Friday Favorites

Heyyy!

Happy, happy Friday!

I have another round of Friday Favorites comin atcha!

But first…….

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I don’t really like working out my shoulders, but I do feel like I have made the most progress on them! Grow lil’ pumpkins grow!!

I finished off my workout with 25 minutes on the stairmaster. I sprinted for 30 seconds, rested for 30 and so on.

The last five minutes of my HIIT, I did 30 seconds of jumping jack, 30 seconds high knees, 10 decline pushups, 30 seconds burpees, 30 seconds jumping jacks, 30 seconds speed skaters, 10 decline pushups, 30 seconds jump squats, 30 seconds jumping jacks, 10 decline pushups, 30 seconds high knees, 10 decline pushups. No rest until I was finished.

I sat in the sauna for 10 minutes too. I love that thing!

Now, I bring you my favorite things from this week!

I just went and bought a new round of whey protein. Of course I bought more Beverly International Cookies n Cream flavor but this…..

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Dymatize Nutrition ISO-100

….is my ish!!! I bought the birthday cake flavor and it has taken my protein pancakes to another level.

 

This lululemon sports bra.

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Yeah, it may be pricey, but with the amount of time I spend at the gym, it’s worth it to me. Plus, it’s light and moves with you so there isn’t chaffing. I have it in bright pink.

 

I am on a meal plan right now that is pretty set in stone. So, when I have cravings, I turn to this amazingness:

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Extra Dessert Delights. My favorite flavors are Mint Chocolate Chip and Raspberry Vanilla Cupcake.

 

This shoe.

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It belongs to Alex and it is the very shoe that killed the giant ass spider that cornered me in my kitchen earlier this week. I may sound dramatic, but my arachnophobia is the real deal. Plus, I have never seen a creature like this one before, so I was freaked out. This shoe saved me.

 

Mustard. I put it on everything now a days because it doesn’t add any extra calories. I have gone through 3 of these in four weeks.

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Also, thanks to one of my favorite IG accounts, @jazzythings, I have a new way of changing the flavor of mustard, although it’s perfect just the way it is, I need change every now and then.

I take a 1/2 cup of mustard, add 1 tsp stevia, paprika, onion powder, and a little bit of water. Holy yum!! Sounds weird but don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. Also, I enjoy cheeseburgers with peanut butter (I plan on eating a giant one after my comp). Get over it.

 

Food Network.

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I watch a lot of it because I can’t eat a whole lot right now, so why not watch people make delicious food.

Yes, that is a cheeseburger with peanut butter. You’re so drooling right now!

 

There you have it! Have a great day!!!

Ta Ta for now!!

 

Is it Monday yet?!

Happy Monday!!

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Woo Hoo!!

MOndaaaayyy!!!!

 

 

Workout:

Subpar back workout because my energy level lately has been crap! What. The. Eff. body!?!??! I drank coffee about an hour ago so……..

I am about to hit the pavement for a run though because it’s gorgeous outside!!

 

As I was driving to the gym this morning, I had some random thoughts during my short trip, I am awkward and weird so don’t judge.

Damn, I need gas. I am pretty sure I have needed gas for the past 3 days and I hope I make it the two miles to the gym without having to stop (I did it!)

I want a chik-fil-a ice cream cone but it’s too far away so I’ll settle for Smoothie King I guess.

This sports bra is too big. Which means my boobs have shrunk (SMH).

Hell nah, this person did not just pull out in front of me going 15mph!! (Does anyone not slow down when this happens and just rides the ass of the person in front of you until they possibly decide to speed up?)

I wonder if there is a Menchies (fro-yo) near work I can stop at before work tonight.

I should probably make a trip to Lulu for a new sports bra so I can workout to my full potential.

Why would anyone get a license plate with ‘TOASTD’ spelled on it?

I wore the wrong underwear to the gym…awesome. This is going to be uncomfortable.

I hope Charlee doesn’t poop in the house while I am gone…little shit!

She needs a haircut.

OMG! Front row parking spot(at the gym). HA!

I can't see, mom!

I can’t see, mom!

First world problems/thoughts I guess.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Friday Favs!

Heyyyy!

I have come up with a list of things that I really enjoyed this week and I wanted to share them with you!

So here goes!

Circuit Workouts.

source: Pbfingers.com

source: Pbfingers.com

I love them because they keep me from getting bored. You can do whole body or you can focus on different muscle groups. They are great because I can get them done quick and go tackle a run or some other form of cardio.

