If not for the skinny jeans…

I had a wonderful vacation but I was more than ready to get back into the gym and sweat.

And sweat I did!  I don’t know why I thought there would be an “easing in” with Nick, but I was definitely wrong.  Not only is he changing up the training split, but he broke out

the PROWLER

Nick and his dad makes these custom :)

Nick and his dad makes these custom 🙂

I swear, it’s sole purpose is to torture the poor souls who feel they need to be challenged.

I hate admitting this, but I don’t think I would’ve wanted to ease back in.  Nick has been working with me long enough, he knew that.  I like to be challenged.  And yes, one or two (or more than I could count) expletives may have been spoken during the prowler work, but it was worth it.  I needed to be pushed after a week off.

He even thought the workout was “blog worthy” so he was nice enough to snap a few pictures for you lovely folks.  Enjoy!!

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Is there an exercise you just love to hate??

Have you noticed that I haven’t been writing as much about my Whole 30 program?  After that horrible crash a week into I just couldn’t find the momentum to pick it back up.  I decided that while I’m living with my folks, who aren’t the most health conscious people, I will stick to eating as much unprocessed foods as possible, but not deny some of the temptations that surround me.  

I will be moving to be on my own, halfway across the country, and I am feeling good about it, from a nutritional standpoint.  I get to start from fresh.  I don’t have to worry about getting rid of foods I already have so I’m not wasting money.  Over the next few weeks I will be watching my wonderful nieces along with my two little monkeys, and finding foods that all of them like is going to be interesting enough.  

I will do the whole 30, and I will do it for the whole 30 days.  I know I can.  Ultimately though what I want is to just eat with a mindset that is geared more towards fueling and less towards craving satisfaction.  I am not against processed foods, and I have no intentions of getting rid of them entirely.  But, I want to be able to know how much of any one thing I can handle and still maintain a healthy lifestyle.  That’s all I want.  To be healthier.

Hey everyone!  This is been one of the best vacations ever!  I’ve had the chance to see so many of my friends and amazingly not kill all the work I’ve put into my “transformation”!  This week was to be used as a recovery/rest period for my body.  I needed it.  I do find myself antsy at times, but it’s not too bad.  I went for a 3 mile run the second or third night I was here and ran it in 34 minutes!  I’m happy with that considering the last time I ran outside was when it was stupid hot and humid out and it just sucked!  Plus the development I was in had moderate hills, so it was a good run for my legs!  I also went dancing at my favorite bar here. Cowboys Dancehall!  It’s so much fun.  I tell ya what though… I have never danced so much in my life!  My group and I got there around 9, and around 9:30 the fun started.  Some very nice men asked us if we’d like to dance.  Who were we to turn them down?!  LOL  We were literally dancing for almost 4 hours straight!  I was sweating and laughing and being twirled and just having the best time ever!  Dancing has to be the best cardio there is!  LOL

As far as the nutritional aspect of my vacation, I’ve definitely splurged, but not so much so that I feel horrible afterwards.  One of my friends is s super clean eater so it’s nice to not be tempted by all the fatter and delicious sweets that are awaiting my arrival in MD.  

If nothing else, I am feel so much more rejuvenated.  It’s just been nice to have someone to talk to that is on the same page as me in so many different aspects of my life.  I am curious to know how my body will react to my first post-vacation workout with Nick after all this “rest.”  But until then, I’m just going to enjoy the last few days of this vacation.  I’ve got chaos waiting for me at home!

Howdy y’all!  First, sorry I haven’t posted in a few days (or more like a week).  I’ve been using my time in the evenings (my normal blogging time) to work on some of my sewing projects and get things ready for my oh-so-needed vacation!  I’m back in what the Goob consider her home.  Good Ole San Antonio (GO SPURS!!).  

We’re staying with two different friends so that I don’t overstay my welcome at either person’s home.  Lucky for me, one of them eats pretty clean with a few minor exceptions, the other, the author of Road to Recovery, and very close friend of mine, eats with her health in mind!  She is very much a food is fuel (with a splurge here and there).  I am so excited to be staying with these two lovely ladies!  Plus they both have kiddos that get along really well with my kiddos!

I honestly don’t know how much posting I’ll be doing over the next week.  I’m house hunting today, I’ve got academic stuff to take care of at the University of Texas San Antonio (I start in the fall), as well as a few other goodies on my plate.  

As for my fitness regimen, it’s going to be more laid back than the past few month.  Nick and I both agreed it would be good to use this week as a recovery/rest week.  We did a full body training on Monday, and I’ve got a benchmark workout that I’d like to do today, but I kinda need a gym for it…  Then I’ll do the benchmark again once I’m home to see how the rest affected my body.  Most days I’ll just do some cardio, nothing too intense, but something!

