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High Five Friday #13: Personal Bests


You bet it is πŸ˜‰

Before we get our High Five Friday party pants on I need to cover a few things first:

1. Apparently I need to try roasting my squash with the skin on? After yesterdays post, I learnt that the majority of you just leave the skin on! Next time I bake a squash I will leave the skin on and see what all the hype is about πŸ˜‰

2. My finals are over and I am done my third year of university! :) One step closer to the dream πŸ˜‰
And now that I am done studying, I will be back to my usual commenting on your wonderful blogs! I have definitely been slacking on the comments lately, sorry friends :( I really do feel bad when I miss out commenting on your blogs because I know the joy I feel when I receive comments on my posts <3

As sad as it is, sometimes school > blog commenting :(

But not to fear! I am back πŸ˜‰

3. I have learnt a lot this year; especially within the past month. I study very effectively with others! I studied for all of my final exams this term with other students and I definitely learn by discussing the material out loud with others! This is something I will have to remember for next year.

4. Tomorrow my vacation begins! πŸ˜€ I am really excited for my trip to Barbados, but I have to say… I may be moreΒ excited to see these two people πŸ˜‰

Daddy & Mommy (a.k.a. my best friends!)

Alright, now it’s party time! Who’s ready for some High Five Friday celebration!?

This week’s HFF is all about personal bests! πŸ˜€
I’ve come across quite a few personal records being broken this week and new ones being made and I think they need to be recognized because I personally know how exhilarating it is when a new personal best is made πŸ˜€ Just this week I squatted more than I ever have before.

I have definitely been pushing myself harder in the gym ever since I began my new program, but this post also helped me realize that I may be able to give a little extra push as well πŸ˜‰

It’s definitely all about the mindset for me. A few times this week a grabbed a weight that I was scared of and then ended up surprised myself! :) Sometimes you just have to tell yourself that you can lift the heavier weight. Believe you can do it and you will πŸ˜‰

A high five goes out to Alexis! This girl reached a goal that I am currently working towards – unassisted pull ups! She was able to an unassisted pull up and capture a picture of it, too! Check out her exciting post hereΒ to read more about her success!

A high five goes out to Alexandra! My jaw dropped when I read about her new personal best – an upright row using 70 lbs.! Can you say inspiration!?

A high five goes out to Tara! She reached a new personal best with her deadlifts this week (even while she was feeling a bit under the weather!) and I couldn’t be more happier for her! :)

Reaching a new personal best is a big deal because sometimes it takes forever to get there.Β If you were making new PR’s in the gym every week you probably aren’t pushing yourself as hard as you could be πŸ˜‰ So, if you didn’t make a new personal record in a while don’t feel discouraged. Be proud of what you are doing and where you are right now. Keep working towards your goals and you’ll keep making progress :)

I know we all work hard, whether it be in the gym or not, we all deserve a high fiveΒ for working so hard each and every day to reach our goals! :)

What were your successes this week? If you have a High Five Friday post make sure you link up below! :)
They don’t have to be fitness related! Anything goes πŸ˜‰

Did you reach a personal best this week?Β 

What is a current fitness related goal of yours?Β 

What is a non-fitness related goal of yours?

Tomorrow will be my last post before I leave for Barbados, so make sure you stop by! :)

Love you!


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  1. Reply

    Yay Megsy! Honestly, you have changed my outlook with all of your positivity! I’m so glad you’re loving your new program with Tara. I’m definitely planning on signing up for one once this moving cr@p is over.

    So excited that you’ve finished your third year! Do you know, in NZ a Bachelor’s degree only takes three years? And I swear we only spend about five months of the year at Uni! Slack!!

    Love you πŸ˜€ I’ve just done a High Five post, but has do it from my phone as I got rushed out of work early today (not that I’m complaining or anything!)

    Nearly holiday time whoop whoop! Very much deserved xx

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    Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats

    April 27, 2012

    Great work pushing yourself again this week with your new program! My current fitness goals are to lean out, increase my running mileage, and gain more confidence to lift heavier. A non-fitness related goal of mine is to embrace what I love doing versus trying to please others and do what others like to do because I want to meet new people here so badly. I am going to miss you dearly on your trip! Hope you have such an amazing time!

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    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

    April 27, 2012

    Yay for being done with school!!! I hope you have soo much fun in barbados. And congrats on your personal best! Such a great feeling, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

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    April 27, 2012

    Aww thanks for the shout out Meg!! I wuv you sista :)
    And holy cow high five to YOU on your squat PR!! How exciting!!! Sounds like the perfect way to kick off summer break. Have a wonderful trip home and a great weekend!
    Ps– I plan on emailing you back after class this morning :)

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    Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    April 27, 2012

    Aww thank you for the blog love :) I think making a PR through me over the edge though, because that night I was so sick!! Probably the worst night yet, although I’m starting to feel better today.

    I’m proud of you for reaching your PRs! I’m so glad you’re pushing yourself to the limit πŸ˜€

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    have a great trip, lady!!

