Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Exercise Videos

I would say that I am pretty much an expert on exercise videos. I have such a library full of videos that I use with my fitness classes.

Today, I will talk about the Body Bar Videos. Now, you know you have too many videos when you go to a fitness conference and can't remember if you have that video you are looking at. That is exactly what happened to me. I love the body bar series videos, one because I love the presenters in the video and second I will buy the video based on the exercises. So, as I was looking for another video I came across this one which looked different. I bought it, when I got home I found that I had another one. What did I do, I gave it to my friend who teaches classes. From now on, I will have to take a list of the videos that I have so that I won't buy them twice. You this is not the first time that this has happened. I went to the bookstore and I always look in the exercise section and I found another lady whom is very good and I have a tape of hers too. Well, the packaging looked different and more interesting only to find out it is exactly same as the one I already have. What? You have got to be kidding me. Different packing, but same exercises. Oh well, what is a girl to do. Okay, back to the first video I was talking about.

Mindy Mylrea is such an awesome lady. I have come to know Mindy by attending the conferences that they have in Dallas. She is a ball of energy and her exercises are totally challenging. When you can master some of her exercises that is really saying something. She has so much core strength it is ridculous. The video that I like best with her in the Body Bar video is Power and Grace. In this video, Mindy uses the body bar and her new gliding disc, (which is a whole other novel).

I actually do these exercises with my older women group classes and they do not like them at all, but afterwards they thank me for a great workout. This video causes you to workout on your flexibility and core strength. Violet and Kelly as back up babes, they show all the modifications which is always a plus.

You want a great workout, try this video. The name of the video is Power and Grace, Strength and Conditioning featuring Mindy Mylrea.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Power To Choose

Setting up my own fitness studio with electric and water can be so overwhelming. A friend of mine told me a while back about this organization in which they gave you different electric providers. The power to choose. It is for Texas Residennts, but some of the providers do provide electric for other states. Simply put in your zip code and it lists the companies and price per kilowatt. They also have fixed rates or variable rates to choose from. They have a month to month, 12 months or 24 months to choose. Of course the longer your plan is the cheaper your rate is, this is what I liked about it.

So, I have decided to go with Gexa Energy. They have a 3% renewable energy content and they are an energy saving company. You should check them out. This company also provides in other states as well, like Connecticut, Maine, Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. I

My water of course will have to stay in town. My new neighbor does not have water, he simply takes some water and uses that to flush the toilet. Saves him money, but he is the only one using the restroom, where as my place, there will be mutiple people using the restroom, so I will have to sign up for that. It is a little scary but I am ready to take the leap of faith. I know it will all workout.

I will get back and let everyone know what my bill looks like with my new electric company. I am seriously thinking about switching my home to this new company. My current provider is really hammering me on price per kilowatt. They are like the most expensive one around.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Okay, here is the deal. I am so freakin frustrated and a little upset. I am in the business of fitness along with several other projects, but fitness is my thing. I think I look pretty good for 40 something. I can't even remember how old I am, but I do know I am 40 something. I have two beautiful daughters who reminds me how old I am.

The reason I look good is because I workout. Now, I am no Jackie Warner or Rebecca, someday maybe if I just stay away from those simple sugars. I live for those. BAD! BAD! Bad girl I am. I know exactly what I need to do and I have no, yep none whatsoever to whip back and work a little harder. Have you seen my work schedule? Okay, go take a look at my schedule at and you will see the classes that I teach and that is not all of them. I teach one right now for the summer at MCM University and a little Yoga class for a treatment center.

Everyone who knows me knows that I have my own studio. They know the schedule and they are always saying I wish I looked at good as you but I am going to go on this FAD diet. Ughhhh, it is so frustrated.

So, I have three classes set up on Saturday, which is today. A nice Yoga class to get you going in the morning and have a productive day. A little hip hop class for the younger group and then finally something sexy for the older group, a striptease class. Yup, you read that correcly.
So, why doesn't anyone want to come have fun and burn a few calories. Look here is a tip, you are not going to take off the fat in one day. Did you put it on in one day? I think not. What do you have to do to take it off. Get off your duff and hit the outdoors or go to a group exercise class and layoff those simple sugars, like cookies, cakes, sodas. If you live in Abilene, Texas and you are a women, come by the studio. I don't bite but I can give you a workout. Listen, "A year from now you'll wish you had started today." Ain't that the truth, a year from now you will being saying and whining about the same issue. I am fat, I want to look like you. Ugh, so I waste my time going up to the studio, only to have no one, not one person show up this morning. What is with these people here? Too many places to go eat that is what the problem is. Too many places to eat and too many churches. God wants you to get moving and take care of the temple he has provided for you. Your body, not the Church.

