Wow! I fell very far behind. I am so glad this past weekend was a holiday one, however, because it brought many friends home. I love reunions!
It’s been an incredible couple of days! I spent Friday night at Gordon Biersch catching up with everyone. I had a yummy grilled chicken salad with artichoke hearts, feta and tomatoes – with dressing on the side, of course. It was accompanied by a Bud Light. A girl’s gotta indulge sometimes! Sadly, I couldn’t socialize as long as I had wanted. A pet-sitting job involving a diabetic dog required my attention. No worries, though. We spent a bit more time together this weekend.
Saturday was incredible! I started the day with a killer leg workout and some cardio on the elliptical:
- Leg press: 10 reps at 70#; 10 reps at 90# x 2
- Split squats with 15# dumbells: 8 reps each leg x 3
- Seated leg curl: 8 reps at 70# x 3
- Standing calf raises with 20# dumbells: 20 reps x 3
My bootie hurt like crazy on Sunday! I was so happy to spend the rest of the day relaxing with my hubby! I so rarely get to see him with our crazy schedules. I had planned to cook, but we ordered chinese instead. For hubs? Pork lo-mein. For me? Steamed chicken with mixed veggies. I request no sauce or rice and use my own low-sodium soy sauce and a little sprinkle of garlic powder.
Sunday morning was again spent in the gym with a bi/tri/cardio goal for the day. It was brutal:
- Supersets of tricep cable pressdown: 10 reps at 70# x 2; 10 reps at 80# with cable bicep curls: 3 sets of “21s” with 40#
- Supersets of tricep bench dips: 20 reps x 3 with concentrated dumbell curls: 10 reps with 12# x 3 on each arm
- Overhead tricep press: 10 reps at 35# x 3
- Bicep EZ bar curl: 10 reps with 30# x 3
I should mention that I have added sprints in between exercises on all of my weight training workouts. I actually enjoy keeping my heart rate up during weight training and find that my calorie burn is much higher. It’s a good accomplished feeling.
I needed a good workout to make up for the popcorn that was later eaten when we met our friends to see Ninja Assassin. I must say, 2 minutes into the movie, I was ready to hit the ground running! It was actually quite entertaining. Well, the fight scenes were. The story line? Not so much.
This is a 9×13 pan, and the missing piece was only his first helping! Easy recipe – promise!
- 1 box multigrain or whole wheat penne
- 1 jar any spaghetti sauce
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 small container of fat free ricotta
- 1 package of shredded part-skim mozzarella
Cook pasta. Cook turkey. Drain both. Mix together with sauce and ricotta. Pour into a casserole dish. Top with mozzarella. Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese is brown and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Cut and enjoy!
My dinner looked a bit different – same turkey and sauce with leftover Turkey Day spinach and Shirataki noodles. I absolutely love these noodles. If you try them, don’t expect a pasta-like consistency, but they give good texture and make me feel less guilty!
I ate my “pasta” with the leftover Turkey Day fruit salad.
Monday started exactly the same – with 1 1/2 hours of gym time, but I fueled up beforehand! I made a delicious spinach egg pillow with 2 slices of Low-Calorie whole wheat toast and sugar free apricot preserves.
Now that’s good workout fuel! Today, I focused on my back and did a good 40 minute elliptical cardio burn.
- Kneeling row: 8 reps with 30# x 3
- Close grip pulldown: 10 reps with 50# x 3
- Low row: 10 reps with 50#; 10 reps with 70# x 2
- Bent over lateral raise: 10 reps with 10# dumbells x 3
Right after my workout, I gave a new protein bar a try. EAS Myoplex Lite Chocolate Chocolate Chip Crisp is AMAZING!! I could eat these things for every post-workout snack. It’s about the closest thing to a chocolate bar I have found in any protein bar. It’s not too shabby with 15g protein.
I had to return to Bally that night for work. I swear, my manager has it in for me some nights! I worked a 9-hour shift with no dinner break. So my dinner was a protein shake to go and some grapes with a Clif Bar for snacking on toward the end of my shift. I tried the Carrot Cake brand. These ridiculously yummy bars will eventually get me into trouble! This one was like eating an actual slice of carrot cake!
Until then, ta ta!