Still Around and Working Out!

Hey! Long time no see!

I know, I know, that’s my fault. The semester picked up and I’ve been traveling, or hosting traveling guests. It’s been busy! I promise, I have not forgotten you and I will get right back to blogging very soon.

I now have SO much stuff to share! Namon and I even got a GoPro, so our videos will hopefully be better. 

I’m checking in to update a bit about my person workout journey. Feel free to write and let me know about yours! If you give me permission, I can even celebrate you here with a post!

I am in week 3, of month 3, of P90X3! I can’t believe I have actually stuck with it this long! I’m seeing SO many gains from sticking with a regular workout routine, it’s been amazing!  For example, when I do The Challenge now, which is all push-ups and pull-ups, I end up doing over 90 push-ups throughout the routine!?!  I never thought I’d be able to do that many!

Today was Agility X and Ab Ripper X3.  I am slowly but surely finding more and more definition around my abs. I don’t have a six pack yet, but now having one doesn’t seem so impossible.  Even better, I can see so much improvement in how I did with Agility X now vs my first week with the program.  

We are going to do the elite block, so I have one more month with X3.  At the end I will take my 120 day photo and show before and after.

I’m hooked. Even after I finish P90X3, I’m going to have to have a daily routine. It’s been wonderful to have so much more energy and strength. Not to mention, my resting heart rate is now consistently at a healthy range. I went from a resting rate of 90 to 67!  This, for me, is the biggest gain ever. 

Maybe I’ll even have abs by the time I’m done! If not, I still have some pretty awesome arms!

… you just get stronger.

We’ve all heard that saying, “It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.”  I always assumed that at some point exercise would at least FEEL easier. I’m learning that “easy” is not the point of exercise.

Today was nothing new, Eccentric Lower and Ab Ripper X3, and it felt just as hard and I was just as tired and just as sweaty as ever. 

However, I finally noticed something. I noticed that I wasn’t as sloppy with the motions. Instead of stumbling and falling and tapping my toes to the ground, which I did do a little bit mostly, mostly I was going through the movements smoothly. I was squatting lower, reaching further, and tapping less. 

Even with the pistol squats which I abhor!

During Ab Ripper, I was keeping up, holding my positions, finishing every rep. I didn’t collapse halfway through a move. I did every rep. I didn’t pause. I didn’t skip. I hung in there until the end.

When did I start doing this? Somehow this happened while I was too distracted looking for a hint of abs!

Nothing got easier. It doesn’t really even FEEL easier, but I have definitely gotten stronger.

Hang in there everyone! Happy weekend! 

And Floridians, stay safe! You are in my prayers. Already donating to Team Rubicon so they can help with relief.  I’ll write a post about them if anyone is interested. It is important to know who you are donating to and how your money is being used. I want all of mine to go to those in need! Stay safe everyone!

There is Never a Lessor Weevil

My husband is my hero!

While he was gone, I decided to clean out the cabinets only to discover a massive weevil infestation!

They were everywhere!

I freaked… like big time, and threw out everything that was opened. Everything.

I even discovered the little buggers in bags of noodles that had appeared sealed!

Weevils also apparently love gluten free orzo because that was the one bag I thought was sealed and didn’t toss. I found them today.

Anyway, when Namon called that night and I told him my weevil horror story he first made the obvious lessor of two weevils joke and then got online and ordered me a kitchen cabinet organizer set so this will never happen again.

I have never been so happen to get a massive shipment of empty bins in my entire life.

Being gluten free (by nature not by choice, I love bread to an unreasonable extent… it is an unrequited love I fear) means I have to have an unusual variety of flours in the house at all times. 

Seriously, at all times. You never know when the baking muse will strike!

They were, pre-weevils, in bags tied down with rubber bands. Now, however, my plethora of flours all have their own bins, and I even have washable chalk markers to handwrite what they are on the sides!

It feels good to be organized and weevil free.

