Doing it all over again

The start of the weekend!  I got it going with a fantastic weight lifting session.  I got to the gym at 7:15 – I sure know how to sleep in on my day off, don’t I?

I jogged 1 mile on the treadmill for a warm up, then hit the iron:

  • Chin ups:  2 sets of 2, 1 set of 1 (this is never going to change….)
  • Barbell squats: 1 set of 10 at 65#, 1 set of 8 at 85#, 1 set of 6 at 95#, 1 set of 4 at 105# (YES!)
  • Barbell bench press: 1 set of 10 at 45 pounds, 1 set of 8 at 55#, 1 set of 6 at 65#, 1 set of 4 at 70# (new high weight)
  • Reverse lunge with single dumbbell: 3 sets of 8 with 20# DB
  • Dumbbell pull over: 3 sets of 8 with 25# DB
  • Face Pulls:  3 sets of 10 at 30#
  • Lunge with bicep curl: 3 sets of 8 with 15# DBs
  • Triceps pull down: 3 sets of 10 at 40#
  • Reverse crunches: 3 sets of 15

Man was I feeling it at the end!  Getting done with a good lifting session feels so different than running or biking.  It’s way more exhausting and I feel drained (but in a good way).  I am *loving* these longer workouts.

Do you love this or what? :mrgreen:  I so need this on a t-shirt.

I was staaaahving when I got home.  Needed those protein waffles to fill me up.

Sprinkled with some toasted coconut.  I had to consciously slow myself down with the eating.

Spent the morning relaxing, blog reading, and making some chocolate protein granola, which I had with lunch.  I will post the recipe tomorrow.

I had some of my newly minted granola with lunch topped on some greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, 1/2 of a mashed banana, and cinnamon.

And yes, it was quite good!

For flashback Friday, I thought I would answer a question that Susan posed for me:

If you were to do it all over again (lose the weight) knowing everything you know now, would you do anything differently?

This is a really tough question, or I am making it tough to answer, I guess.  I try really hard not to regret any decisions I have made in the past or think about how things would have been different if I had done something differently.  There is part of me that wishes I could go back to my teenage self and tell her how to eat properly and exercise in a fun way so that I could have spent the majority of my life being fit.  Learning it right from the start instead of doing fad things and not learnin’ nuthin’ but how to yo-yo.  With that being said, I almost wouldn’t want to change a thing, because I really like the person I am now and I don’t know if I would be this person if I had been thin at a young age.  Know what I mean?  Maybe I might talk to my plateauing self a few years ago and really kept on her about not giving up, though.  That would have made things a little easier 🙂 This was probably a more complex answer to this question that was necessary, but that’s me in a nutshell LOL!  Short answer would be you can eat more than you think and lose weight.

Afternoon out and browsing shops led me back to the Chocolate Mill for some coffee.  They really improved their lattes quite a bit since the last time I was here!  Last time they were pretty substandard.  This time –

Nice latte art.  Maybe a touch bitter espresso, but still much improved.  John met me there, which is also nice 😀  I managed to just have the skim latte and avoid all of this:

(It’s funny, these pictures look like nighttime, but it was 3 in the afternoon!)

I just didn’t want something that rich today.  Think it is because I actually have eaten quite well this week and have gotten a lot of the sweet tooth out of my head.

Came home and started on dinner prep.  I bought a rutabaga at the store – and roasted it up along with some sweet potato.  I also made broccoli in case I didn’t like the rutabaga LOL!  It was pretty good.  I need to do a GVE post on this.

With some chicken and BBQ sauce.

Saving some fruit for an evening snack tonight!

Might top this with some nut butter or laughing cow.  Not sure which yet.

Think tomorrow will be an outdoor run day – woohoo!

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18 thoughts on “Doing it all over again

  1. Leah

    I enjoyed a nice pear like yours with lunch today. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing day. That’s always nice!

    Interesting about doing it all over again. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kim Zepp

    I love your answer to Susan’s question about what you would do differently. It shows how happy you are with yourself – and that’s important! 🙂
    I also enjoyed a post a few days ago where you gave a link to an old post about when you really started running. So interesting. You’ve come so far. Congratulations!
    .-= Kim Zepp´s last blog ..Shamrock Run 15K Race Report =-.

  3. Jane

    I know exactly what you mean about wondering if you’d be a different person (or how you would be different) if you had been fit all your life. There are lots of things I wonder about like that. I took ten years to do my BA and sometimes, I regret that, but then I think about all the amazing things I got to do during that time and it’s hard to regret it for long.
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..The Perfect 10 Challenge: The Final Post =-.

  4. kilax

    I wish I would have developed healthier eating habits when I was younger too.

    I totally know what you are talking about when you mention the great exhausted feeling you get from a good strength workout. I love it! I wish I could repeat it at home!
    .-= kilax´s last blog ..Signs of spring =-.

  5. Karyn

    So great that you are keeping up with your resistance training. I have finally started again this week, meeting my hubby after work at the gym. And I know exactly what you mean about it feeling different after a weight workout compared to running. It is nice to see my hubby interested in fitness and weight loss again.

    P.S. I haven’t had a protein pancake in SO long. I miss’ em.
    .-= Karyn´s last blog ..Perfect 10 week 10 update. =-.

  6. Jody - Fit at 52

    LOVE that weight workout! To me, cardio is way harder for me than weights in terms of the mental. Weights, I love doing them so although they work ya hard, I look forward to it & love it. Cardio… always a mental battle but I do it & always have that sense of accomplishment after!

    Pretty coffee!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Bridal Shower Update! =-.

  7. Fran

    I have every two weeks the Thursday off (I work 36 hours a week) and I get up at the same time as I do on working days 5.45 am. I love to start early on my day off so I have a long day ahead of me.

    When I was cooking my pasta with broccoli yesterday I thought about you and how much you would have like it. You’re always welcome for dinner!
    .-= Fran´s last blog ..A day in my life: Friday March 12th 2010 =-.

  8. John

    I liked your answer to Susan as well. I need to remember to keep on myself when I hit the plateau as well!

    In regards to your last comment. I thought about putting up a donation link but decided against it as I didn’t feel right asking folks who haven’t been following me very long. This time around think I’ll just ask people I know around here.
    .-= John´s last blog ..Running Slow is Hard =-.

  9. Susan

    Thank you for answering my question!! I asked it because I always wish I didn’t deprive myself so much in the beginning. But you answered it so wonderfully. I don’t think I would know as much now, or appreciate a “balanced” lifestyle as much had I not made those mistakes in the beginning. Being fit when I was younger would have helped too. I was sitting on my bum smoking cigarettes while other kids my age were off playing soccer somewhere :\

    You’ll get past that chin-up plateau!! Have you started on pull-ups yet? I wonder if it would help if you changed up your grip for a while to work on different muscles, it might give you the boost you need 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Out of Hibernation =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Pull ups are so much harder than chin ups! I don’t even know if I could do 1 of those. Hmmmm…. maybe a little challenge to myself!

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