Rest Day. . . I Think Not 

fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting

Hey yall, 

Normally I use Sundays as my rest day. However today I wanted to get in all of my workouts for the week. Since I didn’t workout in Wednesday, in order to spend some time with my hubby, I decided finish it today. After church, and lunch, I decided to go workout before heading to work 

Today was the joyous time of leg day. My legs are still sore from last time, so it was a little painful. On the plus side, the workout was different then last time. Today I did squats, leg press, leg curl, calf raises, and leg extension. It was the same amount of reps and sets as all week, which is 5 sets for 10 reps each. It was nice to not do all squats like last time. I’ve come to the conclusion I need to wear my ankle brace when doing leg day. Since sometimes I twist my ankle, it ends up causing it pain and to swell. Today it did not swell, at least not as much. My cardio today was walking for 20 minutes on an incline. Sometimes I forget how much when walking on an incline can be. It felt amazing to get all my workouts done for the week. Hopefully this week I won’t have to workout in my dedicated day of rest. 

Advertisements

Love is in the Air 

fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting

Hey yall! 

Yesterday I had the joy of being able to see my hubby on my break. Yes,  that meant I didn’t workout but I find spending time with the person you love the most is more important. My hubby and I are the crazy ones that are still deeply in love after dating for four years. Even though this last year was us being married, he’s never stopped dating me. I’ll always be his girlfriend, baby girl, babe, wife, etc. Our love will be one that is rooted in our Christian beliefs. I do truly believe that because of this we will be able to conquer anything. Anyways little rant on how much I love my hubby and my beliefs. 

Today I did workout right after I cleaned my apartment. I didn’t finish cleaning all of my apartment, but enough I feel a little better. Last night when I went to bed I crashed pretty hard, apparently. I ended up sleeping in until 8am, which is late for me. I’m sure all the hours I’ve had these past few weeks is catching up with me. Don’t get me wrong I’m thankful for my job and the fact I can get a lot of overtime. But I think it has worn me out some. Plus with the training there are tests,  and I’m always wanting to pass the tests they have exceptionally well. My body is slowly figuring out this whole stay up late thing. 

As for today’s workout, it was upper body day. I did dumbbell bench press, shoulder press with dumbbells, lat pull down, hammer curls, and triceps pull down. For the shoulder press I was going to do the lighter dumbbells because I figured I couldn’t do the heavier ones, since you know I have weak shoulders. Well I decided to try to the heavier ones and by golly I did it. I felt super accomplished. 

My run was awesome! I’m still not near where I want to be but I’ve gained my love of running back. I’m not going out to hard or too fast. Since I’m not pushing myself to the point u feel defeated, it has helped me a lot to remember why I loved running in the first place. I love it because I feel free and like I can accomplish anything. It’s my time away from worries. It’s my time to talk to God about everything and enjoy the beauty he created. Granted today I ran inside out of convenience because my wonderful in-laws brought over a new-to-us chair. Apparently it’s really comfy and nice. I would have no idea because my husband sat in it until I left for work. It was good to see my in-laws and catch up for a little bit, even if I had to leave early because of work. 

Popping Knees

family, fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting

Hey  yall, 

I didn’t work out the past couple of days. Mainly because on Tuesday I got to spend some precious time with my hubby. I hardly get to see him anymore. I didn’t have to work nor did I have training. Instead we spent the morning running errands and playing with our puppies. Now I could have worked out once he left, but Tuesday was cardio day and I had run the day before. See I was being productive and getting ahead of the game. So it was like I didn’t really skip that workout. I also got my first pair of Lularoe leggings. I’m in love with them. They are seriously the softest leggings ever. Plus I went outside my comfort zone. Go me! Wednesday I had training for my job from 8am until 5pm. As soon as it was finished I had to go to work until 11pm, and then get up to go to training at 8am today. It was a long day. Needless to say I didn’t workout. 

New Lularoe leggings I got! Love them


On top of yesterday being a crazy long day, my phone quit working on me. It’s not the first time, sadly,  but I still have two more months on this contract. It can be a challenge to get a hold of people when your phone craps out. Turns out my SIM card reader is going bad. I figure if it can last another two months then I’ll be in the clear. Made this interesting that’s for sure. 

Today I had training again, but we got done early. So I got a workout it. I wanted to do double,  since I missed yesterday’s. However, that did not happen. I started it too late and I was feeling tired by the end of it. Today was leg day. I’m not sure if it’s just me or other people have this issue too, but my knees just kept popping every time I did a squat. Sometimes I just walked slightly and they would pop some more. Mainly they just popped when I did squats. Today’s workout had me do 150 squats with 3 different variations. Yes,  I meant 150. Plus I did 50 calf raises and 50 stiff legged dumbbell lift. I didn’t do those all at once, but did 5 sets of 10 reps. 


