Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chugging The Protein

Remember last month when I wrote about my first nutrition consult? Well, one of the things that the trainer emphasized was the importance of protein shakes before and after my workouts for two reasons: For one, I don’t want my body burning muscle while I’m working out; and secondly, my muscles need fuel! I already lag in the protein department as it is so I’ve really been making an effort to get my protein shakes in. I even brought a pre-made shake to work with me today so I could have it before I hit the gym this afternoon!

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When I workout in the mornings, I make a shake (with 1 scoop of whey protein and 8 ounces of water; I use whey because it is the fastest digesting protein) and drink half of it before my workout and the other half when I’m done. Oddly enough, I actually get way hungrier during my workouts now than I did when I was working out on an empty stomach and I feel like my body is screaming for more food/protein by the time I’m done. I’m hoping that’s a good sign!


I’ll admit though, I still hate the taste of protein shakes and I actually plug my nose when I drink them! Hey, whatever it takes to get that extra 20 grams of protein in Winking smile.


After chugging my protein shake the car this afternoon I headed on over to the gym to do an upper body workout that focused on my chest and triceps. Here’s the routine that I did:

Exercise Sets Reps
Bench press
Tricep dips
3
3
12
12
Incline dumbbell flyes
Overhead tricep extensions
3
3
12
12
Incline press (machine)
Tricep pressdowns (with a straight bar)
3
3
12
12

(The exercises in the same boxes were done as supersets)

I ended my workout with 20 minutes of HIIT on the Stairmaster. This has been my cardio of choice lately because it really gets my heart rate up, doesn’t involve running, and gets me in and out of the gym in a reasonable time. Sounds like a win to me!


After my workout I came home and immediately heated up some leftover pulled pork and sweet potato fries from last night:

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This is hands down one of my favorite meals ever. I could eat it every day and never get sick of it.

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In case anyone was curious as to why I worked out this evening instead of in the morning like I usually do, I really don’t have a good reason. I was just lazy this morning Winking smile. My alarm went off and I just did not want to get up yet. So I rolled over, slept for another hour, then crawled out of bed and made myself this tasty breakfast:

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I’ve mentioned before how I prefer egg whites on my wafflewiches, but this morning I decided to just whisk up a whole egg and give it another shot (the last time I tried using a whole egg it was a dippy egg and it was nasty).

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So much better.


Here’s lunch:

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Salad with greens, avocado, feta, dried cherries and feta; plus the usual Greek yogurt and a couple of clementines. Oh, and I may have given into the cake that was sitting in the break room…

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Totally worth every bite.

 

Well, my friend Elly just got here and we’re about to hang out and watch some Criminal Minds. Have a good night!

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