Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hump Day!

Happy Happy Humpday everyone! 

You know what's the worst? When its leg day and you're STILL sore from the last leg day... Ouch! 

I train legs 3 times a week... Monday's and Friday's I train Hamstrings and glutes, Wednesday's I train Quads and glutes, so today was Quads and Glutes day!

Today's workout was fairly short and sweet, but DEFINITELY to the point! 

Warm up:
Dynamic Stretching of your choice! (Don't skip this part... you'll regret it, I promise!)

Back Squat Work-up:

10 reps
8 reps
6 reps
4 reps
2 reps

The goal of this Work-up is to start with moderately challenging weight for the first set of 10 reps, then continue to increase your weight until you get to the 2 rep set, which by this time should be close to your maximum squat weight! Knowing that, increase accordingly per set :) 

Wide stance back squat 
3 sets of 8 reps, heavy 

Barbell Split Squats (this one is BRUTAL heavy) 
3 sets of 8, each leg, heavy 

Dumbbell step-ups 
2 sets of 10, each leg

Glute push downs on the assisted pull-up machine
2 sets of 10 

Dumbbell Lateral lunges with a leg raise
2 sets of 8, each leg 

Glute Kickback Machine 
3 sets of 8 with an 8 pulse at the top on the last rep

Quad extensions
3 sets of burnouts, single leg and double leg 

Que booty pump, then limp out of the gym, haha! 

But seriously, my legs gave out walking back to the locker room to get my stuff, I was SO embarrassed!

Give that routine a shot and let me know what you think! Enjoy :)  

Friday, November 25, 2016

DIY Friday!

Hey everyone! It's DIY Friday again, Black Friday at that, so lots of fun things can be picked up today for DIY projects!! Take advantage ;) 

This week's #FarmhouseFixForLess is for our outside entry way! Not too long ago, we had picked up some pallets to make a bench for our inside entry way... but they ended up being a little too dirty to have as inside wood, so they needed to be an outside project! 

As you have seen, the inside of the Buckley house is in full swing Christmas, however our outside entryway was still very Fall-ish... pumpkins and all! Soooo, we had to make the outside match the inside and make some Christmas trees! :) 

Here's what you'll need: 

-Old Pallets
-An Angle 
-A Saw
-And possibly a husband, ha! 

First we took the old pallets and the hubs used the angle to draw the cut lines. These were what our pallets looked like! 

This is the angle we used! 

The steepness of the angle is dependent on how big or how small you want the Christmas trees! We made one bigger one and one smaller one! Once your lines are drawn, you can get to cutting! My husband (black shirt) made the first one, then taught his cousin how to make the next one. 

They left the bottom of the trees straight across so they could sit on their own! Here's what they look like! 

Aren't they adorable?! With some fire wood, pinecones and a basket full of mini pinecones, we're ready for Christmas! 

Now the debate is, to flock them with snow, or not to flock them with snow.... decisions, decisions! 

What do y'all think?! 

Happy DIY Friday! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

DIY Friday !!

So I totally dropped the ball last week with my DIY Friday ! So here we are with a #FarmHouseFixForLess !

Some of you remember me going to the French Country Flea Market last month and I was able to find some really neat old reclaimed wood windows so I got creative with one of them.

I have A LOT of jewelry, ya know for the rare occasion that I'm not wearing gym clothes, and what I had been using to hang it just wasn't cutting it !

So here's what happened:

I took one of the larger windows that had one of the panes broken , and knocked out all the glass (which was a lot harder than I thought it would be!)

The a flipped it over and stapled 1in chicken wire ($3 from Lowes/Home Depot) on the back of the window !

Then I found these tiny little S-hooks at Lowe's for $2 and spread them around on the chicken wire. They're perfect for necklaces !

Then I hung all my jerewly on it !


You can do this with a picture frame too if you don't have a window !

Happy Friday :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Brawler Bootcamp!

What the heck is Brawler Bootcamp and why should you 110% be in it?! 

Let me break it down for ya! Every month I run an online fitness bootcamp to help ladies reach their health and fitness goals! This month however, I launched a NEW bootcamp, and its wrapped around KICKBOXING/MMA Training. Now, many of you ladies are probably thinking "eh, I'm not coordinated enough for that" or "that's not really my thing"... but guess what? You're WRONG. 

