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February Check-in

I meant to do a monthly or bimonthly check-in but… life. Ya know? Anyways this is about seven weeks after I started back into our 12 week program. I’ll be honest that the first four weeks (Phase One) I wasn’t trying to do anything spectacular. I was going in there and doing just enough in weights to feel sore but I was focusing on my form and trying to remember HOW to do the exercises. The second set of four weeks (Phase Two), is when I started to test my body and push myself. The more research I’ve done and the more people I’ve met online in the “fitness world”, the more motivated I’ve become. For example, I wanted to push myself one week and try to double my weight (ha! in the end it was like a 10-20 pound increase) just to see how far my body would go. Surprisingly, I’ve done pretty well. I’ve found a decent weight range and now I’m perfecting form and trying to hit a solid 3 sets of 15 reps. Once I can accomplish that, I plan on upping the weight again. Slowly but surely.
Jan 06, 2014 
  • Stats:
  • Height:        5′ 6″ (ish)
  • Weight:       140 lbs
  • Bra size:      36D
  • Shirt Size:    M/L
  • Pants:         4/6
  • Dress:         6/8 or M/L
  • Measurements:
  • Upper Arms: 13 inches (not flexed)
  • Bust:            37 inches
  • Waist:          28 inches
  • Hips:           39-40 inches
  • Thighs:         22 inches
Feb 26, 2014 (items in bold are changes from January)
  • Stats:
    • Height:        5′ 6″ (ish)
    • Weight:       141 lbs
    • Bra size:      36D
    • Shirt Size:    M
    • Pants:         4/6
    • Dress:         6/8 or M/L
  • Measurements:
    • Upper Arms:  12 inches (not flexed)
    • Bust:              35 inches (this could be a difference between bras. Need to find a consistent method.)
    • Waist:            28 inches
    • Hips:              40 inches
    • Thighs:           21 inches

I can’t see much difference between the two photos but I can physically feel the difference when I run my hands up and down my arms. People are leaving gracious and motivating comments for me on facebook and instagram when I post my progress photos. (Which I am a little bashful of but still appreciate!) I found a group on facebook that I joined and it’s been super refreshing to talk to women of all different steps in this process. Let’s put this out there because it’s been nagging at me for a while…

*Back: February 2014*

I want to tell all the women out there that keep saying “it’s not doing anything” or “the scale isn’t moving” or whatever your excuse is that it takes time. LOTS of time. Find a realistic goal picture and put it somewhere that you can see it all the time. I’m not saying to find some lean ripped out fitness model and be like “THAT! I want that!” It’s highly unlikely. For anyone. Do you know what it takes to ACTUALLY look like that? Let me break it down for you:

*They prep for those photoshoots by dropping to 1000 calories/day for like a week! Any personal trainer/nutritionist that is looking out for your well being will tell you that’s not feasible. 
*Genetics. Unfortunately it’s true. Some have it. Some don’t. 
*You live, breathe, eat weights and boring food. Doing that for extended periods of time may not necessarily keep you happy. 
*How long did it take you to get where you are now? Expect for it to take that long to get rid of it.

For me personally? I like the look of Jamie Eason as my long term goal. My short term goal? To get back to being fit like I was at 19. I’m not looking to drop to 125 again but I would like to see some definition in my body again. So find a realistic picture to look forward to. Maybe it’s from you 2, 5, 10 years ago. Maybe it’s a celebrity. Whatever it is, make sure it’s a motivating and uplifting piece of inspiration. Not a depressing one. I KNOW I don’t have the genetics to have a “thigh gap” so I don’t find pictures full of young ripped girls with “thigh gaps”. I honestly don’t want one. (Use your imagination 😉 ) The point is to be healthy and love your body to the best of YOUR ability. No one else’s standards. 

