Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Leg Work Outs & Nacho News

Legs are easily my favorite muscle group to train. I feel consistently sore for days after I work legs, which tells me I'm doing something right! Commonly asked question, How do you put together a great leg work out?

First let me say, I am new to lifting. I am learning every single day, and I struggle with trusting this process. I constantly have to remind myself that muscle will make me leaner. That I don't need to run for an hour a day three days a week, and two hours on Saturday. That all that running is actually counter productive to my lean out goal. It's a struggle for me, because I had a lot of success losing weight literally running my ass off. I can talk running all day. I feel confident in running.

I do not yet feel confident in lifting. I know it works. I see it all around me. Switching gears has been challenging for me. I think we all like doing things we're good at, part of the reason I like running so much, it makes me feel good, and I know what I'm doing. However, I know it wasn't always like that. In time, I'll feel less like a new born giraffe in the weight room.



I like to go into the gym with a plan. I feel more challenged following a work out someone else has put together, and less overwhelmed by all of the different equipment options. I've been loosely following Jamie Eason's Live Fit phase two for a weeks now (More on this tomorrow). This is my second week to follow the program to a T, forcing myself to let go of all that cardio. The program calls for two leg days a week, and no cardio on leg day. I honestly struggle with any type of cardio following leg day, but I do find the first leg day work out of the week to leave me with the longest lasting soreness. I frequently feel sore before even leaving the gym. How ya derin. Gimme those results!

Here are three of the work outs that have been favorites for me:





This is my last week training in Phase Two, and I'm not going to lie, I'm intimidated by Phase 3. One step at a time. More on my hybrid  Phase two plan tomorrow!

Nacho News:

I just can't go a week without talking about Nacho! Nacho has quickly bonded with us, everyday becoming more confident in his surroundings. Nacho is super smart, and is quickly catching on to potty training. We are house training Nacho utilizing a crate. Nacho sleeps in his crate, and he stays in his crate while we are at work. I was concerned crate training would be dramatic, for all of us. However, Nacho continues to amaze, and is doing well with his crate, dare I say it, he enjoys the crate! We've made it our mission to exhaust him before bed time, before we leave for work, and on our lunch break. We play with him for hours on end, encouraging him to stay awake. We're establishing the crate as his space, and we do not bother him while he's in the crate. However, when he's out of the crate, it's full on play time!

Nacho plays...
Our methods seem to be working as he's been willingly going into the crate at night. Last night, he had his first night accident free! He's never had a number two accident, such a good boy, but his little bladder is small so he is struggling with holding it for long amounts of time. However, he's getting better every day. I'm so proud of Nacho!

Nacho Sleeps
Nacho is dominating our schedules at present. I've been hitting the gym early each morning, as after work all I really want to do is spend time with him. I am definitely one of those people now, and proud of it! I talk to Nacho, I sing to Nacho, I play with Nacho every free second, and I think every thing he's ever done it down right adorable. I'm thoroughly enjoying this puppy stage, even though it is exhausting. Can I get a caffeine drip? Is that an option?

We're all loving this Spring weather right?! I really wanted to go sleeveless today, lean mean muscle machine, but man oh man has it been a long winter. This girl needs some vitamin D! 


Happy Hump Day people!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Girl's on the Run- New Orleans

There's a very special event upcoming in New Orleans in a few weeks. It's a 5k happening Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Mother's Day Weekend) called Girl's on the Run. Girl's on the Run is an organization that encourages young girls to come together, with their mothers/aunts/friends to get active, support one another, and have fun doing it! 



I was approached by the New Orleans' Girl's on The Run chapter to help spread the word about their event, and I feel incredibly honored to do so. It should come as no surprise that I am a total girls girl. 

Some of the most important people in my life, are women. Strong women. Independent women. Free thinking women. Kind women. Thoughtful women. Out spoken women. Women who are leaders. Women who aren't afraid to stand up for themselves. Women who are supportive of me. I treasure these relationships. They have literally shaped my life. 

I am all about I am Women Hear me Roar, there's nothing I can not do, and I will never ever limit myself. I want everyone to do well. I want everyone to be happy. I want everyone to be confident. I want everyone to love themselves. It's beautiful when someone is proud of who they are. I want us all to win.

I also know, young girls, hell even older girls, let's be real adult women too, can be really great at tearing one another down. I think a lot of difficult female relationships stem from feeling like giving and supporting someone else is taking away from an individuals own accomplishments. The compare game is the ultimate joy steal-er.The green eyed monster is fabulous at destroying female relationships too.

Girl's on the Run's mission really spoke to me, Together we are dedicated to improving the world one child at a time; inspiring them to be joyful, healthy, and confident. I wish there had been such a group when I was a girl. What an incredible mission to teach our youngsters! Supporting one another is fun! Being Active is fun! Getting involved in the community is important! 

