Wednesday, April 15, 2015

She Sweats Week 3

W3D1 - Week 3 is the same as week 2, so it was legs. I really like leg day and am enjoying getting up in the morning and going to the gym. I just wish I had time between getting home and showered and going to work so I could take a nap!

I was able to up my weights for every move which felt good.

With my weekend plans and having to be to work by 6:30 AM Friday, I tried to fit in what workouts I could without missing anything. I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking to the schedule and not skimping out by missing a workout. Let's hope all this hard work pays off in the end!
W3D2 is technically an off day, but since I went out of town for the weekend and the gym at the hotel doesn't look to be very well equipped, I completed chest and back a day early.

Again I upped my weight and I'm definitely feeling stronger. It just kills me though how much more weak my left arm is than my right. That's the thing with volleyball though, if you serve a lot, you're really only working one arm and there are some practices where I'm serving 100+ balls.

I stuff my phone down my bra. Must have been a little warm in there!
W3D3 - OFF
W3D4 - OFF
W3D5/6/7 - I came down with a real nasty cold so I'm officially four days behind schedule. I'm hoping to finish week three over the weekend and I'll start up with week 4 right after. I hate getting sick when the weather is finally nice out!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekend Review 50: Wisconsin Dells

Friday afternoon Mike picked me up from work and we started the 3.5 hour drive out to the Dells. Everyone arrived around the same time and it didn't take long before we were all in our swim suites and headed off to the first waterpark of the trip.

Klondike Kavern had a lot of small slides for the little ones, and a few larger slides for the adults. We raced down a few and then would be dumped in to the not so lazy river. This park had a ride called the Hurricane and it was way more thrilling than I had expected. This pool also had an indoor/outdoor hot tub we finished up with.

We went to dinner at a fancy little steak joint called Fields with the couple that we shared a room with. I do recall the food was quite delicious. We all ordered steaks and a couple bottles of wine. I always like to keep the cork from fun dinners or trips.

When we got back to the hotel, everyone came in to our room to play games, and I slept through the whole entire thing.

Saturday we all got to sleep in, well those of us without kids, and we headed to brunch before checking out another pool.

This time we went to the Water Dome that had a wave pool, some kiddie slides and an adults only swim up bar. The swim up bar also had an indoor/outdoor pool so we grabbed our drinks, found a spot outside in the sun and that's where we stayed until the shade came back around.

Being in water with a drink in my hand, the sun on my face and the fact that I was in Wisconsin and not a Caribbean Island, makes me so excited for Summer and getting up to the cabin!

The whole group had an early reservation at a local restaurant where we had a pizza buffet. Just what you need after a day of throwing back Coors Light.

When your whole weekend is spent in a pool, there are zero pictures to document what went on. So maybe I didn't even go to the Dells at all, that's for you to decide.

Today is the Twins Home Opener!

Go Twins!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

She Sweats Week 2

I'm trucking right along into week 2 and it was a bit of a mental challenge. I really did not want to get up and go to the gym, but then I thought about how much free time I'll have in the evening to get things done so I rolled out of bed for leg day.

Weeks 2-4 will be the same rotation of workouts. The difference between this segment and the first week is that the number of sets has increased, but the number of reps per set has slightly decreased.

I felt really good and was able to do all of my reps, even the lunges. I think this means that I will have to up the weight I used.
W2D2 - OFF
W2D3 was chest and back. You'll never guess what machine I found today. The Seated Cable Row! I don't know how I missed it last time, especially since there are two of them. I think my comfort level in the gym is increasing and I took more time to actually look for it.

Anyway, I busted through chest and back this morning. I was a little nervous how I would do since my arms were still really sore from the arm workout a week ago! A totally new to me move was the cable cross over. I could only use #10 lbs and with 3 x 10 I totally maxed out on the third rep.

My body has always been able to change relatively quick. When I gained weight, I gained about 30 pounds in 1 year (we'll call that 'honeymoon' weight, that first year in a new relationship), and now with this workout, I can already see my arms changing. It's fun to watch myself in the mirrors as I do different moves and see a little muscle popping. I think once I get my eating down, I'll see more changes all over.

