Monday, June 30, 2014

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Day 30...Last Challenge Workout...who is with me?

Day 30...Last Challenge Workout...who is with me? 

Today's Challenge workout is nothing short of INSANE- you got this!

100 sit ups
200 crunches
120s plank
60 pushups
86 Jumping Jacks
64 High Knees
42 Squats
42 Lunges (per leg)

This is it- if you are still doing the challenge, this one takes the cake! This one divides us from the talkers and the do-ers!   If you completed this, you should definitely be noticing a lot of toning in those muscles and feeling inches lighter.  Do you feel good? Great?

I know I do!  I have been accountable and working hard to make sure that I do this workout along with you all, while mixing in my awesome Beachbody DVD systems in right along with all this.

I am really excited to start PiYo and hope that others will join!  If you are interested in know what the heck this PiYo thing is- please PM me or check out my website!  PiYo takes you through stretching, strengthening, and body-weight resistance-based exercises, at a fast, flowing pace- to sculpt and define every muscle, while you burn major calories. PiYo is perfect for anyone who wants to burn fat and get intensely toned fast-without high-impact pounding or complex choreography.  Every workout has a modifier, so you can start at the level that is right for you! This program is for beginners to seasoned athletes and promises to challenge and change your body!

Best part, no weights and no jumps!!

If you are interested, there is still time to get your copy and join the CHALLENGE!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

HOT Summer Days at Gray Gables

Today was a BUSY, HOT Summer Day!  You know the ones I am talking about..the day is slow.. a rain storm even blew through in the early afternoon.  Then it turned into a HOT, humid mess ~ the sun shining so bright, leaving ZERO trace of any rain in sight for the naked eye to see.  It was busy with the sounds of Power Wheel Four Wheeler's through the yard and kids laughing, screaming and carrying on! It was filled with good food (BBQ Chicken bombs by Hubby) and lots of CAPRI SUNS littering the porch. 

As the sun set, a couple of whiny, hot kids and two parents boarded the old Chevy and HIT the fresh, open road for a SUMMER night roll in the old '63 Impala!  The kids asleep in the back, the open road all around and the cool country breeze filling the old car.  Something out of a REALLY good book, for sure!

I snapped this little pic and was enamored by the serene look of the tranquil brush- kind of took my breath away!  I love living in the country and all that this old house is giving to our family!  We are entertaining and enjoying our land and our home and it is a wonderful feeling!

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Day #29 - LETS DO THIS!

Almost forgot and it's ALMOST our last day! Sorry for posting SO late- we have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY today! 

96 sit ups
191 crunches
115s plank
58 pushups
84 Jumping Jacks
62 High Knees
40 Squats
40 Lunges (per leg)

It's DAY #29 People, NO EXCUSES here!  Get it done and let's kick this Challenges BUTT!

It's a hot one here and I am under the weather, but I am still trying to work my way through this challenge.

What does the END mean to you?  For me, it means ANOTHER CHALLENGE , of COURSE!

Let's do this!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Saturday is R E S T Day!

Relationships: Are you READY to get MARRIED? There are some habits You Need to KICK Before You Say ‘I Do’!!

Are you READY to get Married?

.Home is where your Husband is <3

I have been married for a while now (eight long years this year!) and recently came acrossed a list of some things that newly married couples are experiencing and it really got me thinking! I mean, as a mother of 2 young girls, it would be nice to relay some kind of information on when it the right time to settle down in order to have a forever marriage! 

How do we know if we are ready to tie the knot, taking the giant leap into Adulthood? 
Well, we do have a lot of growing up to do! Our priorities need to shift from wanting to sleep-in late to wanting to sleep in the same bed as someone else.
We’re still embracing our immaturity and that’s okay, but there is a time when we need to grow up and develop some more adult qualities in order to gain entry to life’s later milestones.
Especially if you’re looking to get married, there are some juvenile aspects of your life that you’ll have to give up to be able to move forward with a new person.
Here are the characteristics you need to outgrow before you say “I do.”

1. Lying

People lie because they’re too stupid to recognize that telling the truth is actually the better move. It’s one thing to fib about going to Hooters for an all guys’ night; it’s another to lie blatantly about what happened there.
Either learn to tell the truth or learn how to be single for the rest of your life.

