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Workouts Of The Week

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thursday we went to my Mom's and then Friday to my aunt's house. 

I had a great time with my family and ate sooo much good food!

I finally got my trees up this weekend, which makes me happy! :) 

On to the workouts of the week!

My glutes were still so sore from Saturday, so it was just upper body this workout. It was tough for me though! I have realized that my triceps are strong, but they have no endurance! By the time I got to the lying extensions, they were just done. And I don't know why, but landmine presses are so stinkin' hard for me!

1)Bench press: 60% x 4x8 (85lbs)
(3x6 pullups between sets)
2)DB 45 degree incline press: 35x8/45x7/45x7/40x7
3)Landmine press: Bar +15 x 3x8/+10x10
4a)DB lying tricep extensions: 15x15/15x12/12x12
4b)Pull-aparts: 4x20
5)Dragonflies: 2x8/Hanging leg raises: 2x8
6)Off set farmer's walks: (53/70lbs) x 4 x 30 seconds

This was a fun workout, but …


I just recently read the book One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, and absolutely loved it.

I have always been a thankful person, even more so in the last few years. I make sure every day to think about and thank God for all that I have, to try and find joy in the simplest things in life. But this book opened my eyes up even more to the beauty around me. And that it's all a gift from God. Grace upon grace upon grace.

The book is about living fully right where you are, being thankful in all things. Not just the good. But in ALL things. That's exactly what Jesus did at the Last Supper. Knowing He would soon suffer terrible pain and agony on the cross, Luke 22:19 says that He "took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them..."The word used for "he gave thanks" in the original Greek language is "eucharisteo". As Ann explains:
"The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thank…

Workouts Of The Week

Bench was super light this week on the program I'm following, but 5 sets of 8 still was not easy. I went slower and paused slightly at the bottom to make it a little harder. My pecs were sore after this workout!

1)Bench press: 5x8 (55%)
2)DB chest press(incline) 35x6/45x3x6
3)1 arm overhead press: 35x7/30x9/8
4a)Dips: 12/10/10
5a)Back extensions:3x20
5b)Band walks: 4x12
6)Ab wheel rollouts to wall(on toes): 10/8/8/ Knees- x16

This workout was inspired by a workout from Tara's newsletter (from Sweat Like A Pig) . I've been wanting something different, so it was perfect. The only thing I modified was leg presses instead of Goblet squats because I had done those Saturday and didn't feel like doing them again! And I added calf raises and band abductions. The squats felt really heavy, but I did skip them last week and haven't been doing low rep back squats much lately. My glutes definitely felt th…

Friday Faves

Hope you all are having a great week so far!

Can you believe November is almost over? Time just goes by faster and faster the older I get. I'm so excited for Thanksgiving next week and watching Mockingjay Part 2 this weekend! 
Anyways, here are a few of my favorite things from this week:
My shipment of Mission1 bars arrived, woohoo!!

We've had some beautiful warm for November days lately, and I'm soaking it in. There's nothing like laying in the grass, staring at the blue skies overhead. I seriously think everyone needs to do this every single day.

Adorable Celeste pics! She always makes me smile.
 Honey Bunches of Oats!
This is my current obsession right now for some reason.
I had it twice for post workout this week!

Pinterest projects!  I love when my hubby makes stuff  for me.  And I know that he enjoys making it, so that makes me happy. :)
This book! Finally got around to reading it and loved it. 


Workouts of The Week

So I go through phases every now and then when I'm like, 'I have to switch things up, I need to try something new!' Buuuut I always go back to what I love, and that is basic, compound lifts (and their variations)with lower reps. I will never enjoy "booty pump" workouts, circuit training, and things like that. Nothing wrong with that, it's just not my thing. And I prefer to enjoy my workouts.

So I decided I'm just going to keep it simple. Go back to the basics, with fewer exercises and more sets. There is no set/rep scheme or superset pairing that is going to build my legs. It's heavy lifting and big eating. That's all. I am going to stick with the upper body push/pull split for a couple of months. I'm also going to be following a program for bench and focus on that lift strength wise.

Training doesn't have to be crazy complicated. Keep it simple. Get stronger over time. Eat. Recover. That's all.

Here's what I'm thinking for th…

Quote of the Week

The Gospel should crush our insecurities, breathe life into our passions, and turn our hearts to those in need. The Gospel should transform us into peacemakers who recklessly love people-all kinds of people.  The Gospel should turn us into good citizens who make our cities and neighborhoods better places to live. The Gospel should remind us that this life is vanishing. The Gospel should make us lay down our own rights for others.  The Gospel should drench us with humility. The Gospel should drive us deeper in Christ every day.  The Gospel should help us put our anger in the right place.  If these things are not happening, there might be a problem with our Gospel.

Workouts Of The Week

So my overhead strength hasn't been feeling great lately. I think I have a lot of lat or shoulder tightness going on because it's getting hard for me to get in a good overhead position lately. Doesn't help that there is no rhyme or reason to my pressing programming! I kind of just do random sets and reps, depending on what I feel like doing week to week, which is kind of dumb. Anyway, I worked up to a 3 rep max on pullups just for fun this week with a 45lb plate. I normally don't train to failure every on pullups, but I did push it this week on that set. Dumbbell chest press felt great-got a set of 8 on my first set. My right glute was super sore, so the only thing I could do for glutes was machine kickbacks and band walks.

1a)Push press: 95x5/105x4/115x3/105x4/ Strict: 75x2x6
1b)Weighted neutral grip pullups: 0x6/20x4/35x2/45x3/25x3x5
2)Dumbbell chest press: 45x8/50x8/50x7/45x8/45x8
3a)Band walks: 4x12-15
3b)Pullaparts: 4-5x20 (forgot how man…

Friday Faves

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! 
Just wanted to share with you some random things from the week!
I found this Thanksgiving Scripture writing plan that I started yesterday. I love writing out scripture, and I think that actual writing (and Bible reading) is becoming very rare, so it's a good practice.  Who wants to join me? You can download the file here.

So the other day I got super adventurous and bought a butternut squash! I had no clue what to do with it, but after researching on Pinterest, I decided to roast it. It was a pain to peel and chop it, but I do have to say, it was pretty good! Not amazing or anything, but definitely tolerable. Nothing like potatoes, but...hey, at least I tried something new, right?  Do you like butternut squash? I told my sister to make sure she took some pics of Celeste in her Halloween costume last weekend, and when she sent me this one I just about died. She's the cutest little Snow White I ever saw! ;)  Just look at that sweet little face.
I just …