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244-223! Has it been almost a month already! Oral Surgery etc..

I can’t believe it’s been so long. Well, I mean, I can, but good gosh. I have lots to catch up on!

Thursday- May 2nd (Day 244)

Ran 4miles

Friday- May 3 (Day 243)

Ran 5miles

Saturday- May 4th (Day 242)

Nothing

Sunday- May 5 (Day 241)

Bench Press (First 3 are warm-up sets)

5×41, 5×47, 3×55 (all are lbs)

-5×61, 5×71 and 14@81lbs

Also remember I am doing Wendler’s Plan. These rep weights are based on a % of my 1 max rep.

Squat– (First 3 are Warm up sets)

5×65, 5×81, 3×95

5×101, 5×121 and 12×135 (I was told I counted wrong here..whatevs..)

Assistives:

EZ Bar Bent Over Rows: 3×12@ 51lbs

Hammers: 3×12@20lbs

Lying Leg Curls: 3×10@50lbs

Monday- May 6th (240)

Wendler Week 2

Press-

5×21, 5×26 and 3×31

3×40, 3×45, 13×50

On Wendler that last set is usually to fatigue  and the rep number depends on what week you are on, just to clear up any confusion.

Assitives:

Shrugs- 3×15@30lbs

Tricep Dips-3×10 BW

Side Bends (obliques) 3×20@ 30lbs

5×20 crunches (damn I hate ab work, BUT I need to REALLY focus on getting this in)

Tuesday- May 7th (Day 239)

Deadlift:

5×71, 5×91, 3×111

3×131, 3×151,8×167 (last set to failure)

Assistives:

Bent Over DB Rows-3×12@ 30lbs

Walking Lunges- 4×10@35lbs

Modified Farmers Walk- 100@35lbs (I count each step as 1)

Wednesday- May 8th (Day 238)

ORAL SURGERY DAY (this consumed days 237-227)

This was miserable and I was miserable. Ain’t no lie.. Suck a mundo..

I knew going in I would have a long recovery and it would not be fun..however, I did not realize how painful it all would be. I also knew going in that I would not be able to work out for up to 10 days. I had to mentally be ok with that. Honestly, considering the pain I was in, I was MENTALLY ok with that. There was no way I could lift heavy at that point!

So from Wednesday May 8-Sunday May 19th. I did nothing but recover. 12 days. It was hard, BUT, I  was not eating nearly enough to even support my daily functions. I got sick and tired of protein shakes and yogurt, and quite honestly, it was easier to NOT eat than it was to eat. Shh, don’t tell anyone, that is really NOT the way to go, but I did and I lost almost 10lbs because of it. YES, YES, YES a lot of it was water, blah blah blah..BUT I also lost some inches. NOT water.

During that time, I found out that I will not be going to the same Unit that my team members from work are going to. HUGE blow to me, which I took extremely hard. Lots of tears were shed and lots of anger stewing in my brain. I will miss my girls terribly and I have to believe that the new transition will be a good one. Thankfully, I had lots of support to help talk me through it. So thankful for my childhood bff. She was my sounding board. The new Unit I will be going to, will certainly be different and honestly, I don’t know how it will all pan out. One day at a time. Next week will be my first week. Wish me luck.

Now, back to it!

Monday- May 20th (Day 226)

I had to do a Re-Start. It was only fair to my body.

Week 1

Press:

5@21lbs, 5@27lbs, and 3@31 lbs

5×35, 5×41, and 5+ x 45lbs (12)

Assitives:

Hammers- 3×8 @20lbs

Bent Over EZ Bar Rows- 3×10@56lbs

Shrugs- 3×15@30lbs

Tricep Dips- 3×15 BW

Tuesday- May 21 (Day 225)

Squat:

5×65, 5×81, 5×91 (I was SUPPOSED to only do 3- apparently I cannot follow directions..and I can’t count)

5×101, 5×121, and 5+ 135 (I did 7) I was REALLY tired today. Can I mention it was 8 hours since I ate last? Can I also mention how stupid I am? Lesson 5 gazillion and ONE not learned yet. Eventually.

Lying Leg Curls: 3×10@50lbs

Modified Farmers: 100@35lbs

Walking Lunges: 3×10 @35lbs

Whew, glad this was over. I was beat. My legs are squash.

