FitFriday Update & Food!!!

Happy Fitfriday everyone!

So instead of a lesson today, I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to for the last five weeks.

If you remember, I was supposed to start a bodyweight 30-Day challenge. Well, after a couple of false starts, I decided enough was enough and went back to bodybuilding. Because honestly, I freaking love picking heavy shit up and putting it back down.

I created a five day split inspired several plans: Muscle and Fitness Hers: Bikini Competition Workout Plan, Muscle and Fitness Hers: 8 Moves to Build a Better, More Fit Butt. I also used my own: inner & outer thigh workouts, Fabulous Forearms (coming to Workout Wednesday soon), my favorite ab sequences, machine substitutions, all-by-myself substitutions, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. I pretty much put all my favorite exercises together for a plan I love and kicks my ass. Win-Win.

I didn’t start my cardio until week two because I was expecting a certain amount of soreness. But after Leg day on Monday, there was zero hope for me to do any cardio for the week regardless. It took four days to stop grunting every time I moved and until Saturday to be pain-free. I even started out using lighter weights, about what I could lift a year ago because I know I’ve lost a lot of my strength. The illness I had over the summer, ‘breaking bone flu’ as the locals call it, wiped me out. It took two rounds of medicine and almost two months to feel better. I never got back to 100% when it came to lifting, and my strength didn’t just bounce back either. That was a bit depressing and probably one of the reasons I lost my drive.

But I’ve been increasing my weight just a little bit on every exercise every week, and I already feel stronger. I also have been mostly in the dark blue range… what a motivational ego boost that is!!! Whoop! I’m back, Bitches!


Weeks 1 & 2 #reprecap from Bodyspace.


Weeks 2 & 3 #reprecap from Bodyspace

Week 4 got complicated and I need to go down to 4 days. I still did every exercise, just moved things around a bit. Week 5, that I’m in the middle of, is also a 4 dayer. Just is what it is, I’m making it work.

One more picture… Week 1 & Week 5’s progress pics.


I’m ending today with a fitfamily food recipe!

Click the picture to download a PDF.


Happy Eating!

Meet Emmy Gatrell

Hi! I’m Emmy, a 42-year-old Stay-At-Home-School-Mom to two teenage boys, nine dogs, and a husband. I write and publish fiction in multiple genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, speculative fiction, and supernatural horror ranging from young adult through four-flame +18. As you can tell I love all things that go bump in the night ;) I also love food. I’ve published the first five cookbooks of my No Frills Cookbook Series. My first coffee table cookbook TACO FREAKS (52 Recipes and Thoughts about the Best Day of the Week) publishes soon!