And now I leave you with a little something. Here’s a few of Mike’s measurements. Get a tape measure out and think about it. Yeaaaaaaaaah he’s a big dude. ha. 
  • Arms: 
    • Not Flexed – 16.5 inches
    • Flexed       –  17.5 inches
  • Chest:    49 inches
  • Thighs:   28 inches

Review: BlenderBottle GoStak

Remember when I went “Beast Mode” on my blender bottle the other day?
(Don’t know what Beast Mode is? Google it. It’ll provide some laughs.)
Anyways, I posted that picture on instagram with the hashtag “blenderbottle” and perused through other peoples’ pictures in hopes that I wasn’t the only person who managed to destroy one of these. Yeah not so much. BUT I did come across THIS!!! What is this you may ask? OH MY GOD it’s pure genius. Well not really. I think there’s a baby food/ formula/ something or other similar to this before but the point of the matter is it’s specifically made for people who workout and consume supplements. It’s called a GoStak and it’s made by the company Blender Bottle.
Specifically for this reason:
Anyone who has come into contact with a person who “bulks” or uses the gym frequently know that there are oodles of supplements to consume after putting your body through rigorous exercise. That bag above is what I like to refer to as the “Mary Poppins Bag of F*ckin Supplements.” It’s seriously ridonkulous the junk that people carry around with them. Take Mama Laughlin for example, at this post here, she carries a purse, a workout bag, a food bag, etc. My husband is the same way. He has his Mary Poppins bag, his overnight at the FD bag, his laptop bag, and sometimes a bag for all his bedding.
OH MAH LAWD with all the bags!!
No. Unacceptable. Just no.
In the Mary Poppins bag he carries: protein powder, instant carbs, BCAA (branch chain amino acids), Beta-Alaline, and preworkout powder.
I personally think this is frickin ridiculous. You need one powder for BEFORE you work out, THREE powders during workout, and then FOUR powders AFTER you workout. Geezus it’s so frickin complicated. Seriously. I’m not carrying around all that sh*t with me and THEN let’s add that I can’t use his protein powder because I’m on a “non-red meat” diet so whey/casein protein makes me sick. Like legit sick. Therefore I have my OWN GIGANTO tub of protein powder and my FemFire… Are you seeing where this is going?
I ordered my GoStak starter pack online with the 4 varying sizes. The cool part about the GoStak is it fits into a blender bottle for compact transportation. (Once the shaker bottle is all gross and dirty though, I’m just SOL because I’m not putting it into a dirty bottle.) Here is the GoStak broken down so you can see the height/size comparison to a 750mL Camelbak Eddy waterbottle.
*(L->R) 150cc, 100cc, 60cc, & 40cc, plus removable handle*
First up is preworkout mix in the 40cc (tiniest jar). I used one scoop of FemFire preworkout mix with one scoop of soy protein powder. I used the scoop from the FemFire container for a 1:1 ratio because the FemFire alone made me lighteheaded so I’ve been adding this for a little substance on my stomach. Technically you are supposed to take preworkout on an empty stomach but it doesn’t bode well for me so this does the trick.
*One scoop FemFire*
*One scoop of Soy protein powder using FemFire scoop*
Next up is the protein shake WHILE you are working out in the 100cc jar. I really despise the taste of my soy protein powder so I’m exploring some different options. I picked up this egg white one in vanilla. (I’m saving the time and energy it would take on a review to say soy isn’t as bad as I thought it was. YUCK.) Anyways, this little jar is one serving of protein powder, one scoop of BCAA, and one scoop of Beta-Alanine. It took a few tries to figure out what all would fit in each jar so if you are sifting things back and forth, big jar, no wait small jar, shit not big enough… Don’t feel bad. We did it too. Pictured below is all three in the 100cc jar ready to roll. (It still had a bit of room on top if you needed to add a little something else.)
*Tip: There’s this amazing thing called WASHI TAPE, it’s removable masking tape that’s PRETTY! Don’t judge. I’m still a Type-A, OCD, Planner, girl at heart and needed a way to label without putting permanent marker directly onto the containers. If I change up protein powders and the scoop is bigger/smaller then I can use the jar for something else. LOVE that I had washi to label my jars. So stinking cute!
*One scoop protein, one scoop BCAA, one scoop Beta-A*
Lastly, is the post-workout shake. I used the 150cc jar (biggest one) because the carb and soy scoops are HUGE. (Oh it fit. Don’t you worry.) Like the label says, you should drink this shake about 45 mins after your workout. At least that’s what Mike tells me and he’s been doing this for a while so I trust him. Why? How? What does it all do? I don’t frickin know. I just drink what he tells me to and hope it’s not poisoned. HA! I kid. Well sometimes I wonder…
*One 1/2 scoop of instant carbs, one HUGE scoop of soy protein powder, one tiny scoop of BCAA, & one tiny scoop of Beta-A*
TA-DA!! Isn’t it TOOT? I love it. Seriously. All of those containers down to one tower the size of a blenderbottle. Don’t you worry. I’ll be ordering a blue one for Mike as soon as I can stash some funds aside. I may order some more of the 40cc ones so we can put our vitamins (multi, fish oil, etc) on top of the preworkout jar. I plan on having one tower of jars for workout powders and another (possibly pink) tower for snacks like hummus, fruit, nuts, etc. They are dishwasher safe and BPA free in case you are wondering. I know it’s nice to have that information also.

