Today was the first day I have ever taken pictures of food that wasn’t actual art. I never realized how ugly oatmeal is on camera! Despite the appearance, it sure did taste yummy!
I had every intent of pulling myself out of bed at 5:30 to make the 6am hot yoga class, but the bed was cozy and my hubby looked so comfy. I just couldn’t do it. He’s up at 7:30 to head to work and I’m up with him at that time, every morning. I was determined to make it to advanced step and needed a bit of energy prior to.
1/2 scoop of GNC Amplified N.O. Loaded which tastes like fruit punch and gives me a good kick in the pants! It’s 400mg of caffeine in 1 scoop though. The first time I tried it, I used the whole scoop and thought my heart would explode! I think I have a pretty decent ticker, but that was ridiculous!
I got to the gym a bit early so I did some weight work before class. In 15 minutes, I did:
- Flat bench dumbell chest press – 8 reps with 30# x 3
- Kneeling bent over row – 10 reps per side with 35# x 2
- Flat bench dumbell flyes – 6 reps per side with 15# x 3
- Upright dumbell row – 12 reps with 30# x 3
- Bosu crunches – 25 reps x 4
- Reverse crunches – 15 reps x 3
All this before a KILLER hour-long advanced step class. Overall I burned (according to the Polar) 1,010 calories; Max heart rate was 175 and average heart rate was 162 – a pretty good burn! I was most definitely exhausted.
A quick stop at Trader Joe’s and I came straight home for a recovery shake at 11am:
1/2 scoop chocolate pudding BSN Dessert protein, 1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood powder, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, water and 3 packs of Splenda. Love! This would hold me until my big Melting Pot dinner at 5pm with Patty! I always look forward to MP trips. I just wish it were a bit more affordable so that Steve & I could go more often. Luckily, they were having Ladies Night tonight – all 4 courses (cheese, salad, entree & chocolate) for $25. Even luckier, I was able to actually get reservations! I usually attempt to make them about an hour after getting the email and they’re already booked. Not tonight!
The grand finale: The Flaming Turtle chocolate fondue which is milk chocolate & caramel flambee’d at the table.
Completely cool, no? Here’s the delicious plate of food they serve with it. I munched on the strawberries & bananas and one of the marshmallows, so I didn’t feel too guilty about it! I’m going to miss this girl so much when she relocates to ‘Bama, but her 2 daughters are both down South – they will be so happy to have their mom close by!