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Day 2…upper body, sore muscles, gelatin, and breakfast?

Day 2 of the 12 Week Female Body Bible. Holy moley I am SORE. Today was upper body: push ups, chest flies, tricep dips and tricep extensions. I’m not strong enough to do real dips so I had to use the machine that adds weight and “helps”. It was still sooper hard. Especially because my muscles were fatigued from yesterday’s leg work out. I didn’t do my hiit. I just wasn’t feeling it. And I realized once I got to the gym that I’d forgotten my head phones. No music=no cardio. But I did do a killer ab workout and spent like 20 minutes stretching and rolling out my massively sore muscles. Tomorrow is cardio day and I plan to run for 45 minutes or more if I can. I’m currently enjoying an Isagenix berry vegan protein smoothie.

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Last night before bed I had a glass of water with 1 scoop of gelatin and 1 scoop magnesium powder. This morning I put a scoop of gelatin in with my electrolyte drink. I’m trying to drink 1 glass of water every morning first thing when I wake up. Anyway I’m hoping the gelatin will help me stay fuller throughout the day and help me sleep better at night. If I wake up at night I’m really hungry, and I’m pretty much hungry all day and find myself craving sweets when I know I’m not really hungry.

I think I need to eat a heartier breakfast but I am having issues figuring out what to eat. Firstly, because I know if I eat too much before a work out I feel heavy and get stomach cramps. Secondly, I have some dietary restrictions so the typical eggs and toast aren’t really an option for me. What do all you fit people out there have for breakfast, assuming you work out in the morning?

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Strippin’ diapers!

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Nope, not as sexy as it sounds. This is the last load of cloth diapers I had to strip due to ammonia build up. Stripping diapers in my house is even more time consuming because we have a front load washing machine. My husband set up a cool hose system so I can add water to the machine, but I can only add so many diapers at a time, so it’s taken me 3 loads to get my son’s diapers stripped. Here’s my stripping routine :

Pre wash rinse with warm water. No added water.
Rinse with cold water and bac-out. No added water here either.
Hot wash adding water for 5 minutes. I use Allen’s Naturally detergent.
Hot rinse with 1/2 cup white vinegar adding water for 5 minutes.
Hot water soak with RLR. Sprinkle one packet of RLR over diapers, add water for 5 or 6 minutes and pause cycle. Leave overnight then let machine finish cycle.
Rinse in hot water as many times as is necessary until no more bubbles form. This usually takes me at least 5 rinses and as many as 10.

If your cloth diapers are really stinky or are giving your baby a diaper rash, it might be time to strip.

Good luck!

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Blogging again!

So! It’s been awhile since my last blog post…like…a really long while. I don’t really care about being a blogger so to speak, but I need somewhere to track my diet and fitness, as well as some parenting, lifestyle and church happenings, and I think a blog would be the perfect place to do that. So, if you care to follow my life, feel free!

This week I started a new weight lifting plan. I was doing strength and interval classes at the gym but I realized my fitness level was plateauing and I wasn’t getting where I wanted to be so I decided to take the plunge and start lifting weights again. I haven’t really lifted since college. So I was nervous to start and am still nervous every time I step into the free weights area, but I’m doing my best to get over it and not care what all the beefy people think! I’m also still practicing yoga twice a week because I feel that I need that time, mentally, to stay centered. Yoga keeps me grounded and helps maintain my sanity. I know it sounds cheesy but I don’t care! It also helps stretch out my crazy sore muscles and keeps my core incredibly strong.

The program I’m following is called The Female Training Bible and it’s free on bodybuilding.com. Actually I started it today because I accidentally did the wrong workout on Monday – oops! Anywho, the workouts are basic, short, and intense and I’m loving them so far. I had never used a foam roller before, but the program has you start by stretching out with one before every workout and it is amazing! It’s like a free massage where you control the intensity.

I was nervous today doing some of the exercises, like weighted hip thrust and box jumps. They’re things I’ve never done before and I felt silly and like I looked weird doing them. But I’m glad I did it anyway. My body will never change for the better if I don’t challenge it. I also just about died doing the high intensity interval training (hiit) on the treadmill. I’m really hoping my cardio improves with these workouts as well. I’m not a cardio girl, though I used to be, and I’d love my fitness level to be back to where I feel comfortable running 5, 6, 7, or even 8, 9 or 10 miles again. I did it once, I’m just not interested in marathon training anymore – just getting stronger and leaner, so while I don’t really see the purpose in long cardio sessions, I know they are extremely beneficial to my heart and metabolism so I want to keep them up and improve if I can.

Breakfast today was 2 slices of gluten free toast with almond butter on one and homamade low sugar plum jam on the other, and coffee of course. Lunch was a little weird because I indulged at a friend’s birthday party and ate TWO vegan gluten free puddings with blueberries, so when I came home I wasn’t very hungry and just had 1 1/2 organic turkey patties (with pesto in them yum) dipped in some homemade roasted garlic dressing and a handful of pecans. Dinner tonight will be slow cooker kalbi beef with brown rice and eggplant. I’m pretty stoked about dinner! I’m hoping to post photos of my eats in the future 🙂

Anyone have any tips for stretching out shins? Seriously mine are SO sore!

Alright that’s all for now, wish me luck with my new fitness adventure! And I will be checking in again soon.

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