Let me just tell you……

Hey!!

I am back!

The past two weeks I have been really focusing on my meal plan and studying for my NASM exam.

The meal plan has been easy for me since I have so much drive but the studying was so tiring!

I put 110% effort into the studying and it paid off! I passed my exam yesterday and I literally cried!

It was so challenging and hard.

I had to drive to this tiny town an hour and a half away and sit in this tiny room with 3 other people taking exams and after 50 minutes, I completed the 120 question scorcher.

Then, I had to go to the front of the room and wait for this sweet, old lady to tell me if I passed or not. She took her time….no big deal. I felt my heart beat in my throat and thought I might pass out from the nerves. JUST TELL MEEEEE!!!

“You passed!” She exclaimed as she threw her little hands in the air. I took in a big gulp of air that my body had been waiting for and jumped up and down. I was probably a distraction to the others but I gave no effs.

She handed me my piece of paper that I had been waiting for and I walked outside and cried! I sat in my car and cried and ate my hard boiled eggs and strawberries.

I sat there for 20 minutes. So relieved and overjoyed. I am so proud of myself.

Let me just tell you, that rainy drive home back to Columbus wasn’t so bad after all!

Now to the gym to get a back and HIIT workout in. I will post this later!

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Where have you been!?

Morning!!

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Someone did NOT want to wake up this morning. She has so much dignity!

I haven’t posted much because I have been using my time wisely and will start posting regularly again next week. I was also in Florida for almost a week, as well and wanted to soak in as much friend and family time as possible. I will come back in full swing with more workouts and just random ramblings again soon!

Here are some pictures from this weekend in Florida! Why do vacations always fly by!??! Also, I am really bad about taking photos, so there aren’t many to share.

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Beautiful bride, Kim!!

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View from the balcony where the ceremony was held. I have said it before and I will say it again, nothing beats a Florida sunset!

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Have a good one, ya’ll!

 

 

 

Thoughts for Thursday

Guys!

Sorry I have sucked posting this week. I have been a busy bee but I’m back!

This weeks workouts have left me feeling sore and I couldn’t be happier about that. I have really been pushing myself as far as lifting heavier. Here are my workouts so far from this week:

Monday: Get yo A$$ outta bed and shred those legs! OMG this workout was so hard. My energy level was crap!!!

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Tuesday: Sore!!!

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Wednesday:

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So, I also worked out my shoulders on Wednesday later in the evening but I will get to that reason in just a second!! =)

Thursday: Yeeeeaaahhh, still waiting to make my way to the gym. It’s supposed to be leg day but with the hoover stairs on Tuesday, sprints yesterday along with a second workout, my legs are toast. Looks like core work and cardio today!

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I thought it would be fun to do a Thoughts for Thursday post. Just some random things, thoughts, rants I would like to share with ya’ll! Here goes!

 

I am a paranoid doggy mom. Anytime Charlee acts weird, doesn’t eat, has diarrhea etc, my alarms go off and she is automatically dying. I can’t imagine what I will be like when we have children one day. A few weeks ago, she was acting weird, not eating, and snorting a lot. Oh, and she would wheez whenever we went on walks. I know she is a shih tzu and has a flat, Marvin the Martian face, but it freaked me out. I would get down on the ground with her and pat her back like she was choking on something. Anyways, I made a vet appointment and $150 later she is in perfect health. Just a normal little shit being spiteful. #youbetterlockthatshitupchuck

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She’s a hot mess.

 

OK….RANT…..are you ready for this??!

When I am working out at the gym, I am normally by myself with my headphones on in my zone. When I am in the middle of a set, DON’T come and interrupt me to tell me that the rope for the cable machine upstairs is better than the one I am currently using. I don’t care that it’s longer and you get better motion out of your triceps. I have seen that rope and yes, it’s longer, but my arm span isn’t 65″ like yours so I don’t wanna use it!!! Thank you for sharing that info I don’t care about and thank you for making me lose count!

Here’s another one:

I am in the middle of doing my tricep extensions on the bench while lying down, guy comes up to me and friggin taps me on the shoulder, so I sit up, put my weights down, take the headphones off and stare at him. He asks: “Wanna workout with me?”  Me: “No thanks, I’m almost done.”  Him: “Are you sure?”  Me: “uuhh, yeah, I’m good, thanks though.”  Here is the best part:  Him: “wanna model for me?”  Me: ” no, I only do that for husband so please let me finish my workout!!”  What a creeper!!

I should probably start wearing my ring to the gym. UGH!! What possesses peeps to creep on other peeps at the gym!??! I feel and look less sexy during my sweat session. RANT OVER.

