Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Little bit of this & that..

Sometimes I feel really crummy when it comes to "fitness" and my rants and raves about how good it is for you ...because as much as I LOVE the gym, working out, and being healthy... I still succumb to my lazyness and poor snack cravings!! Does that make me a hypocrite?


Today I squeezed in a short workout at home that got me sweating like no other:
40 JJ
15 squats holding a 20lb dumbbell
20 lunges holding a 20lb dumbbell
40 mountain climbers
5 burpees with jumps
50 bicycle crunches
40 second superman (I had to look this one up!)
10 pushups
40 high knees
20 vertical leg crunches
40 sec plank (killer after leg crunches!)
40 mountain climbers
20 squats holding a 20lb dumbbell

The other day I was running short on gym time. By the time I got there and was ready to go, I had 37 minutes to get in a workout. I managed to run a quick 2 miles and speed walk 1.3 miles at 12.0 incline on the treadmill all while burning a good 450 calories or so! It was refreshing to get my run on, its been a while since I have full out ran. I hate winter for that reason, just not a huge fan lately of running on the treadmil, but spring is just around the corner and I can NOT wait...not one little bit! :)

Side note: I went house hunting yesterday for the first time! Let me just say, pictures online do not do any justice. By that I mean, the houses were much worse in person than online! Blah! I may have found one I like, but it is a true fixer upper, as in the entire house needs fixing. Good thing I have John and Nita to help me...their creative minds are probably more excited about a fixer upper than this girl. If you know me, you know fixing/paining/remodeling just aren't my thing! But secretly, I am excited to have my own home that I get to design/decorate etc!

--a creative mess is better than a tidy idelness

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sore is the feeling of success!

A little bit off track on my last post, but back to the fitness...

I. am. so. sore.

I had a session with my trainer the other day, she asked what I wanted to do. I said to teach me something new. FYI I am very weak so to some of you, my workout would be a cake walk! But I will get there...

I did 3 sets of a variety of exercises including 50 lb squats, 45 lb clean/press, 10 lb dumbell squat rows, weighted reverse crunches, 5 min run, push ups, burpees, high knees/butt kicks, 10 min spin...and a few more. It seems so easy but I was shaking by the end and am still sore 2 days later.

Last weekend I got in a good workout I came up with my own including lat pulldowns, leg press, mid row pull, russian twists, assisted pullups/dips, ball crunches, shoulder press, and a few others...not as intense as my most recent workout but a good one!

I see and feel a strong difference in my quads! LOVE it!

I may not get to the gym everyday, but I do make every workout count!

As my trainer said
--you gotta make the time

Friday, February 8, 2013

Shit just got real... real that I am kind of FREAKING OUT! I just got a call from my recruiter, basically saying that I can no longer go active duty army due to them removing my job from the list. BLAH! This kind of sucks, because that was my plan. That was how I was going to make a living to support Briahna and I! I am about to legally become single and I don't want to be that mom who has to work 2 or more jobs just to stay above water! Today feels like one step forward, and two steps back.

I know things will get better and I know that I WILL make it through this and come out on top, but can be over now.

Fitness related: Working 12 hour nights messes with my body more than you can imagine! The moment I stop moving, my eyes are shut! Looking for some natural energy to keep me alert and motivated! Help!! That being said, I haven't burned too many calories in the last 2 days and I am about to work another 3 day overnight weekend...monday is going to be hell I am sure of it!

But...I will breath....and I will get through it...just like I get through everything even if I struggle my way through every minute of it.

Time to take a nap, eat some breakfast, and figure out what's next...

--fall seven times, stand up eight.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Continue the challenge!

I am on day 6 of my ab/squat challenge! Yesteray's workout has left me quite sore! I did my challenge exercises as well as added in a few others to get my sweat on!

91 unweighted squats
51 situps
30 jumping jacks
30 mountain climbers
25 bicycles
10 ab wheel rolls
40 second plank x 2
I also did some arm training just using a 5lb and 20lb weight dumbbell. Not much but I did enough reps til it hurt!

I even made it to the gym for a slow paced 5K (3.1 miles) on the treadmil and 10 minutes on the rower at the highest resistance.

I am up to 95 squats for my challenge. To some people it seems like nothing, but I can already feel a difference in the muscles in my legs! :) They also have benefited in my running. I hadn't ran for quite a while and I ran those 3.1 miles as if I hadn't taken a break from running!

Aside from keeping up with my challenge, I am about to face another! I just turned in my papers to go active duty Army!!! I am so excited, yet nervous as hell! It's going to be a challenging life change that I am so looking forward to!

--the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.