…can be in your living room!
Before I got a gym pass in June, I never really worked out at home that often. If I didn’t feel like running, I didn’t think I had any other options. I lifted weights a few times, but I would get so distracted by the TV or the computer, it never really went that well.
After my run yesterday morning, I didn’t feel like going to the gym to get in a weight lifting session. (Waste of gas!) So instead, I brought the gym to me.
I created the following workout using 5 pound weights. I actually think I could have used heavier ones, but these are the heaviest we have.
- 20 bicep curls
- 20 tricep kickbacks
- 20 overhead presses
- 40 side bends
- 20 side arm lifts
- 20 crunches
- 10 modified push-ups
- 10 leg lifts
- Plus two that I don’t know the name of 🙂
I did this set five times. I was pleasantly surprised that I could do 10 modified push-ups at a time! I didn’t try to do a regular one, but that will be my goal next time. I have very little upper body strength, so I have to start small!
I actually enjoyed doing this. It took me the entire length of a Jersey Shore episode. Even though I was losing brain cells, I was building muscle 🙂 I also stuck my dinner in the oven before I started, so it was cooked and cooled when I was done. Score!
In other news… I think I should change the name of my blog from ‘What Kate is Cooking’ to ‘This Food Looks Horrible, But It Tastes Awesome.’ See what I mean?
Exhibit A: Breakfast.
I made chocolate oats (I only have one packet left, thank God), let them cool, smooshed them into a pancake shape, and topped them with ricotta.
Apple with peanut butter. This isn’t particularly offensive to look at, actually. Those oats have no staying power- this was necessary!
Egg whites cooked with spinach, green onions, chickpeas, and tomato sauce. This is definitely one of those ‘use what’s in your fridge’ meals. It was good!
Pumpkin kefir with Kashi Go Lean. I’m actually kind of sad this is almost gone. I won’t be able to get it until the fall!
Sorry for the horrible picture. I was pretty much starving to death and almost inhaled this before I remembered to snap a photo. In a moment of weakness, I bought instant pudding at Target today. It was crazy cheap, so I couldn’t resist! I did limit myself to one portion, though, which is a first for me. I used to eat the whole box at a time when I was younger! I was craving it after seeing it on Pursuit of Healthfulness 🙂 I added pumpkin and a new to me treat: a chocolate Vitatop. I’ve seen them on so many blogs, I had to see what they were about. They’re tiny- no wonder they’re only 100 calories! But they were pretty good, albeit ridiculously expensive. I can make something cheaper 🙂
Exhibit D is the black bean stoup that is sitting in my tummy. My poor stoup is really unphotogenic, and I didn’t want to embarrass it, so no photo 🙂
Thanks for all of your comments on fast and easy meals! I’m definitely keeping all of them in mind when I start school next week. If you haven’t read the comments yet, you should- there are a lot of great ideas!
The reason I’m so hungry today is because I went to spinning this morning! It was an 8 o’clock class, which I think is the perfect time to start. I think this was one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken. About half the class left before it was over, so I think that speaks volumes about the difficulty!
Do you work out at home, or do you stick to the gym? I liked lifting weights at home- no creepy men, and I didn’t have to figure out how to work any machines! Win-win!