Monday Massage

My busy and productive weekend continued yesterday as it was another jam-packed day!  It began with a typical quick 30-minute cardio session at the gym.  (The elliptical was my cardio of choice.)  Then Jonny and I went to see one of my students in his religious performance.  They were learning about the life cycle and put on a mock wedding.  Very cute.

I helped throw a baby shower with my mother-in-law and a couple of other ladies for a good family friend.  She is having a girl, so it was all things pink.  So cute and so fun.  My friend is adorable and looks like she has a miniature basketball underneath her shirt.  All belly!

Straight from the baby shower I raced home to prepare a dip for our Superbowl party we were going to.  I had made the dip once before and it was a major hit with my family, so I assumed it would go over well again.  It is a Cheesy Chorizo Dip, recipe taken from The Vegan Slow Cooker.

The first time I made it for my family, they were all like “What’s in it?  Is it tofu?”  (I may or may not have a habit of cooking with tofu and not telling them it’s tofu.)  I told them, nope it was all regular ingredients and they dug in and loved it!  Then I told them it was a vegan dish and they couldn’t believe it!  I used soy chorizo and soy cheddar cheese (Daiya, of course) and then added black beans and diced tomatoes!  It was a major hit, especially when eaten with Trader Joe’s Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips!

They’re still chips and the dip is still “cheese” based, but it was a healthier spin on an otherwise super unhealthy appetizer!  Plus, it was delicious and sometimes that’s all that really matters!

This morning I began my Week 3 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer.  The original Week 3 Day 1 workout can be found here, but listed below are my own modifications and weight selections.

Week 3 Day 1: Legs

  • Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 15 (45 pounds)
  • Widestance Barbell Squat: 3 sets of 15 (40 pounds)
  • Walking Barbell Lunge: 3 sets of 15 lunges each leg (30 pounds)
  • Kettlebell One-Legged Deadlift: 3 sets of 12 each leg (25-pound kettlebell)
  • Kneeling Leg Curls: 3 sets of 10 each leg (10 pounds)
  • Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 20 (75 pounds)
  • Standing Calf Raises: 3 sets of 20 (40 pounds)

This was very similar to Week 1 and 2’s Day 3 workout with a couple of different exercises.  I went up in weight in the squats and standing calf raises.  The walking barbell lunges and kettlebell one-legged deadlifts were new-to-me exercises that left my legs screaming!  Lunging with a barbell is very different than lunging with dumbbells.  Plus, I usually use 10-pound dumbbells and today I had a 30 pound barbell!  The kettlebell deadlifts were hard and challenged my balance and reminded me the importance of STRETCHING!  I needed to stretch in between each set because my hamstrings were so tight.  (Hence the reason I had to go down in weight and reps during the kneeling leg curls.)

After school, I’m headed to get a massage!  I’m so excited and think this will help a full five-day workweek get off to the right start!  I never buy massages for myself as I think they are incredibly expensive and I just can’t justify them.  However, I can justify paying half price when using Groupon or LivingSocial!

Do you splurge for massages?

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