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WOD(s): Body Beast Build Shoulders
Food: I think my meals will be a little off today because I had a snack at lunchtime and a snack after my workout. But I think it’ll last me until dinner time.
Thoughts: Glad I got my workout done when I did because, by the time I finished it, Madi had woken from her nap 2 hours early 😬 Glad tomorrow is a rest day. Whether I choose to rest or not is to be seen.


WOD(s): Body Beast Build Back & Biceps (397 calories) **DAY 3**
Well, at almost 5p, I haven’t had a single sweet (aka Christmas cookie) all day! That’s pretty good! I’ve had fairly healthy stuff today, too. I’m trying…
Thoughts: Only 87 days to go! Not like I’m counting down or anything. But it is nice to see that number go down, even just a day at a time. I still haven’t taken my before pictures/measurements 😕 But I think once I take those, I’m going to stop weighing myself every day. I used to be pretty good at the self-control and just weighed in once a week. But I think I want to wait a few weeks in between right now. Because Body Beast is a strength program, the likelihood that I’ll lose weight isn’t as high as that I’ll lose inches. So I want to only weigh in every so often. Plus, I always tell myself that the number on the scale doesn’t matter or that it’s not the most important thing, but I’ve been doing it every day like it matters. Anyways, wish me luck with that!

I remembered just before I dozed off last night that I never posted my stuff!

WOD(s): 1.00-mile run with Madi
Food: Not great–might’ve had a lot of pudding today 😳 But calories were under!
Thoughts: I was really surprised when I found out how quickly I’d run my mile–12:47 for a mile is good for me when I’m just getting back to running even without Madi in her stroller. I’m saying the cold breeze helped motivate me to go quicker 🙂 I purposefully didn’t workout in the morning so it’d motivate me to run since I had two adequate days this week I could’ve ran but came up with excuses. It worked! Plus the sleeping in was nice haha

WOD(s): 21 Day Fix Lower Fix
Food: Welp, I had a donut this morning.
Thoughts: Same as a couple of days ago–doing some lighter lifting to prepare a little for my Body Beast next week. Nick and I are both doing it, though we won’t actually be doing the working out physically together–I’ll stick with my morning workouts so that he can do his in the evening. I do mine before the toddler wakes up, he can do it after she goes to bed 🙂 If we had the space (which, honestly, we do if we moved our whole operation into the basement) and the weights to do it together, I’d like to. But we can’t afford to buy a second set of interchangeable weights just so we can workout together. It’s gonna suck getting him to do it–he likes to drag his feet and be dramatic about everything. But I’m working on a motivator for him, which involves saving money to build a house (which he wants to do ASAP).

WOD(s): TurboFire Fire Starter (423 calories); 1.04-mile run w/ Madi (323 calories)
Food: Another decent day–some veggies, some sweets. But, again, under my goal for the day.
Water: About 48 oz. today. Yesterday, I realized how little I was drinking when I didn’t make myself do it. I wasn’t thirsty, so I didn’t drink that much. I made a point to get more in today. Still not as much as I should, but better than yesterday by far.
Thoughts: I’m sore today. My back, lower shoulders, abs, quads, knees, and butt are all sore to some extent. I’m glad I’m working out in the morning and again in the afternoon. I want to always work out in the morning, just in case I don’t have the time or energy to run in the afternoon (especially once it gets really cold out and I don’t even go). I know if I skip in the morning and don’t get a chance to run or do something else in the afternoon, I’m really very unlikely to get it done in the evening. Tomorrow will be a busy day–stuff in the morning, dinner with the in-laws in the evening, so I hope I get everything done as usual 🙂 Wish me luck!

I was lucky again, today, and Madi was a happy camper on the run. She's been very happy the past couple afternoons and evenings and I really hope it continues. I love to see her so happy, especially at a time when that's not always a given.

I was lucky again, today, and Madi was a happy camper on the run. She’s been very happy the past couple afternoons and evenings and I really hope it continues. I love to see her so happy, especially at a time when that’s not always a given.

Body Beast Lean Days #6-8

Sunday was Day #6, my first Rest Day. So I took it easy and didn’t do any workout!

Lean Day #7: Build Chest & Tris
I found this second time with this workout to be easier, despite upping the weight. I tweaked one move and it resulted in the rest of the workout going much better. The first time, I did what Sagi said to do for the tricep extensions–both arms at once. This time, I did the last two sets one arm at a time–which actually allowed me to get the next move done. Before, with both arms at once, my muscles were too fatigued to do the next move. Now, it might not be training my muscles right to do it the way I did. But I consider the same intensity, regardless of how many arms I do at a time, and then being able to continue with the workout instead of skipping shine to be better. I was even able to do tricep kickbacks with 12.5 lbs, which I’ve NEVER been able to do before.

Lean Day #8: Build Legs
Upped my weights a lot today. My right hamstring seemed tight the whole time for some reason, but I can’t remember doing anything to it to make it hurt. Anyways…I changed the calf raises at the end of the workout. Sagi says to do two sets of 30 seconds on each leg singly–I did one set that way, but the next time, I did the P90x calf raises in three different positions (toes out, parallel, and toes in) 20 each. I get a much better burn from it that way. I’m sure I’ll be sore by the end of the night.

Body Beast Lean Day #5


Lean Day #5: Build Shoulders

This was the first day since Tuesday night that my shoulders haven’t hurt. But I’m sure that’ll change by the end of the night. The shoulder workout was not too bad. I mean, I huffed through a lot of it, but after the hard task at hand, I often feel like the workout was easier than it really is. There were a few weird moves that I’d never done before or even thought to do. But I’m just glad I had no push-ups to do–I’m used to the P90x workout where shoulders are with chest and tris. This was all shoulders so just lots of lifting 💪 Tomorrow is rest day, so I’ll take it easy, but maybe still do something like take Madi on a walk.

Body Beast Lean Day #4


Lean Beast Day #4: Beast Cardio & Beast Abs

There should be a disclaimer on the Beast Cardio workout that forewarns users that it is essentially a mini-leg day. I thought it’d be more fast-paced cardio rather than a large-muscle-group cardio. Either way, I actually did it! And the Abs, too. I adapted a few moves–rather than doing jump lunges, which my knees can’t handle, I just did reverse lunges and the same holds. And when I wussed out on some plank moves towards the end, my heart rate was still high (and I feel less guilty when I wear my HRM because I don’t cheat to get the calories).

Hopefully I won’t be too sore from anything I did today. My shoulders, biceps, chest, upper back, upper abs, ass and glutes are all killing me. So I’d say these workouts are working.