Weight for it, Weight for it, Strength Training Plan


And that’s the plan!

Wait. Just kidding! But in seriousness. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a workout routine that seemed…reasonable? And I joined a gym for this month in order to try out machines, but it seemed ridiculous to wander around pulling at cords and handles and pushing buttons. Surprisingly enough, I found what looks to be a good workout at Simply Shredded. I don’t buy a lot of what they’re trying to sell in terms of the science of it…being a biochemistry major for three and a half years has ruined me for most of the fitness world’s claims; however, I do think the literal workouts seem pretty solid. So here’s what I’ll be working with:

Weeks 1-4 (All 3 x 8-12) Weeks 5-8 (All 3 x 6-8) Weeks 9-12 (All 3 x 4-6)

Day One – Upper Body A

  • Bench Press
  • Bent Over Row
  • DB Shoulder Press
  • Lying Tricep Extension
  • Barbell or DB Curl

Day Two – Lower Body A

  • Squat
  • Stiff Leg Deadlift
  • Leg Extension
  • Leg Curl
  • Standing Calf Raise
  • Abs:
    Lying Leg Raise 3 x 10-15
    Swiss Ball Crunch 3 x 10-15

Day Three – Off Day

Day Four – Upper Body B

  • Dips
  • Pull-Ups
  • DB Side Lateral
  • Tricep Cable Pressdown
  • Cable Curl

Day Five – Lower Body B

  • Deadlift
  • Leg Press
  • Lunges
  • Seated Calf Raise
  • DB Shrugs (Optional)
  • Abs:
    Incline Crunch 3 x 10-15
    Back Extension 3 x 10-15

Day Six – Off Day

Day Seven – Off Day

I’m pretty behind on my terminology, so I’ve been hunting up all of these and illustrating them, so as I do them I’ll post some adorable stick figure doing said exercises and let y’all know how it goes and what I think about turning all my limbs into limp noodles. Guess the reality of being in my…late twenties is starting to hit me…so trying to get fit and get strong it is! Plus it doesn’t hurt that bathing suit season is so soon, no?

Wish me luck!


“Grown-up” Grocery Shopping

I optimistically wanted to set my monthly grocery budget to $140. Okay. Well. Along with healthy eating that isn’t really a realistic expectation. As Bridget was talking about over at Money After Graduation, you can’t really expect to cut a lot of corners in your food budget and not expect your health to suffer for it. Part of my goals are to lose weight, but I would also like to be stronger and more toned, and eating healthier is a necessary part of that.

So. Shopping. How did that work out for me?

The List

  • Avocados 
  • Yellow Onions
  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Pickles
  • Cucumbers
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Spinach leaves
  • Mushrooms
  • Chicken breast
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Ground Meat
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • String Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Thyme

That right there was all under $140…however, I don’t know that what I bought will actually last me an entire month (I’m certain it won’t). I’ll know better by the end of next week I think, but so far the salads and such I’ve made have been pretty good. Favorites so far: avocados, string cheese, and bacon!!!


dem groceries