Monday, December 31, 2012

November photo a day mash up


Something I wore

Sound I heard


In the cupboard



On the wall


Monday, November 19, 2012

Creative Cardio Week Overview

I've had a real tough time keeping up with the blog regarding my scores for this week. Here is the week's scores.

Fri 16 Nov: 1000 skips with rope for time. I completed this challenge in 12 minutes 50 seconds. AMAZING! Boring but the idea that I would complete ONE THOUSAND skips with my jump rope was enough to motivate me. I got whipped by my rope 70 thousand times but totally worth it!

Sat 17 Nov:
Mountain climbers (47, 38, 39, 37) 
Sandbag side bends [r] (9,5)
SSB[L](9,5) Pendulums (31, 20, 22, 20) 
Hanging Knee Raises (10, 8, 7, 5) 
KH w/ rope (22, 48, 44, 40) 
Bicycles (14, 12) 
Star crunches (17, 13)

Sun 18 Nov:
Skips w/ rope: (44, 26, 43, 47, 44, 44, 33, 48, 41, 37, 29, 46) 
Sandbag Squats: (12, 6, 10, 10) 
Romanian dead lifts: (8, 7, 7, 7) 
Sandbag Calve Raises: (22, 20, 25, 16)

Mon 19 Nov:
Jump jacks: (20,20,19,20) 
Push Ups:(9,7,7,6) 
Pendulums: (23,25,21,21) 
Sandbag shoulder press: (7,7,6,7) 
Knee highs: (48,50, 42,40) 
Tricep dips: (9,10,10,8)

Tuesday 20 Nov:
*Elliptical machine/Treadmill for min. 30 or 1.5 miles whichever comes first*

This is a short week because I've got a wicked insane workout plan for the final week in November. It's really really terrifying so I'm going to need two days to rest up before starting in. =)

Something awesome

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

(wo)man made

Today was a scheduled rest day but I have a lot going on tomorrow so I've opted to use today as a work day and take my rest tomorrow. =) 

I focused on upper body weight training. 

Monday, November 12, 2012


50 knee highs with jump rope
10 push ups
50 jumping jacks with jump rope
10 sporty crab*
50 skips with jump rope
10 break dancer push up
Last year: 16 minutes 09 seconds

This year:
 I replaced the 2nd and 3rd set of push ups with 30 reps of bicycles, the sporty crab with 20 side bends on each side and the break dancer push ups with 10 knee raises. Completed this modified routine in 14 minutes

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Last year I didn't even do a workout on this day so I figure I should close out this week with a wicked hard workout.
AKA The Hot Marine Corp Workout (Zuzka from Bodyrock)

Part I: (L)-10,9,8,7 (p/u jump)-10,7,5,4 (R)-8,7,7,6 (p/u jump)-7,5,4,3 
Time challenge: 10 sets in 12m40s 
Part III: (L)-19,15,14,14 (SMPU)-9,6,6,5 (R)-18,13,13,11 (SMPU)-7,5,5,3

I am a freakin blob of pain right now and I'm so glad I rocked this workout!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Something I can't/won't live without

Last year's stats:ay 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

This year:
Reverse Pull Ups: (15,14,11,11) 
Jump squats: (26,21,19,17) 
weighted bridges: (20,23,21,21) 

Friday, November 9, 2012


Last year's stats:
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

This year:
Commando p/u: (14,12,11,11,11,9) 
Squat and front kick: (14, 13, 13, 12, 12, 10) 
Single knee tuck abs: (17, 15, 14, 14, 13, 12)

Although I didn't beat my scores from last year which totally bummed me out today I'm glad I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to trying it again in a couple weeks. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Something I do everyday

Drinking water. 
I will feel like junk if I don't have water
and lots of it throughout my day.

Week 2: Beating my personal Bests
Last years stats:
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 17,18
1 leg dead lift (R)- 15,18 15,20
Jumping jacks with jump rope- 49, 52 56,45,54,57 *Did jump jacks between each exercise set instead of skips as its own round
Knee raises- 17,21 18,15
Break dancer push ups- 6, 10 9,8
Skips with jump rope- 86, 92

I am smoked! Today's challenge was so much fun and really challenging especially since I haven't done a HIIT routine in a long while. I'm really excited about the next week and although I pretty much destroyed my ability to walk with those one legged dead lifts I really felt it in my butt and that's a great day no matter what!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012



Today is my active rest day which I spent doing school work, piano practice, tons of coffee drinking and research on the next 6 days of workouts. Week two was designed to pump up the volume in my workout routines. For the past 8 months I've shifted my routine form high intensity interval training towards legit weight lifting and it's been fantastic. My body was shocked into dropping weight and inches and I really like the idea of lifting heavy things. I immediately noticed the strength I've gotten from weight training and I actually prefer it over HIIT. That being said, I'm actually quite nervous about week two. It's compromised of all HIIT workouts and hopefully I can blow all my old scores out of the water!!! If you're following along good luck and here is the schedule! These are last year's scores, the new ones will be in RED.

