You Get What You Ask For {Fitness}

I finally reached out to the trainer I wanted and got a “yes”! Who the heck takes on a new training program right before Thanksgiving? Is that what y’all are thinking? I questioned it myself so no offense would be taken. Ha! Accountability.

The program she has written out is intense but she wants to “push me”. I need that. While I love and the training programs they have on their site I need someone to check-in with. Someone to help me figure out what works, what doesn’t and how to fix little issues. I’ve even been more conscious of what goes into my mouth because this relationship goes both ways.

The last thing I want to do is ask for her help, have her set aside the time to write out schedules and then not pull my share. Nope!

On a typical day, there aren’t very many ladies in the weight room at my gym. You see some of the guys smirk at lady lifters and some even look at which dumbbells you pick up to see how heavy you’re lifting! Rude. After my first superset of shoulders and biceps, a guy actually stood beside and copied everything I did! He had no shame y’all. I don’t blame him, the workouts are killer.

Don’t worry, her identity will be revealed if I get permission…or if she outs herself.

Who/what gives you that extra push?
What are you eating for Thanksgiving?

This post was fueled by grapes (thank you again, Michelle), Billie Holiday and Starbucks! Speaking of which, don’t forget to enter the Starbucks gift card giveaway!


WOW and The Ultimate Turkey Chili

When I picked up my phone this morning, I got a pretty awesome surprise! I’m the featured blogger for the Workout Wednesday Link Up (#WOWLinkUp) this week! YES.

Last Friday, I went to the “healthy” restaurant on campus to grab lunch because I did not have anything prepped. Big mistake. I have eaten at said restaurant on numerous occasions and have had the same meal. Whoever was working that day, needs to go back to their normal job because I was sick for days. I’m not going to get into details but it was rough. I did some light cardio over the weekend but not enough to overly exert myself.
The temperature finally dipped in South Carolina over the weekend so I made a batch of Jamie Eason’s Three Bean Turkey Chili on Sunday. I found this recipe on when I was doing her Live Fit program during the 100K Transformation Challenge and we loved it! The dish is easy to prepare, relatively inexpensive to make and full of flavor. Jamie (yeah, we’re friends in my head) is a Texan so her recipes are about health and taste.
The chili makes 12 servings and the breakdown of calories and macros are: 196 calories, 1 g fat, 20 g carbs, 24 g of muscle building protein.
Now that I’m back in good health, I’m excited for the week and the training schedule I have laid out. I plan to increase my weights today for back and biceps because I’m getting stronger.

I was tagged by Kristen last night to post “what I’m doing now” while I was leaving the gym. Look at the Fall sky, y’all! That is God and all of his glory right there! I had a trying day at the office, a pretty good workout and walked out to THAT. My day/night got even better from there! We didn’t do anything special but a random trip to the comic book shop on a weekday was a needed treat.

Two gratuitous photos from the gym last night. I did steady-state cardio on the stairmaster because I don’t believe in only doing HIIT. I like to warm-up in the 60-90 step range. And yes, I’m still wearing makeup. I know, I know! One of these days I’m going to live my life right.

What is your favorite, simple Fall meal?

This post was fueled by coffee, pumpkin yogurt with granola and Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes.

Thanks to Michelle (awesome co-worker…the only one I speak to before coffee) I’m signed up to participate in the 100 Happy Days challenge because some days I need a reminder. I’m committed to posting a picture of something that makes me happy everyday…for 100 days! I chose Instagram as my platform of choice, duh, so you’ll find the pictures there. Read more about 100 Happy Days to see if it is something you would like to be a part of.