Listen here ladies. One: You ARE coordinated enough for it! It just takes practice. If my long, lanky 5'10" self can do it, ANYONE can do it! Two: It SHOULD be your thing. Wanna know why? 1 in 3 women have be physically abused by someone in their intimate circle of relationships. ONE IN THREE! That's ONE too many, and that JUST in their inner circle! That's not even counting the attacks that happen by strangers...  Is Kickboxing fun? Heck yeah. But its not just about the fun, its not just about getting fit, its about get STRONG and CONFIDENT in your abilities to defend yourself! You WILL not be a victim. You WILL be able to FIGHT BACK and #HitLikeAGirl! Will you be a professional fighter after this bootcamp? Absolutely not. But will you feel confident in yourself and your abilities to defend yourself and feel EMPOWERED? Heck yes! Not to mention you'll crush your fitness goals in the process! <3 Be prepared to be functionally fit ! 

Want a little sneak peek? Here you go! 

For more info on joining Brawler Bootcamp, click HERE! <3

Dinner! - Zoodle Spaghetti!

I'm an intuitive eater, for sure! So I don't track or pay a TON of attention to my food meticulously, however I do try to be mindful of types of foods I'm eating timing wise. For example, I train legs 3 days a week, so I know on those 3 days I can CARB UP because my goal is for growth in my glutes and hamstrings and they workout takes A LOT out of you, the other 4 days I'm not looking for as much growth as I am shape, so I try to keep those days higher in proteins and fats than carbs. I also try not to stuff my face with carbs before bed (regardless of the training day) because carbs need to be used to not turn into fat! So this is a perfect example of my dinner from the other night on a non-legday.


First, spiralize some zucchini! You can get a spiralizer of some sort from Wal-Mart or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I got mine on Amazon! Click Here to order one. Zucchini shrinks up real small, so you can spiralize a lot of them !!

Next, through them in a pan and simmer on low-med heat with seasoning while your brown the meat!  

Brown the meat you're using! You can use ground turkey or extra lean ground beef. I use extra lean ground beef and season it with sea salt, pepper, and chilli powder! 

Strain your meat and noodles, then combine with sauce! This is the sauce I use (I'm not creative enough to make my own. This gets the job done!) 

Mix it together and enjoy!! :)
High protein, lower carb dinner :) 

Happy Wednesday! :) 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bloat Be Gone Update!

Happy Transformation Tuesday! If you guys read my Bloat Be Gone post (here!), then you know the struggle I was having and what I was testing to help it out! This is an update on progress from that post. 
As you know, I was using a Gut Health blend of tea that has oodles of benefits for your insides to keep them healthy and I'm still LOVING these blends!! (see previous post for specific blends!) So here's an update. 

In my previous post, you saw the first two photos, a 10 day difference with a non-bloated, happy, healthy tummy!! In the third picture, you can see that still stands true!! The third picture AGAIN was in the evening, after a full day of food and my tummy is still just as happy as it was before! I wasn't expecting a drastic change from photo two and three because my goal isn't weight loss, it was just to maintain my bloating issue, which is exactly what is happening!! So you have Day 1 (morning) Day 10 (evening), and Day 20 (evening). 

SO excited I've FINALLY found something to make my insides happy again and it isn't a pill or a medicine!! Thank you Teami !! <3 

For those of you who need a short recap, I have been implementing a Gut Health combo tea from Teami Blends to help with my unhappy insides. I was using both the Skinny Blend and the Colon Blend and LOVE them. (See my original "Bloat Be Gone" post for details and health benefits). 

Now I am also incorporating the Alive Blend and the Energy blend to help regulate my Hypothyroid energy drops! This morning was my first time testing out the Alive Blend and I mixed it with my typical Skinny Blend and OMG. First of all, YUM, second of all, MY ENERGY IS AMAZING!!!! 

