Happy Monday! Waving ‘hi’ to all the new readers – there have been a ton over the past week!
It felt really good to hit the gym today. I did a power lifting workout!
- Chin ups: 2 sets of 2, 1 set of 1
- Squats: 3 sets of 8 with 85# barbell
- Stationary lunge: 3 sets of 8 with 20# DBs
- Lat pull down: 3 sets of 8 at 60#
- Cable woodchop: 3 sets of 8 at 50#
- Push ups: 3 sets of 10
- Decline sit ups: 3 sets of 10 (hard!!)
- Dumbbell pliet squat: 3 sets of 10
- Lower back extension: 3 sets of 10 at 100#
Then I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes. My legs were pretty tired, so no running today.
I was pretty hungry for a filling breakfast, so I made pumpkin custard oats!
With the egg whites added, it was just like pumpkin pie with oats! Nom, nom.
So, when I referenced the other day about how meeting all of the 100+ pound losers last week, I ended up learning something I was not expecting. I am normal!
We all walk around with the baggage of our entire lives, and that is what colors our view of ourselves. I cannot erase the fact that I grew up overweight or spent the majority of my adult life as an overweight person. That is who I was and when I think of myself, that is part of the package.
It really struck me in the lobby of the hotel when we were waiting to go to the taping that you couldn’t even tell that anyone had been morbidly obese just by looking at them. We all looked like regular anypeople. I’m not sure what I was expecting. Maybe because I feel like I have a neon sign above me that says I lost 100 pounds that I assume others will know that about me when they see me. Even a perfect stranger. How weird is that? Even during the taping, it was so hard to look at everyone and really believe they looked like their before pictures at any time, and yet the proof was right there. After we had gotten moved to the 2nd hotel after taping, I was in the lobby changing into boots to brave the snow. There was a woman there who asked what we were all there for. I explained about it, and she said I looked great and you wouldn’t know it. That really, really made me look differently about myself. I look normal!
Maybe now I will be able to see that for myself.
I’ll skip over lunch and the snack and present to you my hughjass salad for dinner!
Typical BBQ sauce chicken (told you I was on a kick) with feta and almonds. I really love that combo. You can almost see the 3 clementines I had with dinner, too, on the side. Also note it is getting lighter near dinner time, so the lighting will be improving for pictures – yay!
I finished up work early because we were so busy today. I ended going shopping tonight and came home empty handed. Don’t you hate it when you have a mission for something very specific and can’t find it anywhere? That was me. I did, however, come home with this:
And I came home to the smell of gumbo. John started cooking that in preparation for our Mardi Gras dinner tomorrow. Everyone got their beads??
Question: Do you think you see yourself as others do?