you will never guess what i did this morning…
i woke up at 7:45 (i usually roll out of bed at 8:20), made my bed (the usual) and snuggled in my hoodie as i hopped downstairs to make breakfast. that’s right, i made breakfast on a weekday. and ate it on my bed! who am i, and what have you done with my former self? guess i’m agrowin’ up.
piece ezekiel bread with a smear of reduced sugar raspberry jam, 1/2 c. egg whites with broccoli and 1 tsp. grated parmesan enjoyed while watching the rachel maddow show podcast. it’s free! and i like starting my day with a bit of news, even if it’s from the night before.
i skedaddled to work, and on the way to the metro it was so windy that my dress FLEW UP. talk about an embarrasing way to start your day. my meals today were pretty repetitive – cottage cheese/tofu/quinoa etc., until my afternoon meal 4.
hint, it was NOT good. dun dun dun….
this is 1/2 c. plain yogurt mixed with 1 scoop whey protein powder and 1/4 c. oats. this smelled like cake batter and i was looking forward to it all day… and then i tasted it. it was chemically, too proteiny, kind of tangy, ew. i was hungry, though, and had a workout coming, so i fished out some walnuts and raisins and added them in. MUCH better, but still will not be making this again. woof.
i was able to leave work on time and headed to the gym for a lower body workout. i warmed on on the recumbent bike for 5 minutes at a resistance level ten and ended up pedaling 1.25 miles – that seemed kinda far for 5 minutes. maybe i will start biking more?
i am going to feel my lower body workout tomorrow. keep in mind that i am still figuring out the proper weights for me to use, but by the end of this workout, my legs were feelin’ it.
– quads –
leg extensions (the quad machine on the express line, for those of you at nysc/wsc/bsc) – 12 reps at 35 ell bees (lbs), 10 at 40, 8 at 45, 6 at 50, 12 at 35
dumbell squats (holding dumbells at the side and squatting until thighs are parallel to the ground) – 12 reps holding 10 ell bees, 10 at 12.5, 8 at 15, 6 at 20, 12 at 10.
– hamstrings – [these hurt]
dead lifts (holding dumbells, straight legs, bending over at the waist and slowly standing) – 12 reps holding 10 ell bees, 10 at 12.5, 8 at 15, 6 at 20, 12 at 10.
lying leg curls (a machine where you lie on your stomach and curl your legs up to your butt) – 12 reps at 35 ell bees, 10 at 40, 8 at 45, 6 at 50, 12 at 35. (this was HELL)
…in lieu of calf exercises, since my calves are toned and i don’t really want them to get any bigger, i used the hip abductor and adductor machines using the 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps, 6 reps, 10 reps method.
– abs –
decline situps (the thing where you sit basically upside down) – 10 normal, 10 recline. this didn’t hurt my abs as much as it hurt my sore sore legs holding me in place.
1 minute plank hold
25 normal crunches, 25 oblique crunches on each side, 25 russian twists holding a ten lb weight.
i was ready for DINNA when i got home, and i utilized leftovers that i prepared along with my food for tomorrow. the stars of tonight’s dinner were my fake roasted asparagus – frozen asparagus sprayed with cooking spray, salt, pepper and put under the broiler for about 10 minutes, and my non-fat homeade dressing. mmm.
little known fact about me: i am a junk salad queen. i stopped eating huge salads in the fallish because they stopped appealing to me (much like overnight oats did), but i’m back in the game! i’m seriously a professor in how to make a delicious salad beast. don’t even get me started. actually, do. now that it’s summer, these are going to be making huge reappearances!
example, the most delicious fat free dressing:
measurements are very approximated: 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, tbsp dijon mustard, shake garlic powder, shake chili flake, a sprinkle (a sprinkle) of your sweetener of choice (i used splenda). whisk together very well and YUM! it was used to make this beaut:
herb salad with roasted asparagus, some chopped sweet potato (the rest of which were eaten on the side), and flaked salmon. i’m all greened up! roommate #2 and i watched the washington capitals get stunned last night as they lost game 7 in the playoffs to the montreal canadiens (meaning they won’t be heading to the stanley cup, even though they were the best team in the nhl this year) and all that screaming worked up my appetite for meal 6 — a protein shake with 1 c. lite soymilk, 1 scoop whey protein powder, half a banana. i used a non-frozen banana this time around and i must say, i like it way more in a smoothie. definitely tasted more banana-ey.
the biggest loser was watched, cry counts were pretty high last night (i believe roommate and i were tied 2 – 2).
it’s thursday! in college, we used to refer to this glorious day as thirsty thursday, but now it’s just known as “ohmygodtomorrowisFRIDAY.”
any good weekend plans? i am attending a soccer team brunch, playing tennis and spending a day at my friends house (like house where mom and dad live house) in maryland.