2 favorite weight circuits

Lately I’ve been loving myself some free-weight circuits.  Now that my knees are finally feeling better (clearly they are glad I didn’t run Hood to Coast even though I was not) I’ve been doing some sort of circuit at least two times a week…on a non pilates reformer day.  I have yet to do a circuit and then pilates back-to-back so we’ll see how sore I am.  Tomorrow will be the big test.

On circuit days I usually go straight to the weights area and grab a bench.  Typically these take me about a half an hour and then I follow-up with 30 minutes of cardio.  Last week I did 30 minutes of cardio intervals where today I just did 15 minutes on the rowing machine followed by a leisurely 15 minute bike-ride while reading a magazine.

Side note – my fave lady Jillian used to say you could never read a magazine while on a cardio machine at the gym but in the newest issue of Shape (or Self…) she changed her tune.  She said now that she’s a mom, she’s had to become all about multi-tasking and can often be found returning emails while getting her cardio in.  And while we’re on the topic of Jillian.  How excited are you that she’s coming back to the Biggest Loser?  I seriously can’t wait.

Ok and now onto the circuits.  Both get your legs where the 1st one focuses a little more on back and biceps where the 2nd focused a little more on chest.  When using the Bosu, I stood and did my push-ups with the dome-side down.  These are also great at-home workouts even if you don’t have a bosu or bench :)

Any questions?  Thoughts on these?  Do you guys like doing circuits with free-weights?  I could spend hours in the gym doing them.  I am a gym dork.

Eat and Repeat

I had an 8:30 start time for my all-day training session.  And unlike some meetings where an 8:30 meeting means you can scoot in a few minutes late, this was a training session with a big group of people and I did not want to be the last person in the door so I flew through my morning workout and then threw my gross, sweaty hair up in a headband.  I put some makeup on so I at least thought I looked presentable….

Pre-gym I had this:

Blackberry Peanut Butter Protein Shake

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons PB2
  • 2 cups spinach

And my workout looked like this.  3 sets/12 reps and a challenging weight for everything.

My lunch looked like this – a cobb/greek salad situation with some sort of poppy-seed vinaigrette.  This is my all-time favorite catered work lunch which actually makes me nervous.  Some of the catering choices are gross (Chinese surprise being numero uno) so I’m worried about what I’ll end up with tomorrow and Thursday.

I walked Chance after work for a little more cardio and then repeated last night’s Chicken/veggie/peanut noodles with a few modifications.  I don’t think I called this out yesterday but I tossed the chicken with garlic and red pepper flakes before adding them in the wok and this time subbed in a chopped red pepper instead of broccoli.  I had half the sauce from last night but bulked it up with 2 tablespoons of PB2 and some water to thin things out.

Amazing.  I think it was better than last night, both Chris and I were dying for more!  This is definitely going into our rotation.  So good.  Can’t wait until we have it again :)

Do you guys have any meals that you feel are part of your standard dinner rotation?  Like ones you can always turn to if you’re out of ideas?  Share them and feel free to post links to any recipes. 

Happy Wednesday, here’s a little mid-week motivation to keep you going.

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Pilates Jumpboards + Easy Dijon Chicken

Today was jumpboard day in pilates. While I love jumpboard day my legs think it’s pure torture.  I love doing pilates on the reformer and I give it 100% credit for my arms and abs.  I could never lift another weight or do a sit-up for the rest of my life and as long as I went to a reformer class 3 days a week I think I’d be in amazing shape (too bad I don’t always get to class 3 times a week). If I did jumpboards 3 days a week I could probably be a swimsuit model???  Eh, maybe if I never ate candy.

For me, pilates is one of the best ways to lean out and tone my muscles and even though I’ve been doing it for 3 years I still don’t really know the proper term for everything.  I’m working on getting you a guest post from a pilates instructor who can explain everything to you but in the meantime, here’s a short video sort of showing what my workout looked liked.  We didn’t use the ball like she does but I did all of those leg moves plus more. Including my new fave where you were laying on your side and jumping with one leg.  Booty burning.

After that I did 30 minutes of steady-state cardio on the elliptical…incline 1 at a resistance level 10.  And I got sweaty. But I loved it.

