I don’t think there’s ever been another time in my life where I wanted to share my totally naked face with the whole wide world. I’m a makeup fiend and it’s not very often that I even let my best friends catch a glimpse. But lately, I can’t stop staring at the mirror before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. My skin! It’s cleaner, clearer, smoother, and a nicer color thanks to a little summer sun. I just feel all glow-y, and I love it!
PS. Do you know how hard it is to take a decent picture of yourself with your phone? This was try number 47 or so. PPS. Cell phone cameras kinda suck and I promise my face looks even better in person. Perfect? No. But much improved for me.
My face is usually sort of splotchy and riddled with clogged pores, but fortunately I haven’t had to deal much with adult acne – till about a month ago. Not sure what it is, but I could see and feel the little bumps cropping up. Given that my skin care routine was pretty minimal, I decided to take things up a notch and hopefully nip it in the bud.
So what is my secret? Well, I’m gonna save that for another post But I will give you a hint that it’s something many of you might already have in your house.
You know, it might just be a combination of things. Like that little secret and another one that I bet is brand new to you and you’re gonna love. But you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for these
By the way, can I just say? This whole taking-extra-good-care-of-myself thing really benefits the rest of my life. I just feel more excited to face the day and get stuff done, once I’ve been extra kind to myself. Do you know that I mean?
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Y’all know another big part my self-care routine is hitting the gym. The desire to nourish myself runs deep within my veins, and tells me that staying strong and fit is an important part of this. So without further adieu, this week’s workout log. (Keep scrolling for the spa giveaway!)
The Workout Log
I feel like I was kind of lazy this week, skimping on post-lifting HIIT sessions and additional cardio days. But I’m not fretting too much, because I still feel pretty good. My body will tell me when it’s time to run again!
If I do all of my sets at the same reps and weight, I’ll write it out this way: sets X reps X weight. So if you see “3x6x40″ this means I did 3 sets, all with 6 reps with 40lbs.
If there are differences in my sets, I’ll write out each set separately, this way: reps X weight, reps X weight, reps X weight. So if you see “10×55, 10×60, 10×60″, this means I did 1 set of 10 reps with 55lbs, then a set of 10 reps with 60lbs, and then another set of 10 reps with 60lbs.
For the heavier exercises,it is crucial to do a series of warmup sets at lower weights, working up to the full weight. The numbers shown below are for the WORKING sets only.
Grouped letters indicate alternating exercises. This means that I do a set of the A1 exercise, then a set of the A2 exercise, for however many sets are indicated. When all sets of A1 and A2 are complete, I move on to the B exercises.
Rest day. Maybe I took the dog for a walk? Can’t remember!
A1: Trap bar deadlifts (low setting, from deficit) – 5×185, 3x5x190
A1: Side plank leg raise – 3×6 (per side)
B1: Barbell reverse lunge – 3x8x85 (per side)
B2: High to low cable chop – 10×30, 2x10x35 (per side)
C1: Glute ham raise on incline – 8, 8, 7
C2: Sloshpipe carry – 3 trips*
D: Bike intervals – 10 second sprint / 50 second recovery for 10 rounds
*Imagine a 7ft long, 8″ diameter PVC pipe filled water. You have to hold it up against your chest and walk down the length of the gym and back, while the water is sloshing around and throwing you off balance. Fun times!
Long walk with the dog.
A1: Low-incline 1-arm DB press – 3x8x40 (per side)
A2: Chest supported DB row – 10×25, 8×30, 10×25
B1: 1-legged pushups – 3×5 (per side)
B2: Chinups – 5, 4, 3, 3
C1: DB clean to overhead press – 3x8x20′s
C2: Tricep press-downs – 3x10x65
D: Cable external rotation – 2x10x7.5 (per side
Nada – beach day!
A1: DB squat to RDL – 3x10x30′s
A2: Half kneeling pallof press – 3x8x50 (per side) (everything you want to know about pallof presses)
B1: Landmine RDL – 3×6 with 10lbs on the bar (per leg)
B2: Face pulls with external rotation – 2x10x60, 1x10x65
C1: 1-legged hip thruster, feet and shoulders both elevated – 3×10 (per side)
C2: 1-arm DB carries – 3 trips per side, with 50lb dumbbell
A1: Bench press – 3x3x105, 3x5x100, 5×95
A2: 1-arm half-kneeling cable pulldown – 8×65, 3×8×70 (per side)
B1: DB overhead kneeling to standing – 1x8x20, 2x5x25 (per side)
B2: Seated cable row, neutral grip – 3x10x90
C1: Yoga pushup, feet on bench – 3×8
C2: 1-arm DB carries – 3 trips per side, with 50lb dumbbell
D: Stairmaster intervals – 15 second sprint / 45 second recovery for 10 rounds
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