“BAMageddon” aka My Four Week Strength Training Challenge

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Happy Friday folks!

It was a heckuva week here in NYC. We had about a foot of snow hit on Tuesday night, coupled with single degree temps. This type of weather conditions make me hesitant to take the kids out to daycare and preschool so I kept them both for the day and if I haven’t said it enough, I have all the respect in the world for you stay at home moms. My tweet pretty much summed up the way I felt at the end of the day:



The weather really didn’t allow me to workout on Wednesday. Yes, I totally could have worked out at home but I can never muster the energy to do it! I have such a hard time getting motivated to workout at home! This is why I am such a gym bunny. So with the unexpected pause in the schedule on Wednesday I had to switch my rest day from Friday to Wednesday.

Loving my new body

Although I am 4.9 pounds away from my first goal, I am loving the fact that even though the scale isn’t moving as fast as I want to the changes in my body are becoming more apparent. With that in mind I have decided to challenge myself for the next 4 weeks. In the essence of switching things up and shocking my body I am going to do something radically different.

I will be committing to a strength training challenge where I will be spending 30 minutes lifting heavy 4 days a week. This is very similar to the Jamie Eason program I did over the summer,  except I won’t be dedicating 90 minutes.

Why lift?

In addition to wanting to shock my body, I’ve been wanting  to get back to lifting and feeling crazy strong again. Cardio will be a huge part of of my workouts as usual but instead of devoting 10 or 15 minutes to lifting a little I will be lofting for more reps and progressing with heavier weights as I go on.

I started my personal challenge which I have nicknamed “BAMageddon” yesterday with a 30 minute leg workout that had every single leg muscle shaking when I was done.

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So the challenge is to incorporate four 30 minute strength training sessions into my regular gym schedule. I am hoping to see some gains especially in my legs and arms. This is an experiment so I hope to lose weight in the process but I think most of all I hope to lose lots of inches! I can’t really deny the changes that happened in my body after 4 weeks of Jamie Eason! And that was when I wasn’t food tracking, so imagine what can happen now?

Lifting Music

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In order to lift heavy and stay focused I created an awesome playlist. When you lift you need music that pushes you, gets you hype, gets you through that last set. For me its hard core rap music–before you judge–I don’t listen to rap music in general, I actually am perpetually stuck in the 90s and I listen to a lot of music from that era. However–there is something about current rap that make me squat deeper, push harder and lift heavier. Whatever it takes!

It is time to Check In! How was your exercise and healthy eating this week? What kind of music pumps you up? Do you incorporate a lot of strength training in your workouts?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.

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  1. That’s a great plan! You will see a lot changes in the coming weeks when you incorporate heavy lifting. I love Jamie Eason since reading her articles in Oxygen Magazine. I have tapered back with the heavy lifting to train for my half marathon. I do strength train once a week and only upper body. I have been brutalizing my legs with a lot of running and spin class so I figured they are worked out enough. I may put some Plyometrics into the mix to see how I do. Diet has been good too. Don’t worry about the scale. I see my body changing but the scale is barely moving. It will all come down to how your clothes fit. Use the scale as a reference but nothing more.
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  2. I am laughing at that tweet!! It’s SO true. I need a j.o.b. a.s.a.p! My kids break me daily so don’t be too upset about it:-)
    I love the name of your playlist. I always listen to hardcore rap when I run – it’s VERY motivating. Eminem, Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent – you name it. Have FUN with those workouts. Can’t wait to hear about your progress…
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  3. Sounds like a great plan! My elliptical came yesterday and is set up! I will get on it TODAY! But I’m going to try to partially do your leg workout. Without the weights. I am a beginner in the weight lifting area. Lol

  4. First of all your tweet just made me practically spit out my coffee all over my screen from laughing so hard. Bwahahaha. (Cold and snow days are worse than regular days for some reason, even for SAHMs. We were all rocking in a corner, too!)
    You DO look fierce in that photo. WOW!! Are you sure you’re 4 pounds from your goal because you look like you have to be there to me!!
    I love BAMageddon! It sounds like an awesome plan! –Lisa
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  5. I love your plan, but your tweet said it all. Seriously, i had the girls home three days from school with Monday being Martin Luther King Day, Tuesday I like you opted to keep them home and then Wednesday school was closed. I totally dragged them there yesterday, because I was all but so in need of those 2 and 1/2 hours of quiet. Granted I worked and caught up, but still I literally was dying in need of that time. I love my kids, but three days stuck in the house together definitely broke me a bit, too!
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  6. Your tweet is hilarious. Your shirt in the photo, and the photo, are hilarious.
    So I lost 3-4 pounds this week from being sick. What did I have? A cold! It was the worst cold ever. Ten days straight of misery and an extra two days of leftover congestion. I read somewhere that your body isn’t as hungry when you’re sick because digestion impedes healing, and if you have a 10+ day cold, it’s certainly true!
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  7. Soooo….. we won’t speak about my eating and workouts this week. I am not looking forward to my post on Monday.

