Daily Archives: November 3, 2017

Muscles and Meals Vol. 2

Fitness

Wow! You guys seemed to really enjoy my first Muscles and Meals post! Did any of you end up making any of the recipes yet? FYI, the spaghetti squash in the slow cooker? Not the best way to make it. Still edible, but I recommend just taking the time to roast it instead.

Moving on to this week!

Sunday

I spent time thinking about going for a run, but it didn’t end up happening. To be honest, I’m just not feeling the cardio right about now. I know going for a run is good for me (and the dog) but, eh. So, instead, I finished the last two episodes of “The Five” (which is on Netflix, is one season long and is SO GOOD) and started watching “Mind Hunter”. I also went to the farmer’s market and the regular grocery store so I could get the ingredients to make Pumpkin Chili!

I used this recipe but I A. didn’t put it in the slow cooker and B. added garlic. I just cooked it on the stovetop for about an hour. It makes enough for an army, though, so be warned. Thankfully, I was able to give some of it to Annabelle and her husband who both gave it a big thumbs up.

Monday

You’ll probably start to notice a pattern with my workouts. Mondays are almost always deadlift day.

  • 5×3 Sumo deadlifts
  • 3×12 Band Pull-Aparts and Banded Clams
  • 5×15 Hip Extensions
  • 5×15 Goblet Squats
  • 4×20 Straight leg raise
  • 4×15 Stability ball “stir the pot”

For dinner, we had burgers! Specifically chicken burgers. I think I got this chicken avocado burger recipe from my friend Anne (shout-out if you’re reading!) and it’s become a staple when I want a burger. Something about warmed up avocado just makes my mouth water. I typically add some chipotle cheese and some salsa as my toppers. Sometimes a grilled onion and a tomato as well. Add a roasted veggie as a side dish and you’re good to go!

Tuesday

Another Tuesday, another taco day. And, yes, we stuck to the same old, same old. Ground turkey tacos and roasted green beans. Look, I don’t like to mess with simple. Although, if you’re in the mood for steak tacos, I highly recommend these.

The workout consisted of regular bench presses, incline bench presses, incline plank rows, and some other stuff I’m forgetting.

Wednesday

I totally could have skipped my workout on Wednesday. I mean, I did last week when I had to work through lunch. I had to work through lunch again this week but instead of skipping my Wednesday cardio session I ducked out of work about 50 minutes early and went to the gym. 30 minutes of HIIT on a spin bike later I headed home.

Once at home we made Garlic Pork with Ginger Kale Rice for dinner. This recipe is actually really simple to make and tastes great. I used instant brown rice so that I didn’t have to wait for 40 minutes while it cooked. I also use ginger paste instead of dealing with peeling actual ginger.

Thursday

I had a super busy day at work so I tried to squeeze in my workout in under an hour. HAHAHAHAH. I had to skip the last two sets of exercises and even then I ended up at my lunch meeting still sweating.

  • 5×5 Squats
  • 1×20 Squats (lighter weight)
  • 5x forward sled drag
  • 5×10 Overhead kettlebell swing
  • 2×10 kettlebell step-ups
  • 2×12 paused kettelbell Romanian deadlifts

For dinner, I was planning to make Hummus Crusted Chicken but instead ended up ordering sushi for dinner while at Annabelle’s Sip & Shop. So, I froze the chicken breasts and will end up using them next week. Probably to make Hummus Crusted Chicken!

Friday

Overhead press day! My personal trainer asked me once what my least favorite exercise is. At the time I told her renegade rows. But, honestly, I think it’s overhead presses. Progress is just so slow!

  • 6×2 Barbell Overhead Press
  • 6×12 External Rotation
  • 4x max 1.5 chin-ups
  • 4x drop set cable machine face pulls
  • 4×6 Bear Complex
  • 4×20 Rope Slams

On the plus side, my mom is in town, so, as I write this, the plan is to hang out at her condo and drink wine and make pork lettuce wraps for dinner. Need a good lettuce wrap recipe? I recommend this one.

Saturday

I’m out AGAIN on Saturday! This time for the Back on My Feet fundraising gala thanks to my work with the F3 Half Marathon. Dress code? Fancy dress with sneakers. And the amazing clutch that Annabelle bought me.