20 Minute Dance Party

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I had a dance party in my living room this morning!  Jazz hands!

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I set my alarm for 20 minutes early and did a fun routine in my living room.  This is actually my first week of MARATHON training (it’s a 26 week program; I’ll post soon) and I’m trying to stay as active as possible on a daily basis.

 

My weights:

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Yes, I use Maggie as a dumbbell – she’s long, 20 pounds, and dumb.  šŸ™‚ She’s perfect!

 

Here’s the twenty minute routine:

 

  • Dance around living room, 2 minutes
  • Jumping Jacks, 2 minutes
  • Shadowing Boxing with 3 lb weights, 2 minutes
  • 10 Bench Presses with 20 lb dog šŸ™‚
  • 20 push-ups
  • 100 sit-ups
  • Dance around living room, 2 minutes
  • High Kicks, 1 minute
  • Shadowing Boxing with 3 lb weights, 2 minutes
  • 40 Chest flys with 3 lb weight
  • 20 Reverse Crunches
  • Dance for remaining 4 minutes

 

It was a GREAT and FUN workout.  Sometimes you just need to throw up some JAZZ HANDS. 

 

Breakfast was divine:

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I had Oikos yogurt, blackberries, granola, and a banana.

 

But the star ingredient was Pizzey’s Premium Organic Milled Golden Flax, which the nice people at Flax Matters sent me to try.

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I love me some flax!  I probably have two tablespoons 5 days a week.  It’s important for us vegetarians to get our Omega 3’s!

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According to the website:

 

Pizzey’s Premium Organic Milled Golden Flax is known for its superior quality (18-24% Omega-3 ALA content), pleasing flavor and long shelf life (2 years with no refrigeration necessary). Our patented MeadowPure™ cleaning and selection process screens out immature or damaged flaxseed of diminished nutritional value. USDA Organic and certified by OPAM.

 

I’ve been taste-testing Pizzey’s for a few weeks and I must say that I really like it!  I kind of thought flax was flax, but Pizzey’s is a lot nuttier and imparts more flavor than Hodgson Mills Milled Flax, which is the brand I normally buy.

 

Flax Matters also sent us two bags of the MeadowPure Ultra Milled Golden Flax, but this contains Fish Oil and is thus not vegetarian-friendly.  I really think they should redesign the packaging to make this clearer on the label, because I would be really mad if I bought the Ultra version in the store without reading the ingredient list.  The labeling on the website is very clear, though.

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Guess one of my Orlando blogging friends is going to get a bag of flax! šŸ™‚

 

Off to work!  Have a wonderful day!

 

Do you ever dance party by yourself?  Or use your dogs/babies as weights?  šŸ™‚

{ 53 comments }

 

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) July 28, 2009, 4:30 am

    I rocked out a little while I cleaned the house the other night. Does that count? šŸ™‚
    Can't wait to hear about your marathon training plan!

  • Taylor July 28, 2009, 4:36 am

    I just moved into an apartment by myself, which means NO roommates! So I bust out the dance party with my little pup, maybe a little too much! haha, but it is so much fun! Your breakfast looks delicious!

  • Michelle July 28, 2009, 4:42 am

    Hahaha can you PLEASE take a picture of yourself using Maggie as a dumbbell?? Can't wait to hear about your training plan! Have a great day!

  • healthymadison July 28, 2009, 4:44 am

    Dance parties with only me as the participant are VERY necessary in my life! I love it and can do ugly, goofy looking moves without anyone looking at me like I am Elaine on Seinfeld. šŸ™‚

  • Mandy July 28, 2009, 4:49 am

    Love it!!! Maggie is such a good sport šŸ™‚ lol

    we have family dance parties!! it's my hubby, my 3 year old daughter and i….always a blast!!

    ever taken a zumba classs??? talk about FUNh and a major calorie burner!!

  • Erica July 28, 2009, 4:50 am

    hahahha love the description of maggie…sounds like frank but he weighs 62 lbs. He'd be a better dumbbell for Josh šŸ˜‰ yummy bfast. Love flax. Good luck with the marathon training- I can't wait to read more about it šŸ˜‰

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) July 28, 2009, 4:54 am

    Haha, a couple days ago I had a serious dance-off with my mom and I forced my sister to judge. Ah, the joys of living at home again!! It was an intense workout. I was so tired after!

  • Anonymous July 28, 2009, 4:57 am

    Looks like so much fun — the cats always get involved when i try to do yoga.

    What are your thoughts on heavy weights, low reps as opposed to light weights, high reps?