When I wake up, I normally feel like I've been hit by a bus, twice. (I know my hypothyroid peeps understand). Normally this drags on until about lunch time. This morning I got up extra early to get a workout in with my Brawler Bootcampers and thought FOR SURE I would be DRAGGING all day like I normally am when I get up extra early to workout before work instead of waiting until after work (totally not a morning person...) But to my surprise, after my workout with some good endorphin pumping, I had my Alive/Skinny Teami blend heading to work and I'm feeling AWESOME! Clear mind, lots of energy, not falling asleep if I sit too long, but also not WIRED like I am when I have espresso. 

Just a little bit about Teami's Alive Blend. 

This herbal blend is geared toward eliminating chronic exhaustion (my fellow hypo peeps!), getting your metabolism going, heightening your focus and concentration, boosting your energy, decreasing migraines (#blessed), and increasing your blood flow and circulation to clear your skin! (buh-bye acne!) 

So far I am obsessed with those three blends! Bring me ALL the herbal remedies to medical problems please!! :) 

Any of my fellow hypo peeps, bloaty gals, migraine suffers, or sleepyheads, swing by and get a discount with the code: BARBELLS

Happy Tuesday FitFam! <3 

Friday, November 4, 2016

DIY Friday!!

We got married in September and closed on our house the week before the wedding, so not only are we newlyweds, but we are also new home owners and I've had a BLAST decorating and turning our house into a warm, cozy home!! We've been up to a lot of DIY projects, so I figured on Friday's I'd share a project we had done for our farmhouse themed home, on a budget! 
Introducing DIY Fridays #FarmHouseFixForLess style ! There is a fun hashtag that goes around on Instagram on Tuesdays too, if you want to play. :) 

Anyway, today I wanted to share the beginning of our entry way! Now I'm the Pinterest queen... I would literally have zero decorating sense without Pinterest or Instagram, ha! So naturally scrolling around Pinterest I found rustic entry ways, and they all, in some way, had shelving of some type at the top with hanging options, and then a bench of some kind at the bottom for storage and fun pillows, of course! So I wondered off to Hobby Lobby and I began the search for shelving. 

Unfortunately, shelves are really flipping expensive! (at least the farm style ones I wanted were.) So I left the shelf section and wondered around the decor section to stumble upon these old tool boxes!

I thought they were neat to begin with, but after I looked at them for a little bit, I thought "what if I flipped them upside-down and made them a shelf?! Then I could hang something from the bottom of them!" Naturally, I'm a very visual person, so I had to lay it out. I wandered over to the knob/hanging section in Hobby Lobby and found some hooks.

UMMMMM YES!!!! PERFECT!!!! So I grabbed two toolboxes ($20), 8 hooks and headed out the door for a fraction of the price of just ONE normal shelf!

I got home and my husband asked if I had any shelf luck. I opened the trunk and whipped out these bad boys (holding them as toolboxes), full of excitement for my cheap, creative find and he kinda just looked at me funny, waiting for an explanation. I let him know that I need him to hang these upside in the entry way and then we're going to add hooks! "It was a super cheap steal babe, way cheaper than a shelf!" (that's all he really need to hear and/or cared about). So up went the two upside down toolboxes and we attached the hooks..... TA-DAAA!!! :) 

I'm obsessed! Toolboxes, hooks, and decor are all from Hobby Lobby! Now its time to find or build the perfect bench for underneath it :) 

Happy DIY Friday! :) 

Squats for Boobs

Last night's workout was chest and triceps, with a little bit of abs at the end! 
I hate training chest, with a passion, but I hate armpit fat in my bras and tank tops more, so I guess I'll stick to it. I got to thinking (wishing) yesterday while doing chest, whyyyyyyy can't I build boobs like I can build a booty?! Wouldn't that be awesome! You can work hard and shape, tone and grow every other part of your body... I vote boobs should be a muscle group, not just the pectoral muscles that lay underneath them. Looks like my vote doesn't count... sigh. 
Since it looks like that won't ever be a thing, here's the chest, tri and abs workout I did yesterday that will at least make them perky! I will be working on doing my own instructional videos, but for now, I've attached examples of each workout if you're confused about one! (Sorry in advance if they're lame!) 