Wednesday- May 22nd (Day 224)

No workout planned. However, I figured out that I can do pull-ups on a door. Win. So, okay, don’t laugh. I only did 4×2 of those. Man those are hard to do. A new addition to my Assistives. Love it. I also did 30 push-ups and some ab work. Have I mentioned I hate the ab work? A necessary evil, I’m afraid.

OMG, my legs are SORE. Sitting on the toilet is a real treat.

Thursday- May 23rd (Day 223)

Bench:

5×41, 5×45 and 3×55

5×65 (yea, umm, this should have been 60. I had a real problem with freaking counting today), 5×71 and 5+ x 80. You know how much I did like an idiot (oh and because I can’t count obviously) I did 6×91. I was like..WTF? Why can I only do 6 of these. Well, you idiot, it’s because you did 10lbs more than you should have.  Whatevs..

So I tried something different today and followed a Wendler tip from his book.

More Benches at 40% of my  max- 5×10 @ 40lbs (I actually enjoyed this thoroughly)

Supersetted with:

DB Rows- 5×10 @ 25lbs

EZ Bar Curls- 5×10 @25lbs

Supersetted with:

Tricep Dips- 5×10 (BW of course, at some point I will have to weight these)

Damn, that was a lot to catch up on. Oiy.

So, all in all, I am doing ok. I am moving more towards wanting to build more muscle and lean out more. NO, I am not doing the whole bulk and cut game. I don’t have the personality for that and honestly, I don’t need something else to obsess over in my life. I will probably do a VERY modified version of it all. I am learning so much about it all, and I find that I really enjoy it. So much so, that I may pursue my Personal Training Certification.

I have also signed up for Nutrition Coaching from a very reputable source, However, the wait list is MONTHS long. So, that gives me the chance to save up the money and a chance to continue to learn and absorb all that I can from the site and my own research. I tell you, there really is a lot to learn. I don’t find it work so much, as I do interesting to read. It really captivates me. I have so many issues with food and eating, that I really need someone to steer me in the right direction. I need a good template. I can certainly do one on my own, but I’m constantly second guessing myself, and some of it is confusing. Especially when it comes to getting the right mix of carbs and proteins for muscle growth. WHAT I also learned is that in order to build muscle I have to eat at a surplus. OMG. That will be a tough one, hence the reason I said I would do all that very modified. This all has to be something that I can do for the rest of my life. I also won’t deprive myself. Trying to find that balance for ME is the hardest part of it all.

Today I ate:

Upon waking: 1 waffle with a T of peanut butter and coffee

4hours later: 4 Egg Whites, Oatmeal with cinnamon and strawberries. YES, together in the same bowl. It was good. Indeed.

Workout

PWO- Protein shake with 1/2 water and 1/2 1% skim. 2 cups of popcorn. Perfect mix of carbs and protein. (Don’t want a lot of fat in that post workout)

Portioned out Hamburger Helper with steak fries. YES I SAID PORTIONED OUT. Otherwise this would have blown my calories and macros. Again, I can’t deprive myself right now. It’s within my calories and macros.

I still have planned:

Grilled chicken breast

Some strawberries

Greek Yogurt and YES WINE. (portioned out wine 🙂 5 oz to be exact)

All of this on plan. What I do need to up is my protein. Trial and error.

Whew..that’s enough for tonight! I have chicken waiting for me!

I should be back to blogging more regular.

Oh and next week I add my running back in. Scaled back mileage for awhile. I’m not sure how much exactly yet. Less than 20 I think. With a speed session thrown in once a week. Work in progress people..

 

 

 

 

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261-258

Monday 4/15 (Day 261)

4 mile Run

Day 260

Upright Rows- 5×5 @51lbs

Military Presses- 5×5@20lbs

Bench Press-5×5@65lbs

Hammers (because this is my most favorite exercise) 3×5@25lbs

One Arm DB Rows- 5×5@35lbs

Day 259

Rest.

Day 258

Today was a leg day as well, so it was a pretty long workout. Still tinkering and figuring out good push/pull movements to give me the bang for my buck I’m looking for. Some of these are redundant, BUT, coming from years of split workouts, it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around how some exercises automatically work the smaller muscle groups. I have been learning so many new things regarding weight training my head is spinning! Still trying to find that ground with running AND weight training. Try and try until I get it right!

