Fitness Friday -I’m Back

Have you ever read a review or an article about someone where the author is so harsh and cruel you physically cringe? Well I have one of those authors living in my head (don’t we all?) that loathes me. Over the last couple of weeks the reviewer possessed my body and attempted to sabotage all of my progress. Meanwhile, my new fit persona was trapped inside, fighting to get out. It’s been a real life horror story inside and outside of my head.

The possessed body walks into a gas station and smirks at all of the danishes and doughnuts and begins to make it’s way to the Honey Bun stand.
Fit persona screams, “STOP RIGHT THERE!”
Possessed body, taken aback, stops mid stride.
“Do not, I repeat, DO NOT touch any of that junk. Look over there, there’s bananas.”
Possessed body looks, rolls it’s eyes and grabs the largest cheese danish on the stand.
Back in the car the possessed body opens the wrapper…
“STOP. It’s not too late, throw it out the window!”
Possessed body rolls down the window, looks and then stuffs the cheese danish in it’s face, devouring it like a zombie.
Fit persona cries….

My mother always taught me that kids didn’t have to be out of control monsters; “spare the rod, spoil the child” kind of thing. She said that kids should have a healthy fear of their parents and always rolled her eyes at parents that acted like victims of their children’s behavior. So, it looks like I’ve been sparing the rod and playing victim to my inner fat kid. Now that I’m back, it’s time to instill some fear.

 

P.S. Thank you for taking the time to fill out my survey, I really enjoyed all of your answers, especially the advice portion.

Fitness Friday – Wagons

I have crashed the healthy diet wagon. I have been stuffing my face with bacon cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, ice cream, pizza, cookies and every other thing I felt I’ve been denying myself since January. My stomach hurts, it’s constantly trying to have conversations with people, I’m sluggish and I haven’t had a good night sleep in the last couple weeks.

In the midst of this delicious relapse I have not stopped exercising. Unlike so many times before when I have slipped and fallen, I have not thrown up my hands and played victim to my own self sabotage. Instead, I’ve worked harder, pushed myself further and said some really nasty things to myself which probably isn’t beneficial overall but it does help when trying to finish the last set of squats.

The point is, this will not last. This is my mid-year crisis happening early. I will go back to my chicken breast and vegetables soon enough. Until then, here is a workout photo because as much as I would love to share a food picture or recipe; my chocolate peanut butter ice cream isn’t very photogenic.


(apparently I’m not either)

Lastly, I decided to start doing a “Weekly Tip” and since this is the first week, I have two.

  1. Find a partner. Hell, find multiple partners (don’t be dirty). It is way more likely that you’re going to get out of bed at 6:30am to go for a run if you know someone else is up and waiting for you.
  2. Find a song that you haven’t listened to in 10-15 years and play it while you plank. You will be distracted realizing you still know all the words. For me it was In The End by Linkin Park (yes, that song came out 13 years ago). If that doesn’t distract you, take selfies.

Thanks for reading and sticking by me through all of my trips on the wagon, off the wagon, running next to the wagon, falling behind the wagon and of course crashing the wagon (I’ve never been a good driver). Hopefully I’ll have it fixed and running before too long.

Fitness Friday – Documentaries

I keep writing and deleting, writing and deleting. I can’t seem to find a way to tell the story of this week. So instead, I will tell it with E-Cards.

which led to

After 24 hours:

48 Hours:

72 Hours:

96 Hours:

120 Hours:

Tomorrow:

That’s all for now folks. Apparently my creative juices don’t flow without meat and dairy. I guarantee there will be more next week 🙂

Fitness Friday – Others

This week has been so crammed pack full of goodness that I’m not sure where to start. I guess the best place would be the beginning.

After posting on Friday, my sister’s girlfriend fiance Jess, texted me to see if I wanted to go to Richmond with her for the weekend. Naturally, I left work early, threw 7 pairs of shoes in a bag (even though we were only going for 2 days) and hit the road with her.
She started down the *Purely Fruit path about five weeks ago. Her car was stocked with tons of healthy snacks; kale chips, nuts, fruit, boiled eggs and seltzer water. It was awesome to spend five hours with someone who understands the struggles of reading every label, using caution at every restaurant and having to answer all of the whys and the “do you think you can actually do that long term” questions.
The struggles are worth it. We both feel better, psychically and mentally, everything tastes sweeter and we’re both seeing big results.

Is it possible long term? I hope so, because I haven’t felt this good in a long time.

Richmond was filled with beards and bicycles. I’ve never seen so many fit hipsters in my life. The city’s vibe inspired me to do some push-ups in my hiking boots in front of graffiti so that I would fit in (or I just saw a good blog photo opportunity and took it)

It was a fun weekend!

On Monday I had my first weight-training session with J. Honestly, I forget how awkward of a person I am until I’m put in a situation that I’ve never been in before. I’ve never taught anyone how to exercise. I’m the fat kid who hated all things fitness related. The girl who would cry in her room for two hours after her mom tried to take her to gymnastics. In other words, this was completely foreign to me. We got through it though and on Wednesday everything was much smoother. He dislikes the same things I do (cardio and the gym) so hopefully he’ll end up liking weight lifting. We shall see!

