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Day 121!

I know, I know..last time I blogged I was at day 190something or thereabouts! Yes, I am still going strong, and getting more and more motivated as the days pass me. I am still working out in my home set up, but have had to move some of my workouts to the gym down the road. Some of my weights have gotten heavy to the point, that what I have at home are not supporting me AND, I have moved to a Smith Machine for my squats. Which I personally feel more comfortable with. I’ll be honest here and say that I was starting to get in my own head, once my weight started to climb up. I stalled at 165, why? I was scared. Honestly scared, you know the scared I am talking about. The scared where I thought about having to do them HOURS before my workout time..maybe even days. Crazy right? NO. I feel this is perfectly normal when you are lifting heavy. However, in my case it was effecting my ability to do them properly, when In my heart I KNOW I can do them. I have some STRONG legs on me and the only thing that was stopping me was ME. I’ll tell you a little secret, It was so bad that I was shaking continuously throughout the workout. Who puts themselves through that?? Someone like me who is dedicated and strong willed. I cannot let this beat me. I just can’t. I will work this through until I can get PAST 165.

The other thing you may be wondering is WHY ON EARTH would a GIRL want to lift that heavy. I ask you, WHY NOT? Why not test your limits? Lifting heavy will NOT, I repeat WILL NOT make you big and bulky and manly. Let’s just talk about this for a second. Manly. Yes, there are some women out there AS WELL AS men who think that women who lift heavy and have MUSCLES are manly. Dude. Really? Do you know the amount of time (psst..YEARS)it would take to get THAT big, let alone the DRUGS that are involved with getting that big? Okay, Okay, before all you natty people out there get your feathers fluffed, there ARE NATURAL bodybuilders out there who are big because they worked their asses off. No need to shoot me nasty messages or comments. However, we all know, including YOU that natty is NOT the norm in the industry. Anyway, I digress. To the women out there, you WILL NOT GET BIG and huge and manly. You will get FIT, awesome muscle tone and a great ass. Who doesn’t want that? HOWEVER, you do know that NUTRITION plays a VITAL role in all of the above. You cannot get to grandma’s house with NO gas in the car. Over the last couple months I have done my due diligence with learning and learning some more about the eating component of all this. Not just lifting, but eating in general and what I have found out is that I really love learning about it. I’m a food nerd. I love reading about it, I love learning about it and lest we not forget the fact that I LOVE to eat it.

Going forward I will be talking about food, calories, macros and fitness. I will continue to talk about my journey and where I am going still, but I want to broaden things a bit to try and help others understand all the components of successful weight loss, keeping it off, GAINING weight as well as maintaining. So much to talk about..I’m excited! Are you?

Anyway, back to me. I am still doing Wendler’s and I am currently getting ready to start Cycle 5 next week (I’m deloading this week). I may do one more cycle and then focus more on specific things, since I have plans for myself..(shhhhh)..I actually have started adding in some new things, such as Hacks Squats, Sumo Deadlifts, Leg Press, Seated Cable Rows, and Lat pull downs. The gym was a little intimidating at first, since I’m used to doing things on my own in the privacy of my own home, but thankfully the gym I go to is small (but has all the equipment I could ever need) and quiet (think Senior Citizen) which is great, because I don’t need to wait forever to use equipment and have to compete with people standing around yapping while I am trying to get my workout in. Which leads me to, people, you go to the gym to workout, you go to the bar or wherever else you young people go to socialize. Those of us who want to get in and get out, don’t and can’t be bothered with those of you texting in between sets WHILE you are sitting on the piece of equipment that others want to use, or just plain standing in the way. Get your shit done and move along…kthanksbye.

My eating has been more on point than ever, and although there was some initial weight gain that came along with fixing my metabolism, that has since dropped back off. I am now in the process of trying to find my gaining point. I am happy thus far to know that my calories are MUCH higher than they once were, when I would gain. YAY, for fixing my body! Eat more. It’s that simple. Not all at once of course, but you CAN train your body to take in more calories AND lose weight. It’s a process and it takes time and patience, but it can be done. I no longer believe that people are carb intolerant, I do believe that WE make ourselves that way by the constant restricting and binging that we do. If you don’t believe me, please head on over to Layne Norton on Youtube. Take a listen for yourself. Educate yourself. Learn, read and then learn some more about how our bodies are supposed to work. I have to put in my little disclaimer, I am not referring to ANYONE who has a true medical disorder, or someone who is gluten intolerant OR ANY OF THOSE OTHER ISSUES. I am merely speaking of the commoner like myself who has NO issues with food, but was led to believe for many, many years that low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, low calories was the way to go. It’s time to get up, be smart and educate yourselves. It Is my hope that I can help you along the way.

Anyway, all of the information I talk about here is coming from my own research (as I am NOT a licensed professional-YET). Just like anything else, do your own homework and proceed with caution if you are medically able to. If not, please take the advice of your Doctor before you try anything new.

Until next time..ttfn

PS, you will NEVER hear me talk about what you CAN’T eat. NEVER. That is NOT my philosophy. It’s not what I believe in, therefore, I will not condone it. Eat what you like. This is a lifestyle that needs to be a reality and one that you can keep on a day to day basis.

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Days 198 and 197..

