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Wedding Day Arms… Yes, Please!

by Meghann on July 24, 2012

I had to skip swim practice this morning. Derek’s car is still in the shop and we’re still a one-car family until it’s out. I missed the team, but the gym wasn’t a bad alternative.

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I warmed-up with a 15 minute walk on the treadmill, then pulled up a saved workout I had pinned on my phone.


I had pinned the Wedding Day Arms Workout months ago (I’m getting married in a few months, I would like killer arms, it was a no-brainer re-pin), but it was only recently I saw the pinned workout pop up on Katy’s blog. After her glowing review of the tough arm workout, I knew I needed to try it too.

And, let me tell you, Katy was not kidding.

I did the workout twice and had 15lb dumbbells for some moves and 20lb dumbbells for others. My arms felt like jello by the end. This workout has officially made its way to my rotation of favorite weight workouts. πŸ™‚

Post-gym I was more than ready for breakfast.


Today is the LAST day of the #SurviveOn35 challenge. It has been a really eye-opening experience, and I can’t wait to share all of my final thoughts in tomorrow’s wrap-up post.


Day 7 Breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats: $0.14
  • 1/2 mango: $0.50
  • Total: $0.64


We’re running low on milk, so I left it out of the oats and just stuck with water. The oats weren’t creamy as they usually are, but the mango did add some nice sweetness and bulked it up a tad.

Now I’m ready to start my day.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

I’m participating in the #SurviveOn35 Challenge with Anytime Fitness and FItFluential. Check out THIS POST to learn more.

1 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

That mango looks SO good. I’ve been craving them for days. Now I’m actually going to have to go get a few.
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2 Brittany July 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

Totally pinning this!! πŸ™‚
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3 Beth (Running with the Sunrise) July 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

I hope the arm workout gets you the results you’re looking for. It sounds pretty hardcore! The mango with oatmeal looks delicous. Way better than the cold cereal I had for breakfast. πŸ™‚
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4 amy July 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

Ok, I am trying this one today! I am constantly complaining that I have weak arms , guess I might as well do something about it!!
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5 Erin @ erinberries July 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

That sounds like a great workout! I’m going to try it out too!
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6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

the challenge is opening up my eyes to how lucky i am to be able to afford food to fuel my workouts! Your breakfast for example – zero healthy fats or protein! I will cherish my nutbutters…
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7 Meghann July 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

I agree with that statement. I miss my nutbutters.

8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

haha you’ll have them back tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear everything you have to say about this!
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9 Allison July 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

You have done a great job in this challenge!
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10 Courtney July 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

I’m not getting married yet, but that looks like a great arm workout anyway! Thanks πŸ™‚
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11 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights July 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’ve been so intrigued by the Survive On 35 Challenge, and have enjoyed following all of the bloggers taking on the challenge. I can’t wait for your final wrap-up! I think my husband and I may do this challenge at home. We’re so blessed to afford so many great options for meals–I think this would be really eye opening!
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12 Maureen July 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

Love this arm workout! I’ll have to try this on Thursday when I work my arms!
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13 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions July 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

That’s one of my favorite arm workouts! Danica creates amazing strength workouts in general, and that’s one of my go-to workout for arms (even though the only wedding days I have in my foreseeable future are for other people, but you know.)
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14 Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

Definitely pinning that workout myself!!
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15 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

That arm workout looks awesome! I have no need for “wedding day arms” since I’m single, but maybe they’ll help me get a man! πŸ˜‰
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16 Chloe (In Fine Feather) July 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I read thru the whole workout and then I saw the repeat – that one set alone looks enough for me! I’ll have to bring this to the gym next time I go & see how much I can do πŸ™‚

17 Samantha Angela July 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

That is a lot of exercises for one workout. I think I prefer fewer, more intense exercises than a whole bunch of endurance style ones.
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18 Annette @FitnessPerks July 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

OH YUMM. I love mangoes in breakfast stuff. That looks tasty!

Love the workout–I am ALL about jello arms πŸ™‚
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19 wymberley July 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Im still waiting for Crossfit to catch you. I think you would love it!
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20 Meghann July 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I’m sure I would love it, I just don’t think my bank account would. πŸ˜‰

21 Megan @ Megan's Munchies July 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

No wedding day approaching for me, but I NEED to do this workout!
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22 Hellonheelshon July 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Okay, you convinced me. I’m so tired of my arms being weak. Time to step up to the challenge and steal your arm workout πŸ˜‰
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23 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

That is a killer arm workout! My tri’s were burning just reading it. πŸ˜‰

I think you rocked the Survive on 35 challenge. What an eye opening experience for you and your readers. Great job!
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24 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Seeing this challenge makes me thankful I’m able to buy the food that I can! I’m a student so I whine a lot about the whole “broke-student” thing and having to budget myself in the grocery store – but considering what some people have to live off of I’m a lot of more grateful for what I can afford!
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25 Yellow Haired Girl July 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Ahhh I love mango! I want some. Now. πŸ™‚
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26 Danica @ It's Progression July 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

so glad you liked the workout!! I was proud of my arms on my wedding day : )
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27 Samantha July 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Looks like a great workout! You’re lifting some serious awesome weight, too! And if you want awesome wedding arms, try a boxing class – super fun and serious toning!
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28 Aimee July 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I know you’re on the challenge or whatever, but seriously this breakfast is 150 calories. You easily burned more than that in your workout, nevermind what you need to consume to meet your basic survival needs (if you were just lying in bed all day long, which clearly you’re not). This project in the context of some of your documented issues w/ food seems just like another excuse to restrict.

29 Hope July 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I found that New Rules of Lifting for Women combined with an adequate amount of protein gave me killer arms, legs and stomach at the same time.

30 Christina July 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Sorry to break this to you, but you can’t get shapely arms without properly refueling yourself after a strength workout. A mango is full of carbs and sugar. Try a high protein meal like eggs, string cheese, or cottage cheese.

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