Deadlifts- 5×5@115lbs

Back Squats-5×5@115lbs (there are some people that think you cannot do these two on the same day- FALSE)

Plie Squats-3×10@35 lbs (I don’t NEED to do these, I just do)

Leg Extensions- 5×5@70lbs (Same with these. I don’t do them often, but every once in a while)

DB Upright Rows (a switch from the ez bar)5×5@25lbs (I find that I can go heavier with the EZ bar than the DB’s)

Bench Press- 5×5@65lbs (I did this at the very, bad move, I need to order my lifts a bit better, the way these are written down are not the order that I do them in)

Tricep Extensions- 5×5@20lbs (Same with these not a need one can easily do a close grip BB press and hit the triceps as well)

Hammers-5×5 @20lbs (again, don’t need these, just love em’)

Military presses 5×5@20lbs (I’m learning to love these as well It’s very important to watch your form on these especially as you go up in weight)

Bent Over EZ Bar Rows- 5×5@51lbs

This took about an hour. I don’t like being in there that long. What I have learned and am continuing to learn is that you really only need a few exercises (push/pull) to really hit ALL your  muscle groups. It’s taking me a while to get out of the split routine mentality. I’m a little stubborn that way. I’m also learning that lifting heavy is NOT a bad thing. It WON’T make me bulk. I need to EAT to feed the muscle. Calories in are still an issue for me, and I think they always will be. I have come from years of restricting because I have believed that you need to restrict to lose, what I did not realize was that I was damaging my metabolism in doing so. Restricting works in the immediate term, but when one wants to lose more one must restrict more. The body was NOT MEANT to live on 12-1500 calories. That is a hard concept to get through ones head in this day and age. I have found that my BMR is around 1300 calories. Can you imagine if I was only eating 1500 calories AND working out?? This is how society lives for the most part the *diet* industry has really fucked with our minds. Eat less! NO! Eat more! Fix that metabolism!

Does that mean eat more crap? NO! Does it mean you can’t eat crap once in a while?! NO! It means make generally healthy food choices and it is MORE THAN FINE to have your treats! Be active, stay active and FEED THAT DAMN BODY!!

I’m still struggling with running, I’m still dealing with fatigue and being tired, which honestly, stems from me still trying to eat the food. I’m still fighting with my sleep and I fear I have some long-term effects from working for the last year plus at night. I’m guessing it will take me awhile to find the happy medium. I still work nights, but I’m down to 2 nights. It still seems to be an issue. Whatever. Eventually I will figure it all out.

Days 278-275! Where Is The Time Going!?

and why am I not figuring out this eating thing. Dammit, it is making me angry. It’s not the figuring out part, it’s the actual eating part, and consistently at that. I seem to be all over with my calories on a day-to-day basis. I rarely get to where I should be. I would say maybe 3 out of 7 days I’m at or slightly above where I should be and the rest of the time I’m way under, like 5-6oo calories under. I seem to struggle the most during the day time, when I’m just not hungry and or busy to stop and eat. I find that I am having a harder time with my weight workout days in the last few sessions. Just feeling fatigued and having a hard time lifting weights, that I had no problem doing the week before. I’m getting them done, but definitely notice a difference. I have got to figure this out. I think somewhere in my brain, I still have this fear of getting heavy/bulky..EVEN THOUGH I KNOW, that is NOT the case. Ugh.

Friday- Day 278- 3/29/13

I did NOTHING. I was too tired from working/sleeping. Not a great day of sleep. Kids were home and I heard them on and off. Bleh.

Saturday- Day 277- 3/30/13

Walked 3.0 miles on the treadmill. (big freaking whoop)

Day 276-3/31/13

Walked 4.0 miles on the treadmill (again, I’m having a hard time being consistent with my running- I have faith that it will come back to me, It’s just frustrating for me right now)

Push-ups- 3×15 (body weight)

Bench Press- 5×5@65lbs

Flies-5×5@20lbs

The hubs worked out alongside me today! It was very nice!! I hope he keeps it up.

Day 275-4/1/13

5.0 mile Run outside! WOOT!

