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Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes

What a difference a year makes.

As you can see below, Blog Revival Take #1 (circa September 2012) was the last time I attempted to blog. Since then, my life got flipped and turned upside down (and not in a good way like the Fresh Prince). Here’s where I’ve been:

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 – At the beginning of 2013, I had some super exciting, super positive news to share with everyone.  Then one day some crazy, life changing news  hit me (you don’t need details just know that it sucked). The news lead to a major WTF period of my life.

July 2013 – Spent a weekend with friends and family in Las Vegas, all of whom went to Vegas to help me through a really difficult time. I have never experienced being surrounded by so much love and support at one time. That weekend changed me.

Summer – Present Day– Days after Vegas I had a complete mental breakdown. I felt like I was humpty dumpty falling off the wall…I was in a really dark, sad place. With the help of friends/family, reading about Taoism, lots of self-help books, and one bat shit crazy therapist I am starting to piece Phyllis back together. Phyllis 2.0 is a better, kick ass version though (think DOS to Windows enhancements).

I’m so tempted to delete all previous posts – at this point I have a hard time relating to old posts on the blog. I’m not exactly sure where Phyllin Phat will lead, but if you stay tuned be warned that it could be one crazy ass ride.

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11 Things Tag

If you follow any blogs out there, you’ve probably seen this recent “Tag you’re It” thing going around. Well, like the basketball team in middle school, I was finally picked to participate (I’m going to say second to last, not last this time). Thanks, Diana, I was crying myself to sleep every night.

1. What is your favorite healthy recipe that you like to make?
Definitely my
lemon green beans, because it’s easy, cheap, and delish.

2. Coffee: black, cream and sugar, just cream, or just sugar?
I prefer tea, but if I’m drinking Coffee I prefer cream and a bit of splendid (plus a shot of Jameson)

3. What is your favorite time of the day to run or exercise?
First thing in the morning, if I do anything else first I won’t workout. So basically, in the morning, I change and leave.

4. What is your favorite thing about the city or state you live in?
Everything you’ll ever need is within 30 minutes. Yah, sure, and the weather is okay….I mean, take today for instance, it’s the middle of February, sunny, mid 70s…not too shabby.

5. What is the funniest, craziest story from your college days that you can remember?
Yah, I plead the fifth of this one. Lets just say I went to Arizona State University, I’m sure you can come up with some ideas of what I did.

6. Do you have a dog? If so, name, breed, etc.
Vegas, my puppy, is highly offended and disgusted by this question, he says, “Obviously, mama, I’m not spotlighted enough in your blog….I’m SHOCKED people don’t know about me.”

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7. What are your top 3 favorite pieces of workout or running clothing?
My staple is a pair of black Under Armor capris, a teal Nike Sports Tank, and a black pair of running shorts from
26.2 Apparel (which are the most comfortable shorts I’ve ever owned).

8. What is your holy grail running shoe?
Have I ever told you have a flintstone feet? I have SUPER small wide feet, so it’s REALLY hard for me to find shoes that fit. Lately I’ve been wearing Brooks Ravennas, but I think I might try something new next time I need some new runners.

 

9. What kind of ailments have you battled that are related to running or
working out? A serious case of fatassitis

9b. How do you deal with those ailment(s)? Put down the ding dongs and run around the block.

10. Name 5 workout songs that are an absolute must-have for a playlist?

  • Anything with Pitbull
  • Proud Mary – Ike and Tina (but let’s face it, it’s basically just Tina)
  • Cold Hearted Snake – Paula Abdul
  • So What – Pink
  • My current obsession Swagger Jagger by Cheryl Lloyd

 

11. What kind of mind games do you play with yourself to get yourself through a wall or a tough time in a run? So, totally embarrassing, but to pass time I like to think I’m a rockstar and picture myself on stage singing the songs in my ipod (FREAK!)…when I hit a wall I picture myself kicking ass in the race and Joe at the end cheering me on.

 

Instead of tagging someone, I’ll leave these questions open to everyone..pick-on and leave your answer in the comments…So, TAG, you are all it.

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Let’s Workout!

Workout: a very difficult P90x…I can barely walk from yesterday!

