Sunday, November 27, 2011

Results from Week 4: Listen to YOUR body

I'm hard headed. I'll be the first to admit it. So when I'm told to take it easy during a workout I get a bit upset and push even harder just to prove to myself that I'm not weak and I can push through the pain. Well, that kind of idiotic mentality will get you nowhere. Literally. I injured my knee awhile back and I just kept pushing on it and finally during my third day this week I hurt it to the point where I had to crawl downstairs because my knee was so swollen and stiff. Instead of listening and slowing down or decreasing the intensity, I pushed so hard that I was unable to workout for three days (just two days ago I was able to walk without the shooting pain). I guess there really is a fine line between going hard and going too far. I want to be stronger, faster, more fit and in order to do that I have to be able to workout everyday. That being said, hurting myself during a workout is counterproductive and I will not be doing that again. If anything, I've learned this week to truly listen to my body. Sometimes that 'one rep' can be the difference between going hard and going too far. 

Here are my results:

21- 50 weighted mini squats + 50 skips with rope x2; 50 weighted sit ups + 50 skips x2; 50 rows with sandbag + 50 skips x2
Completed in: 21m 23s
22- 50 side v-crunches (L)+ 50 knee highs; 50 side v-crunches (R ) + 50 knee highs; 50 bicep curls + 50 knee highs x2; 50 sumo squat & leg lift + 50 knee highs x2
Completed in: 19m 58s
23- 50 triceps dips + 50 jump jacks x2; 50 walking lunges + 50 jump jacks x2; 50 hanging knee raises + 50 jump jacks x2
Completed in: 15 m 45 s; Then it finally happened, I blew out my knee during the first set of jump jacks in the last round… FML
No workout for the next three days. Monday will be a tough day...
24- HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 50 calve raises + 50 side to side pike jumps x2; 50 ball chopper + 50 skips with rope x2; 50 flies + 50 mountain climbers; 50 super girl plank + 50 knee highs
Completed in:
25- 50 weighted crunches + 50 skips x 3; 50 ball bridges + 50 jump jacks; 50 push ups + 50 knee highs; 50 diagonal touch down + 50 side to side pike jumps
Completed in:
26- 50 weighted step ups + 50 pendulums x2; 50 leg assisted dips + 50 pendulums x2; 50 dead lifts + 50 pendulums x2
Completed in:
27- ARD- FINALLY!

For the last three days in November I think I'll revisit a few full body routines on Bodyrock.Tv. My goal is that next November I'll be able to do this 4 week challenge again and have even better scores. I'm rather excited!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Week 4: Combining Everything for Maximum Results

So are you ready to start working out now??? =)

I've decided to go ahead and combine the previous weeks' workout routines for the final stretch. I don't know if it's too aggressive seeing as how I wasn't able to complete a few of the previous routines but I figure why not, let's just give it a go! 

We'll end up doing a 600 rep routine for the next 6 days. It's going to be a combination time challenge with cardio included. Each region will be worked during a workout because I like being able to do a full body workout everyday and since cardio never hurt anybody I'm throwing that in for kicks. 

21- 50 weighted mini squats + 50 skips with rope x2; 50 weighted sit ups + 50 skips x2; 50 rows with sandbag + 50 skips x2
22- 50 side v-crunches (L)+ 50 knee highs; 50 side v-crunches (R ) + 50 knee highs; 50 bicep curls + 50 knee highs x2; 50 sumo squat & leg lift + 50 knee highs x2
23- 50 triceps dips + 50 jump jacks x2; 50 walking lunges + 50 jump jacks x2; 50 hanging knee raises + 50 jump jacks x2
24- HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 50 calve raises + 50 side to side pike jumps x2; 50 ball chopper + 50 skips with rope x2; 50 flies + 50 mountain climbers; 50 super girl plank + 50 knee highs
25- 50 weighted crunches + 50 skips x 3; 50 ball bridges + 50 jump jacks; 50 push ups + 50 knee highs; 50 diagonal touch down + 50 side to side pike jumps
26- 50 weighted step ups + 50 pendulums x2; 50 leg assisted dips + 50 pendulums x2; 50 dead lifts + 50 pendulums x2
27- ARD- FINALLY!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Results from week 3: "Time to nut up or shut up!"


