6/19 – 6/20

21 06 2009

Friday nigh is probably my favorite time to go to the gym. I don’t have to worry about work the next day, or what to bring to lunch, or taking care of errands because everything can wait until the weekend. The gym is so empty and quiet it’s cavernous, and I can usually use whatever machine/weight/area I want. Sometimes I’ll just sit on the bike and pedal with low resistance for 2 hours because there’s something funny on TV to watch.

Friday – 6/19

I did deadlifts and squats and other weights for 25 minutes, then walked/stairmastered/took it easy while watching wheel of fortune and jeopardy for 40 minutes. I’ve never done deadlifts/squats with a barbell before and I would really like to, but the barbells are in the weight room downstairs (along with all the dumbbells >25lbs, kettleballs, squat cages, pull-up and dip bars, etc.), which is often occupied by 90%+ men. I’ll give it a try next week.

Saturday – 6/20

Went to indoor cycling class. Woke up at 7:30, scarfed down a banana and a bottle of water, was on the bike by 8am. 45 minutes total including warm-up and cool-down. Max heart rate 165, average 135 or something. I introduced myself to a girl that I see almost every time I go, and nearly every friday night — she’s a senior at Gettysburg! Came back and made a protein shake with whey powder, an iced coffee from 7-11, and half and half in roughly the following ratio:

10oz iced coffee

full scoop protein powder

a glug of half and half

sugar to taste

Pretty much the only time I eat added sugar is right after my workout, because the resulting spike in insulin allows for more efficient uptake of amino acids into the muscles.

Sunday – 6/21

I woke up sooooooo DOMS-y today in my butt and hamstrings, probably from squats/deadlifts on Friday. I haven’t done them in awhile. After walking around the mall for 2 hours, everything felt less sore and stiff. 🙂 Might go for a long, easy ride later on my new Schwinn IC Pro! 😀

Next post will have pictures and a recipe for the pizza I made for lunch!

Happy Father’s day.


Hello world!

20 06 2009

I’ve thought about getting a blog for years (okay, maybe not plural. A year). I spend a lot of time working out, thinking about it, or reading about it in the news, other blogs, or research journals. I don’t talk about it much in real life because I don’t want to bore people, so I am starting a blog for an outlet to ramble and track my progress on the internet. I love spinning, biking, running (though that hasn’t happened in the past 4 weeks because I have been having pain in my shin area — doc appointment forthcoming), lifting, walking, and any activity/moving around.

I also love tasty, simple foods as well and intend to talk about how and what I’m eating. I abide by a Michael-Pollan-esque diet: omnivorous, mostly whole foods, minimal processed foods. Although I don’t track what I eat, my diet is usually around the zone recommendations: 40% carb, 30% fat, 30% protein. I am the least picky eater I know, and I will try anything at least a couple of times. Regrettably, I use splenda quite liberally and am a self-proclaimed orbit spearmint gum addict; these are admittably hypocritical habits, but ones acquired from 5 years of a disordered relationship with eating. I consider myself fully recovered, though like almost everyone, I have moments of self-doubt and anxiety over how I look.

Besides writing about working out and eating, I also intend to muse on issues such as fat discrimination, the media, society-wide body image problems, the intersection of exercise/diet/weight with gender, eating disorders, poorly-conducted scientific research, and whatever else piques my interest!

Thanks for browsing 🙂