Day 2 ~ warm (& regulation!) is a challenge

Day 2 – November 6th, 2017

It’s a cold morning *shivers*
So I’m glad that I started a new weight lifting split this A.M. as it helped me get warmed up. At least for a little while anyway! It’s an upper-lower body split shared via a Hive member at Darebee and looking forward to my progress in it after four weeks. I’ve done two other splits by this particular Bee and not only enjoyed them both immensely, but had great gains by the end of each too.

With the help of a friend, that also works as EA to my son, we put together two mosaics of painted boards we all worked on since October. Head on over to Instagram if interested in what they look like. My son loves displaying his crafts and artwork around the house, be it the fridge or walls. It makes it him so excited he wiggles uncontrollably!

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Day 42 ~ always another shot with feeling!

Day 42 ~ March 30th, 2017

…. *sigh* it’s been two weeks since my last post… I got swamped with staying ahead with my math course and various reports for my son’s schooling before spring break was upon us and I just haven’t gotten back into the swing of posting. Until today that is 🙂

This past weekend the outdoor trampoline got set up and the kiddo is loving it of course! Even I have to admit it is awesome! Also, got a new BBQ on the weekend from a co-worker via Hulkhands and it is fancy.
With all that happening it means some re-organizing of the back yard area to some degree, or I should say the moving of some stuff from the back to other places. The brainstorming seems to be complete though and where everything is going is planned out for the most part.

Now I just need the weather to get warm and stay that way so I can start planting veggies and re-seeding the back lawn!


Things that I am grateful for/about today:

~ going to the grocery store with my son and having zero issues for the whole of the trip
~ digging this body weight workout via a Hive member at Darebee. It’s got me quite sore!
~ all the seedlings that I started inside a few weeks ago are doing great
~ my son is communication skill level is amazing the last few weeks
~ moving through my Unit 5 homework pretty quick so far *thumbs up*

Cheers ~ ✌

Day 28 ~ I am ready for tomorrow *fist pump*

Day 28 ~ January 31st, 2017

I spent the morning out doing errands and getting a test done at school. I did really well on it, but I expected that to happen as I did well on the hand-in and all the practice assignments. I hope the next unit isn’t to difficult to understand, it’s about Rational Expressions I think. I can’t seem to recall anything about it from the review course(s) last year though…. *Fingers crossed*

I am up to 1,034 of 20,017 for the annual push-ups as of today. I did dragon, triangle, archer, cross body, and raised leg variations this afternoon. And I am really sore tonight as I’ve done just over 600reps over the last two days. I think I am still actually behind by about 700reps(-ish) still to finish on time if I eventually want to just do a set amount of 50-60reps a day. If I continue with the high rep volume I won’t stay behind, but it does mean that I am extra sore at least every other day!

Tomorrow I start two Darebee programs, another 30-day Yoga on YouTube with a couple of members from The Hive 😀 , and the monthly challenge from Darebee as well. It’s going to be a fun month!!

And well I am actually super sleepy now so going to head to bed and here’s hoping I get a decent night’s sleep!

Things I am grateful for today:

~ doing great on my Unit 2 math test
~ signing the paperwork for Respite for my son this morning
~ driving on the highway is getting less stressful
~ new sweaters!
~ getting even more clutter cleared from/in my desk

Ironborn Days 6-10 & Darebee x2 + Unoff. Hammer Curl Challenge ~ Days 6 to 9

Ironborn Program

Day 6: back & biceps ~ 25lb dumbbells for the bicep curls, 30lb dumbbells for the bent over rows, and 50lb dumbbells farmer’s walk

Day 7: legs ~ 50lb dumbbells for the squats and calf raises and 30lb dumbbells for both lunges

Day 8: abs ~ doubled all reps or time for each exercise

Day 9: shoulders, chest & triceps ~ 25lb dumbbells with the shoulder and chest press and 15lb dumbbells for the lateral and forward raises

Day 10: back & biceps ~ 50lb dumbbells for the shrugs, 30lb dumbbells for the deadlifts and alt. bicep curls, 25lb dumbbells for the upright rows, and used 15lb dumbbells for the renegade rows.


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Ironborn, #Darebee Challenges x2 & Unoff. Hammer Curl Challenge ~ Days 4 & 5

Ironborn Program

Day 4: abs ~ set of each exercise with 30sec rest between each set — I used a 20lb dumbbell with the sitting twists, I doubled all reps for all exercises, and I used 2lb ankle weights on both the leg raises and flutter kicks. I will likely continuing do this for each ab day as it makes it more challenging.

Day 5: shoulders, chest & triceps ~ 4 sets of each exercise with 30sec rest between each set — I used 25lb dummbbells for the arnold press and the triceps extensions (25lb each side), I used 15lb dumbbells for the lat arm raises, and I did the push-ups to failure each set (25/15/15/13). Doing the push-ups right after the arnold press sets with 30sec rest between was tough!!

Makeover Challenge

Day 4 ~ 10 flutter kicks/4 sets — did all sets in one go and with 2lb ankle weights

Day 5 ~ 30sec high knees + 30sec march steps (no rest)/5 sets

Burpee Challenge

Day 4 ~ 30sec push-up plank/2 sets — did the full 60secs in one shot

Day 5 ~ 25 burpees (20/5)

Unofficial Hammer Curl Challenge

Day 4 ~ 10 hammer curls (active rest day) — one set with 25lb dumbbells

Day 5 ~ 22 hammer curls — two sets of 11reps with 25lb dumbbells

Ironborn & #Darebee Challenges x2 ~ Days 2 & 3 + Unoff. Hammer Curl Challenge Days 1-3

Ironborn Program

Day 2: back & biceps ~ 4 sets of each exercise (x6) with 30sec rest in between — used 20lb dumbbells for the bent over flys; used 25lb dumbbells for the bicep curls, upright rows, and bent over rows; used 30lb dumbbells (net= 60lbs) for the deadlifts; and 50lb dumbbells for the shrugs (net= 100lbs)

Day 3: legs ~ 4 sets of each exercise (x4) with 30sec rest in between — I used a 30lb dumbbell for the goblet squats and two 30lb dumbbells for the calf raises. This weight wasn’t hard enough so I will try with the 50lb dumbbells next time to see if that is challenging enough or perhaps too hard. And I used 20lb dumbbells for both the forward and side lunges. It was just right for the side lunges, but too light for the forward lunges. I will increase to 30lbs the next time I do these.


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Ironborn & Darebee Challenges x2 ~ Day 1

Ironborn Program

Day 1: shoulders, chest & triceps ~ 4 sets each shoulder press/chest press/lateral arm raises/triceps extension (each side) — I used 25lb dumbbells for the shoulder press, chest press, and triceps extensions (each side) and I used 15lb dumbbells for the lateral arm raises. I am going to have some new callouses on my hands by the end of this program. I can the spots where the new ones will end up and boy are those spots sore now!


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