I went big yesterday. I went big with eats and with my workout. I went big at lunch at the salad bar. Sure, it looks innocent enough – healthy veggies, healthy dressing, and a healthy portion.
However, even quasi-healthy things add up quickly, like hummus, olives, sunflower seeds, and 2 mini muffins at 90 calories each. When I totaled up the calories after lunch, I saw the “healthy” meal came to 775, which is double what I normally eat for lunch. I didn’t fret too much (and ate mom’s meatloaf she cooked for dinner & drank a beer that evening). It was a learning experience.
Counting calories is a pain. It can be disheartening, and it isn’t for everyone. On the other hand, it can help you gauge portion sizes, learn the macros of basic foods, and highlight your weaknesses/strengths.
Speaking of strengths…
I went big at the gym by completing my first plate workout, and it wasn’t easy. Here’s the link to the original workout. It’s the ASU conditioning workout. The guys use a 45-lb plate and do 4 sets (if I remember correctly). I learned about it from Benjamin, Active Beer Geek.
I am not that buff. I did 3 sets of 15 reps. I used a 25-lb plate and a 10-lb plate. Even though I switched between plates and exercises quickly, I’m sure it would still be loads harder if you held the same weight the entire time.
I didn’t explain each move the link I posted has a video. I liked #3 and #9 the most. Of course, y’all already know how much I like cross-back lunges. I wrapped up with some additional leg and core work before calling it quits. By the way, I’m Matt’s featured blogger today, so go check it out on his site!
- Ever had a salad bar fail?
- Ever tried a plate workout?