I had a great grocery shop and workout this morning that I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you! I went to Whole Foods and got some great healthy stuff along with ingredients to make some various meals that I picked out from the new Cooking Light for next week. I talked to the girl in the health section about protein powders and she recommended this one to me:
She said this was BY FAR the best protein powder she, personally, has ever used. It’s all natural, sweetened with stevia, and provides about 25 grams of protein per scoop. She said it tastes really really great and is very easy to mix just with water. I’m anxious to try it! The ingredients are very simple and everything can easily be pronounced. I will do a full product review of this when I try it so look forward to that.
I also picked up these protein bars…they are brand new from Balance and are just made from fruit and nuts (protein from soynuts). They were EXPENSIVE ($2.19 PER bar) so I don’t know how often I will be able to buy them but I really wanted to give them a try today because I used to looove traditional balance bars but if you read the ingredients there are all sorts of weird things in them I don’t necessarily want in my body. These are very natural and provide 9 grams of protein per bar with about 170-190 calories. Perfect for an afternoon snack! I also will do a product review when I try my first one.
Here are my groceries. I got plenty of stuff (too much actually) for meals and snacks for the upcoming week. I actually stayed within a budget today and got all this stuff! If you are careful, Whole Foods is no more expensive than anywhere else. You just have to know what to buy (organic bananas are about $2 more than regular bananas and you don’t even need organic because you don’t eat the peel anyway….). Oh yes! and Whole Foods had CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER that you grind yourself!!!!!!! The machine was filled with peanuts AND dark chocolate chips. I just had to try some.
After I got back from the store, I headed to the gym for an upper body workout.
Here’s what I did:
2 minutes on treadmill running to warm up
2 sets of 12 pushups (in response to a question this morning, my elbows DO come out a little bit when I do my pushups so they are not full on chatarunga pushups. My biggest concern is keeping my back straight, my core sucked in, and going slow and all the way down and up)
2 sets of 15 reps of lying triceps extension using 2 10 lb weights
2 sets of 15 reps of single-arm dumbbell row using 15 lbs
2 sets of 15 reps of hammer curls using 15 lb weights
2 sets of 12 reps of barbell curls using 15 lbs
2 sets of 15 reps of seated row using 60, then 50 lbs for second set
2 sets of 15 reps of flat bench press using 2 15 lb weights
….I think that’s it. It was a great workout and I upped my weights a little bit (using 15 lbs instead of my usual 10). My arms are sort of jelly right now
When I got home, I made a taco lunch! I used 1/2 cup spicy fat free refried beans with 2 blue corn taco shells, salsa, spinach and 1/4th of an avocado with 1 string cheese and some cherries. It was very tasty and spicy, just the way I like it!
I’m headed to Tampa now—see you tonight!