Hey, is this what life is going to be like when I retire? I was scheduled to work on Monday, but they asked if I wanted to stay home. What do you think the answer was? Although I have a few regrets over missing that overtime pay. Anyway, that left me with seven days in a row off. I’ve gotten to the gym every other day for a few days now, and I really like that routine. Sunday I finally remembered to write down my exercises just in case any of you were interested in what I do. I change it up a bit, but this is pretty normal for what I do. I like to switch back and forth between back/arm exercises and leg exercises. Here’s the list:
- I like to start out in the studio with lighter weights to get warmed up. I stand on the bosu ball (flat side on the ground) to work on my balance and do 3 sets of 10 on each arm of bicep curls alternating with 3 sets of 10 on each arm of overhead press. I use 10 pound weights for these (because that’s what’s in the studio.) I had to look these up on the internet because I can’t remember the names of any exercises I do.
- 3 sets of 20-25 crunches on the ball.
- 3 sets of 10 each leg lunges with rear leg elevated on a step (holding the same 2 10 pound dumbells.)
- 3 sets of 10 squats (same dumbells)
Then I go out to the room with the weight machines.
- 3 assisted weight pull up (90 pound offset) I usually go back 2 or 3 times between other exercises to do these if the machine is available)
- lat pull down–1 set of 15 at 80#, 2 sets of 8 at 100#.
- Super set: hamstring curl 3 sets of 10 at 60# alternating with leg extension 3 sets of 10 at 50#.
- Super set: pec/deltoid machine 3 sets of 8-10 at 40# alternating with deadlift 3 sets of 10 at 40#.
My new routine, that I am liking very much, is to then go to the treadmill for at least 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes in the pool. So, adding this to the mandatory twice daily walks with Noah, I am getting quite a bit of exercise. My most recent tactic has been to just walk/hike superfast and not attempt to run with Noah. Then on the treadmill, which might be a bit easier on my joints, I am planning to run a bit more. The treadmill is definitely a different type of exercise than walking outdoors. Watching TV while I’m on the treadmill keeps me motivated to keep going sometimes. Guess what was on the tv today? Dr. Oz talking about colonoscopies. Oh joy. I got the instructions for the prep in the mail today. You all know what I’m dreading the most, right? Yes. A day and a half WITH NO FOOD. Please don’t try to tell me clear liquids are food. Oh well. Maybe I’ll finally lose some weight.
Speaking of which. Oh, never mind I don’t want to talk about that right now. I’ll have to write a whole post about my bizzarro opposite world of weight loss. Hint: has anybody noticed that its a very short walk from ‘mindful’ eating to ‘mindless’ eating?
Changing the topic skillfully to something I am more comfortable with, here are some of the good things I’ve been eating the past few days.
You all know how easily influenced I am by what I read/see in the blogs. Well, over there on Pubsgal Eats , she keeps showing pictures of what she calls her spackle. I have to admit. The pictures did not grab me. The name spackle did not grab me. I was interested in the amount of flax seed meal in the recipe because I really like flax seed, but I don’t use it that much. But when she called it ‘her comfort food,’ she got my attention. I don’t like peanut butter that much, but it seems to be an essential ingredient. So I went to get some peanut butter at the grocery store, and look what I found!
So. The spackle was absolutely excellent. Reminiscent of the breakfast cookie. A wee bit costly in the calorie arena, but it held me very well all morning–no snack needed. Very much like eating a bowl of cookie dough. Quick and easy to fix for breakfast or lunch.
Tonight’s dinner. Man, I was hungry after that workout.
Its late. Must get to bed immediately. See you all tomorrow!