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Fast Day #8: Veggies all the way: Shirataki Noodle Summer Salad - 232 calories

Shirataki Noodle Summer Salad  __________________________________________________________________________________
With my out of town guest out of town once again, I am able to go back to my regular routine and make some food for my Fast Day. With our spat of nice weather, I felt like a salad for my first meal. Due to poor communication with my hubby I didn't have any leftover steak by the time I made this salad. Ah well, I subbed in an egg for protein.

I riffed this salad from a Korean-style Soba Noodle Salad  post from one of my favorite blogs, Focus: Snap: Eat, with a few changes. His salad was much prettier than mine though. And I'm bummed that I forgot to get cucumbers for my salad because cucumbers would have helped to balance the tart dressing.

Shirataki Noodle Summer Salad: 232 calories Ingredients:223 g Romaine Lettuce (39 cal)28 g Microgreens (5 calories)25 g Kimchi (20 calories)1 package of House Brand Shirataki Noodles, Spaghetti style (40 calories)1 boiled egg (63…

Fast Day #7: Switching Gears: Trader Joe's Paneer Tikka Masala - 330 calories

Trader Joe's Paneer Tikka Masala

Today was not my day when it came to food.

First, I wanted a pizza but Trader Joe's didn't have a single serving pizza that fit into my calories restrictions and pet peeve about serving size especially when it comes to pizza.

So, I figured I'll make my own pizza. I got all the fixings and was planning it all out until I looked over my shoulder and saw my dear hubby starting dinner! I had to decide, if I wanted to eat at the same time as him and our house guest I had to change my plans and fast.

And of course that leads me to my emergency food Fast Day back up...

Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Basmati Rice from Trader Joe's
While I was at the store I checked and the Chicken Tikka Masala version of this dish has less calories! Ah well, sometimes reheated chicken doesn't fare too well int he microwave. With paneer you are almost guaranteed moist, plump chunks....

... if you c…

Fast Day #7: Shroomin' through my day - 139 calories

Mushrooms on Toast  _____________________________________________________
For me, the key to Fast Days is to postpone eating my first meal as long as possible. To facilitate that strategy, I need to go to bed on an empty stomach.The next morning, I wake up not even a bit hungry. If I eat after 10 pm, I always wake up so hungry it hurts.

So after my HUGE spicy pork bimbibap dinner last night, I woke up refreshed and ready to fast.

With the help of 2 six ounce cups of brewed green tea and lots of water, I was able to hold out until early evening for my first snack (6 pm). I decided to try out a very British snack - mushrooms on toast. The recipes I've seen have basically been sauteed mushrooms and a bit of cream on toast. I wanted to save calories so I omitted the cream and added an egg white (a working out girl needs protein!). Plus, I needed to use up the last bit of cilantro yogurt dip I had laying around so I decided that would give enough creaminess.

Mushrooms on Toast: 139 cal…

The Problem with Bibimbap - 835 calories

Poor Man's Bibimbap
Korean food is awesome. There is a balance between sweet, salty and spicy with seductive toasted sesame overtones that is perfection. Hospitality at Korean restaurants is phenomenal - the complimentary banchan (complimentary side dishes) can be a meal unto themselves. Korean BBQ meats (kalbi, bulgogi) usually get the spot light. One of my favorite dishes is bibimbap - a mix of white rice, bbq meat, various vegetables and a glorious spicy, sweet, smoky sauce!

Of course, what makes this dish great is also its downfall - the sauce. I had no idea that a paltry 70 grams of sauce would end up being 288 calories. TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT - holy cow! When I did a break down of the sauce ingredients it was the sesame oil that broke the bank pushing this sauce to 4.12 calories per GRAM! At least it was delicious and filling, I was on a Feast Day, and my workout earlier that week was intense. So yeah I earned this.

Poor Man's Bibi…

What's up with all the frozen food for the 5:2 diet?

I eat a lot of different foods. Some are healthy, some are not, some are homemade, some are not. I would love the time, energy and budget to cook elaborate meals filled with all of my favorite ingredients. But let's be real here. There are times you need to eat a frozen entree.

They are easy and come in so many varieties nowadays. I try my best to pick frozen entrees that are made with a minimal amount of processing and scary ingredients. I try to stay away from ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and that kind of stuff. But sometimes all of that goes out the window in the face of deliciousness - Marie Calendar Chicken Pot Pies, I'm looking at you.

And there a ton of chefs and bloggers that will say that it is just as easy and tastier to make your own. For many things that is very true. But not for all - Marie Calendar Chicken Pot Pies I'm looking at you.

