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Goals and one seriously cute hedgehog

11 Apr

The Healthy Diva‘s post about goals perfectly coincided with my new goal-achievement strategy: Behold the magic board of WINNING!

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Look at that smexy organization. to be completely honest, I haven’t devised the perfect reward yet. Obviously, food rewards are not the best to consider, given my weight loss goals. I also have a problem with “purchasing” rewards. They may actually make me feel guilty for spending when I should be saving… Suggestions?? Please?

Happy Easter! I celebrated by finally LIFTING AGAIN! Lemme tell you, it felt so good. Even though it was Easter there were still some people, but everything was free when I needed it 🙂  Monday was legs, and I am still trying to stay positive about single leg squats….mrr. Yesterday was back and arms, ending in sprints. I am much more comfortable working my upper body!

Today is the official move out day for the married couple that have been my flatmates, so last night I had to say my final goodbyes. Augh! You know those can be messy, haha! We couldn’t stop hugging! We won’t be able to anymore! It was one of those situations where I didn’t know what I had until it was about to be taken away from me.  However, they are starting a wonderful to chapter in their lives, and I, of course, wish them the very very very best!

I just realized there are only 10 Days until my show opens! OMG. It has totally crept up on me since the rehearsal period has been so long. I need more time for character development! I need more time for EXACT PRECISION with my twin! Time to focus. Time to serious-up.

PS- Instagram on Droid. I has it. loverly_kp to see what’s up! ^_^

PPS- I think the goal-board should have an added “post twice a week” 😛

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LAZARUS, COME FORTH!! – Pains and gains

3 Apr

Seriously, this image is burned into my brain >_<

 Carman? Anybody? Anybody??

In short, I AM BACK FROM THE DEAD.

Sorry, I’ve just been crazy busy. As I mentioned before, I was in 3 shows at once. Now I am down to 1, but there have been many happenings…

So I had very little time to go to the gym, but I also wasn’t going because of pain. I have had a lot of tightness deep in my right  hip (middle of my glute) up to my lower back, and this is something that happens occasionally, especially when I stop working out all of a sudden. I usually just have to tough it out, but it wasn’t getting better. I got a massage, which made it worse, then it got a little better, then when I finally had no pain on my right, the problem appeared on my left! (It is always one side or the other, not both, thank God.)

Unfortunately, it got so bad last week that at 2 AM it seized up so badly and was sooooo paralytically painful I went to the ER. Sadly, they only gave me one pill, so in the morning I was back in pain (it took me an hour to inch out of my bed and hobble down the mile to the bathroom using a folding chair as a walker) but I was able to move more as the day went by and my sister helped me to a clinic to get a prescription for muscle relaxers. I am still wary of it, so I haven’t done any running or leg exercises. This afternoon I shall atempt intervals! *fingers crossed*

My other interesting incident occured on Friday. I was super excited to finally be performing a leading role I am perfect for, and to show off the progress I have made vocally. So, all through work I am fine, and I go to my alma mater to warm up my voice. The middle range seemed fuzzy, but I was taking it easy. Top notes? Fine.

I go to the theatre, and suddenly it is all not fine. Somehow, in that 45min it took me to travel I had lost my voice. Like, NOTHING coming out. It was pretty disappointing. Everyone was super sweet and supportive, though. An announcement was made to inform the audience of my condition, but most of the audience were my firends anyway. I squeaked through my first 3 numbers, but knew I couldn’t do any more. The director told me he wanted me to finish the show rather than having the other girl go on, so I was on stage acting, and the other girl was singing for me. I ended up having a blast! Of course initially I was frustrated, but there was nothing I could do to magically make my voice come back. I had a great time just acting the role. By not having my attention divided on singing (technique, tone, breath) I was able to act very specifically, and turned out to be a very rewarding experience. ^__^ Crazy, huh?

Like I said, my time has been taken up with shows, but to be honest I also haven’t been posting because I haven’t been working out. I guess I just feel shy about it. Or that if I did post Holden Caulfield would stick a fat finger in my face and declaim “PHONEY!” But thusfar, no hunting caps have made an appearence, so I think I’m in the clear.

Whew! So wordy! Luckily, I have still been snapping photos of noms >_>  Comin’ at cha on the morrow!

Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked

23 Feb

Goooooood morning!!!

