It’s Friday – time to par-tay! I looked outside and didn’t see frost, so I thought I would bike to the gym. Turns out it was only 28 degrees. 😯 No wonder I was so cold! I got there and my muscles were stiff from cold. So much for a warm up. I was a bicycle-cicle.
I was feeling the Friday relaxed feeling today. I really lightened up some of the weights and took it easy.
|Barbell deadlift||3 sets of 12 at 55#||Lower Body|
|Straight Arm Lat Pull Down||3 sets of 15 at 40#||Back|
|Incline barbell press||3 sets of 12 at 45#||Chest|
|Good Mornings||3 sets 10 with 55# bar||Low back and hammies|
|Reverse Crunch||3 sets 12||Core|
|Face Pull||3 sets of 15 at 30#||Shoulders|
|Seated calf raise||3 sets of 12 at 140#||Calves|
Then I froze my way home. I kept saying “1 mile to coffee.” “Half mile to coffee”. I was so ready for a hot drink and breakfast.
Breakfast experiment time! I got some roasted buckwheat kernels (kasha) along with some millet at the health food store on Saturday. On an aside, it cost $2 for both bags. I remarked to John about how cheap it was, and his response was “Well it is birdseed, it should be cheap.” Yeah – this is how he views some of the food I eat, I guess…
Anyhoo – I soaked some buckwheat overnight and cooked them up with pumpkin and egg whites. Topped with a little molasses and coconut butter.
Interesting, but not my favorite breakfast ever. The buckwheat was soft and didn’t puff up like oats do with the egg whites. Slightly nutty flavor which was quite nice, but I missed the chew of oats. I’ll finish this bag, but not sure I will purchase again as grain, but only flour.
Going back to the wheat/cravings post from the other day. I am trying to pick out if it is grains or gluten causing those cravings. Even on a day with the bagel, my carbs only come in around 175 grams for the day, so not super high and not really that much higher than my 100 grams on my lower carb days. It doesn’t seem to be a matter of protein as I always shoot for the same amount of that no matter what the other macros are (which is approximately 100 grams per day of protein). I knew that processed carbs really set me off, but I never really thought that whole grains would do that as well. I find that mildly irritating. Could be a bit of a key as to not only why I got overweight in the first place, but why it also was still hard to lose even when I went to whole grains. On the grain free days, it is such a relief not to fight cravings. I cannot even tell you what a relief that is. Those that do get cravings (even when not hungry) really can understand where I am coming from.
I am not sure what this really means for me, as I am not likely to completely give up grains/gluten/whatevers, but it is something to think about. I am a bit of a nutrition nerd now. Along with just being an everyday nerd. 😎
Lunch time and I was craving a 1-minute muffin. Not sure why. Fat maybe? So I had one topped with peanut flour mixed up with cinnamon and water.
I had one of those days at work today where I was really unmotivated. I was not productive at all LOL! I would do a few files, then check my email. Do a few more files and look at my google reader (scary). You know the drill. I had a case of the Fridays big time.
John saved me with an almond milk latte, which I paired with a macaroon. I can’t believe I have these left! Funny how things last when you don’t eat them.
Since it is Friday and that is the traditional What’s Blooming day, I present to you some of garden. The garden is shaping up now. I love how the sedum is brussel sprouts at first and then becomes like broccoli!
These actually need dividing this year, which I have never done before.
Buddha is basking in the sun. It only reached the upper 40s today. Hello spring – any time, you know.
Tulips getting taller. These are the lovely black and white ones that are so striking.
We almost went out for pizza for dinner, but with me trying to go wheat free as much as I can this month we stayed in. I made up a stirfry with chicken, some brown rice, broccoli (sedum ) and ginger teriyaki sauce all sauteed in coconut oil.
It’s Friday night, so we are out and about tonight. Tired of Starbucks, so we went on down to Saratoga to Saratoga Coffee Traders. My cuppa decaf:
I love free wifi and coffee with chitchat!
Not much biking on tap this weekend because the weather is supposed to be kind of yucky. We should be able to get work done on the half bath, though!
Catch you all on the flip side of the weekend!