Workout Playlist

I received a recumbent bike for Christmas. I have ridden at least 10 miles 4-5 days each week since that time. This past week, I kicked it up a notch and began riding at least 15 miles at least four days a week.

But today, something wonderful happened.

The sun came out and it was SIXTY FOUR degrees.

I just couldn’t stand the thought of riding that bike for an hour in our basement when the sun was shining brightly. Instead, I dug out a pair of ear buds and I hit the pavement.

Y’all.

I. WALKED. TWO. MILES.

And, I walked fast!

Afterwards, I felt rejuvenated, and renewed. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to be out and about in Capri pants and a short sleeve shirt in the middle of February, especially after we’ve been up to our eyeballs in snow for the past month.

I enjoyed a brisk walk through my neighborhood with my iPod. I listen to music when I exercise for a number of reasons,

  1. It helps me walk faster and pedal harder.
  2. It ALWAYS helps my mood.
  3. It helps to pass the time.
  4. It makes me happy.

I thought it might be fun to share the list on the off-chance that you haven’t found a great playlist that really gets you moving. Before I get started you should know that I have a very eclectic mix of songs. (458 of them to be exact.)

1. Rag Doll – Aerosmith
Oh shoot. Nothing gets my blood pumpin’ quicker than some Aerosmith.
2. Love On Top – Beyonce
I first heard this song when Maks danced with Zendaya on DWTS. I added it to my playlist that night and it is a great song for getting your rear in gear. This song always makes me kick it up a notch because, BEYONCE.3. Give Me Your Eyes – Brandon HeathMy favorite song by Brandon Heath. Great words. Great beat.

4. Sing A Song – Third Day

You know, because after Beyoncé and Steven Tyler, I need to clean things up a bit. Seriously though, I have more Third Day on my iPod than anything. Love them.

5. Shoop (Ghetto Lab Full Rub Mix) (whatever that means…)Salt-N-Pepa

Hey, 1993 called. They want their song back. It’s apparently Ghetto fabulous, and it will cause you to go harder, faster, and stronger.

6. Made To Love - TobyMac

When this song blares through my ear buds, I pedal like Lance Armstrong.

On steroids.

(And now, hours later, that is evidenced by my sore calves.)

9. Lose My Soul – TobyMac (My favorite of his songs!)

You can’t really go wrong with tobyMac. He knows how to really rock it out.

10. Have Fun, Go Mad – Blair

I have no idea how I discovered this song, but it is one of my favorites when I’m exercising.

11. Feelin’ So Fly – tobyMac

Remember when I said you can’t go wrong with tobyMac? I meant it.

12. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

With one minute left in this song, I started up the big hill in our neighborhood today. To hear MJ yell, “GO ON GIRL” well, let’s just say, it made me smile and made me push myself harder.

13. These Thousand Hills – Third Day

These several hills on our street are the reason my calves are burning tonight.

14. You Learn – Alanis Morissette

Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill helps put some pep in my step. (Have I mentioned I have one diverse playlist?)

15. Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

Y’all. I love me some 90′s music. This takes me back a year or twenty. (Am I really that old?)

16. Motownphilly - Boyz II Me

I have to fight the urge to break out my dance moves when I hear Motownphilly. And rest assured, I have some mean ones.

17. Rolling in the Deep – Adele

This is a toe-tapper for sure. A great song and a talented artist.

18. Oh Happy Day – BeBe Winans

I have this as one of the ringtones on my phone. This song changes my mood every time I hear it.

19. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

What can I say, except I love a song with a good beat? I heard this song on the radio one night and immediately downloaded it to my iPod. It is currently one of my favorite songs, probably because I’m a good girl. Ahem.

20. Me, Myself and I – De La Soul

Another oldie, but goodie.

And there you have it.

A great collection of workout tunes that promises to make you go longer, harder, faster, and stronger.

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Last time we spoke, I was teetering on the edge praying that the replacement iPhone I received that day from Apple would accept the backup from iTunes from my original iPhone - after it was diagnosed with a bad battery – just as it was supposed to. I am pleased to report that everything went as planned, and within an hour or so, it was all set up, and my world started spinning again.

Things were a little iffy for a bit, but thankfully everything went according to plan.

Now, on to my next order of business…

Christmas is right around the corner. In other words, things are gettin’ serious. That means, it is time to buckle down and do some serious shopping if I intend to stick to my original word that I would have most of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. And just because I’m such a nice gal, I thought I should share some of the things I found while shopping online tonight, with you, my faithful readers.

All eight of you.

These items range in price from $2.00 to well, a lot more than that. But at least there’s something to fit every budget. And in the interest of full disclosure (because I’m not interested in going back to Jail) I am not being paid, pressured, or compensated in any way to promote any of these items. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

So there.

1. I love anything at all with my name on it (which explains why I have about fifteen monogrammed 31 bags), so it should come as no surprise that I just love these monogrammed ornaments.

 

2. No gift idea list of mine would be complete without at least one pair of shoes on it, because in my opinion, one can NEVER have too many shoes. I pinned these sandals several months ago and I absolutely love them. (And if McDaddy is lurking around here on the blog today… I would love these in a size nine – preferably in a more neutral color like black or brown.)

