Didn’t go to the gym last night because my nose was still running a little and I didn’t want to infect others (my 17 year old cat, Casey, pictured here didn’t mind if I was a little snotty, as long as I shared my peanut butter, she said she would overlook it).

Since it was time to work calves, I didn’t have a lot of good options for doing that from home (even P-90 X doesn’t have a good calf work out). But I did all I could think of.  (If anyone has any suggestions for calf work outs from home, please leave a comment.  I would really appreciate it!)  Anyway, I have a few dumbells and some some stairs, so I made use of them and did raises from every angle.  Then, I pulled out some pilates bands that have been sitting in my closet unused for about a year and did some calf presses with the strongest band.  I felt a little something while doing these exercises (especially the ones on the stairs, which I did to failure and lots of burning).  But today, I don’t really feel any soreness or anything, like I would if I got a really great calf work out last night (like I wanted and am over-due for).  I think that with stubborn calves like mine, I have to punish them with 4 or 5 very different types of exercises, and a LOT of weight (I am pressing 400 lbs now).  So, I cannot recommend that you do this home routine instead of going to the gym if you’re like me and in the midst of trying to build your puny little calves, unless you really, really cannot make it to the gym.  It was better than nothing because I do feel like I told my calves “don’t go away, I still need you”.  But today my calves are like, “I’m bored”.

Oh well, here’s what I did:

  • Stair calf raises: 12 reps/20 lbs (dumbell in hand not holding the rail), straight, toes out and toes in X 5
  • Band calf presses: 25 reps each leg X 8, 30 reps each leg X 4

At least I ate well yesterday:

  • Breakfast (46 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen cherries, frozen blueberries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 1 packet frozen acai with added protein (7 g protein), 1.5 cups soy milk (10 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein), 1/2 scoop Vega Complete Whole Food Optimizer (7 g protein)
  • Lunch: 2 cups Quinoa (26 g protein) topped with lemon pepper, oregano and basil
  • Snack: nori seaweed snack pack (1 g protein)
  • Snack: an orange
  • Snack: lare cup of nettle tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Dinner (24 g protein): White Miso Soup with 1/2 lb cubed tofu (16 g protein) and 1/2 packet of buckwheat soba noodles (8 g protein), onions and nori flakes.
  • Snack (35 g protein): 2 slices of toasted tofu bread (24 g protein) with 2 Tbsps of peanut butter (7 g protein) with large cup of nettle Tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Before Bed (36 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen cherries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein),  and 1 scoop of Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Total 172 grams of protein for the day!

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