Cold Hands

Good Tuesday morning to you, friends!  Rolling on the floor laughing

So, I know that I’ve been lacking in the recipe department around here, lately.  I really have no excuse for it, except that I’ve been crazy busy and a little bit lazy.  As I sit here and think about what we have eaten for the past week for dinner, I can’t even think of one meal.  Obviously, we have eaten…but, obviously, the meals have been nothing to write home about.  I think there were some grilled cheese sandwiches and a Mexican rice bowl thrown in there somewhere, but that’s just a guess.   I can tell you that we had tacos on Sunday night…but you already knew that since I mentioned it yesterday.

Anyway.  Recipes will be coming up soon.  I promise.

Even though I can’t remember my dinners, I do remember my lunch from yesterday.  My co-worker, Christie, and I had a coupon to a local restaurant for BOGO entrees.  We decided to use the coupon for lunch and order take-out.

lunch

Grilled lime shrimp skewers, a baked potato, steamed broccoli, and a breadstick.  It was definitely delicious and was the perfect filling lunch!

As soon as I got home from work last night, I changed into workout clothes and headed out to our gym to start on a new workout plan that I am going to try.  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I think I have “workout ADD” because I always start plans and never stick with them!  This one, however, seems really great and I like the way it is set up with both upper and lower body circuits mixed with cardio.

gym

The plan is from Muscle and Fitness Hers and this is what the workout looked like last night:

Upper Body Circuit

Circuit 1 (reps)

Circuit 2 (reps)

Circuit 3 (reps)

Circuit 4 (reps)

Barbell Bentover Row

12

10

8

8

Seated Cable Row

12

10

8

8

Barbell Bench Press

12

10

8

8

Seated Overhead Barbell Press

12

10

8

8

Dumbbell Lateral Raise

12

10

8

8

Triceps Press-Down

12

10

8

8

Barbell Curl

12

10

8

8

The above circuit of moves is repeated four times.  You have 15 seconds to complete each set of reps for each exercise.  The first circuit is set up for 12 reps, the second circuit for 10, and the third and fourth circuits for 8.  The idea is to increase the weight during each successive circuit, so you start out doing light weights with more reps and end doing heavier weights with less reps.  To keep your heart rate up, you do 5 minutes of cardio between each circuit, working in your target heart rate range.  I ran on the treadmill at a speed of 7.2 mph between each circuit.

(Remember…if you decide to try this workout, please check with your doc or a fitness professional before making any fitness changes or starting a new routine)

I really liked the workout because of all the different moves and the mixture of cardio in the middle.  I think the more I do it, the quicker it will go.  It took me a while last night to know what move was coming next and for me to move my plates around on our weight equipment.

me gym

Yes…I am wearing lifting gloves in this picture (and sporting what looks like a faux-hawk?).  Even though it was almost 50 degrees here yesterday, it was still a little chilly in our garage and the barbells and weights were FREEZING!  I spotted Lee’s gloves on the wall and thought, “Why not!?”  Plus…it made me feel like I was a little more tough that I actually am!

Ridiculous.

Tonight, the workout will be a lower body circuit, which is set up the same way as the upper body circuit.  It looks pretty tough and I’m really excited to test it out!

I hope you guys have a wonderful day.  We’re almost done with the beginning on the week!

Have you had any note-worthy dinners lately?
If you strength train, what is your favorite upper-body move?

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