Showing posts from November, 2014

One Week Out!

It's crazy that this is my last week of training! 3 months has flown by. I am definitely getting anxious now! But trying to think positive and visualize myself having successful lifts. Trying to block out the negative thoughts that keep creeping  back in!

Just worked on technique on deadlifts with my opener this week and some easy accessory stuff. Deadlifts were super easy, but they should be at that weight! The single leg RDLs actually got me sore since I haven't done those in so long! The leg curls were fun, but hard...and of course I still struggled through those stupid leg raises!

1)Deadlifts: 205x5x1
2)Single leg RDL: 40x3x10
3)Reverse hypers: 115x3x12
4)Sliding leg curls: 4x10
5)Hanging leg raise: 2x10/hanging knee raise: 2x12

I had a really sucky bench day this week. It didn't help that I was starving going into because I forgot to grab a snack....and that it's that time of the month. It's definitely frustrating the week befor…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

In past years on Thanksgiving, I've made my "things I'm thankful for" list, but this year I want to do something a little different.
While I think it's great to be thankful for everything we have and to recognize that it's all from God, I thought on this Thanksgiving that instead of thanking God for all the "things" He's blessed me with, I just want to simply thank Him for His presence in my life. Looking back over my life, I see how God has always been there every step of the way.
Through the death of my Dad, He was there. Through Matt's cancer and treatment, He was there. Through Mom's car accident, He was there. In all my anxieties and fears, He was there.
He has given me strength, peace, and comfort through all of the hard times I've been through. With Him in my life, I've never felt despair; I've never not had a hope to cling to. 
Looking back, I can see God's hand in everything... As a teenager, my identity in Chri…

Training Recap Week 12

Just 2 weeks until the meet!!! The countdown is on!

I feel like I'm finally actually getting fast on speed deadlifts! Still need to get faster off the floor, but it's getting better, I think! My back was a little tight this workout, but it didn't interfere with anything. Hip thrusts still feel great-I know I've definitely gotten a lot stronger on those!

1)Speed deadlifts: 155x5x1
2)RDL: 175x5/185x5/195x3x5
3)BB hip thrust: 205x8/215x3x8
4)Reverse hypers: 100x3x12
5)Reverse crunch: 2x15/hanging knee raise w/straps: 2x12
6)Standing band abductions: 3x15

My trainer said that this week and next week will be slightly lower weights and lower volume on the main lifts. So Wednesday we just did bench singles at 125 with the pause, which we plan on being my opener. It felt pretty easy. Then did a couple singles of board presses at 160 which felt pretty good too. Basically just fried my lats after that and threw in a little extra tricep work.


Meals I'm Loving Lately

Time for another edition of "Meals I'm loving lately"!
Chili made with lean ground beef, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili beans, and chili powder. Yes, it's all out of a can, but I don't freakin' care because it's good. I could eat this every single day! 
Double cheese burger! (Just had to include a burger pic!) Lean grassfed beef, with cheese and tons of ketchup, of course! Usually will  have broccoli or green beans on the side.
Chicken sausage "pizza" rice. I got this idea from someone on Instagram and thought I'd try it out! It was good! Pasta sauce, brown rice, mushrooms and chicken sausage from Trader Joe's. Definitely a nice change!

Marinated pork chops-this would be a typical Sunday dinner for us. I marinate the pork chops in McCormick's steak and chop seasoning-it's so good! With green beans and corn on the side.
Breakfast for lunch, as always! Apple butter sprouted grain toast(from Trader Joe's), 2 fried eggs and Bob E…

Recipe & Ramblings

Welp, winter is here.  I had heard that snow was in the forecast, but I just dismissed it since usually the weather people are wrong! But...I woke up to this.  It's the first time since I've been alive that I remember ever having snow in November! I mean, there are still leaves on the trees!I don't mind the snow,'s just the brutal cold that is so awful! It's only in the teens today! It does get me excited for Christmas though. I have all my Christmas stuff down from storage, so that will be my weekend project!
Last week was my hubby's birthday, and since it fell on a weekday, I made him a protein cinnamon swirl "cake" to keep it healthy. It turned out really good, and I was glad that he loved it. I used Jamie Eason's recipe from And I'd definitely make it again! 
Ingredients: 1/4 cup Ideal( I used a sugar/stevia blend)2 tsp cinnamon1 1/2 cups oat flour + 2 scoops Platinum Whey Vanilla Cake1 tbsp baking powder1/2 ts…

