Power lifter!

I totally rocked the weights today!  I puffy heart lifting and I missed it last week, but my muscles were glad for the break.

Today I tried some pyramids with a couple of the exercises.  That involves increasing the weight on each set while decreasing the reps.  Hard!

  • Chinups: 1 set of 2, 2 sets of 1
  • Barbell deadlifts: 1 set of 12 at 45#, 1 set of 10 at 65#, 1 set of 8 at 85#, 1 set of 6 at 95#
  • Seated Row:  1 set of 12 at 45#, 1 set of 10 at 55#, 1 set of 8 at 70#, 1 set of 6 at 75#


  • Barbell push press: 3 sets of 10 with 35# bar
  • Hammer curl: 3 sets of 8 with 15# dumbbells
  • Bench Dips:  3 sets of 10.


  • Dumbbell chest press:  3 sets of 8 with 25# dumbbells
  • Planks:  1 set at 1.5 minute hold, 2 sets at 1 minute hold


  • Split squat:  3 sets of 10 with 35# plate
  • Good mornings:  3 sets of 8 with 35# bar

I was a shakin’ after I finished!  It felt so good.  No cardio today, just a little walking warmup on the treadmill.

Came home and made an interesting breakfast – I almost wasn’t going to put the photo on the blog, cause it doesn’t look so good LOL!

This was custard oats cooked with frozen blueberries.  Normally I make the blueberry sauce and top the oats with them, but thought I would save a step.  You know, the blueberry flavor was less intense this way, so I will go back to topping again.  John said it looked like black beans (ewww…)

Mid morning protein hit:

This is some protein powder mixed with water and cinnamon with a little nut butter.

So, with regards to exercise, I realized that I was doing a lot and I don’t really have an event to train for right now.  Not to mention that any smaller event (like a 5K) – I am totally ready for at this moment because of what I have been doing.  It’s almost like I am actually in training mode with no goal, which can be a scary thing because I don’t have a plan.  I have noticed a little fatigue and the insomnia is starting to creep back, so rather than risk over training, I am cutting back on cardio a bit and lifting a little more.  I don’t need to be running 6 miles at a pop if I am just scheduled for 5K runs.  Make sense?  I find myself incredibly hungry on those days and I eat too much extra (more than the 700 calories I burn).  I don’t want to feel like I am trying to out train a bad diet.   So – I am going to scale the mileage down a little with a max of 5 miles per run.

Lunch was an interesting experiment:

That thing that looks like bread is actually a modification of the 1-minute muffin.  I got an email from PubsGal that she made pancakes out of the recipe and they were very good!  So, I thought I would try a non sweet version for bread.  This was 1/4 cup of flax meal mixed with 2 egg whites and 1/4 tsp of baking powder.  I cooked it on nonstick skillet (which I should have sprayed, still).  This has a lot of potential, I have to say.  It was bland, but I topped it with some chicken mixed with hummus.  This will go into the experiment-on-again pile 🙂 Served with pineapple topped with cinnamon.

Afternoon latte snack and a little fat to go along with it:

I always thought I was a crow in a former life because I like sparkly things, but maybe I was really a squirrel based on how I love nuts…

We bought a new stirfry sauce this weekend:

This stuff is really good!  I made a shrimp stirfry with broccoli for dinner.

I *loved* this dinner.  Nice ripe pear, too.  With cinnamon.  Think I eat enough cinnamon?  I put it on almost everything that isn’t savory (and sometimes that, too).

Tonight’s snack will be the protein powder/ricotta cheese mix.  Need to maximize that protein for today’s lifting!

Pixie also wanted you all to see her after she is freshly brushed.  You can also tell spring is coming because she is starting to shed again.  She has such a mane, doesn’t she?

Can you believe she is actually awake? Seems like most of my pictures are of her sleeping.

Question: What is your favorite protein source?

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21 thoughts on “Power lifter!

  1. KK @ Running Through Life

    Congrats on getting in a great lifting workout! I too put cinnamon on a lot of things…..I particularly like to sprinkle a lot on a cut up apple and to sprinkle some in my bran, oh and also in my coffee!!!

