Monday, December 31, 2012

Ready for those resolutions

I think I'm almost ready to stop the chocolate party. Almost! But I decided I'm getting too old to go on some strict diet (plus, diets never last for me) so I'm just going to be smart and exercise some self-control, but not make myself crazy. My poor family just doesn't deserve a chocolate-free Momma, it's not fun for any of us!

Most of my resolutions this year are focused on being more patient, more charitable, and less of a shellfish (sorry, if you're not a Junie B. Jones fan that won't make much sense).

What about you? I love hearing about resolutions, it gets me motivated to set more myself!
Have a wonderful New Year!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dead Running/Dying to Run Blog Tour - Win $25 Amazon or iFrogz earbuds and armbands

The blog tour for Dead Running and Dying to Run is officially underway! Don't forget to enter to win iFrogz earbuds and armbands or a $25 Amazon gift card on the Rafflecopter form below. Thanks for stopping by!

Dead Running

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.


Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog:

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


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Tour Schedule
December 27th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off
Blkosiner's Book Blog - Tens List
Pandora Poikilos - Peace from Pieces - Interview
Min Reads and Reviews - Review

December 28th
Bookworm Lisa - Review & Excerpt
The Bunny's Review - Excerpt & Tens List
Reviewing Shelf - Review

December 29th
Musings From An Addicted Reader - Review & Tens List
Mom with a Kindle - Excerpt
Janet Kay Jensen - Interview
A Storybook World - Interview

December 30th
The Book Diva's Reads - Review
Lovely Reads - Guest Post or Tens List
Blooming with Books - Review & Interview

December 31st
Books, Books, the Magical Fruit - Interview
StoreyBook Reviews - Review

January 1st
Happy New Years!

January 2nd
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Character Interview & Excerpt
Rachael Anderson - Review & Exceprt

January 3rd
Book Blast - Multiple Blogs

January 4th
Getting Your Read On - Review & Excerpt
Cuzinlogic - Review & Interview
Gamila's Book Review - Review
Clean Romance Reviews - Spotlight

January 5th
Four Sisters and a Book - Review
icefairy's Treasure Chest - Excerpt
Easy Writer - Excerpt

January 6th
My Devotional Thoughts - Review & Guest Post
Why Not? Because I Said So - Guest Post & Review
Rachel Ann Nunes - Interview

January 7th
Debbie's Inkspection - Review
Charity's Writing Journey - Review

January 8th
Literary Time Out - Review of Dying to Run
Promiscuous Diva - Guest Post or Tens List
Sarah Ballance - Tens List

January 9th
Rachelle's Writing Spot - Guest Post
My Book A Day - Review
We All Make Mistakes in Books - Review

January 10th
Oh the Books You'll Read - Review
Bibliophilia, Please - Guest Post or Tens List
LDS & Lovin' It - Guest Post & Review

January 11th
Kaisy Daisy's Corner - Review
KatrinaDoes - Review
Christian Book Notes - Review

January 12th
Up All Night Reviews - Guest Post & Excerpt
Pieces of Whimsy - Review & Excerpt

January 13th
A Diary of a Book Addict - Review & Guest Post
Jen’s Blog of Random Thoughts - Review
January 14th
I Love to Read and Review Books :) - Review & Tens List
Crazy Four Books - Review
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf - Review

January 15th
Book Worm Brandy - Review
Sweeping the USA - Excerpt

January 16th
The Book Bug - Review of Dying to Run & Excerpt
Book Broads - Review & Guest Post

January 17th
Hardcover Feedback - Review & Tens List
Fly High - Excerpt
Guerilla Wordfare - Guest Post

January 18th
Beck Valley Books - Excerpt
Charity's Writing Journey - Tens List

January 19th
Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf - Review
Bookhounds - Interview or Guest Post
Book Journey - Review

January 20th
Snifferwalk - Tens List
Book Flame - Guest Post

January 21st
Vonnie's Reading Corner - Review
My Life. One Story at a Time. - Guest Post & Review

January 22nd
Magical Manuscripts - Review
The Book Mark Blog - Review
Scribbler's Sojourn - Guest Post

January 23rd
Seaside Book Nook - Excerpt
I'd Rather Be Reading At The Beach - Guest Post
Taking Time for Mommy - Review

January 24th
Mom Loves 2 Read - Review & Excerpt
LovLivLife Reviews - Guest Post
MK McClintock - Tens List

January 25th
Vampandstuff - Excerpt
Tristi Pinkston - Spotlight
Socrates' Book Review Blog - Guest Post & Review
Libby's Library - Review

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Workout

I hope you all had a fabulous and fun Christmas! The boys were adorable. My 6yo kept saying, "This is the best Christmas ever!" You just can't beat that.
I was part of a Cardio Christmas party on Christmas Eve. The workout was pretty simple as we all just had half an hour.

