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!
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?