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Workouts 5/25 – 5/31/2014

June 2, 2014 1 Comment



Well this week didn’t start off well.  Sunday was my rest day and as I stated in my last post I lost 2.5 lbs.  Monday (Memorial day) was suppose to be my leg day and I procrastinated all day til the day was over and the workout was not completed ūüė¶  Therefore, I told myself that tomorrow (Tuesday) was going to be a bitch because I was going to have to add the missed workout on top on the days workout planned!  So Tuesday is going to look like a long workout because, well, it was!  On my weigh in on Sunday, 6/1, I lost 1 lb.  God, the pounds coming off are moving so slowly!!!!!!!!!!  I need to remind myself not to put a lot of value on the scale and to go by how I feel and I can definitely say I feel stronger.  I feel it but I can’t say I see the results yet.  I guess the weight loss would be one of the results that is paying off, but my diet is also a big part of that.  I am eating really clean.  Drinking lots of water!!  Fruits and veggies have become my friend.  I can say I have cut out sugar and pretty much decreased my sodium intake substantially.  You can do all the training you want but if you don’t eat right, you will never see the benefits of your hard work in the gym.  Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand.  Got to do them both!!!  So here is my workout for the week.  Pretty much the same as last week with some few changes.

Oh, by the way, after completing this weeks workout I will have completed Phase 1.  Next week I enter Phase 2 which bumps me up to training 6 days a week!!

Sunday: Day Off

Monday: Procrastination Day!!!!!! Zippo done

Tuesday: Legs (missed workout from yesterday!) Back/Biceps    ( 3 x 10 – 15 reps, 45 sec rest between sets)

Legs: 6:40 pm

Leg Extension

Plle Dumbbell Squat

Dumbbell One-Legged Deadlift

Lying Leg Curls

Seated Calf Raises

Standing Calf Raises

Legs Completed: 7:17 pm

Back/Biceps : 7:23 pm

Wide Grip Seated Rows

Wide- Grip Lat Pulldown

Seated Cable Rows

Smith Machine Bent Over Row

Alternating Dumbbell Curls

Incline Dumbbell Curl

Alternate Hammer Curl

Back/Bicecps completed: 8:10 pm

Wednesday: Chest/Triceps  (3 x 10-15 reps, 45 sec rest between sets)

Pushups (modified)

Incline Dumbbell Press

Dumbbell Flyes

Decline Dumbbell Flyes

Decline Close-Grip Bench to Skull Crusher

Lying Tricep Press

Tricep Dumbbell Kickback

Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension

Cable One Arm Tricep Extension

Cardio: 40 min on incline trainer

Thursday: Legs  (3 x 10-15 reps, 45 sec rest between sets) ( Almost didn’t get done was tired and irritated)

Leg Extensions

Plle Dumbbell Squats

Dumbbell One-Legged Deadlift

Lying Leg Curls

Seated Calf Raises

Standing Calf Raises

Friday: Shoulder/ABS (3 x 10-15 reps, 45 sec rest between sets)

Seated Dumbbell Press

Back Flyes with Band

Front Dumbbell Raises

Arnold Dumbbell Press

Side Lateral Raise

Seated Bent-Over Rear Delt Raises


Lying Leg Raises with Stability Ball

Oblique Crunches (Floor)

Saturday: Day Off

The first four weeks are done!!  I made it through Phase 1.  In the original workouts there are lunges and hyperextensions for the back.  Since I have bad knees (5 surgeries) and a bad back (Double low back fusion) I have to side step these exercises and look for alternate movements.  Go to and look up Jamie Easons LIVEFIT workout for the EXACT workout plan.

Workouts 5/11 – 5/17/2014

May 24, 2014


Sunday: Day Off

Monday: Chest/Ticeps


Dumbbell Bench Press

Flat Bench Dumbbell Flyes


Standing Dumbell Extensions

Triceps Pushdown

Cardio: 40 min walk on treadmill

Tuesday:  Back/Biceps

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown

One- Arm Dumbbell Row

Seated Cable Rows

Underhand Cable Pulldowns

One Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl

Standing Bicep Cable Curl

Cardio: None

Wednesday: Legs/Calves


Leg Extensions

Wide Stance Dumbbell Squat

Leg Curls

Standing Calf Raises

Seated Calf Raises

Cardio: None

Thursday:  Shoulders/ABS

Seated Dumbbell Press

Dumbbell Front Arm Raises

Side Lateral Raise

Seated Bent-Over Rear Delt Raise

Exercise Ball Crunch

Air Bike

Cardio: None

Friday:  Off Day

Saturday: Cardio (Long Day)

01:05:00  X9i Incline Trainer

Sunday the 18th was my weigh in date.  Down 1/2 lb.  I guess it’s better than nothing.  I have to learn to quit defining my journey in weight loss by the scale.  Such a bad habit and one that is hard to let go.  I’ve been told to judge my progress by how I feel, how my clothes fit and do body measurements.  The scale is the worst thing you can use because of body fluctuations.  Plus with all the weight training I have to remember I am gaining muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.  Also fluid intake, especially for women, can mess with your weigh ins on the scale.

