Hey hey hey! Happy hump day! It is Wednesday, right? I swear, ever since I’ve been training, I have to go back and check what day it is like three times per day. LOL Not sure what it is, but it sure get a little confusing in this brain of mine.
I’m thinking it was the right decision to take yesterday as another complete rest day, because I woke up this morning feeling stellar! I’d venture on saying wide-eyed and bushy tailed, but I aim to be positive on the blog, not delusional;) Alas, I did arise without too much trouble when my alarm went off, made a kettle of French Press, and headed to the gym closest to my casa and…
Ran a 40 minute tempo run
- 5 minutes (warm up) – 5.8-6.0
- 5 minutes – 6.1-6.2
- 5 minutes – 6.3-6.4
- 5 minutes – 6.4-6.5
- 5 minutes – 6.5-6.6
- 5 minutes – 6.6-6.6 (ew. Too many 6’s. But my body just didn’t want to do 6.7 yet!)
- 5 minutes – 6.7-6.8
- 5 minutes (cool down) – 6.0-5.8
Winded and red-faced, I hopped off, and hit the weight room. Since I inevitably got to the gym 10 minutes later than intended, I only had 20 minutes for weights. In these 20 minutes, I got in…
- Overhead press w/ 20 lb barbell – 3×10
- Tricep dips w/ body weight – 3×10
- Chest press w/ 30 lb barbell – 1×10
- Incline chest press w/ 30 lb barbell – 2×10
Quickie but a goodie…not even gonna say it
Came home and was STARVED! After showering and dressing, I sat down to this beautiful sight:
Amped Up Overnight Oats! Why amped up, you say?
Jay Robb Rice Protein powder was added to the mix!
Slight confession: in my last vegetarianism checkpoint post, I mentioned how I became veg for ethical reasons, but the health benefits I’ve been feeling have been endless. Well, except one. I’m not losing muscle tone, per say, but ever since I’ve cut meat and a lot of dairy oat, I don’t notice as big of strength gains from lifting as I did before. I’ve been researching organic/low heat/vegan protein powders lately, and last week ordered me some Jay. I’ll probably only use it on lifting days, because I feel like I get enough protein otherwise. However, for someone who lift weights regularly, a bit more protein may be necessary. /End explanation.
A few four hours later (those oats held me over for a long time!) I had a savory snack of carrots and black bean salsa:
Lunch was supposed to be leftovers from last night’s dinner, but all I had were plastic containers to microwave it in, and I got a scary email from my mom about an article linking micro waved plastic to cancer.
Flat Out to the rescue!
I simply stuffed it all (asparagus, acorn squash, black beans, tempeh) into a whole wheat wrap, and ate it cold.
It was a little different, but ultimately tasty, nonetheless. MUCH better than I was anticipating. I used the same sauce as I did last night – apple cider vinegar, tamari, grapeseed oil, and maple syrup.
And thanks to Caitlin’s tip about putting the filling on one side instead of the middle before rolling up, it rolled up perfectly!
Throughout the day I nibbled on about ¾’s of this cookiemuffin:
Aaaand then I ate the rest of it right before leaving the office:
Darn two servings in one wrapper gimmick.
I’ve never tried this flavor, but I really liked it! It was one of the cookies my girl Kim gave me for me birthday! Thanks, Kim:D
Right after work, I had to book it to the gym to train a client, and then I was bound and determined to spend some outside time on this b-e-a-utiful day we’re having here in Central Illinois! If I had to be inside one more minute, I just might have imploded. I knew Niko was thinking the same thing, so I packed her in the car and took her to the dog park.
ages since she’s been there, and we both had such a blast. She’s a little bossy, but she loves mingling with the other pups. However, after only about 10 minutes, all she wanted to do was sit on my lap.
She wanted nothing else. Anti-social mama’s girl.
I had no plans to cook, so for dinner I headed over to the Coffeehouse, a vegan café here in town (that I tried for the first time on Friday!) to grab some grub.
So I’m a wrap lover. What of it?
It’s official. I’m addicted.
Got the hummus and veggie this time. And it did NOT disappoint. Paid a hard-earned $3.83 for this dinner. Too good to be true! How, how, HOW did I not know about this little vegan slice of heaven cafe sooner?
After scarfing it down, I had the obligatory birthday cake (yes…I was obliged) for some dessert.
The smallest piece I could slice, and it was still a monstrosity.
Well boys and girls, I’ve got a date with the hubski for some tube and cuddling – finally!
Where do you live and how is the weather there? It seems to be very nice in most parts of the country. I hope it stays this way!!