Sunday, December 31, 2017

Summer Sausage & Veggie Soup

The key to this soup is to use homemade smoked ham hock bone broth.

Summer Sausage & Veggie Soup
1-1/2 cup Smoked Ham Hock Bone Broth
5oz Summer Sausage
1/2 head Cabbage, chopped small
1 Zucchini
2 stalks Celery
14 oz can Petite Diced Tomato

  1. Put the bone broth and cabbage into a crockpot.
  2. Cut the zucchini into long quarters, then chop up.  Add to pot.
  3. Thin cut the celery.  Cut the summer sausage into bite-size pieces.  Add to pot.
  4. Dump the can of petite diced tomatoes over everything.  Add water to fill pot.
  5. Let this cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Keeping Food Simple

I'm sitting at work waiting for people to get back to me and looking at pinterest for paleo recipes.  It occurred to me that breakfast is my laziest meal.  I'll gladly make myself a cup of coffee or two, but making food in the morning is a pain in the butt.

Instead of looking at various new things - most of which aren't paleo, despite their claims - I thought I'd share my favorite breakfast options with you.  Some of these can be found in my list of recipes.

  • 2 Eggs, Scrambled with leftover veggies
  • Protein Shake, basic
  • Protein Shake, pumpkin spice
  • Protein Shake, berries
  • 2 Eggs, Omelet
  • 1 slice Ham and 1 Egg with leftover veggies
  • 1 Pink Grapefruit
  • 3 Baked Eggs (egg, ham, spinach) baked in a muffin tin
  • Crustless Quiche, personal size - made in ramekin
  • Paleo Granola
  • Chia Seed Pudding, any flavor
  • Parmesan-crusted Tilapia with leftover veggies (Tilapia cooks up quickly)
  • Egg Nests
  • Paleo Cake Doughnuts (made using Simple Mills cake mix)
  • Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon on Spinach or Arugula with Mustard Dressing
  • Leftovers
Some folks are always like "fish for breakfast?!"  Yes.  I don't mind fish for breakfast.  I usually prefer tilapia or smoked salmon.  I'm in Alaska, so the majority of our smoked salmon is hot smoked, rather than cold smoked (aka Lox).  I do like both.

I used to make smoothies all the time with fruits and veggies mixed together, but I've been moving away from that.  I feel like I was getting too many carbs or something.  I don't think it was helping me.  I generally just have a basic protein shake - vanilla whey and water.  I suck it down while my coffee is brewing.  I like having it after working out.  The last few days I've been following it up with 2 eggs scrambled with leftover veggies.

If you are interested in the cake doughnuts, right now I only recommend using Simple Mills cake mix.  I've tried a few others and they just weren't as good.  I also recommend making them the night before.  You can let them cool down, then toss them into a container.  It's really nice for a quick grab-n-go breakfast.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Starting Up - Fresh Start Part 2

I feel so stupid for getting sick right at the start of my new diet and workout plan.  I mean, I really couldn't do anything once I was sick.  I also put off going to the gym until cardio day came around (tomorrow).  The first thing I want to do is make sure I'm breathing right.

Anyway, as a holiday recap - I really didn't do too bad while sick.  I came out of being sick (mostly) on Christmas Eve.  I was still going through some bad sinus drainage, but that seemed to clear up yesterday.  Today I'm totally fine. *thumbs up* I didn't over-eat on Christmas, though I easily could have.  We had WAAAAY TOO MUCH food.  I spent most of my Christmas day prepping food for appetizer trays that when dinner rolled around, I really wasn't in the mood for food.  I had a little turkey, some brussel sprouts, and a big scoop of jello.  Boring, right?

I've been binge watching 'Sherlock'...again.  Been doing some writing.  Tossed together a mock-up for a boys (tweens/teens) magazine.  Not quite sure what to do with it at this point.  I don't even have a title for it.

Christmas presents: trash can, new coat, speed bag, DNA kit, books, and a few other things.  Christmas burden: forced to co-host dinner with my parents (who are my neighbors) for about 30 or so family members.  At least not all 45 people showed up.

