Liftin and return to normalcy?

Okay now – how long has it been since you have seen a post like this?  A few weeks?  It has been a crazy ride, and it’s not quite over yet.  You’ll have to stay tuned to see what is up next week :mrgreen:  I swear I need another vacation.  Thank you all so very much for your comments the last few days.  They mean the world to me!

I got right down to business at the gym this morning with a great strength training workout:

  • Chin ups: 2 sets of 2, 1 set of 1.
  • Stiff-legged deadlifts:  3 sets of 8 with 70 pound barbell
  • Cable squat to row:  3 sets of 8 at 50 pounds
  • Barbell chest press: 3 sets of 8 at 55 pounds
  • YTWL:  3 sets with 10 pound DBs
  • Reverse lunge with bar: 3 sets of 8 with 35# bar
  • Overhead french press: 3 sets of 10 with 10# DBs

The chin ups were harder today as I am now starting from a lower box, so my arms are now pretty much straight and I am having to a full pull up.  I feel this through my sides big time!  Also note I did an isolation exercise today for the triceps just for the heck of it!  Hit the treadmill for a little walk/run combo after that and came home.

I was hungry and ready for custard oats!

This bowl had:

  • 40 grams oats
  • 1 small mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Polaner all fruit (blackberry)

Tasty.  This is my new bowl I bought for myself in Mexico!  The bottom is stamped “lead free.”  Isn’t that comforting…..

Normally Friday’s are the start of my weekend, but I didn’t work on Wednesday (obviously) and rather than take more PTO, I switched days to work today.  Hard to motivate myself, though!

Lunch was a sandwich made with John’s homemade oat bread.  He is quite the baker!  I used cooked chicken, some laughing cow cheese, and BBQ sauce.

Open-faced or half sandwiches when using homemade bread.  The breads are really, really good – but the real deal, so to cut down on some calories – I just have 1 slice.

Afternoon snacking may have included some of this:

John won the Superbowl fantasy picks, so I had to buy the last dinner of the season.  He chose Panera Bread.  I tried 2 new items today:

The pesto vegetable soup and the mozzarella and tomato panini.  The soup was good, although it was really chock full of veggies, so I couldn’t quite finish it (not fond of wax beans).  The sammie was really, really good.  Fresh basil and a mix of sundried and regular tomatoes.

Panini sandwiches are so good!  Not much on tap for tomorrow.  John and I don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day and hardly ever exchange gifts. As long as we tell each other “I love you” everyday, that’s enough for me (along with an occasional flower bouquet!)

OpenSky is offering free shipping on orders over $25 for a limited time, so you can pick up a panini press there if you want!

Question:  Any Valentine plans?

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16 thoughts on “Liftin and return to normalcy?

  1. PTG

    No big plans here…we’re going out to see a movie by ourselves (very excited at this!) and then spending time with our daughter and my in-laws. And I agree…showing love every day is MUCH more important than demonstrating it on the “assigned” day.
    .-= PTG´s last blog ..10-10-10 =-.

  2. Shelley B

    Woo, five chin ups! I remember when you couldn’t do one (and I can’t do one now!) – you have really been working on them and it shows!

    No plans for Valentine’s Day…which is fine by me.

  3. Heidi

    The oats look yummy! When do you add the egg whites when you are cooking them? I’d like to try this technique, but I’m afraid of scrambled eggs!
    So far, we have no definite V-day plans, except maybe to see the 3D version of Avatar – something we’ve been trying for weeks to do. What are your plans? It sounds like you need a day of nothing.. just relaxing 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      I add the eggs whites really, really slow when the oats are about done. That way they mix in and don’t scramble.

      I have to work on Valentine’s Day! So, just the morning bagel (and maybe coffee…)

  4. Susan

    You are one strong women. I like your food pictures they always look so good!
    Hubby is working on Valentines so no special plans with him. We try to be loving every day with each other.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..February Ramblings =-.

  5. Alissa

    Nice to see you back with a regular post! I’ve missed them. I love your bowl from Mexico. I wish my hubby would make homemade bread! haha I don’t see that happening. 😉 We plan on spending the day together today and going out for lunch (it’s cheaper at lunchtime). He brought me a dozen roses yesterday. 🙂 Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..12 Days Completed =-.

  6. Kelly

    Now I need to go look up those different exercises you did. LOL

    We had our Valentine’s Day last night at The Melting Pot. Let’s just say I have a lot of calories to work off. Good motivation for working out. :)On Valentine’s Day we’ll give the kids each a gift instead of candy. We might pick up some chocolate dipped strawberries as a treat.

    Looking forward to the big announcement next week! Any hints?

  7. Jody - Fit at 52

    Welcome back & yahoo for that workout! You go!!!

    OK, as a bread lover, I want some of that homemade bread. OMG, that looks YUMMY!!!

    Not too much here for V-day. The sun & warmer weather finally returned so going to enjoy that!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Some Stuff About Me =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I have several different types of oats I use. Either Country Organics quick cook steel cuts or straight up rolled oats.

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