Cable chest press: 3x12 @ 70lbs (Example
Tricep cable pulldowns: 3x10 @ 40lbs (Example)

Dumbbell Bench Press: 3x12 @ 20lbs (Example)
Skull Crushers 3x12 @ 20lbs (Example)

Cable Crossover Pec Pulls: 3x12 @ 30lbs 
(These are kinda like sword pulls, but instead of pulling from the ground up using your back, you're pulling from over your head and down using your chest!) 
Dumbells Pec Flys: 3x10 @ 10lbs (Example)

Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks: 3x10 @ 8lbs (Example)
Tricep pushups: 3x Burnout  (Example)

Tricep dips: Burnout (Example)
Single Arm Tricep Cable Pull Downs: Burnout (Same as above, but holding only one cable)

V-Ups : Burnout (Example)  
Leg lifts: Burnout (Example)
Crunches: Burnout 
Alternating Toe Touch V-Ups: Burnout (Example)
Oblique crunches: Burnout each side (Example)
Dumbbell Oblique Pulls: Burnout each side (Example)

** Burnout: Doing as many reps as you can until you can't do any more. 


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bloat Be Gone!

Bloating. It's frustrating, inconvenient, annoying, and just no fun! Even worse? When you can't figure out what the heck causes it!! There's nothing worse than busting your tail in the gym (or at home) and wanting to feel awesome and show off your hard work in your clothes (or without) and feeling like you CAN'T because you're so bloated!! Maybe your core muscles are under there somewhere... but who knows because you ingested SOMETHING that made you swell up like a balloon. 
For me, its pretty much anything I ingested. Eat a full sized pizza (gluten free, of course), bloat; Eat a salad, bloat. Drink water to flush it out, bloat. Hmmmmm.... It's FRUSTRATING. Trust me, I know. I'm sick of my dress pants cutting into my hips and stomach after lunch too, don't worry. 

I've tried A LOT to help this issue... from cutting out certain foods, to special probiotics, and nothing really seemed to help. So I figured I'd just have to deal with a "food baby" more often than not, yay. 

Then I stumbled across TeaMi Blends. Now, two things. One, I absolutely DO NOT think that any kind of tea, pill, wrap or anything of the sorts is the solution to your health and fitness goals. NOTHING will substitute hard work EXERCISING and CLEAN EATING. Two, I love teas so I have tried "weight loss" teas in the past just for shits and giggles, so I'm aware of all the crazy advertisements that buzz around. I did not try this tea for weight loss. Period. 

However, I am all about the natural healing of issues with your body, for those of you who have followed my Hypothyroid journey on Instagram. I'll drink some natural herbal tea before I'll swallow a pill full of chemicals. What caught my attention about this tea is the Gut Health aspects of it. Obviously, if we're bloating a lot, that's a SIGN that something is up and irritated in your digestive tract and it needs some lovin'! I ended up giving two TeaMi teas a shot: Skinny and Colon.

The Skinny tea is for daily drinking and I've actually REPLACED my morning coffee with it (WHATTT!?! Yay for less teeth bleaching!). Because this tea is loose leaf tea, it comes with a cute little steeper, so I just fill my steeper in the morning, drop it in my cup, and refill my cup throughout the day when I'd like more tea! My office is FREEZING, so a warm drink is necessary. You get 30 "servings" in a bag for loose leaf tea, however because you can re-steep all day, you're really getting a lot more bang for your buck. So lets talk about the Skinny Tea for a second. One, I hate that its called skinny tea. Yes, it helps with the bloating and digestion so it makes you feel skinnier, but it is by no means a solution for weight loss that some people assume it to be by its name; luckily that is not how its advertised. I wish it was called Confidence tea, because you really do feel so much more confident when your tummy is flat and happy! The herbal blend that makes up the Skinny tea focuses on boosting your metabolism, calming and soothing muscle soreness, spasms and tightness, reducing bloating, soothing digestive issues, and improving skin complexion. It's been a great addition to my workout routine and current eating schedule! I'll never complain about a metabolism boost, not as sore muscles, and clear skin!  

