Fitness Friday – Least

So many bloggers, especially fitness bloggers (including myself) write about their favorite exercises. They write about how much they love to run or dead lift or squat. They write about their favorite type of fitness; yoga, cross-fit, piyo (what?), etc. Today I want to write about my least favorite exercises, the ones that make me feel completely and totally miserable but I do them anyway because I know I’m going to see results.

 

Dumbbell Shoulder Press:


The majority of my hatred for these is the process of getting into position. Whatever muscle group is being worked to lift the dumbbells off of my thighs and place them over my head is not as strong as the muscle group that’s used to press them. I’m also not a fan of spending the next day feeling like my shoulders are attached to my earlobes.

Rows:

I have no real reason for this. I just don’t like them.

Running:

You guys already know the details of this from previous posts but here’s a sweaty selfie anyway 😉

& saving the worst for last…

Split Squats:


(Taking a photo on a timer with 10 seconds to grab weights and get in position =nearly impossible. This is the best I could do)
Who knows how long I was doing goblet squats thinking they were split squats before someone told me.

I wish I was never corrected. These are killer! I see stars, I want to pass out, throw up and fall over throughout each set. The pain doesn’t stop when you stop either. For about two days afterwards I walk like a penguin mixed with a bull rider, it’s confusing and incredibly uncomfortable.

As strongly as I detest all of these things, there really is no greater feeling than successfully completing them.
Except maybe sitting on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and watching your favorite chick flick… 😉

Enjoy your weekend everyone!!

Three Years

Three Years

I did not get married under the impression that it would be easy. In fact, I got married believing marriage would be the hardest thing I would ever do because love is a battlefield, it bites and it bleeds, it’s hard on the knees and in the end it’s a losing game… Well, at least that’s what the songs say. I expected to feel the weight of commitment as soon as I said “I do.” I listened to the warnings. I knew the statistics. I saw the facial expressions, the concern and the doubt. I was making a huge decision and everyone wanted to make sure I knew the risk, and I did. I signed the certificate anyway, because I can’t say no to a challenge (oh and because I was completely in love).


In the past three years my marriage has been the least challenging thing in my life. In the past six years our relationship has been the least of my worries. Life is what’s hard and so far, marriage has made it easier. I have someone in my life who will give me advice, listen to me rant, let me cry, take care of me when I’m sick, travel with me, hold me, build me up and convince me that I’m capable of anything. I have a best friend that I love so deeply it’s made me believe in Nicholas Sparks stories and fairy tales. Love isn’t the battlefield, living is and now I have a partner that will stand beside me and fight with and for me instead of against me.

If this is a game then I’m all in. If I lose it all, like Robin Williams said, at least I played a hand.

Happy three year anniversary Mr. Collins, I’ll love you for a thousand more ❤

Fitness Friday – Recovery

It’s not easy being sick. Yes, you lay on the couch in your pajamas and watch TV for days but somehow it’s just not as fun when you feel like crap. This week I realized that it’s even harder to get back to your healthy lifestyle than it is to be sick in the first place. Here are my top five tips for how to get back to fitness after illness:

Make sure you’re ready.
I have not gone jogging because I still can’t take a deep breath without going into a coughing fit. I could only imagine what a run would do to me.

Be nice to yourself.
Do not beat yourself up because you can’t do now what you were doing a couple of weeks ago. Your body is tired and weak; it’s going to take some time. It won’t do any good to call yourself a pathetic weak loser, trust me, I tried it.

Go easy/Lift lighter.
Do not make the mistake of trying to lift the same weight or do the same exercise that was super challenging before you got sick; the only thing that’s going to do is piss you off and make you want to quit.

Take your time.
You will need more rest in-between each set than you did before and that’s okay. There’s no need to hurt yourself after you’ve just gotten back in the game.

Know that your body remembers your routine.
My first workout felt a lot like the first time I ever worked out. This made me think that I had reverted back to square one. By my second workout however I was back to lifting the same weight as before. Do not let your mind trick you into thinking you should give up. Your body knows better.

Until next week – a selfie since since I’ve been slacking on pictures 😉

Fitness Friday – Sick

 

I’m sorry but today’s post is going to be seriously lacking because,

I hope everyone has had a good & healthy week! My week has been filled with Tylenol Cold and Yogi Throat Comfort tea, which is delicious by the way!! It tastes like I’m drinking warm honey except there’s no honey or sweeteners added.I haven’t exercised, I haven’t been eating right and I haven’t moved from the couch except to go to work. In other words, I don’t have much to write about in the fitness department this Friday.

I promise I will write more next week when I’ve quit hacking and have turned off the television 😉

Thanks for reading and following!

Fitness Friday – Tantrum

I was going to title this week’s post “Fitness Friday – Relapse” but the definition of relapse is way too serious. So, I sat at my desk and relived Monday evening and I decided Tantrum was more appropriate.

Here’s what happened:

Kenny and I have these conversations a lot and never actually do it. Well, Monday proved to be a different story. We sat in our booth and considered leaving. The waiter hadn’t been over yet and I was starting to feel guilty. He showed up though, and before I knew it I was ordering Alfredo dipping sauce and waiting on the warm bread sticks with childish anticipation.

Here’s what I discovered during this whiny, “I want what I want and I’m going to have it!” spoiled brat outing.

