Strive For Progress, Not Perfection.

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The GYM… DUH DUH DUUUUHHH.

Not my favorite place in the world. Big surprise – right? 

Well now its REALLY not my favorite place now that I have gained some weight. I think  my least favorite part about my weight gain is that my hips have literally doubled in size.  Usually wearing yoga pants gives me enough comfort to push myself into the gym, But summer here is ridiculously hot. There are days when I cannot force myself into yoga pants, yet I refuse to go to the gym in shorts. Can you see my conundrum?

Well my awesome boyfriend being the awesome boyfriend that he is, created an at home work out for me so I could work out in shorts in the comfort of my own back yard!

Here’s what we used:

  • 20 pound Weighted vest
  • 3 Sandbags (10lbs each)
  • Fire pit
  • Pool

I wore the weighted vest the whole time of the work out. I have never worn one before so it was a little awkward!  We used wall of the fire pit for step ups, and the sand bags in place of kettle bells.

Here’s the work out:

  1. Push-ups (x10) – I had to use a folded beach towel and start on my knees because I have ZERO upper body strength.
  2. Step-ups (x10)– And thats 10 for EACH LEG (not 5 for each leg you cheater!).
  3. Kettle bell swings (x10)- this is where we used the sand bags.
  4. Run a sand bag from the fire pit to the fire hydrant- This was probably about 15 yards.-obviously, if you don’t have a fire pit or fire hydrant, you can use different markers. 🙂 
  5. Air squats when you get to the fire hydrant (x10) –This sounds easy, but after running with a 10lb sandbag, plus the weighted vest…. not so easy!
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 5 until all sandbags are at the fire hydrant. -told you it wasn’t easy!
  7. Now that all the sandbags are at the fire hydrant….do 10 Jumping Jacks!
  8. Pick up a sand bag and run it back to the fire pit –Yep we are back to running. Muahaha
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all the sand bags are back to the fire pit.
  10. Sand bag curls (x10)

Now that we have worked up a nice little sweat, we can jump and the pool and relax!

NOT!!!!

Pool work out:

  1. Swim laps (x5)
  2. Flutter Kicks (x100)
  3. Jumping jacks (x40)
  4. Push-ups (x25)
  5. Flutter Kicks (x100)
  6. High Knees (15)
  7. Jumping jacks (x40)
  8. High Knees (x15)

NOW…. you may relax 🙂

I really liked this work out. At first I was uncomfortable. I already feel huge and now I have a weighted vest on –Great.  But really… once I started going, it was quite funny trying to figure out how to maneuver in the vest. I got a really good work out, and I was in the comfort of my own home! If you are someone who says away from the gym, I highly recommend trying a home work out. It was definitely a confident booster, and even made it a little less difficult going into the gym the next day. I was all… yeah.. Im a bada** I did a work out with a weighted vest so you can’t judge me!  It was a pretty good feeling. 🙂

As always: if you have any ideas for home work outs, or anything else please reach out to me by emailing me or commenting on this post!

Thank you for joining me on this journey,
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Rape Culture

Sometimes the road to betterness is not always about activity. Sometimes it’s dealing with the truth and reality. Or empowering yourself by speaking the truth. Today I spoke my truth. Publicly. Although it was a very small portion to my post, I admitted publicly that I had been sexually assaulted. By doing so I am washing away the burden that I have carried around for 4 years, and placing it in the hands of our society. It is our society that needs to rightfully deal with these situations. Anyways, here is my post that I shared today:

Alright time to get real. This is not something I talk about often. And it’s definitely not something I talk about publicly. Why? Because it’s uncomfortable. Because people get squeamish and awkward. But it’s time to talk about it. It’s time for our voices to be heard… maybe making people uncomfortable will do this world some good. Here’s what I’m talking about: Brock Turner. Rape. And Rape culture. As someone who has endured sexual assault, and who’s abuser’s charges were lessened and hidden because it would taint his ‘honorable career” …It is infuriating, sickening, and extremely frightening to me that once again our judicial representatives have failed in serving true justice….that this product of Satan (aka Brock Turner) can do what he did and get away with it. If you think a 6 month sentence isn’t getting away with assault and rape, then you are part of the problem. People who believe he’s not completely at fault because she was drunk: YOU are part of the problem. The people who make rape jokes, sorry you are also part of the problem. And to the judge that was more worried about this monster’s future than that of the young woman who was so brutally abused… You sir, are absolutely the freaking problem. I have been following this case and every time I see it, it makes my stomach turn in knots. For me, it’s been a little under 5 years since my attack, and it still eats at me. I can not even fathom what this poor woman is going through. I hate that she is called the Stanford Victim, yet you see ‘Brock turner’ everywhere. This title dehumanizes her, likes she’s some sort of headline or statistic and that’s it. She has a name. I understand her name is not mentioned to protect her privacy, but how about we call her the #StanfordSurvivor. Let’s give her the power she rightfully deserves. The word ‘victim’ is such a reactive word. The word victim is defined: “A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.” The word survivor is defined as someone who lives through affliction; someone who continues to exist! This event DOES NOT define her; it does not make her who she is. His name is the one that needs to be forgotten, he should be only known as the Stanford Rapist and nothing more. His actions DID define him. It is time that we stand together and let our voices be heard. No more violence! These types of actions deserve the appropriate consequence regardless of the attacker’s “bright future” or their career or what ever excuses may exist. If they make that CHOICE, they must pay the price. I think it’s important that we use social media to bring awareness to these types of issues. The more we talk about this stuff…the more we can bring it to the light. We to need stop avoiding the subject so that we may deal with it accordingly.

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