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?