    BUT we can speak about that killer workout you created. I have a set of 20lb dumbells at home so I may give this a go, minus the press. I’m all about working towards toned legs and a round booty! lol
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    • Its okay Kimmy, we ain’t perfect, none of us are!! Yes, after seeing Beys booty (over and over) tonight on the Grammys. I think I might do a hunet squats tomorrow LOL

  8. Nellie, I always have thought you look amazing but that picture of you today is incredible!!! So true that hard work pays off.
    And your shout out tweet to stay home moms cracked me up – I remember those days and many of them ended in tears (on my part) – I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to stay home but it was HARD!!!
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  9. I had to retweet your tweet. Funny!! But, so true. Each “job” whether in or out of our homes require work and sometimes hard work. The hat is different but still the same in many ways.
    I’m just like you when it comes to listening to rap music during exercising. I love it. It motivates me to push a little harder. Especially that new Drake, “Worst Behavior”.
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  10. That snow that blew in was Crazy! I have a picture of my area on my blog. We really could not see the street! My whole workout this week has been derailed, and crazy. All I can say is that I’m thankful for the snow, because at least I got some working out in while I shoveled! (yay winter–got to find positive things in everything). Hope you have a great weekend!
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  11. I love feeling really strong from lifting! You are always so inspiring Nellie! I was laughing so hard from your tweet! These temps are crazy!

  12. Thanks for the SAHM shout out, moms everywhere are smiling=) I love your t-shirt and your new lifting plan sounds fantastic. I do CrossFit twice a week, which is my strengthening time. I always leave feeling super fierce! Good luck with your plan and can’t wait to read all about it!
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  13. I need straight Hip/Hop. Rap with heavy bass and lots of foul language! LOL
    I got in a run on the treadmill, a Bodypump class and Zumba this week. To go with your challenge, I’ll increase my weights when I take my Bodypump class.
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  14. Your shirt is awesome girl! I love the title of this blog post! It is powerful! So…I really need to do your amazing legs challenge because summer is coming and I don’t want to go another year with these hams, lol!
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  15. the shirt says it all…you will do fantastic in your challenge. i was definitely enjoying our snow days off from school…it was great to sleep in!

  16. Terrific workout! You are so incredibly close! Your right, lifting weights might not result in actual weight loss (well, when you put them down..haha!) but you do wind up smaller most of the time. Especially as women it really tightens things up and brings them in.
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  17. OMG, that tweet is hilarious (I so wish I hadn’t missed it)! You’re looking amazing already…and with less than 5 pounds to go, I’m sure you will only get better with your lifting plan. I’m also looking forward to your workout infographics…especially ones I can modify for the home. This week started out well (even with the snowstorm), but sadly my workouts have been nil since the Husband and I were both hit with a bug midweek. Thankfully I started meds Thursday night and shouldn’t be contagious anymore….so to the gym I shall go!
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  18. Happy Friday Nellie, looking good with that strength training. I have a friend who swears by it, she lost the weight and started doing the strength training and she is looking awesome. Keep up the good work, before we know it we’ll see you in a bikini with abs.

    Bamagedon – you better trademark that name if it picks up everyone and their mothers are going to want a piece of it.

    I laughed so hard at your comment on the stay at home mom. I am the same way, when I have the kids for more than a few days, I get so worn out and every time I wonder how those SAHM do it.
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    • Ha, thanks so much girl! The kids wore me OUT!! Sidenote: I got the I love my bro tees on sale for $5 each!! Now we just need to meet so that all four could wear them at the same time LOL!

  19. BAMageddon it is! LOL

    I was in the gym today and looked at the machines longingly. I had a full day and knew I couldn’t stop for a strength workout, but I know I have to start back with the weights! Pray for me to get my ish together on that front. I truly have no excuse. And I used to be crack-a-lackin’ in the butt department when I was onto those leg machines! I have adjustable dumbbells at home and a gym membership. All I need is the kick in the pants to do at least two strength routines per week. Mercy!
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    • You can do it Alison!!! You can totally do this. I know what you mean about being too busy to lift–I am the same way, thats why I wanted to challenge myself for 30 days to really hit the weights. We can do this together!!

  20. LOVE this idea! And that first workout looks like it would kill you in such a good way. Lifting is so important and great for women, really good to see you promoting it :)

  21. I love the nick name. It is fiercely strong! This sounds good. Good luck with it. You will hit your first goal in no time.

    I am always in awe of SAHM’s. They rock in their own way for sure!!!
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  22. LOVE the name of this challenge! I am committing myself to a new strength training regimen as well! I LOVE it so much so far. Also, it’s funny that you post this too because I have been trying to get my strength training post out since LAST week! I’m almost done though and it will be on the blog in a few minutes…LOL! Can’t wait to see your results Nellie!
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  23. Fitness apps really help a great deal these days, and it’s a great thing cause you can now use them all along with your favorite playlists to help things become more relaxing.


  1. […] Bamageddon is still going strong I am now doing 40lb chest presses and bent over rows! Despite the constant soreness I am happy with the exercise week I’ve had. However, the weather has really robbed me of my motivation! I hate schlepping to the gym in 10 degrees. Yesterday’s snowstorm was the breaking straw. It’s so difficult to stay focused on warmer weather when it seems like winter has been so incredibly long! I managed to workout in the house yesterday (which I despise) and if you follow me on instagram, you saw my nice sweaty makeup free happy post workout face! […]

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