My week ended with two awesome text messages;

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(these are the messages that keep me motivated and inspired) 

& a hair cut

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A fun before and after to leave you with 🙂

*Purely Fruit is the name I decided to use for how I’m eating. I could not find any title for people who are not using sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, rice syrup or any of the other 57 names of sugar/sweeteners. It’s not primal, paleo, gluten free, it’s Purely Fruit. 

Fitness Friday – Oreos

So today I realized that Oreos do not lift weights… Or your ass for that matter (Kayla’s words) and so no more double stuffed for me. Double stuffed Oreos lead to double belly rolls and double the amount of butt sag. 

I was feeling weak. I was craving cookies and so I gave in. I think that’s ok to do from time to time. But to eat almost the whole container in 2 days is not a good idea. My mind takes not standing on the scale as an excuse to go wild and eat whatever I want. Time to shut that down. 

The colder weather and shorter days isn’t helping either. But I’m going to push through the holidays. I’m going to make sure my tush isn’t sagging for the new year! 

So here’s to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other events in-between. You won’t win this time! 

And of course I can’t end a blog post without a few pictures.

How I feel like I look while doing lat-pull downs:  

 
How I actually do them: 

   
I think my least favorite weight lifting exercise is shoulder presses.  

   But I still keep smiling 😉
Until next time… 

 

Fitness Friday – Delayed

Fitness Friday – Delayed

Friday was absolutely crazy for me and I apologize for missing my post. I realized that I will also be out of town this coming Friday and said screw it, today is Fitness Friday-Monday 😉

I have never had a fitness partner. I was always too insecure to workout in public or with other people. I didn’t want them to see me sweating like a man, breathing like a 90 year old and lifting like a toddler. So when Kayla and I decided to start working out together I was skeptical, to say the least. I have never improved so much or been so consistent with exercise before in my life. It is so helpful to have someone there to spot you, lift weights off of you before you drop them on your face and guide your left arm (that has a mind of it’s own) to it’s proper place.
Besides just the actual safety aspect of it, she’s freaking nice all the time. I don’t know how it’s possible. Randomly mid-workout she’ll say, “Your arms look awesome! I’m taking a picture” and “You’re a beast! Keep going!” Don’t get me wrong, I’ll get whiny and say I can’t do the last set and she’ll call me a bitch and tell me to get to it, but somehow even that is nice and motivating. My point in all of this? If you don’t have a workout partner, get one. She has made all the difference!

Plus you get texts like this. Watching someone else’s progress is almost as fun as seeing your own.

Highlights from last week in photos:
Made my very first green shake, it was sort of delightful.

My triceps muscle is starting to look intense.

One of the pictures where Kayla said “stop! I’m taking a picture of your arm”

I was not able to wear these pants this summer. That is some pretty great progress.

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Also last week we moved up in weight on almost all of our workouts. Here’s our 11 week progress.

When we started:                             Now:
Squats – 50lbs                                  100lbs
Dead Lifts – 60lbs                             110lbs
Shoulder Press – 30lbs                      60lbs (6 week progress)
Bench Press – 50lbs                           70lbs
Push Ups – 5                                       23
Pull Ups – 0                                           2

We do more than this but I’ve seen more improvement in these specific workouts than in rows, lat pull downs, tricep pushdowns, etc.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. Sorry I missed last Friday and will probably miss this Friday but don’t panic, I’ll be back 😉

Fitness Friday – Bad Week

Fitness is not always fun. I tend to keep my posts lighthearted and excited. Surprisingly, the last two months have been exciting and a lot of fun. But this last week SUCKED! The first problem, I attempted to eat breakfast every day. Eating a full meal in the morning is not for me. Secondly, I just felt crappy all week. Last night I laid there and grabbed any chunk rolls I could find while whining to Kenny about how I’m not making any progress. It was a complete spoiled brat moment and I’m glad it’s over.

My husband is a saint, literally. In these moments he is always calm, grinning and telling me I’m beautiful, more beautiful than I’ll ever know. He doesn’t get frustrated, he doesn’t roll his eyes, he just listens and assures me that I am wrong. Honestly, who else in the world would do that? I want to roll my eyes at myself and usually there’s a voice in my head yelling at me to shut up and stop being a tool, but as for my husband? He just takes it all in and still finds a way to compliment me, even though I’m being ridiculous.

With all that being said, I did not slack off this week. In fact, I pushed hard through all my workouts. I read that you’re supposed to squeeze your butt cheeks together when you stand up from a squat. I started doing that during the Jillian Michael’s video and got a cramp from my butt cheek down to the back of my knee. I squatted through it though, because that’s just how I do 😉
I haven’t been able to move up in weight on shoulder presses since I started doing them. But this week I’m up to 30lbs in each hand!!
I moved up in bench presses too. I’m benching 70lbs with dumbbells.
I lost another inch in my spare tire, moving up to a total of 3.5 inches since July 3.
And I can successfully do one pull up and two chin ups.

Deep breaths to prepare

 

Basically, all of my complaints are unwarranted. I am progressing, my chunk rolls are shrinking and as always, my husband knows best.