Lululemon.

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I wore this today during my workout and it stays in place perfectly around the hips.

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This place seriously makes me happy! Their workout gear lasts for a long time and I even wear my leggings for everyday wear or as my friend Sarah puts it…”I can even wear these for just….life.” The girls that work at the Lululemon near me have gotten to know me too.  It’s love. I own a few pairs of their running compression capris and they don’t fall or ride up. So comfortable!

Brussel Sprouts.

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I have eaten brussels every day this week. I love them roasted with olive oil and Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning. So. Yum.

They are a great source of Vitamin C, help protect against colon cancer, full of anti-oxidants, great source of calcium and helps keep immune system strong.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge

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This stuff saved my face last winter after I experienced severe dryness up here in Ohio. I mean, flaky dry, nasty skin. I had never experienced such a thing because growing up in Florida, the humidity prevented this but after a week of using this amazing moisturizer, I was cured. I apply a thick layer at night before bed and I have yet to experience dry skin this winter.

 

Trader Joe’s.

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I love going into TJ’s! Their food is great quality and my grocery bill has been a lot cheaper since I started shopping here compared to Kroger. Also, their staff is so friendly and helpful.

 

Spinning.

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I love that bike. I have gotten on it just about everyday this week for either a quick warm-up or for a nice long, sweaty session. I forgot I had spin shoes and strapped those babies on earlier this week and felt it in my glutes the next day! Winning!

 

Battle Ropes/Muscle Ropes.

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I had go workout at a different gym today because my gym was closed and upon walking into this giant gym, I noticed the battle ropes. I went on over and completed a super hard workout on those things. I just looked up different movements on YouTube for the ropes and went for it. Awesome workout. And yes, I tried the BOSU ball stable exercise (at the 4:00 min mark in the video)….holy heck that was hard!!

 

Those are some of my favorite things from this week! Have a great weekend!!

 

 

Meal Prepping

Heeyyy!

My workout this morning involved a lot of core work which is my favorite! I warmed up with 20 minutes on the arc trainer and ended it with some HIIT aka box jumps, jump rope and burpeeeeeees!

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Here are some links to some of the exercises since a few of you have asked me to post examples!

Cable Crunches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VSOnS1hXV0

Cable Woodchoppers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkS4R9HPXjY

Cable Leg Swings or Cable Toe Touch: I swing both legs at the same time but this is another variation!

source: muscleandfitnesshers.com

source: muscleandfitnesshers.com

Planks with knee pull: I do this while balancing on a BOSU ball.

source: fitandfablife.wordpress.com

source: fitandfablife.wordpress.com

Leg Raises with DB: I grip the actual pull up bar since my gym doesn’t have straps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI7wrB3Crsc

For some time now, I have been an advocate of meal planning. Each weekend, I put together a list of meals for the upcoming week so that I don’t have to go to the grocery store at all during the week and try to figure out lunch or dinner. It saves money, time and keeps us on track with healthy eating!

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Typically, I do my shopping on Sundays or Mondays. I hit up Traders Joe’s and then Kroger if TJ’s didn’t have what I needed. The items you will most likely find in our cart on a weekly basis:

  • asparagus
  • fresh spinach
  • bell peppers
  • brussel sprouts
  • carrots
  • sweet onion
  • artichokes
  • spaghetti squash
  • avocado<—I eat one everyday!
  • apples
  • bananas
  • grapefruit
  • blueberries
  • lean ground turkey
  • chicken breasts
  • salmon
  • tilapia
  • multi grain bread
  • cottage cheese
  • meatless breakfast patties (TJ’s are delicious)
  • eggs
  • almond milk
  • organic vanilla yogurt (TJ’s)
  • frozen mango, strawberries, blueberries

I mix up our meals weekly to keep it interesting. Just recently, we started meal prepping our lunches and snacks. We will cook up some protein and roast vegetables and place each individualized meal in the fridge so it is easy to grab for lunch or after a workout. I am loving this now as it is a huge time saver and I feel great after eating. I also hard boiled eggs, cut up carrots and celery, made a huge batch of overnight oats, and of course keep lots of avocados. I also make my own artichoke pesto and cook up a spaghetti squash to keep in the fridge for a snack.

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Alex bought a dry erase board for our weekly meals and little notepads so we can keep track of what we are eating as well as our workouts. We can’t wait to see all our hard work come together!

 

Have a great Tuesday!