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Five Things Friday

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Well, Fall definitely decided to show up this week! Tuesday was the most gorgeous day. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect, fall day. 70s, sunshine, not a single cloud in the sky. Then the past couple days it's been rainy and cold! It's currently 62 degrees in my house right now-I'm freezing! Oh well, just better snuggle weather! :)
I finally got my hair cut Tuesday, and it looks sooo much better! It's amazing how great a fresh cut can make you feel! I really wish I could have hair down to my butt, but unfortunately, it's not healthy enough for that.

It's almost October, which means a new Scripture writing plan! Is anyone following along? I really enjoy these.


I made a big ol' pot of chili today to have for dinner tonight! I looooove me some chili. I get home late on Fridays, so it's nice to come home and not have to cook anything. I make my chili different every time, but today I used:

2 pounds of lean groud beef
2 cans of no s…

Quote Of The Week

"You don’t need to love your body. 
Love what your body allows you to do.  Love the way your body allows you to feel.
Love what your body is capable of. 
But don’t ever become so married to the way that it looks that your self-worth is riding on it. 
This will undoubtedly lead you down the rabbit hole of never feeling good enough, no matter what set of macros you follow." -Amie Tollefsrud

Goodbye Summer & Workouts

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Happy Monday!

We didn't do anything exciting this weekend. It was super hot, and our pool is closed, so we basically stayed inside all weekend, besides the gym and church.

I'm trying to transition into Fall mode, because it's really an awesome season, but with it being 90 here all week, it still seems like Summer to me! It's hard for me to fully embrace Fall, knowing this is right around the corner...gross.
Buuut, ya just gotta live in the moment and enjoy it! Next week we're supposed to be getting some cooler, more Fall-like days, which I'm actually pretty excited about. So, although it's bittersweet, I'm saying goodbye long days, pool floating, flip flop wearing, ice cream eating, and Jeep riding...and hello to cooler days, pumpkin everything, football watching, candy apples, chili, and beautiful colored trees! 
Gonna get me some pumpkins this week for decorating, some pumpkin spice candles, make some chili, open up all the windows in the house, and f…

Intuitive Eating Thoughts

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Lately I've been thinking about the idea of transitioning to intuitive eating at some point in the future. It's not because I don't like the way I eat or anything, or that I hate my food. No, I actually really like what I eat. I am fine with it for now, but I think I would like to one day be able to eat without overthinking it so much.

I mean, I do eat somewhat intuitively in the sense that I never feel like I HAVE to eat something and I genuinely do enjoy all the foods I eat(with the exception of any and all vegetables). I have variety in my diet and make food choices based on what sounds good to me at that moment, but I will admit that I do sometimes overthink it. Just as an example, I may think about having a certain amount of protein, or carbs, and/or fats, based on what I've already eaten or will eat later day. The whole macro thing just foreverrrr sticks in your head!

My biggest fear about eating more intuitively is not actually gaining weight but losing muscle. …

Workouts Of The Week

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Happy Monday! Hope ya'll had a great weekend! 

Workouts were good this week, just made them up on the fly. I'll be starting Brandon Lilly's leg routine this coming week!
MONDAY UPPER BODY
I still could barely walk from Saturday's leg workout, so today was just upper body, no glute work, except for some lateral band walks between farmer's walks.

1)DB snatch: 4x5
2)Seated DB overhead press: 35x8/40x3x6
3a)Bench press: 95x4x6
3b)Pendlay row: 95x4x6
4)Pull-aparts: 5x20
5a)Farmer's walks(off set) 4x45-60 seconds
5b)Band walks 3x15

WEDNESDAY LOWER BODY
I planned on starting my new leg program this week, but I just didn't feel like I would be able to squat, even though the soreness was much better. So I decided to do deadlifts instead. They felt great, even going beltless and sumo stance. Not going super heavy on them, but just getting used to doing sumo again.

1)Sumo deadlift: 185x5/205x5/210x5/190x8(double overhand grip last set)
2)Leg press: narrow stance 3x15/wi…

September "Currently"

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Happy Friday! It's time for this month's "currently" post!

I'm currently...

Eating ...
NitroTech crunch bars!
MuscleTech just sent me a box of the cinnamon bun flavor to sample...and oh my gosh. Probably the best protein bar I've ever tasted.

Drinking...
LaCroix Passionfruit sparkling water. I really like this flavor!

