At long last, a workout review!


Let’s face it. I’m a terrible blogger. My last post was in January! Well, that’s how things go sometimes. I hope you all have been keeping up with your workouts, and eating a lot of bread and cheez! I sure have been.

I started this blog with the intention of helping people who workout at home find TOUGH workouts that you can do in your living room. If you workout at home, you are probably looking for variety, as the living room workout scene is pretty dull. During the blog hiatus of 2016, I found a few free and paid streaming services that I’m a big fan of! I still have plenty of workout DVDs and throw those into the mix as well, but I like the streaming services because you get a lot more variety and new workouts, sometimes a couple of times a week.

Let’s start with a free workout. I found this awesome woman on YouTube who provides brutal workouts each week. This woman is seriously hardcore. Her channel is HIITLikeAGirl. Check it out!

Warning: These workouts are seriously brutal. If you are new to working out or don’t know a lot about proper form, I don’t think this is the place for you to start. These are not beginner workouts.

I found this channel maybe a month or two ago, and I was doing OK with her workouts. Not really keeping up, but I could finish the whole thing. until I found this one. I am not kidding: this is the hardest workout I’ve ever done. I NEVER stop the video to take a break. Until I met this monster. If you’re up for a challenge, try it! I promise to take some notes after my next video to give you some more specific pointers. But i tried to block this workout from my memory.

In addition to being completed exhausted after these workouts, they seriously burn a ton of calories. Way more than the usual workouts I do. And that leaves you really hungry for the rest of the day. But there are worse things than cooking up a big old plate of pasta, right?

Most videos are close to an hour, with some shorter ones thrown in, so these are for days when you have an hour or maybe a little more to dedicate to your workout. And a little extra energy too maybe. Personally, I do workouts of this type of intensity maybe one or two days a week, with shorter less grueling workouts in between.

It’s Friday, and you deserve a snack. I bought a giant bag of this slice of heaven at Costco. I am now slightly regretting opening the bag. But not really.


Rain!!! And Day 2 of the December Challenge

Happy Tuesday!

How is everyone coming with their December challenge? So far I am 2 for 2! This morning I had to set the alarm for 6 am to make sure I got my extra 15 minutes in. Ugh. It was awful.

Today was one of those days that reminded me of why I prefer to workout first thing in the morning. I was supposed to meet my friend in the gym at work at 4. Instead, I was stuck in a meeting that ran over by an entire hour! It’s cold and rainy here and tonight was a perfect  night to just curl up on the couch with a book. But instead I powered through my workout after I got home and then took Poet for a walk during a break in the rain. Of course I locked myself out as well, to sum it all up. (I have a backup method of  door unlocking for such situations)

Here are a few shots of Poet in her rain coat, which of course she hates:

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Tomorrow I have to be at the dentist early, so I’ll have another early wakeup to get my extra 15 minutes in.

What time of day do you prefer to workout?

December Challenge!

Hi Faithful Cheez Eaters!

I hope you all had a great extra long weekend! (and thank you delayed schedule so I am actually enjoying my last night off and not releasing software!) As we round third base not only into the work week, but into holiday (and eating) season, I offer up a December workout challenge. This time of year is  busy with shopping, and baking, and traveling, and eating. It’s easy to blow off your workout for one reason or another. But if you don’t make you and your health a priority, no one else will.

I am committing to an extra 15 minutes of workout time for 15 days in December. For me, in order to achieve this goal, I will have to wake up earlier, and as you all know, that is a huge sacrifice for me. I will get in my 15 days before my holiday travel plans. I plan to tack on my favorite 15 minute workout to my regular workout. Maybe you’ve let your workouts fall by the wayside, well, now is a great time to commit to the December challenge and simply find 15 minutes a day to dedicate to you! In 15 days you’ll  spend 3.75 extra hours in the gym. No one wants to do that all at once, but you have 15 minutes a day! My favorite 15 minute workout burns about 100 calories. That’s 1500 extra calories burned this month– not quite half a pound, so nothing to get too excited about, but it’s better than nothing. Now, let’s be realistic, you’ll eat way more than that, but maybe January will be a little less painful and hungry this year.

If you want to try the same workout I’m dong,  you need to register for the site, but it’s free.  If you don’t want to sign up, below is the written version of the workout. I use an 18-lb kettle bell (except for the Russian twists, screw that, for those I use no weight). But if you don’t have a kettle bell you can use a regular weight, or even no weight at all, and still get a good workout. If you aren’t familiar with some of the moves, you can look them up on YouTube, or you know, just sign up for the free site and watch the video. There are lots of great workouts on there!

I read on the Shaun T Facebook that he’ll be putting up extra workouts in December too, so if you like Insanity, or want to try it, be sure to check for those. Just please be careful, some of the moves can be tough on your joints and back.

Leave a comment if you’ll join the December Challenge with me! Let me know how you plan to squeeze in your extra 15 minutes. And also let me know how you’ll spend your 15 minutes.

Workout details:


3 Sets, each consisting of two exercises. Perform 10 reps of exercise #1, then 10 reps of exercise #2, then 9 reps of exercise #1, then 9 reps of exercise #2, and continue to alternate until you perform just one rep of each exercise. Then move on to the next set of exercises and perform those in the same pattern of alternating exercises and starting at 10 reps for each exercise, going down to one.

Set #1: Squats + Push-Ups

Set #2: Sumo Squats to High-Pull + Crunches

Set #3: Squat Presses + Russian Twists