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Signs of spring!

This weekend, I some how conned my mother into going to the gym with me. I had no car, so she came and got me. Saturday was chest/back/abs.

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Flat Chest Press 4 sets of 8 with 25# DBs
Drop Set 1: 20# for 5 reps
Drop set 2: 15# for 5 reps
Chest
Incline Chest Fly 3 sets of 8 at 15#
Drop Set 1: 10# for 10 reps
Drop set 2: 5# for 5
Chest
Incline Chest Press 3 sets of 8 with 15# DBs
Drop Set 1: 10# for 6 reps
Drop set 2: 5# for 6 reps
Chest
Assisted Chin Ups 3 sets of 8 at 100#
Drop Set 1: 120# for 6 reps
Drop set 2: 150# for 9 reps
Upper Body
Single-arm low cable row 3 sets of 8 at 35#
Drop Set 1: 25# for 6 reps
Drop set 2: 20# for 6 reps
Back
Cable Kneeling Pull Down 3 sets of 8 at 35#
Drop Set 1: 30# for 6 reps
Drop Set 2: 20# for 8 reps
Back
Crunches 2 sets of 10
Drop Set 1: 16
Core
Bicycle 2 sets of 10
Drop set 1: 24
Core

This was a tough workout! It’s hard to do drop sets with core work, so I just did the third set until I couldn’t do anymore. Then I walked for 25 minutes on the dreadmill.

Our reward was going out for lunch afterwards. We chose East End Eatery, where I had a  side salad and a wheat pizza wrap with banana peppers!


This tasted so good after a hard workout!  I really should make these at home.

Saturday was such a gorgeous day.  A lot of the snow is melting and when I went out for a walk, I saw some tulips start to peek up from someone’s garden.  Flower time soon!

Speaking of flowers, I was planting some seeds.  I am trying the flowering tobacco again.  A lot of my seedlings died last year, so I am trying yet again.

I also made some little seed pots from toilet paper tubes.

These are so clever I will post a little demo of them.  No more buying the peat pellets!

Sunday was a nice relaxing day.  My bagel buddy is back, so we were out for our Sunday breakfast at Coffee Planet.

Oat bran bagel!

Today has been going through recipes to figure out what to make.  How do people do this without it taking forever?  I like reading cookbooks, but it’s hard to plan out meals this way, I have to say. Too many choices.

I did wake my sourdough starter up, aka Breadipus Rex, so that I can make some sourdough english muffins this week.  Or hopefully to make them!

On the nibbling front, did very well over the weekend.  I find that I actually do better when I limit the chocolate.  John bought me a little Tortuga rum cake to have, which I am saving (good thing rum is a preservative!).  He also had a chocolate covered macaroon and I had him slice me a piece off – it’s huge!  After eating that, I really wanted more and had another bite.  I could feel myself really sitting on the edge of wanting to eat more and more and it took a fair amount of internal wrestling not to keep eating. Maybe it’s a little easier now 10 days out from no nibbling? It’s hard to say.

Now for a new week and the last week of the 28 Day Shapeover workouts!

Question:  Do you plan any meals or menus?

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27 comments to Signs of spring!

  • I guess I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum from you regarding meal planning … I love planning menus, and it seems I am always planning and finding fun new things to try! I’ve done those TP rolls seed pots before too … Hope you have a great week!

  • Linda Kuil (Frickin' Fabulous...)

    The daylilies are coming up and I can see the green buds on the hydrangeas. Our Long Island winter has been insane (said in a whisper while knocking on wood with my fingers crossed!).

  • Food looks so delicious! I love that pizza wrap idea (must try it at home happy

  • I plan from the food I have bought that week, or from food I have pre-made and have in the freezer, but as far as looking through menus and planning that way, pretty much never. Because if its a new menu, and I don’t know how it will turn out, I don’t want to be stuck eating that. I more often bookmark recipes that look good, and then after a long time usually, I will make one of them. Sometimes it makes it into the rotation, sometimes not. Which, BTW, your one-minute muffin finally made it into the rotation. I made the mistake of putting some real icing on top of it. Oh my. That was tasty!