Food today was more or less routine…Blueberry smoothie for breakfast.  PB & J for lunch.  Greek yogurt with berries after the gym followed up by an apple and hard-boiled egg as a hold-me-over-till-dinner snack.  But I did try this:

I grabbed a coffee before a meeting around 10:30 (it was a 2 hour meeting.  I needed the caffeine) and not necessarily because I was hungry but more because it looked delicious, I tried the Kind bar.  It was so good, perfect coconut flavor without being too overpowering but I need to be careful not to get into a habit of buying these.  Not only will I be spending unneccessary money but it was 200 calories to consume when I wasn’t even hungry.  I’ll save my extra calories for chips thank you very much.

Am I just totally behind in this Kind bar thing?  The coffee cart lady told me the above was her favorite flavor.  Are there other bars that you guys love?  I’ve also recently tried Skout but I’ve been seeing a lot of people talking about the Cliff Mojo’s and the Larabars.

And apparently since today was all about delicious new things…the new to me recipe I tried for dinner was a hit!  The Fitnessista posted a couple of recipes to go along with her summer shape up and this one sounded pretty good.  Plus, some of the ingredients are household staples.  No matter what, we always have these things in our pantry:

Which came in handy as I made this:

Dijon Chicken with sun-dried tomatoes (recipe belongs to the Fitnessista)

Chop up two organic chicken breasts.  Brown with olive oil, granulated garlic and Italian seasoning (she uses the real spices FYI). Add in 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 T Dijon mustard and a little honey and lemon juice.

While the chicken is cooking, make the quinoa – 1/2 cup dry quinoa rinsed and added to 1 cup water.  Bring to boil.  Turn to low.  Cover.  Cook for about 15 minutes or until all the water is gone. And while all of that going on grill some asparagus on the grill by spraying with a little olive oil and sprinkling on red pepper flakes.

Add your chicken mix to your quinoa and serve with asparagus.  Delish.  Even got two thumbs up from Chris.  Winner.  Winner.

And I’m out.  Off to watch more Grimm because that’s what we do here.

Hope you all have had good weeks.  Can you believe it’s Thursday tomorrow?

200 push-ups

I did 200 push-ups this morning (not gonna lie, half of those were on my knees). I didn’t realize it until I was in the shower and counted up my reps. Someone is going to be sore tomorrow. Here’s how it happened:

50 jumping jacks
50 “jump ropes” (without a rope)
20 squats
20 push-ups
20 sec front plank
20 sec side plank (each side)

And I did that 10 times through. I am crazy. By round 7 I was going to quit. My knees were killing me. It was totally miserable. But I pushed though it and finished. And currently I can’t raise my arms.

Then I had this for breakfast (I love peanut butter) plus coffee. And now we’re off to taste some wine. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday.

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What to do with a BOSU Ball

Are you excited that it’s Friday?  Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?  We’re staining the deck today, and tomorrow we’re going wine tasting with the in-laws.  I can’t wait!  Plus it’s still sunny here which has to be some sort of record especially because the sun is supposed to stick around at least through the weekend before it starts raining again (which is fine with me because we leave for Mexico in a couple of days).

Speaking of sunshine, Chris has been taking advantage of it and sanding our deck every night this week after work and I wasn’t able to get to the gym yesterday because he wanted to go straight home to take advantage of every last ray.  Which meant I worked myself out with equipment I had at home. I rode the spin bike for 20 minutes at an easy pace and then spent the last 10 minutes doing intervals – 1 min with the highest resistance I could handle, going as fast I as could, followed by 30 sec of rest (turning the resistance way down).  After that, I made up this little circuit and did it 5 times:

I ended everything with 1 minute front and side planks also on the BOSU.

And after all of that, I looked like this.  Yikes.

Not pretty

And as I was sweating through this workout I realized that not everyone may be as buddy-buddy with the BOSU as I am.  See, I’ve amassed quite the collection of at-home fitness gear over the years – fitness ball, medicine ball, yoga mat, free weights, resistance bands, kettlebells, foam roller…but my 1st piece of equipment (and arguably the most versatile) was my BOSU.

BOSU Ball

Besides awkwardly looking like a part of the female anatomy it is one of the most amazing pieces of gym equipment you will ever use.  This little half dome can work out every part of your body!  If you head over to the official BOSU website you’ll learn that BOSU was originally an acronym for “both sides up” meaning that the ball can be used with the dome up or dome down (you learn something new everyday).  You can also read about the science behind the ball, and that BOSU training really is for everyone. It’s quite possibly the most effective route to improving core stabilization and neutral spinal posture, both of which are the building blocks for moving better in athletics and in life.

