Quickie

Today’s leg workout was basically just a shorter version of Tuesday’s:

Lower Body Workout (8 reps per set)

  • Squats: 145 lbs x 3
  • Leg Press: 250 lbs added x3
  • Sumo Squats: 145 lbs x3
  • Deadlifts: 95 lbs x3
  • Split Squats: 25 lbs x3
I intended to do more exercises, but cut it short because a) I was hungry b) I was sweaty and c) my legs were SORE from Tuesday! I realized that I had gone straight from the weight room to the elliptical without stretching! So this time I made sure to stretch.
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Even though this was a short workout, I could tell it was a good one because I was feeling it. My buns were SORE–but in a good way–when I was done!

Back on Track!

It’s been awhile! I was at my grandparents for Easter Friday through Monday, and between being out of the gym for four days and eating approximately my body weight in chocolate I was ready to get back to normal yesterday.

No food pics (it’s basically same old anyway), but here’s the workout I did yesterday:

Lower Body Workout (8 reps per set)

  • Squats: 135 lbs x3, 145 lbs* x3
  • Leg Press: 230 lbs added x3, 250 lbs* x3
  • Sumo Squats: 135 lbs x3, 145 lbs* x3
  • Hamstring Deadlifts: 40 lb dumbbells x3, 50 lbs* x3
  • Split Squats: 25 lb dumbbells x3 (per leg)
+30 minutes on the elliptical reading People’s “Spring Style Watch” issue 🙂
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And today I worked my upper body in the morning before class…
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Upper Body Workout (8 reps per set)
  • Bench Press: 65 lbs x3, 70 lbs x3, 75 lbs* x2 (maxed out at 4 reps on last set)
  • Chest Press: 30 lb dumbbells x5
  • Shoulder Press: 20 lb dumbbells x5
  • Tricep Dips: 5 sets of 10
Then I went back to the gym after class for 15 minutes elliptical and 15 minutes incline treadmill walking (4.0 mph with 10.0 incline). It’s so hot outside that I knew I’d want to shower anyway so I figured I might as well go to the gym! I had the new Marie Claire which is my favorite gym magazine because it takes me awhile to read; I didn’t finish it so I’ll bring it back tomorrow!
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Anddd slowly but surely I am increasing my squat and benchpress weights! My goal is to be able to squat 200 lbs and bench press 100 lbs which I think is reasonable but I have NO idea when I should expect to achieve it by. I guess it’s time for me to do some more research!!
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I leave you with my outfit today:
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Black-and-white shirt: White House, Black Market (I used to work there!)
Cropped sweater: Calvin Klein via Marshalls
Shorts: Express
Sandals: Nine West
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I got that sweater at Marshalls for $16 and wear it all. the. time.

Floor Breakfast

Last Thursday (yes I know it’s been awhile!) I was out of Greek yogurt so I had to make something different for breakfast. I got really inspired and made “fancy eggs” with broccoli, spinach, onion, and feta cheese. On the side I had the rest of my broccoli (wanted to use it up before I went out of town), 3 veggie sausage links (haven’t eaten those in FOREVER), and a grapefruit.

But then about 2 minutes after I took this picture, I bumped against the plate of eggs and flipped the whole thing onto the floor.

Do you think I still ate it?

Heck yes! I was STARVING and there was no way I was going to spend another 30 minutes remaking this.

I picked it up and put it right back on the plate and ate every bite! Mmmm.

Fruit to the Rescue!!

I was at the library until 2am (!!) last night working on econ homework (game theory) and I didn’t get to bed until 2:30, and I could NOT sleep. Like not at all until maybe 6am. As you can imagine, I was dragging when I woke up around 7:45am. I did NOT feel good at the gym and my workout was so-so:

Day 2 Lower Body (8 reps per set):

  • Squats: 135 lbs x3
  • Hamstring Deadlift: 40 lb dumbbells x3
  • Sumo Squats: 135 lbsx3
  • Incline Leg Press: 230 lbs added* x3
  • Lying Leg Curl: level 4 x3
  • Split Squats: 25 lb dumbbells x3
  • Calf Presses: 30 lb dumbbells, 35 lb, 40 lb (experimenting with weight!)
Anyway, I got back to my apartment and I really wanted a big fruit bowl! So…I had one (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, soymilk). And eggs:
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I felt so much better after eating this!! It was JUST what I needed and I didn’t feel tired all the rest of the day…not sure how because I got so little sleep but I’ll take it!
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I didn’t feel like taking pictures of the rest of my food today but I want to show you my outfit!
Purple Dress: Express
Brown Cardigan: Banana Republic
Belt: Calvin Klein via Macys
Gladiator Sandals: Steve Madden
Aviators: Michael Kors via Macys
Necklace: American Eagle
Green Tote: Kate Spade Outlets
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Sorry I’m wearing my sunglasses in the picture like a tool; they matched! I love this outfit!! I love the warm weather!! I’m going home tomorrow and heading to my grandparents for Easter on Friday–can’t wait!

