Has this week been dragging for anyone else? 

I seriously thought that it was Thursday ALL day on Tuesday.  There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re close to the weekend, then looking at Mr. Board and realizing the week just started. 

Who wants to go drinking?

someecards.com - I can't wait to be ashamed of what I do this weekend

Mom, these are jokes. 

But seriously, DJ Pauly D is going to be at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino this Friday (don’t ask me how I know this).  Who wants to go?!?!  (If I had hoochie-wear, I’d sport it.  Unfortunately, I’m a mom and that’s looked down upon.  Oh to be a hoochie again.)

Double blogging points for using the words, “hoochie” and “DJ Pauly D” in the same post.  Points awarded, now let’s steer this ship in the opposite direction.


The theme for this week’s Tuesday Trainer is TABATA!!  (We’ve done one tabata workout before – so I basically stole all of my old info from that post because I’m lazy and well, why not.  I DID film a new move though!)

For anyone not familiar with this crazy term, here is a quick overview: (source: Men’s Health)

Who invented Tabata?

Dr. Izumi Tabata and his colleagues at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition wanted to establish the minimum amount of training needed to increase fitness.

What did they find?

The results of their research were astonishing – the team tested athletes’ VO2 max (the point at which they get winded) and found that those who followed the Tabata formula increased their VO2 max by 14% in six weeks. According the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, “Six to 8 very hard 20-second intervals with 10-second rest periods may be one of the best possible training protocols.”

So how do you use Tabata training as a workout tool? It looks something like this:

20 seconds on. HIGH INTENSITY!!

10 seconds off.

Repeat for a total of 8 times – 4 minutes total workout time!

I know you’re thinking, “4 minutes?!? That’s not a workout!” I promise – when you work to your max during those 20 seconds, you’ll get out of breath quite quickly and force your body to workout ANAEROBICALLY! Tabatas are designed so that you won’t NEED to workout any longer than 4 minutes, but if you are advanced you can do a few rounds of 8 OR pair a Tabata with some cardiovascular training. As always, listen to your body!

So here are my Tabata moves:

Just to re-emphasis: I want TWO exercises. Perform one for 20 seconds, rest for 10. Then perform the second exercise for 20 seconds. Got it?

Some tips for TT newbies:

  • Tell us who you are!  If you blog, tell us the URL!
  • Do the exercises correctly!  I can’t post videos with improper form or sketchy descriptions.
  • Be yourself – let that personality shine through!
  • Anyone can participate.  Man, woman, blogger, non-blogger, sheep.  Anyone.

Video submissions are due next Monday, the 23rd, at 8pm, EST! Please have them to me before the deadline! Go here to learn how to upload your video.

Birthday-Palooza GIVEAWAY TIME!


We’ve got two giveaways left this week!  If you missed out on the last three, BE SURE to go back and enter them – fitmixer on Monday, Chobani on Tuesday, Probar on Wednesday and…

Green Mountain Coffee today!!


I have a deep love for Green Mountain Coffee (GMC). Here’s why:

  • They were the Official Coffee Sponsor at Blend, supplying FOUR Keurig machines and 600 K-cups to our attendees!!! 
  • GMC puts a great deal of effort into selecting the very best beans for their roasts, even going so far as to promote the ecosystems from which they derive the beans.
  • They are FAIR TRADE Certified, which means that GMC pays their farmer-partners a fair wage for their coffee. This act promotes healthier working conditions and greater economic incentive for the coffee farmers.
  • GMC makes some tasty, tasty coffee that keeps this sleep-deprived mama HAPPY!


GMC’s newest line, Brew Over Ice, is the cat’s pajamas.  Since iced coffee is all the rage, GMC put a lot of thought (and math) into creating K-Cups that would work perfectly brewed over ice! You’re going to have the chance to win a box of these today.

Actually THREE of you will be winning either a bag of GMC’s coffee or a box of GMC K-cups!  The three winners get to pick what they’d like – the flavor and the type!!  Thank you so much, Green Mountain Coffee!

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Giveaway will run through Sunday night and I’ll announce the winners in Monday’s post!  Good luck, coffee drinkers!


