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!

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October Progress and Goal Setting!

So I would like to start this post off by saying…I fell asleep at 8pm, woke up at 10:30pm… … … and thought I had gotten a full nights sleep. UGH!! I hate my body/internal clock!! This is why I am on this posting craze :-p

So today I woke up early (I still have not stopped my alarm from going off at 5am……..) and decided to go to the gym! I was a little unhappy because I tried to do a RPM class (les mills spinning) and spent like 5 minutes on the bike before I realized that it was not going to work. It was hitting the irritated area of my sciatic nerve right on, so yeah I jumped off that bike real quick and ran out! I at least got to tell Mel (instructor) that I was probably going to do that and not to get offended. I would have felt so bad otherwise.

– p.s. if you are ever at the Vent Fitness in Clifton Park, there is a duo named Pam and Mel who are so much fun to take classes with together, and separately. They are really sweet and kind in person as well!

Back to what I was talking about! So I ended up warming up on the elliptical, stretching, then doing the stair climber (machines were making funny noises so I had to jump off and find something else again!- yeah I was frustrated), then I ran a mile. I promptly showered and went to work.

I also met with the trainer I am going to be working with starting in November. His name is David Byrd, and I just love his energy (he talks about energy a lot too). He highlighted my main issue…which is as I have said many times… —> FOOD bah!

I am going to go shopping tomorrow and try doing what he suggested. Prepping for a whole week on the day when I have time. It is very difficult for me to ensure I eat healthy because I am so busy, but I am going to just have to make some life changes and preparations to make sure I do. My #1 goal right now is to lose weight, then we can start working on my body.

Baby steps ❤

Just figured I needed to get serious about my health again, specially if I want to keep doing this blog :-p

haha… makes sense ya?

omg good night

going to bed

not posting another thing

Baby Steps

So I was sorely disappointed when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to just start up where I left off a few months ago. I tried to dive head first back into my workouts… and let’s just say that was a bad idea. My sciatica came back which has hindered my further right now, and I basically crashed and burned. So I am going to be taking baby steps to get back in the game… even though I am not happy about it! I call my workouts my “old lady” workouts now.  I hate getting older! lol

I wish I had never stopped, but hey, sometimes life gets in the way.

However I am making changes in my job and in my life in order to focus more on my health.

  • I am meeting with one of the trainers at my gym to discuss personal training and guidance in reaching my goals. I know personal training is expensive, and I get that most people don’t do it. The only problem is that without proper attention and education, a lot of people are doing the exercises wrong. In failing to do them correctly you are setting yourself up for possible injury, working the wrong muscles/not getting the maximum benefit out of the exercise, and just generally failing at life (lol jk!).
    • My gym (Vent Fitness) also does these small classes called NXT classes which I found extremely helpful. It is almost like personal training because there are  only a maximum of 5 people per class. The trainers at the gym teach them, and they really help you learn, correct your form, and push you to be better. Getting in the reinvent program which allowed me to take these classes for a couple of months was beyond worth it. I love my gym, and I really believe in it. You may hear me talking about them all the time, and you’ll just have to get over it :-p
  • Ok…I just got a little off topic…
    • What are my goals!??
      1. lose weight
      2. tone/build muscle
      3. get certified to teach some sort of group class (yoga, spinning etc!)
      4. compete in either a bikini or figure competition in 2015
  • I just got a new job that is going to hopefully bring less stress into my life. I just realized that no matter how much I work, and how much effort I put into one of the jobs I am currently working, it won’t matter. I will never get the recognition I deserve, or the appreciation. I am killing myself for inadequate pay, and slight chaos. For someone who can have anxiety issues, chaos is not good…not good… :-p

Ok dog needs attention

Post more later

Love dog now

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Fight Like a Girl- Breast Cancer Awareness and Research is Important BUT….

So I am all about saving the Ta Ta’s!

However, I want to remind everyone that while breast cancer awareness and fund raising is important, it is by far not the leading cause of deaths around the world.

You can see this on the World Health Organization’s website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/

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As you can see breast cancer isn’t even really on this list. Lung cancer is actually the top killer in the cancer family. But who wants to talk about lungs when we have boobs! The reason breast cancer gets so much attention is it is easily marketable, and people like to participate. There is pink for the girls, and boobs for the guys lol

So yes we should donate to this cause and raise awareness, but also remember there are other more prominent and dangerous killers out there!

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.

Why Hello There, My World: Good and Bad

 

Apologize for any mistakes, I do not feel up to rereading all of this and correcting anything!

Beware: Unedited and probably full of errors- if you are a proponent of proper English, and errors send you into crazed madness do not read!

You probably know what I mean when I say I feel like my entire world is crashing at my feet. I haven’t been posting much, and I do apologize, I have just been extremely busy. Because of the debt I am in, and my future goals, I have been working 50+ hours a week. I have not had much time for the gym :/ which I am really upset about (I probably have lost a lot of muscle mass, and set myself back significantly). Let me go through what is happening right now in my life.

The Good

  • I have been promoted to manager at the Saratoga Juice Bar. It is a small accomplishment, but something to be happy for. I am just glad I get to put it on my resume now! I really love working there. I enjoy the nutritional aspect, and the people I work with are very amiable. It truly is a blessing to be able to work for this establishment. Check them out at: http://saratogajuicebar.com/ if you want to take a peek!
  • I got a job at my Vent Fitness!!! (Clifton Park). It is only part time, but this is really what I want to start doing more and I figured what better way to start off my quest in mental and fitness health than working at the gym I really love.
  • I have a lot of bills, but I am finally able to pay them all myself. I am also able to spend a little money on myself as well on the side now, which I don’t even know how to explain how good that feels (girls know what I mean, shopping therapy really worksss).

The Bad

  • My relationship of 5 years is possibly at an end. I cannot and will not point fingers at him or myself saying it is either of our faults. There were many issues, we tried out best, and in the end I don’t know if we can get past them. Either way, it is life shattering. I only remember feeling like this once before, and I hate it. I have been having to take more of my anxiety pills because I just keep thinking about it over and over and it is completely stressing me out. That heavy feeling in my chest won’t go away. I don’t know if I should respect his request for space or if he really wants me to reach out and fight for him. Either way, I always feel so confused also because I feel like my illness always gets in the way in my relationships. I feel that most likely it has affected 50% or more, and I hate it. Looking back now I can see the patterns, and I had some really wonderful kind people, but I would get into this strange period where I was just done. I was cold, unfeeling, emotionless, for almost no reason. That is not what happened here, but there was another factor. Basically I am sad, tired, lonely, and utterly unhappy. (If you know me and you are reading this, please don’t feel the need to do anything, I am not writing this as a call for help from you or for any pity. It is just for those out there who are struggling too.)
  • My bills are really high. I need to figure out if there is any federal exemptions for people with mental illnesses. I have to start paying back some of my loans next month because I failed last semester (had another episode). So I really need to do some research, and if any of you know anything about things like this please share!
  • I am having a lot of trouble sleeping. I don’t want to take my anxiety medicine to sleep, but  have consistently been unable to sleep through the night. This just adds to my fatigue, and when I am not working usually you can find me in my bed. I am currently struggling to get up and finish cleaning like I want to.
  • Having trouble eating, not hungry. I actually could consider this good, because maybe I’ll finally lose some weight, but no. Its either I am not hungry, or I am binge eating on bad things. I need to get this under control, but I am pretty sure I am battling a slight case of depression right now, so oh wells. Nothing new lol :-p

 

Don’t worry I am still fighting, and I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I believe God has a plan for me, that I am on this earth for a purpose, and I will get there one day.

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 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 ❤

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!