Daily Blog: Upper Body Workout & Healthy Options

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Happy Tuesday!

I switched up my usual breakfast this morning (I know, I'm shocked too!) I made chocolate protein waffles and a side of fruit and yogurt, you know, to feel healthy. To make the waffles, I just put the following into my Nutri-Bullet:

1/3 cup oats
1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
tsp baking powder
Tbsp GF flour
1 egg
1/2 a banana
A dash of almond milk 

Blend it all up, pop it in your waffle maker, lather in maple syrup and enjoy!

I was going to do the #BDIB Twitter chat this morning, but the topic was events and since I've never been to a blog event, I decided to give it a miss. Instead I read some blogs, including one from my favorite Sweet Is Always In Style Blog and my long-distance gym buddy Lucy! She wrote an update on her fitness journey and it's so inspiring to see her achieve her goals. She can lift some serious weights!! Wonder Woman watch out. 

I got an alert on my phone this morning about the new Little Mix song being available, so of course I've been dancing to that all morning. Shout Out To My Ex is definitely a song I can relate to! 

Decided to wear my Captain America tank top to the gym today! It is arm arm-day after all. Kind of in a self-love/goofy mood today.

Pre-Gym Rituals = check! Delicious Pre-Gym Snack = devoured. Time to go work these arms. 

Today I'm going to mainly focus on upper body and throw in a bit of cardio as well. I've been doing higher reps lately to help with toning my arms, rather than working on strength (I can have fun with that later.) Apologies for the bad photo quality! I was going to set it up so that I was in the picture, but the gym was busy and I didn't want to be rude.

Warmup: 10 minutes cross-trainer, alternating intensity

Bench Press 10kgs, 7-10 reps, 4 sets

Alternating bicep curls 7kgs, 20reps, 4 sets

Tricep dips 10 reps, 4 sets

Seated shoulder press 6kgs, 15reps, 4 sets

Spartan Circuit:
Box push with 60kgs, 1 lap
10 burpees
1 lap weighted lunges
10 pushups

Overhead tricep pulls, 18kgs, 20reps, 4 sets

Overhead ball throws, 10kgs, 20 reps, 3 sets

Pulls ups, AMRAP, 3 sets

20kg powerbag catch & clean lifts, 4 sets

Leg press

80kg x15
90kg x15
100kg x12
100kg x12
 (Personal Best! Woo!)

Bent over rows with bar, 5kgs, 20reps, 3 sets

Ab routine:
12 sumo squats
30 Russian twists with 10kg dumbell
20 knee to elbow 

I've been avoiding foundation this week and just putting on a little BB cream. Plus a little powder to set it. I want to take better care of my skin and I've seen a few girls online doing the same, so we will see how it feels after a month free of foundation. 

It's such a beautiful spring day today that I decided to do a little work outside! I desperately needed a change of scenery, it's always great for productivity. I got an idea for a blog post in the shower, so I'm dying to get it written out!

Couldn't resist having my lunch outside either! I watched a Lexlos vlog while I ate, mostly because I missed that positive couple. Can't wait until little Ocean is born.

Blog Photo Time! I have a post going up today and I'm actually glad that I waited for good lighting to take the pictures. I was able to set up outside for once and they came out great.

Being out of my room has been so good today. It's let me have some good family time and I always forget how good that makes me feel.

I managed to edit the photos and get the post up (yay me!) so I think I have earned myself a much-needed afternoon coffee.

And I can't be expected to schedule tweets without some kind of food source...
Which is why I'm making a quesadilla full of spinach, sweet chili, corn and more cheese than I should have. Oh well!

 Alright, it's time to give these protein donuts another go! They came out super-dry the other day and I wanted to see if trying a new recipe would work. Fingers crossed.

Kinda-success! They're still a little dry, but they're tasty. I melted a mint chocolate mini bar with a little coconut oil and sprinkled it on top.

Since I'm home from work tonight it's my turn to make dinner. Mum requested cauliflower pizza, so that's what she's gonna get. It's also one of my favorite dishes ever, so I'm pretty excited about it. A little fact about me is that I love to have barbecue sauce on my pizzas!

Editing while I watch new Big Bang Theory. And yes, those are my Captain America socks I bought in New York : ) They may be made for men, but I love wearing them!

Look what I found on the movie channel! The Lizzy McGuire Move! I still remember the words to the songs.

Having a little dessert of a chia and coconut pot. These are so good!I'm going to try and make my own at the weekend. Stay tuned!

I hope the week is going well for everybody : ) Let me know something that you are looking forward to in the comments.

Steph x.

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  1. Really love your daily blogs! x


  2. Uh I love these posts and you are the sweetest by the way and always make my day! :) I feel all giddy and feel like I have loads of things to tell you. Here goes: You look awesome, I really need to try some of that Spartan training, it sounds intense and those powerbags, woah, you are doing great! :)I feel ashamed to say that I am so lazy when it comes to cauliflower pizza, it looks so delicious but I made it once and made a mess, and I haven't tried again! :p Ooh and you inspire me so much with your photography. I really need to experiment taking pictures outside, I adore your pictures and how they turn out! :) And the Lizzie McGuire movie, YESSSSS! Hilary Duff is the best, I love her. Ok, sorry for the ramble! Love these posts though, can't wait for the next one! :) xxx

    Lucy x |~ SweetIsAlwaysInStyle || Lifestyle Blog ~

    1. Awww Lucy you are the best!! I'm so glad you enjoy these posts :D Cauliflower pizza does make such a mess, but just mix in some spices and eggs, then it's so worth it! Aw thank you! I never know if my photos are any good. Most of the credit goes to my camera anyway ;) I knew you would like Lizzie McGuire too! x.