Workin Out

I don’t know what it is lately but I’m motivated. Motivated in the gym and out but I’ve really been working hard in every aspect of my life. I feel really good physically and as I’m shedding my incessant vacation weight, I’m focusing on my strength and using the extra LBs to my advantage.

It could partly be due to the fact that I’ve had some kick ass workouts fueled by this baby

But can you blame me at 5am? I need a little umph sometimes and this definitely does it.

I’ve also really been focusing on changing up my routine. As I’m studying to renew a cert,  I’ve found a new love for fitness and MY ability to sculpt and create the body I want. I’m continuously fascinated by the science that goes be behind it all.

This mornings workout looked like this –

30 minute on stairs followed by 10 minute intervals on the bike. I was sprinting after the stairs for a while but I’m really trying to give the hip flexor and knee a break. The bike is actually a really great workout when you put the energy into it.

I followed that with a Chest/Shoulder workout

4×12 incline dumbbell press -  abs in between each set

4.x12 one arm cable flys

3×10 dumbell shoulder press – Dumbbell squats in between sets

3×10 arnold press

I don’t actually know the name of the next exercise I did for shoulders. I take 2 dumbells and starts with my palms facing ou, in front of my boady and move them, completely straight, all the way over my head. I’m sure this has a name – I just don’t know it! Feel free to fill me in.

I did a dropset with these as I started with heavy weight but my shoulders were on fire so I continued with lighter. Love this exercise!

3×10 unassisted cable shoulder press

3×10 front cable raises

Now it’s off to work I go. Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

Everest challenge & trainer for a day

Months ago I participated in a really cool contest at my local FFC gym. You basically log all of your miles and workouts for a few month and they translate into miles hiked up Mt. Everest. It was all in support of someone actually taking on that challenge. Anyway, I WON! If anyone is up for a challenge It’s me, and we all know I can log those miles either way –  why not win prizes for it.

I received 2 personal training sessions which is pretty cool because It’s always fun to be challenged by someone – We all need to be pushed sometimes and pushed, I was.

This morning before we met to train I did 30 minutes of cycling. I’ve been doing the stairs and running a bit but my hip flexor is bothering me a little bit and I want to give it a rest. So I did some intervals and hills on the bike which felt really good.

Our session consisted of 12 different circuits that we ran through  3 times. Every exercise consisted of 12 reps-

Pull ups

Sit down – stand up – barbell twist

Cable chest flies

Cable chopper

Step up with barbell

Leg lifts holding barbell – abs

Squat cable twist

Press down

Side plank cable row

Triceps extensions

Barbell walkers – squatting low to the ground and taking 12 steps in each direction

Sumo squat concentration curls

It was a fabulous workout. All different than my normal routine and I’m super stoked to incorporate some of them into mine. We met prior to this session and did a whole workout on the TRX ropes which was great but it was really funny – apparently I’m much more coordinated in regards to weights than the ropes. Guess I had him a little worried there….new challenge to tackle!

Vaca

I’m back!

Vacation was an absolute blast. My 29th birthday was one I’ll remember forever. Florida (the guy AND the state) was such a fantastic time – hot as **** but heaven. We took total advantage of being on vacation and made it our time to completely relax.
We have a sort of “tradition” if you will; every time he picks me up from the airport we drive straight to a beach, walk along the water and watch the sunset. This time we were really lucky. We stopped in Anna Maria and almost immediately after stepping onto the sand we witnessed a bunch of baby turtles hatching and traveling out into the ocean for the first time.
It was actually a pretty magical experience to witness – it set the tone for an equally magical vacation.
The 1st few nights we spent at his parents house which was amazing. I woke up the 1st morning as a newly 29 year old (OY) His mother and I were spoiled with a 4 course breakfast made with my eating habits and likes in mind -
Grapefruit Brule
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Asparagus and Poached Eggs with a dash of Saracha
Last but certainly not least – Green Drink
It was amazing!
More to come in future posts about our time in Siesta Key.
As far as workouts and food – I took this time as a complete vacation. I didn’t workout, I ate what I wanted, I drank and I enjoyed it all so much. Now I’m back to reality and with a knee that’s feeling a lot better and a body that has clearly been on vaca, this girl is kicking her own but and back at it.
This whole week I started my mornings with either stairs or the bike for 30-35 minutes followed by weights. To end my days I either did a yoga class or 45 minutes of reading on the bike just to get myself moving a little after sitting all day at work.
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Do you ever feel like there’s a big change that’s about to be made in your life but you’re not aware of what it is yet? I feel it. It’’s coming….I guess I’ll have to wait and see what it is.

