My Favorite Workouts Giveaway

When it comes to my exercise routine, it’s no secret that I like to switch things up. If I were to stick with the same routine, week after week, I’d be absolutely bored out of my mind. Wouldn’t you?

So between the cardio & the occasional BodyPump classes at the gym, I also have another tried and true resource which is very near and dear to my heart:

Exercise TV:-D

Over the past few months, I’ve tested out some fantastic workouts that have really kicked my boo-tay! 😯 Whether it’s intense cardio, hardcore strength training, or relaxing yoga, they’ve got everything I need.

So as I’ve come to test out quite a few of these workouts, it’s safe to say that I’ve developed a few favorites. And wouldn’t you know…it looks like Christmas came a little early for me! :mrgreen:

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A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the nice folks at Exercise TV, wondering if I’d be interested in doing a review of a couple of their full workout videos. They saw how much I’ve been loving some of the On Demand programs, and thought I might enjoy reviewing the whole video…

I seriously think they read my mind; I’ve been dying to try the full Yoga Meltdown video from Jillian Michael’s!!!

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As soon as I got home yesterday afternoon, I immediately popped Jillian into my DVD player to test out the new goods. I realized that the video I’ve been doing on Demand has been the Level 1, which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn more calories. It’s given me a great workout every time so far, but I wanted more, so I stepped it up to Level 2.

Level 2 incorporates a lot more twists and balance poses, some of which I found pretty difficult. Hello, crazy crow pose?!? 😯

After trying both Levels 1 & 2, I think it’s safe to say I like them both equally, and will probably switch back and forth between the two. They both definitely rock!

Alright, so here’s the deal…

You guys know I love you all for being the fantastic readers that you are, right? 🙂 Well, ‘tis the season of giving…and because I love you all so much, I think it’s only fitting to share my favorites with all of you!!

It’s the My Favorite Workouts Giveaway!!!

Exercise TV has generously offered to giveaway one of each of my three favorite workouts:

Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown

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10 Pound Slimdown

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Incredible Abs

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Are you guys excited or what?!?! :mrgreen:

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER…

You have four chances to enter this fantastic giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which DVD you’d most like to try and why.
  2. Become a fan of Exercise TV on Facebook by clicking here and let me know that you did.
  3. Become a fan of Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on Facebook by clicking HERE (or leave a comment telling me you already are). 😉
  4. Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter (leave a comment letting me know)

I will announce the three lucky winners tomorrow morning, Friday, December 24th.

Talk about a nice early Christmas present for yourself, right?? 😉

GOOD LUCK and thanks again to all of you for being such rock star readers!

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Mini Accomplishments

Sooooo…guess who got their own Facebook page over the weekend???

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That’s right, Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life did! 😀

Make sure you go check it out by clicking here! I know we’d love it if ya “Liked” us. 😉

Workout

As per my usual Monday morning motivation, I got out of bed with fairly little effort (surprising?!?) to complete a little mix of strength + cardio:

  • 10lb. Slimdown Total Body BLAST
  • 2 mile run

It was simple but shweaty. 😉

Today was kind of a busy day at work, since it was another (but thankfully our last) day of parent-teacher conferences. Remember those? Did your parents ever come home and try to make you nervous over what your teacher told them? Yeah…mine did. Good thing I was “an angel” back then. (Insert sarcasm there) 😉

Since I had conferences scattered all throughout the afternoon, I never really sat down for a full meal, but rather snacked throughout the day. Some days I actually like eating this way, so I really didn’t mind.

Some of the goods:

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3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese + fresh pineapple – one of my favorite cottage cheese combos!

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More of the usual… 😉

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After work today, I had an appointment to get my hair done with my mom down at the shop that she works at (SO excited to get some of my red back – it’s even more red than before!) . As soon as I walked into the salon, I was greeted by an unexpected but VERY welcoming little face…

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Meet Zoey! Is she not the sweetest thing ever??? 🙂

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She definitely kept me occupied while hanging out with my hair dye…what a cutie!

Once I got home, it was definitely dinner time…and sandwich time it was.

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A simple turkey + provolone cheese, with lettuce, pickles, & a smear of Eggplant Garlic spread. This stuff definitely made the sandwich. SO GOOD!