So don't judge me, I'm just trying to make it through my week as best as I can.

Best Macaroni Salad Ever - 1.69 calories per gram

Here's the recipe for the BEST mac salad ever featured on the Girl's Night In Post. I think I found this recipe year's ago on the Food Network site but over the years I've tweaked things here and there to make it more my style.

It's worth every single last calorie. But the key is to make this salad at least 24 hours in advance so the dressing can really soak into the noodles!
Best Macaroni Salad Ever: 1.69 calories per gram Ingredients For the Dressing: 1.5 cup buttermilk 1.5 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and black pepper to tasteCayenne pepper and/ or hot sauce to tast
For the Salad: 3 cups cooked elbow macaroni 1 pound lean, cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 ribs celery, chopped 1/2 cup peas 1/2 cup chopped sweet pickle 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
Garnish Ideas (optional and not included in calories): Cherry tomatoesBlack olivesCubed CheeseScallions or chives Instructi…

5:2 Diet with Benefits: Girl's Night In

I have a great group of girlfriends that live all around the Bay Area. Some have kids, some are married and some just live really far away. But every other month or so we get together and have a Girl's Night In. There's wine, food, talking and this time there was also boxing (viewing not doing) and manicures galore.

KL even got me this handy carry all for my home gel manicure set (it matches the one she got for herself). KL and I are obsessed with home gel manicure (more on that later). We even got our other friend JY to buy a kit too! So purdy...

Girl's Night In Feast: let's just call it 1500 calories and walk away...

I didn't get a chance to snap a picture of the dessert buffet: brownies, vanilla ice cream with huge chunks of chocolate and something else that was salty and delicious, and chocolate chip walnut cookies!

Let's just say after about 6 hours of grazing - I was full, full, full!

HIIT: M-100s

Even after a rough Fast Day, I woke up feeling refreshed and really good because I get to EAT! Yes!

I started my day finishing up the paltry half tray of Palek Paneer (wooosha... let it go let it go). I added a poached egg and two pieces of toast (497 calories). Very filling for a breakfast - sorry no picture I was too hungry and my poached egg was very ugly.

Next up was a homemade Vietnamese coffee made by my lovin' hubby (132 calories):

No that I'm all full and amped up on coffee I think it's time to push the envelop and try a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. HIIT has been shown to improve cardio and bust fat more effectively than slogging it out on the treadmill for hours. How is this possible? HIIT workouts KILL! Or at least they should if you are doing it right.

So I'm going to attempt to do 100 total reps of the following 3 exercises: squat thrusts, mountain climber and squat jumps (even though the squat thrusts look a lot like the squat jumps, bu…

Review: Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Dr. Michael Mosley

I finally got around to watching the movie that launched the 5:2 movement in the United Kingdom, "Eat, Fast, and Live Longer" featuring journalist Dr. Michael Mosley. It's a quick one hour-ish show reminiscent of the Morgan Spurlock documentaries without as much drama - Dr. Mosley is British after all - and instead of packing on weight Dr. Mosley is looking for ways to improve his body and health.

Themovie does a lot of profiles on various people's eating habits and lots of trips to unioversities and researchers. Here's a quick run down:

Fuaja: 101 marathon runner. Eats about half the calories an average adult normally consumes. Doesn't take any pills, does not have any age related health issues.

The Great Depression: During a period of low income, drought and general food scarcity life spans increased by 6 years.

Joe: long time calorie restricter (1900 calories per day). Much healthier than Dr. Mosley in all aspects: blood work, balance and reaction. These are…

Fast Day #6: Foiled by Math Again - Palak Paneer 300 calories

My lunch today was not good. A protein bar does nothing in the long run for me. But I slogged through the afternoon (with a nap) and made it to 8 pm and dinner.

I was so excited because I had a great Trader Joe's frozen entree waiting for me. Actually I had two. A Paneer Tikka Masala and a Spinach and Paneer dish. I looked at the nutrition panel and the tikka masala had many more calories (300) versus the spinach one (250). The tikka masala had rice but not enough so I figured that I should go with the spinach dish and add in a piece of bread (50 calories). Sounds good right?

WRONG. I cannot do math. The spinach dish has TWO, 2 servings per tray. Seriously?!? I really like this entree but man half of this tray is a serving? Let me tell you this did not lift my mood. But I had already heated up the dish so I was stuck with a tiny portion. At least I was able to have a piece of bread.