Never settle, folks, cause there is no such thing as a lessor weevil!

Getting Back on the Horse

Well I’m back!

Namon and I had a family thing in Indiana, and once there I really didn’t have much time for posting… or exercise. 😣

I was totally off the wagon, and ate some deliciously awful things for me! Fries, burgers, and in my special case some amazing full gluten bread that ruined two full days for me and still has my gut twisted up. 

Bread, why won’t you let me love you?

When you fall off the workout wagon it is extra hard to climb back on. You know that it is gonna hurt, and you’ve tasted the sweet life of Netflix and pizza. This is when you need to grit your teeth and push yourself.

The day after we got home I went right back to P90X3.

Thankfully the four days I missed were recovery days, so mostly stretching and light cardio.

Yesterday was Isometrics (which felt so impossible when the week before it felt easy) and today was Dynamics which went better.

At least, once you started a habit, getting back into it doesn’t take as long as it did when you first began.

It was wonderful to see family and pick up Mjulnir, the newest fur baby, but it was also good to get back to my routine.

Hang in there folks! And know that you can always get back on the wagon after a fall. It happens to all of us!

Here is Mjulnir, after his first vet visit, poor baby!

One of those days

Guess what I’m having!

I forgot to set my alarm, so I got a late start to my day. Normally this isn’t that big of a deal when Namon is out of town, but today I was planning to make a crockpot meal to celebrate his return.

I love the crockpot because usually it is very easy.

This meal was not. At least, not when you are fighting the clock because it needs six hours to cook and today was a long workout day!

Eccentric Lower, and Ab Ripper X3. 

I didn’t even shower, I just started to prep in my workout clothes!

I made a HUGE mess in the kitchen! It is pretty much covered in grease, I will have to mop, and I made a ton of dishes. I even broke a tablespoon while trying to get my honey out of the jar. This had better be the best meal ever.

We all have those days, guys! All of us! I’m gonna do my best to shake this off, clean my kitchen, and turn this day around.

If the meal turns out I will glad share my video (I look so over everything in the video, but hey!) and post the recipe.

Good luck out there! I’m gonna shower!

When You Haven’t Had Your Coffee!

To preface this, Namon and I were up late, so getting up this morning was not easy and I was only two sips into my coffee.

Anyway! I wanted to take a photo to show Namon how ripped he is getting because he never sees it, but to get his attention to look up I made the noise I make to get Yuki’s attention. Yuki, our cat.

That look on his face is the what the F look! 🤣🤣🤣

Today was Incinerator! My little collection of weights includes 3lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs and 15lbs. I should have probably grabbed an 8lb set instead of 15s! I can’t do 15lbs yet, and 5lbs has gotten too easy, but some times to do a full set of ten reps I need something a little lighter than a 10.  

My arms are exhausted! I also have to do some push-ups later… 😳 so right now I’m drinking plenty of Recover and reading through Facebook feeds. 
Namon showed me the photo from my back on day one. I’ve come a long way. Keep in mind, sometimes we can’t see all the progress we’ve made, but others can.

It FRIDAY, y’all!!! We made it! 

Goodbye, Oh Cheese, I Shall Miss You…

Abs? Are you there yet? 

So close, guys! So close!

Today, as I continue with P90X3, was Eccentric Lower and Ab Ripper X3… sphinx crunches and a move called bridge burner get me every time! 

To help this ab process along I’m gonna dump the dairy. It’s not going to be easy, I love cheese. 

So much. 

But I also want to see what happens when I stick to no gluten (not a choice, it wrecks my stomach!) and remove dairy too. 

Dairy won’t be a forever deal, just an experiment. 

Now off to do some push-ups because I’m ridiculous and I volunteered to join this push-ups challenge! I volunteered! As tribute apparently.

Tonight we are cooking steak! I’ll film this one 😉. Sorry I was absent the last two dinner days. It’s been a busy week.

Have a wonderful Thursday, y’all!

