Battle of the Post Holiday Weight Gain

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Did any of you over do it like me this past holiday and gain weight like me?

Who am I kidding? With me breastfeeding for the majority of 2015, I let my eating habits go awry, anything and everything I wanted, I ate inhaled. Now all that post baby weight I lost, is pretty much toast. I’m back to my normal weight which is not bad, but for me, I know that I can do better. I can tell by the bloat that the carbs I’ve been inhaling are not doing my body any good. So, it’s time to get my food portions and meals in order. I’m not going to go on a juice or tea detox, because it takes a lot to oil this 6 foot machine! I am just going to do some meal planning and eat less processed foods, eat more veggies and fruits, and drink more water. I’ve done this before if you have been following my blog posts.

I am also back in the gym! I started back last week and it felt glorious! The Fitbit is the reason ‘m back full fledged.

Fitbit

Image Source: FitBit.com

I bought a Charge HR(In purple!!!!) to inspire me to get off my butt and on me feet as well as track my heart rate. What I didn’t think would happen was my competitive spirit to kick into full blast! On the Fitbit app you can add friends, and can challenge them during the week, cheer their progressions and taunt them in competitions. It’s an amazing device and they have many different kinds.I got this one on sale during the holidays and I must say it’s one of my best purchases in 2015.You can check out the various Fitbits here. Today I did about 45 minutes of intervals on the elliptical, as well as took 5 flights of stairs back to my desk and took the 15 minute ab class they offer at the gym at work. I also make sure to track my food and connected my Fitbit to the wonderful app MyFitnessPal which helps you track your food and helps you set goals for eating. Before I put something in my body I will put it in MyFitnessPal to see if it’s a good food or a bad food. Food planning helps and they even help you set goals for exercise and things. I really love the app and it helped me lose 25lbs a few years ago. I am SO excited that I am back on track and I can bring you guys some great fitness content and potential yummy recipes  soon. I am so happy to be on my journey again!

 

 

Shoulders, Calves and Abs

 

Yesterday I hit the gym pretty hard and rocked out my workout. I did my shoulders, calves and abs. I thought the workout would be easy being that there were not that many exercises. No. My shoulders were on fire and I had the slow disoriented waddle, when I walked out the gym yesterday. My workout consisted of:

20 mins on the elliptical

150 reps, per side of Seated bar bell twists w/ 20lb bar

3 sets to failure in 15 reps of Side Lateral raises w/10lb 

3 sets to failure in 15 reps  of Front Dumbbell Raises w/ 10lbs 

Superset of 

3 sets to failure in 12 reps of Side lateral raises w/ 5lbs

3 sets to failure in 15 reps of Front Dumbbell Raises w/ 10lbs 

Machine Shoulder Military Press w/ 25lbs

1 warm up set of 8 reps

3 sets to failure in 15 reps

7 sets of Seated bent over Rear Delt Raises in 15 reps w/ 15 lbs 

Standing Calf Raises 1 warm up set of 10 reps and 5 sets of 20 reps

3 sets to failure 20 reps each of Sit ups

Elliptical for 20 mins

150 twists w/ 20lb bar

 

I was pooped I tell you!!!  I also noticed this amazing phenomenon. A lot of women do not lift. I got a lot of stares and questionable looks as to why I was in the free weights area. Usually a woman is accompanied by a man in this area to be trained briefly or they are just passing by. So, it is overall a male dominated area. Most women dominate the cardio equipment. I would like to encourage all of my female fitness enthusiasts to join me! Come to the weight area. It is not a scary place, it actually is a great place to look at men! lol See the various forms and different workouts that other people do. I am a beginner out there in the weighted world, but I would like to see women get their weights, and toning in too! I am all about showing these guys what I can do! The stares were welcomed by me, and I even got a few smiles out the guys when they saw me working hard!

 

Today is leg day and I have my handicap sticker ready lol. I may be crawling out the gym when I finish wish me luck.

 

 

Photo credit: Womenshealthmagazine.com

Rainy Weekend

Rain was all that happened this weekend. So I took this as an opportunity to relax, and get back to my leisure lifestyle of life. I started out my weekend by going to get my hair done, and running a few errands, and ended up unpacking some boxes. In between that, I watched a movie, played with my dog, attempted to take a nap, unpacked some more, and worked on homework. I got it all done! I also went to the gym and got a beasty back and biceps workout in. I still cannot do a pull up, so I had to skip that. I will get better. I can tell I am getting stronger, though. Any progress is great progress.  I also ate pretty horrible this week/weekend. Fried foods, Mexican foods, desserts you name it I ate it. In moderation though. So I am maintaining my weight,  but not my precious abdominal muscles *tear*, but that’s okay, every now and then you need to eat freely. Give the body a break from not being tempted to eat every cookie in sight and managing to resist can be tough and weary sometimes.

I spent all of Sunday arraigning my room, speaking with my Mom, submitting homework and playing fetch with the Gizster.

