Health & Fitness

My Journey Through LIIFT4: Week 2

Monday

AM THOUGHTS- 5:30 rolled around quick….*ugh*….snooze it is.  I was really tempted to just sleep till Doodlebug woke me up.  But I knew I’d be upset with myself if I didn’t get up and get my workout in like I had wanted to.  After a few snoozes, I finally rolled out of the bed and got going.

+ Workout Thoughts + 

chest/triceps – circuit:  Considering I had a rough time getting out of the bed this morning, I was happy to find out that today’s workout was a circuit, giving me a little extra time to wake up.  I also pushed harder with heavier weights today using 10 to 12-pounds on most of the lifting.  I did still use 5-pounds on the side skull crushers and chest flys.  The pushups were a total killer!  I know pushups are not my strong suit, so I am hoping to get better.  Abs were not as bad today; I almost enjoyed it! hahaha!

MID-DAY THOUGHTS –  With my workout done, I get to spend naptime working and not stressing!

 

 

EVENING THOUGHTS – So glad I got my butt out of the bed this morning to get my workout in while the house was sleeping.  Now I get to spend time with the kids before bed and Mr. O, without having to worry about exercising.

Nutrition

breakfast: scrambled eggs, sweet potato fries

snack: ——

lunch: greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, honey

snack: Zija XM Protein shake with spinach, almond milk, ice, and almond butter

dinner: bbq grilled chicken, cajun rice

supplements: energize, recover, Zija XM+


Tuesday

AM THOUGHTS – Dead dog tired, again, this morning.  But I woke up quick thanks to Energize.  I’m interested to see how Mr. O does this morning since he’s decided to join in on the workout.

Workout Thoughts + 

back/biceps – liift 50/50:  Oh boy…I felt the burn today.  I managed to lift 12-pounds on my first group of reps, but had to drop down to 10’s and then 5’s by the end.  I was on the struggle bus for sure!  Cardio wasn’t terrible even though I was dreading it.  And abs were a little easier today, but I did have to modify shoulder taps.

I must say, I’m a little giggly that Mr. O actually got up and worked out with me this morning.  Maybe now he’ll quit talking so much smack.

MID-DAY THOUGHTS – so hungry today but I am not wanting to be in the kitchen.  I’ll do easy for lunch and snacks and then just make sure I get in all my veggies tonight.

EVENING THOUGHTS –  Feeling grateful that I prepped a spaghetti squash yesterday so I don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen tonight.

Nutrition

breakfast: scrambled eggs, sweet potato fries

snack: —-

lunch: Zija XM Protein shake with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, and spinach

snack: gluten-free chicken nuggets

dinner: baked chicken “spaghetti”

snack:

supplements: energize, recover, Zija XM+


Wednesday

AM THOUGHTS – rough day….Doodlebug woke up sick.  Thankful that today is a recovery day.

Workout Thoughts + 

recovery – stretch and roll & recover:  so I am sorer than I thought.  OUCH!

 

 

MID-DAY THOUGHTS – staying hungry today

EVENING THOUGHTS – soooooo hungry!  Ended up having my cheat meal tonight.

Nutrition

breakfast: Zija plant protein shake with almond milk and pb

snack: baked chicken “spaghetti” casserole

lunch: cabbage salad mix with dried cranberries, pepitas, and greek yogurt dressing

snack:  peaches and cinnamon

dinner:  fried chicken tenders, fried chicken thigh, biscuit

snack: biscuit with honey and butter

supplements: Zija XM+


Thursday

AM THOUGHTS –  The alarm came too early, again.  I want to eat all the things this morning.  Trying out timed nutrition today.

 

weightlifhting for shoulders

 

Workout Thoughts + 

shoulders – intervals:  The workout is extremely tough for me this morning.  I feel very fatigued.  I am not able to lift as heavy as I thought I should.  My abs were on fire!

MID-DAY THOUGHTS – Trying to drink lots of water to help with being tired.  I keep getting hungry.

EVENING THOUGHTS –  Hungry, holding out for dinner.  Ended up eating early, approximately 5 pm.

