Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Body Rock is in the house tonight......30-day body transformation

In a little over a month I will be in Costa Rica for 5 glorious days celebrating one of my dearest friends wedding.  While this sounds magical (and I'm sure it will be) it also brings waves of inner panic over my frontal lobe as I think about having to be in a bikini for that amount of time in front of a lot of people....I know, I know, it's not about me it's about the bride and groom and their love.  But if I allowed the superficial side of my psyche to speak "it's also about looking great in that bikini, at least a little." So in the spirit of self-improvement I have embarked on the 30-DAY BODY TRANSFORMATION.  This program on Body Rock TV gives you a day-by-day workout video (free on You-Tube).  There are also E-books for less than $12.00 on the website that provide additional resources such as a journal and a diet guide.  The cool thing about Body Rock TV is that their have tons (ok, hundreds) of great video workouts online you can access.  

Abs, butts, and thighs beware!  These are killer HIIT workouts that give you a great workout in minimal amount of time (win-win situation for me).  Seriously, after two different 25 minute workouts day 1, and day 2 I'm just as sore as when I have worked out for an hour (classes, personal trainer).  

This is one of the many options for quick, high-intensity workouts!! 

These are the three E-books I chose.  I started reading the nutrition guide and so far I love the format and the "to the point" concise information. Much of it is information that I already know, but it's a good reminder that helps me to re-focus on REALLY clean eating habits. I also cleaned out my refrigerator and pantry because if the "unclean" empty calories are not here I can't eat them.  

Not sure what I will look like at the end of the thirty days, but, it will be a good practice in discipline to stick to this and the "clean eating" program--which will be important as I have just read that Abs are 80% diet and 20% exercise....and hopefully I can go for a long walk on the beach, into the sunset with my rediscovered Abs. :) 

Monday, 15 September 2014

...devilishly good details

Fringe benefits for 2015


Going to see the Buddha aka I'm never doing anything "touristy" again!!!

So while we were in Hong Kong I had the bright idea that we should go see this giant Buddha....I imagined that it would be a fun afternoon outing.  An enjoyable yet somewhat spiritual time as we visit this amazing sculpture on the top of a mountain.....boy, was I wrong. The vision in my mind and the reality could not have been more different.

Even though we bought our tickets ahead of time once we got there we had to stand in the "fast" line for 45 minutes...it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 90% humidity.....along with looks from my husband, this was not a good combination.  As I stared at the signs showing cheesy touristy activities you could "enjoy" once you got to the top I quickly realized that this was not going to be a good time.  I tried to keep smiling, while sweating profusely, while wanting to run back to the train station, while making fun of the crazy fashion around me in my head, while dodging my husband's stares and coming into contact with any other human body (a feat in Asia in and of itself). You get the idea.....

Looking down thought the glass bottom of the "VIP" gondola....see how swollen my feet are from the heat! 

That's what the gondola looks like and much to my dismay, it was not air conditioned...and after you boarded the gondola, a very annoying man with a camera demanded that you say "cheese" for a photo. I can laugh....now that I have stopped sweating. 

Looking down for the gondola thinking, "Wow, that water looks so cool and refreshing!" 

Approaching the Buddha, still in the gondola full of kids who were also complaining about the heat...

This is on the way to the Buddha.....at this point I just wanted it to be over.  My best intentions had turned into a sweaty mess....

By this point in was soaked in sweat and ready to get back to the hotel for air conditioning and a cold drink...totally fake smile here in my selfie....

Yep there it is, and nope we are not walking up those stairs......

 At the end of the day we laughed about my "great idea" and talked about how we are not, not, not  tourist-attraction sort of people(my husband insisted on the three "nots" to emphasize the point) rather, we are air-conditioning and cold drinks sort of people. I hope that you too got a good laugh (at least a good giggle) at my attempt to play a tourist.....lesson learned :) 

I'm dreaming in Balmain

Balmain Black Leather & Chainmail Dress

Balmain Black Leather & Braided Ikki StilettosBalmain Green Heavy Knit Structured Shoulder Cardigan