Workout and Word of the Day #32

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

Today I noticed that my mind was wandering away from the task at hand…  A lot.  I have been feeling a little tired and I know that it is because my body is adjusting to new changes.  I did the same workout routine for 4 weeks using methods of progressive overload and this week was the week that I switched things up!

It is an exciting time as my body becomes familiar with new exercises and different levels of intensity.  For the first 4 weeks I was utilizing the 5×5 method for my upper body workouts.  Now I have increased my amount of repetitions.  I enjoyed 5 x 5 and in the future I might go back, but I think I need to strengthen my wrists and joints before I think about lifting much heavier.  I noticed that my right wrist was very tender throughout and it has just recovered.

My heart is all in, but I can tell that my energy levels are affecting my motivation.  Thankfully I know the cause.  This week I decided to give up coffee for two weeks.  I am drinking green tea instead and it is definitely a different more calm kind of energy boost.

Workout of the Day: Chest & Biceps + Treadmill hiit

  1. Standard Push-ups 3 x 15
  2. Reptile Push-ups 3 x 10 per side
  3. Dumbbell Bench Press 3 x 20
  4. Dumbbell Flys 3 x 20
  5. Hammer Curls 3 x 20
  6. Standing Dumbbell Curls 3 x 20
  7. Single arm Bicep Curls 3 x 12
  8. 21’s Bicep Curls 7 half up, 7 half to top, 7 full

*Between each set I did 30 seconds of active rest in the form of 25 push-ups*

I enjoyed the variety and amount of movement in this workout.  Those reptile push-ups really kicked my butt and I am looking forward to getting better at them!  After lifting I went on the treadmill I did 5 sprint intervals 1 minute sprint + 1 minute easy.  After that I did steady state cardio on varying inclines for 30 minutes.


Word of the Day:

abecedarian– adjective

  1. Of or relating to the alphabet.
  2. Alphabetically arranged.
  3. Rudimentary.

That is one of those words that I take a double-take, listen to the pronunciation and have to ask “this is a word?”  I like it and I am glad I have learned a new word!

I am toying with the thought of moving again in the near future.  I would like to go somewhere that gets a lot of sunshine, but does not turn into a burning inferno throughout the summertime.

While I like the sound of that, the thought of having to switch gyms again is intimidating.  I like this little townhome gym that is very low-profile and rarely ever crowded.  There is a small handful of regulars and I am proud to be one of them.  I think I would miss that, but I am also open to going with the flow!

On another note, what do you think of air-popped popcorn as a snack?  I know some very fit people who eat it on a regular basis and I even got myself one of those popcorn air-poppers.  Please comment below with your thoughts and also your favorite snack ideas!

❤ Alana

 

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12 thoughts on “Workout and Word of the Day #32

  1. I love pop corn as a snack! Good job keeping up on your work outs and challenging yourself! Me personally, I hate being on the ground doing any exercise (Lol) although I do stretches & gentle yoga movements on the floor. You know me … Dance is life. ❤️

  2. That is a funny word
    – and my only take on popcorn is to stay away from GMO
    Ugh
    And so I like Trader Joe’s brand but actually because I don’t have very many grains (just veggies and lots of foods with fats and oils with meats for my blood type – which is red meat) so I skip the popcorn

    1. I thought so too 🙂 I was planning on going to Trader Joe’s today. I am glad you mentioned blood type. I need to find out what mine is so that I can eat accordingly. I know both of my parent’s, but not mine. I need to get with the program!

      1. Well I am not sure I believe all the blood type info out there – but I do people our heritage plays a part and I do believe we need some animal products for health.
        And you are with the program ! You sure are – it there is so much to learn as we grow – right?

      2. And check out my husband’s site (if you want) but he is big into the food part of working out because he used to workout six days a week and could not get results he wanted – it was until he changed his eating and so now he shares a Friday Video and other tidbits about what he learned
        The optimized life .net (Chris Prior)
        And I think he recently covered popcorn!

        And be sure to check out
        Mark’s Daily Apple blog for awesome posts about food –

      3. Thank you for telling me about your husband’s site and Mark’s Daily Apple. I feel like I could be in a similar boat with working out a lot and feeling like I am not getting great results. I really appreciate it 🙂

        ❤ Alana

      4. And the bullet proof blog is another awesome resource where the motto is “live strong – not hungry” or something like that because Dave asprey learned first hand about recovery foods and the best for nurturing cells etc

      5. I really appreciate the resource recommendations. I often get a little overwhelmed because there is too much information out there. It is nice to have some good starting points. I am definitely eager to learn and continue to get healthy 🙂

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