Exercise of the Day!!!

 

The Barbell Deadlift (or in this case, the broom deadlift :-p)

  1. Stand feet shoulder width apart in front of the barbell.
  2. Looking straight ahead, squat and grab the barbell with a wide overhand grip.
  3. Make sure your knees are close to the bar.
  4. Push through your heels as you stand erect while holding the barbell below you at arms’ length.
  5. Stand fully erect while holding the completed movement.
  6. Be sure to squeeze your glutes at the top!
  7. Carefully reverse the process, lowering the barbell to the ground.

Avoid

  • Arching your back- your core should be tight, use a mirror to make sure your back is straight throughout the whole movement.
  • Locking your knees.
  • Do not do this exercise if you are experiencing knee pain.
  • If you have any health concerns, you should always check with a doctor before performing specific exercises

Targets

  • Back
  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • Hams
  • Core
  • Forearms
  • Biceps

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3 Day Refresh Another Part of My Fitness Journey <3

What is the 3 day refresh!? Watch the video!

If you are interested in it, or any of the Beachbody products

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Beachbody has so much to offer, it can sometimes be overwhelming.

Let me help you find your perfect fit!

Here is my journal I kept during my refresh.

To give you somewhat of an idea of what it was like.

Best part about this! You get to eat food!!! It isn’t one of those awful fasting cleanses.

Day 1 Refresh

  • Felt pretty good. No major cravings or anything.
  • Just need to highlight the fact that when they say drink the fiber mixture immediately. DO IT. Lol It congeals and gets thick of you do not drink it right away. My suggestion: chug it.
  • I was proud of myself too! I even went out with my friends to a bar and just drank water all night! I didn’t let temptation get in my way. (but boy did that glass of wine look good….)

Day 2 Refresh

  • 2:33pm
    • I have honestly been struggling kind of all day
    • I am starving right now but I haven’t had my vanilla shake yet. Just about to drink it!
    • I keep dreaming about this bbq chicken grilled cheese sandwich. I am seeing it in my dreams right now lmao…
    • Monday can’t come fast enough!!!
  • 9:00pm
    • Ok so I almost had it tonight. I was so hungry and feeling weak.
    • Then I realized…
      • Rule #1- DO NOT do a 3 day refresh right after you were recovering from a pretty nasty stomach bug. Probably not the best idea (I’m not sure but I am not going to recommend it to anyone! Baha). I was already exhausted
      • Rule #2- If you do something like that, just take it easy the whole weekend. Don’t even try to anything other than a light walk etc… I tried to do yoga and I just couldn’t make it through.
      • Rule #3- Do eat the dinner. EAT the dinner. Omg haha I think that is where my hunger problems came from yesterday. I forgot to eat a proper dinner on Day 1.
    • For dinner I had a carrot, broccoli, collard greens, bean pods (if that is even what you call them haha) etc. Basically a vegetable medley. That really helped.

Day 3 Refresh

  • 8:00am
    • Still feeling full from last night’s dinner thank God haha
    • Just had my water, now it is shakeo time ❤
  • 11:00am
    • I cannot emphasize enough how you should literally mix your fiber sweep and immediately chug it. This doesn’t give the fiber time to absorb the water and become thick/chunky. CHUG THAT SH*** :-p
  • 10:00pm
    • Omg where did the time go!
    • So I am officially feeling great.
    • I had enough energy to go to the playground with my niece today and even carry her on my shoulders half the way! Haha and I am still awake and working my butt off!
    • Overall, loved the 3 day refresh. I am positive it is going to help me with my food cravings from now on, and help me boost my energy during the day.
    • Just eat the dinners, for the love of god. Do not run around like a hangry beast :-p

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Playlist #2- Songs I Workout to

Some of the songs I have most recently added to my workouts!

I don’t know about you, but I need a little beat to take my mind off of what I am doing. Helps me push harder, do more, and achieve my goals. I live and breathe music. It touches my soul. Some people wonder why I have a hard time working out without it. I wonder the same about why they would choose otherwise. ❤

  1. Somebody (feat Jeremih- Natalie La Rose
  2. She Knows (feat. Juicy J.)- Ne Yo
  3. Sugar- Maroon 5
  4. She Came to Give It to You- Usher
  5. Fireball- Pitbull
  6. Sledge Hammer- Fifth Harmony
  7. Burnin’Up (feat. 2 Chainz)- Jessie J
  8. 2 On (feat. ScHoolboy Q)- Tinashe
  9. Booty (feat. Pitbull)- Jennifer Lopez
  10. BO$$- Fifth Harmony
  11. Bailando- Enrique Iglesias
  12. Bang Bang- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
  13. Na Na- Trey Songz
  14. Fancy- Iggy Azalea
  15. Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)- Ariana Grande

My Workout 1-13-15

I know I haven’t had a lot of time to workout, and that is going to change. Going home will hopefully give me stability and the time to really focus on my health. I did manage to get a good workout in today. So here it is:

Leg Day!

