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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Friday Motivations + A New Fashion Friday!

Happy Friday morning! 😀

Sorry for no follow-up post yesterday evening…that little thing called “life” happened, and I just didn’t have the time. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss much…it was a busy day with meals on the run!

So I don’t know what it is, but for some reason, I am so much more motivated to get up and work out on Monday and Friday mornings. Maybe it’s the fact that I know I don’t want to go to the gym in the afternoon on these days, but either way, I’m just glad the motivation is there!

This morning, I woke up bright eyed and bushy-tailed rolled out of bed (I said I was motivated…but I never said I’m good at waking up early! 😉 ) and got to work on a couple videos (one new, one old favorite) from Exercise on Demand:

New: Bootcamp Calorie Burn with Kendell Hogan (30 mins)

  • This video was pretty good. I think it would be suitable for most ability levels, and was actually not too difficult. I was looking for something more cardio based, with constant movement – this video definitely has you constantly moving, but doesn’t have too many intense moves. Not sure if I’ll try it again?

Old: 10lb Slimdown YOGA (24 mins)

  • Love the vinyasa flow with this workout!

Breakfast

Helloooo OIAJ! :mrgreen:

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I feel like it’s been forever since I last enjoyed some overnight oats, let alone OIAJ. But lucky for me, Jay just recently finished off his jar of PB and I was quick enough to make sure he saved it. Yummmmm.

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In the jar:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • raisins
  • cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice
  • lots of leftover peanut buttery goodness 😉

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Of course, no oats would be complete without a little topping! Enter: granola. 😛

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I don’t have my mug-o-coffee yet, since it’s Coffee Friday, but I’m pretty sure I’m craving some hazelnut today…we’ll see. Hey, maybe that’s some of my motivation for getting up and moving on Friday mornings?? 🙂

Check out this fun surprise I found yesterday!

Charlie from Sweet Salty Spicy was “sweet” enough to pass along the “One Lovely Blog Award” to me. Thanks so much, Charlie!!

Aaaaand, I actually have a little “Fashion Friday” for you all a little early this morning!

I decided to switch things up a bit from the recent Fashion Fridays, and give you all a little sneak peak today’s outfit, “Before & After” style:

Before:

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This outfit is obviously lacking something. The shirt (which is NEW from my latest Old Navy purchase!) is just too baggy and does nothing for the figure. And when it comes to skinny leg jeans? Well, not only do the stylish black socks do nothing, but they could definitely be “kicked up a notch,” right?

After:

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Look at what a little accessorizing can do! Nipping in at the waist with a simple belt does a world of difference for this shirt! When I first tried it on in the dressing room, I thought it was awful. Luckily, I had a belt in the room with me, and as soon as I put in on…complete transformation!

How ‘bout those boots?? They’re vintage!

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And even better yet, they used to be my Mom’s! She gave them to me a couple years ago, saying that they were some of her favorite pairs when she was younger. I don’t get an opportunity to wear them too often, but I thought they’d go great with today’s attire. 🙂

Alrighty folks, I’m out…time to go get the coffee!!

Questions for the Day:

What are YOU wearing today that you love?

What motivates you to get up in the morning?

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??

A Date With My TV

Good Mornin’ Folks! 🙂

Since I took an impromptu day off from the gym yesterday, and won’t have time to make it today after work, I made it a priority to get my booty outta bed bright and early this morning for a date…with my tv. 😉

I started off with Cardio Sculpt by Jeanette Jennings from Exercise on Demand. That girl really believes in her reps…my muscles were burnin’! 😯 Then I decided my muscles would probably thank me by following up with some extra stretching, so I ended with the 10lb. Slimdown Yoga video. Definitely a great morning workout, which worked up quite an appetite…

Thankfully for me, today’s breakfast comes in the form of another fabulous bowl of Overnight Oats. You guys can be sure to see these guys around quite a bit on the blog, since they make for one of the easiest, quickest breakfasts around…not to mention DELICIOUS! 😛

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Pumpkin Overnighters deserve a pumpkin background, don’t you think? 😉

In today’s mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • raisins

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I made sure to add the protein powder again today, since Monday’s oats stuck with me for almost 5 hours. That’s pretty much unheard of with my stomach.

