Guess I need to do more squats…

It was light out this morning, so I decided to bike to the gym. See how light it is now before 7 a.m.?

My preworkout protein drink (no sweetener in this).

It was really cold and windy. I don’t know what I was thinking LOL! Good thing the gym is only 2 miles away.

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell Squat 1 set of 10 at 55#

1 set of 10 at 65#
1 set of 8 at 75#

1 set of 8 at 85#

1 set of 6 at 95#

Lower body
Dumbbell Pull Over 3 sets of 10 with 25# DB Back
Bench Dips 3 sets of 10 Triceps
Reverse Crunches 3 sets of 12 Core
Barbell Chest Press 3 sets of 10 at 55# Chest
Bent Lateral Raise 3 sets of 10 with 12# DBs (24# total) Shoulders
Good Mornings 3 sets of 10 at 45# Low back and hammies

I biked home pretty fast as the wind was a tail wind and it was starting to spit sleet at me 😯

I was ready for a warm and filling breakfast.  Today is a no-added sugar day for me.

Cream of wheat cooked with a banana and cocoa powder and topped with some crushed almonds and Artisana coconut butter, which was really solid as we keep our house pretty cool.

That coconut butter is good stuff.  I am going to try to make some on my own.

So, I received some unsolicited advice at the gym today.  There was a new person that just joined the gym.  He came in near the end of my workout.   I said good morning, as I usually do to people.  I noticed him watching me (crud).  Then he asked me about my routine.  Then he asked if I used to be an athlete!  I had a funny vibe from him, and what popped out of my mouth was “No, not an athlete, I used to be 100 pounds heavier.”  I never say that to people.  I rarely bring up my weight loss in person to strangers.  So, he starts saying how he is a personal trainer (uh-oh) and how I am probably thinking that I will never get the bottom stuff off (oh my god, did he really just say that to me?) and all I needed to do was shape up … insert jaw dropping here

This man is 60 years old.  He should really know better… Then he proceeds to tell me I need to do squats and that I look fine from “here up” while gesturing from his waist up.  (Did he *really* just say that to me??).  He is showing me air squats and to start with no weights, blah, blah.  I finally tell him I was doing barbell squats earlier and he just kind of looked at me like he didn’t know what to say.  All the while I am trying to think how I can extricate myself without being totally rude.  After that he went back to his workout and I ended up going home because I was feeling a little pissed off.  This is why making assumptions is bad.


After a morning of work, I took a break for lunch.  I mixed up a little light mayo with curry powder and added in chopped apple and chopped chicken. With toast!

Plus a few peanuts.

Look at what it was doing outside starting mid morning!  Eeek!

No real accumulation, but sloppy and wet.  Perfect day for one of these:

I can’t believe how dark it gets with the time change.  My body just can’t get used to it overnight.  Makes it hard to take dinner pictures now.  I decided on an omelet with a veggie sausage and laughing cow.

Picture perfect – and delicious!

Pixie was all snuggled up today.  She was probably remembering her first few months of life when she was homeless and cold.

She certainly fell into a good life here.

I got my bike trainer today!  I am getting it hooked up tonight and will get some photos of it this week – and a review of how it is going LOL!

Evening snack tonight will be a forelle pear (isn’t it cute??) and some pretzels.

Question: What was some of the worst unsolicited advice you have received?

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39 thoughts on “Guess I need to do more squats…

  1. Sarah

    I’m speechless. I got unsolicited advice all the time when I was heavy but now it’s knee and shoe choice related and I’m sure I bring it on my self. That guy was so rude. Hopefully you won’t have to cross paths that often. I think your work outs are something to aspire too. 🙂
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Be nice to your knees =-.

  2. Joanne

    You are amazing biking in this weather. It’s been so cold! We should have some warmer afternoons this week, but the mornings are still going to be cold. You’re such a die hard!