Stabilization.  That’s the key word. Every move you do on that ball requires you to stabilize your muscles and balance your body.  Whether you’re standing on it for squats or holding it upside down for push-ups, you loose your solid ground and have to work harder to complete your set.  Imagine standing on level ground doing some bicep curls.  Easy, yes?  Now imagine you’re standing on a water-bed trying to do them…much harder right?  That’s kind of how I describe the BOSU.  It’s an unstable surface and it makes your muscles work harder.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use the BOSU but the possibilities are endless.

Upper body

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  • Push-ups
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extensions
  • Front raises
  • Shoulder press
  • Chest Press
  • Chest fly

Lower body

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  • Squats
  • Single leg squats
  • Bridge
  • Side leg lift
  • Runners toe touch
  • Lunges
  • Donkey kicks
  • Fire hydrants
  • Side leg series

Core

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  • V-ups
  • Roman Twists
  • Sit-ups
  • Planks
  • Superman
  • Swimming

Cardio:

  • Burpees
  • Side hops

Really, you can do just about any exercise on the BOSU.  Just place the dome-side down and stand on the platform to challenge your core.  If you’re really feeling crazy, stand on the dome to challenge your stability even more.

Do you guys BOSU?  Do you have any favorite BOSU moves? Are there exercises I missed?

 

Midweek roundup – Food + fitness

This is what I spent my day looking at yesterday.  That, my friends, is my front room.  Where a window is supposed to go.  A few weeks ago, you’ll remember that I was also working from home, dealing with Home Depot and leaking windows. And they PROMISED me that they were fixing it.  But they didn’t.  So yesterday they were back.  For the 6th time.  And after they finally admitted they installed them incorrectly the 1st time, they completely uninstalled and reinstalled my windows.  Except they didn’t quite finish.  So they’re coming back today.  That makes time #7.  The good thing about all of this is that I think they’re finally getting installed correctly so I am really feeling good about all this work.  Really hoping after today I can finally move on with my life.  Plus, because I had some very lengthy convos with a variety of people at HD they also fixed all of the windowsills/woodwork which makes it a little more worth my while.  And I’m currently in conversations with them about some HD gift cards.

Anyway, because I was at home yesterday my diet/workout plan was a little random.  Breakfast was the normal PB blueberry smoothie.  Lunch was a homemade protein bar and then later PB toast with honey and an orange.  And dinner was a hodgepodge of leftovers – corn, pinto beans, orange pepper, eggs/egg whites and cheese.

Speaking of hodgepodge, here are some random iphone snaps of this week’s eats:

Wednesday PB toast

Monday's afternoon snack

Tuesday dinner: corn, ground turkey breast, re-fried beans, avocado, red pepper, cheddar cheese, sour cream. So good.

Monday's lunch: leftover favorite salsa plus 2 egg whites, 2 eggs and goat cheese.

Wednesday snack

Wednesday dinner - eggs + egg whites, orange pepper, corn and beans. Random

For my workout (we’re still talking Wednesday), I rode on the spin bike for 45 minutes but couldn’t get the seat lowered from Chris’ height so I had to ride most of it out of the saddle.  My feet could touch the peddles sitting down but it bugged my knees and I couldn’t put that much resistance on there since it didn’t have much force to come down with so it wasn’t as challenging as I would have liked.  We still haven’t been able to get that seat lowered.  I hope the knob magically loosens up or something soon.

After the bike I did a tiny weight circuit on the fitness ball:

Chest fly, chest press, triceps extension…15 reps each, repeat 3 times, using 5lb hand-weights. And some situps…4 sets of 25 also on the fitness ball.  And then I started to do the pilates side leg series on the ball but Chris got home and we took Chance for a walk.

And while we’re on the subject of circuits, here’s a good legs one I did at the gym Tuesday:

Buns burner
You could probably try heavier weights, but with my knees, this is as much as I can do right now.

  • Leg press – 3 sets of 12 reps, 60lbs on each side
  • Straight leg dead lift – 3 sets of 20 reps, 40lb barbell
  • Side squats with leg raise – 20 on each side.  No weight
  • Sumo squat calf raises – 20.  No weight
  • Step-ups – 20 on each leg
  • Leg extension – 3 sets (50 reps @ 40 lbs, 35 reps @ 30 lbs, 25 reps @ 20 lbs + extend legs and hold for a min)
  • Abductor machine – 60lbs, 3 sets.  50 little pulses + hold for 50 counts.  Also, make sure to sit forward on the machine.  Don’t lean back.  You have to engage your core more if you’re not using that back support.