I don’t always wanna 

So… this photo was before this morning’s workout.

I don’t always WANT to do my workouts. Honestly, there are a LOT of mornings I just want to stay in bed. I LOVE my sleep. I never feel I have enough, and my natural inclination is to stay in bed.

I am lucky. I have Namon.

The benefits of a workout partner is having that person who will drag you through those days when you just. Don’t. Wanna.

There are mornings where I am the one with resolve. When it’s my turn, I insist that no, really, we should just get up and do it.

I think no matter how far you get in your goals, you will always have the day where you just don’t want to do it.

Those are the days you have to fight harder for your goals. You have to get up, put on your gear, tighten your shoes, and say I’m gonna do this.

I hope you have a Namon in your life. Maybe it isn’t a life partner. It could be a friend, a trainer, or a Beachbody coach. Who ever it is, I hope you have that support.

As a Beachbody coach, I’m happy to have MY support, so I can turn around and be that support for my clients!

How was your Saturday? Talk to me, I’m here to listen! I can even be that support if you need it!

A Lovely Ride

Can you see the city in the distance? That is Toronto! I’m waving to Canada right now!

Uprooting your life to move with the person you love has its perks! 

It also has its fair share of stress and hardships. I left a LOT of really awesome people back in New Orleans. It’s been kind of a slow adjustment, especially to this new definition of “summer weather” but it is days like this one when I really love being able to experience new places.

I also had NO idea just how much I use my core when riding on the back of a motorcycle. Every turn and stop I was like, “Hello! Did I work out EVERY muscle in my back yesterday?!!”

I felt muscles I didn’t even know I had. They made their displeasure quite known.

We rode up the scenic way and then on the way back down we stopped at Wegman’s for a snack and to stock up on a few items we needed for the week. The benefits of having a giant cruiser! Wegman’s was not a familiar name, but it’s quickly becoming a favorite grocery store.

What I really love is how friendly everyone in our new state has been. Namon and I are both Midwest kids, and then I spent around ten years in small town southern Illinois and he spent years in Louisiana. We are use to really open and friendly folks. Each state has its own feel, and since I’ve never even been to New York, all I knew about it was of course the city. 

I’m a country girl! I was nervous.

However, we are nowhere NEAR New York City, and instead have found ourselves surrounded by some of the prettiest country ever! It has been wonderful!

Worrying about this move did nothing for me. I should have just realized that no matter what, Namon and I can always find the best in any situation. I should have stayed positive. Either way, I’m glad it all worked out in the end.

I just wanted to share the photo, and a bit of how we relaxed today. Namon is prepping for his next cooking video. 😊 He really enjoys it!

I hope you all had a peaceful Sunday as well!

Here you can clearly see the big red mark left behind by my helmet! 😣 I may need a large… I have a huge head! 

A Day of Rest… and a Run

Getting kitty kisses as I stretch out!

Sunday is usually my rest day. Everyone needs to rest, and in my humble opinion that was why Sunday’s were invented.

Sometimes, however, a quick solo run IS part of that rest. 

My run time is when I can just zone out. I listen to pop music, bounce to the mindless sugarcoated lyrics, and focus on breating in and out. It’s kind of zen for me. Even with Britney singing in my ears that I better work.

I mentioned before that my resting heart rate was really high before exercise. It has since dropped down to a human level instead of a small woodland critter, but I know that is because I work it out a little each day. After my run I feel calm and my heart relaxes into a quiet rhythm. 

The whole point of this post is to say you have to rest, but rest has to be your own definition. My morning run was two miles in 30 minutes, so more like a slow jog, with much walking before and after. Maybe your rest is doing a home project you’ve been meaning to finish, or reading that novel that’s been sitting by your bed the last month, or even taking the kids to the park and playing frisbee. 

Whatever you think of as rest, give yourself time to DO it! Part of taking care of yourself is giving yourself time for peace!

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m off for a motorcycle ride with my man!