    I enjoy the Jillian Michaels videos for fun, but like you, i don't really consider it weight training. I have definitely found better results from upping the weights.

  • Spotty Prep July 28, 2009, 5:00 am

    Lol about the jazz hands! I love how maggie looks like she is warily eyeing the weights…

  • leslie July 28, 2009, 5:03 am

    i love this! best way ever to start off the morning. have a great tuesday!

  • Betsy July 28, 2009, 5:15 am

    Love that pic of you! I frequently have dance parties by myself, but never first thing in the morning!

  • Meganerd July 28, 2009, 5:16 am

    Looks like fun!

    If you need any volunteers… I'll take the flax LOL. šŸ˜€

  • vegetarianontherun July 28, 2009, 5:18 am

    Hahahah Maggie looks so NOT interested in the dance party. That's exactly what my dog would be doing too!

  • vegetarianontherun July 28, 2009, 5:24 am

    Hahahah Maggie looks so NOT interested in the dance party. That's exactly what my dog would be doing too!

  • EatChic July 28, 2009, 5:24 am

    I love adding flaxseed to my morning breakfast as well! As a vegetarian its perfect, I even recommend it to my friends and family in place of fish oil capsules because I know how unpleasant those can sometimes be! Yuck!
    PS. Love your dog, she's adorable, I wish I could do dumbbell reps with her but she's 50 pounds and I'm not THAT strong!

  • MarathonVal July 28, 2009, 5:35 am

    That's so exciting that your marathon training is about to start! Honestly I LOVE training for a marathon and find the training to be as much fun, or more so, than the actual marathon. You will love it! šŸ™‚

  • whitsgettingfit July 28, 2009, 5:39 am

    haha, what a fun workout! My training plan starts soon too. šŸ˜€

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? July 28, 2009, 5:44 am

    I use my cat as a weight ALL the time! She's almost 20 lbs, and reallllly relaxed all the time. Makes for a great bicep workout!

  • RickyRae July 28, 2009, 5:47 am

    I love dancing around the house…so much fun! šŸ™‚

  • Britt July 28, 2009, 5:56 am

    Usually the dance party happens while I am cleaning the house…. rockin out to some music. Oh and usually when the hubby is not home.

    Sounds like a good work out though.

  • Christina July 28, 2009, 5:58 am

    I have rare dance parties with myself if a good song comes on. I can't imagine you using Maggie as a dumbell – that would look so funny!

  • Jess July 28, 2009, 6:16 am

    I though you were kidding about Maggie at first! Too funny, Caitlin. Have a great day!

  • Susan July 28, 2009, 6:25 am

    Ha, dance parties are not on my schedule. I injure myself enough tripping over my own feet while walking! šŸ˜›

  • recipesforcreativity July 28, 2009, 6:25 am

    You crack me up. I LOVE that picture of you breakin' out the jazz hands! Yes, I have dance parties in my living room ALL THE TIME. If I don't feel like doing outside to exercise or doing a workout DVD, I blast the music and work up a sweat moving and dancing and jumping-jacking! Good stuff!

  • roseyrebecca July 28, 2009, 6:30 am

    Glad you had a fun dance workout!! I used to dance in high school. It seriously gives you the best legs ever!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 28, 2009, 6:31 am

    I love rocking out in the living room to my favorite tunes. It's such a blast and doesn't feel like a workout at all. Just plain fun! šŸ˜€

    Can't wait to see the training plan for the marathon!!! šŸ˜€

  • Therese July 28, 2009, 6:39 am

    You are a trip! I would have loved to see your husband's face if he came into the living room to see this…

    Burning calories is burning calories…who cares how you do it?

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 28, 2009, 6:49 am

    HAHAHAHAHA jazz hands! I love it, but what about spirit fingers?!

    I always incorporate dancing around my house into my workouts – so much fun!

  • allijag July 28, 2009, 6:50 am

    Maggie looks like she feels violated. Perhaps I should take her and James off your hands! šŸ˜‰

  • Ada July 28, 2009, 6:52 am

    Living room dance parties are totally the best workout;)

  • catruns July 28, 2009, 6:53 am

    I love that you used Maggie as a dumbbell! Brilliant!

  • Julia July 28, 2009, 7:14 am

    My morning was kind of cruddy until I saw your picture from your dance party this morning! Definitely brought a smile to my face! Thanks!

  • Niki July 28, 2009, 7:27 am

    I love having dance parties!! Only wish Sadie would let me use her as a weight! Ha!