So, what should I do you all. I just don't now what more I can do.

Friday, May 23, 2008

She works hard for the money!

Tell you what y'all, trying to make a living is freakin hard these days.

Just let me give you a run down of this week to catch you'll up in this crazy world of mine. Okay, the Monday blues, so on Monday I take my youngest daughter to school. I should make her start riding a bike to school with all the gas prices going up like the space shuttle. Holy Cow, what greedy politicians we have up in there. Well, you know what the Lord has to say about that, one who is greedy will fall, or something like that. I learned that from Dani Johnson. Let me tell you what, I am so happy to get my Christian Series audio program back. I have certainly missed listening to her. She is such a great motivator, that she is the reason for my hectic schedule this week. Sorry about that I tend to go off on many different ways, but that is my life and so I hope you all can keep up.

I drop her off at school, I stopped by to put some mo gas in the truck. I head off to Clyde, Texas, which is about 10 miles down the road. I measure some windows for this really nice lady. Did I mention that I install mini blinds for Lowe's? Well, okay that is one of the jobs I have also. I also teach at two local colleges in town, which we are on our summer break and I have to keep busy, cause if not, I would be big a my house. So, I go to measure her windows, and then she mentions to me, that Lowe's said to her that I could come back this afternoon to install them. What? Are they out of their freakin minds! Ughhh. I hate it when they do that. It is not like they are the only thing that I have to do. Well, it just so happens that I do have time that afternoon to go back. Well, okay let me tell you that I get $35.00 to go measure and then I do get some milage but not that much, which does not make any sense because, now Lowe's has decided to start charging twenty miles out of city limits. What, so that means I only got like no miles for that job which okay, I went out there drove back to Lowe's to drop off the measurements, they were supposed to cut them, I come back to pick them up and then drive back out to Clyde to install them and also put up a curtain rod for the lady at no charge, because I am a nice person. That was two trips of gas, that I did not get paid for. It used to be they would pay from the store to the person's house outside the city limits, but their cheap butts up in corporate who I am sure are living the good life while us peons are working hard for the little money that we get and trying to satisfy custmers. OH! lets not go there now.

I always take my youngest daughter with me (15years old, she has a blog coming soon too, check back and I will give you her blog site), she is always a great help to me and we have alot of fun going to these people houses. She is my analytical side of me. But she really pisses and moans so much, she really is a spoiled brat but I am her mom and I made her that way. I love her! I love my oldest too who moved back into the house (another story, she has a blog coming too. we call them twins, you will see what i mean) Ilove her much. Connor (my youngest daughter) tries to do everything for me and really just gets in the way, bless her heart though she is learning. It is like living with Mr. Jerkyl and Dr. Hyde or was it the other way around? Whatever! If any of you have a 15 year old you exactly what I am talking about.

So, we get the blinds in and then since the lady bought them off the shelf I knew they were going to be too long. Well, she asked me to shorten them, I told her it would be $17.50 a blind. She about choked, but hey you know what I have to make some money some where. Do you know how tedicious it is to shorten them things. They are a pain in the rear end or butt for some of you. So, I show her the steps because I am a nice person. Please don't call me. I know she will get them all screwed up. Hey it is not my house.

I have to get back to teach my class at my fitness studio, Thanks to my little friend Jen, she is teaching the Yoga class, so I have to just teach the Body Chizel class. This class starts at 6:30. So I go and teach just one person showed up. the summer time is so frustrating. All the of college students have gone back home.

That was Monday, so now Tuesday, shoot what the heck happened on Tuesday. I didn't have nothing to do with Lowe's. I just mainly got some stuff caught up like late Franchise tax done on the computer, went to pick my daughter up and then went and paid my late Business Appraisal crap, and did some cleaning of the house, made sure I watered my plants. I am so bad about that. I am really excited to get new plants and get them planted and then don't water them very often. I am really trying hard. I went and taught my Step with Salsa class at McMurry University and we had a great time. I had about ten in the class. All newbies. It really is just a nice cardio routine combined salsa with step. Lots of Mambos. I love it. Then I had to jet down to the studio to teach my older group of ladies. We do a total body workout using dumbbells. this group of ladies range from 40 to over 60 years old. check out their pics. They would kill me if they saw themselves. Why does everyone try to hide from pictures. I just love them. the class isn't on the original schedule. I added that class just for them, my friend Lynn who happens to be a massage therapist actually got a few of her clients and friends to come with her and made this group. Now, they all have to come even her or she will be calling them. I love her. Again, being the nice person that I am.