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On the side, I snacked on some of the hubby’s French Onion SunChips – I forgot just how good these babies are. Luckily, I portioned out my serving before, to avoid from making multiple digs into the bag. 😉

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Speaking of which, thanks so much to all of you who commented earlier on My Confession post. It was so nice hearing how so many of you are right there along with me. It can be a tough struggle sometimes, but knowing we’ve got support makes it that much easier!

Which is actually part of my motivation for only grabbing two of my Chocolate Chip Dough Balls tonight for dessert…rather than 5. 😯 Hey, it’s a mini accomplishment, right?

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Only one more day of work this week before Thanksgiving break! I’m super psyched!!

Question for the Evening:

What mini (or BIG) accomplishment did you make today?

A Spontaneous Start

This morning was a first!

Today was the first time I’ve ever gotten up before my alarm on a weekday, and decided to do some yoga when it wasn’t already planned. 😯

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That never happens! As you know, I’m a total snoozer, so getting up is not always an easy task. However, when I woke up about 30 minutes before my alarm was set to go off this morning, I found myself with an overwhelming urge to do yoga. So I did…and it was great!

Just a quick trip to the good ‘ol boob tube (<—this phrase has made me laugh my entire life…I love it) and I was all set with my 10lb. Slimdown YOGA video. Nothing crazy, but considering I was planning an “off” day, I’m pretty pleased. 🙂

Wanna know what else I’m pretty pleased about??

Today’s breakfast:

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Blueberry Banana Muffin Overnight Oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 mashed, super ripe banana
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • almond butter (about 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 crumbled banana muffin

I know what you’re thinking… “Banana muffin?!? Wait, where’s the recipe Courtney?!?”

Don’t worry, the recipe will be comin’ your way very soon. 😉

While enjoying my oats this morning, my spoon also ended up making its way into another delicious goody that’s been hanging out in the fridge…

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Mom’s Homemade Applesauce! It was always one of my favorites growing up, and I love how it’s pink! Mmmm, so so good. 🙂

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Now I’ve got myself an amazing mug of Caramel Macchiato flavored coffee…and I’m ready to tackle my day!

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Hey, we may even see some sunshine here in Upstate today 😯 – things are lookin’ up!

Question for the Morning:

Do you ever have spontaneous workouts?

Snooze or Lose

I don’t know what it is about me this week, but I am having the hardest time getting up and out of bed. 😯 Maybe it’s the gloomy morning weather, or maybe it’s the fact that I really need to try a lot harder to get myself to bed earlier!

Whatever the reason, I told myself there was no excuses for not getting up for a workout. After the second hit of the snooze button, it was now or never…and I chose now. 😉

I scurried on out to the living room for some Exercise on Demand. Today’s videos:

It was a good 45 minute workout, but I’ve got to admit…I’m really starting to miss having my treadmill working here at home. We’ve gotta get that thing workin’ ASAP!

Breakfast

I think my stomach might still be a little off from yesterday’s massive veggie consumption, so I really wasn’t craving anything in particular. Luckily, I still have this amazing loaf to keep me happy!

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I heated up a slice of my Honey Raisin Banana Pumpkin Bread in the micro for 15 seconds, topped it with about 1/2 tsp. of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light, and “paired it with a pear” 😉

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Since it’s a little smaller of a breakfast than I’m used to during the week, I also grabbed a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar to tackle any mid-morning hunger that may arise. I haven’t tried this kind yet, but hopefully it’s as good as the Cookie Dough!

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As always, I’ve got my mug-o-coffee (regular today…had to compromise with the hubby), and I’m headed out the door!

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Have a great day!! 🙂

Question for the Morning:

Are you a “snooze button” kind of person, or do you get up right away in the mornings??

So This Is What Early Monday Mornings Feel Like?

Ahhh, Monday morning…I did not miss you these past 2-1/2 months! 😉

Good Morning!! Is everyone feeling nice and well rested from their weekend? Probably not…but we can pretend, right??

Workout

Believe it or not, I was actually able to get myself up and moving bright and early this morning for a workout. I blame it on the guilt from overindulging on football party food. 😉 But hey, whatever the motivation, at least I got it done! I completed two workouts from Exercise on Demand – one old, one new. I started off with a new one: 10lb. Slimdown Body Blast and finished off with an oldie but a goodie: 10lb. Slimdown CORE. I find myself going back to this series quite a bit. I really like the trainer, Chris Freyteg; she’s quite motivating without being too cheesy like some other videos. 🙂 Overall, it was a great way to start my morning!