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    YAY FOR VACAY! With a family you love. HAve so much fun :)

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    April 27, 2012

    Congrats on the PR! =) I’ve reached the land of very very infrequent PRs in my own lifting =( BUT I still celebrate every extra half-rep I can push out during a max-effort set because I know it means I’ll get another whole rep soon, and then be able to add weight to the bar! =D

    My linkup post is not precisely a PR… in fact it’s a celebration of my average-ness. BUT I think average can be just as great as above average depending on your attitude =D

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    Linz @ Itz Linz

    April 27, 2012

    Go YOU!!!! You’re awesome. Obviously. I did try 3 new workouts this week which is always fun. :) And now you’re talking about leaving the skin on for squash?? I’m so confused lol. Do you eat the skin or is it easier to peel off once it’s cooked? A non-fitness related goal yet health related goal I have is to stop mindless munching! Ah this week I have been really bad with that!

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    April 27, 2012

    Barbados huh? Lucky girl :) I hope you have a wonderful time!! Be sure to take lots and lots of pictures!

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    Woohoo, congrats on the squat PB! Have fun in Barbados, I am so jealous!!

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    char eats GREENS

    April 27, 2012

    Yay for being done 3rd year! I just got all my marks back last night and it was refreshing to see them! I actually did my best in stats…who woulda thought?! I actually secretly really like stats haha. Have a great vacay!!!

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    Kate @ Work in Progress

    April 27, 2012

    CONGRATS on your new PR’s girl!!!!!! You must be on cloud 9 right now – it feels SO good to be making huge breakthroughs like that!! and obviously huge congrats on finishing your 3rd year of undergrad as well! My junior year was probably my toughest year academically and I remember being sooooo relieved to take my last final and go home haha. have SO MUCH FUN in Barbados, you deserve it!!! πŸ˜€

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    Alex @ therunwithin

    April 27, 2012

    Totally try it with the skin on, you will be a changed person. So yum. Jealous of that vacation, have a blast!

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    HOORAY for your being done-zo with finals and your trip to Barbados!!! I sufficiently jealous – but in the best possible way, of course. πŸ˜‰ I totally agree – GOTTA keep pushin’.

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    Congrats on finishing finals!! I’m sure you feel such relief to take a rest. Also great job on your PR for squats!

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    Congrats on being DONE!!! Enjoy that vaca, love. :)

    My best this week… not terribly exciting, but I have walked 10K+ steps or more every day. I didn’t realize how HARD that is to do when you have a desk job!

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    Yellow Haired Girl

    April 27, 2012

    Yippeeeeee for being done! That’s gotta feel good. Enjoy Barbados – you deserve that vacay :)

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    Yay for being done! I hope you’re enjoying relaxing now. Can’t wait to see you tonight! :)

    Also congrats to all those ladies for their PRs!

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    Annette@ FitnessPerks

    April 27, 2012

    WAHOO for Vacation!!! ENJOY IT :)

    For personal bests this week, I ran a 1/2 marathon with NO training in 1:56. That was pretty rad. (It was no PR, but still!) hah.

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    Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    April 27, 2012

    Yay for being done with your third year of undergrad!!! That deserves a high five as well! I also work really well by talking things out. I also learn by explaining things to others. :)

    Barabados sounds so amazing!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    And also, blog commenting is always the first thing to go for me when I’m busy. It’s so much easier to read through a lot of posts in Google reader when you don’t have to click out to comment. :)

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    April 27, 2012

    Oh yay!!!! Enjoy your vacation tomorrow!!! How awesome! Your mom and dad are so sweet, how cute they are!

    Enjoy your trip and just kick back girl!!! Lots of love to you!!

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    woooo! congrats on finishing your third year :) enjoy that break for suree

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    Yea girl! Awesome job on pushing yourself at the gym :). Also, congrats on being done with your 3rd year!!! That is so exciting! Have such an awesome time on vacation. Can’t wait to hear all about it <3

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    April 27, 2012

    Love you and your positivity. So jealous of your trip to Barbados! You’ll have so much fun in the sun! Lucky girl. Great job with all your successes and being doing with school this semester. Go out and celebrate :)

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    April 27, 2012

    Well done on your finals being over Meg! I love how positive this post is. Your posts always brighten my day! I am so excited for your Barbados holiday and spending time with your parents. Have a great weekend Meg! Xx

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    Congrats on being done, I totally know what you mean about commenting. Enjoy your trip to the barbados, you totally some deserve some long relaxation time!

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    Woohoo!! Third year! Congrats my love! You are amazing :) I’m so jealous of your trip! You are going to have a blast. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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    April 28, 2012

    Oh I am so jealous of your trip to Barbados! I hope you absolutely have a BLAST!! Way to go on picking up a higher weight, I definitely surprised myself a few times doing live fit with how much I really could lift!

    My personal best was getting a 92% on my super hard pre-calculus test today! Oh man, I studied SO hard for HOURS and I was really stressed out/feeling unprepared going into the test. I was so shocked when I saw my grade! Sure glad that’s over!!

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    I’m so so proud of you, Meg!! Accomplishing a new PR in the weight room is such a fantastic feeling! Keep going and getting ’em, girlfriend! You’re so right–sometimes mental strength turns into physical strength…If we BELIEVE it, we can DO it. πŸ˜€

    Congrats on finishing your third year! I’m excited that you get to celebrate your accomplishments in Barbados–how fun! Will you be blogging on your trip or recapping when you get back? Either way, I can’t wait to hear all about it! Love you!! xoxo <3

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    April 28, 2012

    YAY for being done with exams and the PR- way to go! One of my fitness goals is to be able to do at least 10 ‘real’ press ups in one go- it’s always been an area where I’ve struggled!! This week I set a new lunge PB and it felt so good- never thought I’d be able to increase my lunge weight to this amount :)! Have the best time on holiday with your parents ;)!

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