Last night in school was SO MUCH BETTER than the night before. The best part? I got to take out my aggression and smash my cake. Chef Erin kindly caught this on camera.
I didn’t really eat it. I just sort of smashed it, posed with it and threw it away. It felt nice. Like taking a long run when you are really frustrated about something.
As for last night, my products mixed well and I think I’m all set up for tonight when I make the danish formations and bake everything off. And some great news….my chef instructor sort of “alluded” to the fact that if we bust our butt and get everything done tonight and do the stuff we were supposed to do tomorrow night, we might not have to come tomorrow night!!! That means tonight will be a very late night probably, cranking everything out, cleaning and having a discussion…but it would be worth it for a long weekend of course! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
So, I was telling a reader last night that my friend is a great personal trainer up in Nashville. Her name is Rea and she trains people from 5 am to 11 at night, has written two books on boxing and is in the process of hopefully opening up her own personal training and boxing studio. How lucky am I to have such a friend!!! Luckily for me as well, she was TOTALLY willing to give me advice as to how to gain some more muscle mass. She wrote out a detailed six page “plan” for me that includes meals and workouts. I wrote her an email and gave her an example of my daily eating to start her off. I was pretty shocked when she responded, telling me that she worked out my calories and I was only eating about 1500 a day. I have a super fast metabolism AND am quite active so obviously that’s not enough, especially when I’m trying to put on some muscle. And of course that’s why I recently lost 5 lbs as well. I don’t need to lose any weight! I told her that I do very well with my eating but always, around 3:30, I sort of hit the wall, get starving and crave sugar. So….she told me I need to aim for 1600-2000 calories a day and incorporate more healthy fats, more protein and another snack in my day. So today we are going to try it!
This morning before I went to the gym I had a piece of whole wheat fougasse with about a tbsp of almond butter:
At the gym I did triceps, chest and back. Here was my routine:
2 minutes on the treadmill to warm up
Triceps routine with going straight through three exercises and then taking a 2 minute rest. 5 reps of close-gripped pushup on the bench, 10 reps of cable pressdown (25 lbs), 20 reps of lying triceps extension (15 lbs). 3 sets this routine.
3 sets of pushups-–10 reps each
3 sets of row machine for back—50 lbs, 12 reps each
3 sets of chest press with weights-–15 lbs in each hand, 12 reps each
3 sets of chest press on machine–20 lbs, 12 reps each
3 sets of single-arm dumbbell row—15 lbs, 12 reps each
When I got back, I made some oats n eggies for breakfast :). 1/2 cup multigrain cereal cooked with 1 cup water, 1/2 sliced banana and 1 big spoonful of almond butter. 5 egg whites scrambled on the side with salt n pepper.
And for my lunch today—-I am packing a snack to eat at around 10:30. Celery and almond butter (about 1 tbsp)! I haven’t had the celery/peanut butter combo since I was about six, but I was looking for fiber, complex carbs and protein and this fit the bill. I remember it being tasty so we will see!
And for my lunch I packed a cup of my homemade split pea soup, a yogurt and a peach.
And for a snack later at around 2:00, I packed 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup Go Lean Crunch to mix in. Love this combo!
That should get me through the day just fine. I’ll report back and tell you all how I feel when I post dinner. I’m hoping that this extra snack will give me the necessary push so I can make it through the afternoon without feeling sluggish and resorting to the cherry jawbreakers under my desk (I should throw these away!).
Have a great Thursday!