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2/25/2014 Workout…Leg Day!! major weights

Today’s Leg Day is, once again, brought to us by Jamie Eason. I’m on day 44 of her LiveFit Trainer. I’m doing it right this time, with the eating right and everything. My hubby is doing it with me and we did take before pics and will take during and after pics, too, just so y’all can see IT WORKS. My back is sore from today…I think I just came up wrong out of a squat. Be careful!!! Watch your form!! If you can’t lift it right, its probably too heavy for you…..yes, I’m talking to you Mr. Grunty McArch-your-back. I promise, you’ll still get your workout in if you drop 5-10 pounds. Keep your form!!!

We all have a love/hate relationship with Leg Day, but this is an awesome one. Just grit your teeth and get through it. Your sexy legs will thank you!

Stay sweaty, my friends!

1/27/14 Workout…legs

Want a fantastic leg workout? Here you go! Its a little focused on the hamstrings, but I feel like I can never work those suckers enough! Remember to stretch really well afterward, or you’ll be really hurting tomorrow. I was hurting when I walked out of the gym, even with stretching! (Again, workout is from Jamie Eason Livefit trainer)


Stay sweaty, my friends!

1/21/14 Workout…back and biceps

This is a great workout from Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer for your back and biceps. My biceps are already screaming at me, and I just finished 30 minutes ago. In fact, they were already sore when I walked out of the gym. I’m starting the LiveFit Trainer over again, so this is in the first phase, where she focuses on muscle endurance.

  • Lat Pull Down   3×12  (I did 50 lbs)
  • One armed dumbbell row 3×12  (I used a 15 lb db)
  • Seated cable row 3×12  (I did 50 lbs)
  • Underhand cable pull-down  3×12 (I did 40 lbs, then on the last set, did 50)
  • Alternating dumbbell curls 3×12/arm (I did 12 lbs)
  • One arm db preacher curl 3×12/arm (I did 10 lbs….this one is hard)
  • Standing biceps cable curl 3×12 (I did 30 lbs)

Have fun! If you’re a beginner, don’t go as heavy as possible, you’ll be way too sore. If you’re not a beginner, LIFT HEAVY.

Stay sweaty, my friends!

Getting back into the swing of things…

Thank you all so much for reading my last post and for all the kind and encouraging comments I received. I was super nervous to put it out there, but I knew if I could reach one person, it would be worth it. Well, that post was the most viewed in the history of my blog, so I’m guessing I reached more than one. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, getting back to the business of sweating. 🙂

Texas is pretty much frozen solid this weekend…well, the north part of it at least. And since we live in Texas and don’t get to see much of this white stuff, the entire DFW area has pretty much shut down. That means lots of family snuggles, baking, sledding (on driveways since hills aren’t in huge supply here), and home workouts. Here is the one I’ve been doing. Its a good one!



Break up the exercises if you need to, do this throughout the day or all at once, but get this done and you’ll have yourself a good sweat. Oh, and I can’t find my jump rope, so I ran up and down my stairs for a minute. Little Man thought that was awesome, so he did it, too.

Stay sweaty, my friends!

Coming back from the brink…

It has been a long time since I’ve written anything. I had to take a break for a while, from blogging, from my FB page, even from working out. I haven’t worked out in almost a month. There was some stuff going on in my life that I needed to get straight. What stuff? Well, I’ve finally gotten the desire and the confirmation that is time to write this entry that I’ve been struggling with for a while. There are going to be some things in here that you might judge me for, but that’s not the point of this. The point is to tell women out there that they are not alone.

I have been suffering from postpartum depression. Yikes. We are all warned of postpartum depression when we get pregnant. “If you suffer from sadness, anxiety, anger, etc when the baby is born, make sure you get help.” What? Why would I be sad when my baby is here? I’ll be the happiest woman in the world. Isn’t that what society tells us we should feel? We should be glowing with excitement that we have this new, adorable life to take care of. Every waking moment should be filled with smiles and excitement and coos and staring dreamily at your baby that you’re totally in love with. If you feel anything less than that, you’re a bad mother/person. Babies=happiness. Hmmm. But what happens if you do start to feel any of those “ugly” feelings? The sadness, the anxiety, and horrors of horrors, the anger that you’re warned of? Are you really a horrible mother? The answer, my friends, is ABSOLUTELY NOT.

You’d be surprised at how many women actually suffer from postpartum depression. In a lot of mild cases, its just called “the baby blues.” The baby blues are defined as mood swings and tearfulness that last a couple days to a couple weeks after the baby is born. But, if  5 months after the baby is born, you’re still experiencing crazy mood swings, anger, tears, resentment, etc, you might have a more severe form of PPD. Again, you are not alone.

