Planning to Eat

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

After shifting some schedules and enrolling at a new gym, I am weight lifting 3 days a week for about 45 minutes: Day 1: Pull; Day 2: Push; Day 3: Legs.

I also adopted an eating plan to make sure I am eating a balanced diet and eating enough (healthy) calories in a day. I have to take a moment to give props to all the folks out there who have an eating plan. It takes a lot of work: the shopping, the cooking, the preparation…wow! It’s like if I’m not eating, I’m thinking about eating or getting my meals ready to eat.

Hubby sent me another video about women and weighlifting. Just ignore the music and focus on what Rashid is saying. 🙂


Getting a grip

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

I took an unplanned “week off” from lifting, exercising and any kind of healthy eating last week. I am actually glad I had a week like this because I felt like absolute crap last night: sluggish, irritable, tired, and depressed. So when my alarm went off at 6:00AM this morning, I started my morning routine so I could hit the gym by 7:15AM.

Believe it or not, my challenge for the day was my grip. My husband helped me understand that my hand should be used like a hook, but I still had some problems with it. I also think I have some tendonitis in my wrists from carrying around my tank of a 6 month old, so I may look into something that can help me (like the item shown in the photo below).

Other than that, I felt like I worked hard this morning. We also revamped our diet and have meals planned for each day this week!

It’s a beautiful, rainy day and my husband and I will be celebrating 2 years of marriage tomorrow! Life is good!

Holiday Weekend

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Back to the daily grind after a long weekend with family and friends @ the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, AZ.

I am happy to say that my husband and I were able to hit the gym 2 of the 3 days we were at the resort. We completed our leg day, and worked on chest/shoulders.

My challenge:

the side lunge (due to an injury)

Cup of Joe

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Since I’ve started my powerlifting journey, I’ve made one simple, yet significant, diet change (thus far):

I drink the coffee at work and have stopped buying mochas, white chocolate mochas and caramel macchiatos at Wicked AZ coffee or Starbucks.

Why, you ask? Well, a grande size White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has 344 calories! Whereas, my morning snack of strawberries, blueberries with vanilla greek yogurt (250 calories) and cup of coffee with 1 – 2 tbsp. of Coffee Mate’s sugar free caramel macciato creamer (15 – 30 calories) has less calories and more nutritional value than the White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks (and it’s just as delicious).

Truthfully, I didn’t splurge on these sweet coffee drinks on a daily, but whenever I get a craving and want to pull through a coffee drive-thru, I just remember the yummy morning snack I have waiting for me.


Third Session

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Okay, I will admit it: I cannot do a pull-up. So I am suprised that I do not even know how many pull-ups I completed today (with assistance, thank you).

Mu husband found a great article about a mom who struggled with post-partum depression and used weighlifting as her “medication” (wow, that sounds familiar). He printed the workout outlined in the article and I completed all the items for Day 6: Back/Triceps. I was informed that this will be my workout for the next 4 weeks.

Onward and upward!


Second Session

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

The morning did not go as smoothly as it did yesterday (for a number of reasons), but I still made it to the gym for a 40 minute leg day.

My challenge for the day: the laying hamstring curl

Some takeaways from today’s session:

1). Push up through my heels (to the point where I can lift my toes).

2). Roll my knees out (not in) to press weight.

3). “Bend the bar” over my back when pressing weight.

Burpee Challenge

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Links and Information

Challenge accepted.