3. A few months ago I began carrying a purse I could sling over my shoulder. I found this one (Vera Bradley hipster) on sale at a military base exchange in Jacksonville over the summer and have been carrying it since. I absolutely love it because it allows me to be hands-free, and if it gets dirty, you can throw it right into the washer. (The print shown here is called “GO WILD” which is fitting, but I also love the new print Canterbury Cobalt.) Before we went to New York, I purchased the Backpack Tote in Canterbury Cobalt and it was perfect for carrying my DSLR Camera plus everything that I needed while touring the streets of New York City. (McDaddy, a hipster in Canterbury Cranberry, would be lovely.)

4. And speaking of DSLR’s, I am including this because it truly is one of the best purchases I have ever made. It is absolutely wonderful for capturing great moments on the baseball field no matter how far away you are sitting, though you can’t tell it from this out-of-focus picture I shot with my iPhone.

5. If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, look no further. I think I speak for women everywhere when I say that we go all-out crazy for a good Sharpie. These super-fine tip ones are awesome! (And if McDaddy could find them in colors other than black, I think he should totally get them for me!)

6. I live in West Virginia. It is hotter than you-know-what in the summer and colder than an Eskimo in a refrigerator in the winter. These gloves are so handy (Ha! I crack myself up!) because you can use your iPhone without removing them. My sister-in-law bought me this pair a few years back when she drew my name for Christmas.

7. If you have a friend who enjoys reading, this is a great read.

Sparkly Green Earrings, written by my favorite blogger friend, Melanie Shankle (and when I say, my favorite blogger friend, what I really mean is that I read her blog everyday and it is my favorite, not that we go eat Mexican every Thursday and discuss world problems, though if she lived closer I have no doubt we’d be fast friends) is easy-to-read and I’ve even read parts of it twice. I haven’t read very many books since getting my iPhone (Actually, I haven’t done much of anything since getting my iPhone) but I just knew this was going to be a great book. As is the case most of the time, I was right.

8. If you don’t have one of these,

what are you waiting on?

I am declaring the iPhone the best invention of my time, and it wouldn’t be caught dead without an Otter Box because GREAT PROTECTION.

9. Looking for some great smelling perfume?

Go getcha’ some of this. I wear Ralph Lauren’s romance everyday and I love it.

10. We go through some candles up in here. (And by we, I mostly mean, me, because McDaddy always makes some crack about a séance when I light them.)

You can’t go wrong with a Yankee Candle. (Well, unless you get the Winter Pine / Evergreen one, and then? You need to re-gift that stinky sucker as soon as possible!) Cranberry Chutney is my favorite. I have vanilla cupcake burning in my bathroom and banana nut bread burning just inches away from me. I also like Red Velvet, Vanilla frosting, spice cake and just about any other candle that smells like something I’d eat.

11. And last, but certainly not least (you knew this one was coming), it’s my absolute favorite gift of all the time.

And I suspect it will be for the better part of forever.

The Saturn Sky.

Only problem is, you’ll have to search online for a used one because Saturn went belly up years ago.

Well, that was fun!

Have a great week, y’all!

My New Pal

I cleaned like a crazy person today. Actually, I cleaned and danced like a crazy person today. I had some clutter to put away, three week’s worth of mail to sort through, and some decor to change out. I linked up my iPhone with the bluetooth wireless speaker that McDaddy got for Christmas, blasted some Third Day, Toby Mac, and Selah and I went to town swarping papers, cleaning countertops, putting dishes away and sweeping the floors. I danced and cleaned for 45 minutes. My heart was banging and I had sweat. So, that’s good, right?

It felt good knowing that I was cleaning my house while also getting in some exercise.

A few days ago, I asked for your help with finding a good calorie tracking APP. Several of you suggested My Fitness Pal, which I downloaded today.

Y’all.

I was thrilled that it was so easy to use.

When I ate two pieces of Pepperidge Farm toast for lunch, I was able to scan the bar code on the bread-bag and the APP spit out the nutrition information.

Boom, just like that.

And after I cleaned and danced like a crazy person, I input that information into the cardio tab on the APP and was surprised that the APP adjusted and allowed for more caloric intake.

Later in the evening I did 15 minutes of Wii Fit. The advanced step and free run was listed alongside of their calories burned info. It was quick and easy to put the info in.

There was just one slight problem.

My new Fitness Pal wasn’t so friendly on our first day as pals.

It appears that I shot my caloric wad by more than 400.

Looks like I shoulda’ cleaned and danced like a crazy person for about seventy more minutes.

Or skipped breakfast.

Phew.

I was even more depressed when I put McDonald’s big breakfast with hotcake into the APP just to see how many calories it would cost me if I decided to go that route the next time I meet the girls at McDonalds for breakfast. As it turns out, they don’t call it BIG BREAKFAST with hotcakes for nothing. That little bit of greasy Heaven will cost you 1100 calories. Or in my case, just a little less if you forgo the greasy hashbrown.

Eleven friggin’ hundred.

OUT OF 1500.

Which means I’d have to eat two cheese slices for lunch and a two bananas for dinner.

Dang.

