This post is coming a day late as yesterday I was B.U.S.Y.
I did my workout first thing in the morning, and lo and behold, the boy came with me! He has been telling me lately that my keenness about working out has inspired him to start up a steady lifting program again, too! I’m planning on converting everyone around me, they just don’t know it yet…
The afternoon was spent finishing up a paper, going to class, and then meeting up with my dad, who was in town with his students (he’s a college instructor). We went for dinner at a local restaurant that is pretty divine. I had the pork lettuce wraps, and we split an appetizer of sesame-crusted ahi tuna which was to.die.for.
Anyway, to the good stuff:
Squats – 1 set of 12 @ 105 lbs, 1 set of 10 @ 105 lbs
Pushups – 2 sets of 12
Seated Row – 2 sets of 12 @60 lbs
Step-ups – 2 sets of 12 @ 25 lbs (each hand)
Prone Jackknife – 2 sets of 15 (medium ball)
I punched out a quick 10 mins of HIIT on the spin bike before I felt like crawling into a hole and dying (just kidding, but I was pretty tired)
So, the end of yesterday’s workout marks a somewhat exciting landmark for me: I’ve finished the first half of Stage 1, meaning I’ve filled 2 whole workout pages. Having never stuck to an actual program in the past, this feels like an accomplishment. When I finish the rest of the stage I’m going to do a re-cap of some of my gains and PRs.
I also thought I would share a couple of quick and easy meals I had this week.
For breakfast this week I’ve been enjoying a lot of protein pancakes. I use Susan’s recipe, which I think is phenomenal because it is 100% real food, provides great macros, and is a GOOD portion size. Susan and I met last summer, and I think she is the bees knees. Her recipe is super easy, too – I’ve already memorized it – and is easy to scale down if you don’t want the full surving (e.g. on workout days, sometimes I’ll scale the measurements down from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup if I’ve already had a pre-workout breakfast).
Today I used the recipe to make protein waffles. I topped these babies with 1/2c defrosted blueberries (warmed up in microwave so the juice acts like syrup!) and 1 T coconut butter mixed with water. Yum.
For lunch, I’ve been having some pretty “plain” meals, but they are totally what my body is craving. Usually I’ll have a roasted chicken breast, cooled and sliced, alongside a bunch of fresh, raw veggies, all of which I eat with my hands (usually while reading). I’ve also been throwing marinated & baked tofu into that mix, which (if you like tofu) is also a fun finger food. This week my most exciting lunch was the one day I was at home – 2 sandwich thins (the weight watchers brand is only 110 cals and 21g carbs) topped with avocado, tuna, and tomato, served with a side of veg. Sometimes simple is best.
For dinner, we’ve been having a random assortment of things, from stir-fries to roasted chicken, to thai curry (which I eat over Shirotaki noodles – you guys know what I’m talkin’ about!). Dinners tend to be a bit ‘fancier’ for me as it has to be something palatable to the boy as well. And…truth be told, he’s been doing a lot of the cooking lately. My schedule this term is mainly evening classes and so I’m generally out of the house from about 7 am (though I return for an hour to shower after the gym, and make breakfast from 8-9am) until 7pm. He’s the bomb-diggity.
One last thought before I sign off for the weekend – thanks to all of you for reading! It is wonderful having blog ‘friends’ and a workout support on here, and I appreciate your readership and commenting on my workouts. It’s amazing encouragement!