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Squat Challenge | Day.11

So, the squat challenge is underway, Day.11 and 550 squats down!  We are doing 50 a day for 30 days and I am loving how much support there has been as well.  I invited three people to do it and there are about eight doing it with me, and several people caught onto a few other people – so there is like an extended squatting network going on right now!  I absolutely LOVE IT! 

I have actually already begun thinking about out / my September challenge and about half of the current “challengers” are going to continue the journey with me.  The plan is to actually add another challenge on, but continue doing the current challenge as well.  This will serve as sort of a foundation so I can stay active. My goal to to maintain my level of activity and gradually build it up, as to not overwhelm myself and make it seem like it is a chore.  Also, I learned from my 90-day challenge that when I do not have an active challenge going on, it is SO HARD to stay motivated, so I pretty much just halted all exercises once that concluded in April.

Anywho, I look forward to seeing the progress through these next weeks and next months really, as I add more things in.

Forever evolving.

>Humbly submitted<<    ~Mai


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AWESOME recipe – Pinterest Win

These German Sauerkraut Potato balls were amazing and the chunky salad I paired it with cleansed it right down.  Heavy + Light = balance 🙂

Type the name into Pinterest for recipe.  

This will now be a MaiMuna’s Kitchen staple.


>Respectfully Submitted<<     ~Mai


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#Igot5onit99 | Day.95!!!

Yes! Felt much better today, so I went ahead and knocked out my workout EARLY, just in case the pain tried to creep up later.  I also was able to get dinner prepped for tonight and tomorrow’s dinners.  I just have to cook the pasta (tonight) and the rice (tomorrow).

YAY Happy Born Day to my MaMa!  Doing a joint celebration one of these upcoming weekend for our late April / early May b-days 🙂

In other news, I am feeling so good that after this weekend, I should only have one more module left in this class, then it is just getting my personal business topped off from there on out.  My goal is to have the entire year plans on paper before the doors open and at least the first 6 months by the time this summer ends, because that will be more than enough to get started, should I receive the necessary funding to get it off the floor.

Well, time for this much anticipated shower, until next time.  Just 4 more days!!!


2018 = 5 million!!!

Second half of challenge totals:

  • 780 each of: 
    • push ups
    • squats
    • calf raises
    • (seconds) holding plank
    • (seconds) holding yoga pose
  • 320 minutes stretching
  • 190 minutes deep breathing

Totals for day 95/99:

  • 1420 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 1420 squats & 500 seconds holding seated squat
  • 370 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
  • 1020 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 1240+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 1040 calf raises
  • 385 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 340 minutes of stretching

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai

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Day.77 | #Igot5onit99

Oh man, today was a day!

It was supposed to be my homework day, but today I feel like I failed as a parent, lol.

She threw up (reason still undetermined, possibly putting her hand too far down her throat because she is teething something fierce & knawing on her fingers is her best option apparently).  She is not sick and she did not do it again all day.  Very energetic, not overheated, no runny nose, no coughing, no diarrhea. 

Tried putting her down for a nap, she would not sleep.  Check on her.. Oh, it looks like your ENTIRE HAND IS COVERED IN POOP… Oh, there is some half an inch from your upper lip, did you eat it or try to shove it up your nose? (thankfully, none made it to her mouth, still washed her mouth out as well).

Grab the bucket & fill it with warm water.  Sit her over the toilet & pour the water over her little rear end to get all the poop off & finish with wiping / drying with toilet tissue.  Place her on the floor so I can flush toilet and then wash my hands.   Oh, what, you’re peeing all over the floor?


So, now I have to put her in the tub, go wash my hands, use Clorox wipes to clean up the pee, then wash her lower half in the tub (among her alphabet mat that we had to wash the puke off of not even an hour earlier). 

Great, so now she is clean – immediately put on a diaper & release her to run up and down the house.  Whew, what a day – glad the craziness is over.