I got all my leg press reps done then rotated through the deadlift/squat/calf/step-up combo 3 times and then headed over to the machines and did all reps of the leg extension and then ended with the abductor.  My buns were seriously on fire.  I think it was the side squats or something.

Alright I think I’ve zigged and zagged around the past couple days but you should be pretty caught up.  Hopefully the week is going by fast for you.  I actually can’t believe today is Thursday and the weekend is just right around the corner.

25’s workout circuit

Phew, it is finally Friday.  I don’t know about you but at least for Chris and I, Friday has taken forever to get here.  I swear I woke up Wednesday and Thursday thinking it was Friday.  Sheesh.  We both had super crazy weeks last week so maybe that’s why?  Regardless, glad it’s finally here.

I’m gonna be honest with you.  This week has not been my best effort eating wise…Journeys on Monday, wings on Wednesday, and Journeys again last night.  Not to mention after Journeys we stopped at the beer store John’s Market so Chris could grab a beer and I managed to walk out of there with a bag of caramel corn.  I don’t usually like caramel corn but there’s something about this particular kind that I love.  And then I came home and ate 1/2 – 3/4 of the bag.  But I guess in the grand scheme of things there are a lot worse things I could be eating than caramel corn.  And while I sucked it up on the food front this week I am pretty proud of all my workouts.  I feel like I more than made up for my food choices with my gym time.

  • Sunday: 3 mile walk + 5 mile bike ride
  • Monday: 60 min cardio box
  • Tuesday: 40 min treadmill run/walk + weights
  • Wednesday: 45 min spin bike + 60 min reformer pilates
  • Thursday: The 25’s circuit (more on that below)
  • Friday (that’s today): 45 min on the spin bike before work + debating about a low impact legs circuit

And now for some pics from last night.  We really were going to stay in and then Chris read my post yesterday about grilled cheese and suggested Journeys…like I would say no.  But at least we were good and ate dinner at home 1st and just got a small bites En Fuego grilled cheese.

Chicken Penne Pasta - recipe here:

Cava

En Fuego grilled cheese bites with red electric sauce

Totally random caramel corn that I love

And now for the 25’s workout I mention above…I went to the gym yesterday with no real plan.  I was going to just do weights but I went into one of the studio rooms to warm up with some jumping jacks.  And then I did some jump ropes and then I ended up making up this whole circuit.  Let me tell you, butt kicker.  And I’m proud to announce that I did all 75 push-ups on my toes.  No girl push-ups here.  By the last set I had to break it up (15, slight rest, then 10 more) but still.  All of them were real.  I ran through this 3 times and it took me about 35 min.  Next time I want to try to do it 4 times.  You can also add weights to make it harder – hand weights while you’re doing the cardio portion and a medicine ball for the squats.

Let me know if you have questions about any of the exercises and I’ll post examples.

I rounded that out with:

  • Step-ups (25 each leg, 3 times)
  • Abductor machine ( 50 lbs – pulse 30 sec, hold 30 sec.  3 sets)
  • Leg extension machine (30 lbs – raises for 1 min, hold for 30 sec.  3 sets)
  • 15 min bike

As for the weekend plans – not really sure what we’re doing.  For the 1st time in a long time we don’t really have any plans.  Tonight is movie night courtesy of whatever we find in the red box and leftover chicken penne pasta.  Tomorrow, as long as it stays nice, we’re hoping to go on a hike or bike ride during the day and grilling up carne asada for dinner.  Sunday will probably be a lazy day…maybe working in the yard.

Hope you all have great weekends.

Oh and I had to post this because it cracked me up.  This morning Chris was making his lunch and realized he only had one piece of bread left so he made himself a sad little sandwich with just one piece.  Don’t worry, he has other food to eat but I had to take a pic of this poor little guy.

Baby Sammie

Does this every happen to you?  Run out of food and have to make do?

