Friday, March 9, 2012

NROLFW Update and Dinner at The Winchester

Ahhhh, it’s finally Friday!!

I’m so glad the work week is coming to an end because I am completely wiped out. I am looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend in Grand Rapids with no work and no long distance driving. Hopefully I’ll catch up on some much need sleep as well!

Alright, so yesterday I promised you guys an update on my NROLFW workouts. I’ve been doing the workouts for almost a month now, and I can honestly say that I love them. I’m still finishing stage 1, which consists of two total-body workouts (Workout A and Workout B) that you alternate between every time you lift weights, which is usually two to three days per week for me. I like this set-up because the flexibility of not having specific days (i.e., Monday, Wednesday, Friday) dedicated to strength training is really nice. I can easily re-arrange my workouts and this is important for someone as busy as I am! 


As I mentioned in my first post about NROLFW, one of the goals of the program is to increase the weight for every exercise in every workout. Well, for some of the exercises I have been doing exactly that (such as the lower body ones), but others take a couple of workouts before I feel comfortable increasing the weight. This is usually the case with the upper body exercises where it’s difficult to increase the weight in small increments. I often have to wait until the reps decrease (as they steadily do in this program) before I add on more weight. Here are what my weights look like so far after a month of the program:

NROLFW Stage 1 Halfway Update

(Note: I do the push-ups using the “guy” form but leaned against a bench)

Not too shabby! I definitely feel like I’m getting stronger, and I’ve been doing well at keeping my protein intake around 100 grams per day (my personal goal). Since I haven’t taken any measurements yet and I’m already halfway through the first Stage, I’m just going to wait and take some when I start Stage 2. I’ll be sure to post those in my next update!


Now let’s talk food!

As I’ve mentioned before, my best friend Melissa is getting married in August and I’m the maid of honor in her wedding. Well, last night I met up with her and one of her other bridesmaids, Chelsea, for dinner downtown at The Winchester.


This was my first time meeting Chelsea, and when Melissa told her I had a food blog she said I just HAD to try this restaurant. I’m so glad she did because everything was outstanding!

Before we ordered, photos with the bride-to-be were a must Smile.


BFFs <3


When I finally took a look at the menu, it was really tough to decide what to order because everything looked amazing.


A couple of the dishes that featured butternut squash sounded fantastic, so we ordered them as appetizers. Chelsea and I split the roasted butternut squash and goat cheese pierogies, which were served on a local bacon braised cabbage.


And Melissa ordered a cup of the butternut squash soup, which was garnished with a crumbled graham cracker topping.


I had a bite of this and it tasted almost like pumpkin pie! I’m not a big pumpkin pie fan, but I do love pumpkin and I could have easily wolfed down a cup of this soup.

For my main meal, I went with the Thai lettuce wraps.


The filling contained house ground all natural chicken breast, matchstick Michigan carrots, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, and crispy fried rice noodles. It tasted very much like the lettuce wraps at P.F. Changs, only better Open-mouthed smile.


Although they were delicious, trying to hold those wraps together while eating them was quite the task!


I know, HAWT. Winking smile

Everything at the Winchester was wonderful and I loved the portion sizes. It was easy to share a plate with someone as an appetizer and then finish off an entire entrée by yourself without feeling stuffed. I also had a great time getting to know Chelsea and talking about ideas for the bridal shower and bachelorette party. If her party ideas are half as good as her restaurant recommendations, then we’re in good shape Winking smile.


Okay folks, I’m off!

Have a terrific Friday everyone and I’ll see ya tomorrow!


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