Blender Bottle Beast Mode

You see what happened was…
I went a little “beast mode” on the blender bottle before going to the gym yesterday. We had to switch things up and go after work instead of in the morning like usual, so I took my preworkout/ protein powder mix in my lunch bag for later. All the blender bottles had been washed the night before and this one was fresh from the dishwasher. I pull up to the gym and am about unscrew it to pour my water into the bottle when my hand gets caught on it. Then I look closer and there’s a frickin crack in it!!! Like if I had shaken it, preworkout mix would have been ALL OVER the car. Mike said it was a new bottle. I think it was a knockoff one. Piece of junk. Mike was on his way to meet me at the gym and luckily when I called he hadn’t left the house yet and brought me a spare lid. YAY! 
He got to the gym and I showed him what happened. His response? “You shouldn’t have gone all beast mode on it and we’d still have nice things.” Hmph. Whatever. I still got my workout in and knocked out my sets like a champ. Even if I whined a little bit during dumbbell flyes and the lying tricep extensions. (I always feel like I’m going to drop/whack myself in the face laying down.) 
I posted the picture on instagram with #blenderbottle. I was sifting through the hashtag and came across this picture. I laughed. Yeaaaaaaaaah we’re so on our way to being that couple. Now if I can get Mike into the habit of not hoarding the bottles in his truck and bringing them inside to wash then we’ll be good to go. I swear it’s like finding matching socks to get a blender bottle around here! 

I’ll be shopping for new fancy girly blender bottles today after work. LOTS of pink and orange may deter him. HA! Who am I kidding he sports a Thirty-One red fru-fru bag to carry all his protein powders in. Oh well. I think if we have 14 bottles one for each of us for each day of the week, we MAY be ok in that department. Stay tuned for more beast mode shenanigans!!

2014 is the Year for Change

Starting the year off right by finally dedicating myself to the gym and abiding by my vegetarian eating habits. As of right now I’m following Jim Stoppani’s “Shortcut to Size” program with a few tweaks. First, I’m only doing upper body workouts which means I skip Day 4 and go onto the next week. This is not because I’m afraid of leg day. Well… maybe a little. No no I kid. It’s honestly because I don’t know jack shit about working out and I’m wanting to focus on one thing at a time. Right now I’m only lifting in between 5-20 pounds depending on the exercise and I am taking my time to learn proper technique for each exercise. I would like to get to the point that 1) I can read off my exercises without having to ask Mike to show me each one again because I forgot how to do it and 2) that I can eventually go to the gym on my own when he’s on shift because I can do all the exercises from memory. Right now I’m about 50/50 when I do the day’s workout. Like today I did all but one that I had to YouTube because I couldn’t remember the form for it. Once I can accomplish this then I’ll tackle legs. One thing at a time. The other tweak I made to Jim’s program is I nix the “rest-pause” part for now. Like I said I’m focusing on form and consistency and don’t want to do the “rest-pause” and hurt myself in the process.

I finally caved and tried a few preworkout supplement samples from Nutrishop so I can maximize my time in the gym. I reviewed Thermovex and FemFire, I’m pretty certain FemFire is my keeper. Now I need to get back into my habit of making protein shakes for breakfast/lunch. Typically you are supposed to take the preworkout drinks on an empty stomach but it makes me lightheaded. Which normally this happens if I don’t eat something before I workout. Mike suggested I do the preworkout then as I’m working out to drink my protein shake so I don’t pass out or get sick. May need to play around with this and see what works.

