At Least I Got in an Arm Workout!

Finally made it to the gym around 10:45pm, so at least the day wasn’t a TOTAL wash. Did my standard arm workout:

  • Bench press: 75 lbs: 8×1, 80 lbs: 8×1, 85 lbs: 6×3 (clearly not my best!)
  • Dumbbell flyes: 30 lb dumbbells: 8×5
  • Chest press: 35 lb dumbbells: 8×5
  • Weighted bench dips: 10 lb weight: 8×5
  • Lateral raises: 15lb dumbbells: 8×5
  • Bicep curls: 20 lb dumbbells: 8×5

I’m not sure what was up with my bench press…normally I can rep 85 lbs no problem, do about six reps at 90, and one or two reps at 95lbs, but today I couldn’t even do full sets of 8 at 85lbs. I thought I was just having an off day due my less than ideal eating/drinking/sleeping over the past two days, but every other lift felt great. Plus this marks the first time I’ve been able to do a full 5 sets of 8 with 15lb dumbbells for lateral raises and 20lb dumbbells for bicep curls (up from 10lbs for raises and 15lbs for curls). Which is pretty awesome because it’s taken me a YEAR to get there! If you think about it, going from 15 to 20 lbs is a 33% increase, and 10 to 15 is a 50% increase–that’s a lot! And it’s hard to make that progress when the dumbbells at my gym only come in 5 lb increments. So feeling good about that!

After the gym closed at 12, I went to a take-out pizza place which was the only restaurant open and got this grilled chicken salad:

Nothing fancy…just grilled chicken, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, onion, and hot yellow peppers. Plus they gave me lime juice on the side in lieu of dressing. I know iceberg lettuce has no nutritional value and yada yada and it’s rarely my first choice, but that doesn’t stop me from eating it–it’s still just lettuce, not potato chips. Not sure if I’ll end up eating it actually because it’s getting pretty late, but I just wanted to have it on hand incase I was hungry–if I don’t finish it now I’ll have it for lunch tomorrow; probably will add some nuts and maybe more chicken!

But stuff like this is why eating chicken makes my life 50x easier (just started eating chicken in November after 9 years as a seafood-only vegetarian). You can go to pretty much any establishment that sells food whether it’s McDonalds or five star gourmet, and odds are good there will be grilled chicken in some form. I mean, this was a pizza place but I was still able to walk out with a salad, not pizza. A year ago my options would have been just a plain garden salad, aka spending six bucks on approximately 30 calories worth of vegetables with zero protein, or actually getting pizza aka about 700 calories and minimal nutritional value. It’s just so much easier to eat healthier now that I eat chicken again.

Now I’m off to do a load of laundry and clean my room before going to bed…so at least I’ll have gotten SOMETHING besides the gym crossed off my list even though the homework was a no-go. Good thing I don’t have class til 12:30 tomorrow 🙂

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