The Century Workout

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So, lately I have been experiencing some serious cardio burnout. Post-Broad Street, I really have not been feeling it mentally (and therefore physically). So, at Husband’s baseball, I spoke to one of the teammate’s girlfriends who is an athletic trainer (She actually trains Ryan Howard in the off-season-neat!) about some good alternatives that will hopefully bring me out of my “workout rut.”

This cardio/strength training workout utilizes cross training, is fun and goes by quickly. It will take about an hour but can be catered to your liking/needs. So here’s how it works:
1. Run a mile at 5k pace (speedy) OR other form of RIGOROUS cardio
2. Do a “century.” Keep in mind that century=100. You will do 10 sets of 10 reps. Choose a particular body part for the century, for example, legs- do lunges- a century…10 sets of 10. The trainer, Liz-HI LIZ!- says she actually does ABS (!) between- but I couldn’t do that yet. VERY HARD! I actually did a century of abs instead and integrated oblique moves as well.
3. Run another mile at same pace (or your other cardio option)
4. Complete another century on a different body party OR on same if you only want to train one muscle system per day
4. Run last mile
5. Last century
SO… it’s 3 miles total and 3 centuries (300 reps)…great workout! Try it! :-)

New Hair.

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Guys, get ready for a rant rave.  Big time.  Remember how a while back I got a Keratin treatment?  

According to http://www.keratincomplex.com,

This therapy is the foundation of Keratin Complex – the original, in-salon service that infuses natural keratin deep into hair’s cuticle. This revolutionary therapy eliminates up to 95% of frizz and curl and instantly adds amazing shine, silkiness and condition to the hair. The results are astounding. Clients rave that “this is a life-changing experience”. Hair is more manageable, smoother and easier to style than ever before. It is perfect on all types of hair – including color treated and chemically processed hair!

Well, my overall review of the Keratin treatment is that it is too expensive, and while it does take out some of the frizz (I guess, but who would be able to tell given the crazy Philly humidity of late), it does nothing to relax the curl.  My problem is the curl.  So, this time around I tried the BRAZILLIAN BLOW OUT!  LOVE.  PURE LOVE. 

According to http://www.brazilianblowout.com/, The BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the WORLD!
Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle.  The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine!
What makes us different?
The ONLY Professional Smoothing Treatment that improves the health of the hair.
No Damage! and No harsh chemicals!
NO FORMALDEHYDE!!
Entire treatment completed in just 90 minutes!

Again I forgot to take before pictures, but I have snagged an after pic!  So my hair is normally VERY kinky and curly. 

Life is good in the upsanddownes’ hair household!  Yay!  What is your biggest best-kept hair secret?  Do tell!

NOW I don’t have to even dry it!  It can air dry and get that beachy wave look!  Wootwoot!  This is BY FAR THE BEST thing that has EVER happened to my hair!

Brussels Sprouts 2.0

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As you might know, I LOVE brussels sprouts…particularly when roasted.  My method (hocked from Sabrina and other bloggers) includes cutting the sprouts up (either in halves or smaller, eliminating the bitter end) and mixing with a bit of olive oil first to coat.  Then I add Balsamic vinegar and stir.  Then I add sea salt.  A Lot of sea salt.  I spread the sprouts on a baking sheet covered in tin foil for easy clean-up and cook for 20 minutes on 400 degrees.  Holy Yum.  Well yesterday, I upped the ante and added…a balsamin reduction sauce!

Here is my balsamic "reducing"

You must try this.  The reduction is SO easy!  Just pour twice your desired amount of vinegar into a sauce pan add a tsp of sugar (I used a cinn/sugar mix), bring to a boil, and “reduce” until you have half or less left.  Reducing just means to boil…I know- I asked that too!  Anyway, moving onto a few more food/drink related comments.

ONE:  My new thing is keeping this on my kitchen couter to combat un-healthy snackiness. 

AND it helps me make my fruit quota.  I just grab a handful at a time when hunger strikes or I am cooking and can’t wait.

