Welcome back to 30 Days of Fitness, my journey to being less of a fat guy. Yesterday, I went over my weekend R&R, but I'm back in the thick of it, so let's go over Day 8!
Day 8: 7/21/2014
Yesterday was the first time that I didn't get up right away when my 5AM alarm went off. I think it's because the newness of this routine is fading, and so I'm not getting the immediate adrenaline kick from this being fresh and exciting. So I slept in around 20 minutes later than I should've. In the larger scheme, it doesn't really matter, because I still had plenty of time to work out and head into the office. But I need to be careful to not get lazy about getting up on time and staying consistent.
On to the exercise routine!
- 125 Calorie Burn on the Elliptical
- 50 Freeweight Curls
- 125 Stomach Crunches
- 50 Leg Lifts
- 200 Hip Abduction (Weighted Thigh Crunches) Reps
- 50 Leg Press Reps
- 125 Calorie Burn on Exercise Bike
Coming off of the weekend, I wanted to hit the gym hard, so I've moved up the bar a little. I'm now doing an additional 25 caloric burns during my opening and closing cardio, I've added 25 more stomach crunches, and as you can see, I went a little nuts on the hip abduction machine. Last week, when I used that machine, my legs were basically raw meat for two days. But this time, I didn't feel the burn nearly as bad, so I just kept going until I felt like I couldn't continue. 200 reps seemed like a nice round number, so I shot for that. Leg presses weren't quite as easy, so that's remained the same. Oh, and yeah, leg lifts are still fucking hard.
Yesterday was also the first day that I started eating my own meals:
- Breakfast: Chocolate Hydrowhey Protein Shake w/Almond Milk (180 Calories)
- Lunch: Tofu Quinoa Bowl w/Shredded Parmesan and Sriracha (520 Calories)
- Snack: Apple (95 Calories)
- Snack: Nacho Kale Chips (150 Calories)
- Dinner: 2 Small Bowls of Raisin Bran w/Almond Milk (460 Calories)
Total Calories: 1405
I'd intended to eat another apple before going to bed and hitting a perfect 1500, but I never really got hungry, so I figured I'd hold off until the morning. Oh, and as you can see, almond milk has found a great place in my diet. There was an article recently about how drinking almond milk is dumb because there are only a handful of almonds used, and it's mostly water, so why not just drink water, etc etc. What the author doesn't realize (or is ignoring) is that almond milk also tastes great and is really low in calories. So it's great for people who don't want the high calorie count in 2% milk, the water blandness of skim milk or the weird estrogen content in soy milk.
My unsweetened almond milk is 40 calories per cup, which means I can put two cups of it in with my protein powder and have a filling breakfast for way less calories. And I'm already getting most of my nutrients from my powder and other meals anyway, so the so-called lack of nutrition isn't a concern. Anyway, what I'm saying here is that if you want a great alternative to 2% milk, try some unsweetened almond milk. You might be surprised.
And that's Day 8. Come back tomorrow for a return to upper body workouts and conquering a lack of confidence!