Busta move

Tuesday lifting day.  I have had all kinds of schedule changes lately.  I am going to do full body workouts Tuesdays and Fridays, possibly alternating with Mondays and Thursdays.  It had already begun to snow when I got up, so I made haste and got to the gym.   Icky roads.

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell Deadlift 1 set of 10 at 45#

1 set of 10 at 65#

1 set of 8 at 75#

1 set of 6 at 85#

1 set of 6 at 95#

Lower body
Wide Grip Lat Pull Down 3 sets of 8 at 60# Back
Horizontal Woodchop 3 sets of 10 (each side) at 30# Core
Reverse Lunge/Forward Reach 3 sets of 10 with 8# DBs (16# total) Full Body
Incline Chest Fly 3 sets of 10 with 15# DBs (30# total) Chest
Upright Row 3 set of 10 at 30# Shoulders
Calf Raise 3 sets of 10 at 170# <— increase Calves
Bench Dip 3 sets of 10 Triceps
Low Back Extension 3 sets of 10 at 100# Low Back

The gym emptied out halfway through my workout (presumably because of snow). My poor car all by itself:

With it empty, I was able to do a circuit with the last 4 exercises. I just did a set and moved right to the next one. Then I rested after the 4 exercises and repeated. Good way to keep the heart rate up.

For those new yahoo readers to the blog – here is a video of the deadlift.  I don’t want you all thinking I workout at the undertaker’s or something.

Squat is king, deadlift is queen!

A snowy morning was the perfect setup for pumpkin custard oats!  So tasty.  I am out of the eggnog honey now, though, which makes me a little sad.  That was some tasty stuff.

Did more shoveling of fresh fallen snow.  Good thing, too, because then it turned to sleet.  This is one of those times when I am very glad I work from home other than getting to wear slippers all day.

After getting some more work done, it was time for lunch!  Baked clam strips.  I love these things.

And yes!  Blueberries on sale again!

I get asked about these fairly often, so here is picture of the package.

12 minutes in the toaster oven and you are good to go.

Since I have been so serious the last couple of days, let’s lighten up a bit, shall we?  What is a good thing to do when it looks like this outside?

Go shopping for plants!  I had a gift certificate to Bluestone Perennials, which is my go-to place for plants I can’t get locally.

On order are some specialty coneflowers:

Green Jewel:

and Tiki Torch

(image source)

Plus Red Hot Poker, which for some reason makes John and I snicker in a juvenile way.

Plus I got some seeds.  Are you as excited as I am?  I cannot wait to do the What’s Blooming series again!!!  Sigh – the plants won’t even get here until the end of April and then a few months to bloom.  Mustn’t get ahead of myself!

Afternoon latte time!

I did have a dark mint cup while waiting for the barista John to finish up the lattes. Helen – here are how the cups come:

It’s just a store brand, but I have seen this exact thing in other stores.

Today really went by fast, I have to say.  It was time to make dinner and I cooked up some lentils and tossed in some of that brown rice (still have a lot of that!) with caramelized onions.

Dang that was good.  Plus sauteed brussels in the back there.  3 foods on this plate I never would have touched 10 years ago (heck, even 5 years ago)- brussel sprouts, lentils, caramelized onions.  And yet this meal was so yummy to me!

Tonight’s agenda? Work, shoveling, snack, and writing up the recipe post for the peanut flour waffles, which I was remiss on getting done for today 😀

That will be up tomorrow, I promise.

Question: What is a food you eat now that surprises you?

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34 thoughts on “Busta move

  1. Lisa

    Michael hurt his back doing dead lifts last month…I think I’ll avoid that one at the gym.

    The food that surprises me is MEAT. I was a vegetarian for 12 years. Then I started running. I am now a full-fledged meat eater!

  2. April

    Squat is king, deadlift is queen..I love that!

    I can’t wait for the blooming series too 🙂

    Hmmm…whenever I roast or sautee broccoli i’m always happy.
    .-= April´s last blog ..Runner’s High =-.

  3. Cilla

    Oh, lentils + brown rice = love. But adding caramelised onions sounds like artistry. I’m going to have to try that.

    I’m surprised that I now eat tomatoes, brussel sprouts, sardines, lentils, chickpeas & oats.
    .-= Cilla´s last blog ..Today =-.

  4. Roxie

    My surprise food is really most vegetables. Other than potatoes or corn, I didn’t like anything unless it was smothered in cheese, cream of “whatever” soup or floating in butter. I wouldn’t even consider sullying my broccoli with melted cheese these days.
    .-= Roxie´s last blog ..Ode To Joy =-.

  5. Jenn (GH)

    I LOVE my toaster oven. Seriously, I know everyone has their appliance Vitas, George Foremans, juicers, ect but mine is the toaster over. I use it multiple times a day. I’m surprised I love sushi so much. Growing up in the midwest I would have never imagined I would crave raw fish.
    .-= Jenn (GH)´s last blog ..Battle of the Weeds WORKout =-.

  6. Kelly

    Like that catchy little tune with the deadlift video. 🙂

    oh my, those mint cups need to stay away from me. Mint and chocolate are so good together.

    And don’t you just love coneflowers? They’re so cheerful looking.

    Thank you for the bike advice today.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..What If I Cant Lose the Weight =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Well – they don’t taste like chicken LOL!

      I think maybe a little briney? Hard to describe, but not a strong flavor. Full of protein and iron, though!

  7. Helen

    I’m going to be looking for those cups. I don’t know why but I’m thinking they may be just the ticket for my 3 p.m. searching for a snack mode. Especially if I take only 1 to work – lol!

    All your food looks yummy today.

