Training – Tuesday

I am exhausted. Story of my life, a song that is constantly on repeat.

My husband did point out that on days I train, I’m excited and full of energy.

Of course, I have to grow those baby muscles!πŸ˜€

Grow little muscles, grow! YOU CAN DO IT!

Anyway, keeping it simple for gains, then stuff will be added later!

Squat: 65 lbs 3 x 5

Bench: 50 lbs 3 x 5 (womp! better than 45 lbs last week!)

Deadlift: 75 lbs 1 x 5

On a happy note, deadlifts yesterday were not as bad today. Sunday I was pretty certain I was hit by a truck.

I’ve started doing a 10 minute mediation every morning and evening. I’ve only been doing it a few days but it has made slight differences in my day and making it easier to fall asleep something that is often very challenging for me.

AND…no anxiety or depression.πŸ˜€ Three cheers for that!

Thanks for reading!



Squat – Bench – Deadlift – repeat


I’m back to lifting heavy (well, heavy for me! haha!) I’ll be doing this three times a week. My husband has me doing a program that he’s modifying a bit to structure around the weight I can push and pull right now. I’ll be learning some new movements next week, a little excited about that. Mostly though, I’m just fucking ecstatic to be lifting weights!

My past numbers before I stopped.

Bench – 50 lbs 3 x 5πŸ™‚ Deadlift – 85 lbs x 5Β πŸ™‚ Squat – 80 lbs 3Γ—5

Max effort: Squat – 100 lbs 1 repΒ πŸ™‚ Bench – 70 lbs 1 repπŸ™‚ Deadlift – 105 lbs 1 rep


Current weight 103 lbs

Squat: 65 lbs 3 x 5

Bench: 45 lbs 3 x 5

Deadlift: 75 lbs 1 x 5

Lifting helps me with so many things! Confidence, self-esteem, insecurity, strength, anxiety, depression. The list goes on. I loved how I felt when I lifted. I felt I could handle anything! In my head I would say “Well if I can deadlift almost 95 lbs I can do….<insert thing here>.”

In between I will do yoga for recovery. Apparently my yoga is helping my squat as my husband said “Damn yogi’s, your butt doesn’t tuck under!” This is also known as a butt wink. Yeah…not sure but apparently I have good form so more yoga!!πŸ˜€

FullSizeRender.jpgHappy Saturday!

Strength Training – Wednesday or The Headache

Body: Hey asshole, you didn’t need a week off maybe 2 days.

Me: But I was having my cycle.

Body: So that means a week off and eat ALL the bad food?

Me: Yes it does.

Body: Hrm. *said in Marge Simpson voice when Homer does stupid things*


I did take a week off because of my cycle (which isn’t a lame excuse my body is rendered useless as I hemorrhage from my no no parts.) I ate a lot of sweets I don’t normally eat because cycle makes me CRAVE ALL THE SUGAR and baby Jesus help you if you try and take that away from me, I will CUT YOU. Throw a long weekend with too much to do and seeing too many people and well my body starts yelling “Hey Asshole!” and then quickly reminds me that…

a. Self care IS important for highly sensitive me.

b. Sweets are okay in moderation but will WRECK me if consumed in excess. DUH.

c. There are two days I bleed like I’ve been stabbed repeatedly, after that I’m fine.

d. You know better.

I do. *hangs head*

So here’s what happened since I decided to ignore my self care and highly sensitive needs.


Complete and total exhaustion. Irritability or as my husband likes to call it “Tall Two Year Old Syndrome” where adult Amber behaves like a two year old who needs a nap BADLY.

Muscle pain, joint pain, depression (sometimes anxiety) and an inability to keep my shit together but my personal favorite…


A dull aching pain that started SUNDAY night, leaked into MONDAY and by Monday night was a massive migraine that also carried over into TUESDAY in which case I had to call out sick because my head was pounding and my body basically shut the fuck down. It was game over, you aren’t going anywhere that isn’t the couch.


I think there was a time when I could be carefree and eat whatever the hell I felt like not do any sort of healthy movement and not suffer any consequences.

Yeah, that’s not my life anymore.

My life now is…I have to train/exercise/workout (whatever you’d like to call it) and this has to happen AT MINIMUM 3 times a week.

I can’t eat whatever the hell I want or things like pain or not pooping for a week happens.

