5 Minute Plank Conquered!!!

I finally did it!!! On Sunday, June 9, 2013, I held a plank for 5 minutes. With perfect form. It was THE LONGEST 5 minutes of my life!!!

So let’s rewind back just a little. I began the challenge on Tuesday, May 9, 2013. My start time was 1 min and 20 seconds. Each day after that, I’d increase my time by 10 seconds. Sounds pretty easy, right? Yeah, I thought so, too. But 10 seconds is a long time! I took a break from this challenge maybe once a week… because I had been working out hard at the gym, sometimes my body just needed a rest. I felt my body getting stronger…my abs much, much tighter. But doing the plank on top of my daily workouts became a struggle once I had made it past the 4 minute mark. Rest days (just for the plank) became more frequent especially on the days I worked out the upper body. My arms were just too tired to hold a plank for too long.

On June 4th, I held the plank for 4 minutes and 40 seconds. My longest time EVER. And then it became a mental battle after that. A friend of mine challenged me to just skip 4 minutes and 50 seconds and go for the 5 minute mark. What’s 20 more seconds, right? Yeah, that’s a lot in plank world. Seriously. I was determined to do it. But I just couldn’t. I failed miserably the day after. I don’t even remember my time. Tried again the day after that. Failed. I knew it wasn’t because I couldn’t do it. I knew it wasn’t because my body was tired. I failed because my mind gave up before I had even begun. I’d set myself up for failure… already thinking I wouldn’t be able to do it. On June 7th… my time was 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

The day I finally conquered the plank, I had decided to just take that entire day off from working out. I figured that maybe I just needed to relax and get my mind right before I attempted the plank again. And that’s what I did… I rested. All day. Until about 5pm. The husband came in from the garage, after having just finished lifting weights with his bro, and said “get dressed, you’re gonna do that 5 minute plank today and I’ll do it with you.” My reaction? WTF? Yup. But he wasn’t playing. So I changed into my gym clothes (just to do a 5 min plank) and came out to the living room. I turned on my music and then it was on! I started to think that maybe I wouldn’t last… but then the thought of my husband out-planking me was something I couldn’t let happen. Hubs couldn’t hold it past 3 minutes. When he went down, I thought about giving up but he kept yelling at me to keep going. Every second burned. My arms, my abs, my back… everything was on fiyah! But he wouldn’t let me quit.

I conquered the 5 minute plank. And I couldn’t have done it without the husband. Him challenging me…then him doing it next to me…and then afterwards, him rooting me on to finish. I’m so glad he was there to help me accomplish this goal. I’ve attempted this challenge so many times, but never made it past 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Wanna know what else got me through the plank? This video:






Seriously. This is the only song that could get me through it. No wait, scratch that… it was this video and only this video that could get me through it. No joke. I’ve tried listening to just the audio of the recorded song… I’ve tried a couple of my favorite covers of the song… I’ve even tried other songs. But none held my attention and focus like this video did. Watching the performance helped. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit but it is soooo true. So I guess JT gets credit for my accomplishment, too. 🙂

And It Is Official!!!

I can finally officially announce that this chick (yup, that be me!!!!) has been PROMOTED!!!! That is the 2nd promotion in less than 2 years. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen… I am a ROCK STAR! 🙂 Okay, maybe not literally… but I am pretty dang close to it. 😛

I had interviewed for this position sometime last month and have been impatiently waiting for the official job offer. It was unofficially announced that I got the job about 2 weeks ago…but I had to wait for my transfer paperwork to “go thru” before my new store could officially extend an offer to me. So yes… I will be leaving my current store to go to a bigger store… which means lots more opportunity for growth. And that’s what I’m all about. I’m excited and nervous… but I have at least another 3 weeks before I start on this new journey.  Great things come to those who wait….yeah right, great things come to those who work their butts off for it!!! 😉

There were lots to celebrate between the hubs and I. Earlier this month, he and his brother participated in StartUp Weekend Riverside for a phone app idea they had come up with a little while ago. It was a loooong 3-day event… held in Downtown Riverside near the Mission Inn… full of brainstorming, developing, and then presenting (pitching) their idea to a panel of judges (and some potential investors as well). And at the end of it all, they nailed it. Yup, proud wifey over here. They took first place and have been running with it ever since.

So to celebrate their win and my promotion, we went out to dinner. Nothing too fancy. Just a spontaneous “because the fridge is empty” kinda dinner. Yeah, don’t judge. We went to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse to get our grub on.


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And wait, there’s more!!! Because the hubs was confident I’d land the job and before it was even official (and because he loves me and thinks I’m just awesome), he bought me a brand new car!!!


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And trust me… I really needed a new car. This is one I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now. And was beyond ecstatic when he said the words “let’s go buy you a car.”

It’s been a month full of crazy for me… and even though I’ve been on an exhausting emotional rollercoaster ride, it’s great to finally be able to celebrate some good news. 🙂

I Want To Feel Beautiful, Too

I’ve worked my body so hard these past couple of weeks at the gym and am lovin’ every bit of it. Seeing the muscles tone up. Noticing certain areas slim down. Pleased with my new progress… But still not quite 100% satisfied.

