Magic & Benefits of PHA

Weekends are always so magical, right! And mine was specially magical because I paid a visit to the wonderful world of Disney! 

Every-time I go to Magic Kingdom I can't help but take a picture of Cinderella's Castle. Magic Kingdom is by far my favorite Disney Park, it really is magical! 

Heloooo Minnie!

 I love going to Disney because no matter how old you are you can't help feeling like a kid :)

What activities make you feel like a kid? 

I have gotten a couple of e-mails asking what type of workouts I am doing on Jillian Michael's "Making the Cut" program, so I decided to provide an example: 

This is Day 8 (tomorrow): 

These circuits are to be done quickly, the longest break Jillian recommends is a 30 sec. break after each circuit. Jillian separates the workouts by training the front of the lower body on chest-shoulder-triceps day, or the back of the lower body on back and biceps day. In the book Jillian says that: 
By working the upper and lower body in supersets, you will be shunting your blood back and forth during the upper and lower body, which allows you to burn twice as many calories, due to a phenomenon known as peripheral heart action, or PHA. When you get the blood moving between the upper and lower body as constantly as possible during a workout , you greatly reduce the formation and build up of lactic acid, which is the cause of muscle fatigue. PHA also benefits you in the long term by optimizing muscle development and preventing muscle damage and burnout. 
I still have 23 days to go, but so far so SOAR good!


  1. yayyys! disney...what a way to make you smile!! keep going on the program, you've got this!

  2. love the disney pics! that workout looks hard. i think it is kinda like what khrystle has me doing. jump squats are awful!

  3. Yay! I'm so glad you got to go to Disney... I want to go back so badly! Playing in the snow makes me feel like a little kid.

  4. aw, disney! The only thing I hate about Disney is how ridiculous the ticket prices are (no wonder I never went as a kid!). I wish they can lower the prices down for at least a week, it wouldn't hurt them geez! especially with the economy. booo, glad you had fun. 23 days, you can do it!

  5. ah! Josh and I are huge Disney fans. We haven't been back for a couple years...we totally need to go. That place always makes me feel like a kid

  6. I haven't been to Disney in ages!! I always feel like a kid when I watch my favorite childhood movies...or eat Lucky Charms!!

  7. I'm so jealous you went to Disney!! Space mountain is my fav :D

    Jillian's workouts seem intense- keep it up!

  8. Eating mac & cheese make me feel like a happy little kid, especially when the pasta is in fun shapes :-)

  9. Jumping rope makes me feel like a kid.

  10. SWIMMING!!! and Bowling. I love bowling because i'm freakishly good for no apparent reason. This work out looks tough! Good for you, so inspiring. Hope you're having a great tuesday!!

  11. Yay! Disney makes me so happy. I've been twice, but I was little both times so I'd love to go back. I love all things about amusement parks and characters dressed up! I think playing mini golf and waterslides are two things that always remind me of childhood and fun!

    Great workout! Looks like you're doing so so well!

  12. so i must admit that i have never been to disney EVERY i remember wanting to so badly when i am growing up.. ahh

    girl you live such a fun life!