The Colon tea I think is the biggest game changer here. It tastes DELICIOUS (husband approved) and really does its job. Like I mentioned earlier, if you're bloating a lot, that is a sign from your body that something is not happy, so the herbs in the colon tea go straight to the source. I drink this tea every other night, and steep 2 glasses from one bag. (You only steep for 2-3 minutes... but ease your way into that ;) ) The herbal blend that makes up the Colon tea focuses on detoxing your internal organs, flushing out harsh toxins that have built up from pollution, harsh chemicals, and processed foods, healing digestive issues and improving digestion, and improving the quality of sleep. If toxins are built up in your digestive tract, the nutrients you consume cannot be properly absorbed, obstructing your efforts in reaching your health and fitness goals!

Gut Health is just as important for reaching your goals as your physical workout routine and your eating habits! Gotta take care of the outside AND the inside :)

Anyway, after adding this combo of teas to my current workout routine and eating habits, here's what I saw after 10 days! I really wasn't expecting to see a huge difference in general, let alone early on. I like to give things about 3-4 weeks of consistency before I conclude they don't work. (My husband may disagree and attest to my mini-meltdowns when I spend three days eating healthy and my abs are back yet....So I may as well have Fro-Yo because its not working... ha! ) But in reality it DOES take about 3 weeks to notice changes in your body, skin, etc, so whatever you're doing, stick it out for at least that long, then reassess! :) 

The photo on the left is me in the morning (can you tell I'm SUCH a morning person?). But typically in the morning, you should be your leanest because you've just spend all night letting your body eat itself.... and here we are, bloated. The picture on the right is me in the evening, after a full day of eating..... holy moly. I feel SO much better. I would have expected to look more bloated than the first photo, because I was 3 meals and some snacks in... but to my surprise, my tummy was normal! The right side is a happy, flat, non-bloated tummy!! (and also a non-padded sports bra. Yes they're really that small. #sadday . The tea did NOT make them disappear, I promise.) 

I'm super excited to see what the rest of the month brings and looking forward to having a happy Tummy from now on! #ThankYouTeami

There was a big sale the other day so I got the Energy blend and the Alive blend too, in hopes that they will help with my hypothyroid energy plummets! Hypothyroid peeps, I'll keep you updated ;) Stay tuned for a post on that ! :) 

Teami is offering a discount on all teas and super cute tumblers at , discount code: BB20 at check out, for anyone interested! 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hello fitfam and blog world ! I'm BACK and super excited for my revamp !!! 

I've reorganized, rebranded, and am ready to share with you all again, where life has taken me! 💗

Let's get back to it ! 

Today was Leg day, because it's #Humpday of course ! I'm currently training legs 3 times a week, so I have 2 Hamstring and Glute days and one Quad, glute and calf day, which was today ! 

I'm still easing back into things after taking so long off , but it's amazing how muscle memory works ! 

Here's what was on the menu for today : 

Back Squat Pyramid : 
10 reps @ 135lbs 
8 reps @ 145lbs
6 reps @ 165lbs
4 reps @ 185lbs
2 reps @195lbs 
4 reps @185lbs 
6 reps @ 165lbs
10 reps @ 135lbs 

(I skipped the 8 because my form gave out and it's form is always the most important part!) 

Super set: 
Smith machine Glute Kickbacks 
3 x 8 @ 30lbs 

Curtsy Lunges 
3 x 8 @ 15lb dumbbells in each hand 

Super Set: 
Sumo Goblet Squats 
3x8 @ 40lbs 

Alternating lateral lunges 
3x8 each leg @ 40lbs 

Leg Press: 
Narrow stance 
3x10 @ 130lbs 

Wide Stance 
3x10 @ 130lbs 

Single leg, toe forward 
3x12 @ 60lbs 

Single leg, toe inward (outer glute focus)
3x10 @ 60lbs 

Single leg, toe outward (inner glute focus)
3x10 @ 60lbs 

(I did one set of each style of leg press non-stop for each group set... Holy burn!!!) 

Quad Extension Burn out : 
12 reps @ 80lbs 
10 reps @ 70lbs
8 reps @ 60lbs 
8 reps @ 40 lbs 
8 reps @ 30lbs 
Single leg 8 reps @ 20lbs 
Single leg 8 reps @ 10lbs 


Single leg 12 reps @ 20lbs 
Both legs 10 reps @ 30lbs 

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Enjoy, friends ! 

Who's going to give this one a shot?!