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Where did I go?…. excuses & announcements!

Holy smokes! What a year it has been since my last post. It’s hard to believe it’s basically been that long.

So much has happened and changed since I last wrote anything I don’t know if I can update on everything or just start over and go from there.

I’ll try to give the cliff notes version of what has happened and updates on past year.Basically why I mainly disappeared is that both of our laptops took a crap about a week apart from each other. I tried using our iPad and iPhone but typing like that was just unbelievably difficult for me to do (I know the whole world uses them but I’m still an old-fashioned Windows kind of girl), I prefer typing on a keyboard. The other reason for not keeping up with things is because well my daughter keeps me busy and I got lazy (the MAIN reason). 1 nap a day is sometimes not enough time for me to take mommy time.

Who would have guess fixing 1 of our laptops was as easy as exchanging the batteries since one of them was junk. I, embarrassingly, thought about exchanging the batteries today for the first time…why are the simplest tasks somehow take the longest to complete or think of.

Anyways, here I am. I hope to do a better job finishing up 2016 into 2017 with writing more. I enjoy it. Even though I don’t think I have that much talent when writing or organizing my thoughts. I find my mind just bouncing around thoughts and ideas; my posts may be hard to follow or not flow from one to another.

Family Update #1: My Daughter

My last post I mentioned my daughter was around 12 months old and entering the ‘terrible two’ stage. Well,now she is almost 2 1/2 and even more sassy; except now she can use her words more which I’m not sure is better or worse than just fussing. I still try to pick my battles but I feel like she picks a battle with me about EVERYTHING! Mothers should be able to get an injection of patience because I need TONS more than what I have currently. She’s outspoken, full of energy, thinks she is so independent regarding everything…. and she’s absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t possibly love anyone more than I do her.

I wish I would have kept up with writing over the past year because she has grown so much and as I’m writing this I find myself disappointed that I let that time slip by without jotting down my thoughts and memories. Her 2nd birthday was such a great day; she LOVED her Minnie party. We took so many trips to our local zoo where she was able to do more and more with each visit. All the family visits we had… I wish I would have written about those to look back on later. Maybe I can write future posts allowing myself to reminisce about those events.

Family Update #2: We’re growing!

As much as I hope to do a better job with writing in 2017 I’m not sure I’ll be so great at it as we found out in late July that we are expecting our 2nd baby! We are beyond thrilled (and slightly terrified) about the news!

I think my husband and I figured it would take years to add to our family as it took 3+ years to have our daughter, but I guess once your body knows how to do it it’s a little more prepared! ha. We are due early April.

This pregnancy I think will FLY by as I’m already into my second trimester and sometimes I even have to remind myself I’m pregnant because this pregnancy is sooo different from my last. Morning sickness (which consisted of just nausea) only lasted a couple of weeks. Fatigue is a real thing but I think that is probably more from having a very active toddler and no coffee (I miss my coffee in the mornings and I look forward to a venti iced americano as soon as I can get one).

The only drawback so far is that I’ve been battling a cold (stuffy nose, clogged ears, frustrating cough) for almost 2 months now with little relief. I don’t know what it feels like to breath out of my nose it’s been so long. If anyone who may be reading this I’m open to anything that may help with it… I’m so over it!

I’m sure many of my upcoming posts will be about our upcoming arrival and how we are planning for him/her.

Health & Fitness Update:

I am still trying to make it to the gym as much as possible. I was going 5-6 days a week prior to getting pregnant but have backed down to 3-4 days a week. Being sick hasn’t helped and the morning sickness stopped me for a while. My focus this pregnancy is to go regularly as I just stopped going during my last pregnancy. My daughter actually goes to the kids room and enjoys it most days so that helps a lot with staying on a regular schedule.

With being pregnant I’m not trying to lose weight, max out new 1RM; but I’m focusing on maintaining the lifestyle and stay healthy throughout pregnancy so that hopefully after the baby is born it won’t be a hard transition back into like it was last time.

My workouts these days last about 45 minutes and I typically burn 250-400 calories per session. In comparison, before pregnancy my workouts took about an hour or so and was burning minimum of 500 calories per session.

