von Hottie v.: Strength Training & Toning Log

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  • Arm day with Buffin! I requested a mermaid workout, and what I got was an arms and abs workout. Close enough. Highlights of the day: lat pulldowns of 100 lbs., I discovered how to activate my squishy 6-pack for tricep pulldowns and cable bicep curls, and Anthony, my gym boyfriend, asked me to feel his rock hard glutes. It's really easy to lift big weights when cute boys put one leg up on the machine so you have something good to look at.

    More proof that Buffin is a really good trainer: We nerded out on his new muscle iPhone app. Now I see why my pecs are tight, and how my hip flexors are kind of like an aerial harness. Magic! Also, while I did cable rows, we took this picture of Buffin holding my pig tails for me. It looks like he's saying, "Mush, mush!" Actually he's saying, "You're perfect." Hashtag true story.

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  • A few weeks ago, I invented a protein pumpkin coffee smoothie. Yesterday, I added kale to it (sounds foul but you couldn't even tell) so therefore it qualified as a GREEN drink! Winning! Original recipe in the picture attached - just add ice if you want, and blend. It tastes like a coffee-pie-dessert, but it's GOOD FOR YOU!!! More WINNING! I'm also working on a recipe for Pink Princess Protein Pancakes, inspired by the pink pancakes I served my goddaughter when she visited this past weekend for a very special princess-themed visit in honor of her 5th birthday.

    Other healthy things I did: Meditation. Which turned into a nap. But that's healthy too. Also, I worked out with Buffin. I texted him the night before that we were going to get our first snow, and requested a snowman-themed workout. Instead, he planned a leg workout. Since when do snowmen have legs?

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  • Last Thursday, while warming up on the treadmill with Buffin, another trainer asked me, "Are you on Social Workout?" Turns out he was Anthony, Fraidy's trainer. I was so excited to finally put a face to the name. I was even more excited because Anthony is the trainer that tells Buffin he smells. Buffin doesn't smell! My trainer smells like fresh mountain air mixed with strawberry trainer electrolyte crack, dang it! I've decided "you smell" is trainer code for "I love you, man." Right after Anthony introduced himself, Buffin pushed the treadmill button up to 8 and that was it for conversation. During pushups, Anthony interrupted us to ask about Social Workout challenges, and I gave him my email. I think that was the first time Buffin realized SoWo was an actual website that other actual people use, and not just my personal blog where I talk about Buffin and his muscles. And now he's very curious....and even more curious about what Anthony makes Fraidy do ... and I smell a trainer challenge coming on...and I'm afraid.

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  • It's my birthday, wahooo! In honor of the occasion, I turned this morning's training session with Buffin into a gym birthday party. I handed out goody bags and wore a tiara and a tutu. I did a circuit of lateral jumps, bar squats, dumbbell rows, chest presses & mountain climbers. In between rounds, we blew bubbles, honked our noisemakers, and wore candy necklaces. Well, Buffin did all those things, and I lay on the floor. It was the best gym birthday party ever. Buffin hinted that he has a present in mind for me, but hasn't acquired it yet. Maybe it's a diamond???!!!!

    But really, the best present Buffin gave me was this tip during dumbbell rows: "Every time you squeeze a muscle, a fairy is born." I mean, if that's not motivation, what is???

    HOORAY I WAS BORN!!!!!

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    • jan65 h. Happy Birthday! I love the tutu and think you should wear it every day! Did Buffin wear a tutu as well? And those are some big girl weights you're lifting! 1 year ago
    • Sherry D. That's awesome!!!! Love it!!! 1 year ago
    • von Hottie v. @jan - omg those weights are big. Next year I'm bringing Buffin his own tutu. He was SO INTO that birthday party. 1 year ago
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    • Craig B. Happy birthday, vH. You inspire us all. 1 year ago
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    • Liz K. I second what Craig B said..."Happy Birthday, von Hottie." have Fun on me ;-)
      love ya and enjoy your evening. 1 year ago
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    • Sarah I. late to the party, but happy belated b-day, Von Hottie!

