7:45 AM (at the gym):
3 sets, 12-15 reps of each:
- chest press (75lbs)
- seated row (75lbs)
- shoulder press (50lbs)
- hip abductor (75lbs outward motion, 95lbs inward motion)
- assisted tricep dip (50lbs, then 40lbs)
- bicep curls (30lbs barbell)
I wasn’t on my best behaviour today. I didn’t even photograph all the evidence of my shameful “treats galore” day.
I began my day well enough though with the breakfast cookie that I made last night. It was delicious and surprisingly sweet. I think that must have been a result of the banana and chocolate protein powder. Definitely a serious contender for a regular breakfast spot – maybe weekly?
I was in a big rush this morning because I spent a bit more time than usual scouring the internet for reasons I will explain shortly. Needless to say, lunch was not packed, nor was protein powder for an after RT refuel drink. Therefore, I indulged in a small carton of chocolate milk, followed by a Belgian Chocolate coffee from Second Cup after my work out. I wasn’t complaining just now.
Mid-morning snack was one white cheddar rice cake, and one puffed spelt thin cake.
Lunch was a mish-mash of different items from the salad bar at Longo’s. I tried my hardest to get light items (I filled more than half of it with spring mix leafy greens and yet this salad was still much more than I expected it would be). Longo’s should really stop putting out so many delicious salads that I feel the need to try. At the end of the day (or my lunch), my stomach was satisfied as were my taste buds so I guess I can live with the fact that my salad that probably cost just as much as my combined lunches from the past three days did.
I decided to have some dark chocolate for dessert.
My guilty conscience caused me to follow that up with some baby carrots.
You may have noticed that my pictures from yesterday’s post were from two different sources. That’s because I accidentally dropped my iphone into a bowl filled with water in my kitchen sink. Apparently I’m not very good in a crisis, because as soon as I scooped my phone out, I wiped as much water off as I could, frantically started testing the phone, and just left it on all night thinking that the water behind the camera lens was probably not a big deal and would be gone within a few hours. By morning, when I saw that it was still there, I really started to panic. I spent a considerable amount of time after my breakfast looking for things that I could do to try to fix my phone. I ended up reading some recommendations about using rice to help suck out the moisture inside the phone so that’s what I did. It sounded funny but it was better than doing nothing. By the end of the work day, the water had vanished. It seems like my phone is in perfect working order, but I guess only time will tell.
I should point out that the below picture depicts some jujubes that I ate before I realized that my phone was okay. Clearly I was very stressed and not in the right mind frame otherwise I would have exercised better restraint. I don’t want to talk about fact that I actually had a second helping of jujubes and a vanilla girl guide cookie that I didn’t photograph.
I managed to go through a whole box of spring mix salad greens by mid week and I was starving when I got home which so I knew I didn’t want to wait long to eat dinner. I should run out of spring mix salad more often because my dinner was fabulous thanks to my pumpernickel egg sandwich.
Pumpernickel Egg and Black Olive Sandwich
You will need:
- 1 egg
- A few black olives
- Lots of dried dill
- Italian seasoning (or your favourite herbs/spices when cooking eggs)
- Dash of salt
- Green Salsa
- Baby Spinach
- 2 slices of Pumpernickel bread (or your favourite bread)
Beat the egg in a bowl and toss in black olives, dill, Italian seasoning, and salt. Cook the egg in a small omlette-sized non-stick pan until done. Cut into four pieces and layer the egg onto one slice of toasted bread. Add Sriracha, green salsa, and baby spinach. Try to simultaneously enjoy the sandwich and marvel at the fact that it took you less than 10 minutes to make something this tasty.
On the side, I grilled some asparagus and red peppers in my cast iron grill until both vegetables were tender. I decided that throwing some green salsa on my vegetables would probably be a good thing. I was correct. Don’t worry, I also thoroughly enjoyed those baby carrots that are hiding in the corner.
For the rest of the evening, I’ll likely snack on some dried fruit along a few steaming mugs of tea. Tomorrow is Friday which also equals rest day and (I’m a little too excited about this) I’m going to try Ethiopian food for the first time! I predict a very happy and full Alison by end of day tomorrow. Will keep you posted.