Ahhh – less humid today! Felt good to step outside this morning when I headed to the gym. This is a fountain that I pass to and from the gym. I really only get this close to it on the way home, which is a nice treat after working out.
I ran a mile on the treadmill for a warmup.
|Barbell split squat||3 sets of 10 with 55# bar||Lower body|
|Dumbbell 2-point row||3 set of 8 with at 25# DBs (50# total)||Back|
|Lying leg press||3 sets of 10 at 100#||Lower body|
|Barbell Chest Press||3 sets of 8 at 55#||Chest|
|Reverse crunches||3 sets of 15||Abs|
|Lateral Raise||3 sets of 10 with 8# DBs (16# total)||Shoulders|
|Good mornings||3 sets of 10 with 35# bar||Low back and hammies|
|Overhead french press||3 sets of 10 with 10# DBs (20# total)||Triceps|
I was going to run a little more, but then changed my mind and just biked home as my tummy was growling. My snack didn’t last very long.
I was craving nut butter today, so I made banana custard cream of wheat and topped with some cinnamon PB I made the other day and some homemade strawberry jam.
Very, very tasty.
Lifting Move of the Week: The barbell chest press! You can do this with dumbbells or a barbell. It’s actually easier to do 55# with the barbell than using two 25# DBs, at least for me. I keep my feet up on the bench as I do with most lying bench workouts because I am short. If I place my feet on the floor, then my lower back arches. If you are taller , you can put your feet on the floor. Keep your abs in and don’t lock your elbows at the top.
Note, this is one exercise where I don’t go much heavier than 65# as I don’t usually have a spotter (using 55# in the video). This is really a classic move to build the chest muscles. Ladies – building up your chest will really give you some ‘youth’, if you know what I mean. Good underlying muscular structure makes things appear higher. 🙂
Lunch time! I made a quick lunch today. Just a standard tuna salad with lemon pepper on top.
Wheat Thins Fiber Select crackers. These are quite good!
I think I am close to going down to part time with job #1. It’s starting to wear on me a bit. I noticed I have been saying that more and more, so it is about time to let part of that safety net go.
I’m not in a rut or anything, am I?
Not as humid today, but it is still hot! I let the latte sit for a while before consuming.
Dinner time included an open face BBQ chicken sammie with laughing cow.
Standard brussels. I just shred and sautee in a tsp of coconut oil with salt and pepper. It only takes 5 or 6 minutes to cook them this way and they get some crispy brown bits on them. Mmmmm…. caramelization….
I have to say that I am doing really well on not snacking while cooking anymore. I still use the altoids, but not as often. I think I might have broken that habit. Now must keep it broken.
Took a break to water the garden and write this post, then it is back to work again.
Can’t wait for biking for bagel day tomorrow!