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I have recently fallen in love with the show, Sex and the City. What took me so long!??! E! plays multiple episodes during the day and I can’t not leave it on. It makes me laugh.

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I love ice cream and frozen yogurt. More like an obsession.

I also love smoothies. I have one everyday.

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My favorite combo is: mango, strawberry, vanilla protein, greek yogurt, almond milk, and chia seeds.

Peanut butter. Nuff said.

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Soooooo, I have been thinking about doing this certain thing for a while now. I figured I have pushed my body to the fitness level it’s at now, why not try something totally new and super hard and super rewarding no matter the outcome at the end of the day.

I have decided to sign up for a coach and compete in the NPC…National Physique Committee. No, I’m not talking about muscles bulging everywhere and acquiring a man voice. I will still maintain a feminine physique but I will build a little more muscle and become more cut. This will be one of the hardest things I do and dedication to the process is key! This will involve totally new eating habits, counting macros, working out like crazy(nothing new to me) and staving off some serious cravings. It will eliminate a lot of things from my diet for this 20 week prep. No alcohol, sweets, or fulfilling cravings whenever I want. I am sure I can have a cheat meal here and there but I we shall see.

Going out to dinner with friends won’t be as fun when they are eating pizza or burgers and I’ll be munching on asparagus and chicken breasts. It’s cool, I am ok with that because I am doing something a lot of people would never do. At the end of September, I’ll be strutting around on a stage in front of A LOT of people flaunting my hard ass work. I have never been comfortable in a bathing suit and I can’t wait for this day! So, you can either support me or not, but I am doing this for me! The pizza, burgers, fries, alcohol will be waiting for me at the end of this 20 week prep!

PS: My  coach is absolutely adorable and so sweet.

I met her last night at her bootcamp where she put us through an awesome cardio sesh and then a killer shoulder workout. Hence, what I said up top earlier. I am so sore today!! There was also a girl at the bootcamp who I totally recognized but thought, I don’t know anyone in this city so I don’t know her. She then came up to me and was like, “do I know you?” and I said I thought the same thing about her. A few minutes later she came up to me all excited and said, “you got married at Worthington Inn! I was one of your servers!” YESSS!!!! So we reminisced about that night for a minute. I digress.

Erin Davis, my coach =)

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source: erindavisfitness.com

the end.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday!!

I wish I could call it my weekend BUT I work all weekend. It’s cool though…I did just come back from Florida and all.

My workout this morning focused on shoulders, abs and cardio. I did 40 minutes on the stairmaster at different speeds and step variations.

I also woke up this morning to a tick on my arm. OMG!! I have never had a tick crawl on me before or at least that I know of, so it was super creepy. I have this huge vein on my arm and he was totally scoping out a place to park on it. GAAAHHH!!!!!

I bet I know who carried that in to the bed *cough ALEX cough*

I kid.

On to my favorite things from this week:

 

Traders Joe’s Specialty Teas Green Tea and Chuck =)

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I have been drinking this in the AM as a pre-workout and to get my metabolism rollin’. I drink it on ice with some stevia and it is so good!!

 

HD Microfinish Powder by Makeup Foroever

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After I apply my makeup I brush this over it and it keeps my face so smooth.  I have oily skin and it soaks it right up!

 

Korres Body Butter

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My mom ordered this from HSN and when I was in Florida, I got fried on my last day there. BAD! So I have been applying this every day and it has helped with the burn and itching. It comes from Greece, too, which is awesome!

 

Essie Nail Polish

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The new springs colors by Essie are so pretty!

 

The Divergent Series

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Alex bought this set for me for Christmas and I am on the third book now. Addicted! It’s great for breaking up my studying.

 

AMRAP workouts (as many reps as possible)

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I have been incorporating this into my workouts as a cool down after heavy lifting. It beats getting on a cardio machine and keeps the heart rate up!

 

BOSU balls

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I use these to work on stabilization and for core work. Try it!

 

The beach!

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We spent the day at St Pete Beach on Sunday and I savored every moment and apparently every sun ray…my chest was fried! But I miss the beach!!!

Publix Subs

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A trip to the beach isn’t complete without a Publix sub. I crave them. I ate multiple Publix subs during my trip to Florida. No shame. Anyone from Florida knows what I mean by this statement.  Fun Fact: my sister and I used to call Publix; PUBES! We’re sick.

 

EOS lip balm

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It’s the bomb. I love its awkward shape, too! So fun.

Here are some links to my favorite bloggers and their Friday Favorites!

Housewife Glamour <—-former Florida girl living in the Midwest now!