I'm really loving these early morning workouts. I love the way I feel the rest of the day. However, it is a little odd having so much time at the end of the day and I'm not constantly fighting with myself about how I should get off the couch and go to the gym since I already did it for the day. It did give me a chance to get a lot accomplished before the busy weekend though.
W2D4 is supposed to be an off day, but since my gym has limited hours on Easter, I flipped legs and shoulders so Easter Sunday will be my off day. I managed to get myself to the gym, even with a slight hangover, but I knew if I sweated it out, I would feel much better. Legs focused on a lot of calfs,

Although this is a new program for me, lifting weights isn't exactly foreign to me. In high school, a billion years ago, I took a lot of gym classes, so I was often used as the person to demonstrate different machines and help people out. I've also done Crossfit and for a while, a year and half ago, I saw a personal trainer who taught me how to properly do different moves and machines. I can't get over all the guys that go in and are not accomplishing anything. Just because you are using a lot of weight on a seated calf raise, does not mean you are getting the most out of it when you are using 100% momentum. Flying through a move with heavy weight is way less effective than doing the move properly even if you need less weight and you are more prone to injury.

Don't even get me started on the guys that throw on a ton of weight while doing leg press and then extend their legs and lock their knees. If you want to cringe, watch this video.
W2D5 OFF (Should have been legs but flipped days)
W2D7 was all biceps and triceps. I'm happy to report that I've completed my second week of the She Sweats 12 Week Transformation Program, just 10 weeks to go.

The moves alternated between free weights and cable rope moves. That's one of the things I've enjoyed most about this program so far, it switches up the moves enough that you really don't get bored.

Over the week I had to do a little alternating with the Easter holiday and limited gym hours, but I was still able to get all of my workouts in. I still need to get my eating on point, and then I think I'll start to notice more changes.

I'm getting in my daily planks, and can go for about 1:10 after two weeks.

Week 3 begins tomorrow!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekend Review 49: Eastering

On Friday night the cousins on my mom's side of the family got together for our third annual girls night. There are so many of us that we try to get together, just the girls (and sometimes babies) for a night of chatting, eating and drinking.

This year we strayed from our normal Irish fare and went with a Mexican theme. I brought a Mexican Corn salad that was pretty good and seemed to go over well with the crowd. There was shredded chicken and beef, tamales, chicken enchiladas, a taco plate, guac and all the taco fixings. And for dessert there was fried ice cream.

There's so much going on with everyone, new babies, babies on the way, upcoming weddings, new relationships, travels, etc.

The only picture snapped was of me showing my old age and falling asleep while others were still going strong. That's the Irish in us coming out.

I got home pretty early in the morning and watched some Lifetime movies on Netflix. Can I tell you how happy I am that Lifetime movies are on Netflix! They're so dramatic!

I somehow found the strength to get to the gym since I wouldn't be able to go on Sunday with the holiday hours. It was all legs with one shoulder move and I'm feeling it today. I wrapped up at the gym just in time to get home and cleaned up before I had to pick up the ol boyfriend from the airport.

We went over to one of his buddies to watch the Badger vs. Kentucky game. We were the only ones cheering for UK, and unfortunately, as we all know, UK lost. If UK won I would have for sure taken 2nd in my work pool, and if they took the whole tournament I would have taken 1st. I'm so bummed WI won, and I'm most likely going to stick with 3rd place. At least I get my entry fee back.

Sunday morning I headed over to my parents pretty early so I could use their mandolin to make the Pioneer Woman's Scalloped Potatoes. I just didn't add ham since we were going to have ham with our meal, but overall they seemed to be a hit with the family.

Both my sisters and brother in law + 'boyfriend' in law came for brunch at my parents. We were each tasked with bringing an item. I brought my potatoes, one brought rolls and the other brought champagne. Since no one was really drinking, there was plenty of champagne left over so I stayed at my parents and helped them drink a bottle or two and get in some solid Miley time.

I'm sad to say that it's a gross, rainy Monday, but we're 1 day closer to going to the Dell's this weekend and the Twins home opener next Monday! Fingers crossed the weather Gods bless us with a warm and sunny day. Sometimes I miss the Metrodome where it was always 70 degrees and sunny.