Yesterday was a rest day, I worked and did not drag my butt out of bed until almost 4pm! Then of course, we had a softball game to attend, so I had to hustle hustle! Tried to get to bed at a reasonable time, but lately it’s never before midnight, and this morning I had to get up to take the kid to the gym for 9am.

Today: Day 197

Ran 3.5 miles- more like slog, but I got out there and got it done.

Main Lift: Squat

Warm-up- 5×65, 5×85, 3×101

Actual- 5×110, 5×125, 5+x141 (8) I probably could have eaked out 1 or 2 more, but Wendler is pretty consistent with saying don’t take It to failure. So I take it to where I’m definitely tired, but if I had a gun to my head, I could do 1 or 2 more. HA!

Then:

5×10@85lbs

Lying Leg Curls- 3×10@45lbs

Standing Military Presses-3×8@20 (Dumbells)

Plie’ Squats-3×10@30lbs

I was beat. My legs were like WTF lady!! I will try walking lunges again on my deadlift day in a few days.

I’m tired and I’m beat. I really am. Tomorrow will be another off day, I *think*… it will only be Wednesday and I only have two more lifting days to get in this week. I can spread them out. Maybe I will walk, definitely no run. I think I will try, TRY to get back 3 running days into my schedule, 2 will be before my leg workouts and one more will be sprinkled in somewhere. Why run on a leg day? Well, because it will maximize my leg day, and It won’t over tax them. Say I chose to do my runs on NON leg days, it would be like my legs are getting NO rest at all. Upper, Run, Legs, Run, Upper, Run, Legs, Run. I’m going at it 7 days a week at that rate. I need at least 2 complete rest days in there with NOTHING going on. I asked around as well, and that seemed to be the consensus. Well, the consensus was actually that I did not NEED to do cardio at all, or if I wanted to, do very little and make it HIIT, so I lose no muscle mass. I think it’s safe to say that I’m the kind of gal that needs a little cardio in her life.

 

So this is the problem I run into. I lose all my weight up top FIRST..then it comes off the bottom. NO, I’m not holding this in! How do I washboard this? Crunches. I HATE crunches. YUCK. Why can’t crunches and ab work be fun?!

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292, 291 & Day 290! Whew..

It’s been a busy last few days with work, but I’m off now until Monday and THEN..I’m down to just 24 hours a week! I have been spending a lot of time learning about various different lifting techniques and incorporating some new stuff into my workouts here and there. I may post some of the stuff I write in the form of a question, but for the most part,  I know what it is that I’m doing, how it’s gets done and what I want out of a particular exercise. There are so many various schools of thoughts on fitness, how one should achieve maximum fitness,how one should work out,how heavy one should or should not lift and where cardio fits in. I say read a lot, learn a lot and then do what you feel is best for you. There is no perfect cookie cutter way of getting fit, just so long as you are seeing progress and feeling good!

I personally, don’t like the bulky look and I realize that a lot of women do. That’s fine, but this is my blog, my writing and my opinion. So you may read some stuff that I may post and want to get defensive or defend your beliefs against mine, and that’s fine. Just so long as YOU know that these are MY thoughts. So yes, I think some women get too bulky and end up looking like dudes. There I said it. There is NOTHING wrong with a strong powerful woman! Nothing! I just don’t prefer to be powerful AND LOOK like a dude. I still want the feminitity about me. What I do know is that it does take a LOT to get big and bulky, so one should not be afraid to lift heavier than what your used to. I am slowly upping my weights accordingly to get the desired results I’m looking for. I tend to be a little OCD, so I just need to be careful that this does not consume my life. What I like about only lifting 5 days a week is that it does not give me the opportunity to get so overy involved in it all. It allows me to find the balance between exercise, family, work and the rest of my life. I won’t spend hours at a time working out and I certainly won’t obsess over a missed workout.  I tend to get whatever workout I have planned for a day done in about 20-30 minutes. I get the job done. My running/cardio is probably what takes the most time, but that is fine, because I secretly still try to put the running first. There are people who feel that if your not lifting for at least xx amount of time, you’re doing something wrong, OR you’re not working out hard enough. Bullshit. Seriously. Bullshit.

Anyway..

Day 292

Upright Rows- 3×12@34lbs

SS W/

DB Front Raises (Singles) 3×10@ 15lbs

DB Lat Raises- 3×8@12lbs

SS W/

Bent Over Lat Raises- 3×12@8lbs

Ran 3 miles.

Day 291

REST DAY

Day 290

Woke up and Ran 5 miles

Leg Extensions- 5×5@55lbs

SS W/

Back Squats- 5×5 @60lbs

Modified Pistol Squats (YO! These are hard! It will take me awhile to get to a full pistol)- 5×5 BW (used a chair for the modification)

SS W/

Front Squats (I don’t like these, it’s hard to go heavy with these, definately need a clean grip hold)- 5×5@60lbs

Donkey Squats- 4×15 BW

SS W/

Deadlifts- 5×5@60lbs

Farmers- 4×20@ 25lbs (40 in a row, rest, then 40 in a row)

Oh, my youngest has his State Meet tonight. UGH..I am so very VERY nervous. I can’t even take it.  Sierra performed today as well, she is just so beautiful and elegant. I love watching her!

Meet the Pistol Squat..

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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