I'm thrilled to have an invite to a New Years Eve game night party.

I plan on getting to the gym starting tomorrow, continuing to eat right, actually log my meals again (when I'm sick I don't bother), and have a fun workout this weekend with my speed bag!  I'll also be doing some shadow boxing, kettlebell exercises, and medicine ball exercises.

Would love to hear from anyone who actually reads my blog.  What do you do for a workout?  Do combative sports (i.e. boxing, fencing, martial arts, etc) interest you?

If you want to join me on MyFitnessPal you can connect with me through this LINK.

I ordered 'It Can't Happen Here' by Sinclair Lewis.  It came in right before Christmas.  Very excited.  I need to finish the book I'm in the middle of, then I can read it.  If you want to read it and discuss it, I'd be up for that.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I'm Sick (Has it been 2 years?)

I rarely get sick.  My sister was kind enough to share her germs with me.  That sore throat turned into a sinus thing.

I feel like I'm tethered to something underwater....kind of like a floaty feeling but also firmly in place.  I would like to thank TheraFlu and Delsym for this little adventure in fuzzy skin feelings and mental fog.

Also, thanks Stash Tea for the Moroccan Mint, my go-to work tea.

I would like to report that I have gone for almost 15 minutes without reaching for a kleenex.

What sucks?  I'll tell you what sucks: You live above the office in one of two apartments, your boss/dad lives in the other, and you're not allowed to "go home sick".

It's okay.  I have 2 whole months of paid vacation time saved up.  At some point, I will go on vacation and it will be glorious!

I'm disappointed in myself for getting sick.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweater & Bad Poetry

At lunch today, I'm hosting an ugly Christmas sweater & bad poetry reading.  Anyone who reads poetry gets a free cookie.  It will run from 11am-1pm, strictly during lunch!

I'm really hoping that people show up to read some poetry.  Otherwise it's just going to be me reading....I don't know....William Blake or Lord Byron or something.  I know those poets aren't bad.   Maybe I'll look for Christmas poetry or something.

This will be going on at Red Couch, 309 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 36-hour Bug

I am not thrilled about having caught some sort of bug from my sister.  It's nothing terrible - just a sore throat and a light pressure on my upper chest.  Luckily, around lunch time today, I felt it lift a bit.  I've been drinking hot liquids all day.  I have my go-to cold/flu drink.  I try to drink this as soon as I get an inkling that I might have something.  It usually helps out and I can rarely say that "I'm sick".  You don't have to continually drink it through the day.  I generally drink it in the morning and in the evening.

Stop It In It's Tracks - Bug Buster
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 TBSP Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Ginger
Hot Water

1. Mix everything together and drink it as hot as you can stand it.

The unfortunate part is that this morning at 3:30am, I really didn't feel like getting up for my second cardio day this week.  I feel so lazy.  I have high hopes for Friday's lower body day.

I have almost everything in and wrapped for Christmas!  I have one thing that hasn't arrived, but it should be here by the 22nd.  I try pretty hard to make sure I get people stuff they're really going to like.  OR, if I think they deserve something equivalent to poop in a box, I get them something that they really weren't hoping for or that's not too exciting, but is simply basic and useful like: a book for those who don't really like to read or a new pair of jeans for someone who doesn't necessarily need a new pair.  I mean it's useful and they get to open something on Christmas, but it's full of disappointment.  lol   Don't mess with someone born on Krampus Night!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 2: It's Great!

I'd like to report that it's the end of Day 2 and it's going great!  I am eating a lot of food (thanks veggies) and I am pretty full all the time, despite aiming for 1200 calories.  After this post, I'm going to have an evening snack of a satsuma while I drink a pot of tea.

Today was upper body day.  I hate getting spaghetti arms at the gym, but that happened.  lol   I don't feel like I over did it.  I just haven't done all of those exercises, all at once, for a while.  I am looking forward to my day off tomorrow and the next two days of working out.

Food-wise, I put on a beef-pumpkin chili this morning.  I make a pretty fierce no-bean chili.  I think it's one of my top favorite paleo meals.  You can find a few versions of the recipe under the RECIPES tab, up top.