Trader Joe's Palak Paneer and toast: 300 calories
I'm so upset at this revelation that I m…

Fast Day #6: The Lunch that was not - Protein Bar 180 calories

Today is a busy day for me. I have 2 parties to go to this weekend, both of which require me to cook today.

For Saturday's Girl's Night In, I'm bring over my favorite macaroni salad and almond mochi mini cupcakes. And on Sunday I plan to bring an experimental dish - porchetta. I'm really excited for these parties but all of the dishes require advance prepping. The good thing for me is that cooking on Fast Day is no problem.

The hard part of today was going to the mall and sitting in the food court while hubby decided/ ate his lunch. Luckily I was able to have soemthing to eat too:

Yeah right I wish! That was his lunch, mine looked more like this:

180 calories of faux chocolate not goodness (I'm not a big fan of chocolate to begin with but we had these in the pantry). Ah well, what can you do. This wouldn't be my first choice to spend 180 calories but I wanted to get out and enjoy the sun. Better to be prepared than be REALLY miserable while hubby was eating! An…

5:2 Recipes: Yogurt Dips

Sour cream is a distant memory due to these delicious yogurt dips. These dips add flavor and moisture to any dish. The flavors are versatile enough to compliment a wide range of dish and foods - even baked potatoes! these are the ones that have been featured so far.

Let me know if you have any favorite yogurt spreads!

Cilantro Dip
0.6475 calories per gram1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt3/4 cup finely chopped cilantro4 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic3/4 teaspoon cayenne Gyro Dip1.33 calories per gram3/4 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt1/4 cup mayonnaise1 clove garlic, minced on microplane 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon2 tablespoons chopped parsley or mint Yogurt Fruit Dip (sweet)0.798 calories per gram1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 2 tbsp brown sugar, plus for garnish1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon All of the instrcutions are the same.
Drain yogurt in cheese cloth or in fine mesh strainer fo…

Secret pleasures: Lazy Girl's Toasted Cheese Sandwich - 171 calories

I have a secret that I'm not proud of - I love Kraft American singles. I know a lot of people look down on Kraft Singles for not being "real" cheese. But I grew up eating it and for years I did not even know that it was a "cheese food" or whatever they have to call it. It melts wonderfully, it's salty, and has that cheese puff cheese taste that I love.

I've been having a hell of a time trying to get full today. My upper body workout really wiped me out. I did some serious assisted dips and have been killing it on my cable rows and shoulder presses. I've already had some leftover pasta and bolognese sauce (330 cal) and 5 best ever fish sticks (major Costco win - 309 cal) with cilantro dip . But I'm still starving. So I'm pulling in a childhood favorite.

I don't eat it often (any more). But when I do it's oh so good. I figure I deserve a little treat before my next Fast Day.

Lazy Girl's Toasted Cheese Sandwich: (171 calories) Ingre…

Fast Day #5: No Fry Re-fried Beans, Homemade Falafel and Cilantro Dip

I'm not a good grocery shopper. I buy things for recipes that I never make. I buy things that I feel I "should" be eating. And I buy things that I forget about.

In my pantry are 2 cans of kidney beans. I always want to make something with these but I don't really like beans in things. My chili is always all meet... and um... what else can you put beans in? I'll eat black beans when I'm at a Mexican restaurant but some how opening a whole can of beans and eating them seems weird.

They are full of protein, keep you full and loads of other good things for your health.

I was determined to use these beans though and I found a great recipe from Nigella Lawson. She calls this a bean dip but I like to think of them as healthy re-fried beans because I love those. I changed up her recipe by adding chicken broth instead of the bean liquid because the liquid on mine looked a little gross (I've had these for YEARS), reduced the oil and had to double the recipe because…

Tipping the Scales: Weigh In

I got on the scale and took out the measuring tape today. I was a little scared because I like the diet and I want it to work but I understand that I just started this diet so I most likely won't have nay progress to show... lots of thoughts.

To recap, in the last 15 days I've done 4 Fasts, 2 lower body workouts and 2 upper body workouts, 1 tea party, 1 clubbing night, 2 steaks and 2 packages of shirataki noodles.

I've lost 2.8 pounds, 0.8% of body fat, and a 1/4 inch from my pot belly. 

They aren't huge numbers but I think it's a win. Like I said in a previous post, I'm not concerned with my weight. I want to be lean, strong and hot. And for me and my body a pot belly is not hot. So the biggest concerns for me are body fat and inches around my pot belly.

