365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 65

11.06.18

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! 

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Tuesday’s Dynamic Effort

10.30.18

Warm up:

  • Hip flexor stretch: 4 x 30 seconds each leg
  • Kettlebell plie squat: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 1 x 180 lbs, 2 x 185 lbs, 1 x 200 lbs, 2 x 205 lbs (60-65%)
  • Barbell back squat: 1 x 135 lbs, 2 x 140 lbs, 1 x 145 lbs, 2 x 150 lb (60-65%)
  • Box squats: 4 x 8-10, 180 lbs
  • Barbell box front squats: 4 x 8-10, 105 lbs

Superset:

  • Single leg leg press: 4 x 8-10 each leg, 208 lbs
  • Narrow stance linear leg press: 4 x 8-10, 208 lbs
  • Kettlebell single leg deadlifts: 4 x 8-10 each leg, 10 kg

Cardio:

  • Stair climber: 15 minutes, level 6
  • Treadmill: incline 3.0, speed, 3.5, 5 minutes

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You have to find time & get it done

I started Monday’s workout on a different side of the bed. I say this because normally Monday is my dynamic effort bench day but this Monday, I started with a Heavy bench day. Quite frankly it felt good & turned out well, but the only reason that provoked me to do this was when I missed Wednesday’s heavy bench day because I decided I need sleep (working two jobs can be tough) and rescheduled it for Friday but then decided I wasn’t feeling it and instead did some cardio, so I made Monday the day and got it done. I just knew it had to get done, and with that attitude, I made it priority. 

Warm Up:

  • Cable face pull: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar narrow grip chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar row (reverse grip): 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Plate press out: 5 x 12-15, 10 lbs
  • DB chest press (neutral grip): 5 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB incline fly: 5 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine incline chest press: 5 x 5-6, 115 lbs and then back down to 105 lbs
  • Close grip DB chest press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated smith machine shoulder press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs
  • Cable front raises: 5 x 5-6, 20 lbs each arm
  • Overhead cable triceps extension: 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Cardio:

  • Treadmill: 15 minutes, 3.0 incline, 3.8 speed
  • Stair climber: 5 minutes, level 7

Current Weight: 155.8 lbs

Body fat %: 22.5

BMI: 23.6

Chest 10.15.18

Warm up:

  • Lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • assisted dips: 4 x 25, 100 lbs
  • Cable triceps pressdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 8-10 @ 65% 1RM — 80 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lat pulldown (narrow grip) 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs
  • Cable curls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Cable chest press: 5 x 8-10., 60 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lying cable upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Standing cable upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm

Tri-sets:

  • Weighted bench dips: 5 x 8-10, 35 lbs
  • DB overhead triceps extension: 5 x 8-10, 25 lbs
  • Push ups: 5 x 8-10

CARDIO SESHHH

  • Stair stepper: 20 minutes, level 5

Chest set workout

Warm up:

  • EZ bar bentover row: 5 x 25, 20 lbs
  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Resistance band front raises: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell floor press: 4 x 6-8, 90 lbs & 4 x 6-8, 95 lbs
  • Barbell floor press: 4 x 6-8, 100 lbs & 4 x 6-8, 105 lbs

Tri-set

  • DB chest press: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB incline press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB one arm lateral raise: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs each arm

Tri-sets:

  • DB one arm seated shoulder press: 5 x 8-10, 25 lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Chin ups (w/assistance) 5 x 8-10

Superset:

  • Reverse grip lat pull down: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • Standing bentover w/one arm using lower cable: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm

Cardio Seshh:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 5

365 days of self discovery: Day 21

9.24.18

What lessons have you learned from traveling?

When I give this some thought, I never really thought of my traveling as a lesson to be learned each time I got on the road — I only thought of the adventure, so when I made this list (very short list) it was hard because I am sure there has a been a time where something didn’t go as planned during my roadtrip and I made it a point to not have it happen again, but nothing came to mind right away, so I might possibly come back to this question if anything should arise. Hopefully many of my travellers who follow my blog, will have many things to say, especially those who travel long days on foot, car, plane, train, etc. So don’t be afraid to share your lessons, who knows? it might spark my light bulb just enough for me to add it to my own list. 

  • I have learned that different cultures & environments breed people to react towards me differently.
  • Always to research the area(s) that I plan on traveling to beforehand
  • if I can, travel with a buddy for safety or have an emergency contact in case something was to happen
  • Always alert friends/family of your travels before heading out, so everyone is well aware of where you are going, who you will be with, etc in case again, an emergency should happen. 

If you are someone who has never traveled before, these four rules will come very handy to you, no matter where you go because they are just common sense things to do for your own safety but also, be sure to have your electronics (phones/tablets) charged fully as well, because you never want to be someplace unknown with no way of calling in case something should happen. In times like this, being too cautious is a strength. 

Shay-lon

& I run..

Warm up:

  • Treadmill: 8 min, speed 2.5 and no incline

Workout:

  • Treadmill: 20 minutes total (interval training)
  • 2 minutes @ 6 speed , no incline
  • 2 minutes at 3.4 speed, 8.0 incline