Happy Holidays!

Hope you all had a great start to the week,

I sort of did. This was my weekend with the little and I made the most of it. She goes with her dad for an extended period of time and I will miss her dearly. Last Friday, we had our Christmas/Mommy-daughter shoot! I like to send out personal holiday cards and I also needed to have some professional photos for this year, and my wonderful photographer, Jerren Willis came through! He always has done amazing work. He has taken my graduation photos, my family photos, my maternity photos, newborn photos, you name it! He is an on location photographer and is great to work with. I always recommend him to Houston Locals. Check out his latest work:

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My Holiday card’s are going to be poppin! I went for a lumberjack/chic look in these photos. I can’t tell you where I get my ideas from they just happen, and Pinterest also helps me pin things to my board that I am looking for. The matching Fringe boots are from Kohl’s. They had a massive sale a couple of weeks ago on boots and I cashed in! My boots are SO® Women’s Fringe Boots ($47.99)size 10 and London’s boots are Jumping Beans Girls’ Fringe Boots ($23.99) size 5 toddler. The black boots are from Target, who also had a massive sale on boots! Mine are Women’s Estelle Riding Boots – Merona™ size 10 ($22.35) and London’s are Toddler Girl’s Quilted Fashion Boots – Black size ($16.95) . Our shirts are from Walmart! Her’s was $5.00 size 12 month in boy, and mine was in the junior section for $10.00! We were definitely winning on this outfit!

I’m also back in the gym this week, well for life lol, because I no longer have the benefits of being a mom who breastfeeds. I breastfed for one full year and the benefits were, I could not keep any weight on! Now, however, the poundage is back and if I want to stay in the weight lane I am in, I will have to work for it. Plus you know the benefit of working out is energy and overall health longevity. So I’m back in the gym starting off with fasted cardio and weights. They have an amazing gym at my job, and awesome instructors. I can’t lose!

Hope everyone has a blessed week! Take care!

Getting back in the groove of it all

Hey guys!

I am finally officially off of maternity leave. I took 8 weeks off to spend time with my precious little girl and I enjoyed every minute. Now that I am back at work as of Monday, I am officially a working mother. It is bittersweet. I love to work, productive days are what I live for, but I love being a mother, being there for every waking moment for my child. I can see why tons of women do not come back to work. I probably would not be one of those women. I have a few things career wise that I HAVE to accomplish. If I set out a goal, I hold myself accountable to finish it. I am not faulting stay at home moms or those who decide they need more time with a new baby, but I know that I would always have that “what if?” in my head. So back to the grind it is.

Challenges I am having at the moment is finding time to work out, and just get some things done. Having a little one and being a single mother has proven to be a challenge, but I am learning that I am no wonder woman and as long as I have a plan and try to accomplish two things in a day vs 10-15, that I will be okay. Eventually I will be able to accomplish more, but baby steps are required at the moment.

In baby news my little one will be 2 months officially on Friday. Time is flying. She can hold her neck up pretty well, and has some good  movement, is following objects very well, and she is very alert. She startles easily. She has just begun to coo and smile when you smile at her and it is so joyous to experience. I love it. Motherhood is bliss.

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That’s all for my update! I look forward to blogging about my Mommy/Challenges/Workouts/Life adventures on a more consistent basis.

New Year!

We are moving into the new year!

Well this can be exciting! For me things are moving along. I have had some unexpected things happen in my life……..

I will blog about them later but some things I can tell you is, I am becoming a home owner this month! I will also be in my second semester of Grad school and I am looking for new opportunities within my company! I took a hiatus on working out, not because I wanted to, because my energy levels went down the drain! But I am back! I am ready to conquer the workout world! HAHA. I do not think I have any New Years resolutions. Oh Maybe just one. Become a business analyst. There is always some career goal I want to achieve and this is it.

 

So did any one miss me??? LOL

DOMS?

 

DOM DOM DOOOOOOM!

