You deserve a lot of respect! I came across your blog cause of the nike clothes you put up a picture of (I work for Nike). But once i saw your blog I was instantly interested in your recovery and your drive to make yourself better. I dig it a lot.
Thank you :) Yeah I somehow post a lottttt of Nike… Haha. You work for them? But thank you.. Its been hard sometimes but completely worth it.
First, HAPPY 10 MONTHS OF BEING MARRIED TO MEEEEE! (And my husband obviously)
Anyways back to counting calories because I get bored and its something to do and I am a little obsessive about not doing it.
Breakfast: Chocolate chip peanut butter Clif Bar
Lunch: Fresh fruit cup (watermelon, grapes, strawberry melons), carton of fat free milk
Snack: 8 oz Red Machine Naked Juice
Dinner: Chicken Chile Verde burrito (Trader joes!), some pretzels, piece of chocolate cake (happy b-day Lawren!)
Total calories (so far): 1,115 (planning on eating some Babybel cheese and baby carrots to bring my calories up)
25 minutes walking around town
15 minutes on the treadmill at the gym (133 calories, 1.18 miles)
100 trunk twists with 6 lb med ball
30 vertical leg lifts
40 weighted pull ups (getting so much better!!! Aka I use less and less help from the machine everytime. Can’t wait to do a pullup on my own!)
Total calories burned: 289
Overall today felt pretty weak. Didn’t eat a giant amount of food but still got my calories up but definitely wasn’t full all day. The next few days will be better for sure. I have some Fages and Chobanis to kill before Friday when I won’t have a fridge in my dorm room anymore. Plus a few Naked Juices too.
Really it just felt weak because I didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend at the gym and really wish I’d been able to do more. BUT tomorrow I get to do arms (woohoo!) and shoulders hopefully so I will hopefully feel like Im getting a great workout in!
I have started to track my calories less and less every day. I keep track in my head still and sometimes look things up but honestly, I was getting a little weirdly obsessive. And I am really happy how my body has been changing.
Woke up this morning (hungover as shit) and was able to see the changes in my body for the first time in real life, not just in pictures. It was a great feeling.
Didn’t go to the gym yesterday but walked around a lot/went clothing shopping with friends and today the gym is closed and I’ve been recovering! But later on I am gonna do something here at home.
1. You have all the muscle fiber you will ever have by the time you’re in your early teens! You can make the fibers bigger (more toned) or they can shrink, but once damaged they cannot be replaced.
2. You have as many muscle fibers as the biggest body builder guy you can think of. His are just bigger. :)
3. The term ‘ripped’ is derived from the process that makes your muscles grow. When you hurt yourself, your body sends cells to repair the damage (like a scab). When you work your muscles, you cause tiny little tears (ripping them). Your body sends cells to help heal these tears, causing the formation of proteins which increase the size of your muscle. (This is why protein is so important for your muscles!) No pain, no gain. Literally.
4. Fast & slow twitch fibers do different things for your body. Fast twitch muscles are the ones you use for quick, short bursts of exercise or power (sprints, plyometrics etc.). Slow twitch fibers don’t produce much power, but are perfect for longer, endurance based activities (think long distance running). If you’re looking to train for endurance, think lighter weights & more reps. For power? Heavier weights & fewer reps.
5. Your muscles don’t have memory… they have efficiency. Every movement you make, your brain sends signals to the muscles involved to contract. As you repeat movements over and over, the communication between your brain & muscles becomes more efficient: you become more coordinated. That’s why riding a bike feels so natural after years, or why you get better at dance moves the more you practice them. This applies to your workouts too. Moves that require coordination will get easier with practice.
6. For once and for all, lifting weights will NOT make you bulky. Men gain muscle more easily because of their hormones; hormones women don’t have. Female body builders spend hours in the gym every day, training intensly & heavily (think using 100+lbs), often take supplements for size & eat very specifically for YEARS to get that look. Picking up a 10lb dumbbell will NOT make you bulky. Or a 25lb dumbbell. Or a 45lb barbell. Relax.
7. Where you’re likely to tone up first? Your shoulders. Women don’t have a lot of fat in that area, so you’ll see definition there first. Having wider shoulders will also make your waist appear smaller: a little trick from the supermodels.