Operation Protein?

Despite getting to bed at 10pm last night, I could not fall asleep FOREVER. I alternated between lying awake with my eyes shut and reading Pride and Prejudice on my Droid (oh Droid, what would I do without you?) As a result, I didn’t wake up til 10:30, and immediately headed to the gym for the first upper body workout of the week.

Upper Body (8 reps per set)

  • Bench Press: 60 lbs x3, 65 lbs x 3, 70 lbs, 75 lbs* (maxed out at 4 reps)
  • Chest Press: 25 lb dumbbells x3, 30 lbs x 3
  • Incline Chest Press: 25 lb dumbbells x5
  • Seated Military Press: 20 lb dumbbells x5
  • Tricep Dips: 5 sets of 10
(* = my highest weight for given exercise)
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Looking back on Sunday’s upper body workout, I used 35 dumbbells for my last set of chest presses and 30 lbs for my last set of incline presses and I physically could NOT do either of those weights today. I’m not sure if it’s because I exerted myself more on the bench press (hit a new record of 75 lbs! that’s well over half my BW) or because I’m not taking enough time between muscle groups–maybe I need 3 days instead of 2.
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Then I did a 15 minute sprint interval workout with the highest speed I’ve done: 11.0 mph!
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Sprint Intervals, 15 minutes
  • 1 min warm-up at 4.0 mph
  • 1 min 9.0 mph
  • 2 min 4.0 mph
  • 1 min 9.5 mph
  • 2 min 4.0 mph
  • 1 min 10.0 mph
  • 2 min 4.0 mph
  • 1 min 10.5 mph
  • 2 min 4.0 mph
  • 1 min 11.0 mph
  • 6 minute cooldown
Oh my gosh it was hard to run at 11.0 mph! I was determined to finish out the whole minute, and I did–but just barely! I had to push the stop button and jump off once the time was up. And let’s just say it’s a good thing I was doing this on an empty stomach…This was about a 5:30 mile pace–I have no idea how some people can run an entire mile even faster than that!
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Afterwards I went to the nail place to get my nails filled in. I hate getting my nails done because it takes forever and it’s boring, but I don’t like how my nails look without tips.
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For breakfast I had something really creative. Nah, I’m just kidding, I had eggs and greek yogurt again:
(I added some raspberries to the yogurt after the picture). Actually, I did something a little different: I used 2 whole eggs + 4 whites instead of just 2 extra whites. I felt like such a body builder eating all those egg whites! Verdict: didn’t like it as much. I think 2 whole + 2 whites is the perfect ratio, which is why I always make my eggs that way! (Just 2 eggs tastes too “egg-y” to me!) Maybe I could boost the taste by adding some vegetables, but in general the extra 6 grams of protein just probably isn’t worth it.
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After waking up late, going to the gym, and getting my nails done, I didn’t eat breakfast until 2. Honestly I felt GREAT not eating til so late. I used to think that was a “bad” thing, but after reading about Intermittent Fasting I have reconsidered. I’ll write more about that later though!
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I didn’t eat dinner until 7:30: mahi-mahi burgers and roasted brussel sprouts:
Then a mango around 9 pm. It was a little underripe but still good!
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After that I went to the business school to work on a group project…then to the library to work on econ homework with a friend. I didn’t get home until 2am! I ate this bar around 1:20 a.m.
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I REALLY don’t like eating this late but I was pretty hungry and thought a protein bar wouldn’t be too hard on my stomach. I used to be obsessed with these bars because I thought they tasted like reeses cups, but now I’m kinda meh. I definitely go through phases with bars.
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As you can see, I didn’t really hit my protein goals at all today: I had about 130 grams. However, considering that’s out of about 1400-1500 calories that’s actually a pretty good ratio. Again–some days I definitely eat 800-1000 calories more than this–I just wasn’t as hungry today! Probably due to the late breakfast!

I Did It!

I was excited to get up and go to the gym this morning to see if I could squat my body weight–and I did! I squatted 140 lbs, which is a little over. That’s why I love lifting heavy weights: I always have a new goal to push myself to!