She actually naps for a little over an hour and upon getting her, her pants were off & yes, she leaked through her onesie, tiny baby shorts, & needs to be cleaned yet again.  But that is it, it’s late, she will eat dinner and wind down to sleep, no more situations.


Not even a couple hours later, she climbs up on her toy box, reaches up for a toy, which falls onto her head.  Great, now she has a little knot.  No crying, just vigorous rubbing and slight confusion on her part.  Not too bad, but that is it, noooo more today!


Last trip to the potty so she can sit on her own mini toilet and try to go pee.  Get into the bathroom & I walk towards her potty to get it ready.  After 2 steps, I look back just in time to see her fall with her mouth open and what happened?  Yes, she bit her lip with one of her only 10 teeth and now she is bleeding.

What in the hell is this craziness of today?  I am too sore for this.  My entire body is still aching from the over exertion of the 5K mud run (which was utterly cold & did not help with my recovery). But she is down at the moment, and I am praying for a quiet, dry, and restful sleep for all parties.

Meanwhile, homework did not get done today. *sigh*  will try to squeeze it in tomorrow right after (or before) physical therapy. Today was one for the books! 

Respectfully and humbly submitted    ~Mai

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Fish Dinner

Another Pinterest win!

I actually made the broccolini separately, just added a couple on here to broil for a slight bit of crispiness.  

Turned out very good!  Next time, will try with the mustard (hubby does not really care for mustard, so I left it off this time). 

The extra juices were a perfect compliment, because I poured it over the brown rice to soak it up.  Quick.. Simple… Easy… Yummy…  Baby girl even approved 🙂


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#Igot5onit99 | Day.68

Workout completed!

I should be sleeping now, because I am set to meet with my mama early in the morning for a trip to the gym before this birthday party in the afternoon.  Alas, it looks like I am set for another busy weekend, but I just enjoy that it gets spent with family <3

I am also thankful I was able to get this module’s reading done today while everyone else was asleep, it takes a huge load off me for Sunday, and I can focus on the assignment, discussions, and test.  I am also hopeful that I can link up with my professor for coffee and really delve into my personal business plans and get some necessary feedback.  My goal is to complete at least 3 more full modules before that time.  

Hopefully tomorrow will not be too cold and the rain does not force us to hurry back & forth to things. 31 days left!

2018 = 5 million!!!

Second half of challenge totals:

  • 380 each of: 
    • push ups
    • squats
    • calf raises
    • (seconds) holding plank
    • (seconds) holding yoga pose
  • 160 minutes stretching
  • 95 minutes deep breathing

Totals for day 68/99:

  • 1020 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 1020 squats & 180 seconds holding seated squat
  • 350 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
  • 580 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 770+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 655 calf raises
  • 290 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 190 minutes of stretching

Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 |      Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 | 

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai

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#Igot5onit99 | Day.63

Sunday is my day to complete my classwork and it was a long one today! So glad to see my other assignments have been graded and I am sitting at a 99%!  To me, the most important thing is that I am getting graded on & feedback for my business and that is what I am truly looking forward to.

In other news, baby girl peed through her clothing this morning & pooped through another outfit this afternoon.  So, with all the saturated clothing going around, I cleaned her and let her run around free & bare for a little bit because:

  1. Uhh who doesn’t like to be naked sometimes?
  2. It’s good to allow ventilation to those areas that stay wet (especially today given the two diaper situation).
  3. Naked babies love to run, burning energy, & getting tired

So, I “released her to the wild” & she is running around loving it, while I go wash the clothing, put the diaper in the trash can out back, and go find yet another outfit.  By the time I come back around, she is seated on one of her toy cars… she peed on that too *sigh*

Tomorrow is going to be a full clean & disinfectant day along with attempting to meal prep for the week.  But to do all of that, I need to get some rest!  Workout completed & totals updated below 🙂   And, I may have to do a burnout tomorrow if I have any spare energy.

2018 = 5 million!!!