When I am doing these exercises above, I usually go 3 sets x 10 – 15 repetitions.  I keep a journal of my workouts so when repeating the same exercise next week (if that is what the plan calls for), I have an idea of the weight to start with.  Sometimes I go up in weight, and other times I stay the same.  I’ve actually had to drop my weight down to finish off a set a couple of times.  Just depends on the muscle group (like my shoulders are weak).

My diet has remained the same.  1200-1500 calories is what I am shooting for in a day.  I take multi-vitamins, Calcium, Fish oil, baby aspirin (for my hear) and Osteo Biflex for my joints.  I also take EAS Betagen with Revigor to aid in muscle soreness and recovery.  I use Body Fortress Whey Protein, which is easily found in the grocery store, Wal-Mart, or health food stores.  This works for me.  I just started drinking coconut water and put Chia Seeds in most of what I eat.  I can’t tell a huge difference right now because I just started and will keep you posted on what I think about the products.

I can see by what I have posted that I need to increase my cardio.  I will try this next week and see if it helps at all.  Next week will be challenging as the workouts are 5 days a week instead of the 4 I have been doing.  Til then stay safe and stay strong!!


May 13, 2014

We all have those day: Up late at night, hungry and are craving sugar or something salty. There on the shelf is a bag of chips and some ice cream in the refrigerator!! Next we know, we are sitting in front of the TV eating all these calories to no avail.

You go to a party and know you should be eating all the healthy snacks (like veggies, fruits, grilled chicken) but the temptation is just to great and you end up eating the little sandwiches made with real mayonnaise and while you’re at it, nibble on the dessert as well!

I’ve been there. Haven’t you? When you stay to a strict, clean, eating plan eventually your body is going to crave what it misses. It always strikes at just the right moment when those certain forbidden foods are made accessible.

There are several ways you can avoid the dreaded binge monster:

1) Ask yourself why you are bingeing. Are you craving sugar, salt, etc? Are you eating out of emotional feelings? Are you a late night snacker? Are you feeling pressured into eating?

2) If you know you are prone to bingeing, then have a plan.

3) Clean out your cupboards

4) Have some raw veggies or fruit available to snack on

5) If you have to have chips, crackers, etc., read the serving size. Put only that amount in a dish and slowly eat it.

6) Allow yourself one cheat day (or cheat meal) a week. If you are craving chocolate, or dessert, or pizza, etc., go ahead and have it. The cheat day/meal could also be because you are going to a party, out to dinner, etc.

7) Don’t ever feel pressured into eating what you know you can’t control. This is your chance to do something for yourself. Don’t give others that control. Stand up for yourself and choose accordingly.

8) Remember after you binge, it’s always a little more difficult to get back on the wagon. At least I find it hard. I feel so disappointed that starting back seems a little more difficult, which brings me to number 9.

9) Forgive yourself!!!!!!!! We all make mistakes. It’s going to happen to the best of us. Be strong. Log what you ate and move on. Check it off as a cheat day and get back in the saddle.

10) Log your food. By logging your food you will see all the calories you consumed for that day. If you are right at your calorie maximum intake, that in itself may keep you from bingeing.

11) Pray to God (or your higher power) for help. There is much greatness in the power of prayers. God will help you stay the course and when you fail, he will be there to put you back in line.

Just remember, bingeing is part of the recovery process. It didn’t take you overnight to gain weight and it’s not going take you overnight to loose it. We will hit rocks along the journey and then need to pick ourselves up and move forward, not backwards.

