Make It Happen

I hope you guys are having a great day so far!

Charlee got a fresh cut and I killed it at the gym today.

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My leg workout left me exhausted and so, so sweaty.

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Click links below for demonstrations of some of my exercises!

RDL: Romanian Dead Lift

It took me about 45 minutes to get through the workout and I left walking like jello. I have only done RDL’s a few other times and I am still working on my form but my hammies sure feel them!

Yesterday, I did my very first crossfit WOD. I am not familiar with Crossfit and their terms but I caught on fast. Alex joined me and we completed the benchmark WOD, Victoria, and she was tough! Our group was told that no one at this box has completed this workout in under 25 minutes and I took that as a challenge!

Victoria:

5 Rounds

10 thrusters, 14 box jumps, 12 sumo dead lift high pulls, 12 burpees, 27 kettlebell swings

I completed that ish in 23:37. It was challenging. I had to take many water breaks because it was 92 degrees yesterday and it got steamy in that gym. I get over heated fast so standing in front of large fan during my kettlebell swings was the only way to survive. I looked like a lobster at the end but it was fun.

I won’t partake in a whole lot of crossfit WOD’s right now because I am currently training for my competition that is in September but I will definitely be a regular after it’s over!

Off to eat some dinner with Alex!

 

 

 

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.

puppy Charlee butt!

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!

 

 

Tuesday Tangent

The weekend went by really fast even though I wasn’t able to join Alex at his families this weekend…that work thang…but I made the best of it!

I got stuff done around the apartment and spent a lot of quality time with this little punk:

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She has been bad lately but I can’t stay mad at her. We went for lots of walks this weekend because it was perfect outside.

I also worked out of course! Just because it’s the weekend, doesn’t mean you can go all out and destroy all your hard work you put in during the week! I did have a cheat meal on Sunday: a loaded turkey burger…cheese, hummus, pickles, buns and a chocolate lava cake! So. Yum! Alex also brought home these amazing cheesy potatoes. MMMmmmmm!!!

 

Mondays workout was basically what I did last monday. Legs. Legs. Legs.

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I added in a lot more sets of squats because why not! Also, I added in more weights on my last set of back squats….185# for 6 reps. It was hard but I felt so accomplished!!

When Alex got home for work we went on a 3.5 mile run and finished it off with sprint work. It was too nice out to do cardio at the gym.

This mornings workout was 20 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the stairmaster. I’ll be heading back to the gym later on to workout my back with Alex. =)

 

Next week I will be heading to FLORIDA and I can’t wait. It’s been almost a year since I went back for a visit and my plans include hanging with my family and the beach. I just want all the sand in my hair right now!!!!

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I still have to figure out what to do with Charlee while we are gone. I thought about bringing her with me but it’s too stressful for her. She has flown with me a few times now and I feel so bad. She is stuffed into a doggie bag and carried around. I wonder what goes through her little mind with all the people around and the loud airplane! Poor thing! She is also so quiet so people don’t know there is a dog in my bag. Plus, it’s an extra $150 to fly her there and back! No thanks.

 

just a dog...in a bag

just a dog…in a bag

And yes, I gave my dog a doggie anxiety pill because I didn’t want her to have a heart attack. That’s why her eyes look glazed over…LOL!

I’ll also be flying back to Florida end of May for this girls wedding:

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I LOVE her!! We laugh so so much when we are together!! This picture is from our trip to Nashville to run the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon. What a trip!!! We also got out of there just in time before that amazing city flooded! Crazy! But so many fun memories and I still have my little journal I wrote in everyday while we were there to record all of our stupidity. I’m sending it to you Kimmy!!!!

Just a couple more pictures of us!

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We weren’t so smart the night before this race. Nashville honky tonk: 10, Ashley and Kim: —000

I woke up so thirsty the morning of the race. I believe we got 4 hours of sleep..if that…and when my alarm went off I immediately sat up and asked Kim if she was parched! LOLOL We still finished that damn race in 2:20 and I didn’t lose any toe nails that time around. WIN!!!!

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Our trip to Oregon

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We were going to buy this and drive back to Florida...we thought we would start a revolution! I love Oregon and all the hippies =)

We were going to buy this and drive back to Florida…we thought we would start a revolution! I love Oregon and all the hippies =)

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She rocks.

 

I am missing Nashville like crazy lately. Maybe it’s because of all the stupid reality shows being filmed there and promoted lately that is making me think about it or it’s just an awesome city with so many memories there! I am positive there is no other city like Nashville. Columbus is cool and all but it doesn’t hold a candle to that place!  Just my opinion. It’s super friendly, so southern, and there is so much going on! You just have to visit to know!

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My sister is purdy!

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I Don’t Hate Cardio

Today’s workout was a good one but my energy level was off. I was still able to get my leg workout done and finish it all off with the stair master, step mill, stair mill, etc. I don’t care what you call it, it’s evil and delicious at the same time.

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I owned you.

I  went for 20 minutes at different speeds and stepping variations. Side steps, slow steps with donkey kicks, sprinting….I was shweaty!

I did this workout before the stair master, stepper thing:

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I hit up smooooothie king afterwards for my favorite angel food smoothie with vanilla protein and that peanut butter added in to it! MMMmmmmmmm

FYI: I organize my weekly workouts on a white out board so I stay on top of what muscle groups I train. I don’t want to over do it and not see my gainzzzzz. Everyone needs a little rest now! I do switch it up though and do full body workouts every now and then. Gotta keep the gym interesting!