We did 20-30 reps of the following. Between each set we would do 30 walking lunges and then run backwards with the weights held above our heads. So fun!

Frontal raise - Take the bar or weights down to the ground then swing them up in front of you until they're overhead, slowly lower and repeat.
Overhead Press
Burpies - Jump down, pushup, jump up, jack, repeat
Bent-over row
Biceps Curl
Overhead triceps press
Squat leaps

Have a wonderful Christmas break. We've got lots of snow so we'll be spending our break playing outside then drinking enough cocoa to rejuvenate our energy and get back outside.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Another hard workout

This was a crazy workout, we did at least thirty reps of each and then moved on. It was kind of nice not to have to go back through the circuit but thirty reps can get really tiring!


Squat (with weights above your head)
Bent-over Reverse Fly
Dead Lift
Pushup (with legs up on a table or high platform - we used the spin bikes handles)
Walking Lunge
Frontal Raise
Squat X Leap - Squat down low then jump wide like an X
Upright Row
Lunge-Jump Change
Side Lunge - touch weight on floor, then jump to middle twice with weight above head
Triceps Overhead Extension
Squat Jump - straight up

Enjoy the Season

Things have been crazy at our house and we aren't eating very healthy or working out as regularly as we should be. Tis the season for craziness, lots of love, and yummy cookies. I thought I'd share a few tips to keep us all happy and energized throughout the season.

1- Only eat something if it is truly a Christmas treat. Just because they make Oreos with red and green filling does not mean they're an exclusive Christmas treat, but Aunt Abbie's peppermint dessert? That's worth savoring.

2 - Turn on
Christmas music and dance. My boys think Mom spinning to the Nutcracker is hilarious.

3 - Go ice-skating, sledding, snow-shoeing, or cross-country skiing. Try out a new sport, the variety is great for improving physical fitness and the challenge is wonderful for your mind.

4 - Go for a walk outside. When the temperature is below 50 you
burn more calories - it's worth it to freeze the tip of your nose but if it's so cold your eyelashes crystallize you'd better take it to the treadmill.

5 - Bake your favorite treats, have a sample, then take them to all the neighbors. The visits will be more fun than the baked goods.

6 - Enjoy your family and forget about everything else. Play with your kids. Read Christmas stories and thrive on their childlike joy. Snuggle up with your sweetheart and burn some calories kissing in front of the tree.

7 - Focus on the Savior and following his example of love and service, the real reason we celebrate this blessed holiday, and the joy will continue throughout the new year.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Can't raise my arms

Last week's workout was so killer I almost cried when I got in the shower after and realized I had to wash my hair!

We did a circuit with 30 reps, 25 reps, 20 reps, 15 reps, 10 reps, and 5 reps. It got really old!

Kettle-bell swings
Box Jumps
Lateral Raise
Lunges with one weight raised overhead

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Last week's workout

Time goes fast! I started planning my class for Monday and realized I hadn't shared last Monday's class with you. It was pretty simple but still hard for me!

Twenty reps of each, four rounds of the following:
Split lunge (back leg on ball) using a weighted bar for stability or holding bar above head
One-legged dead lifts with bar (can use handweights any time instead of bar)
Pushups (with legs on ball)
Ab crunches with ball (pull knees into chest as pull ball from knees to toes)
Overhead press (bar or ball)
Biceps Curl
Overhead triceps press (lying on ball)
Squats (can add jump to make it harder)

Hope you all have a restful Sunday and are ready to workout hard come Monday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Metabolism - Make it work for you

Rev up your metabolism to lose weight – the idea is on the cover of most magazines and the talk of the fitness industry. But what is metabolism and is it possible to increase it? Metabolism is basically how your body burns calories. Those blessed with a fast metabolism burn calories quickly and are able to keep weight off more easily. Metabolism is based on many factors – age, gender, genetics, weight, and muscle mass, to name a few. Of course we can’t do much about our family history, age, or gender, but there are tricks to increase your metabolism that will make you a more efficient calorie burner and help you stay thin and fit without as much effort.
1. Lift weights - Every pound of muscle burns 35 calories a day, while each pound of fat burns just 2 calories per day. Increase the size of your weights to burn more - When lifting identical volumes (such as 10 pounds 10 times or 20 pounds 5 times), those using heavier dumbbells burn about 25 percent more calories. Many women are afraid of lifting heavy weights, but it is impossible to bulk up without testosterone. Use a weight that is challenging to you, but won’t cause injury. You’ll lose weight and increase muscle tone much faster.