Since I last wrote that I started P90x again, I’ve gotten several texts/emails asking about P90x. So…here’s the scoop…

Overview: P90x is a full-body, 90 day program that combines strength training, cardio, flexibility, and core training. The workouts are 50-80 minutes long and and you do it 6 days a week; however, I often change out the cardio days for my own cardio routines.  I must warn you, the routines are REALLY challenging and you’ll be REALLY sore the next day, but it’s important to KEEP DOING IT.  Also, don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do the exercises the first week, you’ll be amazed by week three that what you first thought was impossible you can now do.  Tony continues to say through the workouts, “modify, modify, modify”…I always modify certain moves that my body just can’t do, but I put 100% into my modified moves and I still get results.

Equipment Needed:

  • Dumbbells. Since dumbbells are expensive I only have 10 pound and 5 pounds at home, if I need heavier weights I combine them or if I need lighter ones I use things around the house (cans, full milk jugs, Vegas, etc.)
  • A way to do pull-ups. I bought a $5 pull-up bar from a used sporting good store that fits in my hallway door.
  • Resistance Bands.  If you are a weakling like me and need some help with your pull-ups, you can tie resistance bands to your pull-up bar and replicate doing a pull-up. 
  • Exercise Mat.  There are a lot of push-ups, ab exercises, etc…unless you want shredded knees, get an exercise mat or towel. 
  • Schedule and Workout Sheet. I’m pretty sure Tony Horton spent some time developing the correct workout schedule to optimize weight loss and strength muscles, so why half-ass it and just do any old video whenever you feel like it?  Also, you need to track your results, so you can see your progress and increase your intensity. I use this downloaded worksheet to track my progress.  Recently though, an app was developed where you can download the routine and track your progress. 

 

So, here’s the deal, P90X is pretty expensive (but you’re worth it!); however, thanks to modern day technology you can test out P90X using YouTube or another data source. Get creative kids!! Smile

So, I’m hoping that you’ll join for the next two weeks to complete part of Phase 1 of P90X. If you don’t have the proper equipment this week, don’t worry, you don’t need any equipment to do the cardio or ab routines. NO EXCUSES! Here’s our schedule this week, if you want to join:

Monday – Chest and Back and Ab Ripper

Tuesday- Plyometrics (warning, this will kick your ass…Do this though, don’t substitute for your own cardio)

Wednesday – Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper

Thursday – Yoga X

Friday – Legs and Back and Ab Ripper

Saturday – Kenpo (I never do this, I’d rather run or do some other type of cardio)

I’ll post pics this week  of the workouts and next Monday, we’ll on Bring it together!! DEAL!?!

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Peer Pressure

Workout: Lifting Martini Glass to my Lips…you’d be amazed how good of a arm workout this is.

Diana from 1 Mile at a Time pressured me into a race that I would never typically sign up for:

From what I can gather, it’s kinda like a mud run/Spartan race..but with foam? Look at this course!! I mean, seriously, a birthing canal?!?!? Haven’t I already done this once before, do I really need to do it again? Click here to see all of the other crazy obstacles.

Any who, I’m spreading the word as well to see if anyone wants to join Diana and I as we work out way through the Sandy Crawl and Stumpy Jumper (WTF?).

Details:

  • Date: May 19th 11:30 AM
  • Location: North Scottsdale
  • Cost: $40
  • Is filling-up..so GET ON IT, if you want to do it too.

 

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I’m a Whale

 

As a post birthday celebration I should be doing this:

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Instead Joe and I got in a big fight, I canceled our hotel reservation in Santa Monica, and vetoed the weekend getaway to Los Angeles. After some serious haterade was being thrown around..Joe made up by taking me to Food Network Cupcake Wars winner Ollie Cakes for a Rosewater Cupcake.  They are my favorite cupcakes in Phoenix, so I called truce.

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So we decided to save some money and do this instead:

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Because Vegas finally confirmed my whale status by giving me this:

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So I’ll be drinking a couple of these this weekend:

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Here:

 

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What are your plans for the weekend?? 

How do you handle epic battles between you and your significant other?

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Decade Number Three – Check

Workout: 20 minute treadmill workout, four mile bike ride

Yesterday marked my third decade on Earth – not that I’m saying I lived on another planet or anything. Here’s how the day went down:

1. Breakfast: Cup of Joe (the coffee not my boyfriend) and my favorite carb, chocolate croissant. FU carbs and sugar, it’s my birthday and I’ll pig out if I want to.

