As I mentioned before, I had my monthly visit from Aunt Flo (she’s finally gone now, thank God, what a bitch!)  Anyways, when she’s around I can only work my calves and arms without my uterus complaining.  So, I did another calf workout last night. Oh, and speaking of Aunt Flo, I had a little altercation with a vertically challenged male who seemed to be feelin’ his steroids (and maybe I was feeling my hormones as well, but at least mine were natural).  Since there are only 2-3 females for every 90 or so males at the gym, something like this could be intimidating to some women.  So, I just wanted to share it with you all so that if something like this happens to you, you will remember my story and laugh it off (maybe even enjoy it).  OK, so I walk past a muscular man on the leg press machine to access the standing calf machine right next to him.  We make eye contact and I nod and smile (as I do to everyone—I’m a very friendly gal).  Then I go to work removing about five 45 lb plates from each side of the machine because the previous He-man who used that machine didn’t feel like re-racking his weights.  It takes maybe 2-3 minutes.  At the same time I notice that the guy at the squat machine (a different guy) next to me is wearing those shoes with toe separations and I ask him if he likes them.  He says “yes” and goes on to tell me that he’s a dancer and that he appreciates feeling connected to the ground and being able to use his toes in his workout, etc.  The whole conversation happens while I am lugging giant weights around and getting my machine ready.  Then, just as I step up to start my workout on this machine, the man from the leg press is standing next to me (he comes up to about my chest) and says “you gonna use this machine?” in a weird annoyed tone.  I sort of laugh (because of all the work that he must have just seen me go through to get it ready, I mean, he was right there) and I say “yes” with an “of course” in the tone.  He responds: “today?”  Annoyed, I respond: “yes ‘today,’ smart ass”, to which he responded “well you don’t have to be rude”, to which I responded: “well you were rude first”, and he says “I was not” and I remind him “today?” and he wanders away muttering something to himself, clearly upset with me.  I ignore him and do my workout on that machine.  Then, I decided to go look for him and tell him that I don’t appreciate him taking his Napoleon complex out on me.  I was listening to Queen and “Another One Bites the Dust” was pouring into my brain through my ear buds and it just seemed like the right thing to do.  Then I caught myself and realized how cool that was that I wasn’t afraid of this little tough guy in the least.  This, even though I seemed to be the only female in the whole gym at that moment (seriously, all the chicks were probably on the cardio machines, where they usually spend their entire gym visit).  I felt as if this was MY gym and I wasn’t going to let some dude that didn’t know how to handle his ‘roids make me feel uncomfortable there.  I was ready to kick his ass if need be.  Ha ha!  So, ladies, I just wanted to share with you how fun it can be to stand up to these muscle dudes in a safe environment like a gym.  Don’t ever be intimidated by the massive amounts of testosterone in there.  It’s our place too and if they don’t like it, they can go running out of the gym and cry to their Mommys (like this guy apparently did last night after dealing with me…ha ha!)

Anyways, here’s my workout from last night (remember S means toes straight, I means toes pointing in and O means pointing out):

  • 5 minute warm up on the elliptical on toes (followed by a little stretching)
  • Seated Calf Raise (with a spotter to drop weight for me): S 3 reps /145 lbs (drop set to) 3 reps/135 lbs (drop set to) 6 resp/125 lbs, O 3 reps/125 lbs (drop set to) 5 reps/115 lbs, I 4 reps/ 110 lbs (drop set to) 8 reps/100 lbs, S 2 reps/135 lbs (drop set to) 4 reps/125 lbs (drop set to) 6 reps/115 lbs, O 10 reps/115 lbs, I 10 reps/115 lbs, S 10 reps/ 125 lbs, O 5 reps/115 lbs (drop set to) 8 reps/90 lbs, I 10 reps/100 lbs
  • Seated Rotary Calf Press Machine: S 10 reps/410 lbs, O 8 reps/274 lbs, I 8 reps/274 lbs, S 10 reps/444 lbs, I & O 10 reps/308 lbs X2
  • Calf Raises on Steps with Dumbell: S 10 reps/10 lbs ea leg  X 3, I & O 15 reps/20 lbs X 3
  • Standing Calf Machine: S, I & O 10 reps/140 lbs X 3
  • Cardio on Adaptive Motion Trainer, 20 minutes on toes, resistance level 12, 210 calories

And here’s what I ate yesterday:

  • Breakfast (43 g protein): smoothie with frozen blueberries, peaches, 1 oz wheatgrass, bananas, 1.5 cups soymilk (10 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Complete Whole Food Optimizer (13 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Snack: lots of yogurt (about 25 g protein)
  • Lunch (26 g protein): 1 slice tofu toast (12 g protein) with white bean puree (10 g protein) with a glass of soymilk (14 g protein)
  • Snacks (28 g protein): seaweed, probiotic soy drink (12 g protein), svelt soy protein drink (16 g protein)
  • Dinner: smoked tempeh (15 g protein) with yams and broccoli
  • Total 137 g protein for the day (cramps kept me from eating more, I will make up for it in the next few days)

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