H2… Hiatus

Before: Freezing my butt off.

Before: Freezing my butt off.

Ok guys. Sorry for the hiatus. I had every intention of keeping up with things even through exam weeks, but I just had to put everything on hold and focus on the essentials… and no, working out didn’t even make the cut. I lost weight… here’s my latest stats, but I’m kind of worried it’s more from muscle atrophy then anything else.

Measurements (cm)
Hip: 91 (-1.0)
Waist:74 (+2.0)
Quad: 52.5 (+2.0)
Calf: 32 (-1.0)
Bicep: 27 (+0.5)

Total Measurement Change since last week: +2.5 cm (Ugh at least my biceps and quads got bigger)

Weight: 139.4lbs (-2.4 from last time)

But who cares!? The first semester of nursing school is over (with good grades TAH BOOT!)! And during all the craziness of those last 2 weeks of the semester, I got a new job! I will be working as a unit secretary (mostly night shift) in the ER at RCH. I couldn’t be happier 🙂

Besides studying and drinking copious amounts of tea and coffee, I did make time for 2 races (Color Me Rad, and Rugged Maniac) AND a day at Kings Dominion – I got season passes for my man’s birthday.

After: Can't wait to shower!

After: Can’t wait to shower!

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Measurement Monday

Measurements (cm)
Hip: 92 (+1.0)
Waist:72 (-1.0)
Quad: 50.5 (-2.0)
Calf: 33 (+1.0)
Bicep: 26.5 (-1.5)

Total Measurement Change since last week: -2.5 cm

Weight: 141.8 lbs (-1.0 from last time)

I’m not complaining! I’m moving in the right direction… If you want some good motivation, check out Oxygen Mag’s “About You: Future of Fitness” section (towards the end of the magazine). It’s great to get a good idea of just how much women can vary in weight even if they are the exact same height, and all these women look amazing! Definitely look here if you are starting to try and figure out what your realistic ideal is.

As I have said before, I would love to look like this…

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But it need to be on my terms, and realistic. I have way too much going on in my life to focus entirely on severe lifestyle changes. And more importantly I want these changes to stick! No backwards momentum over here! This needs to be a fun, but challenging journey. We all have way too much stress in our lives to add more by endlessly critiquing our bodies. The goal is to find that happy balance, where you aren’t going to mug a kid for their candy.

I’m not going to include my workouts just yet. I’m going to start having a separate post for those. So take those measurements and start using them to motivate you through the week. Happy Monday!

Measurement Monday

Pink Laces from Sweat Pink!!

Pink Laces from Sweat Pink!!

Measurements (cm)
Hip: 91 (-1.5)
Waist:73 (-2.2)
Quad: 52.5 (-0.3)
Calf: 32 (-1.1)
Bicep: 28 (same)

Weight: 142.8 lbs (-2.2 from last time)

Wow. I’m kind of surprised that my numbers have dropped… I’ve been feeling so fat and icky lately! But I’m not complaining. I have stuck with my cardio and it is even starting to pay off, as well as trying to be diligent with my splits. Weight training has been the hardest part, not that I’m not doing it, I’m kicking butt at it – But sticking with my spits when I teach so many classes is kind of hard, it’s just so easy to stick with full body workouts.

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New Sneaks! My Asics have been great for running, but all the jumping around have been killing my knees… and these have been much much better!

Here are my splits: Bicep+Back, Tricep+Chest, Core+,Shoulders, Legs(Quad emphasis), Legs(Booty emphasis)

I started out doing my upper body days together (week before last), and it was just too much. I HURT! So last week I alternated as follows:

Sunday: TRX 45, Legs and Plyo for legs
Monday:Back+Shoulders
Tuesday:3 mile run with Mom
Wednesday: TRX 45, Bicep+Back, and Circuits (3 min cardio and 1 min strength – 45 min total)AM then 1.5 mile run afternoon
Thursday: Nada (School all day)
Friday: TRX 45 + 1 hour BodyPump
Saturday: 3 mile run w/ Mom
Sunday: Cardio (30 min elliptical), Chest+Triceps

As you can see, I don’t have abs written in there at all. I know my issue is not core strength, but diet when it comes to abs. Plus I hit the abs pretty hard when I teach TRX.