This was my workout yesterday:

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I don’t hate cardio but I rarely get on a machine anymore for a lengthy amount of time. My weightlifting keeps my heart rate pumping because I don’t take many breaks and throw in some jumping jacks, jump squats, jumping lunges etc. BUT I do mix it up and yesterday, I did some battle ropes for 4 minutes and that was all I could take. I used my gymboss interval timer to keep me on track.  That ish is hard!! I also ran about a mile outside. Here was my thouight process: I am going to run home from the gym and have Alex take me to my car on his way to the gym. I got about a half mile away and was freezing! I couldn’t warm up…stupid Ohio weather.  So, I turned the wheels around and went back to the gym to grab my car keys. I still ran a mile…oh well.

I also cranked out a 3 minute plank the other day. I don’t know what came over me but I hopped off the couch and just went for it. Charlee provided me with some motivation as she licked my face off for most of it. Anytime I get on the floor she freaks out and becomes this little maniac. Maybe it’s because I am finally on her level?!?

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I went to Lululemon yesterday. Day.Made. I wish I could buy the whole store, but instead, I bought a new pair of running capris and a tank. Links for each below!

Tone it Tank

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I’m going to be ordering an athletic swim suit soon because that lap pool has been calling my name lately! I received an Athleta catalogue in the mail and have my eyes on a couple of them!

One last thing…I want a hedgehog…particularly this guy…BIDDY!!

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source: @biddythehedgehog

You should probably follow this little fella on IG…it’s hard not to laugh and smile at this precious thing!

I’m getting HANGRY…I just yelled at my dog for sneezing on me…..poor thang. Off to eat and play with munchkin and possibly study!

 

Spinning

I took a spin class this morning at my gym and I wasn’t that impressed.

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The instructor was not energetic at all and her music choices actually started to piss me off.  Most of it was from the 80’s and slow pace and Kelly Clarkson even debuted a couple times…..BLEH!! How the hell am I supposed to climb a mountain listening to sister christian?!?!  I was so close to grabbing my own headphones and putting them on during the rest of the class. I’ll be sure to skip Wednesday morning spin classes from now on. I have a friend who does the spin classes regularly so I’m going to ask him who the better instructors are for energy and upbeat music!

When I got home I made a super delicious smoothie made with mangoes, blueberries, greek yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, almond milk and coconut milk. Blueberries and mangoes are my new favorite combo!

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Gone in minutes!

Yesterday, I worked out my back and shoulders in the AM and went back to the gym with Alex later on to workout my abs and do some cardio.

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I also incorporated the face pull mechanical drop set. I used the cable machine with the rope attachment and started at my fore head, then neck, then chest for 3 sets of 10. My rear delts are so sore today!

For my ab workout, I completed 4 sets of however many I could do of each exercise. There are some days I like to just go until failure with my ab workouts and yesterday I was feeling it!

  • Leg Raises on pull-up bar
  • Toe Touches on Pull-up bar
  • TRX Mountain Climbers on BOSU
  • TRX Knee pulls on BOSU
  • Oblique Plank: held for 30 seconds each side
  • Leg Raises on bench
  • V-ups balanced on bench with 5# weight
  • Cable Pull Down
  • Wood Choppers

Afterwards, I decided to not get on a cardio machine because it was too nice out so I ran home. Alex ran on the treadmill so I grabbed the house key and booked it. We live a little over 2 miles from our gym and I felt so good on my run! Nice weather is upon us….hopefully!! When I got home, I brought Charlee outside with me and we ran around like maniacs for a little bit.

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For dinner, Alex and I made scrumptious taco salads. In them went: chopped ice burg lettuce, low-fat cottage cheese, lean turkey meat, black beans, tomatillo salsa, low-fat shredded cheese, and pico de gallo. So satisfying!  No picture was taken because by the time I thought about it, my salad was just about gone.

 

Have a great day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not So Monday Blues

Whats Up?

I killed it at my leg workout today. I didn’t stop for any breaks between exercises and I left so, so sweaty! Sweat is beautiful. #NoSeriously

Here is what it looked like:

 

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Click to make larger!

I love leg days. Thursday I have an even better workout for the legs and can’t wait to share!

So, Sunday was pretty much the best day ever. One reason being, I got to hangout with Alex, walk around Westerville, eat a fantastic lunch and ice cream and enjoy the weather! Second, being we went to the gym together and third being I got to meet one of my FAVORITE women bodybuilders at MY gym. Seriously, I had NO clue that Michelle Davis worked out at my gym(granted I have only been working out at this gym for a week now) until we walked in yesterday and there she was working out. I lost my shit. I have been following her on Instagram and her blog for a over a year now and she is absolutely one of the most influential people I look up to for my workouts. She rocks. And I also told her that (dork status). She has 97K followers on Instagram….that says something. Clients even fly her out to wherever they are so she can train them. Dream job!!

 

Source: MShellfitness.com Houseofsupplements.com.au

Source: MShellfitness.com
Houseofsupplements.com.au

I mean…she is beautiful!!

Also, on my way to work, I saw her running down the road near my apartment complex. Um…I have been living in the same apartment complex for a year now and have NEVER seen her out and about before…didn’t even know she lived in the same area. So, seeing her twice in one day means one thing: we need to be best friends. I kid, well, maybe a little, I’ll stick to stalking her on Instagram for now.

 

I am off to study!

Have a great day!!!

 

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!!