Wednesday was a busy day. I had to drive out to Cisco Texas do a measurement. Okay, it takes 45 minutes to get out there and 5 minutes to measure the windows. This is crazy. I did get milage out it though. Got the measurements in after I taught my morning class of ladies. My fitness studio is just for women. I love it. They are not intimidated because there are no men to watch them. Picked up my daughter and came home and watched the reality shows. Oh, I am a junkie. I watch "Tila Tequila", "Top chef", "A Rock of Love", "Flavor Flav", "So you think you can dance", "Step it up", "Workout", I watch the last episode of "Bad Girls" and I watch "The Real Houswives, both New York and Orange County. I have to tell you that I like the Orange County ladies much better. Maybe it's because I am from California. So, I will talk about those shows.

Went and taught my Yoga class and my body chizel class and then came home, spent time with the hubby. Oh, you didn't think I had a hubby. 22 years. Can you believe it. What is his name again. I love him, he really has been my rock and supporter through all of my bright ideas.

Thursday, went and taught a Yoga class down at a treatment center, oh I do this at 7:00 in the morning both on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. I really want to make a nice Yoga video for those guys. I love it because I get to see new people everytime I go. I hate to see some go home, but I am glad that they get to go home. That means they are so much better. Good Luck to all of them, Okay, here is where the fun begins. I stopped by Lowe's after that to pick up the blinds that I need to install that afternoon. Well, I have to park down by commercial sales area because I have to sign for the blinds that I pick up in that area. I have to walk down all the way to the other side of the building in the back to find an instally salesperson who has to pull the blinds and take them to commercial sales. Well, noone to be found. I hate that. I tried to call them the day before so that the blinds would be ready, no one answered. Very frustrating. So, I pittle fart around the store looking for items for my studio. I finally find a person. The boxes that these little 4 blinds were in were ridiculous. Why levelor does that I do not know why, that means I have to put the seat down in the Avalanche (which is why I bought the truck) and it really is a pain in the butt. Why, because I always have so much crap back there, luckily I have been slowly cleaning it out. I have to get home take a shower and get ready to go to my web design class which was free by the way, thank SBDC. I go back home pick up my youngest and we head out to Novice, Texas. A place out in the middle of nowwhere. I really mean that, there is this house sitting on a little hill in this vast space of nothing, but cows, donkeys and the wind is blowing, which direction? I am heading into a headwind of course, great I should be in a tail wind when I start home. No, the wind shifted. the blinds go up perfect. There are days when I can get so frustrated at those things. People think they know how to measure. They don't. Want to know how to measure for blinds. Write at my e-mail address and I will tell, because I am a nice person.

After that, we head home and my youngest wants to stop at Kohls to find a bathing suit for next week when we go to Corpus Christi. Now, that I can wait. I love the ocean. We are thinking about moving down there next year. Who knows, we have too much crap and my bills are all late and we probably could not get a house and then I would be divorced because my hubby of 22 years would flip out. Oh, you don't know him, he is part Irish and German. Need I say more. No, wish I would have known that before I married him oh, and he is a Taurus to make matters worse. No pissing off my hubby. Well, we look only because I have no money. Connor gets all mad turns into Dr. Jeryl (or the mean one). Surprised she doesn't stomp her feet slapping that big bottom lip around. Ha! Maybe today I said. she really does need a new suit. She is not patient at all. Wonder where she gets that from. Both my girls are laid back but they both can flare up, just like their father. The nostrils start flaring, drooling at the mouth, oh it's horrible. Help me please.

So, now we have reached Friday, yes, just have to write this, go teach a class body chizel, I will get a picture of ladies for you to see. they are hilarious. I love them too. They are committed, and again no one under 40. well Sam comes and she is 20 something. She is a great girl.

So, more on the Lowe's issue and much more to come on my reality shows and comments. I cant help it. I am a junkie.