For anyone who is curious as to my personal macros: 120g Protein, 40g Fat, 90g Carbs.

I'm keeping my carbs restricted to grain-free, potato-free, legume-free, low sugar/low starch fruits and veggies.  Yikes, right?!  My body does not like any kind of potato (even sweet potato) - so I'm okay with that.  No grains?  I hate it when people ask if that means "gluten free".  No.  It means "no fucking grains" and includes: wheat, barley, corn, rice, quinoa, and all the other grains of the world.  I also am not supposed to eat legumes, such as: peanuts, all beans, soy, lentils, and peas.  For the most part I'm cool with it, but I tend to cheat when it comes to Mexican restaurants.

Monday, December 11, 2017

My First Weigh-In

Made a Putz House this weekend.  I'm looking chubby.
I'm doing my first weigh-in today.  I like to do this first thing in the morning, right after I get up and pee.  I haven't eaten anything.  I've gone to the bathroom.  I always feel like it's a good time of day for this sort of thing.

Start weight is 200.3 lbs.  Pant size 8/10.

Short term goal 180 lbs.  Pant size 6/8.

Long term goal 155 lbs.  Pant size 4/6.

I went to the gym today.  I haven't been there in 2 weeks and I was definitely feeling it.  I always consider the first week to be the "learning week".  You have to get yourself on your new gym routine and sometimes the first week can be a real bitch.  Just go with it.   Today, for example, I was having some allergy issues.  My sinuses were acting up, one eye was tearing up for my whole run, my tear ducts were awesome *sarcasm*.   I ran for 25 minutes before saying "enough!"  It's not 30 minutes, but it's close.

I think I'm going to tan on my cardio days.  I didn't tan today.  I need to run for 30 minutes in order to allow myself to tan.  Effort = Reward

This morning, I was happy to eat my chocolate chia pudding and drink a hot cup of coffee.  I have some grapefruit in the fridge that I might dig into.  I really love pink grapefruit.    Side track: If you love tea, Adagio Tea makes a fantastic Grapefruit Oolong tea.

If you would like to connect with me on MyFitnessPal, here is MY PROFILE.  I'd be happy to add you as a friend.


Also, I made a Putz House this weekend over at my friend's, Deanna, house.  In the picture above, mine is yellow, Deanna's house is blue.  Vintage crafting is something we both enjoy.  Deanna runs a facebook blog called Vintage A La Mode.  She is currently trying out vintage cocktails.

Putz Houses are small cardboard houses that are meant to be displayed around Christmas.  Typically they are covered in glitter - as was ours.  You paint them, glitter them, decorate them.  The ones we made have a hole in the bottom for a tea light.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Prep

I was actually planning on starting everything today, but I completely spaced out doing my weigh-in and I really wasn't paying attention to my macros.  It probably doesn't help that I went over to my parent's place for pancakes.  I turned it around though.  I'm taking today for food prep.  Aside from the pancakes, I have stayed on track.

For lunch, I had two packets of tuna with a little mayo and a big scoop of relish.  I ate it on cucumber rounds (about 1/2 a cucumber).  It was a pretty good lunch.  After about an hour, I ate a pear and drank a cup of pork bone broth.

Have you ever made bone broth?  It's kind of weird stuff.  I tend to use my small crockpot...a lot.  If you're new to bone broth, the first thing you should know is that you can use marrow bones, feet, and hocks/knuckles.  What you're aiming for is the collagen.

Pork Bone Broth (for small crockpot)
2 large Smoked Pork Hocks
1 stick Celery
1 clove Garlic
1/4 Onion
1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. If your marrow bones, feet, or hocks are not smoked, then you need to roast them in the oven at 450F for 60 minutes before proceeding.  This will give you better flavor.
  2. In your small crockpot, place enough hocks in that the crockpot can handle.
  3. The celery and onion can be chopped into large pieces before being added to your pot.  Add in the garlic and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Fill the pot with water.
  5. Turn your pot to high and let it cook for a solid 8 hours.  Start in the morning so it will be ready when you get home from work.
  6. After 8 hours run everything through a colander.  You're going to toss the bones/feet/hocks, celery, onion, and garlic.  What you want is that delicious savory broth!
  7. Place into a bowl and put your broth into the fridge.