    I can’t believe that guy. You know, I met someone like that in SC at a gym while visiting my parents. At that time, Ted and I were working with a body builder and doing heavy weights. I was doing the squat with some serious weight on it and some stranger approaches me, begins to critique my form. GET OUT! I told him I was working with a trainer at home and “HAVE A GOOD DAY!”. GEESH! Don’t worry about being rude to people when they overstep the boundries. The boundries being, if you’re not asked – don’t offer!

    Snow?! We didn’t get any yet so make sure to keep it in Albany.

    As for the trainer – can’t wait to hear how that works out. I’d like to get Ted one for Christmas.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..StockadeAthon 15K 2010 Oh Well =-.

  3. A Sparkle A Day

    well, I think you showed a lot of self control.

    I wouldn’t have been so nice. not at all.

    can’t beleive you have snow. I have rain though. Snow’s little brother.

    Hope the rest of your day was NICER.

    .-= A Sparkle A Day´s last blog ..Salmon Cups =-.

  4. South Beach Steve

    How rude. I cannot believe some people. I don’t have any stories of that nature, but I have had people come up and offer me dieting advice after I had already lost 80 pounds or so. I just smile and go on most of the time. Although there are times I tell them how things are going so far. 🙂

  5. Cilla

    Geeesh. The nerve of that guy was just… Jaw drop. You dealt with him a lot more gracefully that I would have, is all I can say. I hate being watched at the gym, particularly when they’re not uber subtle about it.

    Hmmm. Most unsolicited advice I’ve received in the past was about needing to lose weight, but my most recent one was the woman at the underwear store on Saturday. She suggested I might benefit from purchasing a padded or push-up bra(!!).

    Brrrr. I really dislike the cold. Minor random fact… I’ve only ever seen snow once in my life 🙂
    .-= Cilla´s last blog ..Downward drift =-.

  6. suzanne

    Feels like we could get snow here any day!!
    I once had a younger woman tell me all about how to eat healthy. I just stood there and said nothing then turned and walked away with a smirk on my face 🙂
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Finished work – =-.

  7. debby

    OH. MY. GOSH. I don’t think he could have been very successful as a trainer–poor people skills. I am pretty good at discouraging unwanted conversation. Sometimes I think I shouldn’t be that way, but when I hear something like this, I am glad.

    Good eats today! I love pears. But we don’t seem to have the variety that you have.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Maintenance–A Confession =-.

  8. Pubsgal

    Wow, what a jerk. Next time, I hope he wanders in just as you’re doing those 95 pound barbell squats. 😉 I don’t mind my class instructors giving me tips on form and the like, but a total stranger? Too intrusive.

    And snow? That would make me want to curl up on a chair, too.

    I got my worst unsolicited advice today, too, but it amused me more than anything else. A co-worker is running the company ping-pong tournament, and I (this is objective, now) went from total suckage to might-be-halfway-decent-with-practice. So he said “You’re good – you just need to practice more! Then you’ll get skinny like me!” I chuckled and replied, “Because obviously triathlons aren’t doing it.”
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..2010 Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run =-.

  9. Ishmael

    Oh, oh..oh, I know that type of stranger all too well. I will just never, ever, ever understand people who wander over to complete unknowns and start offering personal observations on their physique or whatever! Even those who are well-meaning are completely out of line — for that matter, anyone who offers any unsolicited personal observations of another person’s weight or size or eating habits, even a close friend, is crossing a line IMHO. If people want to know what you think, they ask, especially about sensitive topics like weight loss! Jeeesh! I once had someone grab my hips, shake them, and say “If it weren’t for this, you’d be so attractive.” Of course, she was like 80, and an old Spanish lady so I couldn’t smack her. Glad you shrugged it off Lori. I bet your form is better than his, anyway!
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..The Podiatrist- Part 1 =-.

  10. Jennifer

    What an ASS! I like how you tried not to be rude when he was super rude from the get-go, you’re too nice for him!

  11. cammy@tippytoediet

    What a JERK! (Not what I’m thinking, exactly, but close enough for public viewing.)
    Good for you for not throwing a dumbbell at him.