  1. Everything does not taste differently after you’ve given it up.
    • I have heard so many people say that things don’t taste good after you haven’t eaten them for x amount of time. Apparently I have not yet reached that magical number because the chocolate mousse on top of the chocolate cheesecake that was sitting in a dark chocolate crumble crust with chocolate chips in it, still tasted freakin delightful.
  2. After 4 months without sweets, I can still finish an entire dessert.
    • There’s none of this “oh it’s so rich, I can only have a couple of bites” nonsense. That cake was gone, that plate was clean and anyone who saw me eating it probably thought I was auditioning for an adult film.
  3. Your stomach changes faster than your taste buds. All of that food tasted a lot better than it felt.
  4. If you jump off the wagon and eat yourself into a hole, you can use the upper body strength you’ve worked so hard for to pull yourself out. It doesn’t have to be an excuse to throw in the towel.

The next day,  I went to a work function that ended with dinner. After the entrees, everyone got up and served themselves cake, pie, coffee ice-cream (my favorite) and brownies. I sipped my club soda and tried not to creepily stare at the woman in front of me while she ate a little bit of everything. The spoiled brat on my shoulder (it’s not a demon – it’s an annoying fat kid) was trying to tell me that I already messed up, I ate cake the night before so I might as well eat a brownie. Well, the badass fitness chick on my other shoulder told the fat kid to shove it and I left, dessert free and in control again.

After my deliciously terrible outing on Monday I got an alert that I had been tagged on Facebook:


Jessica, if it wasn’t for this, I may have eaten the brownie and coffee ice-cream, so thank you! You are equally as badass if not more so for doing it all with two kids at home!

 

Lastly, my mother posted a picture of me yesterday in my new dress. I thought I’d let you all know I almost didn’t buy it because it was pretty tight around my massive bicep muscles 😉

Until next week,

Fitness Friday – 100 Followers

I got this awesome alert the other day from my WordPress App:

100

Thank you all so much for following, liking, commenting and sharing. There have been days where I’ve considered skipping my work out or eating a doughnut and then I remember I have all of you to answer to so I turn off Downton Abbey, get off the couch and get my butt in gear. I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement along my journey to be sexier, oops, I mean healthier 😉
Thank you!!


The Food:

The other day I was craving Mexican food like there was no tomorrow (fake – unhealthy – American/Mexican food). I searched online for healthy enchiladas and all the recipes involved making every single part of the meal yourself. There was a sauce recipe, a seasoning recipe, a tortilla recipe… Hell, there was probably a way to make your cheese culture on there but I didn’t read that far. I wanted something quick and I wanted it right then. Instead of going to the local Mexican restaurant I went to the grocery store.
I ended up with a taco salad. There was lean, grass-fed ground beef on sale, I got lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, jalapenos and I used a little bit of cheese. I also found these awesome ingredients: 


It took a minute to find taco seasoning without added sugar. I did not find this in with all the taco products (I mean, why would I?) but over with the gravy and chili mixes.
  salsa
When labels say things like this, I still read the ingredients. Just because it doesn’t contain “added sugar” doesn’t mean that there isn’t stevia, agave nectar, honey or some other natural sweeteners added. Fortunately, Drew’s truly was unsweetened!
I threw all of this stuff in a bowl together with a few black bean tortilla chips and boom! I felt like I was eating a bowl of junk food. It was delightful.


The Work Out

On Saturday I finally reached 5 pull-ups!!!


Yes, the last one was strained, my mouth was open and I didn’t think I was going to make it but I did – pretty or not.

I went jogging after leg day – Mistake.

My workout last night consisted of decline dumbbell bench presses. I’ve incorporated these because I really want to work the lower part of my chest. These look incredibly awkward and they are. They feel pretty good once you’re in position though.

  

My current max out (kind of) weight with the barbell:
Squats – 165lbs – 3 reps
Bench Press – 125lbs – 2 reps
Dead Lifts – I don’t want to talk about it 😉

Please check out the recipe tab where I’ve added another PurelyFruit recipe and my updated “Who’s Blogging” page.

Have a great weekend everyone! 😀 

Fitness Friday – Nine Months

Sunday marks nine months of consistently exercising. Today marks 4 months of focusing on my diet. I have stuck very diligently to eating purely fruit, avoiding all fast food, most fried food (I have had a french fry, tortilla chip or fried pickle from time to time) and buying mainly whole food and organic products. I have gotten discouraged. I have said words in our workout room that I would never admit to. I’ve cried, whined, bitched and moaned. I’ve begged Kenny to get me a cookie or a brownie or a cupcake. I’ve considered throwing in the towel and living life as an unhealthy chunk because maybe I’d be happier if I could just eat some blueberry pancakes; but I didn’t and I haven’t and I won’t. Why? Because, I am loving this fitness thing.

I love that I want to work out all the time (I just got off the floor from doing push ups at work).I love that yesterday I jogged two miles and then came home and did my upper-body work out. I feel like a total fitness bad ass; so much so that after working out yesterday, I threw on a hat and went out to eat in my workout clothes, sweaty and gross like “girl look at that body, I work out.”

After nine months I no longer feel like I’m trying to obtain one number on the scale or one pant size. I’ve learned that there is always room for improvement, goals to achieve and obstacles to overcome. Basically, the journey never ends and I look forward to trudging ahead and taking you all along for the ride!

 

Thanks for following ❤