Hello there! I'm back to post my workouts this week. I had a pretty unplugged weekend, and it was really nice. The girls and I spent some time with family and I got a decent amount of schoolwork done. Saturday we went to my school for this agricultural fair, it was really cute! The girls were still a little young for it, but we got to see cows, chickens, sheep, etc. The university also has their own homemade ice cream facility, where they have no-sugar added vanilla. It's pretty much everything I've ever wanted in an ice cream. I wish it was a more common thing - most desserts are too sweet for me! The girls tried it and didn't really love it. Whose kids are they?? IMG_4143 ....At least they are cute in their little rain jackets! In other news, I twisted my ankle during a workout. I didn't even realize it was a problem until afterward when the side of it turned blue and I had some serious ligament pain. I've been icing/compressing/elevating and it's slowly starting to feel better. I already have some issues with my left ankle because I broke it 7 years ago, now my right is the problem. I ordered one of those copper compression sleeves to see if it will help. In the meantime, I'm going to avoid any leg/high impact workouts for at least the next week. It's really hard with this type of soft-tissue injury - on one hand, I'd like to get back to normal workouts ASAP... on the other, I don't want to make it worse and be out of commission for even longer. I'm just going to take this opportunity to focus on upper body strength and dial in my diet. Working out is a lifestyle thing for me and I'd rather not injure myself long-term!

lunges I feel like lunges will not be happening for a while :-/

On a happier note - I was able to get my hair done this week! Seriously, I know other moms understand how much of a treat it is to have time to take care of yourself. My hairdresser was really sweet and curled my hair. I think she knows that doesn't happen very often! LOL IMG_4123 Now onto the workouts! IMG_3993 Monday: 4/25 The "Bear Complex" but 7 rounds with 5 reps per round. (1 rep = hang clean, front squat, push press, back squat, push press) Weights posted below. 1: 45#, 2: 55#, 3: 65#, 4. 65#, 5. 65#, 6. 55#, 7. 55# triceps targeted circuit x 3 5 ring dips (with band) 10 skull crushers (20#) 10 OH triceps extension 10 triceps pull down Tuesday: 4/26 max pull ups x 3 max chin ups x 3 max push ups in one minute: I did 35! Tabata of each exercise: burpees jump rope KB swings (35#) jump squat forward and back Wednesday: 4/27 deadlifts - worked up to 7 x 5 at 165# Thursday: 4/28 repeated a workout from 12/29. 21-15-9 box jumps push ups old time: 5:35  new time: 3:34 (2 whole minutes improvement!!!!!) Complete each exercise for time, all with 65#: 30 snatches 30 clean and jerks 30 thrusters old time: 12:05  new time: 11:22 This is such a tough workout! It is absolutely killer on grip strength. You have to complete 30 of each before you can move on to the next 30, which I think makes it much harder than breaking it up however you want. I'm so proud of my time improvement in 4 months! Journaling my workouts has helped my mental game SO much. Now I have physical evidence that I'm improving! This is also where I twisted my ankle coming down from box jumps :-/ Friday: 4/29 off - ankle issues Saturday: 4/30 3 rounds of: 25 push ups 10 chest rows on rings 10 floor press (65#) 5 assisted ring dips 10 OH triceps ext (10#) 10 skull crushers (20#) 10 dips on box Sunday: 5/1 off Monday: 5/2 back workout: 3 x 3 pull ups (banded) 3 x 4 chin-ups (banded) 3 x 3 neutral grip pull ups (banded) 3 x 10 ring rows 3 x 10 underhand barbell rows (65#) 3 x 10 one armed bent over rows (20#) 3 x 5 one armed bent over rows (35#) 3 x 12 long bar rows (35# on bar) 5 x max dead hangs on pull up bar That's it for today! Does anyone have a good workout to try this week? Do anything fun this weekend? Any advice for recovering from injured ankles? 