Before I even lifted I ran. I was proud of this run, even though it was short. It was only 15 minutes, since I started over my training plan. Being the slacker I was the past few weeks, I didn’t want to push it. Anyways, I ran the first 5 minutes without stopping, walked two, ran two, walked one, and then ran the last 5 minutes. Many people will find that slow, lame, not that great but yall have to understand I’ve found my love of running again. I’ve finely accepted I can’t run long distance anymore unless I work up to it. I’m proud of me and that’s what counts . 

Motivation is Key 

fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting, training

Hey yall , 

I know I’ve been slacking and not writing or working out. I could give you all the excuses in the world and it still wouldn’t be enough. However, this time will be different. Yes,  I know it’s cliche and yall will be thinking I’ve heard that before but give me some credit. I know have someone to keep me accountable and it’s not my husband. He still does to an extent but not the way this person does  She is my coworker and mentioned how she was going to start working out, because of my photos she saw. I basically got inspired by her inspiration of me. She motivated me to get my butt in gear again. 

Today’s workout was a quick 15 minute run and then some lifting. At first I thought the lifting wouldn’t be too terrible but as I got going into it I could tell it was going to be tough. I had to do 5 sets of 5 different exercises 10 times. So basically each exercise had 50 reps in total. Today I worked my upper body, which included: curl, incline bench press with dumbbells, overhead triceps extension with a dumbbell, side lateral raise, and one arm dumbbell row. It was like a big giant super set. I did one exercise right after the other. So I would do one exercise and then move to the next until I hit the end and then start over. Again, I forgot how much I miss the feeling of lifting weights . It was fun and I feel accomplished . 

This is the start of my second week at my new job. I’m starting to get into a routine of my hours I work and don’t have a whole lot of training left. I hardly see my husband anymore but today he managed to be home for lunch before I left. I basically said hi to him and then went and showered and then got out about the time he left. It was nice to see him in the middle of the day, since I get home late and he leaves in the morning for his job. I miss seeing him for dinner and having nice relaxing  evenings with him. But I also enjoy my job a lot . 

I honestly feel this way about him.

Cardio Monday 

family, fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, puppy, training

Hey yall! 

Today my whole family went to the trail near my apartment and we all did some sort of cardio outside. My husband just walked our youngest dog. He enjoyed himself, which is probably because I wasn’t forcing him to run. On top of that, my husband got a walk in before he played golf. My dad did his interval training outside. It was his first time doing it outside, and I’m pretty certain he still prefers inside. I can’t blame him, sometimes it’s way better to do it inside. 

My mom and I ran together, along with my dog. She’s great at one thing and that is pushing me to go further. Today we went almost six miles, and I’ve basically gone four max recently. Plus those four miles were walking with my husband, and no running. She has a way of making you realize you can actually go further than you believe. There were parts that I listened to my own head instead of her encouraging words. However, the parts I listened to her were the times I realized I could do it, if I would get out of my own head. 

New favorite pair of running socks 😀

Today there was no lifting, which might have been a good thing. I enjoyed some quality time with my parents and a little with my hubby. Tomorrow, however, I’ll have to make up for today’s skipping of the weights. It was worth it though. 

Fall is my Season 

fitness, goals, hubby, lifting

Hey yall! 

Today I was busy and productive. I cleaned my apartment this morning before I went and worked out. I was tempted to work out first,  but I knew I  would have nothing left to give once I worked out. It was an interesting work out session. That might just be because it was freezing outside and a sauna in the gym. 

Today’s muscle groups including my shoulders, legs, abs, triceps, and chest. It wasn’t about how much weight I could do, but more about the reps. Everything had me doing between sixteen and twenty reps of each exercise. Sometimes I forget just how tiring doing a bunch of reps with light weight can be. It was nice to have the program switch it up. However, I did notice my calf was swollen towards the end of my session. My husband and I have decided my achilles just got really tight. It’s the same leg I sprained my ankle, so who knows what I did this time. 

My new workout water bottle. Thank you, Hy-Vee.

My parents are in town for the weekend. I’m super excited about that. They are not really ones to just sit around and watch TV, which is great. Today we went to the park and talked for awhile, until we decided it was time for food. We found this Hawaiian restaurant and decided to try it out. It was awesome. They greet you at the door and give you a lae. I was shocked to find that type of restaurant where I live. Needless to say, I’m stoked and my husband and I will be back (he’s already decided). With my parents in town, it is easier to enjoy this fall weather. I love this cool weather. 

Coffee is all year round, but you get the picture.

Run with Wings

fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting, puppy, training

Hey, hey 

Today I ran outside with both of my puppies. One is barely six months old and runs crazy warm. He is not meant for endurance, unless it’s slow and steady. However, my other one who will be two years old this month (I realize technically she’s not a puppy) was ready to go. She’s gone running with me before and greatly enjoys it. I’ve pretty much got her trained to ignore every one out on the trails, including if they have dogs. Together they did pretty well. My little pup was struggling near the end of the forty minute run. He kept trying his little heart out. 