      And I love that quote from Buffin. Going to keep that in my mind during squats! 1 year ago
    • Deb C. Happy belated Birthday, Von Hottie! What a great idea for a celebration! I also concur with Craig B.! :) Keep up the great work :) 1 year ago
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    • von Hottie v. Awww, thanks guys! It was a great birthday! After dinner, my friends and I went out for some dancing at a dive bar with a funk band. My friend had just purchased a bachelorette tiara, so before we got to the bar, I put it on and we told everyone it was my bachelorette party. Wow, the next time I need to pick up men, I'm putting that thing back on. I had no idea impending marital commitments were such a turn on. I've never been hit on so much in my life (and I've been hit on A LOT). This weekend is my annual birthday parade in Central Park. It's also Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby and the Super Full Moon or something. It may take me weeks to recover. 1 year ago
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  • Allow me to introduce to you the most perfect commercial on the planet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0hq4bBnYIM. It features a margarita-making fireman and his fluffy beret-wearing kitten sidekick. This is everything I want in my life, and for my birthday, which is next week.

    I told Buffin all about this commercial, and so throughout our circuit yesterday, he reminded me to keep doing it "for the kitten." We started with box jumps. I'm terrified of jumping onto boxes, so Buffin held my hand, except one time I slipped and I kind of grabbed his crotch. I swear it was an accident. We recovered, and continued with our circuit of split squats, pushups, lateral lunges, lat pull-downs and jack-knifes. As I brought the medicine ball towards my chest during jack knifes, I just pretended I was holding a kitten on my knees and I couldn't let him drop.

    I have session with Buffin on my birthday next week. He is on board with my plan to wear a tutu and a tiara and hand out party favors during our workout. Gym birthday party! Then he got down to business about cardio and nutrition, blah blah, and challenged me to drink only one day a week. In my birthday week???!!! Just when I start to think Buffin is the most perfect man on the planet, he starts spouting nonsense and crazy talk. Sigh.

    • jan65 h. I first read that as only one drink per day. maybe you can start the new drinking challenge after your b-day week. 1 year ago
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    • Mary G. omgggg "I swear it was an accident" XD
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    • Fraidy L. I hate box jumps too. I'm always afraid of not landing properly and then falling off.
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  • Hi there! I'm out of town all week, helping my little sister with her wedding, which is on Friday. I think I have a zillion catch up posts from March. Anyway, Buffin and I did a big ol' circuit on Thursday, my last session before I headed out of town. He made me do a lot of walking lunges. I said since I was preparing for a wedding, it was only fair that he precede me with rose petals. Yes, I got my trainer to pretend to throw rose petals in front of me while I did walking lunges around the gym. Also, the 35lb weights were in use when we were doing squats, so I said I would try the 40lb dumbbells. After I finishes, Buffin said, "...and that is what is called 'dominating.'"

    Big smooches to all of you xo

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  • Reunited with Buffin this morning. There are no breaks, not even for ladies who recently had the stomach flu. Actually, we didn't do sprints, so maybe that counts as a break. Instead, we did this circuit: 10 vertical jumps, deadlifts, shoulder presses, assisted pullups, split squats w/ the barbell, side planks with arm flies. I did the whole circuit in 5mins 28 secs (BAM!), and then we repeated it twice more. And then it was time for ab work. And then I signed up for 30 more sessions (I get one look at Buffin's blue eyes and I just hand over my credit card like I'm in a trance). Just between us,when I got back from the gym, I fell asleep over my breakfast.

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    • Fraidy L. I'm the same way with buying new sessions. I always somehow get pulled into it. What time do you train with Buffin on Tuesdays? Since Tomas is going away for the next 2 months (and Brooke is subbing his classes) I might change my training day to Tuesday if I don't find a class I want to take to replace spin. 2 years ago
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    • Sarah I. I need a Buffin . . . maybe this summer when I'm done w/the X-Train Fit series and need a new set of challenges. Been a while since I had a trainer - it's awesome, even if they're not eye candy! Glad you're back at it! 2 years ago
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  • Last Tuesday, I trained with Buffin in the morning. By the evening, I was struck down by the Great Stomach Flu of 2012. Wooo-eee, that was a doozy. I slept and sweated a lot for 3 days. Maybe I can count that as a really long meditation? Anyway, I'm back on my feet, and ready for action. Missed you all! xoxo

    • Catherine A. glad you're feeling better, welcome back! 2 years ago
    • jan65 h. my favorite quote of all times:
      "I'm just one stomach flue away from my goal weight."
      – Emily, in The Devil Wears Prada.

