Last night in school went really well…it was exactly the kind of calm night I had hoped for and I left around 9:45. Much to my surprise, I actually got a really great grade on my petit fours that I was totally not expecting considering how frustrated I was by them. My cheesecake turned out well and tonight all I have to do is put together my fruit tart and napoleon. Pictures to come tomorrow of the final spread of products to be graded!
Since I got home early last night I woke up early this morning (6:30) and headed to the gym for one of my longer workouts—legs/cardio/abs. I was at the gym for about an hour and here’s what I did:
Warm up 2 minutes on treadmill
Squats (holding 2 10 lb weights) combined with kneeling kickbacks on a mat. 4 sets of each exercise with 1 minute rest after each combined set. 12 reps of each.
Stiff-legged deadlifts (holding 2 15 lbs weights) combined with dipping bridge pose on mat. 4 sets of each exercise with 1 minute rest after each combined set. 12 reps of each.
2 sets of standing calf raises with 15 lb dumbbell
3 sets of hanging crunching abs—15 reps each set
3 sets of slow bicycle crunches—20 reps each set
10 minutes running on treadmill
15 minutes on elliptical with resistance cranked up on hill mode
I got the compound sets leg routine out of this month’s Oxygen magazine. It works on sculpting your muscles with 2 exercises that work the same muscle and preformed back to back with no rest in between…it places a greater demand on your muscle groups and thus, works them harder. When you double the workload like this it burns fat and carves shape and definition.
Before I went to the gym this morning I had a piece of Flax & Fiber toast with a smear of peanut butter. When I got back, I had cottage cheese oats with steel cut oats, 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, a big spoonful of peanut butter and a sliced banana. Mmmmmm power in a bowl! I crave this!
And more lentils and brown rice for lunch! This super combo left me full and satisfied for hours the other day and I’m glad I made extras. All those complex carbs and lean plant protein is a killer combo for sure. And when you spice it up with some sriracha….well you know. It’s amazing :). Plus, I like having a hot meal at work since I’m always freezing!! I’m also packing a string cheese and some grapes to have with my lunch and for later, more cottage cheese (1/2 cup) with a cup of diced peaches to mix in. These peaches are packed in juice, not syrup!
I need some coffee for sure right now! Is it Friday yet?!