Breakfast

I’m running a little behind schedule this morning (surprise) so my original bowl of oatmeal will have to wait until tomorrow. So for now, I’m toasting up one of these, topping it with some of that…

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…and enjoying a bananer along with it.

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And of course, you can’t forget about my mug of Almond Amaretto coffee. Yummm.

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Hey, check out the fun gifts that were waiting for us when we got home last night…Yankee Candles! And better yet, FALL SCENTED Yankee Candles. Jay’s mom said that she was out shopping in Old Sturbridge Village over the weekend, dropped by the Yankee Candle store, and saw that everything was buy one, get one free. I can’t wait to try these out. Thanks so much for thinking of us Rosemary! 😀

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I have some “Ask Me Anything” answers comin’ up for ya this afternoon, so make sure you check back later.

AND, in case you missed it, the long-awaited Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipe was posted over the weekend; but not on this blog…it was over on Carrots ‘N’ Cake! Make sure you give that one a peek too. 😉

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Question for the Morning:

Which would you choose: Apple picking or pumpkin carving? 🙂

Feelin’ The Jitters

I am literally up to my ears in work right now! 😯

It’s always a little extremely hectic the night before the first day of school with students…I swear I get the jitters worse as a teacher than I did as a student. Such conditions definitely called for a quick and easy dinner.

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I heated up some leftovers from my Roasted Veggie Casserole. There’s still at least two more servings left…easily. 🙂

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I also cooked up a MorningStar Farms veggie burger, crumbled it up, and mixed it with some lettuce, tomato, red onion, and honey mustard…

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…and tossed it into a Joseph’s Sandwich Size Whole Wheat Pita Bread. LOVE these things! 

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Workout

I was really in need of a workout today. Not only because it’s been two full days since I’ve had one, but I also needed it to help relax my mind. (Which has been running at 110% since yesterday!) I was originally planning on hitting up the gym after work, but decided I wanted something a little more relaxing. I headed home and did two of my favorite workout videos from Exercise on Demand: 10lb Slimdown CORE & 10lb. Slimdown YOGA. They both really did the trick – I felt like a brand new person afterwards! 😀

Time to get back to this work…my stomach already has butterflies! GAH! 😯

Question for the Night:

Did/do you ever get nervous before starting up school again every year?

Dear Pumpkin…

Oh Dear Pumpkin,

I know you’ve been sitting so patiently in that lazy susan, just waiting for a little attention.

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Don’t you worry. Even though it’s been a while since we last met, it doesn’t mean that I have thought of you any less. But now, after long months of waiting, it is now time for us to reunite. Because if I wait any longer, I may go crazy and eat your whole can at once. And that would not be good. So let’s make a go for it…

Love, Courtney

They’re BAAAAACK!! PUMPKIN OATS! :mrgreen:

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • HEAPING 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • Golden raisins
  • Cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice

Topped off with:

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Absolutely divine. Totally worth the wait.

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I think today may have to be the day that I finally stop at Starbucks to get my Pumpkin Spiced Latte…might as well keep the pumpkin trend going! Besides, it is Coffee Friday. 😉

Workout

This morning I was able to get about 45 minutes of a solid strength workout in, thanks again to Exercise TV. I’ve been loving their new category, “10lb Slimdown” with Chris Freytag, so today I did the Upper Body & Core workouts. I love them, not only because they’re a great workout, but also because I complete almost all the moves without having to modify for my foot. It’s mostly low impact on the lower body, or floor work, which is perfect for gimpy over here! 🙄

This afternoon I’m spending some time with my Mom, doing a little “Back to School” shopping…she offered to get me a new outfit for “back to school” – can’t beat that! 😀

Oh yes, and I almost forgot to share! Yesterday I got my hair cut & colored…what do ya think?

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The “do” was a little faded out and dull from all the summer weather, so it needed a little updating. I wanted to add some red undertones this time, and Mom did an AWESOME job on it (she’s a hairdresser). Thanks, Mom! 😀

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Trying desperately to use the glass front door as a “mirror” to my camera screen…I’m horrible at taking self-photos!

Stay tuned this afternoon for a little Fashion Friday, Banana Republic style. 😉