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Lucky me was able to brew up some Pumpkin Spice coffee this morning, since we just ran out of regular. Mmmmm, how I love my punkin’ spice! 😛

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Did anyone happen to see Dancing With The Stars last night?? Mr. Bolton was NOT a happy camper! Yikes. 😯

Question for the Morning:

In less than 3 words, describe your morning so far!

Productive and Delicious! 😀

Kick Starting My Day The Right Way

It is officially FRIDAY and I couldn’t be more psyched about it!

Actually, I could be a little more psyched…I’ll be psyched at about 4:00 today when the craziness of my day has subsided. 😯

Speaking of craziness, sorry for no post last night guys. 😦 If you read yesterday morning, I had our Open House last night at school, so it was definitely a busy day from 15 hour day…

By the way, thank you all for your kind comments and encouragement yesterday about my nerves. You guys are the best! Once things got rollin’, my nerves actually subsided and everything went very smoothly. It was a success! 🙂

As soon as I got home from the Open House, it was time to start getting things ready for the garage sale. By the time 11pm rolled around, blogging just wasn’t in the cards…

But no worries, I’m BACK today and full of energy! 😀 So full of energy, in fact, that I got up nice and early to kick start my morning with a kick-ass Kickboxing Bootcamp “class” from Exercise on Demand.

I tried this video for the first time earlier in the week, and I’m tellin’ you guys, it’s a GREAT workout. 50 minutes later, and I am one sweaty mess. In a good way, of course. 😉

Breakfast

A quick and easy one this morning, even though I was really craving some pumpkin oats… (maybe for lunch?)

A combo cereal bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares + Multigrain Cheerios with vanilla almond milk.

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Cereal really never gets old. It’s so delicious! (I actually had it for dinner last night, too.) 🙂

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And look what else came my way this morning…it looks like we’re celebrating Coffee Friday today folks!

Jay’s dad is here to help out with the garage sale, and he came bearing Dunkin’ Donuts coffee gifts. I was beyond ecstatic. 😛

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I will actually be in and out of the house today, which is why Jay’s dad is here to help out. I have the day off from work, but it’s for a doctor’s appt. later this morning, plus taking care of a few other orders of business. One of which is QUITE EXCITING and I’ll be sharing that with you later today! 😀

Question for the Morning:

What is the weather where you live today?

I am still baffled by the fact that it is supposed to be 87 degrees in Upstate NY today?!? What the heck!?! It’s FALL! 😯

I Chickened Out

Howdy! 🙂

I hope everyone’s day is off to a smooth start. I know that mine didn’t start off as planned…

I have a confession to make: I actually chickened out on the BodyPump class. 😯 It had nothing to do with the class itself; I was just super nervous that I wouldn’t make it to work on time, the showers would be full, etc. PLUS, I didn’t make it into bed last night until almost 11pm, so a 4:45 alarm was not sounding all that appealing. Instead, I slept an extra 30 minutes, got up, and tried out a new workout from Exercise on Demand: Kickboxing Bootcamp.

It was a 50 minute workout, and it totally kicked my boo-tayyy! WOW! I’m positive that I got a better workout doing that then BodyPump, so I was stoked. 😀

Lunch

Thanks to my leftover chicken from last night’s dinner, today’s lunch was prepped and ready to go in no time.

One of my favorites: An “Empty Out The Veggie Drawer” kinda salad.

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  • Spring mix
  • Broccoli
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Red Onion
  • Carrots
  • Leftover roasted zucchini
  • Italian grilled chicken
  • Athenos reduced-fat Feta cheese

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I have high hopes for this bad boy. 😀

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I also packed myself a fresh pear and an un-photographed mini cashew cookie larabar, just in case hunger strikes. 😉

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After work today, Jay and I are headed to check out some more kitchen stuff! 😀

Question for the Afternoon:

When’s the last time you switched up your workout plan for the better?

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?