Weightlifting and Waffles – What Else is New!

Hey friends!! I am blogging from the WordPress dashboard right now and it is so weird. I’m all out of sorts! Usually I blog from Windows Live Writer, but it’s on the fritz. Actually, my whole computer is acting whacky. Think I’ll finish backing it up tonight and to the big hard-drive “reformat” once I’m done here :)

My night after hitting “publish” yesterday was just as nerdy.

Taxes!! They’re due on April 30th in Canada. Hopefully they make it to Newfoundland by then! Thankfully I’m getting money back. Some of the best advice my dad ever gave me was to do my own taxes the year I was 18. I only worked one job that year and figuring out how to complete the forms was pretty simple. Now as life gets a little more complicated, I can sufficiently make my way through them without getting too confused. Thanks dad!

I was up until 11:30 pm finishing my taxes, which is waaaaay past my bedtime. I had a distant hope of getting up and going to the gym first thing this morning, but it didn’t happen. Especially since I’d gone to a spin class not even 12 hours before – my body likes 24 hours in between!

So! Archie and I slept.

And Archie continued to sleep while I whipped up a batch of waffles. Jerk.

Another week, another Waffle Wednesday!! Waffles are definitely in my Top 10 favourite foods. I look forward to this every week!

With my immersion blender, I mixed up 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1/3 cup cottage cheese, 3/4 tsp baking powder, vanilla extract and cinnamon.

Topped with almond butter, fresh strawberries, yogurt, and a drizzle of sugar-free syrup for good measure. I love this waffle recipe. It always feels like a “treat” but in reality is pretty darn nutritious!

Today was my last Wednesday at work. Wain! Sometimes I feel so silly for leaving a job I actually like, as I know they’re hard to come by. But at the same time I know that I have to get out of this city. At this point, I don’t think any job would keep me here.

I had a few fleeting thoughts of skipping the gym after work, but I somehow stuck with it. Came home quickly to let the pup out and munched on a random piece of homemade chocolate banana peanut butter protein bar that I found in my fridge.

I went to the big co-ed gym, knowing full well it was going to be packed. I’ve never been shy in talking about my diagnosed social anxiety disorder. I get a lot of questions from people asking me how I handle the gym all the time. Well, sometimes it’s not easy! I was definitely nervous going in there today. I planned my workout a little more so I had a plan going in, but knew that I’d just have to go with the flow based on the availability of equipment. Oh, and no headphones. I get more paranoid when I can’t hear what people are saying.

I have no idea how to insert tables in WordPress, sorry if it’s not as readable!

Warm-up: 15 minutes on elliptical, increasing resistance every 2 minutes

Back Superset x3:
Wide-grip lat pulldown
Dumbbell bent-over row

Cardio: 5 minutes on the rowing machine, alternating grips

Chest Superset x3:
Dumbbell bench press
Incline push-up

Cardio: 5 minutes on the stairmaster, increasing speed

Shoulder Superset x3:
Standing dumbbell shoulder press
YTWL

Cardio: 5 minutes on the stairmill, increasing speed

Tricep/Bicep Superset x3:
Barbell curl
Cable pushdown

Ab Superset x3:
Cable horizontal woodchop
Hanging leg raises

Pretty good, considering for the second workout in a row, I’ve gone up in weights :) Also, even though the weight area was packed, the meatheads were really nice and cooperative about sharing equipment between sets. I didn’t have to wait for anything or change what I had planned!

I was also surprised by how much energy I still had. It’s funny, I’ve been working out first thing in the morning for so long so I have the evenings all to myself. But then my evenings are cut short because I have to be in bed so early. No matter how you schedule it, workouts are going to eat up time somewhere. But at least the time is ME time. Sometimes the only time of the day I get to wholly dedicate to myself :)

Oh! And I counted – the majority of people who commented on my last post prefer morning workouts. My rough tally was 19 to 9 for mornings.

Sooo, ummm, why is the gym always so crowded after work? :P

Dinner was popped in the oven while I showered.

Pita pizza! Or, pita tuna melt? One can of tuna with olive oil, lemon juice, tomatoes, green pepper, onion and feta cheese.

Carrots + salsa on the side. Of course ;)

How’s that for a protein-packed meal to follow up my weightlifting? One can = 120 calories and 30g protein. Doesn’t get much better than that!

I also want to mention – remember a while back when I was complaining about my hunger being out of control? Particularly in the afternoons? Well, shortly after, I took an extended rest. Three days of minimal activity, and absolutely no workouts. My hunger leveled out during that time to match my activity level (usually takes a couple days to catch up), and has been back to normal since. I have no clue if there is science behind this, but I bet my body really needed and enjoyed that rest!

