Breast Cancer Awareness!

Just a little fun at my gym the other day! Got a little pink put in my hair and a glitter tattoo! So cute! Also in an update of my mental and physical health I have been really bad lately. I keep forgetting to take my medicine (will be correcting that SOON), and because I was too busy working I had not been working out for the past couple of months and therefore my sciatica is back. UGH!!!

For those of you who do not know sciatica is the irritation of the sciatic nerve which is a symptom of an underlying condition. I have seen my doctor and mine is not spine related (thank God) but it is still annoying/painful. It is also a huge reason why I should continue to keep up with my physical health. Keeping my back and ab muscles in shape kept this away for a while, but since I have lost most of that strength now it is back! My symptoms are shooting pain, numbness and a tingling sensation from my hip to my foot, and dull achy pain in my lower back. It gets worse the more I don’t relax and tend to it. Let’s just say I have been hauling ass back to my gym and getting in some low impact ab and back workouts to try and rectify this situation. I seriously can’t wait to get back to my full workouts. I miss them so much.

Seeing that I have been seriously over working myself I am only going to be working two jobs from now on and focusing on my mental and physical health. Also I need to fix everything and get my life in order (#1 move is to FINALLY get my room clean…omg been an ongoing project for weeks!).

Good video for sciatica: http://www.spine-health.com/video/sciatica-interactive-video

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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.

Workout 6/25/14 (mad late I know!)

Workout Wednesday: 6/25/14

As usual I am including videos that give decent examples of how to do the exercises yourselves. This is part of how I learned myself, as well as getting involved at the gym with some of the trainers in smaller classes. I was able to learn through their corrections, and videos online how to do most of what I am doing now. As bad as it sounds, if you can afford it, I would definitely suggest getting a personal trainer to at least teach you proper form and how to do different workouts. If your gym offers free equipment instruction, and if the workers are willing to help, take advantage of that as well! I have pulled Scott from my gym a few times to show me how to use a machine or if I am doing an exercise correctly.

  1. 15 minute warm up on the elliptical machine
  2. Shoulder press on the cable machine
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZYpTrVUCGs
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M238OiKtnRk
    3. (yeah something like that lol)
      1. 20lbs x10
      2. 15lbs x11
      3. 10lbs x10
      4. 5lbs x12
    4. All sets done in succession with little to no rest in-between.
  3. Front Raise
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t7fuZ0KhDA
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZS1Ae5n90M
      1. 10lbs x12
      2. 7.5lbs x25
      3. 5lbs x35
    3. Little to no rest in-between sets
  4. Stair Stepper Interval Training
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0zGTCPk3mA
      1. Engage core!! Love that he pointed that out!
    2. What I did was one minute with the intensity/speed increased then 30 seconds off.
    3. I died during this, just thought you might want to know… lol
  5. Lateral Raise
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttvfGg9d76c
      1. 15lbs x15
      2. 10lbs x25
      3. 5lbs x20
  6. Arnold Press
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj2w851ZHRM
      1. 10lbs x20
      2. 7.5lbs x22
      3. 5lbs x25
    2. Emphasis on front delts
  7. Lunging Landmines
    1. I don’t even know how to really describe how I do these and I can’t seem to find a video on it either! Maybe I am doing something really wrong and dangerous lol I guess I should ask someone at the gym sometime :-p
    2. Did 5 sets of these 1 minute on and 30 seconds rest

The End ❤

So much to do <3 So little time!

So I am going to start having to prep/plan my whole days out due to my crazy schedule.

I hope I don’t forget anything for tomorrow!

Speaking of forgetting things… Just remembered I need to pack underwear!

Hahaha that would have been bad…It didn’t need to be in the picture anyways 😉


Schedule:

5:00am wake up

5:30 go to gym

8:00 working at the Juice Bar

4:30 working at Circus Café

10-11:00 sleep and repeat!


So hopefully I am successful in packing everything I will need for the day.

I only feel bad because I miss my little Dino so much, because my boyfriends family has him. I just can’t make it home to take him out in time! Trying to make enough money to move to Saratoga so I can simply just walk to work, and have the time to take car of Dino like I should. Poor baby, but he is having the time of his life chasing squirrels and chipmunks at their house so its ok! I just miss my little cuddle buddy!

Hopefully I will have something for you tomorrow on my workout! Still need to post leg day from this week. Sorry I have been off my game, I have just been really busy and hadn’t figured my workouts into my new schedule!

(going to be sooo tired, but it will be worth it in the end)


I really need to get myself ahead on my debt, and make it more comfortably manageable. So if that means I have to work my butt off, then I will!

100lbs Squats!

Promising myself that I am breaking 100lbs next week! 🙂

(Ignore the scary faces)

This is the result of 6 months of hard work. Everyone has to start somewhere. You just do what you can and work from there 🙂 There is no shame in squatting with just the bar (45lbs) or 5lb hand weights etc. If you are afraid of using the machines, or how to do proper form on certain exercises, ask the trainers at the gym! That is what they are there for! Mine have helped me so much, and I am so very appreciative.

