Author: andreaidika

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Fuck the lemonade, I’m grabbing tequila to go with that shit!
I’ve had a bit of a rough few days. Sick kids, sick hubs, bittersweet family news, school meeting and a horrible school drop off for my son today. I’m not gonna lie I spent most of this morning with a box of kleenex. I felt like a criminal leaving the school with my kiddo screaming “mommy please don’t leave me”. My poor guy had a bit of anxiety about going back to school after 4 days away, I did everything I could to ease the transition back but in the end the bandaid had to be pulled off, I had to leave otherwise I would have spent the day there. The teacher was kind enough to call to let me know he did manage to settle in ok. Living with autism, some days are so much harder than others.

So mentally today I wasn’t all in to do an intense workout but knew that sweating a little would help me feel better. I worked on my shoulders today and did this plank sequence, it was no joke! It’s amazing what lifting a few weights will do for your state of mind.


Motivation Monday

It’s Monday and who doesn’t need a bit of motivation to get moving on Monday? My motivation is these two crazy kids:
There are so many reasons why I’m motivated to maintain my health for my kids, but I have three main reasons. I want to have the energy and stamina to keep up with them. I want to model how to take care of yourself for them. And I want them to see what a healthy relationship with food, fitness and body image looks like.

So I took that motivation and did Legs today and an ab focused HIIT. I’m gonna feel that shit tomorrow 🙂

Legs – 4 sets

Squats – 40lbs, 20 reps
Lunges – 30lbs, 20 reps
Calf Raises – 25lbs, 20 reps
Sumo Squat – 25lbs, 20reps
Split Squat – 25lbs, 12 reps
Butt Thrusters – 10lbs, 20reps

Happy Friday!

Today has been busy! First thing I had to walk with 30 1st graders to the arena, tie skates, do up helmets and help little skaters get up after falling. That in itself was a back workout. It was fun and cute to skate with these little people today and nice to spend time with my little girl. This whole episode took the whole freaking morning though. Then the husband wanted to go climbing in the afternoon so my workout today was on the wall. I was super tired and haven’t been able to climb for the last couple weeks so the height got to me a little bit. I definitely didn’t climb as well as I wanted and didn’t get to the top of the routes I’m working on. Oh well, next time! Three cheers to the freaking weekend!

Throwdown Thursday

Today was kind of a big day at our house. Tristan walked to school by himself. No one warns you of these bittersweet moments. It was made even more bittersweet because there was a time I wasn’t sure he’d be able to be independant like this. When you get a diagnosis of autism your life is put in a tail spin, but it seems so far we’ve come out ok. It was such a huge accomplishment for him and he was so proud of himself.

So I decided to make today Throwdown Thursday. Tristan threwdown in life, so I threwdown in my workout. Today was back and biceps and I tried some pretty heavy stuff with the husband home to spot me. I managed to deadlift 70lbs a few times, the most I’ve tried is 40lbs. The husband also wanted to see what I could bench and I managed 50lbs for a few reps. It hurt, but in a good way!

Looking at the reps I’m doing I think I need to up my weight
Back and Biceps
4 sets

Back Extensions – 20lbs 10reps
Bent Over Row – 20lbs, 15 reps
Deadlift – 70lbs, 3 reps 50lbs, 10reps
Dumbell Row – 20lbs, 12 reps

Incline Curls – 15lbs, 12 reps
Barbell Curls – 20lbs, 12 reps
Hammer Curls – 20lbs, 8 reps

Februry 4 – WOD

I had a bit of rough day yesterday, some body image issues and just frustrated with the lack of progress. I feel like I’m working my ass off and not seeing the results I want. My biggest problem I think is eating. I felt like I was eating like a champ. But I decided to put everything I ate into MyFitnessPal and low and behold, I’m not eating nearly enough. I’m barely getting 1000 calories. But I feel like I eat all the time, apparently not enough. So I’m going to tweak my diet a bit and see if that helps.

I had a great walk with a friend today and that helped put me in a better mindset. We have a great indoor track here in town so it was nice not to walk in the snow. When I got home I worked on shoulders and abs and spent 40min on the bike. Mentally I feel better and even more determined.

Shoulders and Abs
4 sets

Shoulder Barbell Press – 20lbs 12reps
Bent Arm Side Lateral Raises – 5lbs 10reps
Upright Row – 20lbs 10reps
Rear Delt Raises – 6lbs 10reps

Jackknife Sit Ups
Bicycle Crunches
Leg Lifts

Yoga – A Contact Sport?!


