Day 7 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Total Body Hammer is For the Gym Goer Afraid of the Big Weights

Day 7 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Total Body Hammer is For the Gym Goer Afraid of the Big Weights

Hi Peaches!

How’s your week starting out? Good I hope!

Just like that it was already time for another grocery trip.

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I go weekly. Is that normal? How often is normal?

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Total Body Hammer is For Gym the Goer Afraid of the Big Weights

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I am sore today. But that’s ok! Today marks one week down in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel. This morning’s workout was Total Body Hammer. In this workout, you use heavier weights and do a set of 10, 8, and 6 reps for each exercise. All I could think about was how much I could have used this program when I was a beginner in the gym. I had gone to a gym for a while, but didn’t learn my way around the weight room until my ex-husband who was into bodybuilding showed me what to do. Before then, I would hang out in the cardio section, then every now and then make my way over to the machines. I only used machines because they had a diagram of how to use them. I almost never messed with free weights because 1) I didn’t know what to do with them and 2) I thought that section was only for bodybuilders and I didn’t belong.

 

*Warning: Soap box*
Well let me tell you gym going ladies, you DO belong in the free weight section! And you need to be over there as well! You may not be thinking about it now, but you will when you get to be 34 like me. Not that 34 is old by any means, it’s just funny how when I was 14 I didn’t think too much about 30 being just 16 years away, but at 34 it has definitely crossed my mind that 50 is! Haha! But muscle is our greatest weapon in winning the aging battle. Is aging a bad thing? Heck no! I know for me, the 20’s were for the birds. I was so glad when I turned 3o and could leave them in the dust! But I do know most of us want to age well. Muscle mass is what keeps you moving, keeps your back straight and tall, and believe it or not, keeps you looking more youthful because it releases human growth hormone.

But why free weights instead of machines? Because free weights utilize 90% of your muscle when the machines only utilize 20%. So see, YOU belong in the free weight section!!!

Ok so why am I saying all this when I don’t even go to a gym? Adding onto what I said in the beginning of this post, when I was the beginner in the gym not knowing what to do with a free weight, THIS program would have been so helpful! The exercises that I have been doing in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel are real bodybuilding moves yall. As you know, now I DO know what I am doing in the weight room and I could take any one of these workouts that I have done so far in Hammer or Chisel and do them in a gym weight room and no one would blink an eye. So for the one like me back then that doesn’t know what they are doing or where to begin and can’t afford a trainer to tell them, you could actually learn these workouts in the privacy of your own home and then take them confidently into your gym weight room. For real, I’m not trying to sell you something I’m just giving you good advice. This is the only home workout that I have ever done that is equal to an advanced gym workout and it’s a great way to learn how to build your body.

So needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed this morning’s Total Body Hammer. πŸ™‚

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What I Ate Today!

I know, I know. Your thinking “Angela, you eat the most amazing food! Won’t you share the recipes?”

Of course I will Peaches. Rest assured. In fact, I will share them all right here.

Breakfast: Get bowl, put some Greek yogurt into it. Put 1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology into the bowl with the yogurt. Stir and enjoy. πŸ™‚

Snack: Put some water in a pot and heat to boiling. Boil eggs in their shell for 10 minutes. Peel and eat!

Lunch: Put some more Greek yogurt into a bowl, take same scoop from Shakeology bag and scoop out some almonds instead. Walla.

Dinner: Put a little water and some broccoli in a pot and cover. When the water starts to boil, turn off heat, let sit 10 minutes. Heat up whatever meat you had last night in the microwave. Put both of these items into a bowl and top with avocado oil and sea salt. Enjoy!

I know that last one got a little complicated but practice makes perfect! Just keep trying and you will get it.

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Have a wonderful night sweet readers!

Questions:

How often do you grocery shop?

Gym goers, have you ever been nervous to try free weights?

Do you enjoy getting older? Are you afraid of getting older?

 

 

One Change Challenge!

One Change Challenge!

Good morning!

I LOVE MONDAYS! I love new beginnings! Yeeeeeeeeee!

Now that I am no longer housing a small being and I am back to my blogging groove, anyone in the mood for a challenge? Last year’s real food challenge was so fun! You all eat the most exciting stuff!

One Change Challenge!

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“Smile and hold up one finger.” ….. seemed like a simple request.

I thought maybe we could do a 7 day challenge where we all make one change that we have been wanting to make for a while. Just one. And make it kind of a big one. It can be anything. The reason I was thinking of this is because today marks 4 MONTHS that I have been sugarless! I tell you what, it was just ONE thing that I set out to do. Just one thing to focus on. And it made a HUGE impact on my life! Stay tuned for my next sugarless update!

So I thought it would be so fun if we all came up with just one thing we wanted to change and then totally went for it in our One Change Challenge. We could start maybe the day after the Super Bowl and go for 7 days. It will be so cool to see what everyone chooses to change and we can all be inspired by one another as well!

What do you think? I am open to suggestions.

Here are just some ideas of things you could choose for your one change…….

  • Quit junky sugar
  • Organize one area in your house and keep it organized for 7 days
  • Eat real food
  • Go vegetarian for a week
  • Go vegan for a week
  • Quit coffee for a week (Nooooooo, booooooo)
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise in for 7 days
  • Gratitude journal every morning
  • Drink your half your weight in ounces of water everyday
  • Read the Bible every morning
  • Pray or meditate at the beginning or end of the day
  • Go to bed at a decent time everyday for 7 days.

Remember, it’s just ONE thing and it’s just ONE week. This will be neat.

If you would like to do the One Change Challenge let me know in the comments!

