Daily Archives: April 28, 2010

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.

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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

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