That’s about it.  Hopefully I can stay away from the yummy Tex-Mex foods here and still enjoy myself here!  

I’m curious.  When you go on vacation, do you try to stick to your routine, let it all fall by the wayside, or just to find a place in the middle?

Here’s hoping you have a great week.

One of the great blogs that I follow just wrote this entry and it’s definitely worth the read!

DOMS… it’s not a street drug, dude..

So after my major slip (more like a landslide) last friday it has been really hard to go back to the full Whole 30.  I’ve been picky about what i’m eating, but I’d say 25-50% is not whole 30 approved, but may still be considered “clean.”  I’m not trying to make an excuse for any of it, but I do know why and I just haven’t put forth the effort.  Some of those reasons being (1) I haven’t prepped enough meals  (2) eating a dinner separate from the rest of the family and still having to make food for the rest of the family is both frustrating and depressing and (3) I am really not looking forward to detoxing because that sucked!

That being said I did actually prep some really good chicken last night to have for my upcoming lunches, but because nothing else was planned for dinner for everyone else, that chicken got turned into the main dish for everyone’s dinner.  Luckily, EVERYONE loved it, so at least I know that’s a meal I don’t have eat alone.

I honestly didn’t think changing my diet in this way would effect me as emotionally as it has.  It’s not a feeling of deprivation from my oh-so-loved comfort foods, but more a feeling of isolation.  I know I am this adventure for myself, but I don’t like feeling like I’m the only one who cares either.  I don’t know if that makes much sense.  Sitting down at the dinner table, with my healthier choices for dinner and then looking at the dinner I made for everyone else, the ones who don’t need their diets modified this extremely, or are just picky… and it’s depressing.  With Link gone, there are definitely times that I feel like moping around, and when I’m eating dinner, that’s one of those times.  

On the upside though, I have had my appetite back since the “landslide.”  No more force feeding this chica!

Those who know me personally know I am a Pintrest freak!!  So, for some quick enjoyment, here are some of my favorite pins from my fit board!

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This is one of the best “extras” anyone could (and should) have in their fitness arsenals.  It’s cheap and effective!

What is a foam roller you ask.  In a nutshell it’s a big tube with different materials wrapped around it depending on how resistant you want it to be.  There are foam rollers, which are the softest, going up to using just a piece of PVC pipe, giving you the deepest release.  My personal foam roller is this one.  I honestly love it and use it at least once a day, every day.

Using a foam roller acts almost like trigger point massage and myofascial release all in one, and without the high price tag.  It is also used post training sessions to help lengthen and stretch your muscles, as well as helping to rid the muscles of lactic acid buildup, allowing you to perform better at your next training session.

I absolutely love this thing!  I use it for my IT Band, my shins, my calves, my inner thighs, my back, my shoulders… want me to keep going?  Seriously though, it works miracles.  Sometimes it may not hit the knots between my shoulder blades just right, so I’ll switch to its tinier cousin, the tennis ball 🙂

If you’re curious to know of a couple different ways to use a foam roller, just read on and make sure to click the links!  Before I leave you to your videos though, I do want to point something out.  If you have never had trigger point therapy done, it can be rather uncomfortable.  The reason being is that you’re breaking up knots that have been building up.  Nick jokes that the more it “hurts” the more I need it!  This should go without saying, but I’ll say it to be safe.

DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT HURTS YOU!!

There is a big difference between being uncomfortable and hurting!  Learn it!  Once you’re foam rolling, you’ll find those knots and if it hurts, you need to back up the amount of pressure you’re applying, which more times than not, can be done simply by a slight shift in your body position.

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Hamstrings –

Shins –

Glutes –

Quads –

Lower Back –

Upper Back –

Lats –

This list could seriously go on and on!  I’m hoping I’ve intrigued you enough that maybe you’ll do yourself the favor and consider it an investment in injury prevention and go pick one up!  Just google or bing it to your hearts desire and you’ll find a ton more exercises to help numerous muscle groups!

Have a great night everyone!!  I hope you all love foam rolling as much as I do!!

For a change I’m not going to talk about the food.  I want to talk fitness for a change 🙂

More specifically, resting and recovery.  When I am at the gym, I put everything I can into every set, every rep.  I’m not going there to waste my time.  It’s too valuable.  Sometimes, I do have a problem when it comes to resting.

The rational side of my brain says “yes, you need to rest.  You can barely walk up the stairs because it feels like someone used your bum as a punching bag.”  The motivated, goal-oriente side counters it with something like, “Oh, it’s just lactic acid, you can work through that.  The harder you work the faster you’ll get to where you want to be.”