More importantly I feel good. I'm adjusting to the Fast days - my energy and mood are definitely up, still have to work on my concentration abilities around 4 pm though! In general I feel slim and confident…

Best Diet EVER!: Tea Party and Midnight Snack

Seriously, how can you call 5:2 a diet? On what diet can you eat this for breakfast:
Breakfast: 364 calories1 fried egg (92 cal)2 Maple Breakfast Sausage Links (92 cal)2 slices white bread (100 cal)5 spears asparagus (60 cal)15 g Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herb cheese (60 cal)

And then this for an afternoon delight...

Afternoon Tea (not to be confused with High Tea)
Our host did an excellent job setting up a beautiful table.

AND I didn't even get a shot of the baked ricotta and crackers, the G√Ęteau Basque, toffee and taffy from Miette, clotted cream, lemon curd, strawberry and peach jams, and black tea with sugar and cream!!!

Let's just clock this afternoon tea at 1000 calories and call it a day. The only saving grace is that everything was cut into small serving sizes or else I could have done even more damage.

I think I can definitely live with this "diet" plan!

P.S. 3 am, post 3 vodka drink (520 calories) club excursion - Bacon Dog with everything: 380 calories

Better Shirataki Noodles

I've been getting to know shirataki noodles quite well.

I was first introduced to them by a friend of mine who was trying to loose weight. Back then I thought they were weird and tasted funny. I've since learned that they can be sort of good if prepared correctly. And if you aren't think of them as Italian noodles, they will actually grow on you as their own texture profile - as there is very little taste to them.

But the BIG drawback to these noodles is the fishy, tinned smell they have straight out of the package. Apparently this smell is well documented and totally natural. You can eliminate the smell but rinsing in water. Or a better way to get even more of that smell off is to bring the noodles to a boil and then drain them.

I tried Nasoya fettucine and House spaghetti noodles - both of which had a very strong smell.

But when I was at 99 Ranch, a big Asian supermarket, I tried to check out their selection. I figured this yam root is used in traditional Japanese and ve…

5:2 Fast Day #4: Faux Rad Na Dinner

Earlier I mentioned that I tried to make a dish for my hubby that utterly failed, Pork Rad Na (Thai Thick Noodles in Gravy with Pork). According to my better half, it looked good good but tasted "different". Oh well. But I wasn't going to waste a pound of good pork loin and all those veggies so I fished out all the meat, draining as much sauce as possible, and made it into my dinner!

This was a very filling dinner. The gai lan really did the job bulking up the plate. And the significant amount of protein was definitely enough to support my work out. Overall I feel really good about this dinner and it was extremely tasty!

Faux Pork Rad Na: 357 calories Ingredients:14 oz Shirataki Noodles (40 cal)0.3 T Canola Oil (37 cal)0.4 T Sweet Soy Sauce (12 cal)100 g Chinese Broccoli - Gai Lan (already blanched - 42 cal)*90 g Pork Loin (already cooked - 216 cal)**1 T Rad Na sauce (10 cal - just the stuff that was still hanging onto the pork, rough estimate) **For Pork:
90 g Pork Loin…

Fast Day #4: Snack- Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe 0.798 cal per gram

Fast Day #4 is going very well - the hunger pangs are very manageable. I've only had 1 latte sized cup of green tea. I tried to make my dear hubby some lunch but failed horribly at recreating one of his favorite Thai dishes, rad na. It looked good but did not taste very good apparently! Ah well, you can't hit home runs every time. This was my first time so hopefully I will get better at it.

The biggest lesson learned is that I definitely can cook elaborate meals for other people on my Fast Days. I did take a few tastes here and there to test the sauce but I did the "wine tasting" method, if you know what I mean (if you don't then don't worry about it, too gross to talk about). So I'm not counting those tastes as calories.

But until dinner time, I'm having a very healthy snack of fresh strawberries with a yogurt fruit dip.I haven't thought of making a flavored yogurt dip in ages. The first time I had this type of dip was in high school at a friends…

White Rice.. how I love you with Thai-ish Ground Chicken and Thai Basil - 349 calories

I'm Asian, I love freshly cooked white rice. The smell of white rice is the smell of home to me. I can eat a lot of rice. When I was growing up each person at the table would eat out of small bowls and place the other dishes into the small bowl to eat. But since there are no longer 7 people around my dinner table, I've opted for a more western style of eating where you put your entire meal on one plate. You know what that means, more room for my rice!

