What is it about training plans

…….. that make my brain shudder? 

When I first started lifting I was loosely following a training plan I found on simplyshredded.com – I quickly abandoned that plan because, duh, I obviously know more than whoever created that plan and I want to make up my own workouts…

I’m an idiot.

I know nothing about weight lifting, and I surely don’t know what exercise should go where & when. SO, in an effort to get more results, I’m going to try like hell to follow this plan for 12 weeks. I even put it in my Google calendar – so that pretty much makes it official!


I hit the gym this morning at 5:15am to get my first workout of this 12 week training plan done – Monday is upper body A day ~

bench press                                            3 x 10       (20, 25,30#)
bent over row                                     3 x 10       (30,40,40#)
DB shoulder press                         3 x 10       (15#)
lying tricep extension             3 x 10         (15#)
barbell curl                                            3 x 10         (20# barbell)

march 4 collage

(for more random pictures, you can follow me on instagram  @lovemybody_jena)

I suppose the first week of workouts will serve as a sort of bench mark – I’ll look back on this post every 4 weeks to see my progress -(and there better be progress)

In addition to trying to stay on a training plan, I’m going to try hard to track my food to make sure I’m getting enough calories, and a good balance.. As you can see in that collage, my carbs were way out of control today…… oops. It’s not fair that bananas have so many carbs.  (you can friend on MFP, my name is StingSharkRuns)

I don’t plan on posting my food every day, but here is a pretty good idea of what my food intake is like on a daily basis:

March 4th MFP 1
















March 4 MFP 2

















This is a fairly accurate portrayal of what I ate today – The only thing missing is the almonds I snacked on while at work, and the half/half (which reminds me, we are out. crap) I put in my coffee this morning, other than that, I tracked everything I ate.

When I’m packing my lunch in the morning I write everything down as I weigh it, then I enter it all in so that I don’t forget during the day. If I don’t eat something, I can take it off, but today I ate everything I took to work.

I’m way over on sugar, but most of the sugar is from fruit & milk – sooo, I don’t care to much about that. I try to keep my fruit consumption limited to the morning hours & post workout.. Except today, I had a banana after work.



Enough about me:  Here are a few news stories that I find interesting and/or crazy:

A sinkhole in Seffner, FL swallowed a man late Monday night.
A woman dies at a California assisted-living facility after employees refuse CPR
      (I really hope there is more to that story that hasn’t been released yet – bc that is awful)
All the coverage you can handle on the Arnold Classic from over the weekend


Any good/bad/sad/crazy news stories you want to share?



Goodnight Friends, I’m about to drink up my casein shake & read for a few minutes before bed. I have a  4am wake up call !!


Thursday randoms

1. I looked up the pass rate for the Certified Professional Coder – specialist (medical biller)…. For first time test takers the pass rate is only 47% .. yeah, that’s not good odds. My anxiety over this test just went through the roof.

at work – reading the AHIMA website..stressful!


2. My left foot has been bothering me all week. Therefore I have run exactly ZERO miles this week.

3. My arms are sore. and I like it

4. my glutes are sore. I don’t like that so much.

5. we are having pancakes & eggs for dinner tonight. I’m that lazy today.

6. Chris is asleep on the couch. It’s 5:40pm, he’s also that lazy today.

7. I have a magazine problem

8. I’m helping organize a bingo fundraiser for Florida Cancer Affiliates. This is WAY outside my comfort zone… but I’m actually enjoying it.. kind of. — If you are local, and want to play bingo on Oct 6th, let me know. I’ll send you the info.

bingo for tatas header


9. I took my measurements this week. I’ve lost 2’ in my hips, 1” in my waist @ 1.5” in my chest.

10. I really think that’s enough random crap for one day. If you didn’t see my post from earlier today, check it out. (I swear that’s the last time I mention it).

motivation:where does it come from?

Motivate: to give incentive to
Inspire: to influence or impel


This is the blog that made me realize, I CAN DO THIS.
I’ve wanted to make a change for a long time, but I would always cut myself short before I even got started.

I would tell myself that I could never look like that because “I don’t have that kind of body.” Well No, you don’t. Neither did she, until she did.
Once I figured out I was being an idiot and realized that I could have a lean physique, I got to work.

I started looking for blogs that promoted real healthy eating. I also started to realize that running wasn’t going to get me where I needed to be, so I started looking for blogs that posted about strength training.

On eating clean:
The Gracious Pantry
The Eat Clean Diet

On being a bad ass
Petite Athleat
She Rocks Fitness
Power House Fit Foodie
Chase Ford Endurance

There is a huge community on Instagram. It’s more addicting than facebook!

On Instagram

I follow a whole lot of people on Instagram, but I’ll just leave it at that for now.

These blogs, and instagram users keep me motivated, and are a constant reminder to stay on track; to eat clean, and work hard.
That a lean physique is possible.
That it will take time, and dedication.
but that it is possible.

What keeps you motivated?


one day at a time blog