Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer 2018

On New Year's Eve of 2017, I wrote this blog post,  New Year's Eve Refections

While it was a rough start of the year, I am happy to say that I got my act together and am finally making progress! 
My new job has made me realize how unhappy I was teaching the younger grades (5th and 3rd).  I am so happy to be back teaching Algebra and teens.  It is amazing how stress affects your life.  I really needed that change to get things going.
I know that stress is a part of life and there will be and has been other stresses in my life, but I truly believe that eating healthy and exercising helps me deal with stress so much better!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve Reflections

On 9/20/16 I wrote this...
"I've been hesitant to write a new post because I didn't want to jinx myself.  But I am back and have been on track since last MAY!!!  I'm down 25 pounds and feel wonderful!

I can really say that eating clean and working out has really impacted my teaching.  I have tons more energy and think so much more clearly.

I'm not really going to update this blog too much since I'm tracking my workouts now on bodybuilding.com."

I saved it and never posted it.  In the middle of October I broke my toe.  Thus the end of my streak. I gained every pound back and am at my worst ever. 
I am glad I saved this post though, to remind myself that its not even about looks or shape, I have to keep remembering that when I am eating clean and working out I THINK BETTER and I am a better teacher.

As I get ready to start a new job in a few weeks, I need to be at my best.  I am going back to 8th grade Algebra 1 after teaching 5/6 and 3rd for the past 3.5 years. I need my brain to be as sharp as possible!

I know I can do it!  I just have to keep reminding myself of my why and its not my pant size!



Friday, January 1, 2016

Transformation Challenges

I am a total sucker for these. Back in 1999 two years after my daughter was born I entered my first one.  It was the Bill Phillips Transformation Challenge. I didn't win, but did finish and got a medal, certificate and cool tshirt!
More importantly it got me back on the fitness path which ultimately led to physique competition and made me very happy!

Today I signed up for the bodybuilding.com 2015 250K Challenge.  Here's what I love about it...win or lose, if I work my ass off to win, I will win either way LOL!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015!

Happy to say that I got a final workout in for 2015!
I went with a friend to sample a cross-fit class!  Wow!
INTENSE!  Since you need to go through 4 weeks of up-ramp classes before you can take an official cross-fit class, we did the cross-fit lite class called be-fit.  Loved it!
This was the routine:
Wall balls (squat with a 10# med ball then throw it up to hit a spot on the wall)
Kettlebell swings (18#)
Burpees

Start with 3 reps, then 6, then 9, 12, 15, 18 for 15 minutes.  Lets just say I only made it to 12 reps in those 15 minutes!   My cardio conditioning is sheer poop.

Next it was 7 minutes of Russian twist tabata style. Couldn't even keep my feet up the whole time! Gonna add this one to my normal routine!

I think I might have to start taking this class once or twice a week. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Getting Sloppy!

So here we are in the middle of December and I haven't posted since October.  The good news is that I have not given up entirely and I am still getting in some workouts and tracking my food.  However, as the title says, getting very, very sloppy about the whole thing.

I am going to recommit to my blog!  Lets see if that can keep me going for a while!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

W/E 10/10

Another awesome week!  I can honestly say the only lift that is hard for me right now is the military press.  However, I realized today that I have the formula on my spreadsheet messed up!  I fixed it now and hopefully that will help things along!

Here is how the week went:

Day 1
Squats: 3 warms, 110/3, 130/3, 145/5
Front squats: 2 warms, 55/12, 12
Leg curls: 2 warms, 40/12, 12
Leg ext: 40/15 x 5

Day 2
Bench Press: 3 warms, 80/3, 90/3, 105/6
Incline DB press: 2 warms, 32/12, 12
Push ups: "knees" 5 x 10
Triceps ext: 1 warm, 28/12, 12
Triceps pushdown:  1 warm, 40/12,12

Day 3
Deads: 3 warms, 105/3, 120/3, 135/5
One arm row: 24/15 x 5
Wide grip pulldown:  2 warms, 70/12, 12
Low cable row:  60/12 x 4

Day 4
Military press: 3 warms, 55/3, 60/3, 70/3
Side laterals: 2 warms 19/12, 12
Face pulls: 2 warms, 40/15, 15
BB curls:  2 warms, 45/12, 12
Hammer curls:  15/12, 12, 24/10, 10

Sunday, October 4, 2015

W/E 10/3

So we started the 2nd wave of our 5/3/1 routine without taking a de-load week and it felt good.  Only thing was I only got 1 extra rep on my squat and bench and none on military presses :(  
Other than that we went up on a lot of exercises!

Day 1
BB Squat: 3 warms, 105/5, 120/5, 135/6
Front Squats:  2 warms, 50/12, 12
Leg curls:  2 warms, 40/12, 12
Leg ext:  40/15 x 5

Day 2
Bench Press:  3 warms, 75/5, 85/5, 100/6
Incline DB press:  2 warms, 32/10, 10
DB flys:  1 warm, 28/10, 10
Triceps ext: 1 warm, 28/12, 12
Triceps pushdown:  1 warm, 40/12, 12

Day 3
Deads:  3 warms, 100/5, 115/5, 130/10
One arm row:  24/15 x 5
Wide Grip pulldown:  2 warms, 70/10, 10
Low cable rows:  60/15 x 5

Day 4
Military press:  3 warms, 50/5, 55/5, 65/5
Side laterals:  2 warms, 19/12, 10
Face pulls:  2 warms, 40/15, 15
BB curls:  2 warms, 45/12, 12
Hammer curls: 2 warms, 19/12, 12