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

Day 11: Hot Marine Corp Workout.
*I didn't do this day last year so I figure this would be a good workout. I've done it two or three times in the past and it's a killer workout. I'll try to dig up my old scores and post them along with this year's score. 

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: Light cardio and core 20 sec on/ 10 sec off x24
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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A favorite thing

I actually love this ring.
I love it because it's beautiful.
It's beautiful because it was given to me as a gift.
A gift to represent his love.
Our love.

50 full body rows w/ dip station 
150 sandbag rows
50 one arm rows on each side 
Completed in 20 minutes 46 seconds
Last year's time 30 minutes 56 seconds

Tomorrow is my active rest day! Hells to the yes!!!

5 o' clock

300 rep ab blitz!
100 weighted side bends on each side w/ 50 swiss ball side crunches in 20 minutes 12 seconds.
Last year's time 26 minutes 02 seconds.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


300 rep lower body (200 romanian dead lifts plus 100 weighted calve raises) completed in 19 minutes 54 seconds. 
Last year's time for 300 weighted step ups 20 minutes 15 seconds. 

Although I wasn't able to do step ups today (bum knees) I knocked out straight leg dead lifts and calve raises in addition to 50 weighted bridges and 50 reps each side of quadruped kick backs in less time it took to do the step ups last year. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012


300 baby push ups* completed in 26 minutes 56 seconds. 
Last year's time 41 minutes 03 seconds. 

So I have to admit, only 3 days into this challenge and I'm already bored. I realize that 300 reps of anything is quite a feat but it's soooo boring. Especially since I've started weight training, it totally goes against my training standards these days. More than 25 reps at a time regardless of resistance for any particular exercise is totally taxing on that muscle group. There isn't any time for that muscle to recover to push through the next set. 

For today, I started off with as many push ups on my toes as possible and then finished the set (between 10-15) on my knees. I got to 100 reps and then switched to sandbag chest press for another 100 reps.  For the final 100 reps in this challenge I reverted back to baby push ups from my knees and managed to get 80 before I almost face smashed into my floor from pure muscle failure. Resting for another 90 seconds, I pushed out the last 20 which I can't really count as a full 20 because my form was embarrassing and vaguely resembled a cobra/push up/ plank thing. SO- I did an additional 50 flyes and then stopped my timer. 

Friday, November 2, 2012


300 sandbag sit ups completed in 20 minutes 37 seconds.
Last year's time: 24 minutes 21 seconds.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Something beginning with a "C"

300 rep sandbag squats in 18 minutes 27 seconds. 
Last year's time: 26 minutes 33 seconds.

HOLY HELL YES!!!! I'm super impressed with my time today and although I didn't increase the weight of my sandbag (from 30 lbs to 50 lbs) like I originally wanted, shaving off 8 whole minutes was almost unbelievable! 

November Already!!!

Today is a busy day. It seems like every single day has been a super busy day for as many days as I can remember. When did that happen??? I thought not having a "9 to 5" was supposed to yield ridiculous amounts of unaccounted free time. Well, I'm clearly wrong about that.

I'm still working on getting posts up from JULY!!! I haven't even shown you all the cool things I got for my birthday. =( But it just seems like I don't have enough time in my day to do all the random things I get myself involved with. One of these days, I'll remember how to manage my time correctly.

So, today's post is focused on getting started with projects and following through. I don't have an issue with finishing stuff, I just have a really hard time multi-tasking efficiently. What I'm hoping will magically happen these next 30 days is that I'll get back into the groove of being on task. I've set myself up for success (or complete and utter failure) by choosing to do not one but two daily challenges on top of all the other stuff I've got going on.

To get you up to speed since I'll probably never touch on this judging by my 3 month lag on life updates. I've started going to school. I'm taking online classes for a degree towards Hospitality Management. It's not exactly culinary school but it's what's available to me and to be honest it sucks. Mostly because I suck at it. I'm unmotivated when it comes to school work. I've been out of the game for a looooong time and the material is just dry. Ugh... anyway. School is supposed to take up majority of my time and be the first on my priority list BUT the cake baking business has got that on lock.

I'm averaging about 3 cake orders a week and that alone is a full time job. Between corresponding with potential clients, researching and practicing decorating techniques, shopping for better quality ingredients and then actually executing a delicious and visually appetizing cake, it's a mystery to me how I have time to do anything else. That's actually exactly why I have no time to do anything else.

Now here comes the really impressive (read: dumb) challenge.

I'm doing another photo a day challenge PLUS my 2nd annual personal fitness competition.