Let’s talk about DOMS aka Delayed onset muscle soreness. It is also know as muscle fever to some. It’s that pain and stiffness you feel after an epic workout. Only you do not feel it the next day, you feel it 48 hours later. How can you prevent such a travesty? By hitting the Sauna, stretching, massage, hot baths, and a foam roller, or even going for another workout  I am a victim of DOMS, and it can be brutal. 24 hours after your workout, you feel fine and then when you hit the 48 hour mark after your workout, and things get real. It feels like you slammed yourself into a brick wall at 180 mph. Yikes. I honestly find comfort in the discomfort. How? I like that I feel my muscles growing. I like that I feel myself getting stronger. Sure it hurts to climb stairs, and squat, and sometimes stretch, but I have a goal and I am seeing major results. Don’t let a little DOMS stop you in your tracks, push though it and let’s all get sexy!

Tomorrow is my Company’s Cook off and I need to figure out how I am going to do that and get my Back and Biceps workout in. I may have to forgo seeing scandal and set the DVR and go work it out tonight. I also have midterms this weekend. Wish me luck!

How to Break Up With Your Trainer

 

Sometimes you have to do it,

The time has come for me and my trainer to part ways. We have a good 2 and a half months of sessions. Sometimes, you have to do what is best for your body. My trainer was excellent at working your core and cardio. He was awesome. He had some knowledge on weight training. I take my fitness and my well being seriously. At times he would be on his phone during sessions and I wouldn’t have his undivided attention. To the point to where I would stop working out and look at him. There were times where he tried to give me weight training instructions and they were correct for form, but the amount of weight he would put on the bar would cause me to overexert myself. I would question it, having some knowledge, and he would not like that and ask me if I had a problem. I am not going to bash him however, he did not inform me that he was not certified and when I asked him why we never worked obliques he strapped a weighted vest on me and had me do high-knees on a hill.

So sometimes you have to ask yourself, do you want to have muscle soreness or joint soreness? Do you want someone who knows the specific muscles and what exercises work each of them? Knowing the proper push up position and what the push up is designed to do. I had to take a step back assess, and I found out that I could actually do the rest of my training myself. He got be very far in my workout progress, and now it’s time for a new program.  I now have a new program thanks to Bodybuilding.com  and it shows me the proper form, the things to look out for extensive information on exercises and programs to modify your body like body builders do. The people are accredited and Mr. Olympian champions. So for now I will do my own thing. My trainer and I were amicable about our break up. Thank goodness. No hard feelings.

Today was leg day, my 1st day and it consisted of

20 min cardio (I did early this morning)

Leg Press:

4-5 warm up sets of 85 x 12 reps

3 sets to failure in 100 x 12-20 reps

Hamstring curl:

2 warm up sets of 85 x 15 reps

3 sets to failure in 100 x 12-15 reps

Leg Extensions:

2 warm up sets of 85 x 15-20 reps

2 sets to failure in 100 x 15-20 reps

Hack Squat on Smith Machine:

2 warm up sets of 95 x 15-20 reps

3 sets to failure in 105 x 20-30 reps

Cardio(Will do tonight I ran out of time!)

 

It was a good workout and I really felt the burn on thoes hack squats tomorrow is Chest and triceps. OWWW!

 

 

Photo credit: blogs.phillymag.com

 

 

 

Garage Fit, Beauty Overhaul and etc

On tuesday,

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I went for more Garage fit. He worked my lower back, and ab muscles and helped me with my knee’s flexibility. I cannot sit on my feet comfortably. So, he gave me homework and told me to practice it so I could get a better range of motion. I really think it has more to do with my nerves than anything. I will get through this!!! I burned 600+ calories and fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. Gizmo, naturally was not excited about that. My dog lives for a game a fetch. I don’t. LOL. But his interests are my interests.

I have been in the business of buying new shoes. Shoes for leisure. I have a tendency to wear shoes out, because I wear them repeatedly. I have holes and cracks and some in a lot of my favorite shoes. So, I bought new ones!!! This certainly was not planned, but when you follow a gangload of fashionistas and have a few as friends, the shopping bug will bite you! So this is what I bought! (Can you tell I am excited)

 

and while searching for these shoes I found a lot more deals. Target is having a nice sale! I need a second job to support my recent shoe fetish. LOL.

Yesterday, I had my root canal and crown put in and I looked like a blow fish. Whatever they numbed me with was amazing. I had a great rapport with my Endodontist(A dentist who only does root canals) and my doctor. Take a look at my pic:

 

 

Today was supposed to be a Garage Fit day, but something came up with my trainer, so I may just ride my bike. I haven’t rode in 3 weeks! Crazy!!!! Well I hope everyone is doing fine. I am just excited to finally be back to normal!

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