Post-Workout Grapefruit Sherbet [Recipe] + WIAW

You know it’s hot when your shoulders sweat.

At least I wipe off my bench at the gym! 

If I do cardio, I prefer to do it after I lift so I don’t get too tired.  The problem is that it’s a 10 minute jog to the gym, so I feel like I should just add on another 20 and be done with it.  Yesterday was one of those days.  By the time I arrived at the gym I was burning up and covered in sweat.

Lifting after that was hard at first, but I got into the groove.  I felt bad about being so sweaty in the weight section, but hey… it IS a gym.  And I am a good citizen of the gym world – I always use the stray to clean off my sweat puddles.  Unlike some other people.

Shoulder sweat

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Anti-Chicken Leg Workout

I have chicken legs.

I’d skip leg day every time if I could… but I don’t.

In my defense, my legs have made some huge improvements over the past few years.  HUGE thanks to my Atlanta trainer for torturing helping me with a great leg workout nearly every Monday for 3 years.

But now I’m on my own in San Diego.  I need motivational help… so I turned to clothes.  Those Nike Pro shorts I picked up at DICK’s make my quads feel better.  (Ok, not really… but I get excited to wear them to the gym.)

My birthday DICK’s Sporting Goods gift card has been well-used.  Their layout makes it all-too-easy to find alllll the things.  I even got a new sports bra, which is basically unheard of for me.  (Side note: this Nike sports bra is the best sports bra I’ve purchased since I got boobs.)

Nike Pro… 

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Baking, Bicycling, & Beaching Weekend in San Diego

There’s so much to do in San Diego – it’s overwhelming.

I know… tough problems.

The food here is unreal and we’ve been steadily working our way through my (ever growing) “restaurants to try” list.  However, there’s a ton of other things to do that Vegas and I have been neglecting.  This weekend we decided it would be playtime!  I think both of our stomachs breathed a sigh of relief.

Friday I finally manned up for something I’ve wanted to do since joining the gym in San Diego – I took my first Spin class in years.  It wasn’t half bad!  That room was like a sauna though.  I think I lost 5 lbs in water weight alone!

Spin class

I also had too much fun playing with my new InstaSize app.

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Dressing Up and Playing Ball [$25 Dick’s Giveaway]

It’s my birthday!!!

Obviously that means presents.

The weekend before my birthday was San Diego’s infamous Over the Line tournament (OTL).  Basically, it’s 2 days of camping and playing a baseball-ish game in the sunshine and sand at the beach.

There are 3 players on each team.  Your own team member tosses a ball up for you to hit with a wooden bat.  You have to hit the ball in the fair territory to get a hit.  There are no runners, but 3 hits scores a run.

OTL court

OTL court

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Entertaining My Family in San Diego [WIAW]

My mom and baby sister are here.

Watch out San Diego! 

I haven’t seen my family since leaving Atlanta in February.  I’ve been looking forward to having my mom and one of my sisters here for weeks!  Naturally, the first thing I did way try to kill them with an 8 mile hike in 90 degree temps.

Potato Chip Rock hike… 

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Arm Yourself For Summer – Workout & Protein Refuel

It’s no secret that bicep day is my favorite.

My trainer says it because I’m a “dude.”

When I needed to drag myself back to the gym after 2 weeks in Greece, the most appealing workout to me was my favorite – biceps and triceps.

This workout was just what I needed – challenging and focused on the muscles I wasn’t able to work while I was away.  I think most of these moves are self-explanatory.  In case you aren’t familiar with it, this is what an EZ bar looks like:

EZ bar

There’s a similar looking crimped bar for use with the cables.

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Personal Training and Pizza [WIAW]

My idea of heaven is getting paid to workout.

And to eat… errrr… cook.

Several months ago I earned personal training certificates through the International Association of Fitness Sciences (IAFS) in Functional Training, Bodybuilding, and Sports Nutrition.  This is 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney‘s program (he’s basically my version of a movie star).

I wasn’t sure how or if I’d use it… I ended up training a couple of friends and deciding it’s something I really did love.  So I added a link on my site for training and nutrition.  Between getting married and moving, I never did much to promote it.  Now that we’re settled, the time has come!

IAFS certification… 

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Strange But Good Travel

I can’t travel like a normal person.

At least I wear shoes…

Shoeless travel

Yes, I sent this to Passenger Shaming on Instagram.

The creepiest part was that when I said something to the flight attendant she said it happens all the time.  Apparently parents even let their kids go to the bathroom barefoot!  I have a friend that is a flight attendant and SHE said it happens on every flight.  WTF?!  End rant.

I’m on the other side of the country this week with Vegas (though not IN Vegas).  Being 9 weeks out from my competition, I had to supplement my travel a bit.  I brought chicken, turkey burgers, veggies, roasted sweet potatoes, and frozen Greek yogurt (a must – it doubles as an ice pack) with me.  Okay, I supplemented my travel a lot.… 

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Stand Up Desk + WIAW

Do you realize how much you sit?

It makes my hips hurt!

I’ve gone through a lot of “hacks” to have standing desks.  At one job I stacked up Girl Scout cookie boxes to set my laptop on.  When I’m at home working, I use the condo gym to build a treadmill desk.   I can’t stand to sit still.  Standing up while I’m working helps to improve my focus.  Hey!  Something shiny!

Homemade standing desk

When my boss suggested I look into a “real” standing desk, I was thrilled.  After some research, VertDesk offered to hook me up with one of their adjustable height desks.  Talk about not sitting still – I was bounce-off-the-walls elated.  The VertDesk even has a push button control to make height adjustment easy.  My co-workers can adjust it to their height and use it and, if I ever DO decide to sit, I can simply push a button to lower it.

We’ve all seen the articles about how sitting is killing us… but why exactly is a standing desk beneficial?

5 Standing Desk Benefits… 

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Competition Prep 10 Weeks Out + WIAW

I’m on the wagon.

Seriously. 9 days sober.

It’s finally time to get back on the stage.  I took a year off from competing to grow and it paid off well.  I put on about 15 pounds (20 at my highest)… and a decent amount of that is muscle.  Looking back at pictures from a couple of years ago, I can’t believe I was that tiny!

2015 Progress

I was hoping to be able to do Physique, but I’m not big enough yet so I’m staying with Figure.  Maybe next year…… 

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