My goal for these weekly challenges is to push myself and to increase the intensity to promote more meaningful workouts on a regular basis. I felt like I got stuck in a workout rut and even though I felt like I was pushing as hard as I could at the moment I wanted to force myself to get uncomfortable. I wanted outside of the mindset that I was pushing as hard as I could and go beyond my breaking point. The outcome three quarters of the way through is eye opening and exactly what I not necessarily 'wanted' to see but NEEDED to see. I'm not as strong as I think I am. I haven't been pushing as hard as I thought I was. I needed this challenge to be able to reevaluate my fitness level and I'm shocked at the reality of where I truly stand. 

This past week's focus was on cardio. I'm not afraid of cardio I'm just no good at it. Then I'm faced with a double edged sword and to some people that might sound like excuses but I encourage you to not see it that way.

The difficulties I was faced with during cardio week was very depressing to say the least. For starters I'm still sick with a cold that I just cannot get rid of. (This is the first time in a long time that I'm using nothing but food and vitamins to battle an illness- it's part of my all natural life movement which we'll talk about later). Secondly, I injured my knee some time ago and I've been able to get away with doing certain exercises that don't exacerbate the pain, all of which include the exercises most effective for cardio. Third, we have friends coming into town real soon and since we just moved into this house we have so much to do and clean in order to allow a comfortable stay for them, in short that means I'm ridiculously busy and nearly running on fumes by the time I get to workout. Again, these might all sound like excuses but I just want to be able to explain myself before I post my results for this week.

I want you to know that I tried and I literally pushed as hard as I could until I felt for sure that I'd end up hurting myself if I didn't take it down a notch. I was able to complete majority of the workouts but I'm just disappointed in the scores. 

*3 sets of 8 rounds = 12 minutes.

Day 14: Interval Cardio part 1:  Knee highs with jump rope. 40, 44, 35, 27, 38, 30, 14, 18 Seated pull ups. 8, 7, 6, 7, 9, 7, 6, 3 Repeat first exercise for last set. 45, 48, 42, 40, 52, 54, 49, 40

Day 15: Interval Cardio part 2:  Mountain Climbers. 40, 40, 35, 27, 38, 30, 14, 18 Star crunches. 20, 20, 19, 19, 25, 23, 17, 14 Repeat first exercise for last set. 41, 28, 15, 22, 41, 38, 20, 29

Day 16: IC Part 3: 20 on/10 off X 8 rds: Burpees. 4, 4, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 2 Prisoner get up. 4, 4, 4, 3, 5, 4, 3, 5 Knee highs w/rope* 53, 50, 47, 47, 45, 40, 43, 47

Day 17: IC Part 4: 20 on/10 off X 8 rds: Big jump forward, two jumps back. One leg lift and toe touch. Repeat first exercise for last set. 
*This day I relapsed and felt super terrible. I only managed to do 2 rounds before I felt like I was going to vomit… Husband was not happy about this. 
1 jump forward, 2 jumps back 5, 4
1 leg lift and toe touch 11, 11, 9, 10, 8, 11, 9, 8
Commando push up and sit up combo 11, 8, 7, 6
Alternating Side v-crunches 16, 14, 10, 9

Day 18: IC Part 5: One leg hop forward (left) one leg hop back (right)/ one leg hop forward (right), one leg hop forward (left). Confused? Click here. Full body rows and kick up. Repeat first exercise for last set. 
*As I mentioned above I injured my knee and after trying the one leg hop a couple times my right knee just couldn't handle it so I modified the exercise.
Side to side pike jumps: 27, 16, 14, 22, 26, 22, 23, 21
Full body rows: 8, 8, 3, 6, 8, 6, 5, 3
Repeat first exercise for last set: 25, 22, 17, 17, 26, 22, 15, 20

Day 19: IC Part 6: Surfer. From standing position drop down on your belly, power up making sure to land with your toes pointing to the left, jump up. Drop down on your belly, power up to the right and jump up. Round kick and knee raises. Repeat first exercise for last set. 
*No workout on this day. Absolutely zero energy by the time Husband and I got home from running errands… I was really upset that I didn't get to workout but that's just the breaks. 