This dish is one of my favorites because the plainness of the freshly cooked rice is highlighted by the saltiness of the meat. This is a riff on a Thai dish with ground pork and Thai basil. But I'm lazy and my short cut is to use Trader Joe's Chicken Chili Lime Patties!

These are pretty good as burgers but I like to crumble them up in a pan with a 1/2 tablespoon oil and red pepper to taste. Fry up until done (breaking up the patties into small pieces) and toss in a handful of Thai basil - tasty, quick, and lots of lean pr…

Getting Strong: Weird Post Work Out Cravings and Protein Fluff (243 calories)

The gym was a mixed bag for me today. I hit some numbers and fell face down on others. Ah well, can't win them all. I did expect a lot of my exercise to suffer because I pushed myself really hard to hit my numbers on Dips. That's a big exercise that takes a lot of effort and supplemental muscles to make it happen.

Here's how I did:
Upper Body Work OutAssisted Dips: 24kg (of assist, so this number should go down over time), 8 reps, 3 setsWide grip Lat Pull downs: 80 lb, 5/6/5 repsCable Seated Rows: 80 lbs, 7/7/6 repsDumbbell Shoulder Press: 25 lbs, 5/6/0 (I was stuck in the bottom position for what seemed like 15 seconds - not a good sign so I decided not to the last set. No sense in getting injured out of pride. Though I am disappointed - next time though, I will own that last set)Dumbbell Alternate Bicep Curl: 17.5 lb, 7 reps The highlight if my gym session was the bicep curls. I needed the 17.5 lb weights but a dude was using them. So I waited until he was done with his …

Fueling up: Upper Body Day (Part 2)

This is exactly why I'm starting to think that the 5:2 diet isn't really a diet at all. What diet in this world would "allow" you to eat this bad boy?

SF Mission Style Super Burritto with Carne Asada: 1200 calories
This burrito is a 13 inch behemoth and has a laundry list of ingredients that are pretty much all variations of fat: jack cheese, avocado, sour cream, re-fried beans with a sprinkling of lettuce, pico de gallo and of course the meat (carne asada - steak). Definitely an all in one meal.

You have to have a game plan with this sucker:
Eat half and save half for laterEat the whole thing I generally opt for Option 1. But when I'm working out half leaves me hungry. The problem is that if I go for Option 2 and eat the whole thing I end up feeling really heavy and sick. So I stick with half and in 30 minutes I'm always glad that I did.

So I'm going to grab a quick food coma nap before I have to run to a charity event mixer at a new wine bar in my neigh…

Fueling Up: Egg Lahm bi Aajin - 355 calories

It's just so weird how not hungry I am when I wake up in the morning after my fast days. I always expect to jump out of bed and gorge myself on bacon, muffins and all sorts of things. But when it comes down to it I feel pretty good the day after. I like the slim and light feeling after a fast day. All of my anxiety about "what to eat" is gone. It's a good way to wake up.

Today I realize that I need to go grocery shopping - nothing in the fridge. As you notice I try to use up what's in my fridge so during a week there are often repeats and re-purposes (like the yogurt dip from last week's gyros). And today is clean up day.

This is by no means "authentic" it's more inspired by a blog post by David Lebovitz and his Lebanese breakfast tour.   The meat pies looked so good that I could not stop thinking about the yummy meat topping. But I was not going to go grocery shopping for my brunch meal especially since I have a vet appointment for my new ki…

10 Tips on Starting your 5:2 diet

A friend of mine is starting his 5:2 journey and asked me some questions. That got me started to think what I would have liked to have and know before I became a 5:2er.

10 tips to start your 5:2 journey off on the right footBuy and use a scale: this makes tracking your food much easierStart using a Calorie counter: On my Android phone I use My Fitness Pal (let's you add in your own foods) to track my foods and on my computer I use Calorie Count to figure out calories in recipes I make at home.

I figure out the calories in entire recipe as 1 serving, divide those calories by the total weight of the FINISHED dish, then input the calories per gram into My Fitness Pal for that recipe and then weigh my food in grams before I eat. I know this sounds tedious but it's really easy once you get the hang of it.

The trick is to get your scale, put your plate on it and "zero it out" put each part of your meal on one at a time, weigh, then zero it out, next item, weigh, zero, etc.…

5:2 Fast Day #3: Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Pizza Primavera - 250 calories

Apparently some days get away from you, today is one of those days for me.

Trader Joe's again. I know it's not all that creative or "worthy" of a food blog but these fast days are hard. I'm getting through them but I'm kind of forgetful and scattered. What can you do? *shrug* At least to day was better than last fast day.