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  1. I drink coffee everyday-one or two depending upon the day-favorite Is iced coffee.

  2. I drink 2 cups every morning. If I miss a morning cup, I will have an iced coffee in the afternoon.

  3. One of the reasons I can’t wait for the weekend is because I have a good excuse not to drink the free, gross coffee at the office and instead have a K-cup of GMC at home! And I love tabata workouts too, so this is a great match!

  4. I drink coffee everyday! Trying to wean off of it slowly, keeping it down to 1 cup, max 2.

  5. I love coffee in the morning and maybe a cup in the afternoon. Iced is my favorite!

  6. I actually need to get my ass INTO tabata. Oddly enough I was just told to go back to long chunks of cardio b/c I’m having a hard time losing the 5-10 lbs I want to lose (healthily, might I add!).

    And PS I am glad that I made you beam a little bit yesterday. I’ve been having a hard time with things lately and it seems that every time I have a hard time, something happens that makes me feel like something or somebody’s watching over me. I don’t think I will ever be able to be as spiritual as you — but just knowing that there is something there is quite nice. :)

  7. Cup of hot coffee to start the day, glass of iced coffee in the afternoon on these hot summer days. Aaaah!

  8. Ok I promise to do a tuesday trainer video this week. I promise!! Hold me to this!!

    Coffee is the best and I drink one cup a day. I’ve cut back from 4-5 cups a day which has been tough but great! No more jitters.

  9. I love love love watching videos with you because I feel like we are hanging out in real life and it makes me so happy! You are making me want to try TABATA asap! I love that you have to tell your mom on the blog that you are just joking too ha! Girl, we got the little shoes today and they made my month! They are the cutest little things in the whole wide world and they look SO comfortable. I appreciate them so much, thank you for being such a good friend!

  10. I usually only have one cup (in the morning) unless I have a coffee date with friends later in the day!

  11. love my coffee!! Usually a couple cups a day is my limit and for me, it’s the coffee + “me time” combo that’s so terrific!

  12. Yes! I love Tabatas, they are my favourite! Great choice:)
    Haha, if anyone knows anything about me, its that I have a SERIOUS coffee obsession. Mainly starbucks, but I really need to start saving the moola for other important things…like food.

  13. I really like Green Mtn Coffee, but I rarely buy it. Crazy, right? Anyway… you’re going to be getting some interesting search terms bringing people to your blog in the near future. “hoochie” and “Pauly D” should bring in some good stuff. haha

  14. I typically order a chai latte (hot or iced, depending on the weather) with soy milk. Or, when at home, I always order an iced caramel swirl coffee with milk and sugar from Dunkin Donuts.

  15. I drink coffee every day, multiple times a day. My boyfriend and I just got a Keurig and we’ve been going through K cups like nobody’s business! We love Green Mountain too.

    I am so excited about this week’s Tuesday Trainer theme and I know exactly which two moves I’m going to submit. Can’t wait to film this weekend! :-)

  16. 1/2 of a sweet n low and a splash of creamer. I was using just agave but I ran out :(

  17. I drink coffee everyday! I love it iced in the summer and warm in the fall/winter. I would say I have a mild addiction to those lively caffeine jolts. ;-) thanks for the fun giveaway!

  18. I’m a daily coffee-lover & drinker! Would love to try Green Mountain as my grocery doesn’t carry it! Thanks so much!

  19. Mmmm, coffee. I haven’t always been a coffee drinker, for me it kind of came along with becoming a parent, like a combo pack deal! ;)

    I’ve always drank Dunkin Donuts french vanilla coffee, but got to try GMC recently when visiting family- yum!

  20. Being a full time nanny I always need my morning coffee…addicted to my Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee!

  21. I love coffee, but in moderation. My husband makes an Americano for me every morning. Gotta have it. Other than that, I rarely have more coffee later in the day. It’s usually a “treat” to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee–I’m usually on vacation, or had some serious lack of sleep the night before.

  22. Freshly brewed coffee is my 6am friend from our coffeemaker! Would love to try Green Mountain too – thanks!

  23. I drink coffee every morning. I only drink it in the afternoon if I REALLY need it.