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Upper Body Workout

Hey guys! The past few days have been pretty good on the workout front. I’ve been able to lift weights Monday and Tuesday which is great. It’s always somewhat of a challenge because I bring Brooke with me to the gym…like literally, carry her around in a car seat. It gets a little weird sometimes…me and Brooke..surrounded by big muscly dudes. I’m sure they’re wondering what kind of mother brings their baby to the gym….? Well, this one.

Anyway, both workouts were good but kinda short. I always cross my fingers that she will fall asleep on the way to the gym so I can workout for as long as I want…but I think that’s happened like, once. Usually I have to entertain her off and on and I’m only there for about 20-30 minutes. It’s something at least!

Here’s the workout I did Monday:



I realize now that that post makes no sense so I’ll break it down:

My goal was 3 sets of 4-6 reps-

  • Pull Downs on Machine- 70 lb.s 5 reps
  • Machine R0ws- 70lb. 4 reps
  • Assisted Pull Ups- with 45lb. of assistance 6 reps
  • Back Extensions Machine- 115lb. 12 reps
  • Fixed Pull Downs Machine- 70lb. 6 reps
  • Captains Chair (ab move) 3 sets of 10

I never got around to single arm time!

I was sore yesterday so I think it was a good workout. I feel like my back and general core are areas that I need to work on still. I notice that I slouch a lot more than I used to I think because I’m still weak in my core ( I blame Brooke). Back muscles are easy to forget but man they look good when they’re toned!

Yesterday’s workout was focused more on legs and biceps and chest. I wanted to do more but I ran out of time AKA Brooke was about to go nuts.



Legs are tough to work these days since I’m also training for the marathon. I don’t want to push it too much, but I also don’t want to have a freakishly huge upper body and chicken legs (not that that would actually happen..but ya know). So, I did a couple leg moves yesterday including:

  • Hamstring Curls with a Swiss Ball- 3 sets of 15
  • Deadlifts- 3 sets of 15 with 30lb. dumbbells.
  • Step Ups onto Bench- 3 sets of 10 on both legs holding 20 lb. dumbbells

Then I went on to do some heavy bicep and chest moves:

  • Bicep Curls- 3 sets of 5 using 15lb. dumbbells
  • Concentration Curls- 3 sets of 6 using 15lb. dumbbells
  • Hammer Curls- 3 sets of 3 using 20lb. dumbbells


  • Chest Press- 3 sets of 10 using 25lb. dumbbells
  • Chest Fly- 3 sets of 6 using 20lb. dumbbells.

I like lifting heavier weights, but I can tell that I’m going to have to move to barbells for some of these exercises. The dumbbells tend to hurt my wrists. I don’t know why but I find barbells a little intimidating. I think it’s because I’m not 100% sure I know how to add/take off weight and I don’t want to be the one who drops weights all over…especially when I’m carrying a baby around. One of these days I’ll have to buckle down and just try them! I’m sure they’re not too complicated.


On the diet front, things are going pretty well! I’ve been eating “clean” now for about a week and I feel just fine. My husband has these amazing tortillas that I’ve somehow managed to say no to so I’m proud of myself. I had a weird impulse buy at Costco the other day:



An extremely large amount of tupperware. Kind of random….I’m motivated to food prep I guess! I’m not sure what you use the teeny tiny ones for though…nut portions maybe?


Do you prep your food or meals for the week? Any tips?

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