2. Belligerent blacking out

You’ve seen enough “Real World” and "Jersey Shore" to know what happens when you behave like an aggressively drunk cast member — no one likes you. How can you have a wedding if you can’t make it past the cocktail hour?

3. Laziness

Stepping up to do something, whether it’s planning a special date or running out to buy her/him cold medicine, is a huge part of being in a relationship.
You can’t show your significant other your full appreciation by sitting around and letting them do all the work. Man up… because until then, you’re just a child.

4. Facebook posting

It starts with an innocent status update and next thing you know you’re uploading your entire registry on social media. Don’t be that couple who only feels the relationship is legitimate if it’s documented on Facebook.
It’s not high school, you don’t need everyone’s approval before doing something.

5. Depending on mommy

Who are you planning on marrying — your mom or your fiance? If you’re too immature to let go of mommy, you’re probably too immature to get married.
And yes, this includes still listing your parents as emergency contacts. How can you start your own nest when you can’t leave your old one?

6. Your inability to share

Look, I get it. Sometimes I really hate giving up the best bite of a super gooey grilled cheese sandwich, but these are the kinds of sacrifices people make for the ones they love.
…Or they get their lovers their own.

7. Self-importance

Once you stop believing that you are God’s Gift to Man, you’ll have a much easier time compromising on things. When you’re young and on your own you have a greater ability to be selfish.
Marriage, however, is about considering someone else’s needs in conjunction with yours. So start psyching yourself up (read: drinking) for the latest Drew Barrymore rom-com because now there are two people to please on movie night.

8. Frat mentality

Get all that EDM and Sigma Epsilon Pi frat tanks out of your system now because it’s no longer cool post-college (Side note: Was it even cool in college?).
Not being able to cook, dressing like a confused “Save by the Bell” character and bro-ing out with your _____ out, isn’t advancing you towards the marriage material category. We promise you’ll get to revisit your fratiness when you’re married — it will be known as “Poker Night.”

9. Playing games

Since many of us are still unaware of what it truly means to play games, we’re going to break it down very simply for you:
If you have a so-called fear of commitment, you’re probably not ready to get hitched yet. If romance makes you uncomfortable, you’re not ready to get married yet. (What do you think a wedding is like?)
If you have a wandering eye and accept cheating as “something that eventually happens to everyone” then you’re definitely not ready to tie the knot. And, if you like being the heartbreaker in the relationship, just stay away. Stay far, far away.

10. Your ex

How can you devote yourself entirely to your spouse when you still have your ex on your mind?

11. Complaining

Constantly complaining about things only leads to inaction.
You need to grow up, figure out what it is that you want and go after it yourself. Even if you secretly hate her family and friends with a passion, or you just don’t like her uncomfortable mattress — you have to learn to dial back on your grievances.

12. Indecision

If you can’t make a decision on something, how did you ever decide to marry your partner? Maybe try and get over this one first…

13. Snooping

Jealousy doesn’t move you forward, it brings your relationship to a dark and tension-filled place.
Whatever past emotional scars you have, you must let go of them and be able to trust your future spouse — or else why are you even together in the first place?

This list is so true! Marriage is something that in my world, it is not taken lightly.  We waited five long years before even getting engaged!  When we decided to take the plunge, we were pretty established already. We had bought our first house together the year before and were living like we were already hitched, just without that piece of paper.  After all, it is JUST a piece of paper, a legal document.  It is the bond between the two of you that truly makes you "married".
There's a difference between a wedding and a marriage. Make sure you want a husband and a life together, not just a diamond and a party.
My advice has always been- don't get married for the wedding- seriously, it is one- super fast day that is OVER before you can even bat your eyes. It is almost heartbreaking because you plan for months and the looking back, it all happens so quick and then it is just a memory, or an album of pictures!  Get married for the bond that marriage represents between you and that person that you have given your whole heart to.  That is something that happens over and over again throughout your relationship, that love and the creation of that bond strengthens with each new rock or hurdle that you both overcome together.  Hang on to that! 

Be ready, this is your life after all and you only get one so make sure it is spent with a person who will make it worthwhile!

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.  ~Doug Larson

Challenge DAY 27...Opps I fell OFF the wagon... Get BACK UP!

Challenge Day #27...2 days to GO!