  • Johanna B July 28, 2009, 7:31 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a Happy Blogoversary shout-out on my blog this morning.

    http://rawkansas.blogspot.com

    Thanks for posting a list of your favorite posts. I look forward to reading the ones I missed.

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 28, 2009, 7:50 am

    My dog weighs 50 lbs.. so definitely not. But you're HILARIOUS and I love it. Yes, I have danced around my apt when no one's home šŸ˜‰

  • Mica July 28, 2009, 8:05 am

    I definitely just laughed about the Maggie=dumbbell joke. Thanks!

  • megan July 28, 2009, 8:27 am

    omg, one-woman dance parties are my main form of exercise! I made a dvd of my 15 fav music videos and i play it/dance to it hardcore every morning. such a workout, and a stress reliever, too!

    i really should start adding flax to things, that is looking tastayyyyy!

  • Trainer T.s Fitness July 28, 2009, 8:52 am

    I use the Hodges flax too I would love to check into this brand….

    Are you going to consider doing a giveaway? Im in MO would love a contest…just saying.

    I love all dance partys, whats not to love about shaking the groove thang? Great workout and the dog bench pressing was a scream šŸ™‚

  • K from ksgoodeats July 28, 2009, 9:02 am

    These are not spirit fingers, THESE are spirit fingers! šŸ™‚ Glad you had a good dance sesh!!

    Awww Maggie! That sounds like BB – poor puppies!

  • Anonymous July 28, 2009, 9:13 am

    3 lb weights really aren't going to do anything. Heavier weights with less reps is what you need to build and strengthen muscles.

    Also, regardign flax I was suprised to find out that flax is really not a good source of Omega 3's. They do not contain all the elements of what constitutes a complete Omega 3. ALA is one component but it is missing the main one–DHA. Our bodies don't convert ALA to DHA well at all.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 28, 2009, 9:17 am

    anon – interesting info about flax. there are vegan DHA supplements available so maybe i'll check that out. re: the weights, i am too cheap to buy new ones. LOL.

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health July 28, 2009, 10:31 am

    Love dance parties. Haven't had one lately. My dogs are way too effing heavy to use for weights (70 lbs) and my cat would scratch my eyes out lol. I did hang out with my friend who has a 2 year old. My arms hurt so bad the next day, because I kept picking her up.

  • katey July 28, 2009, 10:58 am

    yes it is important for us vegetarians to get omega 3's! I use flaxseed oil in like everything possible

  • A July 28, 2009, 11:50 am

    HI Caitlin–where can we buy the flax, is it at Publix or GNC?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 28, 2009, 11:51 am

    A- You can buy that brand from http://www.flaxmatters.com BUT i will be doing a giveaway next week!

  • Bevin July 28, 2009, 1:25 pm

    I TOTALLY rock out all the time in my room! I love 80s music the best, bar none.

    DP's are always the way to go and never a bad idea.

  • letsketchup July 28, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Hahaha, do I detect a self timer being used to capture that prime dance move? Self timer is the best šŸ™‚

    This may seem silly – but thanks for being such a great inspiration Caitlin!

  • heyitstay July 28, 2009, 1:52 pm

    BAHAHA I love that you use Maggie as a weight! Hilarious. Great dance party! I love to have dance parties – puts a smile on my face and makes me feel so empowered!

  • Sarah July 28, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Hee hee hee, I love that you used Maggie! When I was a little kid, my stepmom used me for leg lifts. I thought it was super fun!

  • Stacey July 28, 2009, 2:43 pm

    Sometimes I like to put on some rap music and stilhettos and clean my house haha..my boyfriend has only caught me once, thank God!! Was quite embarrasing, but oh well šŸ™‚

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal July 28, 2009, 4:55 pm

    LMAO! I love your Dance Party '09. I definitely put on a dance party here and there! My dog, Niko usually gets dragged into it.

    Speaking of dogs, that cracks me up that you use Maggie as a dumbbell. DH and I always joke that we're doing "Niko-curls," although, it's not much of a workout as she's only 4 pounds… :o\ haha

  • Anonymous July 28, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Yes, I use Maggie as a dumbbell – she's long, 20 pounds, and dumb.

    hahaha this made me laugh for years. your poor little cow hehe. i love shadow boxing with weights, a killer move that will totally bust you up is squatting down in between punches and rising up with a punch + front kick. 30 of those with 10 lb weights = ahhhhhhhhhh.

    – steph

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out July 28, 2009, 10:01 pm

    Awww Maggie's the best dumbbell around…

    I have those kind of parties every night after work… if I didn't I'd lose my mind worrying about little things, clears my head and it's totally a part of my daily routine!

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