Day 20: Active Rest day! 

Week three has been a serious disaster in my opinion. I just think it's funny that all kinds of issues arise in regards to my workouts the one time I decide to post it. =) 
Anyway, be on the look out for next week's schedule. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

A sweet little treat


I got inspired to bake a cake today. 



It's a rum soaked whole wheat almond cake filled with left over caramel buttercream (from my apple cupcakes) then iced with traditional vanilla buttercream.

The idea behind the whole wheat cake is not necessarily the health benefits because come on… it's a cake after all. But, personally, I like the taste and the texture of a cake made with whole wheat flour. 

I also needed an excuse to use the new 6 inch cake pan I just bought so I present to you my "Falling Leaves" cake! Enjoy.


Monday, November 14, 2011

The first rule of Zombieland: Cardio.

"When the zombie outbreak first hit, the first to go, for obvious reasons... were the fatties."


Week 3: Creative Cardio

I used to run a lot back in high school but since moving out of Mom's house and becoming an adult with responsibilities and bills (and the ability to party as loud as I want all night if I want) running was put on the back burner so often that I just stopped doing it all together. 

I wish that [for me] getting back into running was as easy as riding a bicycle, something that we'll just always remember how to do well. But unfortunately that's not the case here. My lung capacity has always felt a little underdeveloped even while at my most active. Tack on years of complete disregard for my health (eating habits, lack of exercise, a short stint with smoking cigarettes) and you'll end up completely terrified of a zombie outbreak because CARDIO is the KEY to SURVIVAL! 

This week will focus on creative ways to get in good worthwhile cardio that isn't running on a treadmill for hours in a gym. It's so boring to me… which is probably why I don't do it. 

The definition of Cardio[vascular exercise] is: An activity that raises your heart rate to a level where you're working but are still able to talk. 

"Izumi Tabata found out that 20 seconds of maximum effort followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated for 8 cycles, gives you the same benefits as 40 minutes or more of moderate, steady pace cardio. So you can spend 4 minutes of complete brutality or 40+ minutes drooling with boredom on the elliptical machine – your choice." -Zuzana, Bodyrock.tv

So for this week my workouts will look like this:

*3 sets of 8 rounds = 12 minutes.

Day 14: Interval Cardio part 1: 20 seconds on/10 seconds off X 8 rounds: Knee highs with jump rope. Followed by same HIIT of Seated pull ups. Repeat first exercise for last set.

Day 15: Interval Cardio part 2: same sequence 20 on/10 off X 8 rds: Mountain Climbers. Star crunches. Repeat first exercise for last set. 

Day 16: IC Part 3: 20 on/10 off X 8 rds: Burpees. Prisoner get up. Repeat first exercise for last set. 

Day 17: IC Part 4: 20 on/10 off X 8 rds: Big jump forward, two jumps back. One leg lift and toe touch. Repeat first exercise for last set. 

Day 18: IC Part 5: One leg hop forward (left) one leg hop back (right)/ one leg hop forward (right), one leg hop forward (left). Confused? Click here. Full body rows and kick up. Repeat first exercise for last set. 

Day 19: IC Part 6: Surfer. From standing position drop down on your belly, power up making sure to land with your toes pointing to the left, jump up. Drop down on your belly, power up to the right and jump up. Round kick and knee raises. Repeat first exercise for last set. 

Day 20: Active Rest day! 

Good luck with your training and I'll post my scores on Sunday!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Results from week 2: "Sh!t or get off the pot!"

Week Two Overview: Results for "Beating my Personal Bests"

Many times I think people do monotonous mediocre workouts just to be able to say that they 'did' it. But if you're not going to push yourself to the max each and every time then I just don't see the point. Revisiting workouts that I've done in the past definitely gave me the motivational boost I was hoping to find this week. I was able to push harder, up the intensity and sweat more which resulted in way better scores. After one workout I thought to myself "Was I even trying last time???" because my scores were exponentially better this time around. Everything in green indicates that I beat my personal best.