I can’t honestly say what split I’m doing in the gym because Nick seems to always switch it up.  Nothing drastic, but enough for me to not be positive what’s coming next.  He knows what needs to be done to get results, and results we are getting.  One thing he is always telling me “use your foam roller, and rest!”  What I try to do is get my gym time in during a typical work work, then use my weekends for a long run, active rests, or strict recovery.  

As for the foam roller, I love that thing.  So much so that I’ll make a separate post just for it!!

Back to the rest.  There are different kinds of rest, all of which need to be considered when trying to get to your fitness goals.

The most obvious is the complete rest day.  It’s a day that you are literally resting… lounging. This is also happening while your sleep, which is why it is so important to get your 8-9 hours a night!  There is also active rest, in which you are doing things but at a very low intensity.  Grocery shopping, walking around the mall, basic clean up around the house, etc.  Then there is the rest you take DURING your training, between sets and exercises.  This is probably my favorite rest.  I love every single second of this rest!  And yes, I will stall to make it a bit longer sometimes.  During this rest, your body is coming back down from the effort exerted, it’s getting prepared and pumped for another go-round, and steadily building.  You need to take your rest during training in order to train more efficiently, especially if you’re training for strength.

Now some of the benefits to resting/recovery:

– replenishes glycogen stores

– repairs tissue damage

– lessens the chance for injury

– body starts to learn adaptations to certain exercises, making it more proficient

– muscle recover faster from fatigue

– muscles build endurance

The list goes on, but really, after you’ve put 110% into your workout during the week, don’t you think your body deserves a day off?!  

liebster-awardBack in April “Becoming the Best Me” nominated me for this awesome award (THANK YOU!!), and I was crazy excited when I got the little notification!  Unfortunately, like so many other things, I didn’t have time to act on it just then and eventually forgot about it (sorry).

BUT, I remembered it today!  I was to say thank you to “Becoming the Best Me” and for following my blog!  She’s got her own journey that she’s documenting and I love all her posts!

The rules for the award are as follows:

– Thank the person who nominated you
– Answer the 11 questions from your nominator
– Nominate the award to 11 new bloggers
– Ask 11 new questions to the nominated recipients

Here’s the Q&A for your reading pleasure!

  1. What/Who inspires you?  I’ve got inspiration coming at me from all different facets of my life.  My daughters inspire me to live a life that’s carefree and full of joy.  My husband inspires me to be proud of my work and the sacrifices I have made to get where I am.  My mother inspires me in more ways than I could possibly write down. 
  2. Why did you start your blog?  I started this blog to help keep myself accountable, and HOPE that I could help inspire and motivate others who were in similar situations.
  3. What is your favorite season? I’m an East Coast (Maryland) girl, so Fall is without question my favorite season!
  4. Describe yourself in three words.  Loyal, Dedicated, Strong
  5. If you could change one thing about yourself, would you? What would it be?  If I’m being completely honest I would get rid of my post partum stretch marks.  When I’m having downer days, seeing the marks make me irritable because it’s something I can’t change and I’m a control freak.  On upper days, I see them and I revel in the fact that I carried two baby girls inside of me to term!
  6. Name one bad habit you would like to change.  I pick my nails when things get a little stressful.
  7. Do you have kids? If not, do you want them? If so, do you want more?  I have two little girls (ages 5 and 14 months) and we definitely want at least 1 if not 2 more!
  8. What makes you laugh?  My daughters and my husband can almost always get me going.  
  9. Favorite movie?  A beautiful mind
  10. What chore do you hate doing the most?  taking the trash out, and putting laundry away
  11. What qualities do you like in a blog? I like to see a person open up, I like to see variety without getting too far away from the purpose of the blog.  

The blogs I’d like to nominate this award would be:

1. One Fit Momma

2. Running Feet, Wondering Mind

3. She Runs Strong

4. Mrs. Healthy Ever After 

5. Southern Expressions

6. Turbo Twins

7. From Sin to Thin

8. I Can Do It…

9. Country Craftin’

I know I’m supposed to do 11 new bloggers but of the people I follow these are the only ones who met the criteria… One of them being had to have less than 200 followers, and the other one (one I put on them myself) is they had to be at least somewhat active in their blogging.

Here are my questions for you wonderful bloggers!!

1. Why did you start your blog and has your goal changed?

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

3. What’s the hardest part about maintaining your blog?

4. What the most rewarding part about maintaining your blog?

5. How often do you get entry ideas from other blogs you read?

6. Do you keep a set schedule for your blogging, or do you do it on a whim?

7. Is it more important for your blog to inform or entertain?

8. Do you dream big?

9. Do you tend to skim over blogs, or read and comment?

10. What’s your favorite pastime (blogging not included)?

11. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I look forward to seeing everyone’s answers!  And know that there was another stipulation to my choosing the bloggers above… Their blogs have moved me in some way, shape or form.  I look forward to their new posts and enjoy reading what they’ve written!

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