Bone broth can help fix any gut issues, helps joints, the collagen can make you look younger, it can help with sleep, increase bone strength, and supports a better immune system.   You can literally drink it, you can add it to soups, and you can add it to whatever food.  When you refrigerate your homemade bone broth, it will congeal...yep, just like jello (technically its called aspic).  It will melt really quickly when you want to use it.  I literally scooped my aspic into a mug and popped it into the microwave for a minute.  It was perfect and tasted like smokey ham.

I made an Italian bake for dinner.  It's kind of a mash up with chicken, tomato, zucchini, mushroom, onion, garlic, shitaki noodles, a little cottage cheese, and some cheddar.  I'm using what I have in my fridge.  It should be pretty good and it should last a few days.

I also got my breakfast prepped for tomorrow - chocolate chia pudding.  For this particular type of recipe, I really like using a 16oz wide-mouth jar with a lid.  Basically, you add a little almond milk and/or coconut milk, a tiny bit of sweetener, any extra stuff (nuts, coconut, spices, fruit, etc), and 4 TBSP of chia seeds.  You can stir it up (or shake it up) and put it in the fridge.  The chia seeds will naturally gel when in liquid, so it will soon become a thick pudding-like substance.   I definitely suggest not eating it plain.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tricks To Stay On Track With Diet & Exercise

I always start out strong with changes, but then something comes Tuesday it was my b-day, my mom took me for Mexican food on Wednesday, yesterday my mom brought me and my sister a co-bday pie, and today it's my sister's b-day.  Just enough crap going on this week to make me NOT want to start something new, right?   Actually, it was perfect for getting everything planned, cleaning out my kitchen, and getting my butt to the store for groceries.

Here are some of my tricks to stay on track with everything.  I find that the more I do these things, the better I do with diet and exercise.

