Good morning everyone! I'm back at the Cape and it is a gorgeous day outside! Bright and sunny and actually kind of warm, relatively speaking.
My cough that I had the other day suddenly turned into more of a cold so I am basically glued to the tissue box right now. However yesterday was a gym day off and I really didn't want to skip my workout today. The fact of the matter is, teaching kindergarten means that in the winter I am either sick, fighting sickness or recovering from sickness 90 percent of the time. I hate it, but if I let it interrupt all of my workouts I'd rarely be at the gym. My college roommate used to always exercise when she had a cold and I swear she got better faster, so I figure why not?
I had 20 minutes left on my Elliptical Challenge this week, so I did a quick 20 minute interval work out and then focused on some strength training. It was a bit hard to organize myself because I was at a different gym, and I definitely feel like I am still learning about the equipment. The isolated machines don't confuse me, but anything that involves switching from a pull, to a bar, or something like that- I'm a bit lost! It's only week two though. So basically my work out today was a bit random. I have to remember to talk to my lifting instructor about what muscles I should be focusing on for my 3rd workout of the week. I don't want to do what I did Monday again necessarily, because I'll probably do that again this Monday. Which might be fine, I'm still just learning about all this.
Today I did:
2 Minute Squat against wall, hold
2 sets, 30 second planks
2 sets, 15 reps, Stability Ball Hand-to-Foot Ball Pass
2 sets, 15 reps, Prone Jackknives
2 sets, 15 reps, Push Ups (only could manage 11 on second set, out of push up shape!)
2 sets, 15 reps, bicep curls- 8lbs
2 sets, 15 reps, chest press- 8lbs (1), 10lbs (2)
I was definitely tired by the end, but I am hoping when I am not sick (if ever!) I can incorporate a lot more arm/back exercises on Saturdays. Again, I have to chat with my lifting instructor about this. I haven't 100 percent figured out the method to her madness about what muscles we are working and how often.
When I got home I decided to finally try the egg white oatmeal that has been so popular in the blog world lately. I used:
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup pumpkin
1 cup water
4 tbs. egg whites
On top, I sliced a banana and added a little squirt of real maple syrup. I cooked mine in the microwave so I cooked the oatmeal, water and pumpkin for 1 minute 30 seconds and then added the egg whites for 1 minute.
Sadly I do not have a picture because I managed to leave my camera at work yesterday (very sad!), but I *REALLY* enjoyed this combination. Honestly, I could not taste the egg whites at all, it simply thickened up the oatmeal a bit.
This breakfast is approx. 330 calories (depending on how big of a banana you use + how much maple syrup). It provides 8.5 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.
Amber claimed that this mixture kept her full for 5 hours. I truly do not believe anything can keep me full for 5 hours, but I'll let you know tomorrow. She did make hers with some almond butter, so I'd be happy if mine worked for 3 1/2 hours :)
What is everyone up to this weekend? Eric and I are going to do a lot of relaxing. One of his friends gave us a bunch of new movies to watch on Blue Ray, so we brought all of those down. I also just finished another book Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay and I'm about to start the sequel to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo called The Girl Who Played with Fire. I am on a serious reading roll this month and I'm loving it!