8. There are NO muscles in your fingers! The muscles that move them are in your palm and mid-forearm: they are attached by tendons that run up to your fingers, making them move when the muscles contract (like a puppet).
Do you think it's possible to lose around 5-7 pounds in 4 weeks?
Definitely. Thats a whole month!! Eat well but make sure you eat! Count calories and eat around 1200-1400 a day or more depending on how active you are. And workout. Both cardio and weights. A few times a week. You can totally do it though!
Dinner: Vegan cutlets, salad, bite of asparagus, bite of wild rice, Lemon Zest Luna bar, daily vitamin
After dinner: 7 yogurt covered almonds
Total so far: 1,068 calories
I have a tasty looking apple sitting in my room with my name on it for a snack a bit later plus a bit of cheese I am thinkin to get my calories up. I NEED to get some more veg in my life! Which is why I bought the fruits and carrots today. More salad. I just HATE the meal plan at school right now. All the salads at the cafe are full of things like chicken tenders, cheese, and not stuff I want. Oh well!
1.5 mile walk/bike into town and back
Bike ride to gym and back
15 minutes on the treadmill (1.16 miles, 129 calories)
10 each of dips, parallel pull-ups, military grips, dips, and underhand (assisted pull up machine, at 100 lbs)
35 vertical leg lifts
Tricep press at 50 lbs: 1x14, 1x12, 1x10
Bicep curls at 10lbs each hand: 2x10
Shoulder presses with 8 lbs each hand: 2x10, 1x5
I really need to get better with free weights. I always think I know what I want to do then get super intimidated! My goal for this week is get a few things I’d like to try… And DO THEM!!!!!
Ummmm...... Heidi Montag realizes this is 14 hours a day right?
"I’ve been working out from, like, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two months now. I’ve been working out really hard because I had this pool party and I was like, I have to be in shape. And I was actually a lot overweight. It was the most I’ve ever been because I’ve kind of been in hiding eating pie with my husband and puppies, so I needed to get back in shape.
I’ve been running a lot, and I’ve been doing weights. When you work out, you boost your metabolism, so you have to [make sure you eat enough].
My breasts, because they’re so big, really needed some time. So I’m just starting to work out again after my surgery. Sometimes I get shooting pains, but I hear that’s normal.”
Whatever. I am bolding the one part that makes sense. Poor girl after all has a pair that give her “shooting pains”.
Breakfast: Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif bar + 8oz Red Machine Naked Juice
Lunch: few bites leftover chicken and rice
Snack: Nature Valley oats and honey bars (2)
Dinner: Salad with seaweed salad and sashimi + citrus ginger dressing, few sips of pina colada slurpee
Estimated calories so far: 1,006
Planning to take my vitamin and eat an apple and a few more bites of chicken before thinking about going to bed. Also, my estimate might be a little higher. Kinda hard to measure stuff today so I think I am not gonna be dangerously low in calories.
Around 50-60 minutes walking with lots of hills= roughly 210 calories burned
how do you deal with people not accepting your marriage living together making money to support eachother going to school its so overwhelming somtimes
My husband always says that schools comes first over everything so I know that I have to do my work before I can talk to him, etc (we are also long distance when I am at school except hes moving up to MA to be with me starting in the fall!!). Ummm.. I ignore people that don’t accept our marriage. 18 or 28, its still a valid, loving relationship and I hate when people think it is any less legit because I am younger.
As for money, that is always a hard thing. Since its summer, we are both working full time right now but during school its only part time. We have both always worked a lot so thats not too much of an issue at all.
I dunno. Some things can be hard but… You just make it work. I love him and I like to work things out to make sure I can always be with him. Its just.. How it works I guess :) Things get easier too.
“Keep your eyes on YOU. It’s fine to get inspired by others’ physiques, but you have to set your own personal standards. People tend to fixate on their weaknesses, while at the same time obsess over the strengths of others. That’s a surefire way to stay eternally frustrated. It’s a healthier approach to acknowledge your own strengths, and use them as benchmarks by which to bring up your weaknesses. Learn to give yourself a pat on the back for the improvements you make. Keep your eyes on YOU, don’t let the achievements of others dictate your obsessions.”—Alan Aragon (via thespartanwarrior)