If you'd like to join me or just follow along with the fitness challenge, make sure to post your scores everyday. I'll post my scores along with my photo.

Here is this weeks' schedule:

Day 1: 300 weighted squats. 
Day 2: 300 weighted sit ups.  
Day 3: 300 baby push ups. 
Day 4: 300 weighted step ups. 
Day 5: 300 side v-crunches. 
Day 6: 300 bent over rows.
Day 7: Active Rest day.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Where in the world is CrisM!?!?

Ok, I admit. I sort of forgot about this blog. It's not my fault. I blame it on school and cakes. The last blog post was some time in August, I think early August, like August 3rd! Yikes!! Over two months since an update. I promise I'm not just sitting at home doing nothing. I've actually been busier than ever these past few months and the blog is totally suffering as you can very well see.

I promise to set aside some time this coming weekend to catch up on this. As well as get my page updated since I've got a couple big things going on in November. One being the 2nd Annual Fitness Challenge and I'm also doing another Photo a Day challenge. Woot!

Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Adam K Ginett Memorial Golf Tournament and Auction

This year marks the 2nd annual memorial for a fallen brother of ours here at Aviano. Adam was killed in January 2010 by and IED while deployed to Afghanistan.

Since he was stationed here at Aviano during the time of his last deployment, we feel that it is our duty to celebrate his life and his sacrifice. We have chosen to do so by hosting a memorial golf tournament and auction.

Last year's auction brought in just under $10k. Our goal this year was $14k. The auction brought in well over $16k!!! All of which has been and will continue to be donated straight to the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation.

Such an amazing turn out and mounds of gratitude to our participants and contributors.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

May your birthday be as beachy as mine!

Last year I was under the impression that I would spend my quarter of a century birthday galavanting in Milan with the promise of ONE purchase while I was there. Unfortunately, the move didn't happen until early September a mere two months behind schedule.

So for year 26 one would think that Milan would be on my radar. But it is summer time and nothing screams summer than a sweet tan and a sandy cooch.

Sure, I could have gone 6 hours to Milan and spent a billion dollars on stuff. I mean, just saying "I went shopping in Milan" has it's magical appeal but my heart wanted something more this year.

Husband always knows how to make things better and how to satisfy the wantings of my heart. With that, we packed a weekend bag and made the drive due south... well south east... ish.

We ended up in what is in my opinion the quintessential beach town. It had uppity music, tropical drinks with frilly straws, loads of people just partying and having a merry ole time! The weather was so amazing as well. I'm not one for heat and sun exposure, say what you will but I'm (usually) all about dark rainy days, but Medulin was perfect!

Husband and I had the luxury of staying on a beach front property overlooking the Adriatic sea. It was exactly a 47 second stroll from our hotel room to the sand. Amazing! We ate seafood all day, drank biska, and bathed in all the sun's (surprisingly mild) glory.

At the end of our three day vacation, we were recharged and refreshed and we headed back to our "hard" life in Italia. Until next time, my very rare beach craving will have to be satisfied in Croatia once again.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

VA Va Verona!

I must admit that living in Italy is still one of the coolest things I get to experience. Today, I hopped on Google maps and took my pick at a spot to visit for the day. Our choice: Verona.

I'm no history buff... as a matter of fact the only memories of my history class in school are:
1.) World History (Ettl) Sophomore year; got the nickname "Frankie" because there were 6 other kids with names that start with "Chris".
2.) First class I ever skipped with my then boyfriend, now husband.
3.) Learned the meaning of risk vs. reward. I will not get into that here.
4.) Got to dress up as a nun for a presentation that I didn't prepare for (due to the lack of attendance) and was pretty evident that I was the beacon for irony.

I digress...

We were talking about Verona. Ok- so all throughout high school we talked about European history and geography and the really influential societies that helped mold our modern day culture. Obviously, Romeo and Juliet came up a time or two during my stint in high school but I'm a kid of the 90's so all I see is Leo and Claire when I think of the world's most depressing love story.

Driving just two hours west I for some reason thought I was on my way to see young Leo and Ms. Danes in her angel wings... sigh. But what my eyes settled upon was rather magical all on its own. If you can see past the thousands of tourists and the blindingly colorful food menus, you'll be able to see that Verona has a lot of really romantic charm.

Yes, we saw Juliette's balcony. But it's not really her balcony and I knew that going in, but it's just one of those bucket list things so check check and check on that.

Husband and I get sorta side tracked when we're surround by people, something to do with our low tolerance to inconvenience and crowds. So, we attempted for about two seconds to find Juliette's tomb and/or Leo Romeo's house but ended up instead at the market eating fresh fruit in a cup.

Anyway, all in all it was a great trip. If I were somewhat at all into history or even a smidgen motivated to have read something, anything, about Verona I think I would have basked in the glory a bit more. But what I did see I'm happy with. =)