Finally Some Pictures!

Don’t let the title fool you, I know I am picture heavy. I like documenting my life in pictures. This blog has almost turned into my diary I share with the world. How cool is it going to be to show my grandkids one day? Hey kiddos look your grandmother was a little buff thing back in the day! (I will be called G-Mama just like my mom, it’s decided).

Anyway, last night I finally took some pics with my camera of some of the back exercises I do. I was pressed for time because I had to do more meal prepping (this new 6 small meals takes a GREAT deal of time, especially measuring everything), so there are only a few pics. Hopefully this weekend I will have time to do a mini photo shoot and finally post some of my exercises so you guys get a better idea of what I’m talking about!

We will get to this in a bit.

My day at work was so-so. I despise days that our team is on call. Every Tuesday and Thursday, ew. Everyone was super curious if I was continuing with my water plan. I strolled in with my big jug and said of course!

I spaced it out a little this time, and finished around 5pm.

Happy face for an empty jug!

Happy face for an empty jug!

Wow empty!

Wow empty!

My meals at work were pretty much the same as the day before since I prepped 6 small meals for 2 days. At the end of the day I changed for the gym, always happy for back day now!

Back day, pre flexing and smiling!

Back day, pre flexing and smiling!

But then my smile turned into a frown. As I went to turn in my scrubs, I dropped my blender bottle, it popped open, and this happened

Noooooooo Not Meal # 4!!!!

Noooooooo Not Meal # 4!!!!

Some of it went under that machine too. I was able to save about 1/2 of it. Protein shake calories on the floor šŸ™ I still had my banana though.

When I arrived at the gym I started with a little bit of TRX abs which included my pikes and planks. I did 2 sets of pikes, and 2-30 second planks with my feet in the loops.

Then I hit back work:

  • Wide lat pulldowns, 50 lbs, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Underhand grip narrow lat pulldown, 50 lbs, 10 reps x 5 sets
  • Side bends, 25 lb plate, 12 reps x 2 sets each side
  • 60 lb bent over bar rows, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Back shrugs, 25 lb kettles, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Kettle bell swings, 35 lbs, 20 reps x 4 sets
  • Lat pulldown behind the neck, using a 30 lb bar standing (this is my favorite, really works the traps!), 12 reps x 5 sets
  • Bent over rows using 20 lb kettles each hand, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Kettle bell low back pulses (bent over like dead lift), 35 lbs, 12 reps x 5 reps
  • Bent over rear delt fly’s, 17.5 lb weights, 12 reps x 4 sets

Here are some pics of me doing some of these at home (I only had weights)

This is the lat pulldown behind the neck. You can see my shoulders are pushed back, imagine a bar instead of weights!

This is the lat pulldown behind the neck. You can see my shoulders are pushed back, imagine a bar instead of weights!

Bent over narrow rows, weights go back straight in front of you

Bent over narrow rows, weights go back down straight in front of you

Rear Delt Fly's. Arms open and close like wings (squeeze those back muscles!)

Rear Delt Fly’s. Arms open and close like wings (squeeze those back muscles!)

Bent over wide grip bar row (I didn't do this one today, but I often do it). I'm sorry my shoulders are uneven! No it's not my poor form, they are naturally like this :(

Bent over wide grip bar row (I didn’t do this one today, but I often do it). I’m sorry my shoulders are uneven! No it’s not my poor form, they are naturally like this šŸ™

More to come later!

My cardio consisted of 17 minutes on the elliptical/stair combo machine, then a 15 minute speed incline walk on the treadmill. My incline ranged from 5.0-10.0, speed 3.7-3.9. Do not hold on!

Stretched it out, grabbed my things, and headed home!

going home finally!

going home finally!

At home I made a delicious low calorie meal #5!

This was baked cod with the fiesta lime seasoning, roasted carrots with cinnamon, and a mixed green salad with beets and balsamic vinegar

This was baked cod with fiesta lime seasoning, roasted carrots with cinnamon, and a mixed green salad with beets and balsamic vinegar

Can you believe this whole plate is only 198 calories? I highly recommend the salad! The balsamic vinegar and beet juice together make an amazing dressing! You don’t need anything else. I will be eating again in the near future.

Meal # 6 was my casein. This time I added ice cubes and blended in my food processor.

Blended chocolate casein

Blended chocolate casein

I came in around 1,478 calories yesterday, lower than I wanted again!

My night ended with meal prepping 6 small meals for my next two work days. I did different foods this time, and will feature them tomorrow. I’m changing up breakfast with this oatmeal! It’s a take on one of the first recipes I featured: Only the Best Oatmeal

Oatmeal for meal #1!

Oatmeal for meal #1! It has ground chia and cinnamon

Later today I am skipping the gym. My body needs a rest day. I haven’t had one in a week! Recovery days are a must. I think I will come home and do some laundry and nap! Yay

Have a great Wednesday šŸ™‚

Love the gym and love lifting!

Love the gym and love lifting!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. I love the tank you’re wearing in these pics! I need to update my workout wardrobe! What brands do you recommend?

    • Thanks! If you are not shy on price, lululemon and lucy are my favorite brands. I usually buy online, but in the new Annapolis harbor center these boutiques are right next to eachother. It’s super dangerous!
      I like these brands because the clothing is well made and last forever, and I wash them constantly! I also buy the occasional items from target, but they do not last as long. I also used to be a fan of hardtail (you can get it at Nordstrom), if you like fold over yoga pants, but impossible to run in, they fall down a lot. Look nice on though

  2. I’ve actually never had beets, I’m curious how they taste? Woohoo for the water!! Today is my back day, my favorites!!!

    • since they are a root veggie they are slightly sweet but also have an earthy taste if that makes sense? You either love or hate beets. No in between!

  3. So I did a cardio power hour this evening because I wanted to wait to do arms till tomorrow during the day since the gym will be empty. Loved it! Definitely incorporating this into my routine regularly!

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