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Hello World

26 Mar

Eek… has it really been over a month since I posted? I swear I’ve sat down at least 4-5 times to write updates and post pictures but time has gotten away from me! So, I apologize.

I have had a lot of changes lately. I’ve decided to make a career change. I love my job and my co-workers at the ER, however I have decided that I will love the pediatric ICU even more. I’ve always loved working with kids and with my back problems, I finally decided God was pushing me to make that change sooner rather than later. So, I’ll be taking April off to spend some time with friends and family and then I start my new job at the beginning of May.

I’ve also had a lot of travel and family time. We went back to Minnesota for my nephew’s baptism and a week later I went on my first cruise! It was really fun but not easy to eat healthy while on a cruise :-/ I made it through though and the next couple trips (one to South Carolina and one to Key West) should be a bit more manageable.

The pool area on the ship

The pool area on the ship

Aside from that, I’ve slowly learned to love cardio again (or at least not hate it) and I’ve been busting my tail at the gym. Today I wasn’t able to make it to the gym but got in a leg workout at home that I’ll post below. I was exhausted before I started but I still combined it with a 30 min Barre workout and felt so much better afterwards. It’s amazing how much better a workout can make you feel. I wanted to include some progress pictures and then I’ll post the workout at the end. Hope you’ve had a great last month and will continue to follow moving forward!

3 weeks ago

5.5 weeks ago on the left, 3 weeks ago on the right  

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5.5 weeks ago and 3 weeks ago

3 months ago on the left, 1 week ago on the right

3 months ago on the left, 1 week ago on the right

As for the leg workout today…

3 sets:

  • 20 squat to shoulder press with dumbbells
  • 12 lunges/leg
  • 30 shoulder circles forward
  • 30 shoulder circles backward

3 sets:

  • 20 BOSU bridges
  • 12 Deadlift to upright row
  • 45 sec wall sit

30 min barre leg and core workout

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Progress

24 Nov

It has been a long time since I posted any progress pictures so I figured today was as good as any. If for nothing else than to prove I have still been doing some workouts. Not where I want to be but I figure this is the best way to stay accountable 🙂

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Countdown to Summer

2 May

Why hello May, where did you come from? I don’t know where April went but all of a sudden it’s May, which means it’s almost summer! It’s going to be a big summer for us- aside from work, general summer busyness and both our birthdays- we will be going to Italy! I am super excited. I have to admit though, since not being at work because of my back, it’s weird to be thinking about a vacation so soon.

Speaking of my back, I go to my spine doctor Monday so I’m really hoping for some good news. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. In the spirit of optimism I took some progress pictures today hoping that I’ll be able to get back into the gym soon. My legs and back/obliques are where I think I’ve lost the most. Thanks to PT exercises I’ve been able to keep my core strength up but I think it’s also time to tighten up my diet a bit.

ImageImageImageAnd that leads me to May goals…

1. Do at least a 30 min workout 5 days a week (even if it’s PT exercises and flexibility)

2. Get back to baking protein bars and meal prep

What are your May goals? Any big changes you’re trying to make?

Let’s try this again…

8 Jan

Oh hey 2014… sorry I’ve been MIA. I don’t think I’ve ever had as busy a year as we did in 2013. Just since my last post hubby and I bought a house, had both of our families out for the holidays, I’m off orientation at work, we’ve adopted another dog, and I’ve been promoted to only one physical therapy session a week.

Since moving I’ve joined a gym out by the new house and been getting regular workouts in again but with the holidays the diet definitely hasn’t been like it usually is. So, not only is it time to get back on track with the blog but keep an eye out for lots of recipes coming up!

As all the New Years resolution-ers (it’s a word 😉 ) fill up the gym, I thought it appropriate to repost What People Won’t Tell You

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People are (hopefully) always so supportive when you decide to start a new workout routine or diet. It’s usually a chorus of advice of programs that have worked for other people or magazine articles people have seen. Don’t Be That Girl and Don’t Be That Guy covered what not to do as a newbie at the gym but I thought it only fair to give warning to the New Years Resolution-ers(?) that are sticking with it…

1. You will mess up. No ifs, and, or buts… there will be a day where you eat WAY more than you should or indulge a little too much with the wine or… whatever. It happens, it will happen, it will be okay. This is why we have cheat days.

2. Your scale might become your best friend… but it might be your worst enemy. If you’re starting to lift heavy, chances are you’re putting on muscle. Which means you might not always see the weight drop you were expecting right away. Don’t throw away your scale but make sure you’re taking other measurements too (hit up a trainer at your gym to track your body fat). On that note… your weight will fluctuate. The other day I got on the scale and it was way higher than what I was used to seeing. I told hubby knowing he would say something reassuring and checked it again the next morning (I don’t usually check it two days in a row). It was back to an acceptable level.

3. People will try to screw you up. They might not mean to. It’s a simple “oh come on one night won’t kill you” that turns into 4 drinks later and probably some late night munchies that goes beyond what a cheat day should. See number 1.

