First Last Day {MIMM}

Happy Monday!

Or not so happy Monday. The weather was pretty miserable on the mountain today. Good day for a nap, too bad that didn’t happen.

Don’t worry, there’s still some Marvelous in my Monday, I just had to look for it a little harder.

 

 

(Thanks Katie!)

It was my first last day of college! I have to admit, I’m not at all excited for this semester. I would be pretty okay with being school being done now. I may change my tune in a couple weeks, I think I’m just burnt out on school. My classes weren’t too bad today: dance history, senior seminar and finance, but I’m not super excited about them. But, FOUR MONTHS UNTIL GRADUATION. Yesss.

But I have my public speaking class tomorrow, dun dun dun… I’m scared.

I have lunch breaks! This is exciting because apparently the only time I’m not thinking about food is when I’m setting up my class schedule and I always sign up for classes straight through lunch and end up eating in the hallways in between classes. Now I have time to go back to my apartment and eat a real lunch and watch Paula Deen. Priorities people.

I did some weightlifting! I’m not a fan of leg work (boo lunges) but I did some today and my quads were burning! I just kept reminding myself how good it is for me. And I actually didn’t hate it too much this time around. I still hate lunges though.

20 mile week! I’m pretty sure that’s my highest mileage week ever. Getting to that 10-mile race! And maybe a half marathon… who knows…

Roomie frozen yogurt run! For pretty much the first time ever. We all have crazy schedules so it’s almost impossible to get us all together at once.

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Strawberry yogurt with strawberries (apparently I had a strawberry hankering Saturday night?), white chocolate chips and GUMMY BEARS. It has been too long since I’ve eaten gummy bears. That my friends is a problem that needs to be solved ASAP.

New student union! App recently added a new wing to our student union and it is SWANKY. I had a club meeting in one of the new rooms and it is sooooo cool. And the new wing means that my Pilates classes will be in an actual group fitness room (they closed it unexpectedly in the middle of last semester because of the construction and I had to teach in a random room that wasn’t at all meant for classes) I’m excited to have a real room back.

student union

Sorry for the creeper pic, but you get the idea

Speaking of Pilates my first class is tomorrow and I get to teach a new class format that uses weights and other equipment. I’m excited! It’s going to be CRAZY with all the resolution-ers and get-in-shape-for-spring-break-ers, but I won’t complain about a big class!

These drawings:

drawing

She spelled my name wrong but that’s okay, good try.

My friends and I go to a bible study class on Sundays and the couple that leads it brings their 8 year old daughter with them. She is very cute and super artsy and drew pictures of us during the class. Too sweet. We also fill out prayer request cards and trade them with another person, I got her card and it was too cute. I love the rainbows and sunshine! She reminds me of myself a little when I was younger.

What made your Monday Marvelous? 

Live Fit Week 3 Recap.

This week was awesome! It’s been my favorite so far, I seem to be saying this every week but just go with it.

The workouts got 2983427x harder this week. It killed me a little, but I loved it anyway.

Week 3 workouts were increased from 4 days a week to 5 days, with a few more exercises thrown into each workout. The week also focused  on lifting heavier, reps for each exercise were lowered from 12 to 10, while the weight increased from 60% of max effort to 80%.

Workouts this week were no joke. I know the workouts will only get more challenging from here on out (and I’m excited for it!), but I definitely felt sufficiently challenged this week. The past two weeks were focused more on proper form and getting your body acclimated to a consistent lifting routine, which makes sense, but there were days I left the gym wishing my workout felt a little more intense, I definitely didn’t have that complaint this week.

My legs were sore for 3 days after Monday’s leg workout. Seriously. But I already mentioned those awesome single leg deadlifts.  My legs were on fiyah. Along with the killer new deadlift exercise, the program continued to introduce a lot of great new exercises this week. The upper body workouts even got me on the incline and decline benches in the manly section of the weight room. It might sound lame, but I was proud of myself for that, I didn’t modify the exercises because I was intimidated by that section of the gym, I sucked it up and did it, and it was a gratifying experience. Grunting muscles heads can’t keep me out of the weight room.

The I was most excited about this week was seeing results. They weren’t anything huge, but I’m beginning to feel more tone and see some noticeable differences (if I didn’t ruin it with the poor eating I did this weekend – oops). This is a big deal for me, I’ve been working hard to gain some visible muscle tone, have failed pretty miserably at it and I’ve been very discouraged by it. I eat clean, I workout, why am I not seeing results? A lack of weight training apparently. You have to build muscle to see muscle, duh Lea.

Welcome to the Gun Show. Or maybe not. (source)

Being able to see some progress has been so motivating, and I can’t wait to start this week’s workout!

LiveFit Trainer Week 2

I just finished up week 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer and I have to say I am still loving it.

The second week is basically just a repeat of the first, so this week I tried to really focus on my form. I’m enjoying taking a step back from lifting as heavy as possible to learn proper alignment, the nerdy dancer in me finds stuff like that fun. Weird, I know. Two weeks is a short time, but I feel like I’ve made some definite improvements in my form.

Some exercises that were really fun:

The Leg Press:

Pretty basic, but this machine has always scared me some. It’s in the depths of the weight room amidst all the grunting boys, oh and it can crush you if you let the foot plate fall. Comforting.

Now that I’m less terrified of being crushed by a weight machine, I do really enjoy this exercise. Maybe it’s just because I feel bad ass loading 90+ lbs on it. It’s the little things.

Underhand Cable Pull Down:

I don’t really know why I like this one, I just do. Maybe because I pretend I’m doing real pull ups while I do one? Sure.