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2. Maintenance: Applied Ben-Gay, swapped out my acne cream for wrinkle cream, stocked up on Depends, took a baby aspirin. You know, typically 30+ things

3. Hit the Gym: To disguise my age, I often like to dress like I’m a naïve freshman starting my second semester at Arizona State University.  This is particularly true with my typical gym out…Rock the ASU shirt and giggle often, people will automatically assume you are younger. Age

So at the gym, I did a quick 20 minute treadmill workout outlined below and biked 4 miles. Definitely try this treadmill workout – it makes the 20 minutes go by fast and your butts and thighs can definitely feel the burn! If needed, modify the mph or lengthen the minute long “recovery” breaks, but keep the incline the same!!

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Workout was going great, until I caught of glimpse of this cute little runner across the gym. I was so distracted, I almost wiped out on the treadmill.  Silly readers, my eyes are only for Joe…it was Runner, the 12inch Beagle competing in the Dog Show! What a cutie!

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4. Adult Things: I acted like the mature adult that I am and did dishes, laundry, and cleaned.  WTF, I thought this was birthday, JOE!!

5. Super Special Dinner: No, we didn’t go to Wendy’s, like the last time Joe took me out. Phoenix is home to this super famous pizza place, Pizzeria Bianco, that was once named the best pizza in America (suck it New York and Chicago). The major problem with Pizzeria Bianco is that they don’t take reservation and it’s tiny; therefore, you typically have to wait 2+ hours to get a table. Recently, Pizzeria Bianco’s sandwich sister store starting serving the same pizza for dinner, so Joe took me here for my special Birthday dinner.

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We split a antipasto of salami, machengo cheese, roasted beets, mushrooms, beans, and roasted celery root. SOOOOO delish…seriously, life changing! Joe couldn’t control himself and basically forked the waitress trying to get a roasted beet. FREAK!

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For our entrees, we shared a Rosa pizza and a fennel salad.  The Rosa pizza is classic Bianco pizza, consists of super delish wood fired crust with red onions, Parmigiano-reggiano, rosemary, and Arizona grown pistachios!!! It’s KILLER!!!

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For desert, we stopped by the Fry’s and picked-up a two person birthday cake! Happy birthday to me!! Now, move over and give me sugar!!!

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Question: How do you celebrate your birthday?  Chocolate or white birthday cake?

I’m a serious chocoholic, but I prefer white birthday cakes. For my bday, we got a white cake with raspberry filling. Yah, it was good.

 

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Birthday Greys

Workout: 1 mile stair climber, 2 mile run on treadmill

After a month of feeling “grey”, I figured I would do the one thing that makes all girls happy. Cue Cher from my all-time favorite movie “Clueless”…

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Makeover Part 1 – Working off my Phat Ass. Headed to the gym for some much needed calorie burning. I’m definitely not a hiker like Diane, but occasionally I like to jump on the stair climber for a power trip.

I’m sure you’re wondering how a mechanical set of stairs makes you feel powerful. Well, two things..

  1. I imagine this is how tall people see the world. At a measly 5’1” I like to pretend that I’m Gisele height towering over the shorties.
  2. From the top step of the stair climber you can see the entire gym, much like the emperor of a small country looking out on his subjects (yes, you read into that right, I feel like I’m the Queen of the gym). It doesn’t help that a bright light shines down on me and in his best British accent Joe screams out, “Hear ye, Hear ye…put down thy dumbbells and behold the Queen.”

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Makeover Part 2 – Wax it Up. Confession time, I have a serious addiction. Yes, my name is Phylli and I am a browaholic. I love to tweeze, pick, pluck, etc my eyebrows. When I’ve gone crazy my brow lady, Laura, saves my poor little brows from my self mutilation. If you are in the Phoenix area and need anything wax, Laura is AMAZING!! Check her out at Keep Calm and Wax On.

Makeover Part 3 – Disguise the Grey. Maybe my month of feeling grey has been my hair color seeping into my brain; even though I’m a young, ripe 29 (30 tomorrow) my hair is heavy on the grey! So, I completed my mini makeover with my hairstylist Damian at Snapdragon Salon in Phoenix. Poor Damian, he has to pretend that I’m funny, that he is interested in what I’m saying, and he has to blow dry my massive pageant hair!  But he covers my greys and makes my hair super sexy and sassy while entertaining me with his witty jokes, so I keep going back. Also, he’s an amazing artist, so you if you are looking for some unique art definitely give his work a try at Damian Creates.

Makeover Part 4 – Take Facebook Page Photos Of Your Transformation. NERD ALERT!!

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Question – What do you do to get out of a funk?

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