    My favorite protein sources are egg whites, chicken, and my 100% Whey protein powder in Vanilla Ice Cream flavor! yum!!!
    .-= KK @ Running Through Life´s last blog ..Nike Women’s Marathon 2010 Details =-.

  2. John

    Hi Lori. Thanks for coming by today. I replied to your comment on my blog so you’ll have to come back 🙂 Haven’t seen much of your blog yet but enough for me to add you. 105 maintained so far..nice! I hope to be there soon.
    .-= John´s last blog ..Toughest One Yet =-.

  3. Shelley B

    Rawr! That’s Pixie-speak for “look at me, I’m beautiful” LOL

    I know what you mean about being STARVING after the running – it’s kind of unnerving to be so hungry.

    I don’t think I have a favorite protein source – well, maybe Fage. Yeah, I guess that is my go-to. Mmmmm…now I want some!
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Armadillo Dash 5K Recap! =-.

  4. Kimberley

    I am a big fan of eggs for protein, hard boiled, scrambled, fried, in omelets…I love them.

    Great job on the lifting. Do your joints ever get sore?
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Swans! =-.

  5. Christina@Health-Foodie

    Oh, I love Pixie! She looks so fluffy!

    Protein…oh don’t make me chose one! 🙂 Love seafood, fish, chicken, tofu, why protein (smoothies), eggs…oh I am such a foodie! haha

    That chicken with hummus looks yummy. Never tried that combo before! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  6. Leah

    I love following your blog because I learn so much about exercise and then how you relate it to what you eat.

    My favorite protein right now is a bit of peanut butter or any meat, lately beef.

  7. Ishmael

    Pixie! She’s the epitome of a photogenic cat. I have that stir fry sauce too. It’s so delicious. How closely do you track your calories throughout the day? I’m wondering if I’m just too lax with mine. I tend to guesstimate or round up on a lot of my lunches, which are homemade leftovers from the night before. I’m doing something wrong somewhere, because my scale is not budging anymore!
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..The Snow Must Go On =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I track my calories pretty closely, but I don’t really sweat things like whether I am eating a small or large banana or what size pear it is. I mostly am concerned about the specific calories in things like my grains and fats (where they add up for me).

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    What an awesome weight workout!!!!!!!! Yahoo. Like your cardio strategy too. Time will tell how it works & how you feel but I bet good! 🙂

    Hey, I have been doing that protein powder/water mixture too for snacks! I mix in 100% cocoa or cinnamon like you or maybe some PB (or that powdered PB) or other things I can think of… I love it! I am also experimenting with the pancake thing off of another blog. She puts cream of tartar to fluff it & a couple other things…

    Anyway, love the Pixie pic! Thx!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Dieting Reality – Tomorrow Is NOW! =-.

  9. Susan

    Pixie totally has a mane!! I love how cats strut around and act like they’re lions or tigers or something.

    NICE lifting session! You will feel those good mornings today I think. They made my hammies verrrry sore last week. I also really like the looks of that flax-cake. I’ll add that to my “experiment” list too 😉

    Fave protein source is tuna. 30g for 120 calories ain’t bad!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Three Generations =-.

  10. Ex Yo-Yo Debbie

    That broccoli and shrimp stir-fry looks delish. I love your cat…she looks very calm and peaceful!

    I don’t know if you remember, but a while ago I asked which region of the country you live in, since I was struck by the architecture of the houses in some of your post photos. I think I have an idea of the area you live, based on where you posted you caught the train to NYC (I used to live in Montreal). I would come down to your area for a weekend away, and go to Target. At that time, there was no Target in Plattsburgh, so I’d go to the one just south of Lake George.

    I love that area of NY! Beautiful!
    .-= Ex Yo-Yo Debbie´s last blog ..Me and My Spanx (154 lbs) =-.

  11. Anne

    Ooh, cinnamon and pineapple? I’ve never heard of that combination before! I’ll have to try it sometime. Your kitty is soooo pretty! I love all that fur 🙂 My fave protein source is greek yogurt, for sure!
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Back for a Bit =-.

  12. Amy

    I think the concept “trying to out train a bad diet” is really important! I think I am guilty of this too, putting all my focus on working out and running and thinking I can “get away” with being sloppy on the food front.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Taking my own advice =-.

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