During my shopping trip to Trader Joe's, there were several pizzas to pick from. The one I eventually chose had a few qualities that stood out: 1. calories count was reasonable ('natch), 2. built in veggies (always a plus), and 3. a serving size was one pizza (ding, ding, ding WINNER!).

Some of the other options (mostly the ones with meat) had a serving size listed as 1/3 pizza. ONE THIRD - you are kidding me! There is no way that a third of a super skinny pizza with not that many toppings is going to be split by three people for a meal! nuh uh - not happening especially on a Fast day where my will power is low.
Trader Joe's Guil…

5:2 Fast Day #3: Shirataki Noodles, Broccoli and Bolognese Sauce - 211 calories

Well I made it to 3 pm before I got too hungry and started to make lunch.

On the menu today...
Shirataki Noodles, Broccoli and Bolognese Sauce: 211 calories 226 g Pasta Zero Shirataki Fettuccine Noodles (30 cal)
15 g Tomatoes (3 cal)
125 g Trader Joe's "Just Sauce" Turkey Bolognese (120 cal)
1 Egg White (16 cal)
150 g Steamed Broccoli (42 cal)

This was pretty good. Don't blame Trader Joe's for the watery sauce. That was my fault. I tried to add water to the preheated sauce to "add flavor" to the noodles. It did not work on many levels. The noodles stayed shirataki flavored (more on that in a second). Even though I reduced the sauce after adding the water, it stayed watery.

I tried to add an egg white to thicken the sauce - did not work. I ended up just mopping up the sauce with the broccoli florets. That was pretty good. I think I may use the rest of the sauce just on top of veggies.

The flavor of the sauce was pretty good. I know a lot of you guys are…

5:2 Fast Day #3

Hello Fast Day #3!

I woke up feeling good today - slightly hungrier than I would like to start the day but what can you do. I'm very grateful that my dread of the fast day has drastically been reduced.

One reason I'm feeling better today is that I am feeling slimmer and slightly less jiggly than in weeks past. I know, I know "any weight you may have lost is probably water." But you know what I have been eating very well on my regular days (I'm a salt lick too) and I've been working hard in the gym. And it doesn't matter to me how much I weigh, my goal for this experiment is to push that body fat percentage down. I'd be fine weighing more if nothing juggled when it wasn't supposed to!

Also, the shirataki noodles and and steamed broccoli in the fridge is going to be my go to base for my mini meals. So they are making me feel "safe" food-wise.

Ironically, I think my fast days are making me a better foodie. I'm stopping and really savor…

DOMS, doms, doms and Dinner

It's here and it means business.... DOMS.

After working out, eating, resting, massaging... I get the best present ever DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)! I never noticed this phenomenon until I started dating and working out with my dear hubby. Right after a work out I would be ravenous then tired. The next day, I generally would wake up feeling pretty good and hungry. But by that evening everything would get sore... DOMS.

And this is a sneaky sort of soreness. You'll sit down at the computer feeling right as rain, work, work, work and then you get up to get water and BAM! You feel the DOMS.

At first I would be WTF?!? How did this happen? I wasn't sore after my work out?! I was fine this morning! Protest as much as you would like there's nothing you can do for DOMS but take the SOB out for a foam roller date.

For general maintenance I'll start a foam rolling session with the roller around my lower back. I will roll on one side of my lower spine then shift my we…

Getting Strong: Post Upper Workout Meal

I felt GREAT in the gym! The two days of fasting did not hinder my performance in the gym - which is one of my biggest fears with any "diet" - YEAH!

I hit my numbers and the two newest exercises in my routine (sumo dead lift and hip thrusts) are progressing nicely.

Workout Recap: LowerSumo Dead lift: 90 lbs, 8 reps, 3 setsStiff Leg Dead Lift: 115 lbs, 8 reps, 3 setsCalf Raises: 90 lbs, 8/10/8 reps Barbell Hip Thrusts: 70 lbs, 8/8/6 repsDumbbell Shoulder Shrugs: 35 lbs (each hand), 10 reps, 3 setsDumbbell Side Bends: 55 lbs, 7/8/8 repsHanging Leg Raises: 8 reps, 3 sets I did run into a "helpful" bench neighbor while doing my Side Bends. Now I'm not saying that my form is always perfect and sometimes I could use a correction but dude I don't know you and I don't come to the gym to get hit on or have a heart to heart talk; I go to the gym to earn my STEAK DINNER, son! Seriously, sometimes when I am dragging butt and don't want to go to the gym, the onl…