Today I will be working on Shoulders abs and legs and will post about it on tomorrow, and this week will be all about reviewing my Chapters for the up and coming midterms I have on this weekend. I am also apart of a skit for my Company’s annual BBQ Cook off and I have a friend coming into town to visit for her PV Homecoming. So my peaceful weekend was welcomed and appreciated. When I will get another? Who knows! Stay foxy people!

Thoughtful Thursdays

It’s Friday eve!

I am excited. I was not able to workout since last Thursday.I have a lot of school work to complete and I am on the organization committee for Customer service week I finally was able to workout and continue the Kris Geithen 12 Week program. I should be on week 4, but I am on week 3 and so far so good. You can find the workout on Bodybuilding.com.

Yesterdays workout consisted of:

Cardio
20 mins

Seated Barbell twist
150 reps per side

Dumbbell Bench Press
2 warm up sets of 10 reps w/ 15 lbs
2 sets to failure in 8 reps w/20 lbs

Straight – Arm Dumbbell Pullover
1 warm up set of 10 reps 15 lbs
2 sets to failure in 10 reps 20 lbs

Incline Dumbbell Flyes
2 sets to failure in 12 reps w/20 lbs
1 drop set to failure 20 lbs to 15 lbs

Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension
1 set to failure in 7 reps 20 lbs
2 drop sets to failure 15 lbs, to 10 lbs, to 5 lbs

Dips Triceps Version
3 sets to failure 12 reps

Superset:

Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension
3 sets to failure in 10 reps

Bench Dips
3 sets to failure in 12 reps

Cardio
15 mins

Seated Barbell twist
150 reps per side

After all of that lifting, yes, I was tired. I need to mention I have officially lost 26 lbs so far. It has been a long journey, but I am here from a huge 198 to 172!!! For a tall person I am moving into the realm of skinny. 150 is rail thin for a person of my stature. So I am excited! I should post a pic for Transformation Tuesday! Happy Thursday to everyone!

Moving Weekend

My weekend was full of cardboard!

Literally. I woke bright and early to get my rented U-Haul, and had movers move my major furniture into storage. It was really Humid with no wind so things got a little sticky. I wore shorts and a loose shirt and that still did not help things. I got a few cat calls though LOL! After that a friend came over to help me make a few trips and I had to go back to the new place to make sure the AT&T guy connected my service. I have to have Showtime. I cannot be without it! He had trouble finding whatever the connector thing is to the phone lines, I ended up finding it. He just overall did a mediocre job. After that I was pooped. I took a long break and relaxed in the bed. I got hungry and decided to go get some food. I took my dog, Gizmo, out to go potty, and ended up getting locked out. 3 hours later, I finally got my brother to unlock the door.

After that I met up with my step sister to have a glass of wine and enjoy a live band, I almost fell asleep 1 hour into the set, thanks to me not realizing I was exhausted. So I went to my new home to sleep. I slept like a brick! I woke up and went back to my old apartment and in about 3 trips, I was completely moved out. I woke up at 5am to buy a shirt for our Customer Service Week at my job (I was on the committee) and meet up with the wonderful ladies who cleaned my apartment. Superb Cleaning Service is someone I highly recommend!

Check out my photos!

I hope everyone’s weekend was eventful! I am taking a day off of my workouts since this weekend I did basically the elliptical carrying boxes up and down the stairs.

Action Packed Weekend

This weekend was a busy one!

Saturday I woke up early and did the UNCF Walk for Education with my company. It was fun, I got to dance, eat and bond with my co-workers from across other departments.

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I ended up walking the 5k instead of doing a run, because I didn’t want to be sore for my 23 mile bike ride the next day. After that I ended up running a plethora of errands and also found out I had a nail in my tire! I ended up getting a plug in it for now, I have wheel locks on my tires and there was no key for them. So I have to call the dealership who sold me the car to get the wheel keys. Wish me luck!

Sunday, I woke up bright and early to make the trek to Prairie View A&M University to do the Tour de Pink.

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It was a bike ride to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness and it was my 1st official bike tour! We had official gear to. My sis, who was the team captain, named the group the Slow Spoke Society! I didn’t join the group until later, but I will get one of these awesome biker shirts!

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That was just a few of the group members. They raised over $500.00 for the cause and riding a bike uphill made me realized my Hybrid bike, might be too heavy for these kind of tours. I may need to invest in the future, in a lighter bike. those start at 300- and can cost upwards in the 10k range! Crazy. I will not be investing in a 10k bike but a few hundred bucks may have to be thrown down, if I bike ride some more. They had pit stops every 7-10 miles and plenty of treats to keep our energy up and it was fun to interact with other bikers. Some were extreme and rude (like some drivers), some were pleasant and very friendly!

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I burned some serious calories, and everything I ate after that felt light! I even ate a 6oz steak and felt like I consumed nothing!  I relaxed the rest of the day and did some Grad school work and caught some TV shows. Ray Donanvin is a great show! It’s so thuggish rugguish!

How was your weekend? Anything action packed or fabulous things happened?

Full Body Dumbbell Workout

 

Hey there! It’s been a while! But Tribesports never fails me! They came up with an AWESOME workout that will work every part of your body! Just follow the steps below with a 5,10, or 20 lb weight, depending on your fitness level and you will be set. Work your way up to the 20lb dumbbells if you can. Check it out!