  • Track your food intake and exercise using (free) or some other tracking app.  The cool thing about this is that you can use it online or as a phone app.  You can add your own recipes, add your own exercises (if you can't find it), and do the occasional weigh-ins.  There are options for setting your own weightloss goals and displaying those goals on a website/blog (as I have in the sidebar), you can alter your intake goals of protein/fat/carbs (I tend to go for 40/30/30), you can connect with others through the app, and you can even start a fitness blog through the app.    Why track everything?  Not everyone needs to.  My sister doesn't track stuff.  I find that it helps me be more aware of what I'm eating and I don't cheat as much.  It also helps me get to the gym because it gives me a visual of my activities.
  • Don't concern yourself with calorie goals, just try to meet your macros (protein/fat/carb).  I know that I'm supposed to have a goal of about 1500 calories - according to almost everyone and every website.  If I eat the way I like to eat, 1200 calories is my usual goal.  I DO NOT STARVE.  Protein and fats tell my body when I'm full.  They trigger that "I'm full" switch.  Carbs don't do that.  I can eat a whole loaf of bread and still be hungry, whereas I can eat 4oz of meat and a bowl of veggies and be completely full.  It means I know how to feel full on less food.  Also, I totally meet my macros.  The carbs I eat are fruits and veggies.  You can eat a lot of fruits and veggies, ingesting very few calories.  1 cup broccoli = 55 calories.  1 12" baguette = 400 calories.  See what I mean?
  • Search pinterest for recipes and create your own diet board.  This is kind of fun and you can really get excited about trying some new recipes.  I'm actually trying to make my own bone broth.  I'm excited!  Look for easy food or crockpot recipes or large batch recipes.  I have found that the easier you make it to eat, the less trouble you're going to have.  I do a lot of pasta-less lasagna/casseroles and crockpot recipes.
  • Allow yourself some pleasure items.  This may sound obvious, but some folks get so focused on doing everything 100% - when they crash and burn, it happens in one swoop and they become devastated.  "Pleasure Items" are sauces, basic coffee, tea, cake, muffins, and pizza.  I don't count my sauces.  In my fridge, I usually have a few mustards, a bbq sauce, hot sauce, and bleu cheese or ceasar dressing.  If it takes a tablespoon to help me get that chicken down, so be it.  Coffee and tea - it's no surprise that everyone says DON'T DRESS IT UP.  I have one day a week where I go get two bone dry cappuccinos.  I really love coffee.  My favorite bean has to be a Kauai peaberry - it's so smooth.  It's okay to allow yourself one or two (depending on size) fancy espresso drinks.  Also, invest in various tea!  Tea can be so delicious!  Pizza crust - look for cauliflower crust recipes.  Simple Mills makes some great cake mixes that are diet friendly.  Get yourself a doughnut pan and bake up some cake doughnuts; or a muffin tin and make muffins.  Simple Mills also makes a pretty good flatbread that would work for pizza.
  • Before you start, have some ideas for snacks and have them in your kitchen.  My biggest problem is that I don't need to snack during the day, but at night between 6pm-9pm I tend to want a snack.  This is another good reason to give pinterest a try.  Today, I'm actually going to pick up some cucumbers because they make a great chip alternative.  I like piling a little tuna salad on them.
  • Get yourself one or two new pieces of workout clothing.  Sometimes it helps to have a new workout shirt or sports bra or tights or something.  It can just be that extra little bit of motivation you need to get to the gym.  Also, make sure that your shoes are giving you good support.  It is totally worth it to have a pair of great fitting workout shoes.
  • Set some workout goals.  Maybe you want to go from not being able to do a pull up to being able to do 5 of them.  Maybe you want to be able to run a mile faster.  Maybe you want to do 100 sit ups without throwing up.  Whatever your fitness goals are, set them and work towards them.
  • Do it with a friend.  I don't really have anyone that I workout or diet with, but some people really like having a social aspect to all of this.  I guess I just blog.  It can definitely help to have someone to go to the gym with or to talk about recipes with, etc.  Talking about what you are doing can really help you stay motivated.
  • Do a weigh-in ONLY once every one or two weeks.  You always want to start by doing a weigh-in.  With you can track your weight and various body measurements.  You can always add in specific measurements too!  Understand that your body is not going to make overnight changes.  Don't stress about it.  Maybe every Saturday morning you weigh yourself first thing in the morning and measure your limbs while drinking that first cup of coffee.  Maybe it's every other Saturday.  What you're looking for is change!  If there is a change going on (reduction of fat hopefully) you are doing good!  I am not the biggest fan of going by "weightloss" unless it's reasonable.  My goal is to drop 20 lbs of fat.  I figure that will put me somewhere around a size 6 pants.  That sounds reasonable, right?  If you were to look at what I weigh and where that 20 lbs would get me, you would probably think I'm not doing something properly.  Never go by the BMI if you're weightlifting.  Muscle weighs more than fat.  When I was down to a size 4 (like 8 years ago) I weighed about 145/150 lbs.  At 5'3", the BMI says that 145/150 lbs makes me "overweight".  Right now, according to the BMI, I am "obese".  I'm not trying to tell you to go gain weight.  I'm just suggesting that you don't put all your eggs onto the scale.  If you feel good, look good in a bathing suit, have energy all day, feel positive about yourself, and genuinely like the way you are doing it correctly.

Playlists Part 2

The rest of these playlists I use for weight lifting and my home workout.  Why?  It's so I can be as bad ass as Sonya Blade or Rocky Balboa or Xena.    As always, my goal is to get rid of the excess fat, be strong, and be able to stop anyone who gets in my way.

I find 'Rocky' to be very inspirational, as well as 'Million Dollar Baby'.  I also find a lot of inspiration from Bruce Lee, Sonny Chiba, and the 'Mortal Kombat' movie.

For weightlifting, I prefer music that is heavy, has a good beat, and its usually a little slower than what I run to.  I find that my cardio mixes can make me speed through my weightlifting, leaving me pretty sore.

When it comes to my home workout, which I've only done a couple of times, I really don't like having to mess with my music.  That means I need to have a solid playlist, no songs skipped or searched for, and it has to be faster like what I run to.