Once I can get back to the more intense workouts I will work back to my old 1RM with my bench (150#), squat(235#), and deadlift(225#). Looking forward to getting back.

I think all of the above updates on all the major aspects of what has been going on. I hope to dedicate at least 1 day a week to take the time to write and get back on track with things that I’ve been wanting to do/write.

 

 

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Leg day: A love/hate relationship

I think I have always been slightly different than the majority of people. I’ve felt this way for most of my teenage and adult years. I say that because if you look at or talk to females in the gym or fitness industry I would feel confident that their favorite day is leg day. I on the other hand loathe leg day. I get it … We all want the JLo booty and look great in pants. I want those things too I just don’t enjoy the workouts. I don’t enjoy the day after. Or the day after that! Don’t get me wrong I never skip a leg day and I lift heavy on leg days; so I put in the necessary work. Just… Well… Ugh it’s the necessary evil.

Over the past several months I am seeing some major improvement in my leg muscles. My calves are very defined. My quads are growing and becoming more defined as well. These two areas tend to develop and grow the fastest on my body so I tend to focus on my hamstrings and glutes on leg days.

Tonight was leg day and it was a really good burn in my glutes. Here is the workout I complete:
Wide stance squat 3-12 100#
Leg press 6-6 460#
Hip thrusts 3-12 135#
Leg extension 3-12 60#
Lying leg curl 3-12 85#
Cable glute kickbacks 3-12 20#
Standing calf raises 3-12 90#
Calf extensions 3-12 100#

I basically went exercise to exercise with little rest(time to set up next exercise). I took about 30-45 seconds between sets. I felt the burn in my glutes half way through and I’m sure tomorrow sitting and standing up will be difficult; but no pain no gain right?!?!?

Overall, I’m really proud of my progress thus far. As of last Monday I’ve lost 44 lbs and over 16″ (chest,waist,hips) since November 2014. I have done everything on my own so progress may be slow and I may have a few hiccups but I view this as a journey I will be on forever. This is a new lifestyle for me and I’m simply loving it. I have done a lot of research and reading about health and fitness related topics. I also really enjoy researching information on nutrition..a good, healthy diet is now more important than ever since becoming a mother. I want her to grow up with good quality food. She doesn’t know what cookies, juice, soda, chips, basically anything that’s junk. I’m proud of that! She’s 17 months old, she doesn’t need that crap.

my workout split right now looks similar to:

chest/triceps

back/biceps

legs

shouder/abs

It is getting colder out and it’s been too chilly in the morning to run with my daughter in the stroller. So in order to keep my body guessing I am switching up my cardio and adding some HIIT circuits into my workouts. I’m going to keep these to 15 minutes or so for now as I am fairly ne to this style of training. Updates to come regarding HIIT progress. So stay tuned!

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Girls Bench Too

Have you checked out instagram or youtube to search for anything fitness related? Whether for ideas on future workouts or maybe to find some extra motivation one day. Well if you have one thing becomes very clear… Females post about doing leg workouts; specifically glute workouts CONSTANTLY! I get it, everyone wants a JLO booty and some ‘junk in the trunk’. I work my legs as well but it is definitely not my favorite thing to do… it’s more like the necessary evil since I enjoy running. I wish I saw more females showing their chest workout or working on biceps. I personally love doing bicep curls and bench presses. I follow a lot of male fitness pages because that’s where I find a lot of good workout material.

Back day is still by far my favorite and after every back workout I leave the gym feeling like a badass. Chest day isn’t far behind that though. I will admit for the first 5-6 months of working at the gym I avoided bench press; and for a couple of reasons. 1. I didn’t think I was ready for them. I go to the gym on my own so I don’t have a spotter and didn’t want to get caught in a position where I couldn’t lift the weight back up. 2. I was intimidated because everyone in the free weight area were men. And they were fit men for the most part. Fortunately after a while I just sucked it up and did it (ok, the gym was pretty empty so I knew no one would be watching me). From the first set I was hooked. I used to do a lot of the machines for chest or I would do cable crossovers…basically anything except bench. I also didn’t work my chest regularly because it’s not like it would make my breast smaller (which would be awesome). I began to research how chest exercises could benefit women and I found a lot of great material. So I decided to start incorporating a more regular chest day.