This is me today! After my leg workout, bike and clearing the driveway, I am hurting!

Again today I had a yoga companion. The big kid was home with me this morning because his class was skating and he choose not to participate. He’s tried skating before, but with lots of kids, lots of noise and lots of frustration its best not to go with his (and a million others) class. The only condition was he had to do Day 2 of the Yoga Challenge with me. With all the grunting and groaning and mutterings of “this is going to kill me” you’d have thought he was 80 not 8. Then, once the instructor said “warrior pose” the grimace on his face changed to a grin and warrior he became, he starts slashing and karate chopping my warrior pose “c’mon mommy we’re warriors” and we ended in a mess on the floor. If I had of known yoga was this fun I would have started it ages ago!

Once I took my little warrior to school I started in on the serious stuff. Today I did chest and triceps, I used to hate training these muscles and now they’re my favorite to train. I really wanted to get out to run, but I draw the line at temperatures below -15 degrees Celsius, I’m a wuss that way. And because I was on the bike yesterday I went to my standby and did a HIIT.

Chest and Triceps
4 Sets

PushUps – 15
Overhead Tricep Extension – 20lbs 12 reps
Bench Press – 35lbs 8 reps
Tricep Kickback – DropSet 15lbs 10lbs
Dumbell Flys – 15lbs 10 reps
Laying Down Tricep Extension – 10lbs 10reps




Snow Day WOD

I had  little bump in my plans today, it was a snow day so no school for the kiddos. We started the day with Day 1 of this 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I want to get more flexible so I was excited when I found this challenge, it’s a perfect way to incorporate Yoga into my daily schedule and the kids loved it too! After we had some fun reading and playing I let them watch some Netflix so I could get a workout in.

Today was leg day, which I should have rethought considering the 2 feet of snow in the driveway that I had to shovel after. I’m gonna hurt tomorrow!

Not only did I do legs but right after I hopped on the bike and did a 30 minute HIIT. It wasn’t all out but I went as hard as I could before my legs could feel sore!

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New Year, New You

It’s a new year! I’m not big on resolutions so much, more on making goals for the year. This year is the year of No Excuses for me. I have lots of fitness related goals, personal goals and climbing goals. And there’s no excuse why I can’t make them all happen. So again, I’m going to document my journey so I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I took most of the Christmas break off, just to rest my body since it hasn’t had a good break since the summer and I’m going to slowly get back into it.

January 1 WOD – Didn’t happen, I was, ahem, “sick”.
January 2 WOD – Bike 20min spin HIIT
January 3 WOD – 20 min Bodyrock HIIT

We got a spin bike and it’s so nice to have easy access to some cardio in the cold months. My ass hurts though!! Gotta get used to the seat.

WOD – November 5

I’m a day late posting my workout but I had yet another field trip to attend with my kids. We went to the symphony yesterday and it was awesome, the conductor dressed up as Lord Vadar and conducted the Imperial March with a light saber, my son loved it! And my daughter was in awe when they played “Let It Go” from Frozen. Anyway, before the symphony I got a good workout in.

I was feeling pretty tired yesterday, which is why I only did one HIIT. So I figured I needed a rest day today, so I’m chilling this morning and then climbing with the hubs this afternoon.

HIITDay 33


One Arm Dumbell Rows – 20lbs

Barbell Rows – 20lbs

Single Leg Deadlifts – 25lbs

Back Extensions – 15lbs


Inclined Hammer Curls – 15lbs

Barbell Curls – 20lbs

Alternating Dumbell Curls – Dropset 20lbs, 15lbs

Concentration Curls – Dropset 20lbs, 15lbs

WOD – November 4

Today I was more excited than usual to workout…I have new weights! My hubs doesn’t fuck around with flowers, he brings me home weights!


I was especially psyched about the kettlebell, it’s such a versatile tool and I’ve needed an upgrade for a while. So I HIIT it and then did legs, walking is difficult. And I have a walking date with a friend today, it’s gonna hurt!

HIITDay 31, Day 32


Squats – 40lbs

Lunges – 25lbs

Calf Raises – 25lbs

Plie Squats – 25lbs

Bulgarian Split Squats – 25lbs

Glute Bridges – 10lbs

Wall Sit – 30 seconds (with very shaky legs!)