Category: Lifting

This Isn’t A Weight Loss Challenge 

Week 8 

#250kchallenge and I’m mentally beat up. I keep seeing other people who are participating and their results are amazing, I’m not seeing the same with me. What I need to get into my head is what this challenge means to me. 

THIS ISNT A WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. 

I am doing this challenge for myself and I want to grow my muscles and physique into something it has never been, strong. 

Since being a part of Avatar Nutrition I’ve learned about the importance of actually feeding/fueling your body. Weeks 6 & 7 I changed my goal to fat loss and guess what , I weighed in at 183 for week 8. I gained weight on reduced calories/macros. My body was not ready for this nor was my metabolism. I decided immediately that I needed to reverse diet and bring my macros up to jump that metabolism. 


I feel frustrated because in my head I think that 8 weeks of serious changes in my diet and 5x a week heavy lifting I should magically have muscles. That’s not the case and I realize it takes time, this is a journey. 

Week 8 also had me out with pneumonia so I did 1 workout and no cardio because I had only 1 functioning lung. 

Week 9 begins today and I feel a bit better about it . I’m really looking forward to ending this challenge so I can stop comparing my progress to others. I’m also going to change up my workouts a bit, taking away PH3 and starting Lee Labrada 12 week lean program which are all found on the bodyspace app for Bodybuilding.com 

Weigh in is Thursday so I’m hoping to have lost some weight in order to get my macros up even more! Here’s to more carbs! 

Week 2 #250kchallenge and a Video 

Wow, what a difference 2 weeks makes!! 

Biggest craziest thing is although I look like I’ve lost weight, I haven’t! My week 2 ended at 177lbs. I’m eating way more calories/macros and it’s paying off big time! Thanks of course to Avatar Nutrition for educating me on the importance of proper nutrition. I’m eating bigger and lifting bigger. Overall I feel great! 

I made a you tube video about my experience and want to share it with you all. Here is the Link to video so you can watch it. Please feel free to share it and comment on it. I’m going to be utilizing the channel more for updates and info on my progress. 
Happy eating Happy lifting friends 

I’m An RNY Patient and I’m NOT Afraid To Gain Weight Anymore. 

Say what???? 

You read it right, I never really played the whole weight loss surgery card, begged for followers because of it nor did I continuously post about my surgery. Why? Honestly my revision surgery was a small tool in my future weight loss. It was definitely not the magic pill and I worked my ass of to lose those 140lbs. This was the old me in 2010

284lbs , healthy but morbidly obese. Now when you have weight loss surgery it is pounded into your brain to eat protein protein protein but little to no carbs – ever!!!! I did all those things, I lost the weight and then I found exercise. I became a cardio obsessed person, because cardio is great for fat loss. Then I had my plastic surgery to remove excess belly fat and I got the girls lifted and reduced. So now I’m done right, stay skinny fat and eat my protein. 
Big old NOPE – I wanted more, I needed more. My weight stabilized around 150-159lbs. But I became an athlete, yes I call myself an athlete. Why?? Because athletes train, fuel and kill their bodies thru training and nutrition. This athlete ran a gruelling 14hr 50 mile trail race 

I felt so good and in shape when I ran this race but still I wanted more. I wanted to be strong. I did a lift program Alpha Female in the summer of 2016 but I now realize I failed that program. I didn’t listen when it came to the nutrition and when the coach said to me to eat more carbs. I had become so conditioned to not eat them that I was honestly scared. So I didn’t listen didn’t eat them and didn’t make the gains I should have. 

Well this January I entered the Bodybuilding.com 250k Challenge with a mindset to do it right. 

I hired Avatar Nutrition to work my nutrition/macros. I loved this approach from Layne Norton because the dude has a PHD in nutrition. This is science based and how can you go wrong with science. When I first got my macros I was floored! I need to eat 160g of carbs ahhhhhhh!!! Wait deep breaths …. listen to the professionals. This is my before 

So I did it , followed the plan , hit my targets , lost 0.5lbs that week so guess what – my macros increased !!! This is a pic a week into the program. 