  • 15 minute elliptical warm up
  • stretching session
  • talk with Darren one of our personal trainers, encouraging, and positive
  • warmed up with 3 sets of walking lunges forwards and backwards (12 forwards 12 backwards)
    • followed immediately by hands to feet stability ball passes (x20)
  • 8 sets of Kettle bell swings 12 KG for 30 seconds
    • followed immediately by 30 seconds of side to side medicine ball crunches
  • 3 sets of TRX strap lunges 12 on each side
    • followed immediately by 8lb medicine ball crunches (pushing ball to ceiling with legs elevated as well)
    • 1 minute of rest between
  • felt like puking so had to take a break
  • 5 sets of Bosu ball squats (x15)
    • followed immediately by v-crunches (x20)
  • glute/leg kickback machine
    • 70lbs (x12 each leg)
    • 80lbs (x12)
    • 90lbs (x12)
    • 100lbs (x6)
  • Squats in the squat rack with 45lb bar narrow stance, wide stance, and Plié squats
    • +20lbs (x12, x12, x12)
    • +40lbs (x5, x5, x5)
    • +50lbs (x2, x2, x2)
    • +60lbs (x2, x2, none)
  • Hip Abduction Machine
    • 10 outside pulses at 150lbs (x5)
    • 160lbs (x3)
    • 5 outside pulses at 170lbs (x4)
  • Smith Machine Calves toes out approx. 30 deg., toes straight, toes inwards approx. 30 deg.
    • 20lbs (x12, x12, x12)
    • 40lbs (x12, x12, x12)
    • 60lbs (x8, x8, x8)

No more! I was donneeeeeee. Now I’m super tired and need a nap!

Monday Motivation

I ran across this blog talking about the benefits of fitness on mental health: Monday Motivation. Check it out! So get started now! Sometimes it is the only thing that keeps me sane and going.

Everything All at ONCE!

I am a busy girl, and between working out and my 3 jobs right now I get a little tired. Therefore mass posting occurs!

First on my agenda is my gym friend’s competition! She worked so hard, and really stuck to her meal plans, so of course she looked amazing! You can follow her progress etc. at: Instagram: ashl3ycrews

Here are some photos from her show:

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I have met some really great and friendly people at my jobs, and have had a strange resurgent in my social life. Don’t get me wrong, I totally love it! I am just tiirreedddd lol I am slowly starting to realize I am not as young as I used to be :-p I neeeed my sleep! Specially with everything I am doing! However, how can I say no to the opportunity to do myself up and go out! My favorite thing to do! As well as be with fun and sweet people!

First on my list is my night out with the other Ashley! (too many Ashleys lol) She is also working towards a competition of her own and runs her own Instagram page: ashleyclyne ! We went out in toga a couple of times recently (she just turned 21 recently so of course I love taking her out and being her DD!). Here are some photos of our shenanigans and some photos of her herself so you can see what she is all about!

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Alsooo my idea to make a Halloween costume totally fell through when the sewing machine ended up being broken! I had a backup plan though so I went to see Hunter Hayes instead! It  was such an amazing concert and fun! He is so talented, and a complete cutie. He played many different guitars, the piano, and the drums during the concert. Had a really really fun time!

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My life is still hard right now. I am making some extremely difficult decisions that I am not too happy about. Some of which make me vulnerable, and I hate feeling unsure and insecure. I will push through this though and be stronger than ever in the end, like always. I am just glad I have so much to do to keep me busy, helps me to keep going. Plus I am meeting some great people who have really brightened my days as well <3. I haven’t had any major depression or anxiety problems since last year! So hooray for that! 🙂

Keep shining

You may just be the light that someone needed

I know I did

That I do

I always will.

Its Tuesday! My Workout.

OMG I cannot apparently spell tonight…

Edited this twice already due to errors!!

So I just worked at the Juice Bar today and had tonight off. So I got to workout! :)- After I was super duper lazy/tired and took a 4 hour nap… yeah that’s right…4 HOURS lol I woke up and was like ommggggg. So I went to the gym at like 7:30ish and you would think hey it’d be decently dead. NO! It has been so busy the past couple of days. So since I got there in time for Body Jam I’d just go for it.