The first time I realized something might be seriously wrong was when Baby Boy was about a month old, I flipped out on Little Man (3) when he spilled the dogs’ water. Seriously. Flipped. Out. I screamed and yelled at him to not touch the water and get in the “damn house.” Whoa. Did I just cuss at my kid? That wasn’t normal. I’m a fiery red-head, but I also normally have tons of patience when it comes to Little Man. (I attribute that to teaching 9th graders for a couple years.)  It was just water for Pete’s sake. After this episode and until Baby Boy was 5 1/2 months old, there was lots of screaming, slamming doors, spankings, etc. Every time LM threw a fit, so did I. Then, at night, I would just sit in bed and cry about what I was doing; how I was the most horrible mother ever; that I was ruining my precious three year old. My hubby heard many times that I was a awful person and didn’t deserve my two little boys. The next day I would vow to not yell, but the tiniest things would set me off. I normally love to laugh, but I just couldn’t feel happy, I just felt rage. I couldn’t get joy from anything. The unbalance of chemicals and hormones in my head was making me feel totally crazy.  I was in a very dark place. In fact, thinking back I don’t really remember much about those first months of my baby’s life. I just remember the dark and the feeling of being alone.

My best friend was the one who started to pull me out. She and I talked and it turned out, she was going through very similar experiences. She had had a baby two months before I did. It was so crazy to describe a situation to her and have her say, “that happened at our house too!” I had thought, for sure, that I was the only one that was this awful. Then my hubby told me that his friends’ wife was feeling that way, too. Three moms suffering from these feelings. That can’t be just coincidence. I asked the ladies in my MOPS group, and most of them said they had similar experiences. I started asking what they were doing that was helping. My answers were a lot of praying and anti-depressant medication. I started with the praying. If you ask me, you can’t get anywhere without God’s help first. I actually began to feel better. There were about two weeks that I was able to laugh and be happy again.  Then one day, I got sucked back into the darkness, and I was basically just laying on the floor trying to grasp onto any happy thought in my head. I remember sitting on my stairs and just crying my eyes out. I had asked Tracy to pray for me because I literally could not get a happy enough thought to say the word God. It was then I knew I had to get professional help.

After talking to my doctor, I started taking Prozac. He also mentioned that calcium supplements would help, too. I have been taking these two things together for a little over a month now and I am totally back to my old self. Its really amazing. I thank God every day for modern medicine (and not so modern). Now, I still get upset at Little Man because he’s three, and three year olds are insane, but I can control my temper. I’m not “screaming mommy” anymore. I’m not “hurting his heart” (his words….ugh) anymore. Everyone in my house is a lot happier. (I do notice that when I take my “crazy girl pills” but not my calcium, I’m more irritable. If you’re not wanting to try the anti-depressants, try calcium. 1000mg. They seriously work.) The darkness is gone and has been replaced by light and beauty and love. Now I can enjoy my boys and remember my 7 month old’s milestones.

I wanted to write this and expose my experiences in hopes that maybe someone who is also suffering can read this and realize that she is not alone. It is ok to be feeling this way, its more normal than you think…than anyone tells us mommies. Its ok to get help!!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE NOT A HORRIBLE MOTHER.

Training Tuesday

If you read my blog yesterday, you’ll know that I am doing Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer. It is a 12 week strength training program by fitness expert and model, Jamie Eason. She gives you the workouts, and you do them. She gives you the meal plan, and you eat it. She even has recipes and a list of “clean” foods for you to use. She starts out by building your muscles’ endurance, then goes to building the muscle. At first, its just weights, then she moves to plyos and cardio with weights. You can seriously change your body if you follow her program. You can find it at

If its not something that you want to try, has so many programs, exercises, recipes, pretty much anything pertaining to fitness. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it there. Go check it out.

