Awesome “Arms & Abs” October!

I’ve created a workout calendar for October! If you’re up for the challenge, try out the “Awesome Arms & Abs October” challenge! This is NO DAYS OFF! You get out what you put in!

*Please note: If you cannot do a full push-up, modified pushups are acceptable with knees on the ground. Also if doing planks on your forearms is too challenging, you can plank in push-up position. Remember to keep your butt down to work those abs! Also, pay attention to how many SETS of each workout you will be doing. They gradually go up through the month!

This is my first workout calendar! Please let me know how you liked this workout and how challenging it was!

Don’t forget to share this workout with your friends and family!

Awesome Arms and Abs October

Progress! Slow and steady.

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Hey everyone! I’m back to give some updates on my weight loss progress.

I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 3 months now and I’ve probably lost about 5lbs. Not a significant loss, but I’ve slimmed down A LOT. My clothes are starting to fall off my body, especially around my waist. And I’m LOVING IT! Here is a picture of me at the exact same weight, about 9 weeks in between pictures.

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In both pictures I am 170lbs. This is exactly why the scale doesn’t necessarily matter. While I am gaining muscle and losing fat, I am slimming up so my weight stayed the same. But even though I haven’t lost weight in this picture, I FEEL better and healthier!

Since this picture 2-3 weeks ago, I’ve lost another 3 lbs.

My routine lately as been to go to CrossFit 4 days a week, and after each class take a mile jog. It’s definitely tough, but I need the rest of this fat to fall off me! That can only happen with hard work and dedication.

I have a long way to go still, but I know I will get there!

My CrossFit Experience!

Last week I finished my 2 weeks of CrossFit On-Ramp classes. These classes are designed to teach newbie Crossfitters (like me) about Olympic lifting, form, and gives you a scaled down version of what a regular CrossFit class is like. I learned a few things after these classes.

1. I LOVE weight lifting! Being able to lift a barbell over my head is a rush. I love strength training and the feeling of completing my reps is so awesome! I am even developing muscle definition on my body after only 2 weeks! Crazy.

2. CrossFit is HARD. This is no picnic ladies and gents. CrossFit pushes your body to its limits and it never gets easier. Whether you want to increase the weights you lift, do your reps faster, or increase your reps, your workouts will always be tough. ALWAYS.

3. I’m scared to take regular classes. I only got a small taste of what regular classes are like and to be completely honest, I’m terrified! I mean, doing an 18 minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) is scary! Lifting weights over 100lbs and doing exercises I know I couldn’t even do one rep of…. I can barely do ONE pullup! I mean seriously, my upper body strength is abysmal.

I am going to my first CrossFit class tomorrow and I’m so scared. I don’t want to let myself down and I want to be able to keep up with others. But this leads me to the fourth lesson I am still in the process of learning:

4. You are only in competition with yourself! Yes there is most likely someone in your class who is stronger, faster, and overall more athletic than you. Yes you might end up being the last person to finish. But you have to remember that you are only in competition with yourself. You can’t compare yourself to others because their level of physical fitness is different than yours. Just think that finishing your WOD (Workout of the Day) dead last is still miles ahead of people who are still sitting on the couch!

I am an extremely competitive person and I am hard on myself all the time. So finishing a workout last or struggling to keep up is something that is really hard on my ego. BUT I know that with each workout I am only getting better, stronger, and faster. That’s the internal battle I am struggling with right now.

I only have 14 classes left on my Groupon for CrossFit and that will determine whether or not I signup for a membership.

Any CrossFitters out there have advice for a newbie like me? Thanks!

Weight Loss Challenge!

Hi everybody! I have been slacking in my blog posts lately, but I’m back and so is my exercise routine! Just a few updates on where I’ve been the past few months.

Late last year I was diagnosed with having a Cerebral Spinal Fluid Leak coming from my skull and leaking through my nose. If not treated it could have lead to Meningitis. I had to go through numerous doctors appointments, CT scans, dye injection into my spine, and finally surgery on my skull through my nose. I’m glad to say that surgery went well and I am leak free! I feel good and I’m back to my normal self. *yay*

Luckily without working out for almost 5 months I only gained 3-4 pounds. W00t! Now I’m ready to lose the rest of this weight!

I recently signed up for a Groupon deal for 20 classes of CrossFit. I am also involved in my friends’ weight loss challenge as well as their Fit Camps held every Sunday! So my schedule looks like so:

Sun: Fit Camp
Mon: Rest or Cardio day
Tues: CrossFit
Wed: Rest or Cardio day
Thurs: CrossFit
Fri: CrossFit
Sat: CrossFit or Rest Day

I am currently fluctuating between 168 and 171 and my goal is still to reach 145 lbs.

I am motivated more than ever to lose this weight! Let’s do this!

Oh! Also if you have any tips or advice on meal plans I would LOVE IT! I need to figure out what foods to eat and what meals to make.

Thanks for listening!

The Spartacus Workout!

I was checking my emails one day and I received one talking about the SPARTACUS WORKOUT! It seemed like a pretty hardcore workout and how can I NOT get more info about it with the word Spartacus in it? EPIC! Anyways, I looked it up and it seemed like a tough workout, but not impossible. I started last week doing it 3 times a week starting last week and I’ll keep doing it for… I don’t know… maybe 8 or 12 weeks.

Want to do it with me? Here we go!

  • Station 1: Goblet Squat.
  • Station 2: Mountain Climbers
  • Station 3: Single-arm dumbbell swing
  • Station 4: T-pushup
  • Station 5: Split Jump
  • Station 6: Dumbbell Row
  • Station 7: Dumbbell side lunge and touch
  • Station 8: Pushup-position Row (Renegade Row)
  • Station 9: Dumbbell lunge and rotation
  • Station 10: Dumbbell push press

You do as many reps as you can with perfect form for 1 minute and rest for 15 seconds before the next station. Once you complete all 10 stations rest for 2 minutes then complete the entire circuit again! Do this until you complete 3 full circuits. The entire workout lasts about 40 minutes.

It is INTENSE!! I use 10lb. weights, but you can definitely do this workout without weights or with lighter dumbbells.

This is a great workout if you don’t feel like going to the gym and want to get an intense full body workout at home! PLEASE let me know if you try it 🙂 I’m interested to see what people think about it!

 

CrossFit

I’m not gonna lie. I want to join CrossFit not now… but RIGHT NOW. I LOVE lifting weights and pushing myself to my maximum potential. I want to do hand stand push ups, dead lifts, overhead squats, all of it! But unfortunately joining CrossFit costs $150/month and that’s too expensive for me right now.

I wish I didn’t have a car payment, student loans and a ton of miscellaneous bills, but I do. And I have to focus on paying those off before I can do what I want.

Hopefully one day I will be able to join CrossFit and get in the best shape of my life! One day…

But for now, I just have to push myself with whatever work out I do and strive to get as fit and healthy as I can!

Busy, busy busy!

This past summer I told myself that I was going to go hard in gym during the fall/winter months, but apparently I don’t have as many days to work out as I’d like. I can go to the gym Monday/Wednesday and go running on Friday after work, but that’s it. Why? Because I joined my friend’s bowling league! That’s right. BOWLING! We bowl on Thursdays, and I practice Tuesdays with my  boyfriend’s dad. Once I get more comfortable, I will probably stop practicing Tuesdays and use that day to workout.

Because of my lack of time, I will need to go extra hard on Monday/Wednesday! I’ve been on this great path of losing weight, and I don’t want to ruin that.

I want to lose at least 9 more pounds in the next 2 months to meet my 2nd mini-goal of hitting the 150s! I hope I can do it!