1) Piles of Produce. How sad is this fridge?
You don’t get much more bare than this! A trip to Whole Foods rectified the situation. I stocked up on a lot of basics, and check out all this produce!
Starting in the back left, and moving clockwise, we have:
An orange flesh melon (more on this below), celery, a mini-watermelon, a bag of kale salad, asparagus, baby carrots, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, sweet mini bell peppers, green peppers, yellow squash, roma tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, bartlett pears, and fuji apples.
My new-to-me item of the week is the orange flesh melon. Here’s a close-up picture:
According to the interwebs, an orange flesh melon is a hybrid between a honeydew and a cantaloupe. It’s supposed to taste like a honeydew, but be orange like a cantaloupe. We’ll see about that! Stay tuned to the blog for pictures after I take a cleaver and hack it open.
2) My Week in Workouts. It’s the start of a new work week, so I thought I’d look back at my last week in workouts. I’m very proud of my exercise this past week. I decided to really devote a lot of time to weight training. For the past few months, I’ve been hearing left and right that the key to continued weight loss, at this point in the game, is weights. By building up my muscle mass, I’ll burn more calories throughout the day, and I’ll also burn more calories when I do do cardio. (tee hee, do do!)
Despite hearing this, from a variety of reputable sources, I hadn’t, before this past week, overhauled my workouts to include more weightlifting. My workouts haven’t been weight-free – though he’s currently out of town, the boot camp classes I’ve been taking with Craig are almost exclusively weight-based, and Richard Simmons’ classes have some toning in them (though not much). It’s not that I don’t want to increase my muscle mass, or that I don’t like weights – neither is true. The reason why I haven’t adapted a more weight-intensive workout regimen is mainly because weight-training requires so much more thought.
I find cardio to be very easy on my brain. I can get on an elliptical, arc trainer or exercise bike and just go, pushing myself physically, while letting my mind wander, get wrapped up in music or TV, or (and this happens frequently) come up with sassy retorts that I wish I had said during conversations held earlier in the day, earlier in the week, or years ago.
Weights, however, require thought. I gotta remember proper form, posture, and movement. I like to have a game plan, so I know what machines I’m going to hit next, and I have to be able to be flexible and come up with alternatives when those machines aren’t available. None of that stuff comes naturally to me, either, which makes it more difficult for me. I know, I know, it’s just weight training, and not brain surgery or rocket science, but a lot of the time, at the end of a long day, the last thing I want to do when I arrive at the gym is think. I just wanna move. I just wanna sweat. Which is why, more often than not, I gravitate towards cardio.
But not last week! Check it out:
- Monday, May 9: 5 minutes treadmill (warm-up). 30 minutes of weights. 18 minutes on elliptical.
- Tuesday, May 10: Rest day.
- Wednesday, May 11: 25 minutes weights. 8 minutes stairmaster. 16 minutes arc trainer.
- Thursday, May 12: 5 minutes treadmill (warm-up). 35 minutes weights. 10 minutes elliptical.
- Friday, May 13: 30 minutes weights. 15 minutes arc trainer.
Note: I varied the weights from day to day, so I was never focusing on the same body part or muscle group two days in a row.
- Saturday, May 14: Richard Simmons’ class at Slimmons. Read more about it here.
- Sunday, May 15: My first swimming workout in just over a month. I did 1,000 yards warm-up (200 free, 200 IM, 200 kick, 200 pull, 200 IM); 1 x 400 free, 1 x 400 IM, 1 x 200 free. 2,000 yards total.
Those 4 workouts with an emphasis on weight training simply felt great. I loved feeling a little sore every morning that week, and I did notice by the 4th workout that I wasn’t minding the added thought (or maybe it was just becoming more habit-like, therefore requiring less thought).
One more photo before I wrap this post up… you’ll notice that my workout on Wednesday involved 8 minutes on the stairmaster (which I used while waiting for an arc trainer to open up). I really pushed myself for those 8 minutes – taking the steps 2 at a time (except for the first minute), and upping the speed every two minutes. As a result, I burned 135 calories (in 8 minutes!) and climbed 38 flights. Y’all know how I love to compare my stairmaster accomplishments to skyscrapers around the world…
…so this time we’re heading across the county to Hartford, Connecticut, which is home to City Place I, a 38-floor tower that is the tallest building in the state. This is what I climbed (and in 8 minutes!)
Keep it up, David!