When the stars allign

Sometimes the stars just align, and when this happens its best not to ask why, but to just enjoy it. This past weekend was no exception. The past few months have been rough, but moving closer to family has really helped our morale, and through all the craziness, Clarke and my relationship has only gotten better.

And crazy just doesn’t quite cut it. Having all our stuff crammed in too small of a house with his mother who has been sick and is one bad life event away from becoming a hoarder has not been easy. We both have demanding lives – school, work, you name it, and being a caregiver definitely doesn’t ease the stress, but as I said in a previous post, things are coming together, and this weekend we were truly blessed with not only improvement with his mother’s attitude (we’ll see how long that lasts), and new neighbors bringing new blessings.

Saturday morning was looking to be another crazy day as usual. Clarke had to go on a sales call Saturday morning, and I stayed home to work on homework and begin the unpacking process. I noticed he was taking longer than expected and looked out the window to see him talking to our new neighbors, so I went back to work. Not 5 minutes later he came in to give the neighbor and his father a tour…

Then the neighbors father bought our stuff! Great deal both ways, so our 2 couches are sold along with our coffee and end tables! There went our clutter – a wonderful stroke of luck! Then we went to swim, what a lovely Saturday!

Sunday (Easter) Such a yucky rainy day. We went to the old house to check on things before the month was over and the buyer moved in, but the buyer was there, and …

I know him.

Nicest. Guy. Ever.

And he was tore up that, yes he got a house with his girlfriend better than he ever thought they could afford, but that poor person that had to short sell… We couldn’t be happier! It was a win win all the way around, and it was great to give the new owners our blessings and to finally wipe our hand of the house for once and for all!

Workout 3/27

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Sometimes you just gotta know when to say NO. Today is the first day I can truly say I feel like a burnt out nursing student. I woke up late (4:30 AM) and went to teach my TRX class. Normally I workout more afterwards, but I just needed a day of R&R. I’ve been going hard so I went to my parents house to work on school work, then after a nice home-cooked meal I’m gonna go home and have a long shower. Since I’m feel burnt out and my shoulder is acting up today (shoulder and abs split) I’m just going to focus on learning those tracks from the new Body Pump release.

Moral of the story. Just listen to your body. Don’t let one off day be your excuse to be a bum, but know when to tone it back a bit. This is a marathon not a sprint, and we want to develop a gorgeous well oiled machine, not a used and abused piece of equipment.

But on the plus side… I just got my #SweatPink swag! I can’t wait to don this baby for Rugged Maniac on May 4th… and did you guys hear????

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In RVA on August 24th! I can’t wait! This and a giant tomato fight!

Measurement Monday

Hey guys! Welcome to week 2 of Measurement Monday Tuesday! This has been a crazy week to say the least, not only is spring break over, but Clark had a big work conference we had to go to and I have projects due next week… and …. drum role please…. Our short sale went through!!! We can now officially move without my man having to bring $50,000+ to the table.

Here’s the view from our room at the Omni provided by Lyon Conklin.

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Workouts

Monday: 3 mile interval run on treadmill with mom AM + Shoulders and Back
Tuesday: Early AM 30 min Body Pump + 30 min Body Combat followed by Biceps and Triceps
Wednesday: TRX 45 and 1 Tough Mudder Workout (Below)
Thursday: Rest Day – 5 mile walk with the Man
Friday: AM TRX 45 + Body Pump
Saturday: Nada… Except Lifting Furniture
Sunday: 15 minute Stair Master Warm-Up, Chest and Triceps (30 minutes), Eliptical 3.4 miles in 30 min. TRX 45

Measurements (cm)
Hip: 92.5 (-0.7)
Waist:75.2 (+0.2)
Quad: 52.8 (+0.8)
Calf: 33.1 (+0.4)
Bicep: 28 (same)

Weight: 145 lbs (+0.2 from last week)

So not too shabby. I have been majorly upping my weight training, so I’m really hoping any gains were in muscle and not fat, but only time will tell. My muscles are sore that’s for sure!

