Does the gym just make everything feel better or is it just me?  It’s so wonderful to have a place to go and just put on your iPod and lose yourself, whilst simultaneously connecting with yourself.  I find it very meditative and comforting.  I once had a dream that I was a baby and Shaquille O’Neal was my Mommy and he was holding me in my arms and I felt so safe because he was so big and strong and athletic.  It’s like that. (Seriously, I did have that dream. Would I make up something like that?)

It’s really a great place to dump all your negative feelings—sadness, anger, whatever.  Perhaps that’s why there are so many people walking around the gym acting kinda douchey.  God bless ‘em, they’re just letting out their negativity in the gym.  It’s great really.

Here’s my workout from last night where I got rid of my douchey tendencies (S mean toes straight, O means toes out and I means toes in.  SOI means a set at each angle):

  • Calf Press Machine: S 5 reps/265 lbs, SOI 10 reps/160 lbs, SI 10 reps/145 lbs, O 10 reps/115 lbs, SOI 10 reps/130 lbs, SOI 12 reps/85 lbs
  • Seated Calf Raise (with a spotter): S 3 reps/155 lbs (drop set to) 3 reps/135 lbs (drop set to) 3 reps/125 lbs, O 3 reps/145 lbs (drop set to) 3 reps/135 lbs, I 8 reps/135 lbs, SIO 8 reps/135 lbs, SOI 8 reps/125 lbs, SOI 10 reps/115 lbs
  • Roc-It Rotary Calf Press Machine: S 8 reps/444 lbs, O 12 reps/240 lbs, I 12 reps/308 lbs, SOI 10 reps/376 lbs, SOI 15 eps/308 lbs

As for food, you may have noticed that I started eating foods that contain wheat gluten a couple days ago (see “field roast” and seitan meat balls below). Funny thing about food “allergies” and “sensitivities”.  I have read that 90% of people who think that they have them are mistaken.  It’s so hard to tell what is causing a reaction in the body. Too many variables (GMO v. non-GMO, organic v. non-organic, processing methods, dish soap, etc, etc, etc). These variables exist even when blood tests are done, and so they are often inaccurate.  But I did my own little experiment (because that’s the only way to know is to experiment a lot) and I went without wheat gluten all last month, hoping that I wouldn’t have cramps when my period came (because this was a theory someone had).  But I ended up with cramps just the same.  I was also concerned that gluten could be causing bloating (because people say it does that) but I didn’t notice a difference in that last month either.  So, I figured, why deprive myself of the yummy (high protein) gluten products if they are not the culprit for my cramping and bloating issues?  It’s been quite a yummy gluten party ever since (and I’m happy to report no bloat).  Who knows what causes my hormonal issues like cramping and bloating?  I will keep searching for the answer, but I think that gluten is not the enemy.  At least in moderation.  For example, here’s what I ate 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) and 1 tsp L-glutamine
  • Lunch (60 g protein): about 2 cups Quinoa (20 g protein) with 2 slices of field roast (30 g protein)and 2 cups cooked spinach (10 g protein)
  • Dinner (57 g protein): 2 cups Kamut Spirals Pasta (40 g protein) with tomato sauce (with basil, oregano and garlic and 4 seitan meat balls (12 g protein), topped with veggie parmesan (2 g protein) and a side of 1 cup cooked kale (3 g protein) with lemon juice
  • Before Bed (36 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen blueberries, 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) and 1 tsp L-glutamine
  • Total  199 grams of protein for the day!!!
 

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