I am proud to say that I've successfully completed stage 4 of my New Rules of Lifting for Women program, and moved onto 5 this week. Only 2 more stages to go! I'm already worried, what will I do after I'm done?? Although like stage 4, stage 5 is pretty much exactly the same as one of the previous stages (3? I can't remember). But only 4 reps and 3-4 sets of each workout, which means you should be using even heavier weight. I am so amazed at how much stronger I've gotten from doing this program. I distinctly remember doing chest press at about 40-45 lbs before I started and it felt heavy, and this week I was doing it at 90 lbs! That's double what I used to do in just a few months. I can see definitions in my arms more and when I flex it's a lot more solid than before. My push-ups and planks are a breeze now. My legs are much stronger as well, and I can run so much faster and longer because of it too. Heavy weight lifting is awesome!!
Here's stage 5's workouts:
Oh oh, another thing. I have to congratulate my hubby who did a 8k gladiator mud run in Irvine yesterday with like 20 obstacles! He did it with his brother. I didn't do it, because I don't have any clothes or shoes that I'm willing to get muddy for it... lol. Just kidding... Sort've... I might do the Spartan race in Malibu in December this year and go get a cheap t-shirt from Target. Anyway, here he is afterwards! This tank used to be white:
Ok, now back to myself lol. Here are my workouts this week!
What I did: Mondays are usually my rest days but since I didn't workout last Sunday, I went on Monday instead. I went to the gym to lift and finished off stage 4!
What I wore: Lululemon Stuff Your Bra tank which has quickly become my favorite tank! And my older Empower crop in coal/passion, with my Adidas Adizero Adios 2 shoes.
I didn't realize but the tank and crops are a near perfect match! Check out the stripe parts of the tank and the crops, they look exactly the same:
Although passion and flash are different, they are similar enough in small doses that another person would not really be able to tell the difference especially when one item is on top and one is on the legs. Here passion is on the inside of the crops:
On the outside, the only part with visible passion is the stitching on the bottom of the leg. In such a small area, you really can't tell it's any different from flash, especially when the stripes match exactly:
Pretty cool! I like it when new Lulu matches with old Lulu. I spot Whiskey hair on the leg of the crop. He's shedding like a crazy mofo these days.
What I did: Weight lifting. This is when I started workout A of stage 5.
What I wore: Lululemon Cross My Heart tank and Power Vinyasa crop and my Adidas shoes again. I actually really liked these crops for the gym because of the big pockets! I usually bring my phone with me when I lift so I can pretend to be busy between sets and avoid people talking to me. It's very anti-social of me, but weird dudes always try to strike up a conversation with me and I just don't want to deal with it when I'm trying to get stuff done and get out of there.
Wednesday 4/25 - rest day but I have a work outfit though. I wore my Express Shirred v-neck shirt in midnight plum and Express Wide Waistband Editor pants in spring tweed.
What I did: Went to lift again and did workout B of stage 5.
What I wore: Lululemon short sleeve swiftly in white/ultra violet, with Astro Wunder Under crop in heathered black/dewberry. Another example of 2 different colors going with each other. And I wore my New Balance Minimums Road shoes.
It was raining on Thursday. Crazy right? One day 60 and raining, and 2 days later 80 degrees and sunny. So I wore my senorita pink Inspire jacket. I seriously heart this jacket.
|I think Whiskey was yawning here lol|
Friday 4/27 - rest day
What I did: I actually got up at like 7:30 and went to do hot yoga.
What I wore: Lululemon Hot Class tank in chirp, with black Ebb & Flow crops. I think these crops are my favorite for doing hot yoga in. They are so stretchy and comfortable. And they absorb all the sweat up evenly so you don't get the butt or crotch sweat look.
After my yoga, I got cleaned up and went shopping. I finally got to wear my Ravon Transformer dress that I got 6 months ago. It's a seriously awesome dress! If you don't own a transformer / multi-way wear dress, you need to get one. Look how many different ways there are to wear it!
This is how I wore it yesterday:
But when I was playing around with it, I figured out all these other ways to wear it, and I'm sure there are lots of other ways that I haven't thought of!
Way cool! I can't believe I never owned one of these versatile dresses before!
What I did: I warmed up with a 3 mile run, then did heavy weight sets mixed with 1 minute sprints on flat and different incline levels for about another 2 miles.
What I wore: Lululemon Push Ur Limit tank in wish blue/ multi poncho stripe, and CW-X Pro Tight with Nike Frees. These crops are seriously amazing. Whenever I wear them I can run for so much longer and faster without feeling it in my legs/knees. I felt like I could go on running forever today, and kind of did! After my run I came home and we took Whiskey out and ran with him around the neighborhood too.
I wore my white swiftly LS as to/from but turns out didn't really need it since it got so hot today.
And that wraps up this week's outfits! I have to go study now since I've been messing around all day (bleh), but don't forget about the giveaway next week!!