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High Five Friday #12: Working Hard to Achieve Our Dreams


Ok, to be honest I thought yesterdayΒ was Friday. After writing my exam (which I completely dominated by the way) I felt that sense of relief and excitement that I usuallyΒ onlyΒ experience on Fridays which lead me to believe that yesterday was Friday, but I was wrong today is Friday! πŸ˜€

High Five Friday #12 to be exact πŸ˜‰

I hope you’re ready for a celebration because there is sure a lot to celebrate this week! πŸ˜€

This week’s theme is all about working hard to achieve our dreams and goals! I thought this theme was appropriate due to the incredible amount of studying I have been doing lately and some other things that I have noticed throughout the blog world…

I am giving myself a high five for getting through three final exams this week! I studied so hard for each exam and definitely gave each one my all! After I wrote my exam yesterday, I left campus knowing I did well amazing. It was a feeling like no other. I love that sense of accomplishment! πŸ™‚

My dear friend Chelsea also needs a special high five this week! Not only is Chelsea my best friend here in London, but she is my motivator and inspiration as well! Chelsea knows how to balance her social life with her school life and I learn from her each and every day! This week Chelsea found out that she received a mark of 100% on her final exam that she wrote this past Saturday! Now, if that’s not motivating to push a little harder when I study I don’t know what will ever motivate me! It’s clear Chelsea works hard, but if you read her blog you also know that she has a social life, as well. She is a true inspiration. High five Chelsea! I am so lucky to have you as a friend πŸ˜€

The next special high five goes to Katie. I have been waiting all week to give Katie a high five because she has recently graduated from her schooling and is now a Certified Holistic Nutritionist! πŸ˜€
When I read her post announcing her huge accomplishment my eyes swelled up with tears instantly! I am so proud of Katie. She is going to do wonderful things. High five Katie! πŸ˜€

I know all of us are working hard lately, it’s exam time – that’s what happens! So, high five to everyone for working so hard! πŸ™‚
And if you aren’t a student writing exams you still get a high five because I know you accomplished something this week! πŸ˜€

Share your high five in the comment section below or write a HFF post and link up below! πŸ˜€

And like every Friday I will be participating in the lovely Lindsay’s FLOW party! πŸ˜€

I love sharing my fitness loves of the week with you πŸ™‚ <3

Last week, I shared my love for the new-to-me exercise,Β t bar rows, which I am still loving by the way!

Have you tried them yet!? πŸ˜€

This week I will share with you another new-to-me exercise! πŸ˜€
This exercise left my shoulders and lower body feeling DOMS for a full two and a half days – I loved it though πŸ˜‰

Overhead squats are one of the exercises I perform on my leg day and I am loving them. This exercise serves as a warm up exercise in my leg training routine because they are a great exercise to perform in order to warm up before theΒ “big” squats, but they are also great for opening up your hips, increasing strength through using a large range of motion, incorporating your full body (which you will definitely feel the next day), and, more specifically, working the core!

The first time I performed the overhead squat I used a broomstick, so I literally had no weight above me. I was focusing on achieving proper form before adding any weight to this exercise which is important for allΒ exercises you do. Proper form comes first then the weight. However, this past leg training day I thought I would take a challenge, so IΒ grabbed a barbell with some weight πŸ˜‰

The overhead squats still seemed easy even with the 20 lb. barbell, but I completed my sets and went on with my workout. Then the day went on… and I got sore and then Wednesday came and I could hardly put my hair in a pony!

I love DOMS and I love overhead squats πŸ˜€ Give them a try, but remember start light! You don’t realize it at first, but you are holding a weight over your head for the entire time it takes you to complete a set and if your upper body isn’t used to it, well, you will feel it – even the slightest amount of weight!

Have a great Friday friends! Love ya!


Have you ever tried overhead squats?

What are you giving yourself a high five for this week?Β 

Have you tried any new exercises lately?Β 






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    Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats

    April 20, 2012

    Those overhead squats look intense! This week I am proud of myself for being flexible with my changes in work schedule and being forgiving of a mistake someone made. A new exercise that I tried this week was doing bicep curls/tricep extensions while standing on one leg. Really makes you engage your core! πŸ™‚

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      April 20, 2012

      Those BOTH deserve high fives πŸ˜€ Good job sweetheart! I have never tried that exercise either!

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    April 20, 2012

    Okay . . . I have to confess. I have always thought an overhead squat was a squat to shoulder press, not actually holding your arms up through the whole movement! So to your question (in case you hadn’t realised, lol), no, I haven’t ever done an overhead squat!

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      April 20, 2012

      HAHA try them! They are an amazing exercise πŸ˜€

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    I love that feeling of accomplishment after exam, for me it makes all the studying and hard work pay off. Congrats on having done three exams! Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

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    April 20, 2012

    Overhead squats are KILLER! I have a love hate relationship with them haha πŸ˜‰ I recently started doing hanging leg raises and man, talk about abs doms, they’re so sore! And huge high five to Chelsea for doing so awesome on that test!
    Hoping your weekend is filled with fabulousness Meg! πŸ™‚

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    Linz @ Itz Linz

    April 20, 2012

    it’s been forever since i’ve done an overhead squat! i think i need to bring those back to my routine! awesome job again on your exams, lady! so proud! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    April 20, 2012

    You should try front squats!! If you haven’t already that is =) I always feel those in my core more than any other squat variation =D

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    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

    April 20, 2012

    High five to you for dominating your exam! I LOVE t-bar rows, they are awesome πŸ˜€

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    Rich Revord

    April 20, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!! Every one needs a high five once in a while! OF course, I’m a little bias because my organization is called High Fives Are Free….it’s an organization I started a little over a year ago to help not only businesses but individuals realize their true potential by focusing on personal development. Keep it up Meg! πŸ™‚

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    You’re the best! Congrats to Katie on finishing her certification in Holistic Nutrition too, that’s great!! As for overhead squats, I include them in my dynamic warmup sometimes with an 18 lb bar but I don’t ever do them with heavy weight…I think I would need someone to force me to do them because I have a true love/hate relationship with them! haha. This week I’m giving myself a high five for writing a post that got “Freshly Pressed” on WordPress.com, which gave me a big boost in exposure and some awesome new followers!! YAY!