 

 

Pretty cool huh? Tribesports.com has also added some more cool features to their site such as the new training features. You can now log. your daily exercise, and even saving different sessions as “Workouts” to re-do them at a later date. Almost everything imaginable is covered from back squats and individual weights exercises to yoga and even fitness classes and sports, and we are constantly adding new exercises and sports to improve the system.Use it after a day at the gym, a run, a biking activity or whatever. Use it! Check out all the functionality of the new and improved site here

 

This weekend came together nicely. I am walking with my Company in the annual UNCF walk for education on Saturday and that should be fun, then I am participating in a biking event with my sis in Prairie View called the Tour de pink. It’s an annual biking event that raises money for Breast Cancer research. Really exciting stuff!

How is your weekend coming along? Anything cool going on?

Thursday workouts

This Thursday I rocked it out!

My workout with #garagefit consisted of:

  • Warm up: 15 minute run 
  • 15 hills
  • 20 Front Raises with 10lb dumbbells for warm up
  • 3 rounds of  20 lateral raises with 10lb dumbbells
  • 3 rounds of 20 lateral raises with 5lb plates 
  • 3 rounds of standing  lateral raises, front raises, lateral raises with 5lb plates
  • 3 rounds of rope thrusts locking elbows for 1:30seconds
  • 3 rounds of standing lateral raises into front raises
  • 3 rounds of 20 curved barbell bicep curls with 5lb weights
  • 3 rounds of 20 curved barbell bicep curls with 10 lb weights with a slowed paces on coming down
  • 3 rounds of 20 sitting Arnold shoulder press
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Ya girl went in! I wish the Bicep Emoji could be inserted here. That’s how I felt. Also, I am on this new meal plan and so far so good. I haven’t felt hungry since 6am. I meal prepped for 3 days since I will be going out of town for the weekend and I am sure I can maintain my little plan when the weekend hits. I just have to pack the non-perishables and possibly purchase some perishables. Here goes one of my meals I believe this is meal 3.

 

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Tomorrow I will get some cardio in and probably do some light work on Saturday whenever I get to my destination. Happy Friday Eve everybody!

 

WordPress Anniversary!

Do you know what today is?!

 

 

It’s my WordPress anniversary! How exciting. Well I would like to thank my sister for letting me know that WordPress was an excellent choice as a platform for blogging. I appreciate her, I would not have had the amazing opportunity to connect with bloggers that I have in the past 12 months.

Yesterday I worked out with my trainer and boy, I sweated. I ran for 1 minutes, then we went right into 1 minute 30 second planks, jumping jack planks(My informal description), side planks, situps of every kind. Bad punches, rope thrusts and jumping jacks in 96 degree weather. We got it in. Despite me and my chronic run in with an occasional wasp(I think they are stalking me wherever I go)  I did not complain! This is big. lol. I was so dead after this workout. I needed that. I did not bring my polar so, I have no clue what I burned or what my heart rate was.

I ended Thursday by watching the Chernobyl movie. It was cool, and very creepy. I turned on the lights and hugged Gizmo. lol. Hopefully everyone has a great weekend and thank you for journeying with me on this one year blogging span. I appreciate you all!

Monday Game Changers

It’s Monday!

 

How was everyone’s weekend? Hopefully blissful. Mine was a busy one. I spent the earlier part of my Saturday getting my hair done buying a crate for my dog, and getting an oil change. So interesting huh? I also hung out with my friend Karena and we headed off to our Friends child birthday party. It was in this beautiful location on the Northside of Houston called the Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Such beauty check out the website if you are looking for some amazing outdoorsy things to do.

Karena, Josiah and I!

It was fun. Thanks to my bright colors, a Wasp fell in love with me and kept following me. I am absolutely terrified of those creatures. So I looked crazy ducking and dodging. LOL. After that I went back home and fell asleep. For HOURS. I ended up making it an HBO night and watched Looper. Boy that movie was very interesting! Crazy ending. Bruce Willis typically stars in great movies. I did not see that ending coming.

 

 

Today I am introducing another #GameChanger this one involves Michael Jordan.

He was an amazing athlete in his prime and has set the standard for where basketball skills across the board are today. With 5 MVP’s and 10 – All time NBA awards. There is no denying this mans talent. Michael was the best in Attack and Defense when it came to basketball. His fluidity in mastering these two skills and combining him made him one of the biggest threats to other teams in the NBA that were not the Chicago Bulls.

Jordan was the first complete basketball players and this is another reason why he is considered a #GameChanger. According to Tribesports,  He was “One who combined strength, pace, power, scoring prowess, defensive skill and sheer heart and determination. Jordan showed that to be the best basketball player you need to have everything. He showed it was possibly to lead the scoring charts, while also leading the defensive charts. He ushered in a new era, where the all-rounder was king and he undoubtedly raised the bar for future basketball stars. “

You can see a synopis of his Game Changing events at Tribesports by following this link here

I hope you enjoyed today’s #GameChanger I have a few more I will post.