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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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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Banana Walnut Protein Pancakes [Recipe] + WIAW

WIAW is on the move again this week!

Because I haven’t had enough  moving…

Here’s the deal.  What I Ate Wednesday has been jumping around to give mamma Jenn a break.  She’s entrusted me this week with hosting duties (which may be a sign she’s taken up a crack habit… is rehab where she’s disappeared to?!). 

Since I’m sooooo known for sugar coating things, I’m going to come out and say that the link up got a bit out of control and Jenny from the block was suffering from exhaustion. WIAW was meant to just be a day of eats.  Don’t be linking shit from 5 weeks ago, everything you ate for the past 3 weeks, or some unrelated giveaway you’re trying to get more traffic for.  Follow the rules and don’t be greedy.  In short, don’t be a dick.

WIAW - New… 

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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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Winter Workout: Shoulder Strengthener

I’m learning not to make blanket statements.

Ever so slowly.

The whole “never dating again” thing.  Refusing to waste money on a Christmas tree.  Thinking seafood is gross.  The mornings I moaned I’m never drinking again!”  Thinking my shoulders are too big.  I take it all back

These days I can’t grow my shoulders fast enough.  It’s hard to believe that in high school I refused to wear tank tops because I thought I had “linebacker” shoulders.

GROW… 

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Sunday Funday with Lorna Jane

Bro day is my favorite.

Most of the time.

It becomes my least favorite when the reps get high.  Only Jesse could make biceps suck… high reps are not my friend.

Bicep curls

Let’s back up to the fact that I’m wearing color.  Lorna Jane sent over these amazing clothes for me to check out and – admittedly – I balked at the orange.  Until I put it on.  This top is so awesome that I’ve added more to my holiday fit list…. 

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All About That WIAW

Who loves leg day?

Not. Me.

Leg day is my least favorite.  It’s why I always do it with my trainer.  He pushes me harder than I would push myself, and it’s like a mini-therapy session.  My least favorite thing in the WORLD are Hack Squats.  I’s rather do 25 reps of something (I also hate volume) than do Hacks.

You may have seen the pic below on Instagram or Facebook.  I call it “The Hack Squat: A Hate Story.” In my face you can see my progression from determination to “I might puke” to… the “poop” face.

Hacks

Because misery loves company, I brought along my baby sister, Madison.  If you have siblings, you know that everything is a competition.  I won.  Not only did she admit that I’m stronger, but we also compared butts.

31 year old vs. 23 year old butt. Just sayin’…

butts

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5 Reasons NOT to Workout in the Morning

Working out in the morning is overrated.

That’s right.  I said it.

There are far too many posts out there touting the benefits of working out early in the morning.  Tips for becoming a morning person.  How to fit in 30 minutes before dawn even shows it’s ass crack.

Screw that!  I’m not a morning person and I don’t want to be.  If I do go “early,” it’s at 930am and I’m not happy about it.  I prefer to workout midday or at night, and I’m not sorry about it.  Sleeping in is marvelous.

Here are my reasons for NOT waking up early to workout.

5 Reasons NOT to Workout in the Morning… 

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Recovery, Workouts, and Sweet Potato Pie Waffles

Sometimes there’s no shame in staying in bed half the day.

Especially when the last couple of weeks have been chaos!

Last Monday I depicted pre-conference life.  This Monday is recovery life.  Marvelous recovery.  Recovery life started with sleep.  Since I couldn’t take pictures of that, we’ll pick up with the wakeful part of the weekend.

You are making too many sober decisions

Agreed.

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