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    April 20, 2012

    Im giving YOU a high five for being so awesome and for being there for me this week!! Couldnt live without you love πŸ™‚

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    Overhead squats OWN me but are very good for me.

    I think you and Chelsea are pretty much the most inspiring girls around! I’m grateful to have you gals in my life <3

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    Overhead squats are awesome! They are definitely really challenging, but they are a great way to work so much of your body :). And yay for being done with 3 exams! That is great girlie!! Have an amazing Friday love <3

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    April 20, 2012

    I love t-bar rows – great for making a person feel suitably badass. Although nothing beats the good old clean & press for sheer endorphin rush.

    I have to give those squats a go – squats and any shoulder exercises tend to be my favourites so I’m sure I’ll love that one.


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    Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    April 20, 2012

    Woo! I love the picture of the squats πŸ™‚ I did T Bar rows today. I worked out with Rob today and my god…the workout he put me through!! Haha I will have to tell you about it…. I think I did 100 straight reps of a lat pull down? I was doing a gigantic drop set.

    This week I’m giving myself a high five for something else I did today….my first unassisted chin up! WOOHOO!

    I don’t think I’ll be able to reply to your email today, and maybe not even this weekend πŸ™ I will try but just so you know xoxoxo

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    April 20, 2012

    Way to go on the exam Meg:)!

    I have not tried overhead squats- I’m very new to weight training and I’m still trying to master the more basic moves right now. I do hope to be doing moves like these SOON.
    New move for me=burpees. I eventually worked up the courage to do them at the gym, and they were fun!

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    April 20, 2012

    Ooh overhead squats are killer! But they sure do get you into lean, mean fighting machine shape! Sorry about the DOMS – I can imagine that hurt! Lots of epsom salt baths? πŸ™‚

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    April 20, 2012

    wow. overhead squats leave me unable to walk for days. but they are so great for the whole body! good job this week! I wrote a high five friday at the bottom of my post- read it here: http://wp.me/p1XGN3-yM

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    Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

    April 20, 2012

    I really like overheat squats, but I’m gonna lie they are hard! When I first did them I was soooo sore the next day, well the next couple days! I don’t do them too often, but when I do they leave me super sore!

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    Yay, great job with your exams!!! That’s one thing I sure don’t miss about being in school! πŸ˜‰ I don’t even remember how to study anymore!

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    April 20, 2012

    High five to you for the exam! It feels so good when that stuff is behind you and you feel good about it!
    I have never done overhead squats…no idea why though as they look totally awesome.
    I just finished my first week of my new lifting program. It was INTENSE and I gave it all I had. I’m really focusing on gaining so my nutrition has been on point with everything I need to recover. I have been fueled to the max and feeling great!

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    i need to give a huge high five to you for your exams! it’s never a fun time. high five to chelsea for sure! 100%?? that’s awesome πŸ™‚

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    GREAT JOB on the final exams!! I LOVE leaving an exam knowing I did well…It’s such an empowering feeling!

    Thank you so much for the high five! That was sweet of you!

    That is definitely what I am giving myself a high five about for sure!

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    I’ll give myself a high five for breaking out of my fitness funk – I’ve had some great workouts this week!! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday, friend!

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    April 20, 2012

    Yahhh buddy, this looks like a great exercise! Never tried it out before actually! Congrats with 3 of your exams being over!! You’ll be finished so soon! Have a great weekend love!

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    High 5’s all around!

    I can’t stand overhead squats… which of course means I need to do more of them. πŸ™‚

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    Awwww you are so sweet! <3 You inspire me too babe with how dedicated you are to weight lifting and how flipping STRONG you are! And I'm proud of you for feeling so good about your exam yesterday. Major high five! πŸ™‚

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    You definitely deserve a high five for all the exams you’re taking right now! And your friend Chelsea sounds amazing and inspiring! Isn’t it great having awesome friends? That’s why I’m so glad I have you as one!! πŸ™‚

    I’ve never tried an overhead squat – they look intense! I need to try them. Probably with a broom for now πŸ™‚

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    April 20, 2012

    Great job on your exams, you must be so happy to know that you gave them your 100% effort.
    I’ve never tried overhead squats before but they sound like a killer move so I’m gonna try them next week!
    Have an awesome weekend πŸ™‚

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    April 20, 2012

    Great job on the exams!! That exercise looks intense lol I have to start researching weightlifting more, I don’t have a clue!! Lol

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    HIGH FIVE TO YOU, MEG!!! There really is no feeling like BANGING through an exam like that. POWER TO YOU! I’m doing my second ZWOW tomorrow (so pumped!). πŸ™‚

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    April 21, 2012

    overhead squats are a killer – i had to start with just a broom stick too – and am now on about a 10kg bar.’

    well done on doing them! The worst DOMS i got this week was from crossfit on monday from doing 200 sit ups after a crossfit WOD! I was still sore on wednesday! and what made it worse… i had the flu, so every time I coughed it hurt so bad!

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      April 21, 2012

      Way to progress to the 10 kg girlfriend πŸ˜€ I think it’s great to start with the stick first, though! We are smart πŸ˜‰

      I couldn’t even imagine the DOMS you had this week! Crossfit is something I have never tried, but it sounds CRAZY and really hard!!!!!! I would love to hear more about it!

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