Pre-workout can’t touch this

When your tired, you’re tired

Today I was exhausted, beyond exhausted, I mean I should be, I work third shift and then come straight to the gym and during the day get maybe 4-5 hours of sleep and sometimes I work both jobs, personal training during the day and at night the second job. It can be a lot on my shoulders and very exhausting and yet I still manage to make it to the gym each morning — but even after making it, sometimes it isn’t enough to get my energy levels higher, I just try, try, try until I realize I need to go home and get some sleep. Trying is better than nothing, but trying barely meets expectations if at all. Yet, I made today a short workout — very short workout in hopes it would make working out today easier but not so much because I still barely finished and the only way I finished was crossing off one workout and doing one less set of two workouts. Blah, what gives? I need to prioritize my sleep schedule and do a better job with taking care of my body overall. 

If this has ever been your struggle, then you know exactly how I feel. 

Warm up:

  • resistance band abduction: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band clamshell: 4 x 25, red band
  • foam roller — quads and hammies


  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 260 lbs, 2 x 270 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 200 lbs, 2 x 210 lbs
  • Power cleans: 6 x 5 
  • barbell box squats: 6 x 3-5, 205 lbs

365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 66


What are you passionate about?

  1. My career as a personal trainer
  2. Writing; blogging
  3. physical and mental health — the importance of it, stigmas, health care, etc
  4. Traveling 
  5. Motivational & inspirational speaking — I want to pursue a career doing so on the side
  6. LGBTQ issues 

What are your passions? 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 65


What changes could you make to improve your health?

  • Making yearly Dr. visits to stay updated on my general well-being & to take care of any health issues that should arise.
  • Keep my sugar content lower because diabetes runs in my family
  • Drink enough water daily because I have had a habit of being dehydrated & that’s not healthy
  • Cut down on consumption of processed foods (which I hardly eat fast food, besides pizza or Chinese take out on the weekends) and since I love cooking and I meal prep, it has become easier to consume less processed food
  • Follow my macros again to keep me on the right path with my goals & prevent me from overeating and meeting my nutritional goals for proteins, fats, carbs, fiber and calorie intake
  • Continue with meditation for my mental well-being
  • Making it a goal to walk 10,000 steps or more daily to stay proactive
  • Being mindful of the supplements I take and pay attention to how my body reacts to them
  • Make yearly appointments to visit the dentist for oral hygiene care
  • Be more proactive of reading the ingredients on the food labels while shopping ( I read the food labels but hardly pay attention to ingredients and should be more mindful of what I am eating)
  • When and if life should throw me a lemon I cannot handle or manage, I should learn that by seeking a therapist for help is okay and that sometimes it better to talk to someone than to live with it inside.
  • Get more sleep! make my sleep schedule a priority! 
  • Take more initiative to brush my teeth two or three times daily for better oral hygiene  

What are some health improvements you could make (no matter how big or small) share it in the comments & follow, like and share this post with peers! 

Sore legs


Warm up:

  • kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • standing hip abduction: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs


  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 190 lbs, 3 x 195 lbs (6 reps)
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 145 lbs, 3 x 155 lbs (6 reps)
  • Barbell front squat: 4 x 8-10, 105 lbs 


  • Linear leg press (narrow stance) 4 x 8-10, 298 lbs
  • Linear leg press (wide stance) 4 x 8-10, 298 lbs


  • Smith machine lunges: 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs


  • Seated leg extension (single leg) 4 x 8-10 each leg, 20 lbs
  • Seated leg extension: 4 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

Good Eats!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 4 (6 oz each of salmon fillets)
  • 4-6 cups of broccoli 
  • 4 gloves of garlic (minced)
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved 
  • chopped fresh parsley



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease sheet pan with cooking spray
  3. Arrange broccoli florets and salmon on sheet pan
  4. Rub minced garlic on each fillet, set aside
  5. In a whisking bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, oregano, thyme and rosemary
  6. pour the butter mixture over the salmon and veggies
  7. Take half the lemon and squeeze it over everything and add salt and pepper
  8. place sheet pan in the over and cook for 15 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley

I haven’t had salmon myself, but if salmon is not a fish of choice, feel free to sub it out for another kind of fish of your liking! Also be sure to follow Diethood for more recipes and alternatives to this recipe! good eats 🙂


Success quickly became failure

To start things off, today’s deadlifts I thought were going to go my way, but ends up being I did worse off than I had imagined. I lifted a good lift at 290 & with 305 being my max, I figured lifting 295 afterwards wouldn’t be hard, but boy, I failed that lift 3 times. Not sure why I didn’t get the lift, but it only reached thigh level and the rest of the way, I was weak. I thought to myself, there is no way this is happening — almost like a smack in the face failing like this when your max was 305, and now you are questioning all your training protocols. Maybe it’s the extra cardio I have been doing now 4-5 days a week for about 20-25 minutes, or it could be I haven’t been eating the 5-6 smalls meals like I was or the lack of sleep I have been getting. Worse case scenario, it could be a sign I lost some form of strength — although heavy squats went over well today & that’s what had me most confused, but I will take it as a loss and start back up next week with a clean slate. 

Warm up:

  • Body bar squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs
  • Resistance band butt lifts: 4 x 25, red band


  • Conventional deadlift: 1 x 290 lbs, Failed attempt at 295 lbs
  • Barbell back squats: 1 x 215 lbs, 1 x 220 lbs


  • smith machine rack pulls: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • Kettlebell stationary lunges: 4 x 8-10, 10 kg


  • DB Romanian deadlift: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Seated leg extension: 4 x 8-10, 70 lbs


  • Wide stance leg press: 4 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 8-10, 60 lbs

Heavy Bench press PR

Making positive moves

Warm up:

  • Pec dec machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Resistance band reverse fly: 4 x 25, green band
  • resistance band triceps kickback: 4 x 25, green band


  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 120 lbs, 3 x 125 lbs ( I did 2 reps at 120 lbs for a new PR)


  • DB farmer carries: 4 x whole track and back, 110 lbs
  • Plate hyperextension: 4 x 8-10, 35 lbs


  • DB upright row: 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs


  • Barbell shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs


  • DB chest press: 4 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs


  • Spin bike: 20 minutes, gear 6, rpms 70+