Weightlifting #1

  • I'm Your Boogie Man by KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Religious As Hell by March Violets
  • Lava by Ministry
  • Hurricane Fighter Plane by Alien Sex Fiend
  • Evolution by Korn
  • Zero Signal by Fear Factory
  • Am I Demon by Danzig
  • Fuel My Fire by Prodigy

Weightlifting #2

  • Exterminate Annihilate Destroy by Rotersand
  • Heeding The Call by Hammerfall
  • Under The Blade by Twisted Sister
  • I Don't Want To Be Me by Type O Negative
  • Super-Charger Heaven by White Zombie
  • Good Grief by Urban Dance Squad
  • Der Golem by Fantomas
  • Cape Fear by Fantomas

Home #1

  • Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin
  • Omen by Prodigy
  • Spitfire by Prodigy
  • Light by KMFDM
  • Oh Bondage!  Up Yours! by X-Ray Specs
  • War by System of A Down
  • Heirate Mich by Rammstein
  • Starfuckers, Inc by Nine Inch Nails
  • Headhunter [Apoptygma Berserker Mix] by Front 242

Home #2

  • Gonna Getcha by Zombie Girl
  • After The Flesh by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
  • This Is The New Shit by Marilyn Manson
  • Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi
  • Anarchy by KMDFM
  • Got Love To Kill by Juliette & The Licks
  • At The End Of The Rainbow by Hammerfall
  • Saddam A-Go-Go by GWAR
  • Killing Fields by Funker Vogt

Friday, December 8, 2017

Playlists Part 1

I'm always looking for good potential workout music.  I'll always take recommendations.

Cardio Playlist #1

  • Masters of The Universe by Juno Reactor  (starts a little slow, makes for a great start up song)
  • Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy
  • Godlike [12" mix] by KMFDM
  • Smack My Bitch Up by The Prodigy
  • Survivalism by Nine Inch Nails
  • Virus [12" mix] by KMFDM
  • Firestarter by The Prodigy
  • Juke-Joint Jezebel by KMFDM

Cardio Playlist #2
  • Joy by VNV Nation
  • Strict Machine by Goldfrapp
  • Techno-Syndrome 7" Mix by The Immortals
  • Ride A White Horse by Goldfrapp
  • Blood & Fire (Out of The Ashes Mix) by Type O Negative
  • Head Like A Hole by Nine Inch Nails
  • Hella Good by No Doubt
  • Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy
  • Evolution by Korn
  • Sabotage by Beastie Boys
If you're going to give this workout a try and you need some playlists, I hope these work as well for you as they do for me.  I have a few back up tunes from other gym playlists that I would like to mention:
  • Where's Your Head At? by Basement Jaxx
  • Control by Traci Lords
  • Pistolero by Juno Reactor
  • Love Missile F1-11 by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
  • Master of Puppets by Metallica
  • Gonna Fly Now by Billy Conti
  • Fett's Vette by MC Chris

Workout Plan #1

I mentioned that I might blog about my new workout plan that I constructed, so here it is.

Running, 4 miles
30 min
Push ups + Sit ups, moderate    
Jumping Jacks, vigorous
Jump Rope
Shadow Boxing
Kettlebell & Medicine Ball
5 min
2 min
5 min
20 min
10 min
Bicep Curl 
Standing Skull Crusher 
Shoulder Press 
Bench Press 
Bent Over Shoulder Fly 
Sit ups + Leg Raises 
Sitting Rows 
Pull ups 
30 min

15 reps, 2 sets – each
Good Mornings 
Bridges w/weight 
Hamstring Curl 
Side Lunge
Leg Extension
Leg Press 
Seated Toe Raise
30 min

15 reps, 2 sets – each

M – Cardio
T – Upper
W – Rest
Th – Cardio
F – Lower
Sat/Sun/Evenings - Home

How did I come up with this?
Do it to avoid zombies!
I'm not a fan of running, but it really helps me burn the fat.  I know that I can do 4 miles in 30 min on the elliptical.  When it comes to the upper body and lower body my thought is to have a mix of overall exercises and focused exercises.  Deadlifts, for example, almost work the whole body, while calf raises are an isolated movement for the calves.  I know that I work best on either a "every other day" or "two days on, 1 day off" schedule.  In this case, it's more like 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, work out at my leisure.  The home workout is basically me using stuff I have at home - jump rope, 35lb kettlebell, 20lb medicine/slam ball, and open space in the garage.  I really like shadow boxing, especially to fast and heavy music.  I tend to run at the pace my music is at and the same thing goes for shadow boxing.  Bring on The Prodigy, KMFDM, etc.