I’m actually slimming down and my body is taking shape. I’m now into week 2 and my macros are high and I love it. I eat 151g of protein ,101g of fat and 272g of CARBs!!! Yes, I hit those targets and it’s great. I have way more energy throughout the day , my lifts are getting bigger and I sleep like a baby. I even have muscles developing

Can you see my traps???? I can!!! 

Now to the weight gain,  I weighed in today at 179lbs – that’s 2lbs more than last week at 177lb. I Am Ok With That. I’m gaining muscle, leaning out and that is ok. 

I no longer fear eating carbs and I don’t fear weight gain. If you told me a few years ago that I’d weigh 180lbs again I would have died. I’d have thought I failed my surgery and I was obese. Do I look obese? Nope , healthy and strong is how I look. 

I highly recommend anyone who participates in fitness, lifting and exercise to check out Avatar Nutrition. it is life changing! 

Here’s to making gains, eating carbs and being happy! 

Day 7 Rest Day and Progress Pics 

I said no donuts! But I ate a donut ! 

Oh well, it happens. 

Weigh in 173.4

Breakfast 

Weight watchers bagel with bacon and lettuce.

Lunch – Timmies whoopie donut 🍩😬 but I had a protein shake and 4pc California roll too! 

Then came meal prep!


Steak with mushrooms, ground turkey/chicken meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, zucchini noodles,broccoli , sweet potatoes in the oven and egg white muffin cups.

Supper- Scalloped potatoes, broccoli and taco meat

Now onto the Week 1 progress pics!

Not much difference but I also wasn’t very strict with the macros and I did go over calorie counts on a couple of days. This week will be better. 

I’m also getting serious about upping the weights and not being a pussy ass ! Pick that shit up! You know you can! 

#badass #notscurred #liftheavy

#thinnerleanerstronger 

Day 6 – Rest Day 

Whoo hoo! First week of lifting has ended and guess what – the freakin scale moved

Weigh in 173.2 A whole freaking pound! 

So guess what I had for breakfast 

Damn straight I had a donut for breakfast – it’s cheat day!

Took the girls shopping for my cardio today 

Lunch was at the mall so I made a decent choice with a Subway 6in turkey sub. 


Mama got more plates so she can lift heavy! 

Supper was shit – stopped on the highway and ate a Whopper 😬 oh well ! 

Tomorrow is another rest day and meal prep day so grocery shopping will be done! 

Happy Saturday y’all! 

#liftheavy 

#eatyourmacros 

Day 5 Thinner Leaner Stronger 

The scale moved!! 

Weigh in 174.2 – SERIOUSLY , are you kidding me?? Down a whopping 0.2lbs. 

Preworkout 

Protein shake, 1 egg, 2 pcs WW bread, aminos

Workout – LEGS AND BUTT 😊

All done for 3 sets

BB squat 65×10

Stiff leg Deadlift 95×10, 105×10, 115×10

Leg press 150×10, 170×8, 190×8

BB thrust 50×10

Standing DB calf raises 70×12

Seated calf raises 45×12


This was the end of my planned workout but I was not done yet! 

Lying leg curls 40×12, 50×12, 50×12

Bulgarian Split squats – no weight x12 3 sets 

Leg curls 85×10 3 sets 


Now we are done! 

Post workout 

Shake, Cliff Bar , banana 

Lunch 

Chicken Caesar Salad 

Supper 


Baja Fish Tacos!!! FYI I didn’t eat the fries! 

Week 1 done and I guess I now have a baseline but I need to see gains soon ! I’m kinda impatient like that, grow muscles grow 

Day 4 Thinner Leaner Stronger 

Today was an off day

Weigh in – 174.4 STILL!!! 

Breakfast – no pre workout 

1 egg, 2pcs WW bread and a protein shake

Lunch- 2 Wendy’s JR cheeseburger deluxe 😬

Workout – Done at home because I just couldn’t get to the gym 

BB curls 3×10 at 35lbs (all done with 3 sets)
BB bench press Close grip 3×10 35lbs
DB curls 3×10 10lbs 

Tricep extensions 3×15 10lbs

Ab workout – bicycle and leg raises to failure. 

