Why can’t it always be easy?

by Alison on April 15, 2010

Workouts were a struggle today, I felt weak on the bowflex <sigh>  I went out for my run, a 2 miler and that was okay, not great but I got through it, I had already planned to only do one set for each of the muscle groups on the bowflex.  I’m glad I made the decision last night or I would have felt like I was giving up today when I did it because I STRUGGLED.  I struggled to get out 12 reps of one set at the weight I normally do 3 sets of 12 reps,  I know I’m about to get my period so that might be it but man I felt like a wimpy little weakling, even though I can feel my muscles getting pretty damn hard under the chub layer.  But the workout just sort of was blah, hard and uninspiring 🙁  I know they can’t all be winners but damn I used to love strength training and right now it feels like a chore.  At least I seem to have found a way to avoid the procrastinating.  By working out as soon as I get back from taking Ben to work I don’t build up the workout to dread status, I just come home and get it done, figuring that out was a godsend for me, only difference is less time to think about it.

For breakfast I finished off the giant pot of oatmeal I made, I made 4 cups at one time and portioned them out so that I could have them all week.  Cooking steel cut oats takes so much time but by doing this I just have to nuke them for 2 minutes and presto better than instant oats.  I had the oatmeal with yogurt and strawberries mixed in, so good.  I had lunch on the run so I got a chicken tortilla soup at whole foods with some bread, which was tasty and held me over fine until dinner.  For dinner I reheated the chicken parmesan.  In the past I have always kept the parts separate for reheating purposes but I forgot on Sunday night and made them all up with sauce and cheese, boooooo must remember to keep it separate.  When kept separate the chicken parm is still crunchy and not soggy, with the sauce sitting on it for a few days it was soggy.  It still tasted great but the texture was just wrong.  We had this with sautéed spinach so that I could get my healthy oil in, and its tasty with a bit of oil.  Finally for a snack we shared a small organic dark chocolate bar, I love chocolate, I really love good chocolate.  I really really love good organic dark chocolate, it makes life complete.

Ate 24 of 24 points. Earned 6 activity points.

Breakfast (4.5) – Non-fat Greek Yogurt (1), strawberries (0.5), steel cut oatmeal (2), maple syrup (1)

Lunch (8.5)–Chicken Tortilla Soup(6), Bread (2.5)

Dinner (8)–Light Chicken Parmesan(7), Sautéed Spinach (1)

Snack (2)–Chocolate Dark, organic (2)

Running Weekly totals used 28.5 of 35 weekly points, earned 34 activity points.

April Run a Mile a Day Challenge 15/30

Weekly Mileage Count 15

Light Baked Chicken Parmesan with Sautéed Spinach

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Sautéed Spinach

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Nicole, RD April 16, 2010 at 11:56 AM

All my workouts have been like that lately. 8 miles tomorrow should be…a BLAST! Insert serious sarcasm! The chicken parm looks awesome!

Mark Mylan May 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Yes, we all have those days. I’ve found that planning a “deload” week every 4-6 weeks will help. On those weeks I cut everything back 50% and come back stronger the following week. But sometimes we just have those days. The deload has helped reduce how many of those days I have.
.-= Mark Mylan´s last blog ..Home Gym Equipment Tips to Transform Your Life—Part 19 =-.

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