I now work chest/triceps/shoulders twice a week [currently I’m on a 3 day split that I repeat twice:

Day 1: legs (I do typically focus on my weakest part; hamstrings/Abs

Day 2: chest/triceps/shoulders

Day 3: back/bicep

Day 4: legs/abs

Day 5: chest/triceps/shoulders

Day 6: back/biceps

Day 7: REST day from gym

I go to the gym after my daughter goes to bed so I’m usually there from 8pm-9:30pm (I take advantage of my ‘me’ time)

I also run 3-4 days a week; usually 2-4 miles a day. I did run 6.5 miles today which is a huge victory as that is the farthest I’ve run EVER! YAY! For anyone that things running pushing a stroller makes it easier; let me tell you it doesn’t, especially uphill.

Anyhow, I am currently able to do 3-4 singles at 115# on flat bench and 3-4 singles at 100# on incline bench. I also love doing dumbbell bench and incline bench which I’m up to 40# dumbbells. It may sound kinda nerdy but I get a kick out of the fact that I go to pick up dumbbells from the second row of dumbbells. It also helps when people give you thumbs up or compliments your form and progress. My bench goal right now is 135#! I want a 45# plate on each side of that bar. I’ll get there in due time.

I’m not by any means the only girl in the free weights area there are a few of us and I hope to see more venture in that area. I’m sure by now you’ve seen or read the quote; “strive for progress, not perfection!” It is one of my favorite quotes because it’s so true in any aspect. Every time I enter the gym I am looking for progress from my last workout. One more rep, one more set, more weight. If someone reads this who is just starting out don’t worry if you are intimidated about a particular exercise, part of the gym, or anything. Just keep doing what you are doing and each time do one new thing to get you closer to whatever you’re nervous about. In my case, I did dumbbell bench/incline bench. These were in the free weights area so I was getting accustomed to the environment. I’d watch those with good form and take pointers. Slowly but surely you’ll get to where you want to be. Remember, every experienced or muscular person in the gym used to be just like you; new, nervous, unsure. Just do you! If someone reads this who is a veteran in the gym use this as a reminder to be less judgmental of ‘newbies’, offer to spot them, encourage them, or just ignore them and let them do their thing. I truly wish people would empower each other more instead of finding something to poke at. I could go on and on about that but I’ll move on.

I hope to see more females lifting heavy weights and to break out of the norm that all you should only do is squats, stair master, or plyo circuits. There are no boy exercises or girl exercises… working out is truly an equal opportunity environment. The weights won’t judge you for being male, female, new, or veteran… they just want to be lifted up and put back down.

my tip: Lift Heavy & Lift Often! :):)

Happy Lifting!

I’ve added a couple pics from my instagram account @tnm_514 of some of my chest workouts. 11247852_1492069081103100_1581588425_n 11349415_396298803914217_441241565_n 11850228_123339781348034_1491797210_n

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NEW GADGET!!!

I’ve been really working on my health and fitness for some time now and I felt that it was time to step up my game when it came to tracking what I’m doing.

I’m very much still for paper/pencil tracking and I will continue to do this probably forever but I am officially in love with my new Fitbit watch. I got the Fitbit charge HR and I couldn’t be more happy with it. After reading reviews I was a little unsure about it but I haven’t noticed any inconsistencies with what I was using before; which was my Polar F4T watch. The best part about the Fitbit is that there is NO chest strap. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I would forget the strap or the watch… or starting the watch when I was working out. With the Fitbit it does it for me! I also love that the app allows me to customize different aspects and monitor things throughout the day.

It really has motivated me to keep moving throughout the day because I want to hit my goals. If you know me at all by now I like checklists and goals; crossing something off my list or meeting a goal gives me such a high! (yes I know I’m strange).