Then a new thought transpired “Will I ever be happy with the way I look? Ever?” That’s a pretty scary thought, if you ask me. I mean… When will I be able to look at myself and say “ok, you look GOOOOD.”

This morning, as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, a tweet caught my eye.



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This is something I continue to struggle with. I am still trying to find that balance. Some days it seems I have it all figured out. And then other days I feel like everything’s out of control. Especially when it comes to my eating habits. When I allow myself to indulge in something that’s not “clean”, it turns into a binge fest and I just can’t stop myself. And then I feel guilty for it afterwards. And I know I shouldn’t. But it can be difficult at times. For the most part, I’m very disciplined when it comes to what I put into my body.

My husband tells me I’m too hard on myself. And he’s constantly telling me “you’re beautiful”. The thing is… I don’t feel beautiful. I would love to wake up one day and just love the way I look. Something I really need to work on. I know I’ve come a long way. I’ve achieved so much. And I really should embrace it.

I am definitely still a work in progress.

Let The Madness Begin!

Monday is the first day of the 14-Day Challenge! Made my weekly trip to the grocery store to pick up some goods so that tomorrow (after the whole Easter celebration) I can prep my meals for the week. If you’re wondering what’s on my menu, I will kinda break it down for you. Most of my meals get repetitive especially when I’m doin’ challenges like these, only because it saves me time and money. Especially since the hubs is on a high calorie diet (meaning the dude can and will eat whatever he wants). So I’m basically cooking for one.

I apologize in advance if you think this blog post is a bit wordy and long. But I just wanna give you an idea of what I’m doin’ on my end for this 2 week challenge. Let me start with my workouts. I have planned my workouts in advance and will be posting them up the day before I actually do them. If you want to do the same workouts I do, that’s totally cool. Just make sure you workout at your own pace and make sure you listen to your body. It’s always good to challenge yourself, but safety first! Don’t do too much or lift too heavy if your body can’t handle it. My goal is to build muscle and tone up. So I’ll be incorporating a lot of weights into my workouts. If you’re trying to slim down, try to lessen the amount of rest in between sets to keep your heart rate up. You burn more calories this way. Some of you may be a bit more advanced than I am (I’m still an amateur) and if you want to lift heavier, go for it! If you are just starting out, don’t over do it. OR, if you want to do your own workout(s), that’s totally fine, too!

Okay, so here’s an idea of what I’ll be doing Monday night in the gym:

On the treadmill:

  • 5 min warm up
  • Stretch
  • HIIT cardio : 1 min sprint  @ 9.0-10.0  2 min brisk walk @ 4.0. Repeat 8 times. Total of 24 min.
  • 5 min cooldown

On the machines:

  • squats 140#-160# – 10 reps 4x 
  • split squats (or static lunges) 50#-60# – 10 reps each leg 4x
  • leg extensions 80#-95# – 10 reps 4x
  • hip abductor (outer thighs) 175#-#190# – 10 reps 4x  (start 1st rep at 175# and increase 5# each set after) – do this while sitting up at the edge of the seat and not leaning back on the back rest. It allows you to hit heavier weights.
  • hip abductor (inner thights) 130#-145# – 10 reps 4x (this one you can sit back, increasing weight by 5# each set)
  • hamstring curls 50# 10 reps 4x
  • leg press 2-45# plates + 1-25# plate on each side – 10 reps 4x

Finish workout with 100 decline sit-ups and 100 push-ups (4 sets of 25)

If you don’t have a gym membership or workout equipment at home, you can do this…

30 min walk/jog – very easy to do. walk/jog 15 min away from your house and then walk/jog back to your house 15 min.

Then do these workout routines by Tone It Up:


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And end with abs!!!





If you feel like you can do more or if you want to do more, then do all 3 workouts. Again, it’s totally up to you. If you’d like, you can even do the cardio portion earlier in the day and then the strength training part later on in the day. And just so you know, I will be doing abs at the end of my workouts every day.

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Example Menu of my meals

  • Meal 1: double fiber whole wheat English muffin (toasted) with natural peanut butter and banana slices
  • Meal 2: Clif Bar and H20
  • Meal 3: homemade turkey chili with spinach (and maybe a cup of coffee)
  • Meal 4: 4 hard boiled eggs (2 w/the yolk, 2 without) doused with tobasco sauce
  • Meal 5: (post workout) protein shake
  • Meal 6: grilled chicken and lots of lots of green veggies

There ya go. This is just an example of the kind of stuff I eat on the daily. I’ll probably be changing up Meals 4 & 6 during this week, but will stay like this for the most part. Meal 4 may sound weird to you, but I’ve actually been craving it lately. Sometimes I’ll have raw almonds or maybe I’ll have some celery sticks with natural peanut butter. But hard-boiled eggs works fine, too. 😛

Anyway, guys… just have fun with it. I hope I’ve inspired you enough to want to do this with me… it is a lot of hard work. But it’s also soooo very rewarding at the end of the day. Trust me.