4. People will say stupid things. “Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get bulky?” (No) “Are you sure you want to do this?” (Yes) “Men don’t like it when girls look masculine” (Thank you?) Etc. Etc. Take it with a grain of salt, they probably aren’t at the gym busting their butt to accomplish a goal.

5. At some point, you will probably hit a plateau. Look into a trainer, look online for a new program, but you need to change something because it indicates that your body has adapted to a routine.

6. Everyone has advice, it doesn’t all work. Most people are very well meaning but be careful who and what you listen to. If it sounds too drastic or too good to be true, it probably won’t work or isn’t actually good for you.

7. Lastly, you will always have problem areas. It’s been said time and time again, we are our harshest critics. Look at the big picture, stick with it.

If you are already into a solid routine these are probably all things you’ve heard multiple times. What other “unexpected” downfalls or issues did you have when you started working out?

Fired Up

29 Oct

My uncle said something this past week when I was in Oklahoma that really rang true for me. It’s going to seem common sense so, bear with me. But if you don’t see the need, finding motivation to workout is darn near impossible. Lately even though I haven’t been as toned as I like, I’ve actually been losing weight and still able to be active and start hiking etc. There wasn’t a physical need for me to prioritize gym time. I guess that’s where my reflection about motivation comes in. I need to remember sometimes that I don’t work out to stay a certain size (though it’s a plus), I workout because I feel so much better and confident about myself when I do. I hate hearing people call me a toothpick or look at my pictures from last year when I was training all the time and ask what happened but it’s not even about that… It’s about making myself proud and doing what I love.  I love working out, I love researching new workouts and trying new recipes and the boost I feel when I am really living clean.

So with the fire lit again, here we go!

Jake Zapata Photography

Jake Zapata Photography

Leg workout from today:

  • 2 sets of 20 lateral squat walks with resistance band
  • 3 sets of 12 hip extensions with ankle weights
  • 1 x 20 lying adductions
  • 2 x 20 squats
  • 3 x 12 lunges/leg
  • 2 x 20 wood-chop sumo squats (Stand with your feet wide apart, toes turned slightly out. Hold the dumbbell or medicine ball with both hands in front of you arms extended. Squat as low as you can and then as you stand swing your arms (keeping them straight) above your head. As you come back into a squat, lower your arms)
  • 1 min plank
  • 45 min walking miss Maia 😉

**I used lighter weights than I used to! Remember when you’re working back into a fitness routine after injury or time off you need to be smart about it so you don’t over train and/or hurt yourself.

And here’s just a couple progress pictures to mark the re-start, the biggest loss has been my abs:

Bicep

Bicep

Front

Front shot

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Great News!

5 Oct

As most of you know, I’ve been rehabbing an ankle injury for over a year now.  Basically for a year I haven’t been able to run or kick-box or any of my other “non gym” workouts and even my gym workouts had been limited. But last night at my re-eval my physical therapist FINALLY moved me down to once a week PT and said I can slowly start adding in old activities to see how the ankle tolerates them including adding in running instead of just jogging on the treadmill.  It’s still going to be a slow process because I can only add in 1/week and I have to keep doing my therapy exercises at home but, she thinks it’s just going to take time for the muscles to readjust to holding the ankle in the proper alignment and the discomfort and pain will continue to gradually go away.

On the down side I still have to go twice a week because they have to work on my core stabilization from an old back injury but, at least that one doesn’t come with limitations and will hopefully provide some relief from a chronic issue. In honor of my progress hubby and I are going to try to find somewhere nearby to go hiking this weekend! Something we haven’t been able to do since our honeymoon (and even then I had to take a tram thing back down the mountain  :-/)

Image I was on night shift the past two weeks so slept in today to catch up on sleep and switch back over to days and then took miss Maia on her walk, I’ve been adding in short spurts of running with her so that was a great way sneak in some cardio and wake up. Today I have my physical therapy exercises, so a mini leg workout, and then a short abs workout.

2 sets of:

  • 1 min plank
  • 1 min side planks (30 sec/side)
  • 20 crunches

3 sets of:

  • 20 Russian Twists/side with medicine ball (you can do this without the ball if you’re at home)
  • 20 reverse crunches
  • 20 toe touches

Treadmills and Triceps

6 Aug

I did it! I ran 5 min without pain!! For those of you who haven’t been following… ever since my ankle injury, this is a big deal. It was at a slow pace on a treadmill and it did irritate it but, that’s huge progress!

Okay, victory dance done… Aside from my 10 min on the treadmill I did triceps and chest today, it had been awhile so I suspect I’ll be hurting tomorrow but it’s a good hurt 😉

Triceps and Chest:

3 sets:

  • 12 Cable Flyes
  • 12 Overhead Tricep Extension
  • 15 Tricep Dips

3 sets:

3 sets:

  • 12 bench press

3 sets:

  • 2 of 12, 1 of 20 tricep rope pull downs

Finished with a gentle 5 min on elliptical and stretching. Have you accomplished any personal goals or PRs lately??

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