Yes, the larger one is my six month old. :’)

My run was so much fun with my puppies. In the beginning I kept up with their pace pretty good. However, they were running about three minutes faster than I was normally. Needless to say, everyone got reigned in. When I was going their speed it was like I had wings on my feet. The hair was flying back (as much as it could with a headband and being in a ponytail). It made me feel like I could overcome anything. But most importantly, it reminded me of what it is like to be riding a horse. While everyone calls me a runner, I always consider myself an equestrian first. At the very tail end of my run,  I forced the dogs and myself to sprint. I wasn’t sure I would make it,  but the feeling of conquering everything came back. Running is a metal sport for sure. 

Today was back day for working out. I think I despise working out my back more then my shoulders. It was a little challenging because of the limited equipment. I don’t have any barbells and a few of the workouts required that. So, instead I did the dumbbell version, but the program also included those. My back is sore, so I apparently still managed to get a good workout in. 

Self-Worth

family, fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting, puppy

Hey yall! 

Sorry it has been awhile since I posted. I had training for my new job these past few days. It was a lot of fun, and the guy teaching it managed to not make it boring. Everyone who works at my job has ti be certified in MANDT, which is a class on building relationships (a little bit of how to restrain clients in case they are going to hurt someone or themselves). 


My past two workouts were over legs, shoulders, chest, abs, and triceps. It kinda stinks sometimes only working out at the apartment gym, because it lacks a lot of equipment. For instance, this week my reps are between six and eight. However, I use the fifteen pound dumbbell for most of the exercises, and I generally do about twelve reps. The next set of dumbbells are the thirty pounds. I like to pretend I’m that strong, but I ain’t. There is no way I can bench two thirty pound dumbbells. Plus I’m supposed to be using a barbell, which would be easier because of the grips this program has me use. While I can manage without the barbell, I need the twenty and twenty five pound dumbbells. One of these days my husband and I will join a country club, so he can play golf and I can use the gym. 

You can’t really see my arm muscle in the picture might promise it is there.

Tonight my husband and I walked two miles with our puppies. They greatly enjoyed themselves and were ready for bed. My pup apparently does not like children. I have no idea why not, but she is something else. 

This picture is from a few weeks ago, but they are cute

Anyways to my title. It just seems that recently the people I’ve talked to feel like they ain’t worth much. It seems sad that people are feeling like they ain’t worth much because of how they get treated. I wish everyone would know they are loved by someone, somewhere. For me, I work out and run. Everyone has to find their own thing that helps when life seems to beat up on them. While it can be hard to face life’s curveball, it helps when there is support around them. Everyone should feel like they are worth something and that they always will. Anyways my little two cents. I would like to clarify that I don’t feel this way, but just the people I’ve been talking to. 

Awkward Exercises

fitness, goals, half marathon, hubby, lifting, training

Hey yall! 

I was awful yesterday and didn’t workout. In the middle of the day I had orientation for my first ever full time job! It’s not a great excuse, but I was excited and only focused on that. But now I have all of my training schedule, and I’ll be able to work around that. Plus I will have a consistent schedule now (once training is over), which will never change. It makes for runs and workouts to always be at the same time, which will be fabulous. 

This is what I felt like. Lol

However, today I was in the gym for like two hours. Not all at once thankfully, but still a long time. The first round at the gym a did about five minutes of a warmup with cardio. Then it was off to start working out my weak shoulders. Since I feel like I don’t have strong shoulders, in my head I appear to making the exercises look awkward. Almost as if they are two hard (even though my weight is light in my opinion). No one was in the gym, thankfully, but it just seemed strange. The strangest exercise my plan had me do was mountain climbers. No idea why those are so strange to me, but they are. Along with shoulders, my plan had me work legs and calves. One reason I love this plan is, it doesn’t have me to shoulders with another upper body muscle. The reason I enjoy this is because I feel like shoulders are involved somehow with all upper body lifts, and this gives them a break. 

As for my second round of being at the gym, I went with my hubby. I was probably more excited than I should be, but it has been so long since he has gone with me. He generally just walks while I either run or lift, but it still makes me happy to do it with him. 

The two workouts actually worked well together. For this round I worked my back, traps, and biceps. This plan though, had some leg exercises (felt like it to me anyways) and shoulder ones. I probably rushed this one more than I should have because my husband was ready to eat and left me during my workout. He also took care of our dogs, but I still felt like I needed to hurry. Don’t get me wrong I still felt the burn, but I know I could have been better. Towards the end another guy came in,  and I’m positive he’s the one leaving dumbbells all over the ground. Needless to say I left, but also because I was done. 

There was only two sets of dumbbells on the rack…

Before my second workout i ran for fifteen minutes. I still followed my couch to half marathon plan. So I ran for three minutes and then walked for two. It’s getting way easier, and my body doesn’t seem to hate me. My ankle I sprained still flares up, but not enough to stop me. I don’t know if my body is remembering what it was like when I was a consistent runner,  or if it was just a really good day. Either way, I’ll take the win.