Lifting and what makes me happy!

Good football games over the weekend, no?  I am a little bummed because the Saints play the Cards, and I like both of those teams (the Cardinals have a lot of spots on my fantasy team).  One of them has to go down….

It feels much warmer today – in the 20s!  It’s a heat wave, break out the shorts 😀  There were more people at the gym today.  People seem to really get out there early in the week and then peter out.  I did a nice strength workout:

  • Chin ups:  3 sets of 2
  • Barbell split squat:  3 sets of 8 at 65 pounds


  • Incline dumbbell chest press:  3 sets of 8 with 25# DBs
  • Underhand grip lat pulldown:  3 sets of 8 at 60 pounds


  • Lunges with short barbell:  3 sets of 8 with 35# bar (beats using dumbbells!)
  • Bent over reverse fly.

Hopped on the treadmill and decided to tack a mile of running into my normal Monday walk.  I am gradually increasing miles each week, which means I am going to run a little on other days – or else it means forever runs 3 days a week.  On the cruise, I will be running every day on the boat, so I need to get used to that (3 weeks and counting…………)

I already had my mind made up for protein waffles and blueberries!

Oh waffle maker, why did we wait so long to purchase you??

Work went by fast today, yay!  Lots of babies going home from the NICU it seemed like by all the files I did.   Lunch break consisted of greek yogurt, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, protein powder, 1 tbsp cranberries, and some shredded wheat biscuits.

Normally this bowl would have strawberries, but until the freeze impact is over, don’t think there will be many on my blog….

Susan tagged me for Happy 101!  I have to list 10 things that make me happy and then pick 10 other readers for the same 😀

These are not in any particular order.

1.  Coffee – and lots of it!  I love my morning coffee and my afternoon lattes!

2.  I love snuggling in my electric blanket on cold nights.  I just get like a cocoon and wriggle around because it feels so good.

3.  My garden makes me happy.  Looking at it and puttering around in it.  Even seeing it in its winter state makes me happy because I know what is slumbering under the ground.

4.  My bike.  I know it looks like I am a runner, but riding my bike really and truly makes me the happiest.

5.  John.  His being in my life is pure happiness itself.  Even after 13 years of marriage.

6.  Music makes me happy.  I have so many emotional ties to music since it was my career for a while.   Listening to Strauss Alpine Symphony as I type and it’s just so moving…..

7.  My thighs make me happy.  They have done a lot for me over the years and now they are strong and powerful, and that makes me smile sometimes.

8. My pottery for eating.  It’s silly, but it makes me happy to eat my oats out of my favorite bowl!

9.  My readers!  All of you and your comments and your blogs make me happy to read and share.

10.  My size 8 pants.  All of them.  Knowing I wear size 8 makes me pretty darn happy.

I pass on to the following readers of my blog, picked from comments left over the weekend:

1.  Barb 2. Kimberly 3.  Ashley 4.  Jody 5.  Alissa 6.  Fran 7.  Ang 8.  Gina 9.  10. Trish

Anyone else may partake of the award and spread some radiance around :mrgreen:

This post is getting long, so I will leave you with a shot of a purty bunch of broccoli that I got at the store yesterday:

I ate the whole thing with dinner 😀

Book giveaway coming up on Wednesday!

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24 thoughts on “Lifting and what makes me happy!

  1. Ishmael

    Hey Lori,

    Quick question to ask about your protein powders. How often do you eat them/add them to food, and which brands do you like? This may be a stupid question, but do they have a calorie count to worry about? I’d like to try and add more protein to my diet, but don’t want to up my calorie counts. Protein powders seem like a good choice. Don’t they use whey powder on Biggest Loser? If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to know. Thanks!
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..My Goals =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      The protein powder does have calories! Pure protein has 4 calories per gram, but the powder can have bulkers, fillers, and other things – so the ingredient list is very important to me.

      My needs in a protein powder are:
      – absolutely *no* artificial sweeteners
      – no soy (for now)
      – must taste good if flavored.

      We use a brand now called pureprotein, which is about 120 calories a scoop, which gives 25 grams of protein. It’s whey. I have also used brown rice protein powder, which bakes better than whey.

      I tend to use the powder more on lifting days. I also try to cook with it in baked goods to help make the treats a little more balanced and less likely to create havoc with my blood sugar.

  2. Kimberley

    I like Larry Fitzgerald so I can root for the Cardinals!

    Great work on the lifting. I am still using my three pounds and going strong. LOL!

    Thanks for the Happy 101 tag, I did my list and passed it on.
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Happy 101 =-.

  3. Alissa

    Thanks for tagging me in the Happy 101. I’ll look forward to doing that this evening. 🙂 There are so many things that make us happy but it seems like we, all too often, focus on the things that don’t make us happy! This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..First Day Back at School =-.

  4. Jody - Fit at 52

    OK, Lori, those food pics at the top of your blog & the ones in it.. man, I want to eat right thru the screen!!!! YUM!

    Congrats on that workout.. looking good & you will be ready for that cruise!

    OK, I will answer those 10 questions over the weekend. I have my posts already in the works thru Friday.. I try sometimes to get ahead or I will never get anything done in the day! Going back to my NO post yesterday & the blog comment, I needed to find a way to get the blog stuff done BUT also have time for other things so I am trying this taking a day or two & writing a few posts in advance thing.

    Looking forward to the giveaway. I have one today & will have a book one next week.
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..GIVEAWAY – NuNaturals Stevia Products =-.

  5. stephchows

    mmm waffles are the best aren’t they!! thanks so much for the pumpkin info, although I must say it makes me sad to hear!! They still have organic canned pumpkin in the store… guess I’ll have to give in and pay to buy that so I still have some to bake with! 😀

  6. PTG1002

    Wow, you go with all those chin-ups — that’s fantastic!!

    Your food always looks so yummy. 🙂 I really need to try making those waffles one day…one question though – do you use vanilla protein powder, or unflavored?

    It’s really different to run on the boat – especially when you’re going AGAINST the path of the boat…it’s just a little weird! LOL
    .-= PTG1002´s last blog ..better now. promise. (pinky swear.) =-.

  7. Trish

    Waffles waffles waffles! I think the protein waffle gods are trying to get me to buy a waffle maker… several blogs today have had glorious pictures, yours included. Love the blueberry topping – looks like heaven!

    Thanks for the tag – I’m off to make my happy list!

    .-= Trish´s last blog ..on the road again =-.

  8. Fran

    Thanks so much Lori! I already have been given it and posted my 10 happy things, a few are the same as yours. But I really appreciate the gift!

    It’s the same here: at the start of the week it’s busier in the gym than at the end. Looks like everybody wants to work off everything they ate too much over the weekend 😆
    .-= Fran´s last blog ..A day in my life: Sunday January 10th 2010 =-.

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