The BIG BREAKFAST with the hotcakes is history.

If you’re on My Fitness Pal, look me up. I suppose it would be fun to add friends, so long as My Fitness Pal doesn’t offer up my three numbers or rat me out when I fall off the biggest la-ooser wagon and eat a sleeve of thin mints.

I suppose My Fitness Pal worked for me!

Life Before The iPhone

I love to travel.

Well, actually I like to visit new places, and sleep in hotels (yay for free breakfast, a pool and maid service!) and visit family in other states. I don’t so much like the actual travelling to get there. In fact, I rarely stay awake when travelling in a car, but if I am awake, I usually play Words With Friends or nose around on the Facebook.

McDaddy told his sister a few days ago that travelling with me – pre iPhone - was not fun.

This was a shock to me because really, I thought anything with me was fun.

It got me to thinking about my life pre iPhone, and it dawned on me that sadly, I can barely remember what life was like pre iPhone. And then I thought, why would I want to?

Before the iPhone….

  • I didn’t spend nearly the amount of time in the bathroom as I do now.
  • I used a pocket calendar to record every single appointment and rarely missed one.
  • I never worried about leaving home without a cell phone charger in my purse.
  • I had no idea RAJ, TAJ and HAJ were “words.”
  • I had to carry a camera if I wanted to take a picture.
  • I checked my e-mail once a day. In the evening.
  • Same with Facebook.
  • The only notes I wrote were on a notepad.
  • I depended on the news to deliver the weather report.
  • I purchased CDs.
  • I sometimes forgot to set my alarm clock.
  • I used a cell phone to call people. Period.
  • The only time I listened to KLOVE was in the car.
  • If I wanted to do price comparison I had to drive to different stores.

Somewhere McDaddy is rolling his eyes while reading this on his iTouch.

And smiling because I’m probably beside of him on my iPhone.

Ghetto Fabulous Workout Mix

I know, I know. That title is a little over the top.

Just like me. Still, we’re going with it.

If I remember correctly, I mentioned a week or so ago that McDaddy and I would be celebrating our 20th reunion next year. For that reason, and mostly because I was pregnant at our ten year reunion and had a good excuse I simply need to, I renewed my gym membership on Monday. This is my third go around with the gym, and I’m hoping the third times a charm.

Though I know what you must be thinking.

I’ll have you know these first two days are going perfectly.

So there.

Luckily I have a great workout mix to help me along this journey. My workout mix is great because it drowns out the crazy voice in my head that says, “DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW CRAZY YOU LOOK?” And then I look up and see two old men on the treadmills in dress pants and tassel shoes and I holler back at her, “ME? HAVE A LOOK AT THOSE JOKERS!” And then, I may or may not snap a picture of the jokers just because I can. Just a short time later, I assess the room and conclude that I am the youngest person in the joint.

Which gives me great satisfaction for some weird reason.

I love my workout mix. And by workout mix, I am actually referring to the 438 songs I have on my iPod which turn into a workout mix when I skip through the songs that don’t bring a darn thing to my workout table.

So, without further ado, here are a few of the songs that made the cut today.

1. Rag Doll – Aerosmith

Oh shoot. Nothing gets my blood pumpin quicker than some Aerosmith which is good because I HATE the ellpitical with a passion. I’m always proud of myself when my time is done there though. (And just in case you’re wondering the entire Aerosmith collection is also a fabulous choice to blast in a Jeep Wrangler with the top down.)

2. You Never Even Called Me By My Name – David Alan Coe

Let me start by saying that the beat of this song might not motivate you, but the smile on your face while listening to it will. It reminds me of my college days because they used to play it in the dive establishment I used to frequent.

3. Love On Top – Beyonce

I first heard this song when Maks dances with Zendaya on DWTS. I added it to my playlist that night and it is a great song for getting your rear in gear. I pedal fast because my love is on top. With McDaddy.

4. Give Me Your Eyes – Brandon Heath

My favorite song by Brandon Heath. I kick it up a notch whenever this comes on.

5. Sing A Song – Third Day

You know because after Booti Call and Steven Tyler, I need to clean things up quite a bit. Seriously though, I have more Third Day on my iPod than anything. Love them.

6. Shoop (Ghetto Lab Full Rub Mix) Whatever that means… – Salt-N-Pepa

Hey 1993 called. They want their song back. It’s apparently Ghetto fabulous.

7. Shy Guy – Diana King

This is a song from the Bad Boys soundtrack. It’s sure to keep you moving at a great pace.

8. Comin’ To Your City – Big and Rich

When this song came blaring through my earphones I cranked up that bike like I was Lance Armstrong.

On steroids.

And now, hours later, that is evidenced by my sore calves.

9. City On Our Knees – Toby Mac

Because Toby knows how to help me cool down.

10. Soul Sister – Train

I don’t have any sisters, but I have several soul sisters. Train gets it right with this song.

11. Play That Funky Music – Adam Lambert

One of the best performances on American Idol (and believe me I’ve seen them all), of all time.

And that’s my list. It works for me!

If you have sa’ome song suggestions, how about leaving them in the comments so I can check them out to keep things young and fresh.

Like me.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!