A Beautiful Saturday

It’s a beautiful day in Boston this morning! :mrgreen:

I’ve heard rumors that the temps might even get up into the low 50’s today! Wouldn’t it be nice if Spring came early this year? I can dream, right?

View from my balcony:

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Breakfast

I wanted a 3-Minute Cookie for breakfast this morning, but I knew that 150 calories (approximately) would not fill me up and keep me satisfied all morning, so I “enhanced” the recipe a bit.

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In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 heaping tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • Cinnamon to taste

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I then nuked the mixture in the microwave for 1:45 and added a big scoop of peanut butter. It’s not the prettiest thing that I’ve ever seen, but it tasted delicious and definitely filled me up!

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We’re completely out of milk and soy milk, so I’m off to hunt for iced coffee after I finish this post. I need my morning java!

Workout

I meant to post my workout yesterday, but I ran out of time before the Black Beer Affair last night. Better late than never, right? πŸ˜‰

At the gym, I started with a 45-minute strength training workout.

Seated Leg Press

  • 110 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets

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Single Seated Leg Press

  • 20 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets

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Leg Extension

  • 70 lbs.
  • 10 reps
  • 3 sets

Hamstring Curl

  • 40 lbs.
  • 10 reps
  • 3 sets

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Chest Press

  • 45 lbs. (the bar)
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets

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Biceps Curl to Military Press (compound exercise)

  • 10 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets

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Bent-Over Row to Triceps Kickback (compound exercise)

  • 8 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets

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Assisted Pull-Ups

  • 65 lbs.
  • 2 sets (my arms were jello!)
  • 10 reps

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After strength training, I did 55 minutes of cardio.

I started with a 25-minute walking workout on the treadmill, which I call The Pyramid.

The Pyramid

  • 0:00 – 1:00 @ 4.1 mph (1.0 incline)
  • 1:00 – 3:00 @ 4.2 mph (2.0 incline)
  • 3:00 – 6:00 @ 4.3 mph (3.0 incline)
  • 6:00 – 10:00 @ 4.4 mph (4.0 incline)
  • 10:00 – 15:00 @ 4.5 mph (5.0 incline)
  • 15:00 – 19:00 @ 4.4 mph (4.0 incline)
  • 19:00 – 22:00 @ 4.3 mph (3.0 incline)
  • 22:00 – 24:00 @ 4.2 mph (2.0 incline)
  • 24:00 – 25:00 @ 4.1 mph (1.0 incline)

Variations:

  • Running option: Add 2.0 mph to each interval
  • 50-minute option: Repeat workout twice

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I finished up my workout with 30 minutes on the elliptical while catching up with my celeb gossip. I can’t get enough of it!

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I have busy Saturday ahead with my mom and sister. My sister and I are getting facials then hitting the gym together, and later this afternoon, we are meeting my mom for Fondue Fest! Mmm! Can’t wait!

Enjoy your Saturday! 😎

63 Comments

  1. That’s my kind of workout! Love it! Compound strength training exercises are the best…hit more muscles in less time. I also love doing pyramids on any type of cardio machine…it is a GREAT way to kill boredom!
    Awesome job!
    Courtney
    adventures in tri-ing

  2. great workout! i love that you always mix it up…it inspires me to do the same and not just switch to autopilot on the treadmill.

    i do have a question though – does the baking powder make your breakfast taste bitter?

  3. I love the cookie breakfast idea! Where do you get your Vega powder? I’ve been searching in stores for awhile and can’t seem to find it, soon I’m going to have to cave and get some online :/ Enjoy the fondue…yum!

  4. Morning, Tina! It’s pretty mild here in PA too…I’m not going to get too excited…I usually find that when it’s nice like this, it’s just the calm before the (snow) storm!

    Looks like a great workout! Have a great Saturday!

  5. Tina I made your 3-minute oatmeal raisin cookie for breakfast this morning and it was a perfect start to me weekend. I can’t eat gluten so I just substituted 2tsp ground flaxeed for the flour and it turned out great! I can’t wait to “enhance” my version too with peanut butter and banana. Great idea! Thank you so much! Unfortunately, the pictures on my blog look way worse, but like you said it tastes a lot better than it looks. That’s what really matters.

  6. We’re finally getting a break from freezing temps for a few days as well! So nice πŸ™‚

    Love that workout, thanks for sharing! Have fun today!

  7. I have a quick question: How do you remember the number of reps and the amount of weight you used on each machine? I always try and remember in my head but end up forgetting by the time I go to the gym to lift weights again. Do you bring a pen and paper or memorize it all? Thanks!!

  8. The cookie idea is great–I loved adding the extras to make it a “fuller” breakfast. I am going to try this out before a run to see if it sits well. I’m guessing YES!
    Great job on the workouts!!
    I’m in the DC area it it’s going to hit 50* again today, too! Feels like spring but we all know better πŸ˜‰

  9. Don’t think spring too soon, I heard snow is in the forecast for tomorrow night…. it is still January unfortunately…..

    Hope you have a fab time today with your mom & sis!!

  10. Wow what a great workout!!! I love to hear your workouts and thank for you showing the pictures of the strength machines!!! I am just now starting to go a gym because I can’t run and I’m at a loss when it comes to the machines. I don’t know where to start!!!

    And your breakfast is such a great idea!!

  11. I can’t believe you have so much time in the day to workout. If this is what it requires to “lose the dough,” I’d pass.

  12. that oatmeal cookie you made looks yum.

    also, i must say i love your necklace in the post before this! so chic lady!

  13. Good idea to take pictures of the machines, etc. — often people refer to these pieces of equipment, but no one is sure what they’re talking about. That really helps. And semi-warmth + blue skies = north-easterners will take it!

  14. Beautiful view of Boston….very, very nice day! πŸ™‚ Awesome workout yesterday! Don’t you just love the feeling of those kind of workouts? I pretty much followed the strength training routine this morning. No time for cardio though…perhaps later. Those bent-over row to triceps kickback are killer. Have fun with your sister & Mom today…i love those sort of days!

  15. Great workout! I’ve been getting back into the gym these days and I need to up my strength training for sure! Happy to hear it might be warming up a bit….Looks like the whole east coast has been getting such a terrible cold snap! Stay warm:-)

  16. I can’t believe the amount of work you did at the gym! I’m so impressed. I’ve only found your blog recently and it has really inspired me to eat a healthy balance of food and exercise. I’ve already printed off the 45 min workout and I love the pyramid one too!

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