You LIFT Me Up!

Well hello there!

I am in a really good mood as I am typing this. Why you ask? Well I got back from the gym and my hour session was ALL LIFTING! No cardio! What? Crazy, I know! I’ve never done this before. I always do cardio, even if it’s 20 minutes. But this time I said let me give this a go. We will get to this in detail in a bit…

But first, my morning started feeling under the weather again and extremely tired. I’m talking 3 cups of coffee before 6 am tired. I know, don’t judge.

After morning rounds I sat down in the PA office and all I wanted were those apple crunchies. I dig through my bag, dig a little bit more, then I get a glimpse in my brain of them sitting on my kitchen counter. Noooooooooooooo!

Isn’t that a bummer? I settled for my cottage cheese and had my protein shake early.

Shake it baby! Cookies and Cream

Shake it baby! Cookies and Cream

I really was having motivation issues since I was so tired. I couldn’t snap out of it! I felt like I was just dragging my feet all day long. By the time lunch rolled around I perked up a little bit.

A lunch made by G-Mama. She gave me this on Sunday. Thanks Mommy :)

A lunch made by G-Mama. She gave me this on Sunday. Thanks Mommy 🙂

I topped with my apple cider vinaigrette. I spilled half of it (bummer), but what was left of it was really good! I also had some fruit and this Kashi bar. Yum!

Trail Mix Bar

Trail Mix Bar

I wasn’t sure if I was going to go to my gym because I left a half hour later than normal, plus I hit traffic, and it was pretty warm out! Check it out!

82 in MD? I was just wearing a winter coat a few days ago!

82 in MD? I was just wearing a winter coat a few days ago!

But I am SO glad I did. It was just what I needed. Like I said before, all lifting, absolutely no cardio. I eyeballed the cardio machines a bit, but resisted. I felt like a beast for sure after I finished, like I could conquer the world. It definitely LIFTED me up!

Strong woman indeed! Here was my back routine:

  • Wide grip 60 lb bar rows, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Narrow grip 60 lb bar rows, 12 reps x 4 sets (alternating this with the wide)
  • Assisted pullups, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Bent over rear delt fly’s, 15 lb kettles, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Pushups 10 reps (on toes!)
  • Lat pulldowns, 50-60 lbs, 8-10 reps x 4 sets
  • Stiff leg dead lifts, 90 lb bar, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Pushups on toes with 1 leg in the air! Holy cow! 10 reps x 4 sets (2 each leg)
  • Kettle bell rhomboid squeeze, (like shoulder shrugs), 20 lbs each hand, 12 reps x 4 sets
Making good progress!

Making good progress!

these are my "back tops"

these are my “back tops”

Then I decided to do some back work on the mat

  • Superman’s (arms and legs up off the mat, neck aligned straight, gaze to the floor). Hold and lower x 10. I used a 10 lb plate for 2 of my sets. Pulse up for 8 x 4 sets
  • Low back twists. Face down on the mat, hands under chin, rotate waist and move left elbow to left side (you are twisting). 10 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Planks x 1 minute. 2 sets
  • Swimming (superman but with fluttering arms and legs) 30 seconds x 2 sets
More back pics. Hey I like my back, what can I say?

More back pics. Hey I like my back, what can I say?

At least I'm proud!

At least I’m proud!

Finished up with some kettle bell work, deep squats, and some ab stuff:

  • Kettlebell swings, 35 lbs, 15 reps x 4 sets
  • Cable torso twists, 50 lbs, 10 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Captains chair V crunches, 10 reps x 3 sets, then obliques 10 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Low back extensions over the stand holding 25 lb weight, 10 reps x 3 sets, then 10 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Deep squats, 12 reps x 5 sets. How low can you go?
That's a squat!

That’s a squat!

Don’t forget to stretch… and FLEX!

Just a flexin'

Just a flexin’

Okay last one.. ;)

Okay last one.. 😉

At home I made chicken and asparagus. I also snacked on grapes and some granola I had. Okay a lot of granola…

Winner Winner Chicken dinner!

Winner Winner Chicken dinner!

I also watched one of my favorite shows, The Talk, and Sharon Osborne showed her dog Bella. HOW ADORABLE! This is how I plan on cutting Phoebe this summer. How do you think she will look?

Teddy Bear Alert! :)

Teddy Bear Alert! 🙂

It’s definitely a summer cut. G-Mama wants me to cut her like this now, but she just grew her pretty fluffy coat! I can’t bring myself to do it yet. Maybe June 🙂

We made it to Wednesday! Half way through. Chest and Bicep day combo coming later! If I’m not too sore… ouchies, already feeling the back soreness!

Smile for a good back day!

Smile for a good back day!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. I love a good back day. Omg she would defiantly look like a Teddy Bear, too adorable!! Wow!! Give me your back muscles lol! Jealous!! Hope to be there one day too 🙂

  2. awesome back! I have to say – back is my favorite to work out I LOVE IT…and I love my back. No shame in being proud. It’s my fav body part on me – It’s been the easiest part to show results. Keep on keeping on girl!!!

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