The first full day of spring, and what do we get?
It’s like winter left giving us a swift kick in the pants on the way out. Or spring is messing with us. Either way it isn’t very nice…
I am going back to lifting 3 days a week now with the lowering of the weights/increased reps, so I was up fairly raring to go today.
|Barbell Split Squat||3 sets of 10 (each leg) at 65#||Lower Body|
|Dumbbell 1-point row||3 sets of 12 with 20# DB||Back|
|Captain’s Chair||3 sets of 10||Core|
|Low Back Extension||3 sets of 15 at 80#||Low back|
|Barbell Chest Press||3 sets of 15 with 45# bar (which is an empty bar, btw)||Chest|
|Reverse Lunge/forward reach||3 sets of 15 with 8# DBs (16# total)||Full Body|
|Upright row||3 sets of 12 at 25#||Shoulders|
|Seated Calf Raise||3 sets of 15 at 140#||Calves|
Whew! I did super sets with these in groups of 2, so it was a nice compact 30 minute workout.
I made it home before it started to snow, but you could smell it on the air. John doesn’t understand that, but you can smell when snow is coming.
I decided to play with the 1-minute muffin for breakfast. Instead of doing it in the microwave as a muffin, I put it into a pan with a tiny bit of butter to make a pancake.
Topped with peanut flour mixed with a little bit of cinnamon, salt and enough water to make it like frosting. (You can use PB2).
I have to say that I liked this cooking method better than the microwave for this! It almost is like an oatcake in density. I was a little worried it wouldn’t cook through, so I just had it on lower heat and cooked a little longer. 1-minute muffin becomes 5-minute flax cake. Winner!
I alluded to this on Friday, but here is my current dilemma. The company that I currently work for, which I was unable to get full time with after losing one of my other jobs, has just offered me a full-time position in house. Most of you know I do the work at home as an independent contractor.
– The new position I was offered with another company:
Employee. Hours 2pm to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday. No commute. Paid on production at a decent line rate (but that depends on the dictators and platform, really). PTO. Fairly affordable benefits.
– What was offered by current company on Friday:
Working in the office as an employee (currently IC with them). Hourly rate (which is quite good) with the opportunity to do production if it made more than the hourly rate (possible, although very dependent on the dictation quality). Hours 10-6 Monday through Friday. Commute of 11 miles each way. PTO. Benefits available, although not that great price wise.
So. Both definitely have their pros and cons. I haven’t worked outside in over 3 years since I was flipping houses, – so I wasn’t even working for someone else then. I would miss the freedom of working at home, but the schedule and pay is so much better. Why they didn’t offer me this before is beyond me, although it is a new option they are trying to implement and I would be the first (eek!).
I do get to go into the office on Tuesday and try it out to see if I like working there. That is pretty cool that we can test it out like that. The company is fairly relaxed, which is one of the reasons I liked working for them. We shall see what transpires tomorrow…
Lunch time! Been on a real meat kick lately. The smokehouse has had some good stuff.
This pork burger was bigger than planned, but when I weighed out the meat that was left, I thought putting an ounce back into the fridge was pretty pointless. Hooray for extra protein on lifting days!
Speaking of extra protein, I supplemented my latte with some whey protein (2% milk today).
Pixie not happy I came and messed with her space for this shot. She will miss me tomorrow, though.
I decided to go meatless for dinner tonight. That meant eggs for me!
For the brussel sprouts, since I get a lot of questions, I just slice very thin and pan saute with some coconut oil, salt, and pepper. This is my favorite way to cook brussels (roasting is 2nd).
Tonight I need to get my stuff together to go to the office. This means I have to plan some meals to take with and pack all of my work stuff. I guess the slippers need to stay at home, though…
I’ll be snacking on this while I make my list:
** FYI – this is one of my lower carb days. I had 85 grams of carbs and 27 grams of fiber. Goes to show you can reduce your carbs and still get in a decent amount of fiber if you make the right food choices.