NOT the Morning I Was Hoping For

Don’t let the bow tie fool you. This kitten is filled with mayhem… and an abundance of bodily fluid he decided to distribute all over my bathroom floor. 😣

This morning did not go as planned!

For starters, we got to bed late so when the 5am alarm went off, neither of us were willing to get up and workout. We promised we would do it tonight. …

Then, when I did get up, I left the lovely lavender scents of my bedroom and opened the door to smell cat urine.

The whole apartment! The entire apartment smelled like a cat box!

I clean the two litter boxes every day, so this was just baffling. Before my workout I decided I have to clean the bathroom where the cat boxes live.

I vacuumed everything, cleaned the boxes, and when I picked up the corner of the rubber mat that was placed under the boxes to catch litter, it peel back with a wet, slimy, smacking sound.

Beneath, the floor was covered in cat pee.

I. Was. Horrified.

Apparently, Mjulnir believed that the rubber mat was there to use as an ulternative to the litter boxes.

That was when I went into full sanitation mode.

I Hulked out and took that entire room apart. Swabbed deck with disinfectant. Cleaned the mat, the floor, the walls, EVERYTHING.

I then soaked the mat in Pet Fabreze so the little guy won’t smell a trace of urine.

I was ready to kill this kitten! This was a VERY disgusting job!

I then did the workout scheduled for today to kind of blow off some steam. Triometrics and Ab Ripper X3.

Then, I cleaned this house from top to bottom! Everything was scrubbed! Everything!

By the time I was finished morning was gone, but my house smells clean and I don’t feel I am living in flithe.

😑

Mjulnir is lucky he is cute.

Hope you are having a better Thursday!

 

He’s Home!

Working out is so much more fun when he is here to do it with me! ❤️

Today was the Incinerator! I’ve been calling it the burninator so much that Namon went right passed the workout looking for B instead of I!

Namon is finally noticing his own gains. I was SO happy this morning and he caught a glimpse of his back muscles and could see all the payoff of his hard work.

He still refuses to take any photos until after 120 days, but it is always nice to know you are making progress.

So glad it is Friday! Even though I know I’ll be grading over the weekend. I hop you all have fun plans for the weekend!

I’m planning on spending some time with my Love! I miss him when he’s gone! ❤️

The Benefits of a Buddy

Eccentric Upper, so nothing but the muscles I struggle with the most! Day one of working out with no Namon. It’s funny because even though I’m the one pushing him most mornings, all of my motivation comes from having Namon to work out with.

I never really even knew that until I tried working out alone.

This is why, if you aren’t feeling motivated, it is good to have a support system that will hold you accountable.

Everyone goes through the I-don’t-wanna’s every now and then.  I’m a morning exercise person, and most of the time I just want to get more sleep. 

I’m blessed that my workout buddy is my husband. However, when he travels for work I still have a solid support group that I keep in touch with, and who help to keep me going when I am dragging by myself.

I hope you have a support group to hold you accountable! If not, message me or comment below and I will gladly add you to mine!

We fitness folks have to stick together right?

Good luck out there on this Monday morning! And enjoy the solar eclipse! Be safe!

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! 

Where are my gold coins?

I think I’ve unlocked an achievement in my workout this morning! 

Monday’s in phase two of P90X3 are Eccentric Upper, which as we all know is very poorly named! I’m not the best specimen of upper body fitness… at all! I started out this journey easily defeated by pickle jars. The heaviest weight I owned was 5lbs.

This morning I did ten hammer curls with 10lb weights. 😳

This is a huge accomplishment! I feel like I needed victory music and gold coins falling from the sky and an announcer informing the world, “Becca leveled up!”

 Instead I got Tony Horton announcing vaulter pull-ups… to which I sighed and tried my best.

Pull-ups still evade me.

I’m using a pull-up assist band, and am still doing five pull-ups at best before my chin refuses to pass the bar. (It’s all my chin’s fault! 😉)

Side note, how cool would life be if you gained points for leveling up as a human and you could use those points to master skills? 

I’d know Kung Fu by now.

Why would an English teacher need Kung Fu? Who cares! I think everyone should know Kung Fu! It would make life more interesting!