But then I came down with a terrible cold on Thursday and because of that I wasn't able to do my workout for Friday or Saturday. Today is Sunday and I'm not all recovered but I did my workout for Friday and it shows how weak I am because not only did I not beat my previous score for several exercises, I didn't even match it. I attempted to push for Saturday's workout on top of Friday's but after a four minute rest period I felt my body disliking what I was doing to it. So I called it quits for the day. Gave myself a pat on the back for trying. But promised that I'll do better tomorrow. 


Here are my results:
Day 8: "Give me everything"; max reps during 50 second interval with 10 second rest in between X 12 rounds
1 leg dead lift (L)- 14,16
1 leg dead lift (R)- 15,18
Jumping jacks with jump rope- 49, 52
Knee raises- 17,21
Break dancer push ups- 6, 10
Skips with jump rope- 86, 92

Day 9: "Booty Shaping"; max reps during 30 sec interval with 10 sec rest in between X 18 rounds
Commando push up (1 knee tuck is one rep) - 16, 11, 16, 11, 15, 12
Weighted squat and kick forward (alternating legs is one rep) - 11, 13, 15, 14, 15, 12
Single knee tuck- 28, 30, 32, 21, 24, 23

Day 10: "Death to fat"; 50 sec on/ 10 sec off X 12 rounds
Bent over rows with sandbag- 27, 25, 23
Ball squat and jump up- 35, 34, 34
Ball squeeze bridge- 33, 28, 35
Ball leg lift- 18, 17, 22

*No workouts these two days*
Day 11: "Light cardio and Core" 20 sec on/ 10 sec off X 16 rounds
Knee highs
Ball chopper
Knee highs
Weighted crunches
Knee highs
Side crunches (L)
Knee highs
Side crunches (R)

Day 12: "Guns and Roses" Exercise time challenge. Complete 3 sets as fast as possible. My previous time was 16 minutes 09 seconds.
50 knee highs with jump rope
10 push ups
50 jumping jacks with jump rope
50 skips with jump rope
10 break dancer push up

Day 13: Friday Makeup day
Knee highs- 53, 50
Ball chopper- 12, 12
Knee highs- 47,48
Weighted crunches-18, 19
Knee highs-43, 47
Side crunches (L)-16, 14
Knee highs-49, 52
Side crunches (R)- 16,14

*As a disclosure, the previous post is about cupcakes and just to clarify I love baking but I don't actually eat my creations (Husband and I sample tiny portions to ensure the product has good flavor and texture). I enjoy the process of baking and decorating but mostly I make desserts for others to enjoy.*

Falling for Fall

It feels almost a bit insane to talk about cupcakes after the past few posts but I have to do it. I'm a baker at heart and it's what makes me happy. 


When I think of "Fall" I see golden yellows, oranges, deep reds… I smell cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, coffee… I think of pumpkins, cold gray days, my family and close friends. 

I could possibly go on for days about how much I enjoy Fall but instead I think I'll get talking about cupcakes. 

Husband and I have been in Italy for two months now and just this past Monday we finally got all our household goods which included all my baking equipment. So for my own personal agenda I've decided that everything I make from here on out will be exclusively made from scratch as much as possible. I thought about making my own butter for a second but then I decided against it- it's the 21st century after all. =)

I've made cupcakes, cakes, pies, brownies and cookies from scratch in the past but the challenge here is for me to ALWAYS make it form scratch no matter how lazy I might feel at that moment. 

For my first cupcake of this season I've decided to make (drum roll please…) 

"Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream!"



If you Google this cupcake you'll see many variations for it and to be honest I thought for a second that I was a total genus because I came up with it myself… lol but seeing as how that's not the case I scoured the internet looking for the most unique recipe or a combination of recipes that I like. In the end I actually went with my basic yellow cake recipe that I've used in the past and spiced it up with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon (because you just can't have too much cinnamon in my opinion). Then for the buttercream I feel it was kind of like a Frankenstein attempt to make it work but in the end it came out just perfect.

