Weights at Lunch

I go to the gym during my lunch break two to three times a week. I usually go when I know that I have plans at night but sometimes I just go when I don’t have anything to do. It’s always nice to be able to go straight home after work, especially when it’s 33 degrees out like it was tonight.

I sometimes run when I go to the gym at lunch, but usually I do not. If I do weights instead, I don’t have to shower. I know, gross, but I really don’t sweat much and I do put on deodorant afterward! It’s always nice to get a weight lifting session in. I find that in 30 minutes, I can do about 8 different exercises – 3 sets of each. I try to split up upper and lower body and find exercises that hit each muscle. I don’t know if I am doing a good job of that, but this is what I did today:

1. pushups on a stability ball – 3 sets of 12
2. arnold press – 20 lbs, 3 sets of 12
3. dumbbell bent over low – 24 lbs, 3 sets of 12
4. dumbbell lateral raise – 16 lbs, 3 sets of 8 (I hate shoulders!)
5. assisted chin up – 100 lbs assisted, 3 sets of 8
6. back raise – 3 sets of 12
7. cable tricep overhead press – 22.5 lbs, 3 sets of 12
8. hammer curl – 24 lbs, 3 sets of 12

Am I missing anything?

Since I was able to go straight home after work, I was able to get a head start on dinner and we ate at a normal hour, instead of after 8, which is what usually happens when I work out after work. Even though I prefer to cook vegetarian at home, Jason has been requesting fish, so I made Baked Cod with Boursin Herb Cheese from allrecipes.com Except mine was Baked Cod with Goat Cheese. I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday and while they did have Boursin cheese, they didn’t have the light variety so I went with goat cheese, which I think has a similar taste. I also did not use the butter that this recipe called for. I simply sprayed the pan with cooking spray.

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With the fish, I also cooked some brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. I didn’t even like them until maybe a year ago. I think I’d only had them steamed or boiled and that’s not the best way to cook them. I remembered a recent post of Emily’s featuring brussels sprouts so I went back to look at it and realized that I had all the ingredients in my cabinets. So I made her Asian Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts to go with the fish.

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You might be wondering what that Rice Krispie treat looking thing on the plate is.

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It’s not a rice krispie treat, although I do like those, but a Baked Rice Snack from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s. I’d never had them before and thought they sounded interesting. It basically just tasted like a rice patty.

I think the brussels sprouts were the highlight of the meal. Even though I’m eating fish and seafood again, I just don’t seem to have the same taste for it anymore.

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