Peanut Butter Fingers

Carrots n Cake

 

 

Florida

I just spent a week in Florida and it was glorious!

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My sisters graduation was on Friday, so lots of family came together to celebrate her achievements. I love hanging out with my family and since we don’t live in the same state, it makes it all the more special to be together.

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not prepared for this photo Bob! lol

I was really bad about taking photos, so there aren’t many from this trip. I suck.

I was worried that I would slip on my healthy eating habits but I stayed on track most of the time with some ice cream and a cheeseburger thrown in there. I have to cheat every now and then otherwise I will fail. I also made it to the gym a couple of times, ran outside and did a HIIT workout. Back on track today with my split workouts!

So, I love to fly. I love airports, airplanes and just people watching. Traveling makes me happy in general but I love flying and I usually love turbulence (weird, I know). To me, it keeps the flight interesting and it’s kind of fun. I love the butterflies I get with it. I used to travel for work on a weekly basis and this had me on many planes, so I got bored and turbulence made me happy. This was not true on Wednesday though!!!!!!! I was in a nice slumber and all of a sudden the plane just dropped and started jerking around. I woke up so startled, people were screaming, kids were crying, and the sweet old lady next to me grabbed my hand. My immediate reaction was to grab my hand rests and hold on. I was scared. It felt like the pilots couldn’t get it under control and we were going down. But after what seemed like forever, the plane finally straightened its ish out. I probably lost a couple years off my life.

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flying over Nashville ❤

Turns out, we over Pensacola, Fl and there were some terrible storms happening which caused lots of flash flooding and lots of lightning. Crazy spring weather. Needless to say, my feelings for flying have not changed and I am still a happy child during takeoff, turbulence and landing. The end.

Alex arrived on Thursday and we hit up Ana Maria Island so for some beach time. We also made a pit stop on the way there for my beloved Publix sub. I miss them. While mom was eating her sub, a seagull obviously planned his attack perfectly because he came in from behind and actually got his little foot on her sub and covered it in sand. BAHAHAHAHHA!!! It was awesome.

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Alex also saved a guys life. This poor guy was struggling to get out of the waves and ended up falling backwards and trying to crawl out of the ocean. Alex spotted him and ran over and pulled him up out of the water. He then told Alex he has cerebral palsy. Once he went into panic mode it was like his body quit on him. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Love him!

Friday was April’s graduation at Van Wezel in downtown Sarasota. The main speaker was the President of FGCU, my university! I was so excited to see his name on the program and when he was introduced I wanted so badly to yell Dunk City!! I refrained. It was also a really proud moment to see April walk across the stage to receive her degree. I teared up a little bit.

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Afterwards, we went to Siesta Key Village to celebrate over dinner and drinks. Let’s just say a lot of shenanigans went down. Such a fun night! We continued the fun at my moms house over Apples to Apples and loud talking out on the lanai at 2 am. I love my family.

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yes, that is a toad

yes, that is a toad

Sunday, we hit up St Pete Beach for a bit before dropping Alex off at the airport. It was sad to see him leave because I knew the end of my trip was coming up too. Why do vacations always fly by? I left Monday evening and goodbyes always suck! It wasn’t as hard this time around though because I will be back at the end of this month for Kim’s wedding =)

Woo hoo!!

 

Why Not Wednesday

So here it is, some things that I shall put out there about myself to float around on the internet for eternity.

I can’t stand washing my hands.

Alex thinks I am so weird but I can’t stand the feeling of my skin rubbing together. You know that 20 second rule for washing hands….mine is more like 1/2 a second. I freaken hate it and I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!

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I also can’t handle feet rubbing together. OMG!!!

 

I am obsessed with my dog. I love her, I love her! I just want to squish her little face and eat her little nose and smell her little paws all day!

Minus her farts…those things have been lethal lately. She cleared our couch last night.

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puppy Charlee butt!

I will eat you!

I will eat you!

 

I could live at the gym. I had some beefy dude today ask me, “Are you here twice a day? Because I see you here all the time?”

My response: “Yes, I am here twice a day on days I don’t work. I love it!”

It’s true, I go twice a day a few times a week. Not because I am obsessed with a number on the scale and not because I am vain. I’m not. I have big goals in the near future and I am working hard on making them HAPPEN with DEDICATION. I am doing this for ME. Not to compare myself to someone else’s Chapter 20 when I am only on Chapter 1. There, I said it.

His response: “I hate the gym, I hate this so much but I do it to keep in shape.”

My response: “Dude, find something that you enjoy then! There are plenty of other fitness related activities out there to make you happy.”

He walks away with his big, meaty arms and lats and traps. Sheesh. I felt bad for him. Not really.