    Worst advice I got was from some stranger who suggested I sign up for The Biggest Loser. I was only about 10-15 pounds from goal at the time. 🙂
    .-= cammy@tippytoediet´s last blog ..WoW- Anticipate- Create =-.

  12. Jo

    What a loser that guy is. It’s a good thing you know what an arse-kicking super jock you are 🙂 I have recently been diagnosed with a degenerative illness and it is amazing the amount of unsolicited advice I am receiving. But, it’s different, because it is just people’s way of trying to feel that they’ve helped in some way. I like being in ‘the zone’ at the gym. Eyes front and centre; no contact with others…
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..Anxiety =-.

  13. Amy

    What a jerk! It amazes me sometimes how rude some people can be – jeez! So far I haven’t gotten any unsolicited advice at the gym but the funniest thing anyone ever said to me was this lady in her 60s who takes all the group classes asked me why I wasn’t doing Zumba anymore and I said I was concentraing on free weights and running and then she said, “Oh, Zumba’s too hard for you, huh?” I was like – hello?
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Day of Thanks 7 =-.

  14. Jan

    Maybe a kick to the side of his head would have shown him the excellent shape your lower half is in! Geez, how rude.

  15. Jill

    It took me several years to get the courage to go to WW. Did not have that much weight to lose but needed to for my medical health. The people were really great about me joining not a word about why are you here you don’t need to lose any weight UNTIL this year. It took me 2 years to make LifeTime with only about a 20 pound need to lose. There are medical issues with my husband that(Metasized Melanoma)is very stressfull. Well, had a lady that had just joined WW that I know and she made the comment about me and another lady coming to WW and not needing to lose weigh. I am not very tactful of a person. I informed her that there are people that join for different reason that sometimes the reasons don’t show. And it took me so long to join just because of comments like hers. She was one of those ladies that second week at WW was talking to people about how to get a doctor to write a note that she should not lose that much weight. There is no health reason she said she just did not want to work that hard at getting fit.

  16. Jody - Fit at 52

    Loving that Pixie! She is so lucky you saved her! I sent that pic off to my Pixie loving friend. 🙂

    OK, is that homemade bread too!!!! 😉

    As for that “advice”, that is exactly why I don’t offer up advice in the gym unless asked cause I never really know the whole story until someone tells me… although if the form is really bad, I might… Luckily I have not had people try to offer up unsolicited advice to me except say, wanting to show me a cool new way to do something & I always love that! Just got a new core exercise from a guy in the gym I know….

    Lori, you are doing great! We all know for women, certain areas are the last to go in weight loss.. in fact I have a post coming up soon that says just that!

    YIKES on the weather. Snow is Idaho too where one of my step daughters lives!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Are the Stairs Scaring you Lets Walk Them Together =-.

  17. Catherine McCourt

    Holy crap, Lori!! How obnoxious is that? I HATE when people cross those boundaries at the gym. It seems like every gym has one… one older guy has complimented my form and asked if I was trained by somebody, which was too close for comfort for me. So the headphones stay on! What a jerk. I say ignore him from now on. And I know your form is perfect and you are such an inspiration! Hmmffph 🙁

    On another note, the snow pic is lovely, as are the regular food and Pixie pics! I am more of a lurker and don’t comment on blogs too much, but know that I am a faithful reader and your blog always brightens my day!

    Catherine, Facebook buddy 🙂

  18. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    What a little jerk at the gym!!!!!! I hate it when people watch me/make comments, especially if its unsolicited. It’s one thing if you ASK for advice, but completely unacceptable for someone to tell you what to do when they don’t even know you / have no right to. I bet he was just trying to get business or something, but still. Not cool.
    .-= Beth @ Beth’s Journey to Thin´s last blog ..Goal and Exercise Check-In =-.