On that note, I’m seeking out coffee! Hope you have the least Monday-ish Monday!

Knot Bad

I couldn’t waste a good pun! 😉

I have never been one to have back tension. I don’t think I’m that chill, I think I just never really had a whole lot of muscle back there to tense.

All of this has changed!

Pardon me while I again wax poetic about the awesomeness of P90X3!

This routine is killer, and it works out everything! While I have been all focused on abs, I had no clue just how much I’ve been working out my back too. This is why I am no good at the gym. I focus too much on one muscle group and forget that I have to work everything out so that my new muscles don’t pull the rest of me out of place.

Ever see those guys at the gym who are hunched forward like gorillas? That’s because they are so focused on beefing up their arms and chest, they forget to work out shoulders and back. Those chest muscles pull everything forward and next thing you know you have back problems in your 30s.

Speaking of back problems, there is ONE move in the Incinerator routine that sticks a knot just below my right shoulder, every time. 😑 

My first back knot ever! At least I earned it!

Now to find some coffee and the portable tens unit! 

Think I’m joking about having electronic stim in my home? Check out the photo below! 

I hope you have a lovely Friday! ❤️

“Eccentric” Is Too Polite!

Guys, that was hard! 

“Eccentric” upper?!! Yeah right, P90X3!

I keep calling it extreme upper because eccentric is too polite! That’s what you call quirky English professors.

Johnny Depp is eccentric.

This workout is the Hulk! No one looked at the wall of angry green and said, “Wow, that guy is eccentric.”

I mean, I did it.  I completed the routine, but I feel this was more like one of those battles where the good guy and bad guy are equally matched and end up killing each other at the end. 
Is there really a winner in that situation? It felt very Shakespearean tragedy to me.

… I do feel kind pumped though. Like, in a tired-and-my-arms-will-never-work-again kind of way, but still.

I also upped my weights for a few moves. All the tricep moves at still 3lbs cause my triceps have never really been asked to more than like wave my hand my whole life. But some of the curls are now up to 10lbs! That, for me, is huge!

Now, my plan is to lesson plan the rest of the day and dodge Game of Thrones spoilers like bullets in the Matrix!

Wish me luck!

Happy Monday, y’all!

(Look how exhausted my face is!!! 😳)

The Burninator

incinerator

Wow, this was a tough morning to wake up!  I had no clue Yuki, my fuzzy feline partner in crime, was so terrified of thunderstorms.  I rolled over in my sleep to a mouthful of fur.  She was cuddled around my head shaking.  I rolled to my side and made a little tent for her beneath the covers and she curled up and calmed down, but then I was awake!

All this to say the 5am workout became the 7am workout!

P90X3 Incinerator.

Or as I like to call it, the Burninator!  … wait, you have seen Trogdor, right?  Right? Okay, if not, this must be corrected now!  Go check out this awesomeness of my high school nostalgia! 

Yes, yes, all morning and I was walking around the house singing, “Trogdor!!!!! Trogdor!!!!”  It’s amazing Namon puts up with me.  I even had a little lesson, so his cries of “Trogdor!!!” were correct.

Namon, in a deep voice: “Trogdor!”

Me: “No, honey, think 80’s hair band.”

Namon, much higher: ” Trogdor!!!”

Yes! He got it! He then shook his head, said something about me being insane, and got out the giant workout mats.

The Burninator was true to its newly formed name. It burninated my muscles completely!  I’m not even using heavy weights! At one point I was literally using little 3lb weights and grunting with each move.  The highest I did was 10lbs.

Also, I still can’t get passed five pull-ups, even with the assist band.  Pull-ups are my white whale.

Anyway, it was a good workout!  I used Energize instead of C4, and felt awake without the weird mystical tingling and burning ears I would get with C4.  All in all, it was a huge improvement.

Oh, I hear the sweet siren calls of a finished coffeepot!!!  Oh delicious nectar of the gods, I am going to drink you up!

To close, I am going to share a photo of me trying to lift the hammer of Thor.

… maybe it was a 15lb weight that I couldn’t lift off the ground with one hand.  Hey, we all start where we start!  I just have a lot of room to grow! 🙂

Happy Friday, everyone!

hammar of thor