Wednesday night I just did NOT want to go to the gym.  Ever feel that way?  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ever felt that way.  I was tired and wanted to be home with my husband (who has an injured leg) and my pets—also, I prefer the choice of music and TV shows that I play at home, it was chilly outside— and being in my house just felt SO right.  So, I procrastinated for a while, but eventually managed to get myself off the couch and onto the carpet to do some gentle yoga stretches while watching TV.  Then, I started thinking about the fat that I’ve accumulated on my midsection as I’ve been focusing on “bulking up” these past few months and I felt the inspiration to get onto the treadmill (I was too lazy to put my shoes on so I did it barefooted and it was actually very nice).  At first I told myself to just try for 15 minutes, then I hit that mark and said “just 5 more minutes”.  I kept doing this to myself until I hit 30 minutes and was thoroughly sweaty.  That felt really good (it always feels good when you stop, but especially so when you’ve really exerted yourself).  Then, as I prepared to take my bath, I decided to drop down and do 20 push ups.  I took a break and then decided to do it again.  Then I checked my bath water and it was too hot, and it occurred to me that I could maybe do a few full squats before my bath water was cooled by the cold water that I had just turned on.  So I did 20 of those.  That felt good.  I was glad I did the cardio and the pushups and the squats instead of just taking the night off.  I didn’t feel like I pushed myself too hard and I didn’t feel like I totally goofed off.  It was nice.  I think I will take a night like this once a week from now on.

Then last night I wanted to stay home again, but realized that there are certain body parts that I just don’t know how to work out properly without the machines at the gym (calves, adductor and abductor, for instance).  So I dragged myself in there.  But on the way there, it occurred to me that I could do my arm workouts at home from now on if I only had some dumbells around 20-25 lbs.  So, I stopped by Target on the way to the gym and I spent more money than I’ve ever spent on gym equipment at one time (besides the treadmill).  I bought a set of adjustable dumbells (they go from 5 lbs-25 lbs at the twist of a knob).  They were $60 a piece!  But I put them on my Target card (so I got 5% off) and I can pay them off gradually if I want.  Tonight I plan on doing a nice arm workout from home. Perhaps I can alternate one night at home and one at the gym for a while.  Let’s see how that goes.

Anyway, here’s my workout from last night (note that the cardio did not take place in the gym). Also, remember with calf workouts S mean toes pointed straight, O means toes pointed out and I means toes pointed in, and combinations of S, O, & I means a set with toes in each direction:

  • Cardio: sprints around the track at the park–total distance 1 mile (3 laps) on toes, full speed with 2 min rests in between laps
  • Rotary calf Roc It machine: 20 reps/410 lbs S, 10 reps/410 lbs OI, 10 reps/376 lbs SOI, 12 reps/342 lbs SOI, 15 reps/274 SOI
  • Calf press machine: 10 reps/100 lbs SOI X 3
  • Cable kickbacks: 12 reps/20 lbs, 15 reps/25 lbs X 2
  • Ab crunch weight machine: 25 reps/95 lbs X 2, 25 reps/80 lbs X 2
  • Leg press: 12 reps/250 lbs X 3
  • Outer thigh machine: 20 reps/125 lbs X 3
  • Inner thigh machine: 20 reps/95 lbs X 3

And here’s what I ate yesterday:

  • Breakfast (40 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen peaches, blueberries, strawberries 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).
  • While Grocery Shopping: Odwalla soy protein smoothie (15 g protein)
  • Lunch (40 g protein):  Pizza made on small Rustic Crust pizza crust (5 g protein) with tomato paste, basil, oregano, garlic, with 5 vegan meatballs (15 g protein), red bell peppers, crimini mushrooms, and Daiya mozzarella cheese (2 g protein).  With a salad made with romaine, red cabbage, carrots, grape tomatoes, topped with italian herb croutons, sliced roasted almonds (4 g protein) and olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. With a large glass of soy milk (2 cups=14 g protein)
  • Before Workout (30 g protein): smoothie with banana, strawberries, 1.5 cups soy milk (10 g protein) and 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • During Workout: 1 liter of water with 1 tsp nitric oxide
  • After Workout (27 g protein): large bowl of Dahl Soup made with split yellow lentils (1 cup=13 g protein), onion, tomatoes, carrots, celery, with powdered cumin and coriander. With large glass of soy milk (2 cups=14 g protein)
  • Total 152 grams of protein for the day!

Check back tomorrow for homemade vegan protein bars and other baked goodies!  I’m going to do some experimenting today. I’ll let you know how it goes!

 

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