Buh Bye 20s

Welp, the sun is setting on my 20s and I’ll be honest – I’ve joked for many years about not wanting to get older, but really, I didn’t mind too much. This year however, I’m getting a little weirded out by the fact that this will be my last year in my 20s. I know I know, 30 isn’t old – Not even close. I just haven’t accomplished everything I thought I would by this time in my life. I’m actually so far from where I “thought” I’d be, if I had any idea at all.

Let’s see…

When I was in my teens I had this vision; I’d meet the man of my dreams at a young age and get married by 23-ish. Young? Yes. But we’d have years of just the two of us – Traveling, exploring the world and each other. Then, around 26 or 27 we’d start having a family. I wanted to be a young mother and thought this to be the perfect age to start having kids, it gave me plenty of time to create the massive family I was envisioning.

HA!

Now, I’m about to be 29. I’m not married and my priorities have changed a bit. Yes, I want the romance and love but the marriage and family aren’t necessarily the top of the list anymore. I want to be successful, healthy, happy, independent, well traveled and would absolutely adore sharing the man of my dreams, but It’s all about where life takes me. I actually feel really lucky that I didn’t meet him at such a young age because then maybe I wouldn’t have become who I am today.

When I think about the person I was at 23 and the person I am now…..oh boy have I changed! I’m so fortunate to have had these years to grow and learn – I feel so much more confident in who I am and who I want to be with. Life is a constant journey and it’s really interesting to look back at how I got here…

From beach girl to city girl. San Diego to Chicago. Single to Florida…. ;)

This all happened for a reason.

But I digress.

The purpose of this post was actually to highlight my LAST year in my 20’s. What I would really love to do is make a list – a list of things I’d like to accomplish or experience this last year. There’s nothing wrong with 30 at all! But for me, I think it’d be pretty rad to give myself some motivation to do some things I either haven’t gotten to or never thought of doing. A bucket list, if you will, for my 20s.

Now, where to begin….

OH, and can’t forget to post for Sweaty Monday

Sweaty Friday and Some Inspiration

Happy Saturday!

I woke up this morning feeling a little lethargic physically yet completely inspired mentally and emotionally.
I think sometimes I have a hard time identifying the 2. I push myself pretty hard physically, always. Whether I’m taking it easy or not – I’m usually still more active and intense than many on most days.
So it’s normal for me to feel a little tired and run down. It’s my body asking me to rest a little and this morning, I obliged.
After a sweaty Friday…
I think a relaxing yoga class will be just what I need. I actually headed out to the gym this morning in hopes of doing a little cardio, then some work and back for yoga. I made it to the gym and got on the stairs; did about 10 minutes of intervals and I was done – I’m just not there and that’s OK.
However, yesterday was another story. I did 30 minutes of intervals on the stairs followed by a great chest/shoulder workout that looked like this -
4×12 dumbbell chest press
4×12 incline chest press
4×12 seated cable flies
In between each set I did a series of ab workouts that looked like this -
20 knee tuck crunches
20 russian twists with 10# dummbell
plank
side planks
Mixed all of these throughout to keep my heart rate up.
Back to my feeling inspired….
I am! Call it struggle, call it positive and happy influences in my life – whatever it is, it’s lighting a fire under me to take control and live the life I love. We all have setbacks; some harder, longer and more difficult to overcome than others, but that doesn’t mean we forget and it doesn’t mean we give up. We deal with what life and ourselves hand us and figure out how it can make us stronger. We learn from mistakes, grow from every experience – I’m the person I am today for many reasons and some of them were not always pleasant. Some of them were straight up hard! But I’m here with a kind heart and a soul on fire, ready to continue enjoying this precious and amazing life.  I want to continue to surround myself with positive/kind energy and constant motivation.
So that’s what I’ll do…