Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

The Monster Salad

I had a fantastic workout this morning! Today I did legs and cardio and after these workouts especially I always feel so full of energy!

Here’s what I did:

2 minutes running on treadmill to warm up

3 sets of leg press—12 reps—70 lbs

3 sets of deadlifts—12 reps—40 lbs

3 sets of hamstring curls—12 reps–60 lbs

3 sets of cable glute kickbacks–12 reps—15 lbs to start then 20 lbs on last two sets

25 minutes on treadmill: 10 minutes running, 10 minutes of sprints and 5 minutes of speed walking at an incline (I HATE sprints but do them anyways because of all the cardio I do, sprints is what really makes me feel the burn. If you are stuck in a rut with your cardio, do sprints. They work. They really really work.)

I was at the gym for about an hour and afterwards felt totally refreshed and strong. Love that!

I made a monster of a salad for lunch today. So big that I couldn’t even finish it all! Here were the components:

about 3 cups of mixed organic greens

1 can chunk light tuna 

4 carrot slices, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1/4 cup hummus

1 small bunch grapes (about 10 grapes)

the rest of the whipped cottage cheese container (roughly 1/4 cup)

about 12 kashi crackers (finished the box)

And to finish it off, a HUGE glass of ice water!

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I didn’t really eat the cottage cheese because I was getting too full from the hummus/tuna combo. I also left some of the lettuce, celery and carrots but devoured all the grapes and crackers! Here’s what it looked like when I was finished with it:

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This should keep me powered up for a good while!! I’m off to Target!

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  • ~C~
    August 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Jenna, I am a slow runner, I rarely run at all actually. But when I do run, it is at 5 mph, what would a sprint be?

  • melissa
    August 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I have been meaning to go to Target for weeks. Maybe I’ll actually go after work today. I can’t wait to get a Botkier Bag. Have fun!

  • healthyceliac
    August 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Wow! That was a monster salad 🙂

    It’s always good to feel energized when you go to Target. It is definitely a place that I love to shop at!

    Enjoy the rest of your day off. It seems like you’ve already been so productive.

  • ClaireDille
    August 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I agree about trying to fit sprints into your running routine…at least once a week. I also add hill workouts (tm at incline if I can’t get outside to a hill) at least once a week…that is just some of my old cross country days coming back! Looks like a yummy monster salad!

  • Christie
    August 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I love adding fruit to my salad expecially grapes and you get the nice sweetness during your meal which is good…. also the crackers with a salad is a great satisfying combo instead of crutons.

  • jenna
    August 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    ~c~,

    My sprint routine is running at 5.3 for 1 1/2 minutes then sprinting at 8.1 for 30 seconds. I do this continuously for as long as I can stand it!

  • ~C~
    August 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, I think I would have a heart attack. Maybe one day!

  • jenna
    August 4, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    umm yeah! I’m not going to lie. It’s difficult! But it gets your heart pumping and you feel really good afterwards. Start by only doing the sprint workout for 5 minutes. Dedicate 5 minutes of your cardio workout to that then do what you usually do. Every week go up a minute and soon you will be able to rock on with 15 minutes or so! When my personal trainer made me do these a couple years ago I would have punched him if I had any energy left!

  • ModelBehavior
    August 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Looks like you accomplished more so far today then I did all weekend 😉
    I’ll get my butt in gear eventually.

  • Katie S
    August 4, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Hey Jenna! Thought you might like this article! http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/business/02food.html?em

  • Allyson
    August 4, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Love the sprint idea! I’m not really a runner (elliptical girl-would love to love running! I’m trying…), but I’m gonna have to try that!

  • tracy
    August 4, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    when you do the sprints, does the treadmill adjust from 5.3 for 1.5 minutes to to 8.1 for 30 seconds? Or do you have to manually do that?

  • jenna
    August 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Tracy,

    Maybe theres some way to make the treadmill do it…but I just adjust it for myself.

  • alicia
    August 4, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    THat is one monster salad. I don’t think I would be able to finish it myself as well. 🙂 Have to try the tuna and hummus combo as it sounds delicious.