The hard thing now is finding the time to do my workouts! I am currently working two jobs double shifts every day. I really need to catch up on my debt and pay my bills! So here it goes!

No Life

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Please let me know if you ever see my doing something with bad form, or if I can fix something! I do my best to make sure I do things correctly, but most of these things I am learning on my own so I will get them wrong at times!

Pink and Brew and Pushups!

So if you know me, you know I am obsessed with my gym. Particularly the one in Clifton Park (Vent Fitness). So when I went to the Pink and Brew on Friday night I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were there! I even got to do a few pushups for a free t-shirt and water bottle (boy was I a happy camper lol)!

The girl in the blue shirt, Paige, was my trusty companion and partner in crime that night 😉

http://www.proctors.org/events/pink-brew

http://www.timesunion.com/seen-events/article/SEEN-Pink-Brew-at-Proctors-4638436.php#photo-4856821

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!

Workout Plan for the Week of 6/9/14!

Schedule for the week of June 9th 2014

Monday: Leg Day (3 sets of each exercise as always)

  • 15 minute warm up
  • Leg Extensions
  • Leg Curls
  • Smith Machine or Barbell Squats
    • Narrow, wide, sumo so total of 36 each time (3 times so a total of 108 squats when you are done theoretically… lol)
    • OR I like to start off at 20lbs, and then progressively add 10 onto each side until I can’t do anymore squats
      • I have been able to get to 100lbs, but I can only do 2-3 squats at that point
      • So push yourself, but be safe!
  • Side lunges x 20
    • If I am with someone I will do these while I wait for them to be done with their sets
    • If I am alone, I will just rest in-between sets
  • Interval Training: jump rope or landmines
    • 1 minute on with 30 seconds rest for around 7.5 minutes
  • Calf Raises
  • Plank
    • If I am waiting for my partner to finish
    • If I am alone simply rest in-between sets
  • Leg Press
  • Hip adduction machine
  • Hip abduction machine
  • Interval Training: burpees (I have to do frog burpees because of my knees, but do whatever you are comfortable with!)
    • 1 minute on and 30 seconds rest like before
  • Romanian Deadlifsts
  • Walking or Stationary Lunges
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Dumbbell Squats to failure
  • Make sure to stretch!!!!!

Tuesday: Chest

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruR1HLYLNT8
    • Shows you how to do some of the exercises!
  • Spinning Class (5:30 AM or whenever)
  • Bench Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Plate Press
  • Cable Machine (if I am feeling frisky adding that on :-p)

Wednesday: Back and Abs

  • Probably go for a run/sprints this morning
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0X24DPqFm0
    • Check out that video- where I got the exercises from
  • Close-Grip Bent-Over Row and Dumbbell Pull-Over
    • Do them together with no to little rest inbetween
  • Chin ups and Barbell Bent-Over Row (Wide Grip)
    • Same as before
  • Pull-Ups
  • Cable Crunches
  • Leg Lifts
  • Fork/whatever crunches (cannot figure out the name at all, driving me crazy!)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Planks
  • Anything else I feel like adding ❤

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Shoulders

  • Interval Training
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfbCdxxUARQ
      • Video on how to do these exercises from Scott Herman on YouTube!
    • 4 rounds, 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest, 8 minutes total
      • V-Up
      • Handstand Push-Up (how about just a handstand….lol…yeah that is totally not happening yet baha)
      • Flutter Kick (1-1 count)
      • Burpees
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXZVCfmF_Zw
    • Check out the video, got this workout grouping from him. I really like his routines and how he explains them!
  • Dumbbell Military Press
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise
  • Dumbbell Front Raise
  • Rear Deltoid
  • Barbell Shrugs

Saturday: Biceps and Triceps

Sunday: Rest

Doctor’s Visit: Reality Check

Have I ever mentioned how telling the truth of how things are in your life and fessing up are the hardest things for me? I am so much better at blocking out the bad and pushing forward. Sometimes though, you cannot keep running, it eventually catches up. Which totally sucks by the way :-p

So I saw my doctor and confessed to him everything that has been going on. How I didn’t finish school, and have not been really great about taking my medication like I should. He gave me homework:

#1- get an app to remind me to take my pills, and actually do it
#2- get in touch with my advisor and talk to her about everything

He also mentioned that possibly my venture into this whole fitness thing might be some sort of coping mechanism to help me feel better about not doing well in school. Sort of a, I am working hard in one area to make up for my lacking in the other. While I do not regret the choice to live a healthier lifestyle, this does makes sense, and I am going to try to be more aware of it, and I am never going to give up on school. I will finish no matter how long it takes me!

#3- I have to get another hand brace that fits properly. The official diagnosis is De Quervains Tenosynovitis! So I just need to take some Aleve, ice my hand, and give it tons of rest. Nothing major, just more annoying than anything.

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And just remember!

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Keep up the hard work in whatever you are doing. Something is better than nothing!