Happy Boxing Day!!! For you American folk, boxing day is holiday here in Canada and many other parts of the world. Click on the link above to learn what it means, then come back and tell me, cause I still can’t figure it out! A day of recovery after Christmas dinner perhaps? :P
I slept for a glorious 8.5 hours last night – a rarity for me! A food coma for sure. I prepared a usual-sized breakfast for myself, ate part of it, and felt stuffed to the gills.
Smoked meat, swiss cheese, homemade relish, mustard on rye bread and some grapes that went uneaten. I had to wait a solid two hours after this before I could even think about going to the gym! So not like me!
Sister Sara wanted to join me for the workout. She’s a member of the YMCA, and my mom had a handy-dandy pass for me.
Did you know there’s special VIP change rooms at the YMCA? I didn’t!! It had a whirpool! Anyways, my sis said she wanted to do some upper body weights, so that’s what we did!
Warm-up: 20 minutes on the elliptical w/ 10 min high intensity intervals
B1 – Romanian deadlift to bent-over row: 3 sets @ 55 lbs x 8
B2 – Dumbbell fly: 3 sets @ 15 lbs x 8
C1 – Assisted pull-ups: 3 sets @ 70 lbs x 8
C2 – Cable tricep pulldown: 3 sets @ 30 lbs x 8
Plank: 90 sec Side plank: 30 sec each side Swiss ball roll out: 12 reps Prone jackknifes: 12 reps
HIIT: 15 minutes in treadmill, 2 min recovery, 1 minute sprints
T’was an awesome workout! I typically work out alone, so it was nice having a buddy :)
My hunger returned with a vengeance after the workout. Thankfully, there was leftover lasagna to be had.
Then it was off to my dad’s place!
They just got a new puppy – a boxer/bull mastiff mix. I was a little apprehensive, especially when we were greeted by this GIANT kennel in the entrance!
But the puppy is harmless. Ohmygoodness, the most docile and shy dog I’ve ever met. No beastly doggie to be found.
It was a wonderful afternoon hanging out with my dad and step-family #2. We noshed on many sweets, fruit, and maple smoked salmon. And showed off all the gadgets we got for Christmas. The cat meanwhile, snoozed behind the tree. Typical :P Oh, you guys may apreciate this: their cat’s names are Peanut Butter and Cashew ;)
Then it was back to my mom’s place for even more food!
Leftovers. Reheated Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Parmesan Galette, Brussel Sprouts, Bacon & Figs, Carrots & Turnip and then whole grain baguette that I ate with laughing cow cheese, turkey and Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce. Um yeah. It was good.
Eaten with my two boys by my side…
Bah! I miss having pets around!
Then I cuddled up with the fam and watched movie about, you guessed it, food!
I liked it, it was cute :) I also randomly want to debone a duck now.
I gotta say, today I really noticed the difference exercise has on my appetite. I didn’t workout yesterday and basically ate a big breakfast and big supper and was completely satisfied the whole day (when I usually eat 5-6 times a day). When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t stomach my usual sized breakfast. After 90 minutes at the gym, it’s as if those big meals never happened. I got hangry!! And have been all day! Exercise also gets rid of that lingering grossness I have after big meals sometimes. Funny how that works. Another +1 for a solid sweat sesh in the morning! ;)
Question of the Day: What’s the number one reason why you workout? I’m addicted to endorphins. Some of it is vanity for me, but nothing beats the way I feel both during and after. It’s incomparable to anything else!