Upright Rows- 3×10@35lbs

Front Raises- 3×8@15lbs

DB Lat Raises- 5×5@15lbs

Bent Over Lat Raises- 3×8@10lbs

Military Presses (standing)-5×5@15lbs

Work tonight(last night, but I’m still here until 7am)

Been having issues with a tooth. Go to the Oral Surgeon next month to have 5 pulled!! OMG! I’m freaking 40 for Pete sake! I can thank genetics for that. Thankfully, you would NEVER tell by looking at me. I have great teeth to look at, but the inside tells another story. I just want them out and get my bridges put in.

Here are some updated pictures. I’ll post them in a bit..

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301 & 300! 65 Days Down!

Work the last two days..tired! Yesterday all I did was a 3.5 mile run. No scheduled weights. I’m just happy that I got out to run, especially after just coming off a 12 hour shift (well I slept, but still). I got to thinking last night about logging exercise or whatever, and it has never really been a thought to consider working (or being on my feet and walking for 9-10 hours a shift) exercise. I mean, is that silly? I’m surely burning calories all night long, my job is by NO stretch sedentary. I’m constantly moving about, in and out of patient rooms, rushing from one spot to the next to do my patient care. Along with that comes, moving patients, pushing beds around, lifting and turning patients..etc..etc.. So, why would I NOT think that really counts? See, I don’t want to be the person that gets completely wrapped about calories and eating, my ONLY goal is to be sure I am eating what I need and eating enough. It still is all really trial and error for me right now, although it is getting better. If I log what I do while I work, it seems that I would or I DO burn between 1200-1500 calories during the course of a shift. That’s a lot. I do pack my lunch and snacks with me, so usually every few hours I am eating something, or I at least try to. People at work probably think I’m nuts, but, I figure I need to keep that metabolism going right? Feeding the furnace?

Got home from work this morning and thought I would be able to sleep good..NO GO. God, I cannot figure out the freaking sleeping thing. I laid in bed until 4pm, and wondered if I would even get a workout in. Well, 2 cups of coffee later and my workout clothing on, I accomplished just that. I certainly was tired, but I plugged along. I felt motivated to get my legs done, normally I don’t like doing my lower body, but lately, I am enjoying doing them. Maybe it is because I am seeing some results finally?

I’m going to jump back to calories for a second (and because I have ADD, you may notice I do that jumping around alot when blogging) I was reading on another site, women talking about eating 12-1400 calories a day trying to lose weight. I don’t understand that. I mean, I do, I used to be one of those people who thought massively restricting calories was the thing to do, every day I learn something new about eating MORE instead of LESS. I think that we really slow our metabolism down by restricting our calorie intake so severely. This is a hard lesson to learn.

Before I move forward, let me say that you do need to get physically fit as well- it’s a marriage of sorts. Ok..that’s that for now.

Plie’ Squats- 3×15 @ 25lbs
SS w/
Leg Extensions- 3×12@ 35lbs (Are these really even worth doing??)

Back Squats- 3×10@58lbs (go heavy or go home? Right? RIGHT? God, I get so nervous going heavy on my legs)
SS w/
Bulgarian Split Squat- 3×10 @15lbs (I’m not so hot to trot on these, but I do them anyway)

Deadlifts- 3×10 @ 58lbs (same with these.)

Farmers Walk- 4×40 @ 20lbs

I walked for 1.75 miles (30minutes) doing some incline work on the deadmill.

I’m tired. I really am. Had a good dinner though 🙂 Rib sticking good!

Now to enjoy my wine and my hubby.

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A little definition? If you squint really hard??

Waiting patiently for her momma to finish!

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Day 303! Bring On Spring!!

My husband says to me-” I did LOTS of yardwork today for my cardio!” Yay him! He truly did, probably about 2 hours spent outside raking and trying to beautify the yard for Spring. I cannot wait to get back out it into the yard. I neglected the last couple years due to work and depression of job layoffs, etc.. I seem to be one that just shuts down, rather than move on and continue forward. My poor gardens feel so neglected at this point. I’m sure they don’t even remember me. I’ll take care of that this spring/summer. I tend to FULLY enjoy myself this year. Get back into our Happy Hours (used to be our most favorite time! The hubs and I pick a drink and then sit out back, bird watch and just talk), my gardening, baseball games and running in warm weather!

