Lifting and the last football dinner.

Happy Thursday! It’s almost the end of the week! Yippee! I was up and ready to hit the gym. After a protein drink, I headed out and got to work.

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell Squats 3 sets of 10 at 75# Lower Body
Alternating bent dumbbell row 3 sets of 10 with 20# DBs (40# total) Back
Reverse Crunch 3 set of 15 Core
Pushups 3 sets of 10 Chest
Calf Raise 3 sets of 10 at 170# Calves
Upright Row 3 sets of 10 at 30# Shoulders
Good Morning 3 sets of 10 at 55# Low back and hammies
Reverse Lunge with Forward Reach 3 sets of 8 (each leg) with 8# DBs (16# total) Full body

Whew! I decided to really work today and to do super and giant sets with these (pairing 2 or 3 exercises together). I got this workout done in 31 minutes! I was sweating at the end.

I love this little guy.  He just cracks me up.

BTW – I lifted today because I am doing my Healthy Heart Weekend run tomorrow!  I’ll shoot an email out to everyone just to remind as I am sure there are those that don’t read my blog very often (gasp).

I was ready for breakfast.  Hope you aren’t tired of the 1-minute muffin thing going on here.

I made up the non-sweet one and chopped it up into a bowl of blueberry sauce.  Then I put on a tablespoon of coconut butter 😯

I was totally in love!  Who says you need grains for breakfast?  Okay, I say that because I do love my oats, but this was really good.  I actually was standing up eating this in the kitchen because it tasted so good to me before I made myself sit LOL!  Yeah, I like food.

Lower (for me) carb/no grains day, so lunch was something that I cannot remember having in forever.  I have to admit that this scared me a little bit.  Eating a lot more fat is taking me out of my comfort zone, but I like it.

I cooked up a sausage patty from the smokehouse.  Turns out it was a lean patty – as there was no oil left in the pan after I cooked it!  I had to add some for the eggs.

No latte picture today.  John was out this afternoon and brought a couple lattes home in travel mugs for us, so nothing really special to look at.  I have switched to 2% milk for my lattes and it is yummy!

I am actually eating a few less calories on the lower carb/higher fat days just because I am not hungry, so that can be a good thing, but I have to be careful to make sure I eat enough (how weird is that to read on this blog??).

John won the last of the football picks, as I said yesterday, and he called for Denny’s tonight.  I don’t know why he chose Denny’s for the last meal of the football season, but there you go.  I am just still very happy with how accommodating they are with special requests.  I would not have had eggs with lunch had I known that we were going to Denny’s for dinner.  When you try to avoid corporate meat and don’t eat fish and are avoiding grains- that doesn’t always leave a lot left over to eat on a menu other than eggs.  I cobbled together a tasty meal, though.  I had a side of fruit:

A side of sauteed spinach:

This was really good.  I can’t believe I am saying that about spinach, but it was!  I was half expecting some kind of frozen spinach disaster, but it was baby spinach leaves freshly sauteed. At Denny’s.  Who knew?

I decided to have an egg white omelet with cheddar in it for the entree.  At first it came out as regular eggs, so I sent that back and had it done right.

It was so hot, too, when the correct one came out lickety split!  I really do give them kudos for good service.  Never be afraid to ask for what you want.  You will be so much happier.

Question:  Have you ever gone to a place with low expectations and gotten great food/service?

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21 thoughts on “Lifting and the last football dinner.

  1. Cyndall

    I ate at Dennys on Wednesday night and I had no idea that you could get an egg white omlette! I always do the build your own slam. They have so many healthy options I can get something low cal and still scrumtious!

    Thanks for the informative blog!

  2. debby

    Denny’s? Have to say you did great at ordering! And I guess from the comments that they have improved their choices overall.

    That lunch? Could not eat it. But that breakfast = LOVE!
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  3. Pubsgal

    I always like it when that happens. 🙂 We have several places in town that are very unassuming on the outside but have great food on the inside!

    Glad you had a good day and enjoyed the last of the football dinners! Sounds like John picked well.
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  4. Kimberley

    Love the weight lifting emoticon…hahaha…he is funny!

    Glad you sent back the order and got what you wanted.

    I am very particular in restaurants and have to be careful about gluten, but I can usually get exactly what I want…as long as I plan where I am going.

    Happy Friday to you!
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  5. deb

    We eat at Denny’s quite often. Love their healthier choices. The one here in town is so so with its service so when we ate at one while in San Antonio a while ago i was pleasantly surprised at the service. The manager was what looked like from India and he and all the staff couldn’t do enough for you.

  6. Leah

    Yes, I have. Great for you to do so well on your low(er)-carb days! Have a great weekend!

    Will be running today (I’m commenting on Fri morning) for Heart Healthy Weeekend. On my way to the gym soon…
    Leah´s last blog post ..Weigh-In Wise Words

  7. cammy@tippytoediet

    I like Denny’s! (Don’t know that I’d have used it for my football win-celebratin’ dinner, but that’s just me.:)) I’m always pleased when a restaurant either has a few healthy options on their menu or has savvy servers who can help you create a healthier version of their standard fare. I’m also fortunate to live near many that do just that.
    cammy@tippytoediet´s last blog post ..Blogging With My Heart 2011

  8. Fran

    As you know I already got my run in, the advantage of a time difference: my day starts earlier 😆 It was fun to do, thanks for hosting!

    I never had that experience with a restaurant but I did the other way around.

  9. Biz

    I haven’t been to Denny’s in ages! Want to hear a funny story? Back in the day, when there was a school holiday, Hannah would stay at her friends house because her mom stayed home during the day.

    I went to pick her up – mind you Hannah was 6 and her friend Amy was 7 at the time. On the drive home I asked how her day was and she said “is a dollar a good tip?” I was like “what are you talking about?” Turns out this Mom gave Hannah and her daughter $10 to go to Denny’s for lunch – by themselves! Across a busy street! I still can’t believe they waited on two little girls who were all by themselves – but now Hannah’s almost 19 and she still remembers it!!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Best News!

  10. Susan

    I love the idea of a microwave muffin topped with yogurt for breakfast! I usually only make them for evening snacks, I will have to try this new breakfast idea 🙂

    I’ve only been to Denny’s once and it was kinda gross. I got a breakfast sandwich with fruit. In all fairness, it was our second choice. IHop was closed 😉
    Susan´s last blog post ..Anyone Can Do Yoga

  11. Roz

    I haven’t been to Denny’s in eons. I guess I assumed they DIDN’T offer many healthy options, but now I see differently. I think we may give it a go soon!
    Have a great Friday Lori!!!
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  12. Jody - Fit at 53

    That side of fruit was so cute! You make your food look so ready to eat! I don’t do that but maybe for people having trouble losing weight, that is the key! 🙂

    OK< looking for that coconut butter recipe – I have coconut in the house! 🙂
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..Blog Your HEART Out Day!

  13. Ang

    I often stop at Denny’s while I am traveling. They are good about telling you what is safe when you are gluten free. We don’t have one nearby or I’d be there more often. I love breakfast for dinner! We do have a Cracker Barrel which I thought would be a GF nightmare but I’ve had good luck there surprisingly.
    Ang´s last blog post ..Things that you dont see everyday

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