This could also be called “The Prison-Cell Work Out”—what a concept!  I wonder if people would buy DVDs with that title. The point is, it’s a workout you could do in a tiny area (or cell, whatever) with no equipment.  Why do this “Prisoner’s Workout” you ask?  Ever have one of those days where you need to work on a computer from the moment you get up until you go to bed and if you stopped and went to the gym, you’d really be screwing up your life?  I had one of those days yesterday.  I have a local and web-based TV show (The Brenda Carey Show) and yesterday my husband and I edited it for over 12 hours.  I did manage to eat pretty well and I took little breaks from the computer (but stayed where I could see it) to do crunches and push ups (and massive amounts of yoga to keep my back feeling good and keep the stress levels down).  It was a lot more crunches and push ups than I usually do, but then, I was only using my body weight, so I figured I’d need to do more for it to do me any good.  Here’s what I did:

  • Crunches on a Ball: 100 reps X 10 (that’s right, I did 1,000 crunches!!!)
  • Push ups (full push ups, toes and hands only touching the ground): 20 reps X 5 (yes, I did 100 push ups!!!)

The push ups were especially gratifying, because a couple months ago I could barely do one!!!

And, here’s what I ate:

  • Breakfast (50 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen cherries, blueberries, 1 oz wheat grass, acai with added protein (7 g protein), soy milk (1.5 cups = 10 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Complete Whole Food Optimizer (13 g protein)
  • Snack: peanuts (15 g protein)
  • Lunch: soup with sprouted lentil beans (15 g protein), red bell peppers, spinach, onions, vegetable stock, basil, oregano and garlic powder.
  • Snacks: soy yogurt (8 g protein), soy nuts (20 g protein)
  • Dinner (23 g protein): Butternut squash with Amy’s curried lentil soup (9 g protein) on top with a glass of soy milk (14 g protein)
  • Snack: Builder’s Bar (20 g protein)
  • Before Bed: Smoothie with banana, wheatgrass, soy milk (2 cups= 14 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Total 185 g protein for the day!


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