My gym loves me and I have proof.  Just kidding, I wish the title of this article were referring to something sexy.  Unfortunately, it is the equipment on the calf machines that is giving me hickeys.  As you can see in the top picture, I try to protect myself by padding my shoulders with my workout gloves and a towel, but as you can see in the next picture, I still got hickeys.  (Perhaps that’s why I look so annoyed in the first picture—strange).  These shoulder marks are from the standing calf raise machine.  The seated calf machine (the one with big plates you have to lug on and off) also marks up my knees.  The only thing that works to stop this is my squat sponge.  But, I forgot to bring it with me to the gym last night, and I was forced to decide whether to skip working my calves on those machines or to go for it anyways.  I figured that the hickey marks will fade in a few days, but the muscle will be there a lot longer, so I went for it.  And now, today, I look like I was ravaged by someone with a serious shoulder and knee fetish.  I will just pretend that that’s what happened, it’s a lot sexier than the truth.  (Sometimes in life, you just have to go with the sexy lie—here’s an example of that).  By the way, I’m just wondering if anyone else has this problem—if so, I’d love some commiseration.  Please comment!

Here’s my workout from last night.  Remember with the calve workout I hit all angles so when you see SOI, that means I did a set with toes straight, toes pointed out and toes pointed in.  Oh, and I also through in some plie squats just for fun (because my butt can always stand to be up a little higher—until it hits my shoulder blades, that’s right).  Enjoy!

  • Calf press Roc It Machine: 10 reps/444 lbs S, 10 reps/376 lbs SOI, 10 reps/342 lbs SOI
  • Plie squat with large dumbell: 12 reps/80 lbs X 3
  • Standing calf: 10 reps/160 lbs SOI X 3
  • Seated calf: 10 reps/100 lbs S, 10 reps/90 lbs SOI X 2
  • Elliptical cardio machine: 10 min/level 10/ ramp 16/ 90 cals
  • P 90 X Ab Ripper DVD (because nothing makes my abs burn like this DVD!)

And here’s what I ate yesterday:

  • Breakfast (30 g protein): 2 packet of instant “flax & oat” oatmeal (8 g protein) with 1 cup walnuts (20 g protein) and 1 sliced banana. With a cup of Think O2 Tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (2 g protein)
  • Lunch (26 g protein): At Baja Fresh restaurant: Mexicana Burrito, made with about 1 cup pinto beans (14 g protein), 1 cup of rice (4 g protein), in a flour tortilla (8 g protein) with salsa
  • Dinner (50 g protein): Seitan steak marinated in black pepper sauce (20 g protein) with 2 small red potatoes (8 g protein) sauteed with mushrooms, red bell peppers and onions, with 2 cups cooked broccoli (8 g protein) topped with a little “We Can’t Say It’s Cheese” brand cheddar sauce. With a large glass of soy milk (2 cups=14 g protein)
  • Before Workout: 1/2 Builder’s Bar (11 g protein)
  • After Workout (36 g protein): smoothie with bananas, strawberries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein), 1 scoop Berry Flavor Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Before Bed: 1 large mug of chamomile and lavender tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Total: 157 grams of protein for the day!


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