 

Mastering the “Man Salad”

What is a Man Salad you ask? It’s a salad that if a man were to eat it in front of his bros he wouldn’t get any grief about it. A man salad has nearly half your daily caloric and nutritional requirements in one glorious bowl. Most importantly, the man salad is the key to unlocking your ability to enjoy meals dominated by vegetables.

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Not everyone’s man salad is the same… I recommend going out to eat and trying a variety of unhealthy and delicious salads (not too frequently – show some control) to find the right match for you. Something you enjoy eating and will be excited about the prospect of recreating.

Hopefully you have already mastered breakfast (mine is a tad over 200 calories), and are now ready to start tackling other meals. This is the perfect place to start. I go to Sam’s and get a bunch of romaine and use that as my base. Mix in other greens (think about eventually making the ration of mixed greens/baby spinach to romaine 2:1, but for now enjoy the romaine… NO ICEBERG LETTUCE! I also love to get green peppers and red, yellow, and orange peppers in bulk, then I chop them up ahead of time to use in salads and omelets. I also add in the chicken I make in bulk and chop it up… YUM!

Disclaimer: Remember the Man Salad is the first step. The objective here is to begin enjoying vegetables. After this is accomplished slowly start to decrease the amount of things such as cheese, croutons, dressing, etc. and shrinking the total size of the salad. This is a process – enjoy it!

Measurement Monday + Workouts

Hey guys! So on with Measurement Monday. Last week was absolutely wonderful. I can honestly say it has been the first spring break I have ever had with NO homework assignments. Even though I didn’t spend my time much differently, except that on Tuesdays and Thursdays I spent the day at my parents leisurely studying for my Nursing classes. My workouts even remained the same, but maybe a little longer.

Monday: 3 mile run/walk with mom in the early AM and evening 5 mile walk with the man
Tuesday: Early AM 30 min Body Pump + 30 min Body Combat. Followed by 30 minute intervals on the treadmill with mom and then Weights for Back and Shoulders
Wednesday: TRX 45 and 1 hour Synergy 360 (video below)
Thursday: Rest Day – 5 mile walk with the Man
Friday: AM TRX 45 + Body Pump, evening 6 mile walk with the man 1:45
Saturday: Nada
Sunday: Bis, Tris, Shoulders, 30 minute StairMaster, TRX 45

Measurements (cm)
Hip: 93.2
Waist:75
Quad: 52
Calf: 32.7
Bicep: 28

Weight: 144.8 lbs

I’m pretty happy with everything. I kind of blew eating well on Friday because Fresh Market had a sale on cookies… but other than that, not too bad. This week I want to start upping my cardio (Ugh), and trying to get back to a specific split for lifting. I’ve kind of been all over the place since I started working out with other people and I need to find my routine again.

What was I thinking??

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Alright guys… I’m gonna come clean here. I failed the 21-Day Challenge. I couldn’t make it 3 days without wanting to lick the bamboo floors while teaching TRX. That being said it wasn’t a total loss and I still highly recommend trying it (even if you can’t make it). I for one did learn some things from my failure… and that’s what matters right??

  1. Meal Prep doesn’t have to be expensive. I got chicken in bulk and bell peppers from Sams and pre-cut/cooked them. You won’t need any other chicken recipe (use garlic powder instead).
  2. I appreciate carbs in moderation allowing veggies to be the focal point of my meals.
  3. Cooking can be fun! I’m loving trying out new recipes on my man!

A great website to check out: LINDA’S LOW CARB MENUS & RECIPES