Fitness Friday: Volume 4

Fitness Friday

Saturday, May 21: Shoulders, Abs & Calves
I thought this workout was funny because there was literally one calf exercise, but I still did it! I went in the afternoon and had the place to myself.

Sunday, May 22: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
This time the workout STARTED with 200 walking lunges. How is that fair?! I worked from 6:45-2 p.m. this day and then went home for awhile before going BACK to the gym. But it was worth it – though it was kinda busy!

Monday, May 23: Rest
I wasn’t supposed to take a rest day, but I just was NOT feeling that 5:25 a.m. wake up call, so I decided last minute to switch it around.

Tuesday, May 24: Arms, Abs & HIIT
Lots of tricep work today, which I love. Back at it with the early morning workout and ended with 20-minutes of HIIT on the stair master next to a friend of mine.

Wednesday, May 25: Full Body Circuit
This workout took FOREVER and I ended up being late for work. Whoops. Thankfully they don’t mind. I did cut out a few things, but still took forever. Good workout, though!

Thursday, May 26: Hamstrings & Glutes
Oh my gosh the gym was SO humid! I was dying, plus this is probably the workout that makes me sweat the most. I ended up cutting out the barbell hip thrusts and replacing it with kettlebell hip thrusts. It definitely doesn’t work the glutes as much and you can’t do as much wieght, but it’s better than nothing! The weight room was full, and that movement is awkward enough to do!

Friday, May 27: Back & Arms
This workout actually didn’t take much time at all. I ended up running home before work and I still got to work 10 minutes early. Makes up for Wednesday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I did cut out the cardio portion, though. I think I’ll try to go for a walk after work since I’m done at noon today, but it’s looking like it might rain so … maybe not?

What’s your favorite way to workout?
Any fun plans for the weekend?ย 

Fitness Friday: Volume 3

It’s been a couple of weeks, but time to resurrect the Fitness Friday post!

Fitness Friday

First of all, this ย 24 Secrets Fit Chicks Will Never Tell Youย is pretty awesome if you’re looking for a giggle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday, May 14: Shoulders + Abs
My most and least favorite body parts to train, hah! I won’t lie – I skipped out on the jump roping my program had me doing, but usually when I skip something, I add more in. Plus, I love working shoulders to I usually add in a few workouts anyway!

Sunday, May 15: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
I had to close the gym this day, so I worked out in the morning, went home and showered and then went back to the gym. I love working out lower body, though. It’s where I’m the strongest and can do the most weight (obviously). Now if only the muscle would show up there as fast as my upper body muscle does … P.S. this ended with 100 leg curls with no breaks. HAHAHAHA no breaks, my ass (no pun intended).

Monday, May 16: Back, Cardio & Abs
Back to my early morning workouts! *yawn* But I’m always happy that I don’t have to go in after work, PLUS I’m in the greatest mood when I get to work in the morning. Endorphins – funny how those work. I’m sure my coworkers appreciate it. I ended up chatting with a lady, though, so I had to skip out on the 20 minutes of cardio, plus the rest of my rack pulls, but that’s okay!

I ended up coming back to the gym that night after dinner with my friend because I was in a super bad mood, so I cranked out 30-minutes of steady state cardio on the stair master and did some yoga/stretching. Felt much better!

Tuesday, May 17: Full Body Circuit
I hit almost every body part on this workout (obviously). Including 160 squats (half of those being pulse sumo squats OUCH). Ooooh, baby.

THEN I came back that night for a Top Gun themed cycle class that my lovely friend Brooke taught. I mean, Top Gun theme, Brooke, plus aviators? Sure, I’ll get my booty into the saddle. Though I suck SO much at cycle now that I don’t do it anymore!

Fitness Friday

Wednesday: Rest
Much needed!

Thursday: Glutes + Hamstrings
Deadlifts on deadlifts on deadlifts. I really need to learn to do those with a barbell instead of dumbbells, though. But they work just the same. Ended the workouts with 200 lunges because my coach is meeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

I did have my new tennis pro friend at work tell me if we’re still friends by Christmas or my birthday, he’d buy me Lululemon pants. I don’t know how I convinced him of that, but I’m going to see if I can push my luck and get him to agree to Christmas in July … or my half birthday, which is also in July.

Friday (Today): Chest + Back
I hate working out chest, not sure why. So I skipped out on all the pushups (baby move, I know), but I do love working back so I added in some more of those. I did do the other chest workouts, I just hate pushups and she had incline pushups, decline pushups AND regular pushups in there and I was like NO. I got in late this morning, too, so I only did a 5-minute warm-up and 10-minute HIIT sprints on the stair master at the end, so depending on how I’m feeling, I might go back tonight or take a walk after work. We shall see. But I did get to wear my favorite pants!

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In other news, my diet has been completely off check lately. I feel gross and I’m up two pounds. I’m not super worried about the weight, more irritated with how I’m feeling. So I’m back at it today!