Cardio-box

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Fight your way into top shape with this boxing inspired workout. On any given day you may jump rope, run stairs, train with a medicine ball, shadow box and do agility drills. Expect to maximize your workout with kicking and punching drills using weighted training bags. No experience necessary for this fast paced, high energy class. 60 minutes

This was my workout yesterday.  My two co-workers go all the time and convinced me that my knees would be ok and that I should try it.  So I did.  And I got my butt kicked.  As best I can remember, here’s what the workout looked like

Dynamic warmup (jogging, skipping, toe touches)

Cardio intervals:

  • run up & down 2 flights of stairs + 1 lap around the track
  • run up & down 2 flights of stairs (twice) + 2 laps around the tack
  • run up & down 2 flights of stairs (3 times) + 3 laps around the track

Stations:

  • 1 minute push-ups
  • 1 min lateral step ups
  • For 2 minutes, with a partner, rotate between 20 punches on a heavy bag & jumping jacks (while your partner punches)

Cardio:

  • Up and down 2 flights of stairs + 1 lap around the track

Stations:

  • 1 min lateral lunges
  • 1 min hip bridges with weighted sandbags on stomach
  • 2 min punching bag/jumping jack combo

Cardio:

  • Up & down two flights of stairs + 1 lap around the track

Stations:

  • 1 min fire hydrant leg lifts (everyone else did walking lunges, the instructor modified for me)
  • 30 sec dips (using steps)
  • 30 sec bicep curls with resistance band
  • 2 min punching bag/jumping jack combo

Cardio:

  • Up & down 2 flights of stairs + 1 lap around the track

Core/Abs (using an 8 lb medicine ball)

  • 5 sets of 30 seconds of push-ups/30 sec rest
  • 30 ab tucks
  • 30 toe touches
  • 30 reverse crunches (medicine ball between your knees)
  • 25 supermans (no medicine ball)

This class was great.  Hard, but great.  It’s a pretty small class and you can tell that a lot of people are regulars (and they were all in super great shape) so it was a little intimidating at the beginning.  I feel like I’m in pretty good shape but I always hate going to a new class.  No matter what the class, I feel like there is always a bit of a learning curve to figure out the routine and how things go. I get seriously intimidated.

I think it goes all the way back to elementary/middle/high school PE classes where I was so horribly uncoordinated and bad at all sports…I just was not graced with natural athletic talent.  Through college and the years after I’ve become so much more athletic but I have to work for it. Constantly. Playing team sports still makes me break out into a sweat.

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that even though I’m in good shape, I still feel really un-athletic at times and trying out a new fitness class is one of them.  To help me get over my nerves I always introduce myself to the instructor and let him/her know I’m new so that way if I am totally doing something wrong they’ll know why.  Plus it’s also good to let them know if you have any injuries (I explained I had knee issues so he totally watched out for me and gave me modifications).  I learned yesterday in cardio-box that I am bad at boxing.  The instructor came over to me every time I was on the heavy bag and was giving me tips and correcting my form.  I know he was trying to help but it’s still a little embarrassing to be corrected.  But then he also came by later and said my form for lateral lunges was awesome and I did a great job of sitting my hips back.  So that made me feel pretty good.

All in all, good class and I’ll definitely be back.  Plus my back  and shoulders are feeling it today which to me is always the sign of a good workout.

Do you guys like trying to classes?  Do you get intimidated by them?

125 push-ups

As I was doing Jillian Michaels’ Extreme Shed and Shred this afternoon I realized my arms were super sore.  So I thought back to yesterday’s workout and then I realized I did 125 pushups.  125!  That’s a lot.  Now I’ll admit that only 25 were real push-ups the rest were girl (knee) versions which I’m not super proud to admit but still.  I did a lot of push-ups.  I was watching The Biggest Loser the other week and Bob Harper came on to give one of his trainer tips and said that if you’re ever somewhere without a gym, like on vacation, that you could do 25 jumping jacks, 25 push-ups and 25 situps – 5 times – and that would be a pretty good workout. I didn’t feel like there was quite enough lower body in that so I added in 25 squats and at the very end of it all, did 3 sets of 20 (per leg) step ups and I would agree that it was a decent little circuit.  I certainly don’t think I’d feel good if that was all I ever did for exercise but I could see it coming in handy when you’re staying in a hotel room.

After the gym yesterday we did our weekly grocery shopping.  Our meals for the week look like this:

  • Sunday – Papa Murphy’s pizza
  • Monday – Crockpot Chili and cornbread
  • Tuesday – leftover chili
  • Wednesday – leftover chili
  • Thursday – Blackened chicken with cilantro lime rice and avocado yogurt sauce
  • Friday – Chicken penne pasta
  • Saturday – not sure, maybe go out…

And we also picked up ingredients to make hummus.  I’ve been wanting to make my own hummus for so long but I’d been worried that it would be too hard.  Wrong.  It was so easy!  We will never buy hummus again.