Mike and I did our research to obtain healthy lifestyles and decided on the “Blood-Type Diet”. Mike is Type O and follows a diet similar to Paleo which is gluten free, fresh fruits/veggies, as much meat as he wants. Myself on the other hand, I am Type A which for all intents and purposes is a vegetarian, vegan if you follow it super strictly. I have since cut out all beef related products since last May and it’s made a big difference. I wanted to do one thing at a time to see if it helps or not. I have learned through this process that beef is HORRIBLE for me. Straight up cow anything makes me sick. My migraines have vanished, minus super stressful times like finals week which was unavoidable. I don’t feel nearly as bloated as I used to. With Mike cutting out gluten he’s looking and feeling a lot better also. Hopefully this year I can become more stringent about being a vegetarian and it’ll increase results with working out.

Below you will find a visual with some measurements. I like this so I can see how far I’ve come. If I can remember I’d like to do three month progression photos this year and then bump it to six months. If you’d like you can request to follow me on instagram too @herhero_hislady

Jan 2013 (didn’t get measurements at this time)
Mind you this is before I went beef free. I can definitely see how bloated I am from when I was eating red meat at least twice a week and cow’s milk for everything. I’m so glad I don’t fee like that anymore.

May 26, 2013

  • Stats:
    • Height:      5′ 6″ (ish)
    • Weight:     143 lbs
    • Bra size:    36D
    • Shirt Size:  M/L
    • Pants:        6/8
    • Dress:        6/8 or M/L
  • Measurements:
    • Upper Arms: 12 inches
    • Bust:            38 inches
    • Waist:           29 inches
    • Hips:            40 inches
    • Thighs:         23 inches
*May 2013*
*May 2013*
Jan 06, 2014 (items in bold are changes from last year)
  • Stats:
  • Height:        5′ 6″ (ish)
  • Weight:       140 lbs
  • Bra size:      36D
  • Shirt Size:    M/L
  • Pants:          4/6
  • Dress:         6/8 or M/L
  • Measurements:
  • Upper Arms: 13 inches
  • Bust:            37 inches
  • Waist:          28 inches
  • Hips:           39-40 inches
  • Thighs:         22 inches

Review: Thermovex Pre-workout

 The other day I posted about Mike throwing me onto the “preworkout” supplement bandwagon with this Review on FemFire. After taking FemFire, I basically felt like I had consumed a handful of B vitamins with a cup of coffee. I was juiced all day long. Not in a crazy cracked out way but I wasn’t dragging ass either. It was nice for a change.
Today was my second sample from NutriShop called Thermovex. The guy at the store said to drink half of it by the time I started my workout and then drink the rest while exercising. I filled up the small shaker with water and added the one scoop. I drank half of it while driving to the gym and the other half while doing chest sets. I never got a kick like I did with the FemFire. I barely broke a sweat like normal sans a preworkout drink. In all honestly, I didn’t fee like it did much for me. At least with the FemFire I could feel myself give that extra push to finish a set. Needless to say it was ehhhh. I mean seriously the FemFire gave me enough to talk about that I had a long drawn out post about it. This one the taste was good though. It was a little on the sweet side but it dissolved pretty well in water from the fridge. It was ok. I’m thinking I may go ahead and buy the FemFire and test it out to see if it helps with results. Hopefully in 6 months I can trim some of this fluff off. Stay tuned!
*Thermovex Preworkout*

Review: FemFire Pre-Workout for Women

Ever since my husband got serious about his working out last year, he has acquired an assload of supplements to enhance his results. Last year I was doing really well about going to the gym with him and using Jim Stoppani’s “Shortcut to Size” routine until I got my ass handed to me with school and life. Which then caused me to take a six month hiatus from the gym. Now that I’ve graduated with my bachelor’s (link grad post here) and finished my EMT program, I have OODLES of time to get into the gym and focus on getting in shape before getting knocked up and destroying my body. *groan*Anyways, Mike has been trying to get me to use his “pre-workout” mix for months so I can go longer, faster, stronger in my workouts. I’ve always been hesitant because he called it “go-go juice” and said it made him feel like the squirrel in Over The Hedge.