I skipped cardio yeasterday (Jamie, forgive me, for I have sinned) because I was feeling grumpy from lack of sleep. Because I only did one or two workouts last week, my body is under a lot of stress from going so hard these past few days, and I have not been getting my full 8 hours per night. Kelsey becomes a giant grumpus when she doesn’t get enough sleep. So! skipped cardio, ate a little su’m su’m, and asleep by 8! OH YES! Up at 4 feelin’ good. Of course, I had a snack before I have my big breakfast.

Today is shoulders!! WOO! I get kind of excited for them. They are my faves. I also get to do my favorite workout: reverse flyes. LOVE me some reverse flyes ^___^ If someone asked me what my best physical feature is, I would say my clavicle. That whole collar bone, shoulders, and upper back area. I love off the shoulder clothes! However, by shoulders are not very developed, and I think once they are I will look more balanced, and it will offset the largeness of my arms. Gotta go heavy (without injury!) so I will probably be making some grotesque faces in the gym today.

After reverse flyes, I think my other favorite move is the deadlift. Those are pretty hot. What’s yours?

This morning I wanted to listen to this, so here it is if you would like to as well 🙂

Today is awkward, schedule-wise. I have a small group meeting at 6, and I’m supposed to have a coworker reunion gathering around 9 or 10. I still don’t know where I’m going to squeeze in the workout, and a shower ect. Wish me luck!

It Hertz so good

21 Feb

– Happy Birthday Heinrich Rudolf Hertz!! You made my high school physics and microelectronics classes so much fun!! (Btw, I’m totally being serious. We got to do some kick ass stuff) –

Today is Day 45! Chest, Abs and Cardio. (My obliques are still sore from Monday’s ab workout… Love it!! :D)

My anterior delts (the front of my shoulders) are killing me from lifting all those barbells up and over my head a million times. Sheesh! I was fine getting ready this morning, but after the walk to the train and then from the train to work, my whole body was shaking! It took a good amount of focus to change into my uniform, and steady my hands for my shirt buttons.

Lunch= lightly fried tilapia covered in crushed almonds. image

My cooking is still very simple. Lightly coat in oat flour (though after the fact I realized I have almond flour. Doh!), coat in butter (but I forgot the garlic! How could I forget the garlic??), cover in crushed almonds, lightly pan fry in coconut oil. I have to say it came out quite well! Tastes butteraaaay. What else you see is brown rice. Not pictured: steamed beets and dark chocolate. Not combined. Separate. Like a normal person would have them.

I felt like I wanted to share today’s scripture 🙂 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Keep praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for that is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” In my devotions the author says something to the effect of saturating your day with His name. Some names I like to keep in mind are El Shaddai, Elohim, and El Roi. It is important to know your God (“The people who know their God will be strong” Daniel 11:32b)

Also, look at these bunnies. Look at them. image

Gun show!

20 Feb

Today went well, though because my eating had been off, the amount of food I have to consume is past my fullness. Slight discomfort, but I’ll be over it tomorrow!

It is quite apparent to me that a muscle group I need to give special attention to are my triceps. Those buggers need to step up! Or rather, I need to stop being a wussy and stop ignoring the fact that I need to devote more time to them. Of course I love working the strong parts of my body! This was evidenced by my savory bicep experience today. Jamie had me lifting heavy, adding one more set than previously, then finishing with low weight and reps of 21! Pump it up!

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As you can see I have a way to go to show off my work. I have lots of muscle, it’s just hidden… for now. I can’t wait to start doing HIITs again.  The last time I trained with HIITs (the Insanity workout from beachbody.com) I was dropping a pretty significant amount of weight. Unfortunately, training like that was not sustainable for me, but I love integrating HIIT with lifting. However, I don’t belive that comes in until Phase 3… which is only 2 weeks away! What?!

My eating was good today, though I think I indulged post workout. Ok, I know I did. I’m pretty sure I stayed around my optimum range, though definitely on the high end. I wasn’t working big muscle groups, though, so I really didn’t need all that fuel for recovery. It is dangerous having peanut butter in my house. Just saying.

Hope peeps had a good Presidents Day! This day is naught to me, and I always have to work. I am only reminded when I go out and there are fewer people on the platform as I wait longer for a train because it is running on a weekend schedule.

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday! Beads!