Training Recap Week 11

Only 2 more weeks of training left!!!
I think deadlift day is my favorite day. :) With the exception of hanging leg raises, which I still hate as much as I did on day one, I love working the posterior chain! Block pulls are really fun since you can go a little heavier. Hip thrusts felt really good today. I feel like I'm able to really use my glutes more now at a heavier weight. Now if the glutes would just freaking grow. I know they're fuller and rounder...just not really  much bigger I don't think. :/ I also love back extensions, but man do they get my hamstrings! Plus my low back was fried by the time I got to them.

1)Block pulls: 245x5x1
2)RDL: 155x8/175x6/185x6
3)BB hip thrust: 185x8/205x8/215x8
4)Back extensions: 25x3x12
5)Hanging straight leg raises(toes to bar): 4x10
6)Standing band abductions: 3x15

I still feel sucky on bench, but I really just think it's because I've never lifted this heavy of weight before or used th…

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Training Recap Week 10 & Nutrition Ramblings

Deadlift day went well. I still don't really feel very fast on speed deads, but I try! I have had virtually no back pain since starting this program, and I know that it has to be from not doing heavy deadlifts every week. I do a heavy single about once a month, and that's it! I still absolutely HATE good mornings! I know they're a great exercise though, so I just have to keep doing them and get more used to them. I kept my hip thrusts a little lighter this week to really focus on the extension at top and pause for a couple of seconds.Decided to do straight leg hanging leg raises today and just lower the reps, but they're still super hard...not fun at all! I wish I didn't have to train abs EVER, but I know a strong core is important for the lifts.

1)Deficit speed deadlift: 10x1 @60% (150lbs)
2)Good morning: 95x 4x5
3)BB Hip thrust: 205x3x8 (w/2 second pause at top and 10 second hold on last rep of last set)
4)Reverse hypers: 90x15/100x2x15


Thinking... That I can't believe it's already November! As much as I hate the weather that comes with it, I do have to say I love this month. My husband's birthday is in a couple weeks  and then Thanksgiving! I love seeing family and eating lots of yummy, homecooked food...and pumpkin pie! Plus this is my last month of training for my meet in December!  I can't believe I'm really doing this!

Excited about... Putting my Christmas tree up! I love Christmas. A part of me gets sad because it makes me think of my Dad....and last year I got so depressed about taking my decorations down that I said I wasn't going to decorate this year. I think I'm just going to put my tree up earlier so I can enjoy it longer! Christmas is a magical time, and I hate it that for most people it's a time of stress and anxiety. It shouldn't be that way. :/

Feeling... Cold. Just cold. All the time. I want Summer back...but's back to this for my daily walks. Wah wa…

Move Ahead

"God waits for you to act first. Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident. Move ahead in your weakness in spite of your fears and feelings. " -Rick warren

Training Recap Week 9

Only 4 more weeks of training, what? I'm freaking out a little bit, not gonna lie. Sometimes I still think, why am I even doing this?? I hope I can get out of my head so I can relax and just have fun. Because that is really the main reason I'm doing this! I gotta stop with the "you're such a puny little weakling" thoughts. Haha. Gotta start thinking positive from here on out!

The  plan for Monday was to work up to a heavy single for deadlifts. I wasn't going for a PR, but I did want to go heavier than last month. I worked up to 240, but I should've probably done another set and went a little heavier. Oh well. The rest of the workout was pretty much the same as previous weeks, nothing new. Went a little heavier for hip thrusts this week.

2)RDL: 185x2x6
3)BB Hip thrust: 185x8/205x8/210x8/210x8
4)Single leg reverse hyper: 3x15
5)Hanging leg raises: 2x15/ Dragonfly/reverse crunch: 2x12

Trained with my co…