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I used to have ZERO confidence, so living in Florida where you basically live in a bathing suit was torture to me. I hated my body. I tried everything to get skinny. Cardio for days!! Now, I lift weights, heavy weights and do hard cardio 3 times a week and I my confidence has sky rocketed in the past 2 years!

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I love froyo. If I had it my way, I would eat froyo or ice cream for that matter, every night for dinner.

 

I love hamsters. I ask Alex every now and then if I can get one, but to no prevail. Growing up, I had so many hamsters! I even had a hamster, Spots, who got pregnant by Coco, and had like 15 babies. When I discovered the pink, hairless babes in the cage, I thought Spots’ insides were coming out and screamed, grabbed the whole cage and ran to my moms bedroom to show her the horror! (I was 7 by the way). My brother laughed and called me an idiot and nonchalantly stated, “she had babies.”

Needless to say, I learned a lot during that time. HAHA…also, I learned that mother hamsters are cruel and if they are hungry they eat their babies. Only 3 survived to adulthood and we gave them to a local pet store.

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I rescued a hamster in college and her name was Hammy/Bear. I loved her. She also had three legs but we won’t get into that story of how that happened. Just know that she lived a great life, had lots of friends, and ate lots of carrots and bananas. We also enjoyed watching her run around in her ball. Oh, and apparently she was an escape artist and liked to cuddle in bed with my roommate. Love you Vicki!!! =)

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That’s Bear/Hammy with three legs! And my 20 year old self.

I had to wear head-gear in kindergarten because of my jacked up grill aka under-bite…kind of like Charlee. Ugh…thank goodness I don’t have any photos of that thing or me in that thing! I remember the chin support always smelled so bad!!! My mom never made me wear it in public but my grandma sure as crap did!! Gotta love grandmas…or in my case, Mimi.

I did have a blast googling some images of head-gear….I can laugh because I endured one of these things people!!

source: scrappyhappy-tonya.blogspot.com

source: scrappyhappy-tonya.blogspot.com

Look long and hard kid and NEVER take another picture of this again!!!!

 

That’s all folks!

 

 

HIIT ME

I woke up feeling rested today, finally!!!!!!

I went to the gym with a high intensity workout in mind but was greeted by the same trainer that has been kicking my butt all week. I’m not complaining. He asked me what I had in mind and I said HIIT. He replied with “crossfit it is!”

I have never done crossfit but I have been really intrigued by it for the past year. Today gave me a little preview and I definitely loved it! He had me do this workout:

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It took me about 15 minutes to complete and my heart rate was pumping! Short but sweet and I was once again sweating and swearing 2 minutes into it. I have a potty mouth. I should work on this….or not.

He added 25# plates to each side of the barbell which I have never done before but rocked it! This may not seem like a lot but considering I don’t really work the barbell too often I am pretty darn proud of myself. The hardest part about this workout were the box jumps. He had me jump right into those after the deadlifts and my legs felt like friggin lead.

No breaks. No breathers. Just what I was looking for in my workout today.

I went upstairs and did sprints around the track for 10 minutes. I sprinted the long stretch of the track and jogged the edges. My face looked lobster red after I was finished.

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I also completed some TRX band rows, pull-ups, push-ups and abs and did some decline push-ups. I cooled down with some stretching and foam rolling. I need to loosen up my IT Bands if I want to start running half-marathons again. Speaking of running, I am in love with my Brooks PureFlows.  They have helped a whole lot with my form and my runners knee pain. Get these ASAP!

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Next subject, cookie brownies!

I posted a picture of some cookie brownies I made last week and I got a pretty decent response to them.

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I had a huge craving for chocolate all of a sudden while watching TV. So, I got up and made myself some semi-healthy cookie brownies. I call them that because they look like cookies but have the dense, creamy middle that a brownie boasts.

I polished these bad boys off in 2 days. Alex may or may not have had a couple himself. Oops.

The reason they are semi-healthy is they don’t contain a crap ton of flour and they also hold one of my most favorite foods: the avocado.

I love them. So I cook with them and eat them all the damn time. They basically stand level with my other obsession: the sweet potato. I’m going to make these with sweet potatoes next time. Actually, I must make them now…recipe coming soon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Avocado, mashed all up
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c flour<—I am going to use almond flour next time!
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 oz any chocolate….who I am kidding, I used 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (organic from TJ’s)!

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. I combined the sugars, avocado, vanilla and egg until smooth. In a separate bowl, I combined cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda and then slowly mixed this into wet ingredients. I added chips in last and scooped mixture out with a small ice cream scooper onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

So yum! HAppy Friday!!