    Those roads? That looks very similar to what I drove to work in this morning, except maybe I think I had a layer of ice that you didn’t quite have. It’s now 40 and has been raining for several hours. But of course, we will drop below freezing tonight and I shall be dealing with ice again tomorrow morning I’m sure. Sigh.

  8. Pubsgal

    The “Red Hot Pokers” made me laugh, too, but also go, “Ohhhh, that’s what those things in the neighbor’s yard are called!” I like them; they attract lots of hummingbirds and even an oriel once. The stems dry into long sticks, and one of the neighbor kids picked them and we all started playing “karate sticks,” splitting them with our chopper hands. They were kind of a pain to clean up, even with helpers, because they are quite brittle. 😛 Me and my big ideas.

    Surprising food? For me, that would be olives. I used to really not like them, and I still am not crazy about regular ones, but I love gourmet ones! (A neighbor brought over this plate of Spanish tapas a couple of years ago, and I decided to try them again, and I liked them!)

    And hey! Glad to see fresh blueberries on your plate again! 🙂 That latte sure looks yummy, too!
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Race Report- Las Vegas Rock &amp Roll Half Marathon Weekend! =-.

  9. debby

    Well, evidently if I look at food long enough, I will want to try it! I want to try your clam strips! I wonder if they are like the calamari rings that I used to love at Red Lobster?

    Hey, I picked up a bunch of my lentil/rice curry flavored stuff from Vicky today! That’s one thing I never thought I’d eat–anything curry flavored, and anything with anything that looked like a bean in it (lentils.)
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Food and NWCR =-.

  10. Leah

    1. Sweet potatoes WITHOUT brown sugar and pecans
    2. Salad greens that look like they came from someone’s yard with LITTLE dressing.
    3. Feta cheese in said greens as part of a greek flavored salad.
    4. Skinny lattes at Starbucks!!! Since starting my journey I’ve made comments like “I’m sorry, but I’ll never drink those. That non-fat white mocha is worth it to me.” Not any more… the skinny latte (which is non-fat milk and sugar-free syrup) is just fine, thank you very much. Never say never… LOL 😛
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Probably Not Today =-.

  11. Leah

    I need to add….

    Grande non-fat, no whip white mocha= approx. 350 calories
    Grande “skinny” hazelnut latte = approx 90 calories

    Worth it?? hhhmmm…. I guess being thin is beginning to be more worth it than high-cal drinks.
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Probably Not Today =-.

  12. Ishmael

    Ahhh, lentils, brown rice and caramelized onions — you’ve just given me a blueprint to use up all the extra barley we have in the house. Thanks! Sounds so good. I hit the weights today for the first time in a long time. Trying to get back to NROWLFW.
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..Honeeeesttyyyyis such a lonely word =-.

  13. deb

    For some reason i can’t seem to keep coneflowers alive but red hot pokers do great! Have you ever gotten some red hot pokers from this company before??

    1. Lori Post author

      I have not gotten that flower from Bluestone, but I have ordered many times from them and have always been happy. If a plant doesn’t make it, they replace it for you.

      I am surprised you don’t have luck with coneflowers, they are pretty hardy!

  14. Debbie

    Great blog!! So glad it was plugged on Yahoo. Since starting my journey to losing weight and a healthy lifestyle I now eat yogurt. I know many people like and enjoy yogurt, but I was NOT one of them. I have never had lentils, but I think I might try your idea with the brown rice and camelized onions. How did you carmelize them? Are you in Upstate NY? The picture of your car reminds me of Upstate NY and the Hannaford mint cups. We used to live in Gloversville which is 50 miles NW of Albany.


  15. Biz

    Everything I eat now surprises me! I never ate any vegetable growing up except for cucumbers. turns out my mom overcooked most vegetables, and I didn’t try many of them again until I was in my 30s!

    Now I can’t imagine not having spaghetti squash, baby spinach and zucchini on hand!

  16. Joanne

    It must have been great having the gym to yourself. Just like you owned it. Cool!

    Love all the eats and the flowers are something to get excited about. I really envy you your green thumb. And even before I read about what the red hot poker does to you and John, I had a sneer coming on. We’re all kids deep down. Shameful!

    What I eat now that is a total shocker to me…TOFU!
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Food Scale and Nutrition plus Lemon Garlic Rigate with Sardines =-.

  17. Ang

    My dad is a VERY picky eater so I had a very limited diet while growing up, basically beef, potatoes, corn, beans, spinach, rice, and pasta. A lot of Hamburger Helper. So pretty much all the things I eat now are surprising, Lebanese food, Sushi, brussel sprouts, Greek yogurt, lamb, quinoa, etc…
    .-= Ang´s last blog ..The best laid plans =-.

  18. Fran

    Your garden is going to look beautiful in Spring/Summer, can’t wait.

    You have a lot of snow, I’m glad it’s totally gone here and I hope it doesn’t come back this winter 🙂

  19. Jody - Fit at 53

    I wrote a big ole response this morn early & then lost it & forgot to come back.. DOH! BUT, wanted to say that the back directions on deadlifts is such an important point! Don’t want to hurt the back & I did that & did not even round my back… dang age & thankful it was only 2 weeks before I was back to normal.

    LOVE the red hot poker flower name! 🙂

    Food – I used to stay away from all fats & not a good idea. Eating PB & almonds & other nuts was a big step when I added them in…
    .-= Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog ..Computer Exercising! =-.

  20. Susan

    Awesome deadlifts!! You’re swinging that barbell around like it’s nothin 😉

    I never thought I’d be eating hamburgers again! After 8 years as a vegetarian, I’m now a total meat lover.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Weekend Wisdom VIII =-.

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