I canz du wurkowt

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I’m going to use this post to just sum up my workouts/surrounding meals yesterday and today. Isn’t that kitty just the cutest? I want one soooo bad.
FRIDAY
Yesterday was a strength training day! I waited a little bit too long after eating my yummy pumpkin-peanut flour oats, so I snacked on a ginormous navel orange before heading to the gym!
I did my typical Circuit Strength Workout + my Core routine:
Circuit 1: 3 sets — 10 squats w/2-25 lb dumbbells, 8-10 chest press w/2-25lb dumbbells, 10 bent over rows w/25 lb dumbbell
Circuit 2: 3 sets — 12 plie squats w/1-40lb dumbbell, 8-10 arnold should presses w/2-15 lb dumbbells
Circuit 3: 3 sets — 10 skull crushers w/2-12.5 lb dumbbells, 12 straight-leg dead lifts w/2-20lb dumbbells, bicep curls/hammer curls/isolated curls w/2-15 lb dumbbells 
Core: 30 sit-ups on the ball, 15 stability ball jackknifes, 20 russian twists w/10lb, 15 reverse curls w/leg lift, 25 butterfly crunches, 25 side plank hip raises, 45 second each opposite foot & arm diagonal kneeling superman w/ stabilizing foot lifted, 60 second plank w/alternating and dual knee dips
I felt greeeat when I was finished! I think that taking a couple days off from the gym and going back gives me an excellent workout! (Work and class made it impossible for me to make it to the gym Wednesday and Thursday)
Post-workout Snack:
typical yogurt, cocoa, stevia, cinnamon, cereal

By the time I actually got around to eating lunch it was 5pm! Lunch:

Egg sandwich: w/baby swiss, campari tomato, black pepper, mustard, minced onion flakes, oregano, basil, and sriracha
Salad: spinach, alfalfa sprouts, arugula, broccoli slaw, chopped white mushrooms, campari tomato, & newman’s own light italian w/ a generous grind of black pepper
Afterwards I just had to top of my meal with a Edy’s Fun Flavor chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream cone. 
If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
My dinner involved roasted brussel sprouts, carrots, and parsnips w/ a tortilla-sunbutter-pear-cinnamon rollup 
And then I was out the door for for drinks and dancing with friends!
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TODAY (SATURDAY)
I woke bright and early for Boot Camp! But because I went to bed later than normal, I woke up later an only had time for a quick snack before heading out. After reading this interesting article yesterday about how eating a protein-rich snack before working out was found to increase post-workout metabolic rate better than a carb-rich snack, I decided to make a protein cupcake a la Lauren. I didn’t snap a photo because it turned out kind of ugly, but it tasted pretty good:
Ingredients
– 1 scoop protein (I used vanilla whey)
– 1 T egg white (I made a T of “flax egg” b/c I didn’t want to crack a whole egg)
– dash of baking powder
– 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
– water to moisten
Directions
1. Combine all ingredients in a mug until uniformly mixed
2. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes –> watch carefully because it can overflow if you get too much baking powder
After gobbling this baby down, I headed to the gym for a 45 minute Boot Camp class! The instructor made the class a high-intensity cardio workout, which was great since I lifted weights yesterday. I can’t say enough about how great high-intensity classes are for your workout routine! They’re fun and they push you harder than you would probably push yourself. I like to do one or two a week to round out my fitness routine.
When I got home, it was breakfast time! So I threw together a bowl of savory multigrain hot cereal:
Directions:
1. Bring 1/2 cup multigrain hot cereal, 1/2 cup milk, & 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and cook 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 1 minute.
2. Meanwhile, combine 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tsp chili-garlic sauce, squirt of ginger (this stuff is real convenient), ground black pepper, & minced onion flakes in your serving bowl.
3. Fry your egg (I like mine over easy) with some black pepper. 
4. Spoon the hot cereal into your yeast mixture and combine until well blended. Place egg on top and eat as desired. (I like to break my egg up and eat it all together)
This combination oddly reminds me of those cheap ramen noodle packages. I think it’s the yeast-egg flavor combo. (Delicious none the less) 

And now here I sit. Looking forward to a day filled with friends and fun. 
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