Let’s do something good yall,
Angela

PS- This doesn’t cost anything. In case you were wondering haha!

Day 4 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Rest Day + Date Night

Day 4 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Rest Day + Date Night

 

Hey hey!

It’s the end of the night, but I didn’t want to let the day go by without documenting Day 4 of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel even though it was a rest day. It’s still Day 4 of 60! This post will be short and sweet. πŸ™‚

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Rest Day + Date Night

Feels good!

Here’s what I ate today. Date night cheat! Date night was LONG overdue.

 

Today was a cheat meal but I will be adding a little more calories to my day from here on out. I was wondering why I was SO HUNGRY after eating according to the calories set for me by My Fitness Pal. Then I realized you have to log your workout in as well. Oh! I had some extra ground turkey last night and felt much better.

That’s all for tonight! Goodnight Peachville.

 

Day 2 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Hammer Plyometrics

Day 2 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Hammer Plyometrics

Before I get into today’s post, here are our latest Snapchat creations. πŸ™‚

Ok Day 2!

Which is actually the program’s Day 1, but it’s my Day 2 because I don’t read directions haha.

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel : Hammer Plyometrics

Ok first, the Hammer workouts are taught by this guy……

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He has a really thick accent and it’s like having Arnold Schwarzenegger as your fitness instructor. I was actually wondering how this plyometric workout was going to be because he is so big and muscly. I couldn’t imagine how he was going to jump around all over the place! But he sure did, and it was the coolest plyo workout because it mixed the plyo moves with weights. So for example you would do a burpee followed by a pull-up! I used bands instead of a pull up bar because 1) I don’t have a pull up bar and 2) I can’t do a pull-up! Even so, I got a GREAT workout. I was breathing so hard at some points I couldn’t catch my breath and had to wait to begin the next exercise. But I really like these workouts so far. They are so different! It’s very cool and the time flies by because you are constantly going from one thing to the next. This workout was short but definitely not so sweet. It was only 27 minutes but I was dripping at the end!

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Ryan is saying “we did it” haha

Ryan has fun too and is obsessed with the bands.

Here’s today’s food! Low carb Day 2

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Catch ya tomorrow Peaches!

Question:

Do you ever judge a workout by the instructor?

 

Day 1 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Chisel Endurance

Day 1 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Chisel Endurance

Hey Yall!

Day 1 done. Here’s the rundown.

In case you missed it, I misunderstood this program and so I am now doing the full 60 day Hammer and Chisel program……. evidently I need to learn to read directions.

Soooo….

Day 1 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Chisel Endurance

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The workout this morning was very much like a workout that I would have done in the gym so of course I enjoyed it immensely. It had high repetition weightlifting with some cardio to keep your heart rate up for the whole workout. I had all the equipment I needed but one of the exercises was bench step-ups and I opted to use the second step of the basement staircase instead of the bench. It also gave you the option of doing pull ups or pull downs with bands. I have bands so I used those but because my basement has no doors I actually hung it from the ceiling. It worked perfectly haha!

 

It’s seriously so embarrassing posting pictures of my basement.

The workout ran about 35 minutes. That was it! And I was so focused on getting the exercises right that it blew by. I didn’t even realize that I had worked up a sweat but I did!

The program has a workout calendar that tells you when to do what workout. Since I am now doing the whole 60 day program, I am just going to go ahead and pick up on Day 2 and then do Chisel Balance on the day that is supposed to be Chisel Endurance.

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And here is what I ate today!

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I originally planned to do two weeks low carb and two weeks moderate carb. I am still doing this for the first half but now that the plan is a 60 day plan I willΒ just do the same thing in the second half. So just two rounds of 2 weeks low carb/2 weeks moderate carb.

 

 

 

 

My Eating Disorder Recovery Anniversary!!!

My Eating Disorder Recovery Anniversary!!!

Hey there Peaches!

If you have been reading this blog for a while you know that I struggled with anorexia and then bulimia for 17 years. I am so bad about blogging about it even though I really want to! I am going to though, I promise. I always knew that one day when I was past it I would tell my story so that someone else may not struggle as long. But for me, it’s so much easier to write about my current state instead of my past because my current state is fresh in my mind. And it’s crazy that even though it was a 17 year struggle,Β it isn’t fresh in my mind! In fact, it doesn’t even feel like it was me at all.

Anyway, I always wanted an anniversary date. I would get so fed up some days and tell myself that I was done. I had finally had enough and tomorrow was going to be my fresh new healthy start, and I would turn from my disordered ways and never look back. I was going to remember that day that I never looked back and celebrate it every year. There were so manyΒ of those “new beginnings”. Then some days I felt like I would never have an anniversary because I would never be able to let go.

Well here I am, healed.

I have no idea what day this happened because it didn’t happen how I wanted it to. It wasn’t that I woke up one day, started fresh and clean and never looked back. It was failure after failure and failure after failure (this could go on…), lesson after lesson after lesson, YEARS of praying, and never giving up hope that one day I could not center my world around food and my body. I really don’t know when it ended for good. I just know that it was really bad for 17 years. But it did, in fact, end for good. If you are reading this right now and going through the struggle, know that it is very possible to be 100% better no matter how long it’s been..

I have no clue what my anniversary day is…….. but I still want one!

So I am going to open my calendar and whatever month I open to, I will close my eyes and point to a day. I’m going to do this right now……

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MAY 15!!!

My eating disorder recovery anniversary is May 15, still don’t know the year. But I’m gonna celebrate! πŸ™‚

Question:

Do you have a unique important date that you celebrate each year?