Back to the Gym

Last night’s swim was really good. I had no aches or pains while I was swimming. Last time my shoulder had been irritating me for some mysterious reason. This time, no worries! Neither Michael nor I were really into making something complicated for dinner Friday night. Michael made himself a hot dog and I had leftover quinoa and Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai. It’s easy and fast! It only takes 2 minutes to steam the Shu Mai in the microwave. I steamed some broccoli and cauliflower.

There are 6Β  in a serving of Shu Mai but I ate 8. Calories for dinner are as follows:

Chicken Shu Mai (8): 213 calories

Quinoa: 225 calories

Steamed Veggies: 70 calories

Goddess Dressing: 150 calories

I like easy dinners!

Saturday I slept in until 10:30am! I was surprised when I rolled over and saw the clock. I got up and had an Atkins shake for breakfast.

I debated whether or not to go for a long run around the neighborhood or to go to the gym. I decided to hit the gym because it’s been quite awhile since I’d been. I needed to do weights, too. It’s been way too long since I did my weight routine either. πŸ™

I got to the gym and it was surprisingly crowded. All the stair-masters were taken so I did a 10 minute warm-up on the elliptical machine until one came open. I did 45 minutes of Speed Intervals and 5 minutes of cool down on the stair-master. Then I saw this machine:

Arm Machine

It’s a machine that does just your arms. It’s sort of like an exercise bike but for your arms. It was really strange but boy does it work! My arms were tired after just a few minutes.

I went upstairs to do weights. I focused on the ab machines that I love:

This Ab Machine is my absolute favorite:

It hurts so good! But I actually feel a difference after I use it. I did sets of 10 5 times. Ouch! I moved to the machines for the lower body and did a bunch of different leg presses. I also did the Standing Calf machine. It’s great for the calves and I definitely need to strengthen that part of my body for running.

Standing Calf

I spent a little time doing the Hip Machines:

The Hip Abductors and Adductor machines work the muscles of the hips. These muscles are often times a complaint for runners. It can cause pain in the IT Band and down to the knees. Michael often complains about his hip flexors bothering him from cycling. So I think there are many exercises other than running that can cause inflammation in the hips. Strengthen and stretch!

On one of the machines I started to feel a strain in my groin so I stopped doing the hip machine and moved back to doing my upper body. I don’t want to be hurting in a bad way!

After doing my weight routine, I discovered a new machine! It’s a stretching machine. I’d never noticed it at the gym before but I gave it a try today. And boy does it work!

Stretching Machine

I followed the instructions on the machine and stretched out my body. It felt awesome! I’m now wondering where I can buy one of these things! πŸ˜‰

Stretching Machine

When I got home from the gym, I did my Foam Roller stretches and then ate a piece of Ezekiel toast with Organic Crofters jam as a snack.

Today’s Stats:

Calories Burned: 775

Time at Gym: 1 hour 27 minutes

I made a veggie-rich lunch. First, I steamed more veggies.

Steaming Veggies

Then I grilled up a Vegetable Masala Burger from Trader Joe’s:

I love these burgers. They taste so great to me. And I can taste the potatoes, corn, and broccoli in them.

Grilled in the skillet with some olive oil for a few minutes.

Then I topped the burger with a slice of Havarti cheese and left it on the skillet for a few minutes to melt. Lunch was served!


It was a great lunch. I ate every single bite and kinda wished I could have seconds! It’s such a change from my “old ways”…I ate a lot of salads but I’d never eat the veggies like I do now.

Tonight is my friend Erika’s wedding! I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

Nike Outlet and Randomness

This morning, I did the stair-master today at the gym. I did 3/4 of the time in Speed Interval setting and then the rest of it in Fat Burner setting. Pretty much the whole time my legs felt like lead. No idea what’s up with that. After the stair-master, I did my weight routine (focusing on abs and arms).

Gym Stats:

Time: 1 hour 4 minutes

Calories Burned: 610

When I got home, I did a few minutes with the Foam Roller.

Michael and I headed down south to the outlet malls to do a little shopping. We stopped at Taco del Mar for lunch and I got the mondito black bean burrito again. It tasted just as wonderful as the last time! πŸ™‚

Mondito Burrito

The outlet malls were crazy busy today! It was almost intolerable. We went to the new Under Armour store but were not impressed with the products NOR the prices! Next, the Adidas outlet. Michael found a shirt. I’m not a fan of Adidas so I didn’t buy anything. At Nike, I got lots of goodies!

I tried on this shirt:

Nike Shirt

I LOVED the color!! It was a nice shirt but they only had a Small or Extra Small. The Small size sort of fit, but it was a little snug in the stomach area. I didn’t end up buying the shirt (if they had had a Medium I would have).

Trail Running Shoes

I DID buy some new trail running shoes! I am sooo excited to try these babies! They were on sale too! $39.98. Perfect.

Bottom of Shoes

The bottom of the shoes have small studs. I guess it’s for stability? I don’t have a lot of experience with trail running but I’m looking forward to learning more. I hope these shoes work out!


After the Outlet malls, we went to New Seasons to get a few things for dinner. I also got some new oatmeal.


I’ve never tried Scottish style oatmeal before! I’m looking forward to trying it for breakfast! I also picked up some”Amazing Meal” and “Superfood.” I see a lot of other bloggers talking about this stuff and I’m curious about the taste.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend! πŸ™‚