OH and TWO:  Speaking of two, yesterday was a two-a-day (not a workout)…

Chic-Fil-A Diet Lemonade! MY FAAAAVE! YUM!

BIKRAM.

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Prior to finally yielding to Sabrina‘s invite to a Bikram Yoga class with her, the idea of withstanding even a minute inside a sauna NOT entangled in a Yoga pose frightened, intimidated, and just wasn’t me.  BUT, like mama always says…don’t knock it ’til you try it.

According to Bikram Yoga (dot) com,

Bikram Yoga is the 26 postures Sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga.  It has been proved and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function.  Each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits.

Bikram Yoga can be practiced under the guidance of a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher at one of the affiliated Bikram Yoga studios.

These studios are built in such a way that you always get the proper heating (104F) which help you to do your postures optimally. Bikram calls these studios as “Torture Chambers”. 

UHHHHH seriously…at least they ADMIT it is torture!  LOL!  Anyway, last month, I went to my first Bikram class with Sabrina.  This month…I AM HOOKED.  I decided that I will do Bikram Yoga at least ONCE a week.  I feel it is extrememly beneficial not only to my physical body (strength and cleansing) but moreso even for my “metal body.”

Proof of physical benefits...LOL!

Bikram Yoga teaches me that if I can “sweat it out”  inside the sauna-like studio for a FULL hour and half, then I can do almost anything. It makes the rest of my week seem WAY easier.  Bikram gives me a struggle that when faced and conquered, makes me feel strong, warrior-like and proud.  It gives me something to compare other struggles to in my life, and the recognition that I AM ABLE to get through anything.  I always try to wear my Bondi Band to remind myself, “I can and I will” which I focus on in the front mirror while in-class (unlike other forms of yoga, you are encouraged to stare in the mirror).

Now, this does not mean at all that I would give up my allegiance to other froms of excercize (aka running, Cybex, etc) or even other forms of Yoga (I still love my Friday night Jivamukti Yoga Vinyasa Flow class at Shanti Yoga Shala).  These will ALL remain a part of my “body/mind wellness” routine.  Now, I have just integrated another “realm.”  And that it is, my friends.  Do you do Bikram? What do you think of it?  Would you be willing to try if you haven’t yet done so?  Do tell!

Toodles!

PS:  In my search to provide you with Bikram information, I came across “The Yoga Cup,” an international Yoga Asana championship…REALLY?  ALL of my instructors have ALWAYS told me that there is NO place for competition on your mat except for with yourself…hmmmm this is interesting- Check it out!

I just had nuthin to say…

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:-)  Hey there, blog world!  Excuse the absence…as the title incorrectly spells states, I just didn’t have anything to say…Ya know?  Anyway, something happened tonight that forced my return back to blogging…

Baked. Ruffles. Ridges. Sourcreamnonion. LOL :-)

OK.  That’s it.  Toodles!

YES, She DOES Sweat!

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Cool as a cucumber?

So, let me explain.  There is a running joke/argument as to whether or not upsanddownes sweats.  I will admit, it DOES take me a lot to sweat, but I think yesterday answered the question for good. 

The contenders in the argument:  In ONE corner

We have the handsome Husband, who says that of course his wife, like everyone else, gets her sweat on.

 In the OTHER corner…

We have the Lovely Eamon, aka “Brussels Brawler” who contends that his bestie Jess does NOT sweat…WHO WILL WIN?

Well, after a return to the treadmill…

YAY! 4 miles on 6.5 = 38:21!

A 1.5 hour BIKRAM sweat torture session

Yep, that's pretty much how I felt!

Check out the evidence…

YUP…THIS GIRL SWEATS (under certain conditions, that is…so I guess the jury is still out!??!)

"Glistening" says Husband!

And how does that sweaty girl refuel?  WANCHAI Wednesday and a little peanut Buttery treat! 

Dude, you HAVE to pick up this meal creation kit by Wanchai at your local grocery store. It is UNREAL. Just add chicken or veggies (or both!)

Note the new Skippy Natural that is honey infused...incredible!

So…question is…ARE YOU A BIG SWEAT-ER?