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Fueling Up: Lower Body Workout Day, YEAH!

I love, love my lower workout days. I feel strong when I dead lift. I feel strong when I move a weight that I thought was out of my reach. I feel proud when guys look at the weights in my hands incredulously! I laugh when those same guys then go get heavier weights (it's not a competition guys!) So I like to make sure I get plenty of sleep and eat enough to fuel my workout.

I am not an expert by any means when it comes to nutrition. I've been learning a lot from a great group, Girls Gone Strong, that has been helping to understand how to maximize my effectiveness in the gym and be proud of my "big butt" that I proudly have built from a stereotypical Asian level of negative 5 to a decent bump! I visit their Facebook page all the time to keep myself motivated and eye on the prize (Molly Galbraith's abs please!)

All I know about nutrition is that I need to eat enough to work at my peak. On upper body days that's pretty easy. But my lower body workouts tend to take a lot more out of me and I'm moving a lot more plates around too. It took me a lot of trail and error and workouts where I wanted to throw up, some where I got dizzy and had to cut it short, and others where I felt solid and strong and could rule my dead lift rack! So my best advice for anyone is to listen to your body and move them big girl plates!

Today's lunch was tasty and just what I needed to ramp up for a hard workout.

Pre workout Lunch: 548 calories

  • 85 g Pan Fried Catfish (156 cal)
  • 106 g Steamed Broccoli (30 cal)
  • 100 g Short Grain Brown Rice (132 cal)
  • 27 g Gyro Yogurt spread (36 cal)
  • 91 g Banana Bread (194 cal)

Just waiting for my sous vide machine to come up to temperature for my soon to be well earned post workout steak, I'm off to the gym!


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