“Tri” to Push Yourself!

So usually I start these posts with the beginning of my day, what I did, etc. Well I am just too excited to start from the beginning, because I finally have a tricep!

Triceps! Hard work pays off!

Triceps! Hard work pays off!

It’s extremely hard for me to have any sort of tricep. Well I guess that goes for women in general. But lift heavy ladies and it’ll happen! I did arms yesterday (biceps and triceps), we will get back to this in a bit!

I started the morning with another Ezekiel english muffin, this time topped with just strawberries mashed up and Goji powder

I love these! Great start to the day. Carbs in the morning :)

I love these! Great start to the day. Carbs in the morning :)- I think I had a banana and something else too, not sure I don’t track!

Another paper plate! G-Mama will not be happy. Actually I was at the gym the other day when she was reading my blog and I received this text:

She says I'm not civilized when I eat off of a paper plate. Gotta love moms! ;)

She says I’m not civilized when I eat off of a paper plate. Gotta love moms! ;)

After going to the store for a few necessities like almond milk and greek yogurt (sorry but I just can’t pay Whole Foods prices for something I can get cheaper at Safeway), I picked up Phoebs and off we went to G-Mama and Pop Pops. I told Phoebe to enjoy this day because 4 long work days are in our future! I always feel so guilty about leaving her all day long, but hey gotta pay the bills :)

We lounged on the couch together…

Ahhhh comfort

Ahhhh comfort- like my socks?

After chit chat and tv (G-Mama and I love to watch “The Talk” and disagree with everything they say), I chugged a protein shake and headed to the gym. I used my last new flavor packet and it was a vanilla one. Didn’t care for it. Thank goodness that strawberry one I ordered is on it’s way!

Do you have one of these cups? They are the best!

Do you have one of these cups? They are the best!

The gym was pretty crowded so I couldn’t snag a stairmaster, but it’s good to change things up. I used the elliptical that is also a stair stepper too. If you’ve ever used this machine before you know it’s extremely hard to get the hang of and you have to have a lot of coordination to do it. I used to do it every day until I discovered my love for the stairs! I did about 22 minutes before heading to arm work :) Remember to alternate the bicep and tricep exercises so you have minimal breaks and burn more!

  • Cross hammer curls using 15 lb dumbbells. (elbow in tight to body, hammer curl on a diagonal up to opposite shoulder and back down, I do one arm at a time), 12 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Single arm overhead diagonal tricep extension, 15 lb dumbbells, 10 reps x 2 sets each side
  • upper cut punches 15 lb dumbbells, 12 reps x 3 sets (alternating arms)
  • bent over tricep kick backs with 15 lb dumbbells, 12 reps x 3 sets (both arms)
  • Cable Tricep overhead pulls with rope, 40-45 lbs, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Cable tricep pulldowns with rope, 40-45 lbs, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Reverse hammer curls with cable rope (rope towards bottom, pull up and curl), 40 lbs, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Tricep overhead plate extensions, 25 lbs, 10 reps x 3 sets
  • Bicep curls using the plate, 25 lbs, 10 reps x 3 sets
  • Drag curls (these are bicep curls TIGHT to your body, the bar literally skims your torso), 30 lb bar, 10 reps x 3 sets
  • Reverse tricep press on the bench using 30 lb bar (lay down, bar in air, underhand grip, press down into ribcage and back up)- 12 reps x 3 sets
  • Weighted bench dips (10 lb plate in lap, dip down off the bench like a backwards pushup and back up), 10 reps x 3 sets

Then moved onto arc trainer madness!

I’m telling ya, my arms are going to be SORE later. I’m hoping I won’t have to go into the OR at work for a day or so because my arms are going to be no help at all! When I was walking out I could barely carry all my bags, I was already feeling it!

Bag lady with awesome arms though! And the new scarf G-Mama bought me!

Bag lady with awesome arms though! And the new scarf G-Mama bought me!

At home I made this dinner:

Scallops, sweet potato, swiss chard and roasted cauliflower!

Scallops, sweet potato, swiss chard and roasted cauliflower!

And worked on a fabulous new recipe for you guys! Well where is it?

ON MY FLOOR! 

Okay it’s no longer on the  kitchen floor, I cleaned it up. But I was SUPER upset. I worked so hard, then all of a sudden my arm hits the tray of goodness, and down it went, ruined all over the floor. So yeah recipe will be skipped today because I am a clumsy person… sorry!

However, I did meal prep for my work week!

I like to write down my foods I need to prepare! I'm big on making lists

I like to write down my foods I need to prepare! I’m big on making lists

Freekah. I put these little dried chiles in for flavor. You take them out though

Freekah. I put these little dried chiles in for flavor. Take them out though

Just some olive oil!

Just some olive oil!

Asparagus and Squash in the oven

Asparagus and Squash in the oven

I didn’t take pics of everything but here is the finished product!

Meal prepping takes time but so worth it :)

Meal prepping takes time but so worth it :)

The baggies are my “white coat stuffers”- My emergency food for when I don’t get lunch!

Back to the work week I go. Eager to learn and earn money! Makes me appreciate my weekends so much more though! Oh and my time with Phoebe. I just have a dog, so I can’t imagine how people with children do it! God bless ya if you’re a mom out there reading this! :)

Il’l be working out at home when I get off work. Tuesday’s are my hardest day to get motivated. I get about 3 hours of sleep because I usually stay up to write these the night before and publish in the morning. The first day back is tough!

But I gotta get my butt in the gym even if it’s short- maintaining is key! I can’t lose what I worked so hard for!

Tricep baby

Tricep baby

XOXO With a Cherry on Top,

-Minnie

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