🙂

A Year Older…and a Little Wiser?

Ever wake up feeling completely happy and just so full of life? Today was one of those days for me. The overwhelming feeling of love and happiness. Where every song playing on the radio seemed to put me in an even better mood. Even the weather was nice… life was just perfect. So perfect that the even the yucky smog didn’t bother me one bit. Gotta love these kind of days…

Maybe because it’s been a great week for me. Even work was enjoyable. Crazy as that sounds, it truly was. I accomplished all I needed to at work this week… always a good thing. And, not to mention… I’m now a year older. Each year on my birthday, a small part of me would feel a sense of dread… the dread of getting older. However, this year was different. I guess I’m finally growing up, huh? And it only took 25 years on this earth for that to happen. 😉

Birthday wishes started pretty early for me. As early as 1am on Facebook (but I didn’t actually read those till later on in the day). Hubby woke me up at 4 am when he got home from work to wish me a Happy Birthday. Then when it was actually time for me to get up for work, I saw this on my phone…

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From my favorite brother in the whole wide world. 😛 Who, by the way, is in Hawaii… it was about 3am Hawaii time when we were having this conversation. He’s crazy. But I love ’em.

It was a laid back kind of day… received messages from just about everyone I know all throughout the day… on facebook, thru text, and on Twitter. From the best sister in the world…

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Hubby had school all afternoon and work at night so the only time we got to see each other was on my lunch break. He took a break from studying for midterms to make me lunch that day. He is the sweetest.

Nothing too crazy that day… but it still turned out to be a very special one. I definitely felt the love.

So as you can see the hubs and I were too busy to really celebrate on our birthdays and wedding anniversary… BUT! We are definitely gonna make up for it this weekend. We’re taking a mini vacay away from our “lives” and gonna party it up in Vegas! Wooohooo! Haha. Okay, maybe not party like that… but we’ll definitely have a good time. It’ll be fun. And I can’t wait. I’ve been wanting to “get away” since the holiday season ended. Because work left me completely exhausted. We just couldn’t fit it into our schedules till now. And I am super stoked!

I will be posting pics once I get back, I promise! 😛

Trip Down Memory Lane

4 years ago today, the hubs and I became officially husband and wife. We said our “I do’s” in front of our closest family and friends in beautiful Hawaii. On Oahu. At Lanikuhonua. It was definitely one of the best days ever. I know it sounds a bit cliche, but I had the best time the entire day. Getting ready, taking pictures…just enjoying this special day with all the important people in my life. It was just awesome.

I’m going to refrain from writing too much in this post. I don’t wanna bore you with words. So I’m just gonna show you some pictures.

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I apologize if the quality of some of the pics aren’t that great. The blurry ones were taken on old skool cell phones and/or scanned and cropped from actual photo prints. But anyway, hubs and I go way back to 2001. That very first pic? We were dating for about 2 months. We went up to Big Bear to go sledding. My very first time sledding. It wasn’t that bad…until we slammed into a tree. Let me rephrase that. hit a tree. That’s what I get for trying to sled down the hill with 2 other people on a 2-person sled. My college roomie sat in the front, me in the middle, and hubs in the back. Yup. And I was the only one that hit the tree. No big injuries. Just a bruised up leg.

Okay, okay…  I’ll try to keep the anecdotes to a minimum.

On to the wedding pics!!!


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The Girls


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Showtime!!!


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All The Wedding Details…


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And there ya have it! An awesome day, right? Hope you enjoyed taking this trip down memory lane with me. It was fun. Hope you liked it!!!

The Cutest Surprise

Meet Ladybugs (London) and Pear Bear (Paris).

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On Sunday morning, these 2 surprised us with a birthday cake.

Made for Auntie (me), Uncle, and Daddy.

Lady has been singing “Happy Birthday” to us for about a week now and could not wait to make birthday cake.

When the hubs and I came out of our room and walked into the kitchen, Lady serenaded us with her own rendition of the famous song while Pear Bear smiled and waited impatiently for us to cut the cake.

I actually have the performance on video on my phone but had issues uploading it so it didn’t make the cut.

Anyway, here is the cake…

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Made with love.

2 blue candles and 1 pink candle.

Lady sure knows how to pay attention to details!

And it was pretty yummy. I think I ate about half that cake by myself.

And I’m not joking either.

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 After that, it was time for presents.

Lady chose a mask for the hubs.

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And for me, it was all about Hello Kitty.

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And this…

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Yup. She knows her auntie well.

Let me explain… I work with my hands. And I’m always getting cuts and bruises at work.

So I will most definitely be putting these babies to use.

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I just thought I’d share with you one of the cutest birthday celebrations this month.

Oh! And before I end this post…

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Wanna wish these 2 cutie pies a Happy Birthday!

(If you don’t know by now, those are the twins. Hubs is on the right)

😉