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Lifting and lower carb day fun.

Posted Feb 04 2011 6:45pm

Hooray for Friday! Today is a lower carb experiment day. I am shooting for 100 grams of carbs. I went off to the gym for my dose of iron :D

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Stiff-legged deadlift 3 sets of 10 at 75# Lower Body
Seated Lat Row 1 set of 12 at 40#

1 set of 10 at 55#

1 set of 8 at 70#

1 set of 5 at 85# (couldn’t squeak out 6!)

Back
Captain’s Chair 3 sets of 10 Core
Seated Calf Raise 3 sets of 10 at 140# Calves
Barbell Bench Press 3 sets of 8 at 55# Chest
Pliet Squat 3 sets of 10 with 40# DB Lower Body
Prone Cuban Snatch 3 sets of 8 with 10# DBs (20# total) Shoulders
Good Mornings 3 sets of 10 at 55# Low back and hammies

It was very quiet at the gym today. Not sure if the cold is keeping people away or the January resolutions are petering out?

I pulled out an oldie, but goodie – the prone Cuban snatch from New Rules of Lifting!  Since we all just love to laugh at the name and I have a lot of new readers, here is the video for that again.  (Please turn your sound down) It’s a good move.  Basically you start with a row and then raise your hands so they are parallel with the floor.

Start with smaller weights on these.  The row part will feel super easy, but the raise will get you.

On to breakfast!  I planned out my day in advance last night on livestrong.com.  I put in the things that I wanted to have in there for carbs, which were 2 cups of milk and a pear, then worked backwards to fill in the meals.  I made a 1-minute pumpkin muffin , but left out the sugar.  I topped that with a full serving of the peanut flour mixed with cinnamon and a tiny bit of salt.

I made the muffin, then split it and skillet toasted it.  John said it looked like a cupcake, which it does. :D

The taste was quite good, actually.  Many people would likely add splenda or stevia to this, but I just don’t go for the sweeteners (even stevia tastes a little funny to me).

This had staying power.  Let me tell you! I was full up until lunch.  I was amazed at the staying power of this.  When you reduce carbs, you have to replace them with something.  I already eat a lot of protein, so I replaced with fat.  Fat is filling.  It’s a little scary, but I am up for going out of my comfort zone on that.

Speaking of lunch -

I had a cheese omelet cooked in some butter.  I laid off the hot sauce a little bit to taste the cheese more. It was delicious.

And this cucumber was really sweet.  Every once in a while they are that way, wonder why?

Latte time!

Nutmeg sprinkled on top.

We make the lattes with whey protein isolate when we amp up the protein (we don’t always do this, but a lot of days).  This is really the only kind of protein that will readily dissolve and be almost undetectable.  BTW – whey isolate is what Starbucks uses when you ask them for a shot of protein in a latte, so you can try it sometime!

I popped some chicken breasts in the oven for dinner.  Emeril came to visit!

Gah’lic anyone? Dinner is served with sauteed brussel sprouts and a pear.  Yay – fruit!

So, the day has been interesting.  We shall see how I feel tomorrow.  This is as low as I want to go with carbs.  Personally, I believe the body needs carbs.  Yes, I know the body can make carbs via ketosis, but why make the body work harder when a system is already in place for it (not to mention the bad breath).  Note that this is not true paleo or primal with the dairy, although some primal people do eat dairy (thinking Mark Sisson people).  So maybe this experiment will be Lori-eo eating. :mrgreen:

Tonight will be fun.  As part of operation ‘do more things’ this month, we are going to a concert down at Skidmore.  On the program?

Janacek- Mládí
David Bruce – Steampunk
Beethoven – Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.

Evening snack is 1/2 ounce of toasted pecans.  I also budgeted in coffee with cream for the post concert out, bringing my grand carb total today to 83.  It wasn’t so bad!

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