Alrighty friends, America’s Next Top Model is on. It’s Go-Sees! See ya tomorrow xoxo

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Posted on April 28, 2010, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Pita pizza with tuna looks yummy! I just finished watching ANTM…..I just can’t resist! LOL

  2. Could you have stayed at the job if you wanted to? I thought it was temporary through April? Wrapping up jobs is always bittersweet.

    I think the more in shape you get, the more energized you get from workouts. It is so different from when you first get into exercise and it is so exhausting getting through a workout and then feeling wiped afterwards. When you are in shape, the workouts may exhaust, but you recover and are energized for the day ahead. Is it that way for you now?

    • I could have stayed and worked in admissions/recruiting if I expressed an interest. So while I love working at the university, it wouldn’t have been the same work anyways (I’m a communications officer now). Who knows I would have liked it at as much!

      Working out tooootally energizes me now! That’s partially why I was up so late last night! Funny, I was talking to a girl today who said she’s ready to crash after working out. It must have something to do with your body becoming more efficient the more you train…

  3. duuuuuuude your waffles look stellar. i think i want to make these into pancakes well because i don’t have a dang waffle maker. yeah don’t ask if i’m upset about that because i am for sure.

    btws i have a serious obsession with pb&j right now and every night for me is a cook every veggie in the fridge kind of night.

    ..just sayin.. haha

    • I use the same recipe for pancakes and they always turn out fabulous! Although, I’m convinced they turn out fluffier when flax is added, which is probably all in my head…

  4. Congrats on doing your own taxes! I think I’ve done mine once or twice back when I was a teenager.

    If you don’t owe the gov’t money you can turn in your tax return after the deadline. If you did you get penalized every day your late. This year was the first year in 20 years I was early sending it in…woohoo :-)

  5. Ha! Susan, you just proved it…that our bodies are MIRACULOUS organisms! We know exactly when we need more energy….this is what I mean by a natural diet, and you are the exemplifier of it! :-)

  6. Why oh whyyyyyy don’t I have a waffle iron?

  7. I just came up with a theory… The gym is always so crowded after work, which doesn’t coincide with the responses on your post, because the people who get up in the morning to work out have time to comment on posts in the evening instead of going to the gym! :p

    <3 <3

  8. Glad your hunger kind of went away–so frustrating when you want to eat your arm off every 15 minutes.

    I wish I enjoyed working out in the mornings, but I just don’t. My workouts are always so much better at night–well, at least cardio is. I do like to get my butt out of bed to lift in the morning bc it can be annoying trying to lift at night with the millions of people that are there.

    • Haha, I’m the exact opposite! Cardio in the a.m. weights in the p.m. Running is often a bad experience for me when I have a day’s worth of food in my belly :\

  9. Mmm those waffles look delicious yet again. I’ve gotten to the next step, and have convinced the husband we need one. He’s in agree-ance ;)
    Nice workout as always! Way to up the weights! I am actually pretty excited to get the half mary done so I can concentrate on weights again

  10. Your pita thing looks amazing. Feta cheese makes everything better!

  11. One of these days, I will be participating in Waffle Wednesday :D

    In high school, I used to get so nervous in public places by myself! My nervous habit was my cell phone (pull it out, start texting random people). Actually, I think a lot of girls still do that.

    Glad you got some deserved rest!

  12. Wow… that tuna pita looks SO tasty! Nice!

  13. My theory about bloggers liking workouts in the morning and the gym being packed in the evening is that non-bloggers workout after they finish work, and bloggers come home to blog!

    Need.waffle.maker.

  14. YAY for waffles!
    Loved the pita tuna melt, aussi. Haha – such amazing pics!
    Have a great day, Susan!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  15. yep! with more work, your body is constantly burning AKA you want and need to eat more! the days that you dont exercise, yoru body really isnt in a higher basal metabolic rate, so it doesn’t need as much food…glad to hear your hunger is back to normal!

    have I mentioned how cute archie is?!?! i had a wheaten terrier (passed away in 2008) and he reminds me of him!!!

    thsoe waffles look SO delicious! its all about the toppings and you got it SPOT ON!

  16. Your waffles are just AMAZING! I have been trying to do protein pancake mix, as you saw on Twitter….I need to try your recipe. Don’t be surprised if you see me trolling through your archives ;)

  17. Taxes- what a headache! I’ve never been good with paper work : (

  18. hey girl i actually prefer NO tables. something about seeing grids on a food blog just unnerves me actually :) math class or something!

    and the choco bar that you found…yeah, that recipe is on my to do list!

    taxes. another thing that makes me freakin nervous. GOOD LUCK!
    xo

  19. WOW i am really that far behind on blog reading? WEDNESDAY? anyway… waffles are dyno-MITE and why dont dogs cook our waffles for us? love the cardio bursts between sets and hooray for heavier weight!

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