Accountability

Hello everyone!

This Friday I’m taking a rest day but I’d like to share a new tool I’m using to track my progress. I recently signed up for Body Space on bodybuilding.com which is a fitness social network that also has some great features such as tracking workouts, measurements, and progress pics. I’m going to be using Body Space and this blog to have double accountability for my fitness and eating goals. My Spartan Sprint is a little less than 3 months away so I’m going to be kicking up cardio and strength training to meet my goal of completing all the obstacles in less than 2 hours & 20 min. Hope you all have a great weekend, I’ll be updating you as I finish my workouts 🙂

P.s. If you have Body Space and would like to join my support network please message me.

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Progress Pics

After promising for a long time, I finally broke down and took some progress pics (Posted below).

As you might be aware, I do quite a few Les Mills group fitness classes along with outdoor cardio when the weather is nice. This has kept me motivated to keep coming back to the gym long after I usually would have quite. I truly feel like my gym has an awesome little community. That being said my latest goal is probably going to scare me a little but i’m sure thats a good thing. I’m going to add a day or 2 of lifting in the weight room to my regular class schedule. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the weight room and I’m nervous that I’ll look stupid but i’m going to conquer my fear!

Any suggestions or comments you have about this will be greatly appreciated. Until next time, have a great week 🙂

 

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Variety

If you’ve read the blog for any amount of time you know I take quite a few Les Mills classes. Recently I’ve been taking mostly Body Pump and RPM. Every other week I add Body Combat once a week but tonight I added Body Flow back into the mix. By the end of the warm up track I was already starting to sweat. Throughout the workout I felt less flexible than I have felt in the past and slightly crampy. This really confused me and I’m not sure how to properly deal with it. Any recommendations would be really appreciated.

Thanks for reading, I should have progress pics up this weekend.

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Progress

Tonight i am going to have my last energy drink for quite some time. My newest food goal is to transition to only drinking water. Energy drinks are one of my weaknesses, I usually have them 3 or 4 times per week. This is going to be tough but I’m confident I can do it.

Today I started a second round of TRX classes and I’m soooo excited about it. TRX really helped build up my core strength, I can now plank for over 30 seconds! Hopefully when I’m done with this round I’ll be able to plank for over 60 seconds. I feel much more optimistic about working out than my last post. I’m now in a rhythm where I’m enjoying going to the gym and actually look forward to it while I’m at work.

This weeks progress photos are below as always. Have a wonderful week everyone!

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First Goal of 2014…..Complete!

It wasn’t as soon as I hoped but I’m happy to report that I can finally do a pull up. That being said, the holiday season hit me pretty hard. I went on a junk food binge that seemed to never end and I also skipped more days at the gym than I’d like to admit. This blog and all of your encouragement helped me to push myself back into my fitness routine.

Last week I also started taking TRX suspension training classes at my local gym. When I took the first class I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m telling you now it’s no joke. Core work and cardio have always been a weakness of mine and these classes are helping me a ton because you work your core almost the entire 40 minutes.

Below are my latest progress pics which given my recent slip ups I’m actually pretty proud of. How have you all been doing since the holidays ended? Have you tried any new types of workouts?

P.S I’m also making it a goal to post at least once a week so please let me know if there’s anything your curious about. Have a great week everyone!

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Progress And Looking Forward

The holiday season has hit me pretty hard and I’m struggling to eat clean. All of the sweets, pastries, and beverages have gotten to me somewhat, I’m still managing to get to the gym 3-4 times a week. In my last post I started a goal to do a pull up by christmas which I’m hoping will still happen. After my Body Pump session this evening I did some work on the pull up bar at home and am happy to report that I was able to do 2/3rds of a pull up. Only about an inch or two separates me from my goal so one of my christmas presents will hopefully be reaching this goal.

Looking forward to 2014 I have signed up for my local Spartan Sprint in August, which is the same race I did last year and I’m going to train my ass off to complete this one in under 2 hours. For those of you new to my blog the Spartan Sprint I did last August was about 4 miles with around 30 obstacles.

