1:30am wake up call! (not really but just woke up and figured I could get things done!)
Plan of the day:
1- clean house/room so roomie doesn’t come home and strangle me (been so tired lately it is so hard to keep up with keeping everything neat!- who wants to buy me a maid haha jk)
2- work at the juice bar (DOUBLE today!)
3- workout sometime in-between (cause lord knows I’m not going to work out at the end of the day! I’m aiming for the Zumba class with Roxy today at Vent Fitness in Clifton Park!!)
(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!
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 😉
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!
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!
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!
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.
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)
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!
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.
And just remember!
Keep up the hard work in whatever you are doing. Something is better than nothing!
So yesterday I officially went on my first bike ride in who knows how many years. It all came back too, I didn’t fall off and face plant onto the cement (yay haha).
Look at my little biker self :-p
Anywaysss… My roommate has been biking to and from work for sometime now and I can see why she does it (besides having a completely crappy car that breaks down on her all the time…). It was a decent workout, and I could really feel it in my quads for the small amount of time we spent riding around the neighborhood. Great way to get out and about, and even participate in some cool fundraisers/charity events (such as the Tour De Cure!).
It’s getting close to the end of the Reinvent challenge at my gym (Vent Fitness)! So I am going to be adding a lot more cardio to my workouts to try and lose some of this pudge! Also…I am attempting to eat better also… ATTEMPTING… my 7+ Hershey Cookies N Crème bar binge yesterday might not have helped… (I know I should fight my food cravings when I am down…but…it is so hard…and it just makes me feel so much better- until I get a stomach ache… :-p ) That is my weakness by far: my diet. I applaud those of you who have it all under control, because I can’t seem to muster the will sometimes to stick to it.
Alsooo… I have what I believe to be tendonitis in my thumb. So lucky me! I am wearing a thumb stabilizer hand brace, which let me tell you is oh so attractive (and fun…). I feel like right around 23/25 my body has rebelled against me and started falling apart. This is also why I am so adamant and into my workout routine. I need to stay as healthy as possible for as long as I can! On to what I am really supposed to be posting about: my workout.
6:30 am Kinetix with Arleen
A metabolic session taking you through a 4-cell training process focusing on power and strength in a functional calorie blasting workout!
8:15 am BodyVive
Low-impact group fitness workout using VIVE balls, tubes, and optional hand weights
I will just mention that it says low impact, but in no way is this class easy. You can adjust the tube strength for more resistance, and it burnnssss!
10:00 pm I took a 4.2 mile run with a small pee/Dino potty break at 3 miles in.
Feeling good and accomplished! Now I’m off to leg day at the Latham Vent, with my bestest Jenniferrrr. ❤
So what I do is spread my legs so I can feel it in the upper/side of my butt/leg and I do little bounces back and forth keeping the muscle engaged the entire time and squeezing as I go the furthest out I can (“pulsing” is the word I am looking for!).
So 5 turns of 10 bounces (not sure what else to call it lol) 3 sets of each
Sort of like that but I take the bar to one side dip down into a lunge then push back up doing the normal landmine move to the other side, then I dip down into a lunge onto the other side. I did this for 1 minute and I usually rest for 30 seconds and then go again for 5 sets…butt I was a little tired so I had 1 minute on and 1 minute rest x5.
Just make sure to keep abs engaged, and push off your heels, keeping proper lunge form. Do not round the back and watch the bar, if you dip it too low your back rounds and the bar can come out of the plate if you are using one to hold the bar in place! (I believe this is about ittttt maybeh…)
Hip adduction machine
130lbs x 12 (3 sets)
Good nice and long stretching session!!!
Leg day 5-8-14 (word document for those of you who would like to look at it that way!