I hope everyone that had a chance to, watched Oprah this afternoon. There were a couple times when I reached for the remote to turn it off, just because I didn’t think I could watch anymore (read: snot all over Ryan’s blanket and me sobbing my eyeballs out). I kept watching, however, and have to say it was one of the most powerful Oprah episodes that I have ever seen. And I’ve seen a ton. I am embarrassed to tell you that I used to want one of those “new puppies” that probably would have come from a puppy mill. Through this episode and learning more about the industry in general, I now know that I could never ever EVER do that. When I graduate school one of the first things I plan to do is adopt a dog….preferably a pug and from the pug rescue here! I can’t wait….you can ask Ryan, who won’t go to the humane society with me anymore (last summer I think I went and visited the dogs there every other day and would drag Ryan along sometimes and these trips never ended without me crying and Ryan dragging me out). I just can’t wait until I can have my very own and know that I gave it a great home 🙂
During my Oprah sob-fest, I snacked on a slice of almond butter toast with raspberry preserves. I had a more fulfilling snack this afternoon because I was about to work out after Oprah, and Ryan and I didn’t have dinner reservations until 8:15. I needed something that would give me power and keep me going for the rest of the afternoon! It did the trick of course.
Here was my workout:
5 minutes warming up on the stairmaster
chin ups with jumping jacks~~alternate each set of chin ups (I do 15 reps) with 1 minute of non-stop jumping jacks. Do the sequence twice to get two sets each of chin ups and jumping jacks.
walking lunges with overhead weights~~4 sets of 15 lunges. Using a 10 pound weight (or lighter to start), lunge down and lift the weight over your head. Bring the weight back down when you release the lunge. Repeat for the entire sequence
chest press~~2 sets of 15 reps
Triceps on a bench~~using a workout bench, position yourself so you are grasping the edge of the bench with your arms behind you and your legs straight out (like you are resting back on your palms). Lower your body down using your arm strength and release back up. 2 sets of 15 reps.
leg lifts~~ using a 12-15 pound weight, hold the weight in your hands and bend down, lifting one leg to parallel behind you, keeping your back straight the entire time. Do 15 reps on each leg, twice.
abs~~various crunches and stuff for last five minutes.
Concludes a 30 minute “circuit” workout routine. I follow this a couple times a week, changing up the routine and using different machines but always getting in my lunges and crunches. I don’t rest too much between machines/exercises because I like to keep my heart rate up. You could enhance this by ending with running sprints on the treadmill, which I do sometimes (sometimes. haha).
Let me know if you all benefit from “exercise tips” i.e. my exercise routine on the blog. I don’t think I will be able to post my exercise routine every single day (we all know how insane my schedule in Orlando is right now!) but feedback from yall would be beneficial.
Dinner at Flemings was great. We actually ran into Ryan’s aunt and uncle there and sat with them. I ordered a glass of excellent petit syrah to start while we waited in the bar for our table. To start, I ordered an AMAZING salad….seriously, the best salad I have had a restaurant in a long long time. It was a portobello/red onion/spinach salad and I ordered it sans goat cheese and pancetta. I think the dressing was what made it. It was fantastic. I ate every drop. Then, for dinner I ordered the infamous “vegetable platter” (requested no butter). I am truly impressed! On my plate was spaghetti squash, parsnip (which was my favorite!), asparagus, mushrooms, bok choy and tomatoes. I also ordered the chili glazed sugar snap peas for us all to share. I am addicted to these sugar snap peas. They are sooooo yummy and addicting. I ate about half the bowl! They also served a fantastic loaf of hot sourdough bread and I had about a slice and a half. 🙂 I also had about a glass and a half of wine.
I thought I was full but then we got home and I found…………………
……the last cupcake!