If you don’t know what Body Jam is and you love to dance/love Zumba, you should definitely check it out. It is a Les Mills Group Fitness Class, and boy do I work up a sweat in it. I love to “warm up” with it (or Zumba!).

http://www.lesmills.com/workouts/fitness-classes/bodyjam/

Here is some real people doing it:

Here is a video with a bunch of French people (in French haha):

Oh yeahhhh:

So that should give you a pretty good idea. It is an hour long, and I get super hot and sweaty in it. So it is definitely a fun cardio workout. You can make it as hard as you want!

Since I tried jumping back in the game a little too fast, causing my sciatica to flare up, I have been focusing on my abs and lower back. So I just basically did a lot of dead lifts, back extensions, supermans, and ab work etc. Was at the gym from 7:30 to 10:00ish so I got a good workout in!

I am also so proud of this girl I recently met while working at the gym! She is going to her first competition this weekend and I couldn’t be happier for her! Pictures and details to come! I really wish her the best. (it is also her first time on a plane, so I hope it is a good experience for her- lord knows how awful I am at flying now…..)

I had my protein shake, and now I am munching on this delicious soup!

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Hard Work, Lost Progress, The Struggle

(don’t mind the stuffing in hair picture, just thought it was rather funny this morning :-p)

So as you have probably heard me say, I am in a lot of debt. Partly because of my inhibitions in spending I have had during probable manic episodes, and partly due to bad decision making (don’t feel comfortable blaming it all on my mental illness). How much of each I am unsure of :-p . However, I have been working 60+ hours a week (at three jobs now!) to try and slowly claw my way out of this hole. Therefore I hadn’t worked out in over 2 months, losing all the hard earned progress that I had made since December :/ . However, I am back at it and loving the awfully sore feeling that makes me not want to move right now.

I got a job at my gym (Vent Fitness, Clifton Park)! I love it there too. What is better than to work with the friendly and kind staff I have gotten to know over the past few months! Plus a free gym membership doesn’t hurt either 😉 . It also gives me more opportunities to work out before and after work. So I finally got to go Monday night, and yeah… I got my butt kicked…. I was shaking and sweating, and overall just dying. I will get back to where I was though, and more! I missed it so much, and the good feelings that came with it too.

I also need to make the time to eat healthier. With all the running around I have given in to the temptations of domino’s, pizza hut, and all kinds of fast food restaurants. Blegh! No more! I need to drop this extra weight I have gained and take care of myself better. More to come soon. I am going to get my organization skills working and figure this all out!

Thanks for all of your support and love.

MuscleMania Competition!

I know my camera sucks… Need to get a new one… But just because here are some photos! Enjoyed the show as always, and the trainer at my gym Arleen was amazing! She is in such great shape!

Really hoping to be on the stage myself one of these days.

(If I can ever get my diet under control… I say as I am chomping down on Butterfinger minis…. le sigh…)

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Workout: Tuesday 6/11/14

So already I am behind on my schedule! *grrr* I was SUPPOSED to do leg day on Monday…but hey I guess everything doesn’t always go as planned and we just have to improvise ;). This workout was particularly hard for me, possibly because it was my first time at the gym since I got sick. I didn’t get to get everything in, but what I missed I will add in later on today after work!

  • 15 minute warm up on the elliptical
  • Leg extension machine x12 (3 sets)
  • I WAS going to do the leg curl machine afterwards, but you know…some ladies need their social time and thus decide that they need to do it while they are “working out”…. Makes me so angry. DO NOT DO THIS!!! There are people who go to the gym to actually accomplish something rather than exercising their jaw muscles… Have a little respect and consideration for others <3.

Sorry about the rant, might feel a little strongly about this :-p.

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Ok :-p I think I got that off my chest ❤

back to my workout…

  • Smith machine squats (narrow, wide, sumo)
    • 20lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 40lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 60lbw x12, 12, 12
    • 80lbs x7, 7, 7
    • 100lbs x3, 2, 3
  • Romanian deadlifts (60lbs) and lunges
    • x20 (deadlifts), 20 (lunges on each leg, so total of 40)
    • x15, 20
    • x16, 29
    • x9, 15
  • Seated calf raise (in, middle, out)
    • 70lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 75lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 80lbs x12, 12, 12
  • Dumbbell squat 25lbs for the duration of the song : Wiggle by Jason Derulo (yes I know…I just can’t help myself…)
  • Side lunges for the duration of the songs: Stay with My by Sam Smith, and Wild Love by Pitbull

 

I then had to haul a** out of the gym to make to do dinner with Nate and Paige!