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New Rules: Day After Workout 2

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today I have a nice upper body DOMS going on, mostly in the trapezius, deltoids, triceps, pectorals, obliques, and latissimus dorsi. Basically the back and shoulders, which is great! I need the strength there, so it's going to the right place! I think I have the right exertion level. I'm sore, but not too sore to raise my arms or pick up the cat.

I'm thinking about what I want to get out of weight training. I mostly want to be better, stronger, faster.

I'm not too limited in the things I can do, but I know I'm not reaching my full potential. My short term goal is I want to look amazing for my wedding anniversary next month.

I've been eating a lot of my favorite breakfast fast food this week: scrambled eggs! It was probably the first food I ever learned to make on the stove. I've forgotten how fast and easy it is, and I just love them, especially with smoked salmon or crab. Can't get that in a drive through.

It was overcast this morning, but a quick check of the weather said no rain until about 4pm, so I went on my bike ride as scheduled. I've been hard on body shape these past few weeks, but I got into my cycling clothes and was happy with the fit. I have made a lot of progress, and I can pick and choose which way I want to take my fitness. It's no longer a matter of urgency because of health, but because I want to improve my physical capabilities. It's not a bad position to be in. I like my cycling skort because it covers up the thickness of my thighs, which I still feel uncomfortable with. Hoping to tighten up that belly in the next few months.

I rode for 8.75 miles in 43 minutes from one end of my community to the other, and back. I wasn't trying to cycle fast or beat a time - it was just a leisurely ride. The overcast sky was welcome as it kept the ride cool, and I didn't need sunscreen.

For fans of the LOTR books and movies, I am embarking on a there and back again walking challenge. (Thanks for the inspiration, Beechnut13!) I decided to keep my Bag End to Rivendell walk separate from my ride miles, as I want a sense of scale on how far they supposedly traveled (and how little I walk?). I'm traveling with Bilbo to Rivendell and eventually to the Lonely Mountain. I want to meet Smaug. ;) I'm still only 2 miles from Bag End, and I haven't left Hobbiton. Second breakfast was a yogurt banana smoothie and a cup of coffee, my version of an Orc vitality drink. Really looking forward to a glass of miruvor when I get to Rivendell!

[Edit: The Fellowship path is more detailed, so I'll follow with Frodo until Rivendell, then decide whether to continue to the lonely mountain!]

DH and I bought a bbq grill last night with a cash rebate we received. Once the summer gets here, I don't want to be indoors heating up the house with the stove. Grilled food is my favorite, and I've so missed having a grill. My mouth is watering with the thought of the yummy food I can make - chicken, fish, steak, ribs and veggie skewers - mmmMMM! DH and I are going to make a Costco run tomorrow afternoon to load up. We'll probably walk around the Charleston waterfront, so maybe I'll make it out of Hobbiton this weekend!

I planned to do Workout 3 tomorrow, but I've decided to take it as an easy rest day. I'll do it on Saturday instead.

Hope you are finishing your week strong!
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    I keep seeing recipes for eggs with smoked salmon, I need to put that on my list of things to try! Thanks for the reminder....

    And super-cute bike outfit!
    1772 days ago
    Sounds like a pretty good plan all around; food, lifting, walking, & biking.

    See, you should have moved to Florida....we grill food outside all year round!

    Oh and btw, please tell me you have a bike helmet!?!?!
    1772 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2013 8:03:07 PM
    Weight training has been eating the chubby bits on my thighs...

    Your cycling outfit is cute!
    1772 days ago
  • A*L*P*
    Enjoy your rest day tomorrow! Love DOMS! I can't wait to get back to it next week!
    1773 days ago
    I love your LOTR walking plans. Scrambled eggs are a favorite of mine, too. We have about 15 hens and there is nothing better than a farm-fresh egg!
    1773 days ago
    I've also been on a major egg kick. We get the farm fresh ones in our CSA box. So good!
    1773 days ago
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  • CAALAN23
    Oh my goodness, I just got back from my walk and you are making me so hungry with talk of salmon and eggs and grilled food. ;)

    I think you look like a very proper rider in your gear and all I see are nicely toned legs and a lovely smile.

    Must put Rivendell on my to do list so I won't forget. Gotta finish my Zombie Run first though.

    Have a great day!
    1773 days ago
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