It is so very important to lead by example, walk the walk and talk the talk. Monkey see monkey do. If I lived in New Orleans I would be all over this event in a heart beat. I've got an email into the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter to see how I can get involved near me!



This organization really pulls at my heart strings. The ladies at Girls on the Run, are doing something right. Be sure to sign up today for the event May 10th, this is sure to be a fun and inspiring morning for everyone involved! If you'd like to get involved with Girls on the Run, click here to find a chapter near you.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Nacho's First Weekend as a Noel

You may not be aware, but over the weekend, this little bundle of precious, adorable, sweet, lovable, cuddly, playful, perfection came home to live with us....

Nacho Noel born March 15, 2014
I know. He's so cute he's hard to look at it. He's just so darn cute. His cuteness level is truly astronomical. He attracts new people everywhere he goes, and he's never met a stranger. He's a total chicklet magnet, earning soft pets of approval from all the tiny humans at Petsmart and the park this weekend. He's so cute we just want to stare in awe of the overwhelming cuteness for hours on end. Basically that's all we did for 48 hours straight. Stare down Nacho.

Who's really in charge here? ;)
Nacho is such a good boy. He's smart, playful, and energetic, for roughly 30 minutes at a time. Then he wants to lap up some water and sleep off his play time.


Nacho had his first trip to the vet this weekend. Which he slept entirely though. Prolly for the best. The doc says Nacho is one healthy happy puppy, and has been given a clean bill of health. Nacho weighs 7lbs 8 ounces and is growing quickly! Nacho is half Golden Retriever, half Yellow Labrador Retriever, otherwise known as a Golden Labrador. The vet thinks he's more golden at this stage with his fuzzy coat, and block shaped head. We were warned to take lots of pictures as this stage won't last long. Two steps ahead of you doc Everyone at the vet's office couldn't get enough of Nacho. I mean, look at that wittle face


 Right now, Nacho loves to play tug of war, chewing on whatever we allow him to, napping on the cool floor, cleaning out his food bowl, getting rewarded when he pottys outside, and taking short little walks around the neighborhood. 

Nacho's favorite toy, his squeaky fox
Nacho is an early riser which is just fine by us, as he sleeps in his kennel at night. We were apprehensive about our first night with Nacho, but he surprised us both by being a good little sleeper. We're so proud of his big boy attitude! He's picking up potty training and discovering his voice. Yes, even is bark is down right adorable.


Monday will be his first normal week day in what has surly been a scary couple of days in Nacho's short little life. We're all a little nervous. Nacho is such a joy and I already love him entirely too much. However, everyone was right in saying having a puppy is similar to having a baby. We're pretty exhausted. Coffee. Must. drink. more coffee.

Nacho's ruff life
In other news, Nacho may need to get his own Instagram account. I am a fitness blogger, I am a fitness blogger...

Weekly Work Out Goals

Monday:
RIPPED

Tuesday
Strength
30 Minute Fast Run

Wednesday:
Legs

Thursday:
Strength
Stair Master

Friday:
Strength
30 Minute Fast Run

Saturday:
Legs

Sunday:
Rest

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Memes, Upcoming on the Blog, Nacho Day

Friday now equals memes day and if you hate this series, I'm really sorry, because I freaking love it. This has been a phenomenal week for me. My works outs have been killer all week, but honestly that's never a problem for me. I LOVE to exercise. I've yet to meet a don't want I couldn't power through, and I always feel incredible about ten minutes after I'm at the gym. 

What's the problem? 

Food. 

Towards Saturday afternoon's on the weekend, I get weak, very weak. Diet was on point every single day this week and I plan to carry that success through the weekend. True confessions, I've been pretty bad the last few weekends so it's time to get back on track, and stop making flimsy excuses for myself. The weekend is ALWAYS my down fall. 

On with the memes woman!


I had three Cadberry eggs over the course of the Easter Season. For me, this is a win.


Any Game of Thrones fans in the house? 


What about Walking Dead? 


I laughed way too hard at this....


If you follow or are close with someone who follows a macro based diet, you know why this is funny...


Today is Nacho day! I am so excited, I don't know how I will possibly get anything done today. I'm going to bombard you with pictures of how cute and perfect I think he is. You have been warned. Muahahahahaha!

Upcoming on the Blog:

Monday:
Our First Weekend with Nacho
Weekly Work Out Goals

Tuesday:
Girl's on the Run

Wednesday:
Leg Work Out Favorites

Thursday:
Jamie Eason Live Fit Phase Two Review

Friday:
Weekly Favorite Memes
Upcoming on the Blog


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