2. Drink plenty of water - if you're dehydrated you will burn fewer calories throughout the day. To burn an extra ten calories a day make sure your water is icy cold. Ten calories may not seem like much, but it adds up to a pound lost a year.
3. Eat more often. It may sound crazy to those trying to lose weight by restricting their daily caloric intake, but the problem with this old school of thought, explains Michigan dietician Julie Beyer, is that it actually slows metabolism. Recent studies show that eating smaller meals every three to four hours aids metabolism and weight loss. "When you put too many hours between meals, your metabolism actually slows down to compensate. If you then eat a huge meal - at the same time your metabolism is functioning as if you're starving - your body wants to hold on to every calorie.” Molly Kimball, RD.

4. Move more all day. You can burn up to 350 extra calories daily - enough to shed more than 35 pounds this year - simply by pacing while you talk on the phone, getting up to talk to someone rather than e-mailing, and walking rather than driving for short errands.” James Levine, MD, PhD.
5. Dieting will drop your metabolism - as you lose weight there is less of you to maintain so your resting metabolic rate drops. The solution – eat consistent small meals and lift weights. Increase your muscle density and your metabolism will keep on kicking so you can keep on losing. 

6. At least once a week have a long cardio day. Exercising for sixty minutes could burn five times as many calories post-workout than thirty minutes.
7. Eat breakfast. People who eat breakfast weigh less than those who don’t. Also, add more protein - it's harder for your body to process, you can burn twice as many calories digesting protein as carbs.

8. Avoid stress. “Stress can actually cause weight gain, particularly around the tummy,” says Shari Lieberman author of Dare to Lose. Stress increases cortisol which slows metabolism.
9. Include interval training two to three days a week. High intensity exercise burns more calories during and after exercise. Some studies have shown women who did a twenty-minute interval workout lost five times as much weight as those who did a forty-minute steady-paced workout. Sorry friends. I know the interval workouts are tough, but they are worth the pain.

10. Sleep. Oh, I like this one. “Research shows that people who don’t sleep for seven to eight hours a night are more prone to weight gain. Additionally, we now know that lean muscle is regenerated in the final couple of hours of sleep each night.” Julie Beyer, RD

“The Ultimate Over-40 Fat Fighter!” by Selene Yeager - Prevention Magazine 

“Boosting Metabolism: 10 Tips That Work” by Susan Woodward for MSN Health & Fitness

“Make the Most of Your Metabolism” by Colette Bouchez

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature -

Saturday, December 1, 2012

All or Nothing

I've worked with a lot of people who are either on or off. They are either on their diet and exercising hard every day or they are off with very frustrating results.
I think too often we get caught up in thinking, I didn't make it to the gym today or I ate a cookie (or two or three) and all my weight loss or healthy living plans are done. This becomes especially hard during the holidays when we're too busy to exercise and there is so much good food around. I find myself thinking, I'll worry about it in January!
But living healthy is not an all or nothing propisition. It's possible to be healthy (and meet those weight loss goals) by just doing the best we can each day and making small changes that will add up to big results.
I always recommend just one small change a month. It can be something as simple as, drinking eight cups of water and cutting out one soda or scheduling three exercise sessions a week on the calendar (but not getting frustrated if we don't make it). As the months come and go and you keep adding a new healthy goal each month (and hopefully the previous months' goals have become a part of your lifestyle) you will see amazing results and not feel like you're completely changing your life or seeing the yo-yo effect of being all or nothing.
The most important thing is to not give up. Wake up each day excited to make healthy choices. Don't beat yourself up if you aren't perfectly healthy. Remember that we're not trying to lose seven pounds in a week or something ridiculous like that. We're making smart, healthy choices that will help us to feel good and look good for a lifetime.