Monday Sweat Report

I’m so happy to report that this past week I kicked a$$ with my workouts. Yes, I did. The main reason I say that is because I had a choice on Thursday to do a workout or not. I chose to do a workout, it was a short workout but it was something. Anytime you choose to do something, you’re successful.

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Sunday - 30 Day Butt Lift 1 Tone Up
Monday - 30 Day Butt Lift Booty Booster & Leslie Sansone 2 Fast Miles
Tuesday - 30 Day Butt Lift Fat Burning Cardio
Wednesday - Rest day
Thursday - 30 Day Butt Lift Booty Yoga & Leslie Sansone 1 Mile
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 30 Day Butt Lift Firm Extreme & Leslie Sansone HiiT
Sunday - Treadmill, 2 miles & gardening

I guess you can tell that I’m pleased with this week in review. I had a couple opportunities to ditch a workout but I’ve set a goal and I’m determined to reach it. If not exceed it. In reviewing the week, I do see that I need to make sure I had in upper body work in the coming weeks.

That was my week, how was your workouts?

It’s a Brave New (well-funded) World

Ten years ago who would have thought that you could write a post for a website and ask for $10 to buy potato salad? Who would even think of asking for $10 to make potato salad? Apparently some guy did and somehow he raised thousands of dollars. How crazy is that? Websites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe and Fundly make it easy to fund a project or charity or potato salad.

When I heard about the potato salad fundraising event my interest was piqued about these types of sites. I was curious about the people who generously turned over cash to strangers so that the strangers could pursue a dream, support a cause, launch a business or pay an unexpected bill. It was about a month prior to the potato salad fundraiser that I first visited a crowd funding site. One of my favorite food blogs, The Yellow Table, was using Kickstarter to raise money to publish a cookbook. While I was over at Kickstarter I checked out some of the other fundraising events.

I had many choices. A handmade soap line was looking for funding. An anthology was looking for funding. A fiction writer who will write me something if fund her writing project. I admit, I had fun checking out all of the projects that were looking for funding.

Until, I spent sometime reading projects that involved sick pets. My smile faded and my heart broke.

Now, I was completely content reading the fun projects and considered funding one or two. That was until Wednesday morning.

I received a call from my friend Alison, she was in tears. She told me that her best-friend, her dog, Annie, needed surgery and chemotherapy and that she was going to create a fundraising page to help raise the money for the huge medical bills.

Suddenly this fun, sometimes silly, brave new world phenomenon became very real, very intimate. My friend and her dog, who I love dearly, needed the help of their friends and family and from strangers. Over the past few days I’ve watched the number of dollars raised rise but I admit I’m scared that the goal won’t be reached. I’m scared that this amazing dog, who has a heartbreaking story in her past, will not receive the medical treatment she needs.

On the other hand, I’m in awe of social media. I feel so fortunate to be the generation who has seen us go from television with only three major networks to watching television shows on computers and tablets and who can embrace the technology without fear. Twenty years ago Annie wouldn’t have had any chance at survival since Alison’s fundraising would have been limited to a small pool of people.

For everyone who gripes about this brave new world hasn’t had the opportunity to experience the hope that the brave new world has to offer.

Even though her tumor is growing, Annie still managed to upstage Alison in Alison’s selfie. LOL.

Annie only has one eye because of injuries suffered during her younger years when she was used as a bait dog for training fighting dogs. Yeah, her life sucked until she was rescued and found a home with Alison, who was a volunteer at a no-kill shelter when she met Annie.

If you would like to learn more about Annie and her cancer story please visit her Fundly page. I know that I will be paying forward the kindness of all those who have helped Annie so far by finding a beloved pet of someone I don’t know who needs help.

Have you ever supported a crowd funded project? Have you ever launched a crowd funded project?

Where Has The Time Gone?

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. Where has the time gone? Seriously, I can’t believe that it is the middle of July yet. Maybe it’s because it’s been a beautiful late spring and early summer here in Connecticut. We’ve yet to have strings of heatwaves (I’ve probably just jinxed the weather) and this makes me happy. I hate, hate, hate humidity. I’m completely miserable when it’s 90 plus with 70% humidity. We’ve had a few days with weather like that but it really was just a few days.

Our weekends have been amazing, we’re heading into weekend #7 of beautiful weather, moderate temps and low humidity. What more could a girl ask for?

So what have I been up to?

With such amazing weather, I’ve been busy. I’ve been spending time outside gardening. I’ve actually wanted to plant flowers. This is totally out of character for me. So I’m embracing the feeling while I have it.

Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to.

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Also for the past month I’ve been dealing with a sick pup. Billy hasn’t been feeling well. He’s had diahhrea and he was vomiting. Finally he was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease. It’s as unpleasant as it sounds. Ugh. He’s on a restrictive diet and he’s doing much, much better. I’m thrilled not to have to clean up the messes. I decided not to share a photo of that period of time, rather this adorable pic of a now healthy Billy.

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Here’s a picture of Susie.

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Working out did take a backseat to taking care of Billy but I used gardening as a substitute on the weekends. I’ve been feeling the need to shake things up, do something different. The one thing I wanted to do was some type of fitness challenge. While reading my go-to fitness forum I saw the mention of the 30 Day Butt Lift. Now, that sounded intriguing. I had to check it out.

I’m on day four of the 30 day rotation and I love it! Over the coming weeks I’ll share a review of the workout. This is also the first workout I’ve downloaded to my iPad. I feel so tech savvy right now, you have no idea. Anyway, back to the workout. Two words – challenging, sore. Seriously, I had no idea I could become so sore in less ten minutes. But, I admit, I love every minute of it.

I went to a baby shower for our nephew’s wife. It was a beautiful day, great food, and the most adorable cake. (She had a boy yesterday. We’re all so happy.)

I also completed the first draft of my romantic suspense manuscript. I should have taken a video of my happy dance. :)

There you have it, what I’ve been up to the past few weeks. I hope all has been well with you. Please take a moment to catch me up on something great that you have done or plan to do before the summer is over.

Burlesque by Jazzercise

I was in the mood for something different, you know to shake up my routine of weights and the treadmill, when I came across Burlesque by Jazzercise. It certainly is different from my regular workouts and a heck of a lot of fun. By the time this workout was finished, my inner showgirl was front and center. And I was a little sweaty too. :)

Title: Burlesque by jazzercise

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Type of Workout: Aerobics

Fitness Level
: Intermediate

Equipment Needed
: None

Total Running Time: 45 Minutes

Workouts: Three total, Burlesque Sexy Sculpt,44 minutes, Quick Fit workout, 20 minutes and Booty Blast, 10 minutes

Release Date: 2012

Burlesque by Jazzercise combines sassy, sexy and flirty dance movements to create one fierce and fun cardio workout. These showgirl-inspired moves will have you feeling confident as you pop your booty and strut your way across your living room. Warning, your inner vixen will come out but that’s okay, because she’s going to be burning some serious calories. The music is fun, the choreography isn’t too complicated. If you aren’t familiar with dance workouts you may want to preview the workout before actually doing it. If you like to dance this may be a good workout for you. Just be prepared to shake your groove thing. :)