Lifting and more bagels!

Seriously – thank you so much for the comments on my photo!  I actually took that to showcase my sweatiness, not my arms LOL!  I still have work to do, but I am definitely happy with my progress to this point.  I actually find it liberating to feel comfortable putting a photo like that online, sweat and all.  I remember way back not liking my photo taken.  I would try to turn to find my “skinny” angle.  Like turning a little to the side can hide 100 pounds 🙄  Who was I kidding???

Had a relaxed gym day today.  My own routine as Stage 7 of NROLW is next week.

  • Negative chin ups (yes, still trying!):  3 sets of 1
  • Step ups:  3 sets of 8 with 30 pound dumbbells
  • Incline dumbbell bench press:  3 sets of 8 with 25 pound dumbbells
  • Planks:  3 sets of 90 second holds
  • Seated lat row:  3 sets of 10 at 55 pounds

Then a walk on the treadmill.  I haven’t done planks in a while and forgot how hard they are!  Love them, though.  Guess I am a glutton for punishment.

First time this week to have these for breakfast:


You know you want some ……..

My day off and it was the day my MIL went home.  We decided to hit Saratoga Springs and spend some time shopping and enjoying the day before taking her to the airport.  We went to Uncommon Grounds for lunch, where John and I split a cup of Sweet potato Chipotle bisque.  It was very light since it was vegan, which means no dairy, cream, or butter!


And at my favorite place, I couldn’t resist one of these:


Apple cinnamon!  I do have reduced fat cream cheese on there 😀

Walked around Congress Park and met some friends:



They really were this close to me.  I think they have been fed bread or other people foods.

I also found the biggest maple leaf ever – it’s as big as my face!


Sorry to see my MIL go home to Colorado.  We haven’t seen his family in almost 2 years, and this was a spur of the moment trip, since she was down in Washington this week and just popped up for a few days.  I love spontaneous visits!  She said the nicest thing to me as we said good-bye and that was that I inspired her.  I really and truly hope that I do inspire people, because change is possible for anyone.

Quiet dinner at home tonight.  Keeping the breakfast theme from each meal – I had a waffle sandwich with sauteed brussel sprouts.  The sammie had chicken, laughing cow, and apple butter.  Outstanding!


We were supposed to have dinner at my folks house, but my mom has a cold 🙁   so we postponed.  We are supposed to go to a big craft show on Saturday, so I want her to rest up 😀

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16 thoughts on “Lifting and more bagels!

  1. Dawn

    Great looking arms Lori. Mine are looking pretty good on the top if only I didn’t have the foot hanging from the bottom lol. Looks like a good day, duck friends and giant leaves and inspiring your MIL with lots of yummy food thrown in there too.

  2. Fitcetera

    Ditto what Steve said. Absolutely!!!
    You had me drooling at the blueberry sauce on the pancakes. My gawd!
    I just love your sense of humour and your sweetness.
    You’re a great blogger!
    Gees, I’ve never seen a leaf that size either …
    I love sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon, onion and a wee bit of half and half. Soooo good.
    .-= Fitcetera´s last blog .. =-.

  3. Patsy

    I found your blog via Steve’s ‘Log My Loss’ blog and I’m really impressed! Will be back later to have a proper read of your posts!

    Bye for now

    Patsy 🙂
    .-= Patsy´s last blog ..Quickie! =-.

  4. Susan

    Ha, I used to haaaate planks when I was doing NROL, but now I love them! Maybe because now they’re only optional 😉

    That is so sweet of your MIL to say. I think you’re especialy inspiration in showing that you don’t have to go on diets to lose a lot of weight. Just some real food and exercise… and a few bagels along the way 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Flashback Friday – A Trip Down Musical Memory Lane =-.

  5. Kimberley

    Steve sent me…just kidding…I am already a big fan of yours and find you to be an inspiration!!!

    What kind of pancakes are those? Do they contain white flour? I miss pancakes but am afraid to try a substitution recipe.

    Maybe you could share yours? Thanks!

    Glad that you had a nice time with family…human and ducky!
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Weigh In #5 =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      These are protein pancakes made by blending oats, cottage cheese and an egg together to make the batter! So easy.

  6. m i c h e l l e

    Hello there! Just catching up on your blog as I have been out of town.

    Love that your MIL said you were inspiring – so true!

    I think I am having oatmeal w/ sauteed apples for breakfast. It looked delicious! (also loved the way you shredded the brussels – never thought to do that?)

  7. Pubsgal

    Yes, you are inspiring! (Nice thing to hear from the MIL, too, I bet!) I find it inspiring that (1) you’re so consistent on your workouts and (2) that you eat real food and (3) that you write a wonderful blog.

    Question: which edition of NROLW are you using? I checked out both the men’s and the women’s from the library. I didn’t get a chance to fully evaluate them, but from what I saw, they’re the kind of book that you need to actually own a copy of in order to follow the program effectively.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..What, November Already?!? =-.

  8. Jody - Fit at almost 52

    Hi Lori. Found you over at South Beach Steve. You are amazing! I am so impressed AND love those pics!!!

    Hey, I am working on doing a full body weight wide grip pull up! I managed a couple close reverse grip chins but that wide baby ain’t coming yet!

    Congrats on all your hard work!

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