(This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support! As always, please see disclaimer here). Hello! Hope you had a great weekend. Just wanted to pop in real quick and document my workouts, etc.  If this week had a category, it would be "a little bit of everything." I just kind of felt like mixing it up and doing some random circuits that I made up. I also started carb cycling a bit this week. I'm always looking to try new things, so my goal is to decrease carbs to <50 grams twice per week (on rest days or active recovery days) and see what happens. I did intermittent fasting for a while, but I found that didn't mesh well with switching to early morning workouts - I would just get hungry and be crabby all day. I feel like carb cycling is a little more gentle, but might still have a similar fat burning effect. I'll do a post on it at some point down the road! IMG_4079 IMG_4083 I think I'm starting to see some definition in the arm + back department! In other news, my twins have been super upset the past few days. I suspect it's teething (as usual), but it's been a lot to handle. They've also learned how to say "no" in context. It's the standard answer to every question now. Lord help me.  IMG_4102 IMG_1652 See above - Twin A being sassy and Twin B looking sad. How many teeth do humans have again?? Anyway, back to workouts: Monday: 4/18 warm up: jump rope deadlift: worked up to 5 sets at 165# Tuesday: 4/19 3 rounds: 10 high, 24" step ups (each leg) 10 slow hand-release push ups (3 secs down, 1 sec pause at bottom) 20 jump squats 10 chest flies on the rings 10 in and outs 100 jump ropes 10 tricep dips on box Wednesday: 4/20 rest day! Thursday: 4/21 warm up: worked on ankle mobility - banded lunges + static squat holds 3 x 5 band-assisted ring dips WOD: every 3 minutes for 7 rounds 10 straight leg deadlifts (65#) 5 power snatches (65#) 10 overhead squats *I'm really not there yet with overhead squats, since my ankle mobility is not that great. Instead of adding weight, I use a resistance band (like this one - I have black). If you grip the band wide and pull it tight, you'll end up contracting your back muscles instead of "shrugging" while you hold your arms up. I'm hoping to add weight soon - but I'm taking my time in getting the form right so I don't hurt myself! Friday: 4/22 warm up: jump rope strength: power cleans - worked up to 105# WOD: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 .... 1 hang cleans (65#) front squats (65# - don't drop the bar in between cleans + squats!!) burpees took me 14:45 - I was moving very slow, this is WAY tougher than it looks. I definitely challenge you to give it a try. I was panic breathing the entire time! Saturday: 4/23 max banded pull ups x 3 max banded chin ups x 3 3 x 10 ring rows (with pause at the top of movement) supersets: 1. 3 x 5 floor press (65# - works best if you have bumpers - or if you have a bench, use it!) 2. 3 x 10 push ups 1. 3 x 15 glute bridges (65#) 2. 3 x 20 reverse lunges w/ 10# at each side 1. 3 x 10 bent over rows (barbell - 65#) 2. 3 x 10 bicep curls (35#) 3. 3 x 10 one arm bent over rows (20#) 1. 3 x 10 hanging knee raises 2. 3 x 10 "tick tocks" (35#) Sunday: 4/24 rest day/"crop fit" - I started a very small garden! IMG_4086 I cleared out this bed and planted all of the things that like to be planted this time of year - onions, two types of kale, lettuces, spinach, peas, beans, broccoli, thyme, rosemary, parsley + summer squashes. I'm going to wait a few weeks for tomatoes, peppers, basil, etc. I planted the kale and lettuces on the side using this bag method. We'll see what happens! Monday: 4/25 The "Bear Complex" without dropping the bar, you do hang clean + front squat + push press + back squat + push press = 1 rep. (except I did 7 sets of 5 reps instead of 7x7. I was trying to go heavier than normal, this is the kind of thing I usually do very light! Believe me, 65# is very challenging with this) 1: 45#   2: 55#   3: 65#   4: 65#  5: 65#   6: 55#  7: 55# then: 3 rounds of: 5 band-assisted ring dips 10 skull crushers (20#) 10 OH triceps extension (10#) 10 triceps pull down (I used a band) I'd love to hear about some of your workouts this week! Have you ever done carb cycling?  Anyone else starting a garden? I could use all of the tips I can get!