Today’s Lower Body Workout (8 reps per set)

  • Squats: 115 lbs x5, 125 lbs, 140 lbs
  • Deadlifts: 105 lbs x5
  • Sumo Squats: 115 lbs x5
  • Incline Leg Press: 200 lbs added x3, 220 lbs x3
This was hard! Basically Mondays are the day that I work on doing just 4-6 exercises of lower body compound muscle groups and focus on increasing my maximum weight. On Tuesday’s I will do the same for my upper body.
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Guess what my breakfast was? 🙂
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I cannot even describe to you how much I love Greek yogurt. It literally makes me excited to go to bed every night so I can wake up and eat it in the morning. I can’t remember ever feeling this way about a food before. Eggs didn’t do this for me, nor did smoothies when I was in my smoothie phase, or bagels before that. But Greek yogurt = LOVE.
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Today I wore:
Sleeveless Turtleneck: Express
Shorts: Express
Crop Jacket: Cache
Flats: Banana Republic outlets
Sunglasses: Juicy Couture via Nordstrom
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I love the warm weather because it’s easier to get creative with clothes! When it’s cold outside I just wear jeans, boots, and a white or black fitted shirt everyday. (Fact: I did not wear a color to class until a month into this semester!)
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I haven’t had almonds in awhile, so I packed some as a snack for class (1/2 cup).
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Hi almonds!
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And this yummy guy at 12:30:
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Hayyyy pear (3:30):
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It used to be that if I was hungry during my last class (3:30-4:45) I’d try to wait until I got home to eat something. But I’ve realized it’s better to eat a snack about an hour before I get back to the apartment so that way I can go to the gym right away if I want to, and I’m not tempted to eat the entire kitchen when I walk in!
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I didn’t get much sleep this weekend and I was SO tired…but not really tired enough to nap. I hate that feeling 😦 So I just rested a little until I got hungry! I ate an easy dinner around 7:30: broccoli, mahi-mahi burgers, and the other half of my cantaloupe.
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If I ever wrote a recipe book, all the recipes would be like: 1) Dump broccoli out of bag onto pan 2) Spray with cooking spray 3) Put in oven. I am not a good cook, so I try just to not mess things up!
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Guess what I ate after that? 🙂
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Andd a bowl of strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blueberries with soymilk right before bed (around 10)
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Okay looking at what I ate today…I think I’m I’m eating too much fruit. I had raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and a pear. That’s a little bit of overkill. Granted it’s not cheetos, but fruit is still pure sugar and it takes room in my stomach away from the protein that I should be eating if I want to build muscle. You’re supposed to eat at least 1.0-1,5 of protein for every pound, and today I probably had about 135 which is on the low end of where I need to be on a normal day. I could fix that by subbing out say the pear for some eggs (although a pear is more portable haha!) So my goal for tomorrow is a better balance! Now off to bed with me (SO early)…I need to be mucho productive tomorrow!

Brownies

Friday night I got together with my two best friends Caitlan and Lauren in DC. We all go to different schools, but within about an hour of each other so we try to get together every couple months.

We had a couple glasses of wine and caught up then headed to a Mexican restaurant/bar for margaritas! Normally I’m not a huge margarita person but we got pitchers of mango and strawberry margaritas that were SO good. Plus the bartender gave us a couple rounds of tequila shots 🙂

The last time I went to a Mexican restaurant was actually with Caitlan and another friend about a month ago. We had just come from Shamrockfest (an outdoor St. Patrick’s day-themed music festival) and we were starving and absolutely fiended on tortilla chips. Eating all those chips made me feel yucky when I woke up the next morning so I remembered how I felt and only ate 2 chips this time. Instead I just ate the salsa with a fork! I also had a salad with grilled shrimp. I LOVE how they cook shrimp in Mexican restaurants–it’s so good!

We got back to Caitlan’s apartment around midnight and I was seriously craving brownies…so I made some!

I am so picky about brownies…they have to be fudgey and gooey or I won’t eat them! I made them extra-fudgy by using less eggs (1 instead of 2), a little more oil, and 4 heaping spoonfuls of cocoa; then I underbaked them a little and popped them in the fridge to set up. These were the BEST brownies ever and I literally ate half the pan!

I wanted to throw this in there because I know this blog gives the impression that I’m a really healthy eater–and I usually am–but not ALL the time! I pretty much eat what I want, and sometimes that means half a pan of brownies…especially on a girl’s night! There’s no arbitrary rule that says I can’t eat tortilla chips but I can eat brownies: I just think about what I want and how a food will affect my body and energy levels, and make my decision based on that.  You don’t have to deprive yourself to be healthy!

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