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Lifting and date night

It was gloriously cool this morning when I got up to go to the gym. Upper 50s! Too bad it won’t be sticking around too long, but it sure felt wonderful.

The gym was quiet again today. I like it that way in the mornings. Today was lighter weights higher reps. Only 3 more workouts to be finished with the FBB!  I have now changed to just drinking my entire workout shake before the workout instead of dividing it up.  I think I eat breakfast close enough to when I am done.  It’s helped a lot to just drink the whole thing first.

Exercise Set/rep/weight
1. Plank with alternate arm/leg reach 2 sets of 10 each side
2. Complex: Deadlift, High Pull, Push Press, Reverse Lunge 4 sets of 8 each exercise with 20# bar
3A. Bulgarian Split Deadlift 2  sets of 15 with 10# DBs
3B. Single Arm Chest Press on ball 2 sets of 15 with 15# DB
3C. Back Squat 2 sets of 15 with 45# bar
3D. Chinups 2 sets of 15 with assistance

Since it was a cool morning, I had a warm breakfast. Cammy went and made me want steel cut oats after she talked about how Wendy’s has them now. So, last night I soaked some steel cut oats (this way they only take about 10 minutes to cook in the morning).

Cooked with mashed banana and egg whites and topped with pecans and 15 grams of chocolate chips (70 calories of chips!).  Very, very good.  I need to do this combo more often.

Work was soooooo busy today.  It was a ‘make my brain ache’ day, but it’s good to have the work.  Good thing there were leftovers for a quick lunch!

I put the chicken and balsamic tomato mixture on a potato for something different. I took a little post lunch walk to help clear my head before getting back to work.

Then came my favorite part of the day!

Yay!  How about a picture of me without a helmet for a change?  I bet no one would recognize me if they saw me without it any more.

I’m thinking of letting my hair grow out again.  I can never make up my mind.

Even though both John and I work at home, we actually don’t spend much time together during the day.  Obviously because we are both working.  We also end up like ships passing in the night during the week.  Due to various and sundry things we do, we really only get 2 evenings a week to spend together.  Tuesday and Saturday.  So, we made tonight a date night.  I had a Living Social deal and we decided to go out to dinner.

Irish Times in Saratoga.  I was hungry by this time.  I made sure I didn’t nibble on anything before we left the house, as can be my habit.  So, I decided on a cup of potato leek soup served with irish soda bread.

I gave John half my bread because he didn’t get any soup.  This was good, but quite garlicky (sorry John!). I loved the bread, too.

My entree was a pear salad.  This was served on mixed greens with pear, goat cheese, and candied pecans.  I added some grilled shrimp for protein.

I don’t know what they put on the shrimp to grill it with, but it was delicious! They were giant shrimp, too.  I actually didn’t even need any dressing with the salad, but I had some raspberry vinaigrette on the side, which I dipped my fork in a couple times, but that was it.  There was enough flavor that it was not necessary.  My only problem with this salad was that they used canned pears.  Lame!  There is no excuse for that.  Fresh pears would have really made this salad get 5 stars from me.

After we ate, we walked around downtown Saratoga and did some window shopping and then over to Congress Park.

Baby ducks galore! So damn cute!

I probably have 10,000 pictures of baby ducks and geese in my photo library and I can’t stop taking pictures of them.

We also saw some cedar waxwings by the water.  These are cool birds with striking colors.

They look like their wing tips were dipped in red wax.

One of those times when I wished I had a super good camera.  I actually tried the sports mode on it and got a cool shot of the fountain.

Guess I should use that setting more often!

This was a nice break early in the week.

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