Workouts for 5/4/2014 – 5/10/2014

May 11, 2014


This weeks workout went really well.  I started doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFIT workout from  It’s a 12 week program so I have 11 more to go.  I added some cardio during the week and found myself down 2 lbs. I’ll take it!  The workouts were as follows:

 Sunday – Off

Monday – Chest/Triceps

Tuesday – Back/Biceps

Wednesday –  Legs/Calves

Thursday – Shoulders/ABS

Friday – 1 hour cardio (Incline Trainer)

Saturday – o1:13:50 cardio (Incline Trainer)

-2 lbs at weigh in

Nutrition:  I have kept myself on a 1200 – 1500 calorie restriction.  I am mostly staying close to 1200.  I’ve added chia seeds back into my eating plan.  I find them filled with Omega – 3 fatty acids and fiber. They aid in digestion and help calm the intestines.  I’ve been trying really hard to get my water intake in and have been drinking green tea for the antioxidants.  I’ve pretty much cut my coffee out and replaced it with hot Green tea.  I’ve been logging my food in daily.  I use SPARKPEOPLE’s  nutritional journal.  It comes in really handy and the app they have for the iPhone or android phones is really nice.

I am hoping this week coming on will be just as successful!!


Just me :)

May 20, 2013


(Me on Sunday mornings when I have my weigh-ins )

While I was running I started to think about how great it feels to see¬†improvements! ¬†I am not a fast runner…more a walker and jogger. ¬†My times are slow but today I improved by a minute and a half. ¬†It is so rewarding to see that after all the hard work I have been putting in, it’s finally starting to show. ¬†I have a friend that reminds me it’s not about getting to the end, but about the journey on your way there. ¬†How true that is!! ¬†So many times we are in a rush to quickly reach a goal, and seldom do we take a moment to appreciate the baby steps it took us to get there.

I want to appreciate every step in this journey. ¬†I am setting small goals for myself and celebrate when each goal is met. I am trying to drop weight and get in the best physical condition I can achieve. ¬†I gained around 10 lbs after my back surgery a couple of years ago. ¬†Before that I was around 20 pounds overweight. ¬†So you can say I have a total of 30 pounds I would like to say good-bye to. ¬†So far I am down 8 pounds and pat myself on the back for doing so ūüôā I am logging my food daily using “My Plate” calorie tracker (livestrong website). I have it set up as an app on my¬†iPhone¬†and iPad and I am trying to stay within a 1200 – 1500 calorie range: 1200 for the days I don’t train and 1500 for the times I do. ¬†This seems to be working well for me and I will continue on this path until I hit a plateau.

This weight loss journey is going to be a memorable one.  On top of  logging in my workouts,  food and blogging  here on WordPress, I am keeping a journal.  I try and write daily about my day and my feelings.  I read that keeping a journal helps you to clarify your thoughts.  I have found that it is helping me stay focused on my goals.  I also write down the things I have to be grateful for, and notice that my mood is elevated by doing so.

Besides the challenge of ¬†physically improving myself, I am also working on myself¬†spiritually¬†and emotionally. ¬†I believe in God. ¬†I was raised as a Catholic and attended parochial schools all the way through high school. ¬†I drifted away from¬†Catholicism¬†and later in my adult years (and very recently) found a Baptist church I connected with. ¬†Along with attending services, I have come across a wonderful app from YouVersion that I use daily. ¬†Here is the website¬†YouVersion. ¬†This is an awesome site and app if you want to read the bible, devotionals, and other spiritual material. ¬†They have several plans to choose from and the best part is it’s free! ¬† I have chosen several plans to read from and make sure it’s the first thing I do every morning. ¬†It’s a great way to start the day!

So that leaves me with the emotional ¬†part. ¬†Probably one of the hardest parts to deal with….trying to love myself. ¬†It’s so easy to put ourselves down and I have mastered this action. ¬†I mean, I know I am a good person and all, but with my weight gain my self confidence and self esteem have just taken a dive. However, my workouts are a ¬†godsend! ¬†I can actually feel my self confidence and self esteem starting to peak around the corner. ¬†Not fully there, but I can finally see a light at the end of the long dark tunnel. ¬†Not a bright one, rather dim, but I know I am headed in the right direction and it feels good ūüôā

So with all that being said, I will exit by posting my workout for today below.  Hope everyone is having a blessed day!


This is an iFit workout, using the X9i treadmill.

Bright Angel Trail, Part 2

3 Miles  50:58  16:59/pace  (Slow workout due to injury)

Average HR: 128 bpm        Max. HR: 157 bpm

brightangeltrailpart2                      Google Grand Canyon

Picture above is my course outline.  Picture just below is how Google Maps gets their views of the hiking trails I am doing.  I wonder how much that thing weighs on his back?  I was able to complete this workout all in street view, with beautiful images of the Grand Canyon.