No workouts today- this is my 2nd scheduled built in day off. So, I’m fine with resting today. This week I managed to get in 4 runs outside and 1 walk inside on the treadmill Monday and 5 days of weights! Another week down!

Okay, so I mentioned yesterday about caloric intake. I belong to a FB Group and this link was recently posted:

http://www.health-calc.com/diet/energy-expenditure-advanced

Interesting. Very easy to use. Try it. So, it suggests that I have been eating way less than I should. I’m sure if you put your stats in, it will indicate the same. In a world where the focus has always been about LOWERING calories and UPPING your activity, it is hard to wrap my brain around. I have to admit, doing this would almost take some work, as I’m sure my body as gotten used to eating on MUCH less.

My philosophy has always been, EAT. EAT when your hungry, make SENSIBLE food choices and you will never need to eliminate anything from your menus. It’s always about portion control and moderation. I don’t want that half fat, no sugar, low calorie CRAP..give me the real deal, and I will promise to not be a pig about things. Isn’t that what it is all about anyway? Being smart and eating in moderation? Why eliminate?

The other key is PHYSICAL ACTIVITY! Get off your rear ends and do something!! By combining both aspects together, you WILL become the person you want to be physically…mentally as well, if you look good you feel good. Nurture yourself, take care of yourself, be kind to yourself and FEED yourself good clean food. Your body will thank you for it.

312 and 311.

Been sick with a head/ chest cold. Out of commission.

However, starting to feel better. No workouts for the last 3 days. 2 were scheduled days I could use, the 3rd not so much. Ready to get back at it later today!!

Let’s hope for a good nights sleep!!
I have decided I’m not crazy about Fooducate. Found another app. This one tracks all your macro nutrients. Will post about it later!

313 Days and I’ve Got A Cold! Yay Me!

Scheduled day off today, works well for me, since I may or may not have the beginnings of a chest cold. However, I will be honest with my OCD self and say I WANT to work out.

Grocery day today, and because I’m me and I’m weird, I have taken some pictures of my usual staples.

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*Notice the WHEAT BERRIES* First time buying..Have NO idea how to cook them or how they will taste.

 

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Ignore my hideous cabinets. One day we will redid our kitchen..lol

My dinner was this:

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5 oz chicken
2 cups Kale
3.5 oz sweet tator

Chicken had olive oil (measured)
Garlic, salt and pepper

Tator had ICBINB ( measured)

I won’t always measure, just need to refigure out my portion sizes.

I will post a full menu tomorrow. Trying to eat on my nights I work will prove to be tricky. Or how to eat is more like it. Ummm.. I don’t need to tell y’all, that I will have to figure my wine into this equation as well. Heh.

The newest issue of Oxygen. To me, these are healthy and awesome looking girls! What I aspire to look like.

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317 and 318.

Yesterday was a wash. No, I’m not upset about it, it was day two off out of a scheduled 2 days off a week anyhow. Logan competed last night and I worked, so between sleeping and getting up to go, I was not going to force a workout in. Fine enough.

Long night as we did not get back home until midnight last night. Slept good with a little help from my friend Benadryl and did not wake up until 1pm today. Yikes. I mean, It was not interrupted sleep, but when I did, it was solid. No complaints. Shocking right?

I only needed to do my back today.

Bent over Dumbell Row-4×15 @ 15lbs

45 degree Ez Bar Row-4×15 @ 25lbs (upped weight)

Single Arm Dumbell Row-3×12 @ 30lbs (upped weight)

45 Degree Prone Dumbell Row-4×10 @15 (new exercise, lower reps for now)

10 miles on the bike trainer @ 26:46

2.5 mile run on the mill @9:22 pace and then a mile walk/slug whatever.

Fair workout. I just don’t ever feel like I work my back when I am done. Why is that? Am I needing to go higher yet? I’ll see how I feel tomorrow after I upped some of them.

My eating yesterday was horrid again.

Today so far I have eaten 1.5 fat cookies and a few bites of a protein bar. A few slugs of Muscle Milk- GROSS. I even tried the strawberry Cream. It just has such a horrible bitter after taste. I am having steak, quinoa and broccoli raab for dinner though 🙂 . That has all I have eaten today. Bad. Bad. Bad.

Here are some pictures of my little home gym set-up in the basement. If I can do it with what I have then so can you!!
I also have a treadmill and bike.

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