Did you get in any good workouts this week?
What are you up to this weekend?
Anyone want to start up a fundraiser for me to buy Lululemon pants?!

40 lb. Weight Loss

I’ve hinted at this in my last few blog posts, but with the way my body fluctuates in weight, I wanted to wait (ha) a little while to see if I kept the weight off, and I did. So, without further adieu …

I’ve officially lost 40 lbs and hit my “goal weight”!

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Yep, that’s 165 lbs. to 125 lbs. (reminder that I’m barely 5’1″, people. 106-129 is considered “normal” for my height range.)
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Now, my “goal weight” is in quotes because I still have some work to do on my body, but I remember when I was at my heaviest, in an unhappy relationship and job and thinking “if I only could weight 125 lbs. again” …

Now that I’m 125, I’m like “I still have some work to do.” Isn’t that how it always works?

I could stand to lose a bit more fat and definitely tighten up my muscles. But I’ve noticed that the last few months I’ve been less focused on the number, and more focused on how I feel. I feel REALLY good, minus some bloating issues that I still haven’t figured out. I feel strong, which is the most important to me. I feel healthy, happy, sexy, confident and … well, I feel like me.ย 

It took me over three years to get to this point and about 150,000 times of falling off the wagon, trying new diets, etc. I was gluten-free, then I was dairy-free, then I was sugar-free, then I was tracking calories, then I was tracking weight watcher points and finally, IIFYM. Trust me, I’ve been a yo-yo dieter on and off for the past three years. I’ve lost 15 lbs, and gained them all back. I’ve had many struggles with binge-eating. But I figured out what worked for me at the time and did what I could. And it took longer than normal, but I’m still dang proud of myself.ย 

There’s been MANY changes in my life the last few years. Breaking off a four-year relationship, living by myself, being single and a little crazy, losing friends, gaining new friends, traveling, moving back to Green Bay, dating, etc. All of those things have helped me on this journey, which is MORE than just a weight loss journey. It was about finding myself, who I wanted to be, how I wanted to feel. I still don’t have it all figured out yet, but it sure does feel like I’m on the right track. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to talk more in-depth about. I’m thinking of making a YouTube video once I can get my thoughts in order.

Have you ever hit a goal and been SO proud of yourself that you don’t even know how to put it into words? Tell me about it below! I’d love to hear. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Fitness Friday: Volume 2

Good morning, friends! I hope you enjoyed my fitness post last week, so I’m going to keep it going. I obviously scheduled this post before I went to Hawaii, so I’m hopefully sitting on a beach somewhere with my best friend, lovin’ life. NOT EXERCISING. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fitness Friday

Saturday, April 16 – 10 a.m.: Back, Shoulders + HIIT
Killer workout, but another one of my favorites. I just love working out shoulders. Probably because of the pump/shoulder vein that pops out. What can I say?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, have you guys heard of the 28 method for lateral raises? Do it. With light weights. OUCH.
* Macros on point – I was working, so I didn’t really have any temptations around me besides diet soda and gatorade.

Sunday, April 17 – 2 p.m.: Chest, Shoulders and Abs
I really hate working out my chest, for some reason. I was so tired after work that I got in the workout, but then I went a bit crazy with a second treat day. I know, I know.
*ย Did not follow my macros.

Monday, April 18 – 5:30 a.m.: Glutes & Hamstrings
Leg days are always killer. I was sweating like a BEAST by the end of this baby. Gross! I did not feel well all day, either. I spent most of the day just trying to get my stomach to cooperate so I didn’t’ eat well, because I basically was just eating whatever I could.
* Did not follow macros.

Tuesday, April 19 – 5:30 a.m.: Arms, Abs + HIIT
This was a pretty good workout! I took my time with the workout this morning and then did 20-minutes of sprints/walking on the treadmill. I was SO tired, though.
* Did not follow macros. You’ll notice this is a pattern …

Wednesday, April 20 – 5:30 a.m.: Back & HIIT
I mentioned this in my blog earlier this week, but my back seized up for some reason at the beginning of this workout so I ended up not doing all of it. BUT I still did as much as I could, stretched/foam rolled and did 20-minutes of HIIT.
* Did not follow macros.

Thursday, April 21: RESTย 
Leavin’ on a jet planeeeeeee, to Honolulu at 7:20 a.m. so my programming is officially on hold! I’m sure Michelle and I will take some hikes, OR we might just be too busy hugging each other and talking that we won’t have time to do any workouts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Progress this week: I did not weigh myself. I planned on it, but I didn’t want to make myself feel bad right before I go on vacation. I deserve a break, I think!

Fun fact: I’m actually HOPEFULLY meeting my beautiful, wonderful coach Brittany while in Honolulu. How crazy that she’ll be there at the SAME time on the SAME island for her honeymoon?! Obviously if she’s too busy, we won’t, but I’m hoping we’ll get to meet her! Michelle is a newly converted Brittany Dawn girl, so I think it’d be so much fun! I’ll keep you updated once I get back.