How fast has this challenge been?  It seems like it is flying by! I can't believe it has been almost 30 days of staying positive, accountable and working towards the GOAL.

I get to add a day (so I am a day behind- boo!) thanks to a massive migraine and just feeling really terrible all day yesterday. (Summer colds SHOULD NOT exist!)

But, for everyone else... YOUR CHALLENGE today is:

94 sit ups
182 crunches
110s plank
55 pushups
82 Jumping Jacks
60 High Knees
38 Squats
39 Lunges (per leg)

You are ALMOST there!  Keep PUSHINGWE GOT THIS! (even if you miss a day- IT IS OK!)

2 days to go- that is it!  Let's Do IT!!

How has everyone been doing with meals?  Shakeology has really helped me regulate calories in my everyday diet. I have only been doing 1 Shakeo a day- but the results are there!  I make sure Lunches are under 300 calories and have been trying to get snacks in- but truth be told, I am a horrible snacker! I just won't do it because a snack to me is chocolate or something like sour patch kids. (it's sad but SO true!) - so I have been steering clear and working with goldfish (reading packages) or peanuts (again, only allowing myself the allotted calories on the package) or rice cakes. (blah, blah, blah) and I often forget!  Another good snack that you have to watch is Craisins.  I try to get some of these in place of my sweets also!

Remember, Life Style change!  This is not just to look good (let's be honest- it won't be GOOD, but it will be Better!) in my swimsuit, but feel better in my body. I only get 1 after all! 

Keep doing this, with or without me! (I hope it's with me- I need to be accountable and would love feedback!)

2 more days of this challenge left- LET'S BLOW THIS POPSICLE STAND!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Day #26- The Challenge is ON!

Day 26 

ONLY 3 days to GO!  C'Mon - don't give up YET!  If you missed yesterday, that is OK. Get back up and start AGAIN today.  Keep Going, Keep Working- GET RESULTS!

Your Challenge for Day #26:

90 sit ups
173 crunches
105s plank
52 pushups
80 Jumping Jacks
58 High Knees
36 Squats
37 Lunges (per leg)

It isn't going to get any easier than this at this point in the challenge- so DO IT!  It is tough, it is sweaty, it is grueling, but it is called a Workout for a reason!  YOU GOT THIS!

As we are winding down to the end of this challenge, I hope that you will join me in my next challenge.  I am anxiously awaiting my PiYo DVD system and hope to make a challenge group out of my experience with it!  I am excited- putting Pilates and Yoga together- and this isn't your Mama's Yoga either!  I can't wait to get started and tell you all about the program and find the results!  (although I really LOVE my 10 min. trainer DVD system!)

Keep moving, keep eating right and remember- 3 days to go- YOU CAN DO IT!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Don't Stop- Don't Give Up... Day #25

The 25th WORKOUT day.... 


86 sit ups
164 crunches
100s plank
49 pushups
78 Jumping Jacks
56 High Knees
35 Squats
35 Lunges (per leg)

There are only 4 more days- we are going to PUSH our limits to achieve the goals we want!  Even after this challenge, it is important to keep pushing yourself, keep challenging yourself and keep reaching for higher goals to get the results that you WANT!

Keep a strong focus on food today.  Eat Healthy and Clean, try to remember the WHY in the reason you are DOING this!

Keep Working!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014


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Summer Reading...Who knew?

Is Reading going to be the DEATH of ME?

I'v always been inerested in taking photos then put a quote or meaning on top of it to explain the photo in more detail. #semiphoto

As many of you know, I have not been shy about wanting to get "that" Mom, the one who has so much FUN with their kids, who gets up and out, schedules things that are just too cool for school and is able to follow that darling 100 things to do in Summer lists!  

Realistically, I know I will NEVER acquire to much of this want, but baby steps, right! So, on a HOT Summer Sunday, in which it looked as if the sky were going to open up at any given moment and shower its L U N C H upon the earth- I packed up my kids and headed to the Library.  The pictures in my head were dreamy.  The excitement was all around us! 

Then reality hit!  We walked through that automatic door and found our way to the counter to get library cards. While I am busily writing names and d.o.b.'s out, my girls are busy playing with a little kids table with the beads on it that move along the lines of wire. (yes, seriously) - and fighting!  There were like 10 "tracks" to follow and these two are fighting over who gets the purple one... Ugh!

