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Sunday, April 20, 2014

muscle gainz!

I don't know why the fitness world writes 'gainz' or 'dem shoulders doe' etc.  But I like it!

My six week program ended with Pure Workout at the end of March.  I went back to the bod pod to measure my fat free muscle loss.  (This is what I was going for.  Most people in the challenge were either losing 20 lbs or losing 5% body fat.  They were willing to work with me and instead I was trying to gain 5 pounds of muscle mass.)

I am HAPPY TO REPORT that I gained 5.4 lbs of fat free mass!

I also gained 1.2 lbs of fat, which was kind of expected.  It's hard to gain muscle and not fat too.  My body fat% didn't change.

I am going to continue going to Pure Workout after school and adding in more HIIT cardio in the mornings and on the weekends.  I would like to shed some fat that is layering over my new muscle.  I am also starting T25 from Beachbody and starting a Focus T25 Challenge Group in the upcoming weeks. (more info on this later! but if you're interested me at

My favorite fat burning activities are sprints (either around the track tabata style) or up hills until I can't run anymore.  I've done the Highland High stairs twice which really burns my legs.  I'm always there with HS football players and it makes me push harder.

Friday, April 18, 2014

friday favorites

I'm back!  I'm back!

I am sad about the hiatus...and I know it's cliche to say that 'life got in the way', but it did!  I started committing myself and my time into multiple areas of my life and typing on the blog just fell off the wagon.  I committed my time to teaching and my fourth grade team.  I committed to my 6 week challenge! (more on that in a later post!) and I committed to getting our new house underway.  Spring Fever hit me hard and I felt like I wanted to organize, clean, and get ready to be successful!

I wanted to start out with my Friday Favorites because I've been up to a lot!

Favorite Food:  Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Dill Weed and Garlic Salt. Seriously.  Ask everyone at my school (because they can smell me a mile away!)

Favorite Exercise Move: BURPEES!  PW has us do a LOT of burpees and it's crazy how much easier they have become.  The way I was taught to do burpees is jump, push up position, chest to floor (basically drop, this isn't a controlled pushup), push back up, feet to hands, jump! The burpee is more about cardio than strength, so going fast and not concentrating on the pushup is key!

Favorite Stretch: using a foam roller on my hip flexors and IT band.  Magic in my Muscles right there. 

Favorite Workout Accessory: the Contigo water bottle.  I swear I should get sponsor money on how many people I convert to this amazing bottle.  Usually, I show people a demonstration about it's awesomeness but I will let you figure it out. 

Favorite Random Thing!: I love cats/kittens.  A lot.  I love all animals and my heart strings pull for any of them.  I lucked out that two rescue cats fell into my lap when they were 8 week old kittens.  I've been a crazy cat person ever since!  They are just TOO funny and cuddly not to love!  Google Funny Cat Videos and there goes your entire day.