My weekend started off right: with a fantastic swim and a long soak in the hot tub.
I lost myself in my swim Friday night. This is often the case, as I swim out the stress and frustrations of the week. But this time the time just flew by and before I even realized it I had done 40 minutes. I checked my calories and swam for about 15 minutes longer and then enjoyed the steam room. I noticed that my heart was racing in the steam room. I looked down at my heart rate monitor and it was racing. For the 2 minutes or so I sat in there I burned another 30 calories on top of the 406. I found that interesting…did I really burn 15 calories a minute just SITTING? Compared to the 9 calories per minute of swimming? That can’t be!
When I got home from the pool Michael had turkey burgers going on the skillet. That has been a new Friday night favorite. Not only is it super easy because Michael already made the patties and froze them, it’s the perfect post-swim meal for me: protein and lots of carbs. Yum!
He made some sweet potato fries too. I enjoyed a diet Pepsi with Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum and we settled in to catch up on Parenthood, The Middle and Modern Family (oh my god–Gloria and that Karaoke machine….yikes).
I woke up Saturday morning and leisurely laid in bed. I thought about going hiking but the weather was 30 degrees? With wind? Hmm I’ll pass. Gym it is! But first, a pre-gym breakfast:
Kashi Puffs are 70 calories per serving. One serving = 1 cup! That’s an awesome number in my book. I had 1/2 a serving of cereal (35 calories) + non fat milk (60 calories or so) + 1 small banana (90 calories). It hit the spot and I was out the door in under 200 calories.
First up: the run. After seeing the Hood to Coast movie the desire to run outside and escape the treadmill has increased 1000%! If only my body and the weather would cooperate. I’m itching to run the track next to our house again. I haven’t done it since September. The gym was packed. I’m not sure if the January Joiners have found renewed enthusiasm for getting fit, or if the 28 degree temperatures drove people inside, but it was like fighting snarling lions to get a treadmill.
Next up: weight lifting. After about 5 days of no weight lifting I wasn’t sure how my body would do but it turned out alright. I spent a good amount of time on the Pec-Fly machine (my favorite) until my upper body was shaking, then I made my rounds on the other machines. This time I tried the Gravitron too.
The Gravitron is a cool machine that I normally don’t use. I don’t know why I skip it. Robyn and I did it last week when we worked out and I noticed that my heart rate monitor spiked super high when I did the chin ups and triceps dip on it. Which was strange to me because I didn’t feel like I was working all that hard–and my heart rate wasn’t racing. I wonder if my heart rate increases because I’m using my whole body? Anyone know the answer?
Time: 1:45 (20 of that was stretching)
Calories Burned: 836
As my post-workout snack I had a Chobani Greek Yogurt (Pomegranate flavor). Of the new flavors I LOVE the pineapple and the pomegranate. Black cherry was okay but a little too sweet for me.
Michael and I went out to lunch at Taco del Mar. I devoured my chicken and black bean burrito. It was okay–not as good as Laughing Planet though.
QUESTION: What are your favorite gym machines?