Crossfit has also been on my mind a lot lately, it looks really fun but after looking at how intense the workouts are I’ve decided that I need to train more before I try a class. By this time next year I will try Crossfit and work it into my fitness routine. Have you tired Crossfit? Did you like it? I’d love to hear your experiences.

Finally, here are my latest progress photos. Like I said earlier, I have been indulging in all the holiday food and I think it shows a little but I’m still at it and will work extra hard to achieve these goals in the new year! 🙂

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Strawberry Banana Crepes

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Update : for Gluten Free version sub all purpose wheat flour with all
purpose gluten free flour (rice flour)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup skim milk
3 eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp sugar or sugar substitute
1/4 tsp salt
1 package fresh strawberries (wash and slice)
1 package reduced fat cream cheese
2 bananas
2 tsp powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)

In a large mixing whisk together milk eggs and vanilla. Combine flour sugar and salt and mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Divide the strawberries. Put about half the strawberries in a separate bowl and smash with a potato smasher to make a liquid strawberry syrup add some sugar or sugar substitute for sweetness. The remaining sliced strawberries will be used as garnishing for on top of the crepes.

Warm cream cheese in a separate bowl to make creamy and…

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My Road To A Pull Up Begins

This evening I searched the internet for tips and techniques for building up strength to do a pull up. A series on YouTube caught my eye which showed an 8 step process to starting pull ups. (Click link for video)

Pull Ups For Beginners

I must admit when I watched this video for the first time I thought I would start on level 3 or 4 but after doing level one tonight I can tell you I have a long way to go. My arms are already sore! This is crazy, but it makes sense since body weight exercises are one of my largest weaknesses and I’ve never done a pull up ever. I’m hoping to reach my goal by Christmas.

Have any of you used this or any other fitness videos on YouTube? Or have you used a different technique to start doing pull ups? I’d love to know and will keep you posted on when I am finally able to do a single pull up haha.

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Progress Photos & A New Fitness Goal

Hello Everyone,

Its been a while since i’ve updated so I thought tonight would be a good opportunity to give you a quick update. I am still consistently working out 4-5 times a week despite my busy schedule. As mentioned in my last post, my grad school diet has been more “college” like than my undergrad but I’m working on it. Hannah and I have talked about our recent eating habits and we would both like to make an effort to eat healthier. In an effort to hold myself accountable to this goal I am going to start posting some of my meals on here. I would also like to hear what kind of healthy meals you are having throughout the day especially on the go since this is one of my largest problem areas.

Aside from food I also have a new fitness goal! Today I purchased a pull up bar and am going to start working on doing pull ups. As of today I cannot do a single pull up and have been nervous to attempt them at the gym in front of people. Do any of you do pull ups? If so how did you begin building your upper body strength to do so? How would you recommend I begin? My current technique involves hanging from the bar and lifting my legs above the ground. It’s a little hard to explain, maybe i’ll post a video to better illustrate my attempts.

Below are my latest progress photos. I’m making progress but have quite a ways to go 🙂 Have a great start to your week everyone.

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Bringing Up The Rear – What A Difference A Year Didn’t Make

We all want that booty of our dreams right?

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Interesting.  I’m looking back at my original post, Bringing Up The Rear, and realize that it was published almost a year ago. An entire year.  Wow, that is really telling – see?  Documentation is everything because it really puts things into perspective.

If you read that post last October, you know that I was frustrated with that nagging, sagging body part.  I was even so dedicated to make change that I created a haiku this past spring to fuel my determination.

Well I’m sorry to report that not much has changed since my original quest began.  I amped it up for a while, with OK progress, but then slipped into The Slacking Season, so I’m clearly not where I wanted to be in a year’s time.

I apologize for the grainy selfies, but you get the idea.  The orange suit pic is Oct, 2012 and the grainies were taken yesterday.

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