This strained smile is what I call the “honey, hurry up and take the darn picture, while I’m flexing and trying to look relaxed” smile).  I am sharing it with you anyway because I want you to see that things are progressing very well with my arms. (Check out that deltoid!)  Funny because I was always such a weakling in the arms and now they are my favorite “strong girl” body part!  The abs were an area that I thought would be easier (because I’ve had the beginnings of definition in the past and I figured it would be just a hop, skip and a jump to a six-pack, man was I wrong!)  The bloating I was dealing with from the creatine monohydrate wasn’t helping things either.  I have now switched to creatine ethyl ester and I seem to be much less bloated.  So the hype is true, this kind does seem to be bloat-free!  Cool!

Now, I am hoping the cardio I’ve been gradually ramping up will help get rid of the fat that I allowed to accumulate in my mid-section these past few months as I focused on “bulking up” the muscles and avoided cardio.  Also, I’m not eating quite as much as I was (although I’m still eating quite a bit and would not refer to this as dieting at all–I was just eating a ridiculous amount of food these past few months as I was focusing on the “bulking up” portion of body building).  Now that my 40th birthday is just a few weeks away, I am in the mood to shed the fat so I can look my best on this monumental birthday that looms directly ahead of me.  The theory is that if I don’t reduce calories too much and keep the protein intake up and ramp the cardio up very slowly, I won’t lose muscle, just fat. I plan to continue increasing muscle mass too, I’m not just focusing on losing fat.  As always, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Here’s my workout (it’s from Saturday, I took Mother’s Day off):

  • Shoulder press with dumbells:  5 reps/25 lbs (drop set to) 5 reps/22.5 lbs X 2, 5 reps/20 lbs, 5 reps/20 lbs (drop set to) 5 reps/17.5 lbs (drop set to) 3 reps/12.5 lbs
  • Leaning arm raises with dumbell: 8 reps/15 lbs each arm X 3
  • Rear delt fly machine: 10 reps/55 lbs, 10 reps/60 lbs, 4 reps/55 lbs (drop set to) 6 reps/60 lbs
  • Lateral raise machine: 8 reps/50 lbs, 12 reps/40 lbs, 6 reps/45 bs (drop set to) 6 reps/40 lbs
  • Ab rocker: 50 reps X 4
  • Incline crunch: 25 reps X 2
  • Crunch on bosu ball with medicine ball over head: 30 reps/12 lbs X 2
  • Mason twists on bosu ball with medicine ball: 30 reps/ 12 lbs
  • Elliptical Cardio Machine (on toes and squeezing glutes): 22 min/ level 12/ ramp 12/ 200 cals

And here’s what I ate (everything is always organic):

  • Breakfast (40 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen blueberries, 2+ oz wheat grass (3 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).
  • Lunch (66 g protein): 1.5 cups Kamut spirals (30 g protein) with 1 Tofurky beer brat sausage (26 g protein), sun dried tomatoes, 1 cup cooked spinach (10 g protein), and mushrooms topped with a tiny sprinkling of Daiya mozzarella, and lots of dried basil, dried oregano and garlic powder.
  • Snacks: Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil, large mug of green rooibos and jasmine tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Dinner: Vegan Chik’n (18 g protein) in orange sauce with 2 cups zucchini (2 g protein) and 1 cup fingerling potatoes (4 g protein).
  • Right Before Bed (21 g protein) : 1 cup of Nature’s Gate brand organic “Optimum” Blueberry and Cinnamon cereal (10 g protein) with 1 cup soy milk (7 g protein) 1 large mug of chamomile and lavender tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Total 155 grams of protein for the day

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