I made the caramel first because I've attempted to make it in the past and failed miserably. The key here is that I had an extra set of eyes and another nose to watch and smell it before it had a chance to burn.  The first time I made it this morning I pulled the sugar off literally 10 seconds too late which was enough to burn it. It looked great, smelled great, but the second we tasted it we knew I failed… again. On my second try Husband stood right there next to me and as soon as he thought it was the perfect blonde color we pulled it off the heat and it turned out AMAZING! The problem here is that other people use the words "amber" or "golden brown" to describe when you should pull the sugar off the heat. That isn't so! I say as soon as you see it change from all clear to that slight hint of color then finally a true blonde PULL it OFF the heat!!! 

For the caramel (yields 3/4 cup)
1/2 c. sugar
4 tbsp. water
1/2 heavy cream
2 tsp. vanilla

Pour sugar into saucepan, add water, stir gently then turn on your heat to medium high. The first 5 minutes aren't too critical since the sugar is still dissolving in the water so take this time to get your cream and vanilla ready. Once you see your sugar is all dissolved and the bubbles are becoming more pronounced watch it like hawk. The next two and a half minutes are super important because like I said earlier the minute it changes from clear bubbles to a hint of color it will take a blink of an eye to change to blonde and once that happens PULL it off the HEAT and add your cream (a tablespoon at a time at first) and stir with a wooden spoon. It will bubble up violently so be careful not to burn yourself. Add your vanilla and continue stirring. At this point you should have a gorgeous, smooth, perfectly colored caramel sauce. Set off to the side to cool completely. 
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For the cupcakes (yields 22, using 1/4 cup batter per serving)
2 c. whole wheat cake flour*
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
3 lg. eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. milk
2 Granny Smith apples, 1/2 an apple grated (for applesauce) the rest finely chopped
2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. additional flour for dusting apples
*To make cake flour, measure 2 tbsp. cornstarch and put it on the bottom of your 1 cup measure then top of the rest of the cup with flour, level with the back of a knife. 

The cake is simple: Combine your dry ingredients (be sure to sift). Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Alternate your flour mixture and your milk (always ending in dry) until well incorporated. My sequence went like this: 1/4 cup applesauce, beat, 1/3 of the flour mixture, beat, milk, beat, flour, beat, milk, beat, flour, beat. Dust apples with remaining flour plus the spices then fold into batter.
Fill 12 cupcake tins using 1/4 cup of batter in each then bake for 18-20 minutes. If you're doing all 22 cupcakes at once you'll have to adjust your time, keep an eye and nose on it and check around 28 minutes. 

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For the buttercream
1/2 c. shortening or butter
1 lb. powdered sugar, sifted
1 tbsp. meringue powder
3/4 c. caramel
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Sea salt for sprinkling 

Finally, the buttercream.
Cream together shortening, vanilla, caramel and milk until smooth. Add sifted powdered sugar and meringue powder until all incorporated. If the icing is too stiff for your liking, add 1 tsp of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 

Enjoy!







Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Week 2: Beating My Personal Bests

This week is focused on going over workouts that have really put a hurting on me in the past or ones that really stand out as being tough at the time.  The idea is to push myself to beat the old scores and set new records for myself so that when I revisit those routines again in the future I'll be forced to do even better.

I've only scheduled 5 days to workout this week because I pulled a 7 day routine last week and my body pretty much didn't like that. So this way my Sundays are once again my rest days.

Here's what I have planned:

Day 8: "Give me everything"; max reps during 50 second interval with 10 second rest in between X 12 rounds
1 leg dead lift (L)
1 leg dead lift (R)
Jumping jacks with jump rope
Knee raises
Break dancer push ups
Skips with jump rope

Day 9: "Booty Shaping"; max reps during 30 sec interval with 10 sec rest in between X 18 rounds
Commando push up (1 knee tuck is one rep)
Weighted squat and kick forward (alternating legs is one rep)
Single knee tuck

Day 10: "Death to fat"; 50 sec on/ 10 sec off X 12 rounds
Bent over rows with sandbag
Ball squat and jump up
Ball squeeze & bridge
Ball leg lift

Day 11: "Light cardio and Core" 20 sec on/ 10 sec off X 16 rounds
Knee highs
Ball chopper
Knee highs
Weighted crunches
Knee highs
Side crunches (L)
Knee highs
Side crunches (R)

Day 12: "Guns and Roses" Exercise time challenge. Complete 3 sets as fast as possible. My previous time was 16 minutes 09 seconds.
50 knee highs with jump rope
10 push ups
50 jumping jacks with jump rope
10 sporty crab (click here to see this exercise)
50 skips with jump rope
10 break dancer push up

Day 13: Active rest day! =)

Like I did last week I'll update this post with my scores after I've completed the week's schedule. Good luck if you're working out with me!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Results from week 1 "How do you like me now???"


