Build Those Guns

Everyone wants toned arms for the summer right? Adds to that dress or tank top look right? In the past few months, I’ve been working hard on toning my arms by focusing on the biceps, triceps and shoulders. I’ve seen a huge difference which is a plus. I can seem them gains!

I’ve learned that going heavier for shorter reps strengths our muscles faster…I could be wrong since I am no personal trainer or expert on gaining muscle. So lately, I’ve been trying to up my weight and reduce the reps.

Here is my latest workout for burning out my biceps. (Note: I do some weighted bicep curls prior to starting the workout)

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I feel like the weak link when I say I used 15lbs for this workout, but after three rounds I was fatigued. Plus, like I mentioned I did prep for this workout and did some bicep curls after this workout just to make sure that I was extra fatigued. Makes sense right? I wanted to make sure that I couldn’t life anything for a few hours. Mission accomplished. 

Since my damn hip flexor/IT band/knee injury, I’ve been really good about lifting more which has been totally out of my comfort zone. Especially since I’ve gained weight…..gained muscle weight. Honestly, I’ve had issues adapting to this. Serious ISSUES. I’ve had to EAT more to gain MUSCLE in order to increase my metabolism to burn FAT. Make sense right? However, coming from someone who has had an eating disorder, it is hard to deal with. Looking back, why does FAT and EAT have to incorporate the same letters? Rude!

Anywho, I am proud that I am stronger and healthier! I’m able to run again and I know things will continue to change with the new modifications to my diet.

Do you have a lifting schedule for each week?

What are your bicep and tricep workouts?

Have you had a hard time with eating more when lifting weights?

XO, Tara

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After 3 Long Months…

Before I dive into this post, I’ll first say “knock on wood.” Why? I think I may be super close to being injury free!

Yesterday, I was feeling a bit dangerous and decided to try and go out for a run just to test out my hip/IT band/knee issue. I told myself that I would take it slow and not worry about time. I didn’t even start my GPS app. I started running and kept telling myself I can do this, don’t think about time or mileage….just go with it.

So I just went with it and after a few miles I was astonished that my injuries weren’t flaring up. So I decided to keep on going and going and before I knew it my 6 mile-ish run was complete. My knee didn’t hurt, my hip didn’t hurt and my IT band didn’t hurt. I actually felt that I could keep on truckin’; however, I didn’t want to push it too hard.

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I feel like a runner again.

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I won’t go into what makes a runner a runner, but after taking a long break from running, it is nice knowing that I can  do it again with no pain. Insert super happy face! 😀

With everything said, I am going to take it easy and go with the flow. I won’t push myself or run every single day now. I am going to mix up my cardio between hiking, running, elliptical, etc.

Even though the weather is supposed to be even nicer today, I won’t push myself to run. I mean, yes I want too…I’ll be honest, but I know that I shouldn’t.

Have you battled an injury?

How did you overcome it?

Any tips for me?

XO, Tara

 

 

June Activities in Seattle

Only four more days until sum sum summer! I’m so pumped for summer to begin. Summer in Seattle is beyond amazing, because there are so many activities and the weather is beautiful.

Here are some fun activities to take advantage of in Seattle this summer.

1. Fremont Solstice Parade. I’ve been told that this is one parade to definitely check out. Participants paint their bodies and ride bicycles for miles. Apparently, the artwork on the people’s bodies are amazing.

2. Taste of Tacoma. Who doesn’t want to try a bunch of different types of food?

3. Bite of Seattle. This is a goodie too!

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4. Get active and check out the Tour de Peaks ride. Choose to ride 25, 50 or 100 miles in the beautiful suburbs of Seattle. Aka, my home town.

5. Seafair Torchlight Parade. Highly recommend it. Plus, there is a 5k prior to the parade.

6. Seafair Air Show. This is a weekend event during the first weekend of August. Super fun! Air shows, hydroplanes, food, and drinks. If you have a boat, it is even better!

7. Watershed 2014. Sadly, it is sold out; however, I’ve found lots of tickets on craigslist. There is hope and the weekend long concert is WORTH IT! I went two years ago and had the time of my life. I hope to go this year.

8. My Birthday….oh wait? Is that an event, sure why not! 😉

9. Ellensburg Rodeo. I really want to check out the Ellensburg Rodeo one day. I’ve heard that it is alot of fun and it will bring out the country in me. 🙂

10. Bumbershoot. Check out some good bands, food stands, vendors, etc. Bumbershoot is known for the last big event of the summer.

I hope you get to check out some of the fun events in Seattle this summer. I hope to check a few off this list.

What are you doing this summer?

Any fun events you are looking forward too?

Are you going to Watershed?

XO, Tara

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Fun Facts Friday- Friday the 13th Edition

Happy dance, happy dance!

Today is FRIIIIIDAYYYYY—–>Friday the 13th to be exact! Watch out for the black cats and level 13 or whatever else freaks you out on this day.

I’m pretty stoked for the weekend. How about you?

It’s time to get to Fun Fact Friday

1. Look at that good ol’ bruise on my upper thigh. Totally ran into the corner of my side table. I know that I’ve ran into it many times and I still haven’t learned. 

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2. Breakfast. I’ve had smoothies everyday this week so far for brekkie. I never used to eat breakfast, because I wasn’t always hungry. However, since I am lifting more I know that it would help me physically to consume more protein/food throughout the day.

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3. #OITNB- OMG!!!!

4. Escape Club is the dumbest show ever. There was nothing else on last night, so I had to cringe my teeth and listen to this show (background annoyance).

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5. Virtual Book Club! I need to figure this out. According to my last post, people are interested in this. Thoughts? How many books a month? Interested?