And my least favorite exercise:

Standing Dumbbell Straight-Arm Front Delt Raise to a ‘T’:

That was a mouth full.

Truth be told I don’t really hate this exercise, I just hate how difficult it is for me! My shoulders are super wimpy and even with 5 lb dumbbells they are burning. I’ll have to work on these!

I like that the program has kept me strength training consistently. I like lifting weights, but I’m bad about going only doing it once and week and the forgetting about it again until the next week, so I’m really liking that I’m forced to be consistent.

I’ve been really missing the cardio lately though, I’ve been throwing my own in because I just can’t stay away from it. Though it feels weird to leave the gym not completely soaked in sweat, it’s nice not to have to shower right when I get home, but I also really enjoy being sweaty. That sounded weird, I mean that I enjoy an intense workout that leaves me super sweaty.

This week starts 5 day workouts and heavier weights with fewer reps, I’m excited for it!

LiveFit Week One.

Yep, I jumped on the LiveFit bandwagon. I’ve read so many positive reviews about it on different blogs that I couldn’t help myself. I just finished up the first week of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Program and so far I’m really loving the program. I’m going to try to recap my experience at the end of every week as I continue with the program. I’m not really tracking my results (because I’m lazy) so I mostly focusing how much fun (or possibly not unfun) the workouts are.

I’ve struggled with keeping a consistent strength training routine and this program so far seems to be really helping me with that. Usually, I just wander into the weight room, pick a section of the body I want to work on and just do which ever exercises happen to pop into my brain. Um, not so effective. This program breaks down each body part by day and lays out a specific workout for you to do, which is really helpful if you’re anything like me.

The exercises in the first week are much different that what I’m used to in terms of strength training. What I’ve always heard to do, and have always done, is to pick a somewhat heavy weight, do reps until your muscles fatigue, take a break and do it all again. The first week of the LiveFit program doesn’t do that. It starts with a weight that is a little over half of your max (I might have gotten a little ambitious and lifted too heavy somedays, sorry I’m stubborn), and complete 3 sets of 12 reps. The point is to work on your form and get your body used to the movements before moving onto heavier weights so you don’t get hurt. This is super beneficial, I try to keep good form, but honestly when the weight starts getting heavy I let my form slip a little. No bueno. Taking time to work on my form is going to make things so much better in the long run.

The program has also introduced me to many new exercises in the first week alone, and so far it feels much more effective than my usual weight room improv routine. It even helped me get up the nerve to tackle the cable machine, even with all the macho guys grunting away on it. It’s also been really humbling. I had to pick up 5lb-ers for some of the shoulder exercises. That was a bit of a blow to my ego, but it shows that I have some weaker areas that I really need to work on. And from 5lbs you can really only improve exponentially (or that’s what I keep telling myself).

Gym equipment of medieval torture device?

Overall I’m really liking the program I’m planning on sticking with it. Plus if it makes me look even a fraction like Jamie Eason I won’t complain.

Those. Abs. Are. Ridiculous.
(source)

 

Have you done the LiveFit Program? What did you think about it? 

Things I’m Loving

Life’s kinda boring right now, so here’s somethings I’ve been really into lately:

  1. E’s ClosetBoutique

    How cute is that dress? I just found  this site a couple of days ago, I haven’t actually ordered anything from them, but their clothes are soooo cute. And everything’s $50 or less. Except that dress was $90, thanks Murphy.
  2. Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer
    Yes I’m jumping on the LiveFit bandwagon. It seems that everyone and their mother is doing this program, but I’ve been looking to tone up and I still find myself a little overwhelmed by the weight room, so I thought this program would be helpful. I’ve done two workouts so far and I’m loving them. The exercises use a lot of gym equipment that I usually steer clear from (the crazy cable machines!) and my muscles are always pleasantly sore (yes I’m a freak) the next day. I don’t know if I’ll do the entire 12-weeks and I’m definitely not doing the meal plan, I refuse to eat that many egg whites, but I’m going to see where it goes!
  3. Dance Moms
    Excuse me while I hang my head in shame. I’m officially addicted to Dance Moms. It’s overly dramatic and completely unrealistic but I. Can’t. Stop. Watching. It’s like a trainwreck.
    In my defense I did dance competitions for 8 years when I was younger and I miss doing them so much, so I’m reliving those experiences through this show. And those kids are AMAZING, seriously after 17 years of dance I don’t even dance that well. And for the the record, dance studio’s are almost nothing like what you see on that show.

  4. The Civil Wars
    If you’ve never heard of them they’ve got a folksy/alternative sound. I’ve had their stuff on repeat for the past couple months and I’m still not sick of them. I’ve actually been really into more folksy sounding music lately, I guess living in Boone is starting to rub off on my music tastes.
  5. The Farmer’s Market
    Well this one is a given, and nothing new, but I’m addicted to farm fresh produce. I’m also so lucky that I live near a farmer’s market that is open 7 days a week all year long. I’m spoiled. I finished off a two pound bag of kale that I bought on Saturday (fiber much?) and I’m highly upset that I don’t have anymore. Luckily I’ll be back at the farmer’s market on Saturday. You can’t keep me away
  6. I’m starting to feel better!
    I’m still not 100% and I’m still a swollen but I’m starting to feel more normal. I’ve been trying to cool it on the intense cardio until I feel back to normal and I miss it terribly. I’ve been doing yoga, pilates and LiveFit in the mean time but I’m craving a good kickboxing/spin/step class.

What are you loving lately?