  19. Helen

    I never minded if someone commented to me at the gym, as long as they were helping me with my form or keeping me from getting injured. Other than that, keep it to yourself! The more I read, the more astonished I was. He is probably such a bumblehead he doesn’t even realize how IDIOTIC he sounded. You are a better woman than me. Because I would have been all up in his jimmy jam telling him where to take his stupid squats.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Tuesday Three- Because Thats Long Enough =-.

  20. Amanda@bakingwithoutabox

    I just hate it when people are “helpful” like that. I’ve had the most random unsolicited comments at the gym. I think people forget personal space there. I’d have been biting back profanity after the “fine from here up.” You look amazing. Your squats are amazing. And he can go pound sand.
    .-= Amanda@bakingwithoutabox´s last blog ..Chocolate Lava Cakes =-.

  21. fran

    Only 1 thing to say: the guy is an idiot.

    Snow? Already? It’s cold here, nearly froze my butt of this morning at my run.

    I thought and talked to the Hub of you today. We were having lunch at Bagels & Beans. And when I think of bagels I think of you. Made a pic of the bagel especiaLly for you!

  22. Carol

    A few weeks ago at my gym a lady who goes to my WW meeting (but who I don’t know very well) came up and asked me how much weight I had lost. After I told her it was 111 lbs., she grabbed her husband and told him. He looked me up and down and then said “Boy, you must have been a real tubby before!”. I was a little shocked and just kind of blew it off, but now when I see the wife, she ignores me totally, so I think it might have embarassed her that he said that. Sometimes, I just think the filter on older men has worn off. LOL!

  23. Dawn

    Sometimes I just don’t think people hear how they sound to others. You handled it better than I would have I think. I think you look great! That Pixie girl is one lucky kitty.
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..Not sleeping well =-.

  24. sherijung

    Ewwwww, what a creep! Just the idea of a 60 year old geezer making a comment on a younger woman’s physique to her face…the worst. Making form comments I GUESS could be attributed to good intentions, but, just, eeeeeuuuuwwww.

  25. Roz

    The guy at the gym is a tool!!! There, I said it. What nerve!!!! Sounds like you handled it in a very classy way!!
    And I know I’ve said this on a comment before, but worth repeating: Pixie is gorgeous!!
    .-= Roz´s last blog ..Warning! Geek Alert!!! =-.

  26. blackhuff

    I get advice on how to eat more healthy especially now that I have lost some weight. People think that because of my weight loss, their advice is more useful or something like that. I even get advice from friends who I know don’t exercise or eat healthy at all. I just try to ignore it. Don’t give me advice if it is not something you follow yourself.
    .-= blackhuff´s last blog ..The breakout have begun =-.

  27. Ang

    I find that old man appalling! What in the world was he thinking? I see nothing wrong with your lower half! You are in great shape! Tell that nasty old man that you are weight lifter and a cycler, you need power in those legs and don’t care to look like a Barbie doll!!!

    My worst unsolicitied advice was the guy telling me that donuts weren’t good for my baby and expectant women shouldn’t be eating them. I wasn’t preggo and this guy was about 400 lbs. Seriously.
    .-= Ang´s last blog ..New Cafe in Town! =-.

  28. Leah

    I can’t even think of any of my own worst unsolicited advice after reading this. That he would say you look fine “from here up” after hearing you’d lost 100 pounds is amazing. I’m flabbergasted at his rudeness.

    And I’m sorry you had to deal with it. You are such an inspiration to me and so many others that I hope you won’t be bothered by this for too long. He is nobody.

  29. Susan

    Ohno he didn’t. Wow. First, doing squats isn’t how you get off lower bodyweight so dude was giving BAD unsolicited advice to begin with. Second, you can’t just say that to people!!! This is why people are scared of gyms, because creepers like that are in them. They should be banished 😛

    As for advice I’ve received: I’m told ALL the time that my skin issues are related to a dairy allergy. It’s not. I’ve been tested a gazillion times. I gave up dairy for over a month. I don’t think going vegan is going to help out my eczema 😛
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Grateful for Cafe Gratitude =-.

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