This recipe is courtesy of my friend Elyse and her blog, Fresh Habits. I used it exactly but tossed in an entire jalapeno (seeds and all) for spice.  Apparently we like things super spicy over here because it still wasn’t hot enough for us. Blend everything in a food processor, chill and enjoy.

  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs water
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp sea salt

Yum

We spend the afternoon watching basketball and I was 2 points away from winning $270. No thank you very much Ohio State.  And the night wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Journeys.  We actually spent the entire night with the owner and closed the place down.

Gosh, I’m behind. This was just the rest of my Saturday.  I still have all of Sunday to fill you in on but the pizza just got out of the oven and the Academy of country Music awards are on.  Blogging can wait :)

Can’t beat the classics

Well hello there and happy Saturday to you.  Did you know that here in Oregon we’re about 1/2 an inch away from beating the rainfall record for March in Portland?  No bueno.  I was hoping to actually get outside and do something active this weekend but that is not going to happen. So instead, we’re spending the day here being lazy.  Protein smoothie & coffee for breakfast, CMT top 20 countdown on TV and computer time – me on the blog, Chris researching house stuff…our standard weekend morning routine.  Love.

And because I was writing on my phone last night, I’ll run though a little recap of the past two days.

Green Smoothie Challenge day 5 (Friday breakfast) – I was inspired by Jen’s recipe and decided to add some caffeine to my protein.  This one was tasty but it left a weird aftertaste in my mouth.  Probably won’t do it again.

PB Banana Coffee smoothie
Serves 1.  Mix the below together and drink.

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup coffee (I saved the leftover coffee from the day before and let it cool in the fridge overnight)
  • 1/2 unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup protein plus peanut flour

For my weight circuit yesterday I headed back in the vault and pulled out a classic.  When I was a sophomore in college I lived at home and went to a Jr. College so that I could be around the 1st year of my baby sister’s life.  And because I really had no life that year outside of my family time, I spent a lot of time at the gym and started working out with a personal trainer named Swede.  He was awesome.  Big guy, power lifting champ.  If you life in Olympia, WA I highly recommend hunting down this guy.  Anyway, he had a workout he’d run me through which I loved then and still love to this day.  I tend to always fall back on it when I need a good all over body routine.

The Swede Classic
Using 10 pound dumbbells go through this circuit 3 times with minimal rest between each move.

  • Weight bench step ups (20 on each leg)
  • 15 squats
  • 15 sumo squats
  • 15 deadlifts
  • 10 lateral raises
  • 10 front raises
  • 10 bent arm lateral raises
  • Single arm tricep extensions (12 on each arm)
  • 10 shoulder presses

And after that, I did 3 sets of leg presses with 45 lbs on each side.  And then finished up with a diamond set of low rows.  12 reps at 55 lbs, 15 reps at 40 lbs and 20 reps at 25 lbs.

I discussed lunch in yesterday’s post and dinner ended up being another classic.  I whipped up my favorite shrimp, goat cheese and broccoli pasta.  So good.

We ended up at Journey’s with some friends later in the evening and killed my second keg (such a rush).  But because they messed up somehow in the scoring one of Chris’ kills is under my name so I’m actually up on the board in 2nd place with 3 kills.  Seriously I think something is wrong with me that I get this excited about drinking the last beer in a keg.  I did pretty good only 2.5 drinks.  But I did come home and have some cinnamon toast.  There’s just something about coming home and eating when I get home from a bar.  I really need to stop that.

This morning my green smoothie wasn’t so green but it was one of my favorites.  This is pretty much our standard smoothie but because Chris and I both have it I usually make it with half almond milk and half non-fat milk (he hates almond milk).  But we were out of the NF so it was a little sweeter than normal.

PB Blueberry (green?) smoothie:
Serves 2

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup non fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup protein plus peanut flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons flax meal

And there you go.  That takes me to right now.  Noon.  We’re going to head to the gym in about an hour.  I’ll probably just do straight cardio and abs.  I’m thinking 30 min on the bike + 30 min on the elliptical.  This afternoon we’ll be watching some March Madness which I’m now super invested in because if Ohio State makes it to the final game I’ll win my work pool!  Go Buckeyes! Tonight should hopefully be pretty low key.  Turns out the 2nd season of Texas Women is on CMT.  We loved it last season so it will be great to see what the ladies are up to now.  Wild night around here :)