Second half of challenge totals:

  • 280 each of: 
    • push ups
    • squats
    • calf raises
    • (seconds) holding plank
    • (seconds) holding yoga pose
  • 130 minutes stretching
  • 70 minutes deep breathing

Totals for day 63/99:

  • 920 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 920 squats & 180 seconds holding seated squat
  • 350 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
  • 480 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 670+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 575 calf raises
  • 265 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 160 minutes of stretching

Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 |      Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 | 

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai

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#Igot5onit99 | Just 30 Days left (Day.59)!

I was able to get my workout in earlier today, shortly after I got home.  It definitely felt good to knock it out earlier in the day.  I’m hopeful I can adjust to this time change soon & get back to doing my working out right when I wake up.  The way things have been set up lately, it’s a good morning if I am not rushing out the door if I am being honest 🙂

Today marks just 30 days left in my challenge!!!

So with that, a decision to how I want to transition out of this challenge:

  1. Use a couple of these tax return dollars to get a year membership at the gym?
  2. Embark in another challenge, but singular this time (like 30 days of lunges burnout sessions every other day, or calf raises burn out, or during the month of May, what is the longest I am able to hold my yoga pose?
  3. Or Monday plank burn out, Tuesday cow kick burnout, Wednesday Squat burnout, Thursday calf burn out, Friday supine reverse crunches & break on the weekend – repeat for the month?
  4. Do a short weekend cleanse?
  5. Record all my meal prep & final products?

If you all could choose, which one would you pick (or make up for me to do)?

I cannot wait to hear back from my son in love & what he thinks about his big box of gifts! Toys, games, books, clothing, shoes, some lessons I made for learning money, and 1 each of a most common coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) and bills ($1, $5, $10, $20).  Man, we miss that little boy so much, I am crossing my fingers that his mother allows him to come spend time with his family (especially his baby sis!), soon.  I would rather spend time over money 365.25 days a year, but alas, we can only do what we can do.

2018 = 5 million!!!

Second half of challenge totals:

  • 200 each of: 
    • push ups
    • squats
    • calf raises
    • (seconds) holding plank
    • (seconds) holding yoga pose
  • 100 minutes stretching
  • 50 minutes deep breathing

Totals for day 59/99:

  • 840 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 840 squats & 180 seconds holding seated squat
  • 350 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
  • 400 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 590+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 495 calf raises
  • 250 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 130 minutes of stretching

Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 |      Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 | 

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai

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#Igot5onit99 | Day.52

Wow, super crazy day!  There was a gas leak around the corner from work, so we had an emergency evaluation from our building.  Obviously all the buildings in the area had the same news & I work by MAJOR freeways in my city.  So, although I left 45 minutes earlier than usual, I still got home around the same time.  Gridlock is NO joke and people are so insensitive, they would rather run red lights and block intersections and opposite lanes in hopes that they can reach their destination 2 minutes sooner.  I am by NO MEANS a patient driver, but I don’t believe in completely blocking intersections.

I am still on standby as to if I am able to go into work tomorrow, but personally – I am hopeful that we cannot, lol.  A day off in the week would be LOVELY.

In other news, still waiting for my son in love (not biologically mine) to come back.  Unfortunately, his mother has been keeping him away from returning for just under a year and it is the most unfavorable for our children that he is being placed in this situation.  My daughter unable to spend time and grow with her brother and a child away from his father; not because he is a deadbeat, on drugs, or in jail… absolutely not! He is and has always been present, willing, providing, bending over backwards for his children.  *sigh*  

Other than that we are all doing well, dinner is simmering, workout is complete (minus the deep breathing I like to do just before bed).  Time to go spend time with the family 🙂

Second half of challenge totals:

  • 80 push ups
  • 80 squats 
  • 80 seconds holding plank (cycle through various plank holds each day)
  • 80 seconds holding yoga post
  • 80 calf raises
  • 40 minutes stretching
  • 20 minutes deep breathing

Totals for day 52/99:

  • 720 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 720 squats
    • 180 seconds holding seated squat
  • 350 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
    • 280 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 470+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 380 calf raises
  • 220 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 70 minutes of stretching

Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 |      Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 | 

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai

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What’s For Dinner?…

Well, just another Pinterest Attempt and it came out yummy.  I made Chipotle Lime Baked Salmon w/ sides of Garlic Roasted Cabbage Steaks & Balsamic Roasted Pearl Onions w/ Brown Rice.  It turned out pretty well, images below!