      Glad you're feeling better, missed you. xoxo 2 years ago
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    • Mary G. Glad to hear you're feeling better!! <3 2 years ago
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    • Sonia M. Good to see you are back on your feet...you were missed, now tell me are we doing an April Yoga Challenge? 2 years ago
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    • Heidi T. Glad you're back!! (and I'm glad nothing is contagious on SW...except maybe the urge to get out there and get movin'!) 2 years ago
    • Reginia G. We missed you too.....
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    • von Hottie v. Thanks guys! It's good to be back.
      jan65- that quote was running through my head the whole time. I am sorry, but no amount of pounds will ever be worth the stomach flu to me. But, the stomach flu did make me give up booze for a week! 2 years ago
    • puali'i r. Oh man, that stomach flu is hitting us, too. It's terrible! Glad you're feeling better! 2 years ago
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  • I almost fainted this morning when I was working out with Buffin (my personal trainer). After sprints, we did a circuit of jumps, deadlifts, military presses w/bar, assisted pullups, and side planks with arm flies. After two rounds, I got really dizzy and nauseous, and everything started to go dim. I blame Daylight Savings Time because I was totally unable to fall asleep last night. Buffin made me lie down immediately and then gave me a long stretching session. I'm fine now. Stupid DST. I only got to deadlift 115lbs and I didn't get to impress the big muscle man working out next to us.

    Next week is my one-year anniversary with Buffin. I'm trying to convince him that the the first anniversary is the Diamond Anniversary, but he doesn't seem to be getting the hint. I never thought I'd have a trainer for this long. Will we keep the spark alive for Year 2, or will I get a wandering eye?

    • Oliver R. Cheat on the Buffin? Intriguing. 2 years ago
    • Sarah I. Only 115? Sissy. I'm dead this week myself. DST sucks in this regard. And don't stray from Buffin, he's been doing right by you for a year! 2 years ago
    • jan65 h. damsel in distress with your prince charming :) 2 years ago
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    • Sonia M. I am with Oliver!!!...Cheat on the Buffin!!!...lol 2 years ago
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    • Fraidy L. I cheated on trainers. Sometimes it was ok and sometimes it wasn't. It felt weird when I did. 2 years ago
    • von Hottie v. Let's be real, guys. We all know I can't actually cheat on Buffin. I get nauseous thinking about it. And I'd probably spend all my time with the Mistress Buffin talking about the real Buffin. But I will keep flirting with the muscle men in the big boyz section while I'm training with Buffin, just to keep him on his toes. 2 years ago
    • Noriko W. It's nice to have a muscle man as a trainer!
      BTW I did deadlift 85 pounds one day, and I was proud of myself! Then you said 115! I was impressed! 2 years ago
    • von Hottie v. Yeah, Noriko! 85 lbs is big time! Grrrrrrrr. 2 years ago
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      thefatbridesmaid m. oh my gosh! hope you're ok! glad buffin was there. Happy Anniversary to you and buffin, and many, many more!! <3 2 years ago
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  • I twisted my ankle on Wednesday night, and it was still swollen on Thursday morning, so I couldn't run sprints when I was training with Buffin (darn!) Instead we did a lot of big weight lifting for my chest and arms. That night, I went to see Buffin play Tybalt in an all-male production of Romeo & Juliet. It was obvious that they gave him the big swordfighting role because of his muscles. He had to do all the hard stuff. Everyone else just got stabbed.

    Decluttered by picking out all of the things I'm giving to my upcoming workshop of Pocahontas.

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