did you go!?!?

Ok, I got massively sick.  Not just, ::cough cough:: the sick you get most of the time, but like massively sick.  I did everything right at the first symptom but it still knocked me out for more than 5 days and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since.  I will try get back with the blogging over the weekend.  In mind the posts to come up:

  • STS Week 10 and 11
  • My initial impressions using Youngblood
  • My dimethicone article
  • Superquick top chef recaps
  • My Tarte Mutipleye experiment
  • Why Togos rocks
  • Cathe 4lb microload gloves review
  • Saber knives review (!!)
  • A couple recipes

Eek, just writing them out intimidates me! We’ll see how much I get done!

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STS: Week 9 complete!

I was completely true to the rotation this week.  So, a whole seven days without a rest day!  It was my favorite week of my favorite mesocycle. Read more…

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Review: Summer event at Spa Xana(don’t)

Over a week ago, I went to Spa Xanadu‘s first summer event.  They touted raffles and introduction in services like eyelash extensions, nail care, Youngblood, and complimentary mini-facials all for free or at a discount.  How could I not bite?  I’ve gone there about two times before with mixed feelings and it seemed like a good opportunity to set food in the building.  Well, I did, and Youngblood was the only thing that made me happy that I took time out of my day to travel and stay there.  But for the most part, not a lot of good R&R. Read more…