Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WIW-11.13.13. I have a few questions...

Well. I worked out for the first time in MONTHS on Monday. It was a lot, but not a lot. Or maybe it was a lot & I'm just down playing it, I don't know.
Here's what I did:
-2 miles on the treadmill (in about 36 minutes- I feel like that's good for someone who is out of shape!)
- 40 triceps extensions (behind the head) w/ 3lb dumbbell
- 30 arm raises -to the side- 3lb dumbbell each side (6lbs)
- 10 Elbow squeezes
- 20 Squats
- 16 lunges
- 40 calf raises
- 50 second wall sit
- 20 kettle bell swings (7lb)
- 30 second plank
baby steps, folks, baby step. It sounds like a lot (hell it looks like a lot) but I'm start with small weights to build my strength back up & I'm sure there are a couple of things that I don't do in correct form, but again, baby steps.
And mind you I did this all while cramping (I'm sure you wanted to know that), but working out does help with it.

A couple of issues & questions.
1.  My boobs just don't like to stay down. I was wearing a sports bra, cami, and a l/s shirt & anytime I got to a light job I couldn't do it for very long. When you have big boobs if f'kin hurts to run for too long, REALLY! My solution so far is that I bought another bra & am going to double bra it (plus the cami & shirt). My question here is, any of you other well blessed ladies have any suggestion for keeping your girls under control? I didn't jumping jacks and jump roping back when I was working out last (about 5 months ago) and I don't remember if they were this crazy. Or maybe I was just hyper aware Monday.

2. My knees we hurting. I don't have knee problems or bad knees really & so I don't think I've ever had this issue. My knees were lined up with my shoulders and my feet here straight ahead. Still, is it possible that I was somehow standing wrong while doing my squats? I know it's been a good 5 or so months since I last worked out, BUT, it had been years before that & I don't remember my knees having that issue 5 months ago, so I don't think it was that. I don't know.

3. Shin splints. I've had them before. Multiple times. They hurt, thankfully the pain didn't last though. Is there anything I can do to lessen the chance of getting them so quickly?

I shocked my body just a bit, haha. Not in a bad way. I didn't get sick or anything & I stayed hydrated throughout. I was just shakey afterward. Pretty sure my body was like, "WHAT. THE. FUCK are you doing? and why?" lol But it felt great & I still don't know where it came from. But I have an idea. I had a bit of a breakdown the other day & needed somewhere to channel my thoughts.

I didn't workout on yesterday because those cramps from Monday were about 20x's worse. But I did do a little bit of shopping so I could get out of the house, so walking counts for something!

Speaking of shopping, I treated myself just a little & while doing so I bought a journal and am going to use it as a eating/exercise journal. Even though I have MFP & this, I wanted to be able to write it all down, what I won't being doing in my written journal is calorie counting (I'll let MFP take care of that).

I do plan on working out today, cramps or not. Even if it's just some time on the treadmill. :-)

Also, want to Thank Jordan, Karla, & KellyAnne , and my bestest Manda for encouragement & routing me on, on IG the other day! It all made me smile.

Now to the weight..I don't really expect a loss, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if there is a bit of a gain + right now the bloating I have is unreal (mother nature is seriously torturing me right now) we go...

Last week: 161.4 (even though I didn't do a WIW on here, I still weighed in & logged it on paper)
This week: 160.5
Down 0.9
..Okay so better than I thought, it's a loss & I'll take it. I'm actually surprised it's lower. lol

Last little tidbit, the songs I listened to while on the treadmill:
1. Fall Out Boy- My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark
2. My Chemical Romance- Helena
3. Seether & Amy Lee- Broken
4. Secondhand Serenade- Fall For You
5. Paramore- Emergency
6. Jessie J- Do It Like A Dude
7. Alterbridge- Rise Today
8. Paramore- Fences
9. Framing Hanley- Photographs & Gasoline

(I just left my MP3 on shuffle & skipped songs that just didn't fit my mood at the moment)

Well, that's that!



  1. Great job! Much better than me! Shin splints are a bitch. What helped me get rid of mine, try running more on your forefoot. Your calves will be sore for a little but that is only because you are using a different muscle. I hope that helps!


  2. You are doing so good! Shin spilnts SUCK! I get them all the time. I did what the above commenter did, because that was the advice I got from someone else... and it did help!

    From one big chested girl to another.... HA! There is just nothing you can do to totally eliminate the pain/discomfort of running with huge boobs. Really. It sucks. I wear 2 sports bras and a tank top with a bra in it. That helps but MAN OH MAN does it give you a huge uni-boob. Sometimes, I even hold them while running... especially during TOTM when they are sore.

    As far as the knees being in pain... mine are always hurting when I do squats. The key is to keep them shoulder width apart and never fully extend them when you come back up. Also maybe try bending your back over a little bit and keeping it at an angle instead of straight.. which I'm sure you probably do. I just try and listen to my body... if my knees keep hurting more and more.. it's time for me to stop and do more later or the next day. =)

  3. Wonderful loss this week! I've had to wear 2 exercise bras before to help. And with the shin splints, I HIGHLY recommend getting fitted for a running shoe and have them measure your gait and watch you walk/run, if you haven't already. Also try slowing down just a bit and see if that helps with the Shin Splints.

  4. Good job with the loss this week! :) And I would check out some new sports bras for the boob issue. I have some sports bras that are only good for like yoga and some for running. There is a type of Champion one that I really like and I have two Victoria Secret ones that I love and don't have to wear two of or anything extra when I work out. I accidentally packed the wrong one for the gym the other day and it hurt and I nearly had to run holding my boobs. To avoid the awkward looks I just got off the treadmill and did my weight workout instead, womp womp, lol.

  5. Great loss this week! And good for you for getting back into it! As far as shin splints go, you really should go and get fitted for the right shoes. That made a huge difference for me!

  6. Good job!! My suggestion with sports bras is actually Victoria's Secret. They make some awesome sports bras (and they're obviously cute) and some of them don't run S, M, L they actually go by real band and cup size so they fit a lot better. I wear a 36D so my boobies are somewhat of an issue when I run, and my fav bras to wear are the ones from VS.

  7. You go Brandy! As a fellow busty gal I can tell you that I have this Under Armour sports bra that really holds them down and then I partner that with a cami with a built-in bra for additional support. Those bad boys have no where to go! I too love having a journal when I work out, that way I can record what I'm lifting so that I'm always increasing weight and pushing myself. I love hearing about your progress!

  8. Don't know what to tell you about the boob situation. I haven't found a solution for me yet; another reason why I don't want to do the more intense workouts yet. LOL

    Yes, it's possible to be standing wrong doing the squats. Are you sitting back on your heels?

  9. Way to go girl! So proud of you. If you are skeptical about your form, or just want to learn other new exercises, has an exercise database that has pretty much every single exercise listed on there with picture AND video how-tos, listed directions, and tips for your form! Here's what they have for bodyweight squats:

    Also, for your shin splints, it may be time to replace your shoes. If it's not that, you might want to look into inserts! Do you have a high arch or flat feet? These things affect how you run. Also, sometimes when we haven't run in a really long time and we shock our bodies like that, shin splints can be inevitable simply because the muscles that usually catch that impact aren't as well developed. Give it some time, keep working at it, and pay attention to your body. However, if your shin splints continue to bother you, DON'T RUN. Let your body rest and recover! Hope this helps :)

  10. I have the same #1 problem as you. I swear by my Moving Comfort Juno bras. I have 2 and they are great for running and jumping and everything! A little pricey but I search all over the internet for a cheaper sale price.


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