Shred and Bend


Good afternoon peeps!

I started off my morning with a delicious Baked Banana Doughnut smothered with MaraNatha’s Raw Almond Butter:


It was pure bliss! I also had a big Decaf Green peppermint tea (Canady Cane Lane) to go with it.

I have had quite the active morning. I started off with Level 1 of Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred. Level 1 was still tough, but I noticed a big drop in intensity from level 2 (which is expected of course!)

Me doing abs during the workout:


Workout stats:

  • 2 mins. warm-up (jumping jacks, arm circles, etc)
  • [3 mins. strength/2 mins. cardio/1 min. abs] x 3
  • 2 mins. cool-down
  • Total duration: 27 mins. (from start to finish on my watch)
  • Max Heart Rate: 147 bpm (75% of max)
  • Avg Heart Rate: 111 bpm (57% of max)
  • Feel the Burn: 120 kcals

So if you remember when I reviewed Level 2, I burned 163 kcals. So in level 1, I burned about 43 kcals less than in level 2. Sounds about right!

The biggest difference I noticed in level 1 was that the cardio sessions weren’t as tough as in level 2. Makes sense.

My arms are feeling like jello again!

Then, I decided to do another Yoga video from!

Today I did the video called ‘Using Core Strength for BackBends’ It is intermediate-Advanced level.

How my session went:

– I admit I struggled with boredom with this video. I had trouble meditating and focusing. It has always been hard for me to quiet my mind. Patience is not one of my strong suits so it will deinfitely be something that will challenge me as I try to practice yoga. I think that is why I never stuck with it in the past.

– I didn’t make it through the entire workout. I did 50 out of 60 mins.- so not bad, but I definitely was feeling a bit bored. Not sure if that is the video or just myself, but I suspect it is a bit of both.

– The moves were challenging and I know that my form needs to improve a lot. I am not a flexible person and doing these videos has made me realize how much I have neglected this aspect of my fitness. I am really excited to see my flexibility improve.

– I already feel stronger and more flexible after just 2 videos. I’m sure a lot of it is mental, but I can really believe that I will see incredible changes if I can keep this up consistently. Even just once a week is an attainable goal for my workout schedule.

The pictures:

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The most humbling of all: (This will take lots of work!)




It was a great way to start the day!

Workout stats:

  • Max Heart Rate: 99 bpm (51% of max)
  • Avg Heart Rate: 76 bpm (39% of max)
  • Total duration: 50 mins.
  • Feel the burn: 83 kcals

So as you can see my yoga workout was not a calorie torcher! lol. That is fine though, I know I will be feeling this tonight and tomorrow. It’s not about the calories at all. It’s about strengthening the body and improving flexibility and clarity of the mind. :)

The Cheerleaders:



Look what I picked up at the post office this morning! :)

I totally was not expecting it to be this!

Our friends over at Kardea Nutrition sent me these 4 awesome bars to sample and review on the website!


Flavours: lemon ginger, banana nut, chai spice, and cranberry almond

These bars may be effective in cholesterol management as they contain 1 g of natural plant sterols, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

The bars have 150 kcals and a whopping 7 grams of protein and 7 grams of fibre! A real bang for your buck!

Other attributes:

  • Kosher-certified
  • vegetarian, no diary
  • low sodium

Stay tuned for reviews on these bars!

The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.
~Harry J. Johnson


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin January 10, 2009

Don’t get discouraged! The journey begins with a single step or in this case single downward dog!


2 jenngirl January 10, 2009

Wow, that looks like some intense yoga! Glad you are already feeling like you’re seeing some results, yoga is especially great for runners, so I’m sure you’ll continue to improve!


3 bobbi January 10, 2009

I need to do more YOGA!!! Those donuts look yummers!


4 bobbi January 10, 2009

oh and where did you get those work out pants I love them!


5 VeggieGirl January 10, 2009

First photo = maaaaajor food porn alert!! :-D

Thanks for the yoga pose guides!!


6 Sana January 10, 2009

Hey! nice blog, I also have the same question as bobbi: Where did you get those pants and how much were they?

It is hard to find workout pants that fit ( lengthwise)- I am 5’2 and the last pair that I bought were frm the kids section…..


7 marafaye January 10, 2009

Looks like great yoga!
I also decided, I want to look like you when I grow up :)


8 girlrunningaround January 10, 2009

Great photos! They make me want to get nicer workout clothes! LOL.


9 polly January 10, 2009

hi lovie!

YOGA… oh girl do not give up! You are doing great, backbends are front body openers and are perfect for runners! I promise once you learn and really FEEL the poses, your heart rate will be pumping and those backbends will tone and strengthening your body like nothin’ else, promise!! :) Just breathe and have fun! Hugs, sweetie and WOW… where is the recipe for donuts? yummo mummo topped with almond buttah love. ;) mmm.


10 polly January 10, 2009

oh! I found the recipe… yum!! :)


11 Jayne January 10, 2009


I have a dvd called “Power Yoga for Runners (with Thom Birch),” which I think you might like. I’m currently training for my 5th marathon (Boston this year!), and use it once a week just to give my muscles a little reprieve. Honestly, Thom is a little…errr… creepy (he wears a unitard… enough said)… but the dvd is honestly pretty good. Simple to follow, and leaves me refreshed. I’ve found that it does a good job of stretching my quads and back (notoriously left super tight after long runs) without leaving me drained for my next run. also, it’s only about 30 minutes, so it’s great for a post run quickie.


12 Aimee January 10, 2009

Those donuts look wonderful, I’ll have to try to make them.


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