9/9/13 Workout…LEGS

Today is Baby Boy’s 4 month bday! Four months and I am one pound away from being my “pre-baby” weight. Woohoo. I am still seven pounds away from being my “pre-hubby-comes-home-from-Afghanistan” weight, but it’ll get there. For the last two weeks, I’ve been doing Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer. If you’ve never heard of this, you need to check it out. Its for gals and guys. Head over to and you’ll find it. She tells you what exercises to do, what days to rest, what to eat, the whole nine yards. I haven’t been following the eating plan to a “t,” but I’m getting as close as I can. I still need extra calories because I’m still nursing Baby Boy.  Today was leg day and I literally can barely walk up my stairs. LOVE IT. Here is a glimpse at what I did:

  • Leg extension machine, 3×10, 60 lbs
  • Wide stance squat, 3×10, 95 lbs
  • Barbell walking lunges, 3×10, 40 lb barbell
  • One legged barbell deadlift, 3×10, 30 lbs
  • Leg curl machine, 3×10,  40 lbs
  • Standing calf raises, 3×10, 40 lb barbell

I was lucky that I could walk out of the gym. I almost had to have someone help me carry Baby Boy’s carrier to my car. If you’re curious about this program, I’ll explain more tomorrow in Training Tuesday, or you can just check it out for yourself. I love it because it is all about building muscle, and you control your own weights, so if you don’t want to lift heavy (which I don’t know why you wouldn’t), you don’t have to. Remember ladies, you will not get bulky if you lift heavy. In order to look like a body builder, you have to train and eat like a body builder. Do not let this fear keep you from the sexy, lean muscles that you can have!!! 

Stay sweaty, my friends!

8/17/13 Workout…quick arms

Busy, busy, busy. That’s all I can say about why I haven’t blogged a lot lately. I promise, I have been working out. I’ve mostly been doing a boot camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a home workout thrown in every now and then. I really need to join a gym so I can get my lifting back to where it was. The closest gym to me is a big name and they don’t let babies in until they are 6 months old. What? Baby Boy just sits there, how hard could it be to watch him for an hour? Grrr. Anyway. 

Today’s workout was a quick one. Its part of a week-long arm challenge from Skinny Ms. Fitness.  Here is the link to the challenge. 

These are Monday’s exercises:  Do the circuit 3 times, rest 20 sec between exercises and 1 minute between sets. 

  • tricep push-ups, 12
  • bicep curls, 12 (I used 15 lb dumbbells)
  • tricep kick-backs, 12 (I used 10 lb dumbbells)

I did 5 minutes of jump rope before the strength training. 

Quick, super easy, but challenging if you up your weight. Perfect workout if you don’t have a lot of time. 

Stay sweaty, my friends!

7/31/2013 Workout…jump rope w/ full body strength

I had a busy day yesterday, so I wasn’t able to post my workout. I finally got annoyed at myself for slacking on the workouts and the eating right. So yesterday was the day I changed it. I ate pretty healthy (although, I was at a loss for what to eat at dinner since Hubby didn’t come home and I didn’t have anything to cook…ate oatmeal with blueberries and then some Greek yogurt).  This workout is great for beginners and if you’re more advanced, you can always add more weight/more sets/more reps, however you need to modify it.  Its fairly quick and hits all the major muscle groups.

  • Warm-up (don’t forget to do this…move around your house, walk on the treadmill, do some squats, just move!)
  • 1 min jump rope
  • Squat with a shoulder press, 12 reps x 3 sets
  • 1 min jump rope
  • Lunge with a bicep curl, 12×3
  • 1 min jump rope
  • Dead lift with upright row, 12×3
  • 1 min jump rope
  • Tricep dips, 12×3
  • 1 min jump rope
  • push-ups, 12×3

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but my tooshie is screaming at me this morning! Remember to go as low as you can on your squats, and keep your back straight, shoulders back, and neck neutral during all exercises. 

Stay sweaty, my friends!

7/23/13 Workout…on the track

I went and worked out at a boot camp in my neighborhood today. Besides the temperature being at a level that would make Satan cry, it was pretty awesome. It was the second time I’ve gone to this boot camp, and the workouts aren’t easy, but I feel like I am rocking them. In fact, I finished second today (yes, I am competing, I can’t help it). 

Here’s what we did:

  • At one end of the track, 40 squats and 30 sit-ups (I can’t do sit-ups yet bc of the c-section, so I did knee raises…same movement, a little less ab)
  • Run to the other end of the track
  • At the other end, 10 burpees and 20 push-ups
  • Run to the beginning

Do this 3 times. 

Once we finished, we had to walk the straights and run the curves while every one else finished. This is where I got super hot and I could feel my dinner coming up. I kept it down, but it was haunting me the rest of the workout. I know the ladies in my old bootcamp would be happy to hear that, since my workouts have been known to bring up dinner. 

They finished with an ab routine that I couldn’t do, so I did knee to chest planks and more standing knee raises. I’ll be super ready when I can do a normal ab routine. 

It feels really good to be working out so hard again. How are you guys doing?

Stay sweaty, my friends.

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