The first time I used it to work out I wore my polar chest strap as well to see how close it was with heartrate and calories burned. After my run I noticed that the difference was less than 5 beats and within 20 calories. That to me is perfectly fine; because there is never going to be a completely accurate device. I love that I can track my water because I am HORRIBLE at drinking enough water. All I drink is water (and coffee… which let’s face it is flavored water) but I just never drink enough. I love that I can connect it to myfitnesspal and it will transfer how many calories I’ve had so I can compare with my daily progress how I’m doing! I just overall love it!

If you are in the market for one I highly recommend the Fitbit Charge HR. image1 (1) image3 (10) image4

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Blood, Sweat, and Tears!!!

I have been MIA for a while posting anything. No other excuse but that I have just been lazy with it.

On a positive note I have been exercising (cardio/weight training) a minimum of 3 days a week; and I’ll probably start to do 4-5 days soon. I absolutely love going to the gym and I wish I would have started a healthier lifestyle YEARS ago but I’m doing it now and that is all that counts.

It’s definitely hard with a baby and a husband that works essentially round the clock. I have to fit it in when I can. I wish I could go back to working out first thing in the morning but I just can’t seem to get out of bed a 430-5am. My daughter also wakes up by 6am most mornings and I don’t want to make my husband late to work. Therefore, I’m only left to work out around 8pm.

I have done a lot of research on weight training/HIIT/macro counting throughout the last year. Before having my daughter I was working out 6-7 days a week and using a supplement stack full of goodies. I was able to drop about 20-25lbs in about 6 months. That may have actually led to me getting pregnant because I felt so much better about myself and I was WAY less stressed. haha!

My supplements included Whey Protein, a fat burner, a pre workout supplement, BCAAs, among other vitamins. I would love to start that all back up but it’s certainly not cheap; 5 lbs of Whey protein is like $50 on the cheaper range (for good quality) and that is about 60 servings. I can definitely tell a difference because recovery from workout to workout was less noticeable when I was taking the right supplements. Pre workouts were probably my favorite supplement because it really took my weight training to the next level. I’m nervous now to take them because I work out at night instead of the morning and I don’t want to be up all night waiting for it to wear off. I may try it to see how I feel.

I’m pretty happy with my progress so far as I am down 12 lbs since November. It could definitely be better but I’m trying to stay positive and improve gradually so it is more of a lifestyle change than a brief thing.

Instagram is like my new addiction because I basically use it to follow fitness people and they provide great ideas for exercises and recipes. I have also become addicted to youtube and the vloggers who are fitness related. It’s a great tool to help me stay accountable to my own goals. I found if I surround myself with things that are geared towards nutrition or fitness I am more inclined to be healthier and more active! I may try to find some bloggers that also geared towards fitness. I love learning and researching this topic.

If you know of anyone please share with me so I can check them out!

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Pretty lamp or healing instrument???

A couple weeks ago my mom brought me my birthday present. Now this present is a very early birthday present because my birthday is not until the middle of May, but she wanted me to be able to use it beforehand.

My mom and I are pretty addicted to HGTV and really any remodeling shows. A couple weeks ago we watched one where a family installed A Himalayan salt wall. We were immediately intrigued by the salt wall and the supposed mind and body benefits. It was beautiful and seemingly peaceful. While it is not practical to install an entire wall my mom purchased a Himalayan salt lamps for myself and her. I’ve been using it for about three weeks now. It really is beautiful and has a soft orange-red glow. I am still unsure whether all the health benefits are true but nonetheless it’s beautiful. I have noticed that I’ve had fewer headaches but I don’t know if that’s just coincidence.

I’ve never been one that has been into the more holistic techniques and remedies. I have always tended to go more on the side of science; I guess because of the easy proof. I mean I have a headache I pop a few pain killers (nothing drastic or extreme).

Yet again…another thing that has changed about me since becoming a mother is the fact that I look more closely at what goes into not only my daughters body but mine. I wish there was an easy way to learn more about holistic techniques and remedies for different situations but right now the only resource I have is the Internet which I generally do not believe what I read. I’m really interested in the use of essential oils, especially since I am in the house every day.

I guess until I learn more or believe more I will enjoy the lamp for it’s ambience and hope that the mind and body benefits actually exists.

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