Only six more days until surgery!!! It has been 20 days since that fateful soccer game that has sidelined me from running for most of the year. While I could be getting mopey I have been staying positive and trying to enjoy the little running break. I have also been renewing my love for all of the other things you can do in a gym. Oh I have also been eating. I would say a bit less than before but it makes sense considering the thousands of calories I am not burning on a weekly basis any more. So I know you are all dying to know “what can a chick with a torn ACL do at the gym and what in the world has she been eating?!”.
1) For starters I have been wearing my new ProCompression socks to work. I was sent a pair of these bad boys to review and so far I am loving them. I will be hosting a giveaway shortly so keep your eyes peeled. From what I have experienced so far these babies are amazing and if I didn’t have a conscience I would totally rig the giveaway so I could get another pair. But instead I will just buy them like a normal person : )2) I went to Brennan’s new apartment gym over the weekend and it is so nice! The gym is always empty and we had this room all to ourselves. That little electronic thing on the wall controls the lights, music, and fans. So cool. You can plug in your iPod or it will play the radio or Pandora for you! Don’t mind my outfit, this was an impromptu gym session Sunday night around 8pm. I had no clothing at his place so I am wearing men’s sneakers, men’s shorts, a tank top, NO sports bra, and a hoodie. I was dressed to impress my friends. Good thing he loves me just the way I am.2) I went to Wegmans over the weekend (holy grail of all grocery stores) and picked up an eight pack of pork chops ($7 people AND local, love you Weggies). This was my first attempt of cooking pork in a while and I overcooked it so it was dry. It was okay though because the roasted squash bites were to fricken die for. 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven and boom the best side dish ever. This batch of squash bits was seasoned with lavender, pink salt, pepper, curry, and garlic. Nom nom nom nommmm.3) My second attempt at the pork was fan-fricken-tastic. I did the same thing for the squash as the night before but just seasoned with some seasoned salt. I seasoned the pork with garam masala and pink salt. The squash went in the oven and then at the 20 minute mark I put the pork chop it. It was perfectly cooked through and juicy. The next time I make this I may try for 19 or 18 minutes. Just to see how it goes. I was really happy with this though.4) I also made soup last night. I had a bunch of vegetables that I bought for the juicer and decided to make soup instead of juice. After a few juice sessions I realized I really don’t like collard greens in my juice. No thank you ma’am. So I made soup because I can’t just throw food out! The pot was filled with 1/2 of a giant red onion, about 4 celery stalks, 3 small carrots, 1/2 package frozen lima beans (the other half was used for lady Brennan’s dinner), and about 10 collard green leaves. I seasoned the pot with salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and a bay leaf. Nothing too fancy. The highlight of this was the fact I finally got to use some of my homemade vegetable stock!! 5) 2nd to last, but not least, I have been working out. Brennan and I tried to do the Men’s Health Spartacus work out on Sunday but my knee was all sorts of jacked up from dancing at my birthday party over the weekend, woops. I was still really sore on Monday (muscles not knee) so I knew that there was something about the work out that was good. I took Monday off from the gym because I was on a 4 day streak and knew it was the last time I’d take off before surgery. So when Tuesday rolled around I made a modified version that was friendly to my knee and went to work. This was easily the hardest work out I have done in ages. It took 41 minutes and I was shakey for about an hour after. My muscles were pooped. Use weight for the goblet squats (I did 15lbs), dumbbell swings (I did 20lbs), T-pushups if you can, the dumbbell row (I did 20lbs), dead lift (20lbs again), the push up position row (I did 10lbs), and finally the push press (I did 10lbs).
I can promise you will hate this work out while you are doing it but feel like a total badass when you are done. When I woke up this morning my body was not shy of letting me know that I pushed it quite hard yesterday. Just about every muscle is sore. I decided to use the same idea of the 1 minute rounds and whip up a more core and arm focused work out. This was still a great work out but I definitely wasn’t grunting and swearing at the end like yesterday : ) Adorable, I know.6) The last little update for your viewing pleasure is SASHA! I have not been taking nearly enough pictures of her. Brennan decided to try to pick her up over the weekend and I caught it on camera. So I did what any normal blogger would do and made a collage so you could see how big she has gotten! Back in January I asked every one to give me their guess on how much Sasha will weigh and it looks like she is already creeping up on some of those guesses! She will turn 8 months old next week, crazy how the time flies! We think she weighs about 70lbs but it has been a little while since she has gotten weighed. At the dog park she is so much taller than pretty much all the dogs, I think we actually got a horse, not a German Shepherd. There was one dog who made Sasha look small at the dog park, it was a 180 POUND Newfoundland. I thought I was slumming it with a black bear.