>Respectfully Submitted<<   ~Mai


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#Igot5onit99 | Day.47

Workout completed!

Still just pushing along focusing on doing what I can day in and day out.  It was a busy day at work, baby girl was busy when I got home, and I used up all the limes & could not make the new Pintrest recipe that I got the other ingredients for, smh.  It’s o.k., just have to push it to tomorrow, I will write a post on how it turned out.

As I near the half-way mark, I think I am going to do something a little different.

I am just going to up my reps as follows & then choose random days where I will do a burn-out of one of the exercises to make sure my workout does not get stale.  

I should also be getting my gym membership by the end of next month.

Moving forwards starting on Sunday, I will be doing the following daily:

  • 20 push ups
  • 20 squats 
  • 20 seconds holding plank (cycle through various plank holds each day)
  • 20 seconds holding yoga post
  • 20 calf raises
  • 10 minutes stretching
  • 5 minutes deep breathing

I am looking forward to sleeping in a bit, then jumping into my workout, and homework.  But for now, much needed R&R with the fiance 🙂

Totals for day 47/99:

  • 625 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 625 squats
    • 170 seconds holding seated squat
  • 340 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
    • 115 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 375+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 285 calf raises
  • 195 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 25 minutes of stretching

Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 |      Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 | 

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai

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What’s for Dinner? Quick Breakfast!

Sometimes, you just want breakfast for dinner.  And my fiance LOVES breakfast, so meh… Why not try a recipe that I saw on Pintrest (Click Here!).  I ob course edited it since we only do eggs & fish for meat, so I roasted red bell peppers, sauteed some shallots, added garlic, cut up some fresh basil, green onions and vegan cheese (pictured below).


While I was doing the above, the tater tots were cooking halfway in the oven.  Once completed, I then smashed them down to form the bottom.


Next, I added the shallots and bell peppers, a small scoop of the eggs, then the fresh basil, green onions, garlic.  I then added another layer of eggs & then the cheese.


Picture of his plate from the side.  I also made us some fresh squeezed blood orange juice to help cut the richness of the eggs.


Picture of my plate from the top, it was quite delish!


>Respectfully submitted<<    ~Mai


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#Igot5onit99 – Day Forty-Five!

So, today went more or less how I set out for it to go in my last post.  Only thing is, I am writing this blog late.  It is so amazing how quickly time slips by when cooking for, cleaning up after, bathing, and giggling with little girl is on the agenda.

I was able to do my workout & cook (see final meal below).

Some of the ingredients (to the left was the coconut milk mix 1/2 completed, and to the right the shrimp was marinating.
Finished product: Thai coconut, peanut, and pepper shrimp over brown rice & a side of sauteed garlic baby bok choy

Since today marks the ending of another “9th” day and end of the month I am going to space things out a bit. 

  1. Tomorrow, I will do my level up challenge – burnouts only: A total of 45 push ups, 45 squats, 45 calf raises


  1. Friday, I will choose my March book to read & review my February read: Book of Five Rings.
  2. Saturday I will have decided how I will amp up my next 9 days of working out as well as set a better schedule to get my classwork completed during the week. 

Here is to continued transformation & growth!

Totals for day 45/99:

  • 575 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
  • 565 squats
    • 165 seconds holding seated squat
  • 330 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
    • 110 seconds holding forearm plank
  • 375+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
  • 225 calf raises
  • 190 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
  • 20 minutes of stretching

Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 |      Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 | 

>>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<    ~Mai