So, after twenty L O N G minutes we finally have our CARDS and head over to the kids section.  Then it was ON.

I had a 3 year old touching...touching..touching.  Seriously, any book that was upright was knocked down as she walked past. (oho!)  My 5 year old was much more into it, although she saw T O Y S and could not focus on books.  I seriously had to be that MOM that reminders her kids that we are here for books NOT toys... (eek!)

Then, it is figuring out what type of books my 5 yo is into, I mean, we read, a lot!  She likes all kinds of books, early readers, chapter books, etc.  Finally, we found one that really sparked her interest...I mean the kid would NOT put the book down.  Fiona Finkelstein, Big Time Ballerina - was the winner!  She also found some Tinker Bell comic books and was ecstatic!   

Nine-year-old Marylander Fiona Finkelstein tries to deal with stage-fright, missing her mother who is an actress in California, and hoping that her father, a television meteorologist, does not get in trouble when she antagonizes the anchorman.

Her list of books included:   Secret Fairy Homes (Tinkerbell) ; Tinkerbell to the Rescue; A present for Tinkerbell;  and Prilla's Prize.

Not bad, right!  I think we are a little obsessed with Fairies though!  (we are reading about Tinkerbell's sisters at home!)

My 3 yo's list of books included:  Teachers' Pets- which is an early reader with the Princesses; The sweetest friends (yet another Tinker bell book!); Pink Cupcake Magic (cute book) and Farmer Chuck (a Fisher Price book and a WINNER!).

We have started our summer reading program, all signed up with our Library and logging hours DAILY!   We are into Day #3 and have already logged 4 hours (way to go girls & Mom, who has to read to them!)

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We are well on our way and have logged 2 prizes under our belts!  Who knew these girls would be SO into reading!  (even after our crazy experience at the Library!)

This has even sparked my reading bug- which is great because I have been SO busy working out and finding time for that, I miss time for reading.  I have put DOWN the remote at bedtime and picked up my paperback novel in its place!  (sometimes it is the Tablet with Nook and Amazon too!)

If you have  Tablet that you are running both Nook and Amazon apps on-be sure to check out (lots of books for $2.99 and UNDER) and SweetFreeBooks (lots of Freebies!) - my library is FULL - so many books to last me till I die!  (hopefully technology will not change when the Zombies appear!)

with a dreamy far off look and her nose stuck in a book.. beauty and the beast quote.. digital file

Well, let's get reading!  Don't mind my posts with our book lists.  We are reading fools in the Amstutz House!

Greetings from Gray Gables.. Summer style!


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Challenge- Day #24- ARE YOU READY?

It's Day 24- are you READY?  

Well, I am.  Even with my seasonal allergies and Summer Cold, I am NOT giving up. (that Kalahari trip is just around the corner- eek!)

Our Challenge today:

84 sit ups
155 crunches
95s plank
46 pushups
76 Jumping Jacks
54  High Knees
34 Squats
33 Lunges (per leg)

Whatever is going on, do not let this challenge get your discouraged.  I know that upon first look, it can seem scary, but it should be getting easier and easier, especially with us staying so consistent.  The build has been slow and we just keep progressing and we are ALL going GREAT!

Plus, only 6 SHORT days to go- can you even believe that? Then what are we going to do...

So, I have a question for everyone- are you remaining accountable? When are you doing your workouts?

I have found that the only time that I can workout is when my kids are asleep.  It does not do me any good to try to workout with them because they want to workout too- and let's just say it is more distracting than um, fun?  They run around like wild hooligans!  To much stress - and I guess I prefer peace and quiet to focus on what the heck I am doing.

I am noticing big things happening!  I am down in sizes right now and although I know I have some time that I still need to put in, I am feeling better than ever (well, before i got this dang cold!).

Yesterday I worked 2 Shakeology Shakes into my day (which is not a usual things for me) and had a healthy dinner of Baked Chicken (with Light Olive Oil and a tbsp of Coconut Oil with some Italian seasoning for taste) and a small bowl of Blue Lake Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes. If you have not tried Shakeology, I encourage you to give it a taste- I promise you will NOT be disappointed.  It is amazing!

Keep moving and don't take your eyes off of the FINISH LINE!

Great work!!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

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