My highly sensitive body can barely tolerate working in an office 5 days a week. It doesn’t do well around large groups of people (PEOPLE at all really.) It is completely draining regardless of how fun the group or social event might be. I need at least ONE day a week for rest (usually Sundays.) A blanket fort may be built and horror movies WILL be watched. I come into zero contact with people except for my husband and possibly my dad if he calls. THAT’S IT.

I won’t be going that long again without training maybe a couple while I nearly bleed out. I’ll refer to this post and my 3 day headache to remind me of what I need to do.

So today…back at it…

Warm up:

Mobility work for ankles, knees and hips. Squats, glut bridges and halos – 10 each.

Training Session:

Swings-Β  3 x 20 – 12 kg

Goblet Squats – 3 x 10 – 12kg

Presses – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Rows – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Get ups – 6 – 8kg

Beach work aka Make ya look pretty – (Curls, Triceps/Calves)

Curls – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Triceps – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Calf raises –12 kg – 3 x 15

Leg raises – 3 x 15

Everything done with 1 minute rests between.

Snugglers aka couch hogs.πŸ˜›




I have a friend who LOVES Disney. He wasn’t so good with WordPress so he asked if I could help him get a layout and what not. Give that a look see if you feel inclined.

It’s been a lazy Sunday and I’ve been sick most of it. Cycle starts next week (sorry TMI) and that pretty much knocks me down entirely so I won’t be training, I’ll be begging for mercy and wishing I didn’t have a uterus.πŸ˜€

Anyway, have a beautiful week ahead!

Lola’s post dog park face.πŸ˜› DERP.

Strength Training – Saturday


No training today. I’m exhausted and hormonal and I woke up feeling hungover (even though I don’t drink.)

Some days are like this. I wake up, feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck. I’m learning the art of self care so I’m deciding to listen to my body.

I did 15 minutes of yoga and a 10 minute meditation instead. I felt a little better afterwards, so clearly that is what I needed.

My coaching husband says some days that happens and it’s okay.

So I’m off to more self care and cleaning (which I find therapeutic.)

Can you figure out which one is the weirdo?πŸ˜›











My bathroom might be offensive soon…

In 2014 the husband, the furries and I packed a 10 ft truck with our stuff and made our way to the Midwest.

The deal was, if it didn’t fit in the 10 foot rental truck it didn’t go. Our plan was to replace broken/old stuff when we moved. We got rid of a good chunk of things that needed to be gotten rid of.

Then we got Lola and now we need to replace more things.Β  You know…that puppy life. It’s like a toddler but one who doesn’t understand what you’re saying and pees the floor instead of a diaper during the potty training phase.πŸ™‚

I don’t like our apartment right now and I don’t like most of our decor (or lack thereof.) We are settling in here for a while, I have some things to accomplish. So I figured I should probably make this place as aesthetically pleasing and comfy as possible, especially since there isn’t much to do around here unless you like meat and football and I don’t like either. I’m also a homebody so loving my space is importantπŸ˜›

I won’t be replacing big stuff until next year (to make sure Lola is FULLY out of her Chewing All The Things stage) and it will probably take me all of 2017 to complete it. In the meantime I am a person who likes to collage vision boards. It gives me an idea of what I want and how it’s going to look. I scoured the internet and found some pictures. I’ve chosen to start with the bathroom because it needs an update and it’s the easiest.


I’ll also be getting more towels, gray and black. I stuck with the gray and black color scheme I already have but truly, it was the shower curtain that sold me.πŸ˜›









Strength Training – Thursday

It has been a very long day. I’m very glad I did my thing this morning. To top the day off, when I took Lola out I could hear the sirens going off. My neighbor was on his balcony with his camera in hand and when I looked in the direction he was snapping photos, I saw a damn tornado. Yep. A thin, long tornado. Lola was oblivious and was just sniffing the wind and looking for poo to eat. Thankfully for us it was headed away from us. It was a scary sight though!


Here was the training today…same as the other day…haha! Sorry this is so boring, I’ll post something different this weekend, like art related stuff!

Warm up:

Mobility work for ankles, knees and hips. Squats, glut bridges and halos – 10 each.

Training Session:

Swings-Β  3 x 20 – 12 kg

Goblet Squats – 3 x 10 – 12kg

Presses – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Rows – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Get ups – 6 – 8kg

Beach work aka Make ya look pretty – (Curls, Triceps/Calves)

Curls – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Triceps – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Calf raises –12 kg – 3 x 15

Leg raises – 3 x 15

Everything done with 1 minute rests between.

I’m exhausted so I’m going to bed.πŸ˜›