I love my diet Pepsi, but I try to limit it to once or twice a week. This does the trick when I'm craving something carbonated, which is usually at dinner. I've only tried this flavor and lime, and this one is way better than lime.

Reading... 
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Really enjoying this one!

Doing...
Rollerblading!
I've been on a rollerblading kick lately! We had a few really nice, lower humidity days, so I dusted off the ol' rollerblades and went for spin. I forget sometimes how much I enjoy rollerblading. Reminds me of being a kid, skating up and down the street where I grew up.

Watching...
Blindspot

Season 3 just st…

Monday Reminders

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Workouts of the Week

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MONDAY -LIGHT LOWER BODY
I decided to do legs on Monday because I was still so sore from upper body on Saturday. I had some clients to train in the morning and wasn't really that into working out, so I took things easy and just did light weights. Sometimes you just need to move your body without going crazy with the weights.

1a)Bulgarian split squats: 4x12
1b)Ball leg curl: 3x12
2a)1 leg RDL: 4x10
2b)Band walks: 3x12
3a)Single leg hip thrusts w/band: 2x8/1x20(2 leg)
3b)Goblet squats: 3x12
4a)Reverse sled drags: 4x25 seconds
4b)Back extensions(on glute ham raise machine): 3x15

WEDNESDAY-PULL
I decided to change things up a bit this week and instead of doing upper/lower, I did a push/pull split. I didn't do deadlifts last week, so I was itching to do them! I kept the weight around 70-75% of my max for sets of 5 and did them Sumo style just to change it up and because it's my weaker lift. After that I did a little extra glutes and then back, bis, and abs. It was fun to do some…

Celeste's First Sleepover

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This past weekend, I had Celeste stay overnight with me for the first time. I was sooo excited-probably way more excited than she was! I was also looking forward to seeing what it would be like to have a kid for a couple of days! 
We played hide and seek, went for a walk, threw rocks in the creek, played her in "castle"(the gazebo in our neighborhood), swam in the pool, and made banana bread.

Everything went great until about 10:30 Saturday night when she banged her face on the edge of my glass table. I mean, she hit it HARD, and I know it had to hurt soooo bad. Then all she wanted was her mom, and I couldn't do anything to make it better. It was awful!

It seriously broke my heart, and I even had a little meltdown and started to cry myself, because I just hated seeing her in so much pain. At that point, I realized that either I love this little girl more than I even realized, or I am just not cut out for this parenting thing. Thankfully though, she started feeling bette…

Workouts of the week

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This week I just pretty  much made up my workouts on the fly. I didn't do anything crazy heavy and kept everything short of failure. I decided to do the CrossFit workout on Saturday on a whim, which was mostly upper body, so that's why I ended up doing a leg day Wednesday and then a light, glute focused day on Friday instead of upper body.

It was fun doing something different this week, but I realized that after not doing more than 5 reps on the main lifts in 3 months, I'm like way out of shape. I squatted 235 last week, and this week 135 for 8 reps felt like 500 pounds! I suck at high reps!

MONDAY-UPPER +GLUTES
1)Pullups-one giant set to 20 reps w/30 second rest (6-5-4-3-2)
2a)1 arm DB press: 25x10/30x3x8
2b)Wide grip neutral cable row: 4x10
3)Pushups: rest pause to 35 reps (12/9/8/6)
4a)Reverse crunch: 3x15
4b)Pullaparts: 3x20
Glutes:
1a)Single leg hip thrust: 3x10
1b)Seated band abductions: 3x30
2)Glute kickback machine: 12/15/15

WEDNESDAY-LOWER BODY
1)Glute ham raises: 2x…

Stop Comparing And Just Be YOU

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I'm flattered when other women tell me they want to look like or be like me, but I can't help but cringe at the same time. Because the thing is, we should never strive to look like someone else. What we should strive for is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

I used to obsess over fitness model's bodies and wanted to look just like them, until I realized that I was chasing after something that was unattainable. I realized that I can't compare myself to women who have completely different body types than me. I became so much happier when I stopped comparing myself to other women.

We all have different body types, genetics, proportions, etc, and some things we'll never be able to change, no matter what we do. For example, I've never had a tiny waist or shredded abs. My arms and legs can be super lean, but my abs don't show much unless I am at a very unhealthy body fat percentage. While on the other hand, I've seen many women who have very vi…