6. I’m going to a country concert on Saturday and I am pretty stoked for it.

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10 bands in one day. Heck yes. However, we will probably show up in the later afternoon.

What are you up to this weekend?

Does Friday the 13th freak you out?

Are you in a book club?

XO, Tara

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The Latest Read.

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I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials for the most recent movie to hit the theaters. Take a wild guess? The Fault In Our Stars.

The seek peek definitely intrigued me and I knew that it was essential to read the book before going to see the movie. I prefer that.

That being said, on Saturday morning I downloaded the book on my kindle and headed to the gym for a hour sweat session. I ended up reading half of the book in an hour and was mad that I couldn’t just keep going on the elliptical. Well, I could have….but that would have been two plus hours of cardio. I’m trying to limit myself to just an hour with a cool down.

Since I wasn’t finished with the book that mean’t that my cardio session on Sunday was already set up! Perfect! Not having to search for a show to entertain me for an hour is a bonus. I ended up almost finishing the book at the gym and was very very close to crying. That would have been awkward. I mean, I’ve laughed out loud while watching Ellen, but that’s a give in. I haven’t actually broke out in tears. I was on the verge.

I left the gym with 30 pages left. I was pissed that I couldn’t finish it, but I was confident that I knew what would happen. So I thought….I finished it in the car on the way to Twin Rivers Brewery. I didn’t expect it to end the way it did, but that’s okay. I really enjoyed the book. Yes, it was depressing at times, but it opened my eyes to the life that those with cancer live. On a side note, I’ve witnessed it from the outside with my own dad. This novel continued to help me realize how those with cancer cope emotionally.

**Spoiler Alert**

In a nut shell, this novel is about a teen girl (Hazel Grace) dying of cancer who meets a intriguing boy (Augustus) in a cancer support group. They find they have common interests and they travel to Amsterdam to meet a famous author. Unfortunately, the meeting doesn’t go so well and the two teens admit that they are in love with each other. Augustus finds out that his cancer is back and unfortunately passes away leaving Hazel Grace to cope with the outcome.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was sad and there were times while at the gym where I wanted to tear up but had to hold back. I highly recommend the book especially for those who may have sometime who is battling cancer in their family. It will help you realize what they are going through mentally, emotionally and physically.

I’m ready to cry through the movie now.

Have you read this book?

What are you reading now?

Have you seen the movie yet?

XO, Tara

A Peek Inside My Workout Bag

I’m always interested in other people’s workout bag, so lets check out what I have stored in mine….

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I love love love my Lululemon workout bag. It isn’t too big, but I can fit alot of crap in it.

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Duh, running shoes. These are my go to shoes, but I am in dyer need of another pair. I ❤ Asics. We will never break up.

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Ear buds and my Tune belt Iphone arm band. If I forget these items, my workout is in shambles. Either I get to workout without music or I have to hold my iphone while lifting weights. This cannot happen. #workoutproblems

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Chapstick is a major necessity!! My lips get so chapped sometimes. #lifesavor

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My Kindle gets me through cardio. Sometimes regular TV doesn’t cut it. Especially since Orange is the New Black season 2 just started. OMG, OMG, OMG!! 

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You can never have enough headbands. I keep a few in my bag just in case. My hair is constantly in my face without a headband.

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I eat a Quest proten bar every single day. I keep these gems in my bag as a snack and reward for my hard work.

Along with all the items I mentioned, I obviously pack clothes….I think you can imagine what those look like. Shorts, capris, sports bra, top and socks. The basics.

What do you have in your workout bag?

Is there something that is a must have?

Have a great Saturday and weekend!!

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My National Running Day Shocker

Happy National Running Day<—–Yesterday!

Unfortunately, this year I wasn’t able to participate. Instead, I decided that I would be a good girl and listen to my body for once. Say what? Yeah, I decided to punk out on National Running Day.  But, you know what…my IT band/knee/pain my ass will thank me for it.

Instead, I took a BodyPump/CX Worx class. I love BodyPump, because you get to work all the muscle groups and CX Worx is great for targeting those smaller muscles. I was definitely feeling it especially after hiking 8 miles on Tuesday.

Decided to do an impromptu hike up Mount Si.

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Hiked to the tippy top, no big deal. 

The hike is four miles up and roughly 3900 feet of elevation gain. Mother nature decided not to cooperate, because the clouds never burned off like they were supposed too. The view at the top were of clouds. However, the temperature was perfect.

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Can you see me? 😉 Luckily, I decided to wear a orange tank so that I could be seen!

Made it up and down in roughly 3.5 hours. Beast mode.

The last time I hiked Mount Si had to be like 4 years ago. I couldn’t remember much about the hike other than you’re mostly in the trees and the trail is mostly switch backs. On a side note, the hike isn’t too strenuous. There are parts that are steep and parts that are somewhat flat. A pretty good balance. It is just long….be prepared for that.

Take in the scenery, relax and be one with nature. 🙂 I know that you’ll feel better after it’s done, I sure did.

Am I feeling the hike? Yep, my booty is feeling it. 

Looks like hiking season is upon us. I have a running list of hikes to get through during the summer/early fall.

1. Bandera Trail

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2. Mount Si (many times)

3. Mail Box Peak

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4. Granite Falls

5. Otter Falls

6. Paradise Trail at Mount Rainier

7. Rattlesnake (many times)

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8. Poo Poo Point (many times)

9. Snow Lake

And the list continues to grow as I find more hikes. Any recommendations?

Where do you like to hike?

Have you hiked Mount Si?

What is the longest hike you’ve done?

Did you run on National Running Day?

Have a marvelous Friday eve!

XO, Tara

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