Thursday, May 31, 2012

Upper Body Workout and New Swim Gear

Good morning!

I haven’t had a chance to share yet, but on Tuesday morning I did an upper body weights workout that still has me sore today. I know that I said I was going to be working on Stage 2 of NROLFW, but to be honest I am a little bored with it. The workouts seem to use the same basic moves (which are similar to Stage 1), and I miss targeting the minor muscle groups (New Rules only targets the major muscle groups, and all of the workouts are total body). When I was in Lansing a couple weeks ago, we did a chest workout that left me sore for days and it felt  really good. So instead of doing my planned NROLFW workout on Tuesday, I went back to the basics and did this one instead:

  • Incline dumbbell press: 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Overhead triceps extension: 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Pull-downs: 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Straight-arm pull-downs: 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Bicep curls (with dumbbells): 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Tricep pressdowns: 3 sets x 20 reps

I also incorporated supersets into my workouts (dumbbell presses and triceps extensions, the two pull-downs, and the curls and pressdowns) and my muscles were trembling when I was done! My triceps are probably the most sore out of all the muscle groups I worked, which makes sense because none of the New Rules workouts target your triceps.


Even though my upper body was really sore when I woke up yesterday morning, I still went ahead with my planned pool workout and it actually felt good to get my arms moving.


Oh yeah, and as you can see from the above photo, I finally purchased goggles and a swim cap! Two things that I didn’t think were totally necessary until I actually started to swim.


Those two things make such a difference! I never realized how much time I was wasting brushing my hair out of my face and constantly wiping my eyes. Not to mention the fact that now that I can actually see when I’m swimming, I don’t have to worry about running into the person I am sharing a lane with (you have no idea what a relief that is, haha). Plus, the swim cap keeps the water out of my ears! Win.

The only problem that I have with the swim cap is that my hair was still quite damp when I took it off. One of the reasons I got it is so that my hair doesn’t have as much contact with the chlorine (it’ll ruin my color and it makes my hair smell for days), so I was a little annoyed when I took it off and felt out wet my pony tail was. I’m not sure if there is a special technique to putting them on, or if this is how they all are but I’m open to suggestions!

Here are some recent eats:

I’ve been bringing back cereal for breakfast. This is a mix of 1/2 cup of Kashi Strawberry Fields and 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean with skim milk and a banana – very good combo!


New favorite protein bar, eaten as a work snack:


And a chicken chipotle wrap from Oryana.


This is my favorite wrap from their kitchen and I’ve actually enjoyed a couple of them this week. I had one last night for dinner and one after my bike ride on Monday as well.


YUM! So fresh and delicious Open-mouthed smile.

Time to eat some breakfast and get ready for work! Have a wonderful day everyone!


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