How long do I plan on doing this?
Until it gets boring.  When I feel like I need a change, I can switch stuff out for other exercises.

Can I do this?
If you want to give this a try, go for it.  If you need me to demonstrate how to do something, comment below.  If you want to only do the M-F stuff, that's cool.  People get busy on the weekends.  I will highly recommend stretching so your body doesn't seize up - if you're not use to weight lifting.  At home, I generally just stretch out while I'm watching an episode of some tv show.

What does everything work out?
Bicep Curl (arm)
Standing Skull Crusher (arm)
Shoulder Press (shoulder)
Bench Press (chest, shoulder, arm)
Bent Over Shoulder Fly (shoulder)
Sit ups + Leg Raises (upper and lower abs)
Sitting Rows (core, arms)
Pull ups (back)
Squats (butt, legs)
Good Mornings (butt)
Deadlift (butt, legs, everything)
Bridges w/weight (butt)
Hamstring Curl (upper back legs)
Side Lunge (abductors, adductors, everything)
Leg Extension (upper front legs)
Leg Press (upper legs)
Seated Toe Raise (lower legs)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Blogging

I recently just had my 35th birthday (Dec. 5th) and made some holiday affirmations and goals.  I realize that the holidays can be the HARDEST times to stick with stuff.  There are always parties and extra food and all sorts of reasons not to stick with whatever goals you have, right?

Here's what I recently decided on:

  • I lost a pant size in November, but in the last two weeks I just haven't been able to motivate myself to get to the gym.  I need to reassess my exercise plan, create a new plan, and go back to the gym - maybe even give myself time to use the tanning bed once or twice a week.  I like tanning in the winter to get me out of the winter slumps and to help clear up any skin issues.
  • When I don't eat healthy stuff or when I don't get to the gym, I come down HARD on myself.  Seriously.  While it's important to eat healthy, I need to not stress out so much about eating a cracker at a party or that doughnut on a special occasion or missing the gym because I overslept.  I can't let myself do it very often, but when it does happen I don't need to berate myself all frickin' day.
  • Why am I constantly looking at new shit to eat?  It occurred to me, as I was looking at a few different diet books, that I was doing good when I was in Oregon.  I asked myself: What did I mainly eat when I was in Oregon?  The majority of my diet consisted of coconut products, almond products, broccoli, pumpkin, zucchini, apples, pears, tomato, chicken, lean beef, pork tenderloin, fish, eggs, broth, tea, coffee, lots of water, and nuts.   I like that stuff.  Why don't I just go back to eating that instead of trying keto or negative-calorie diet or whatever else?
  • Affirmation: I have the ability to lose size by switching up my gym activities and allowing myself to tan.
  • Affirmation: I don't have to stress myself over every since bad carb I eat.  Stress is bad, let it go or just don't do it.
  • Affirmation: Eat my usual staple food items and be okay with them.
  • I always have writing projects going on that never seem to get finished.  This holiday season, I need to try writing every day - even if it's only a blog post.  I think I just got lazy.
  • Affirmation: I can get my writing projects worked on and/or finished this holiday season.

My new workout plan:
Working out is something I do and its a popular thing to blog about.  What am I doing this time around?  My basic schedule looks like this - Monday Cardio; Tuesday Upper Body Weights; Wednesday Rest; Thursday Cardio; Friday Lower Body Weights; Saturday/Sunday/Any Evenings Home Workout Based On Boxing.  Maybe I'll post more on this later.

Do you have any holiday goals and/or affirmations?