Nutrition

breakfast: sprouted toast with butter, peaches, greek yogurt with honey and blackberries

snack: boiled eggs with tajin

lunch: spinach & cabbage salad with pepitas, dried cranberries, leftover chicken tender, and greek yogurt dressing.

snack: —-

dinner: rotisserie chicken, brown rice, steamed broccoli

supplements: energize, recover, Zija XM+


Friday

AM THOUGHTS –  Trying timed nutrition to a T today.  I’m interested to see how this goes.  I am staying very tired again.

Workout Thoughts + 

legs – hiit: Not my fav workout…at all.  I still got through it and I’m glad I pushed myself.  I know cardio will probably never be my thing, and that’s okay!  I still will do the best I can with it.  Gotta get those gains!

 

leg workout, leg day, hiit, cardio

 

MID-DAY THOUGHTS – sticking with my containers and timed nutrition to see if it helps with the tiredness and yuck I’ve been feeling.

EVENING THOUGHTS – By 4:15 pm, I have used all my allotted containers for the day.  Food plan went to crap today.  I am definitely thinking I need to move up in the nutrition plans.

Nutrition

pre-workout breakfast: 2 eggs, spinach, sprouted toast, butter

snack: XM Protein, banana, PB, almond milk

brunch: greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, honey, toasted coconut

snack: hummus, cucumbers, blueberries

dinner: spinach, brown rice, rotisserie chicken, evoo

2nd dinner: 2 chicken tenders, garden salad, a few fries

snack: slice of pepperoni pizza

supplements: energize, recover, Zija XM+


Saturday

AM THOUGHTS –  Quick breakfast this morning so Little Bear and I can get going with school shopping.

MID-DAY THOUGHTS – Can shopping just be my cardio for today?  This is cray cray!

Workout Thoughts + 

recovery – cize, crazy 8’s:  Such a booty kicker!  My legs are burning!  I am not a dancer but this was still a lot of fun.  Great workout for some major cardio work!

 

cardio day

 

EVENING THOUGHTS – I am exhausted from school shopping with Little Bear today, but I still pushed through to get in some cardio.

Nutrition

breakfast: overnight oats, turkey bacon

snack: —–

lunch: Texas cheese fries, fajita chicken w/ peppers & onions, some black beans and rice

snack: venti almond milk latte w/ cinnamon powder

dinner: salad w/ balsamic vinegarette and pulled pork

supplements: energize, recover, Zija XM+, premium tea


Sunday

AM THOUGHTS – Stat day!

Workout Thoughts + 

recovery: No workout today.  Using this a true recovery day. 

EVENING THOUGHTS – poor time management tonight to poor food choices.  I am vowing to do better this next week…I want this for myself.

Nutrition

breakfast: eggs, spinach, butter, hot sauce, sprouted toast

snack: Zija plant protein with spinach, PB, and banana

lunch: 

snack: peaches with cinnamon

dinner: hamburger with lettuce bun, 2 slices of pepperoni pizza

supplements: Zija XM+


——–>Final Thoughts<———

I gained 1 pound and lost about 1 inch this week.  I’m a little frustrated by this.  I know building muscle will cause you to possibly gain weight….and that’s okay.  I’m just a bit frustrated I don’t see more change so far.  I’m thinking my nutrition has been way off for what my body needs to fuel these workouts – especially considering I have been fighting major fatigue, soreness, and some light headaches.  I know this is not just typical mom tiredness.  I am listening to my body and I am going to give it more fuel next week.

 

I can’t believe week two is already over!  The time has really flown by.  It’s crazy how quick something goes when you enjoy it.

Yes…I just said I am enjoying my workouts!

(Oh, you can read about how week 1 really went here.)

It’s so crazy that I feel this way.  I NEVER thought I would be the girl that would work out like this.  Yet here I am rocking it!  The truth is, you never really know what you are capable of unless you try.  If I had let my insecurities and self-doubt stand in my way 9 months ago, I never would have started this fitness journey.

What are you holding yourself back from?  Are you ready to take charge of your health and fitness and OWN your life? 

I have gained so much already in this fitness journey.  I know you can, too.

 

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