Not my idea of a good time. I’ll admit I’m a caffeine addict so I can drink coffee and soda before bed and go straight to sleep. Yet, Mike is as well but if he says this stuff makes you tingly then awwww hell I’m not sure I’m down for this stuff. I posted on facebook the other day about finally caving to try it and a friend responded for me to do it because he wanted to read about my experience. So I said “challenge accepted” and went by Nutrishop to grab a few samples. They gave me FemFire and Thermovex to try out. This is my review on the FemFire Preworkout mix.
We usually go to the gym at eight in the morning because of the time he gets off shift and back into town. (Plus it’s January and you try going to the gym after work with the “5pm-New-Years-Resolution” people. No way in hell.) The guy at Nutrishop said to take the mix on an empty stomach because it works better that way. Well… today he happened to be off so we woke up later than usual and didn’t get to the gym til 10am which meant I hadn’t eaten since the night before. I was STARVING. Unfortunately, because of this, while I working out I started to feel extremely lightheaded and had to sit down a few times. Also, you are supposed to drink it about 15 minutes before you start so it’ll kick in on time but I waited til I started and it still did the job. I did mix mine with about 4 ounces of water and it still tasted kind of chalky. Will make sure to add more water next time. Yuck. Otherwise, it’s not too bad. It was a strawberry lemonade flavor so it tasted like a Crystal Light water enhancer.
I started my exercises. Today was shoulders & traps which aren’t as bad for me. Fair warning I’m still a newbie gymrat so I’m only lifting the five and ten pound dumbbells but once you get to that third or fourth set of 12-15… shit it hurts. I did notice that I wasn’t crapping out like I usually do. Not sure if that is due to muscle memory or the FemFire. The only part was the lightheaded feeling towards the end of my workout but I KNOW that’s because I hadn’t eaten.
Typically I’m not a sweater even after a strenuous workout. I just don’t sweat that much. This stuff though? I don’t know what’s in it but I was sweating after my first muscle group set. Holy shit. Upside? You know it’s working and you are burning a lot more calories than usual. Downside? Groooooooss. Seriously. Boob sweat. Neck sweat. Yuck. In response to that though, I HIGHLY encourage you double up the normal after workout water intake to make up for this stuff. It’s burning off the fat you can’t normally get to so you need to flush it out with an increased water intake. In the end I didn’t feel “jittery” per say. I did feel like I had a lot more to give though, so that was helpful. I’d use it again. I definitely didn’t have a crash later like I usually do after exerting so much energy without any supplements. Next workout is Thermovex. Keep a lookout for that review. :)Also I follow these two ladies on instagram for some great motivation if you’d like some inspiration: @dottie_731 and @mamalaughlin


*FemFire Preworkout*
*Update 01/07/2014: I bought a container of FemFire last night after the Thermovex gave me sub-par results. This morning Mike put a half scoop of protein powder in my FemFire mix and said to try that so I wouldn’t get lightheaded. It actually worked. I was able to push through the workout without having to sit and collect myself. I also didn’t sweat as much as if it was just the FemFire by itself. I’ll keep playing around with it and see what will be the most beneficial for my workouts. Keep ya posted!!
*FemFire w/ Scoop of Protein Powder*

Exercise Jar

Pinterest WIN!! Awww yeah. I had pinned this idea a long time ago but wanted a way to do this without the weight loss part of it because I only had 10-15 pounds-ish to lose. THEN what would I do? I pondered over it for a while. Then I got it!! I would use it as my “Exercise Jar” to keep my motivation to exercise. If you keep up with any of my posts I’m sure you have seen how much I HATE to exercise. Anywho, I was trying to entertain myself today while Mike was on shift and I ran over to Hobby Lobby to grab the supplies. Bonus points for me because I actually finished a craft in one night!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS. So now every time I go to the gym or walk the dogs or do a workout DVD I add one quarter to the jar. (Believe me when I say Mike makes me earn that stupid quarter when we go to the gym.) Not sure what I’ll do with the money when it’s full, but I’m hoping to fill it before July so I can use that money on our road trip. Also, please don’t judge my crappy illustration pictures since I’m not a fancy pants with a DSLR camera. Just my portable Samsung Infuse smart phone to get shit done around here. THANKS!!!

Keep a look out for my weight loss post coming up too!

Glass Jar- $6.99 (plus additional half-off)
Stickers- 4.99
Stickers- 3.99

*Jar and stickers* 
 *Applied the long sticker first to the bottom* 

*Applied my lettering to the jar*

*Original post is over at Hot Mess Princess and she even has people send in pictures of their jars and you can see others’ inspiration.