Week one overview:

This past week was absolutely brutal and I loved every minute of my workouts!
300 reps of any single exercise requires one to really dig deep and push hard to get it done right. 

I'm excited to share that I did every single exercise that I set out to do and I only had to modify some of them very slightly. The modifications weren't to make it easier it was to help work the particular region a little more thoroughly because my muscles got so fatigued that it started to affect my form. 

I've realized that giving each body region 48 hours to recover was absolute key to my success this first week. Normally I do full body assaults everyday which can be good but it also doesn't allow for enough muscle recovery. 

Day 1: 300 weighted squats. Completed in 26 minutes 33 seconds.
Day 2: 300 weighted sit ups. Completed in 24 minutes 21 seconds. 
Day 3: 300 baby push ups. Completed in 41 minutes 03 seconds. 
For the last 30 push ups I had nothing left in me, my triceps were on fire and I couldn't just call it quits. So I modified 10 baby push ups for 1 minute of plank pose. I did this three times equalling my last 30 reps. 
Day 4: 300 weighted step ups. Completed in 20 minutes 15 seconds.
Day 5: 300 side v-crunches. Completed in 26 minutes 02 seconds.
Day 6: 300 bent over rows. Completed in 30 minutes 56 seconds.
170 bent over rows was my limit. I felt my lower back taking the brunt of the movement which meant my form was compromised. So I opted to do the last 30 reps as 1 arm rows instead. 
Day 7: Active rest day was spent all day on my feet hauling moving boxes and its contents up two flight of stairs. Not exactly ideal for a 'rest day' but it had to be done. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Week 1: 300 reps of awesome!

November workout challenge: Week One

The exercise time challenge. This first week is going to be about doing an exercise or a few exercises that focuses on one region. I'm not a body builder so instead of doing 'parts'  (biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, etc.)I do 'regions' simply put as lower body, core, and upper body. 

The goal here is to work my region until complete muscle failure which can be achieved (for me) in 300 reps. I've been working out for almost a year now and I find that doing certain exercises without added resistance feels useless. So I use my Ader Sandbag with about 30 lbs of weight. 

Day 1: 300 weighted squats. 
Day 2: 300 weighted sit ups. 
Day 3: 300 baby push ups.
Day 4: 300 step ups.
Day 5: 300 side v-crunches.
Day 6: 300 bent over rows.

30 day Challenge


November marks the last thirty days before I hit my 1 year BodyRock.tv anniversary. 
As I look at myself in the mirror I notice all kinds of wonderful changes to my physique that I'm so proud of
but at the same time I can't help but be disappointed in the fact that I'm not as far along in my
transformation as I thought I would be one year later. 

This forced me to reevaluate the intensity in which I workout and to challenge myself to do better,
push harder, and to sweat more. 

For the month of November I've decided to go about my daily workout from a different angle and I 
would like to share that with you. 

I workout 6 days a week with one active rest day which means I still do some sort of physical activity
whether it'd be a quick run about in the yard with my dog, jump rope, hauling boxes up and down 
my three flights of stairs, what have you so I'm active every single day. Which again kind of hurts
my ego when I realize I'm not as fit as I think I should be this far into the game. But I also have 
to constantly remind myself of how unhealthy I was when I started so I know I'm doing good
for myself. 

Anyway, I've broken this month down into four week exercise blocks. Each week will be focused
on a different aspect of my overall goal. The idea here is to live up to the challenge of these
harder more intense workouts and stop allowing myself to choose easier variations and/or
routines that I know require less effort. 

I'll post the schedule each week on Sunday since that's my rest day and I'll update it with my
scores at the end of my workout on the following Saturday. I have a good feeling about this and I look 
forward to the challenge. =)