  • I don’t plan meals or menus…I just make whatever strikes my fancy.

    Yay to spring!

  • Today it was sunny out so we spent some time shifting the dirt in our three big planter boxes. We mixed it with compost and rotated the soil through all three to get ready for this year’s crop. I’m still not going to attempt seeds and will instead buy the baby plant starts like last year. Me and seeds just don’t mix! They never grow!

  • I get more cravey (it’s a word, I swear!) when I have sugar. So I try to avoid/limit it, just to save myself angst.

    Love the TP tube holders – Pinterest?

  • Very clever–the toilet paper tube planting containers. I can’t wait for spring, even though our winter has been very mild.

    For me, chocolate just makes me want more chocolate. I’m really having a hard time avoiding the Russell Stover chocolate marshmallow eggs. They’re 110 calories, so my food addict is talking about how they’re not too bad…the problem is that one wouldn’t be enough, so I’m staying away from all of them. After Easter they should all be gone, but it’s a long way off!

  • I sit down every Sunday morning and plan our meals but I agree that it’s hard if you have many cook books (like I do), too many choices indeed. Sometimes I pick a book and place post it notes at the good recipes. When I start planning I pick one or two of them.

  • good to know your bagel partner is back! enjoi!
    the pizza wrap looks yum too!

  • I wish I could do a workout with you! They sound so challenging. You could help me with my form!!! Any chance you will be moving to NC in the near future??? happy

  • Miz

    OH!!!
    Im stealing that seed pot idea!!!

  • I love finding new recipes and planning, but then my problem becomes finding the time to make them. Even with my new found love of cooking, there still is always something I’d rather do. Just a matter of more discipline on my part cause once I get started, I truly enjoy trying new recipes. BTW, I’ve fallen in total love with you one-minute muffin and the banana bread pudding thingie.

  • I meal plan according to what is on sale at the grocery store and/or by what we’re craving. So really it’s ingredients first then I hit up cookbooks, magazines and the internet to see how I’ll prepare those ingredients.

    The daffodils I planted last fall started coming up a couple of weeks ago because it has been such a mild winter. Of course it has snowed twice since then and it will be 18 degrees overnight. I hope they make it.

  • I’m not good at menu planning simply because new recipes take a while to put together and I never have much time except for the weekends. Love anything that goes together quickly and makes ample leftovers!!

    How cool you got to work out with your mom. happy

    I want to try a sourdough starter sometime too!

  • Given my tendency to eat the same meals, I generally don’t do much planning. I take a look at the freezer inventory on the weekend and then make a note to cook a new batch of entrees if something’s running low. This week’s dinners are turkey-turkey-turkey-chicken-chicken-chicken. That’s about as far as I go on the planning. happy

  • I tend to plan more when I am finding myself slipping a bit with my healthy eating. Making meals is a challenge for me – I am not a good cook and I don’t enjoy any part of the process.

  • Sounds like a lovely weekend and how fun to get your mom to go to the gym with you! I use to plan out my meals for the week and post the menu on the frig! That was when my kids were in high school and it worked well. Now they live at home and commute to college, hubby travels and its anyones guess who will be here on what nights to eat. I do cook meals Mon – Friday and try to make things that can be reheated easily out of the frig as people come home. I don’t write it down but plan it out in my head and for now it seems to work. I love to try new recipes so I usually have a big “to try” pile to choose from.

  • Sounds like such a great weekend Lori. I’m excited to read more about the seed pots!!! I love meal planning, makes me feel “in control” of my eating, and our food budget. Have a wonderful week.

  • Biz

    I discovered that some herbs and plants can’t be put in the same pot because one will dominate the other – so I always separate my herbs in their own pot, and they grew awesome last year.

    Congrats on getting your Momma to the gym with you!!

  • I love your workouts! Well, I do ones like that so that is why I love them so much!!! happy Are you taking before & after pics?

    I have not had a bagel in so long!!!! I need to get to my fave place which is not in a normal direction for me & with gas prices – well…. but I need one! happy

    Congrats on the no nibbling!

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