Post workout – protein shake 

Supper – 

If it fits your macros #iifym then eat it !!!! 

I’ll make sure and get another casein shake in before bed! 

Day 3 Thinner Leaner Stronger

Weigh in 174.6 

Same as yesterday, when does the leaner part kick in? 

Today’s workout was 

Military Press Seated 40×10 40×8 40×8

Side Lateral Raises 12.5×8 for 3 sets

Rear lateral raise 15lbsx12 for 3 sets

Calf raises on the leg press 70×15 for 3 sets 

Honestly, this did not feel like a workout for me. I was done in about 20 minutes and didn’t feel spent. Maybe I wasn’t lifting heavy enough but it just didn’t feel like enough weight was lifted, so I too it upon myself to do more. 

DB press 17.5lbsx10 for 3

Reverse machine flyes 50lbsx8 for 3

Then I did an ab workout . 

Meals were 

Pre workout

1 protein shake

1 egg, 2 pieces WW bread

Aminos

Post workout

1 protein shake 

1 banana

Lunch

4 oz rotisserie chicken

Frisée , 1 Armstrong old cheese stick and Renee’s caesar dressing (1.5 tbsp) 


Snack 

2 pieces WW bread, 100 calorie package of corned beef, mustard

Supper

Ribs, asparagus and peas! 


BUT, I’m over my calorie goal for today as I don’t eat back my exercise calories. Well guess what, I don’t care. I’m hungry, I am eating. 

I will still have an evening snack and likely a casein shake before bed to get that extra protein. My macros aren’t looking so good 

Getting enough protein is hard! 

Baby steps, it’s only Day 3 trying to figure this all out! 

#thinnerleanerstronger 

#muscleforlife 

Day 2 Thinner Leaner Stronger

Back, Butt and Abs!!! 

Oh man it has seemed like forever since I’ve deadlifted anything so today was fantastic! My workout was 

BB deadlift 115×8 3 sets

BB back squat 95×8 3 sets

BB row 50×10 3 sets

1 arm DB row 25×10 3 sets

Roman chair leg lifts 18 reps

Cable crunch 40×15 3 sets

Ab roller wheel 12 reps 


Nutrition for today was 

Pre workout

1 protein shake

2 slices weight watches bread

1 egg

Aminos

Post Workout

2 hard boiled eggs 

1 protein shake 

Lunch 

Weight Watchers bagel with tuna and lettuce 

I 100% saved my macros for tonight’s supper! I love that this lifestyle allows you to do flexible dieting so long as it fits into your macros. Tonight I had this amazing Doritos Taco bowl

I still have 200 calories left for bedtime snack! Oh yeah! 

Lift Eat Rest 

#iifym 

#thinnerleanerstronger

#muscleforlife

Confession – I’m tired of Running

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassadors program. All opinions expressed are my own. 

This post scares me. 

I just don’t feel like running. What is wrong with me? I’m an Ultra runner? I should be out there everyday killing miles but I just don’t want too. Am I burned out? The worst part is I really just don’t care right now.

Back up a bit here though – I had a goal, a dream a huge desire to run and complete a 50 miler this year. 

And I did it! 

2 weeks later I ran a marathon. 

3 weeks from now I have a 50k. 

Honestly, I can’t wait for this summer to be over. I’m kinda done. 

So what ha been occupying my mind ? Lifting! 

Even when I was training for races I still lifted, I will never look like an ultra runner with their sleek slim physiques. I’m too big for that! 

My brain has been overloaded with info from Muscle For Life blog and I love the info he provides. 

So I have been hitting GoodLife Fitness hard doing as much as I can. Today was leg day , something I avoided when running because I always thought I was doing enough.

I am noticing changes already even though I’m not doing a real program yet- more to come on that! ( stay tuned ) 


Nutritionally speaking I will be making changes too. I still need to reduce carbs but I know my protein intake isn’t high enough yet – more to come on that too! 

So for now I’m sticking my life motto of ” Do You” and I’m doing whatever feels right to me. I don’t need to be anything other than that. 

Keep moving, Eat right and Have FUN! 

%d bloggers like this: