I'M BACK IN THE GYM!!! Oh happiness. I've moved flat and the friend I've moved in with has given me her card to use for the month, because she never goes. So I bounced out of bed at 8am and was there by 9, the earliest I've been up in a while. The one where I was living (but didn't get to) for July was space age, this one is large but very functional. No fancy gadgets like in my Glasgow Gym, the machines are very stripped down, no individual tvs... I like it though. Except for having to swap between levels 1 and 2 all the time. Insanity I've stopped for now because of acroyoga 3x a week and cycling roughly 70km a week... (haven't done a week this intense yet, it's a consequence of where I now live)... and I have no space for Insanity now, so the gym it is! Back to weight lifting. Felt so good.
Sunday - Acroyoga for 4 hours, including acrobatics - practising on the rings, handstands, etc. Moved flat, cycled 12kms.
Monday - carried shopping back from the supermarket and made cookies... not too sure I can count that but at least my diet's back on track.
Tuesday - Chest and Triceps (so much happiness)
Thought that I'd lost strength, but actually I seem if anything to have gained strength presumably through Insanity and Acroyoga. Only realised this when I just looked back over the last time I worked chest and triceps, nearly 2 months ago :O didn't do so well on the fly but other than that...
Dumbbell chest press: 9kg x10x10x10
Dumbbell chest press incline: 7kg x10x8x6
Chest press machine: 20kg x10x10x8
Fly machine: 15kg x12x10x10 - weakness in left arm
Rear deltoid machine: 15kg x10x10x10
Tricep pushdowns: 15kg x12x12 17.5kgx12 20kgx9 - not sure why I can do so much heavier than I could, I kept incredulously upping the weight.
Dumbbell kickbacks - 6kg x10 x10 7kg x10 (also could probably have been 7 throughout)
Couldn't find anywhere to do tricep dips.
All in all, quite happy
and here are some photos... because my arms have suddenly become much better.
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and for anyone who wants... normally I can't make good cookies at all, which is why I haven't made any for over two years, actually they're the only baking thing I've never been happy with, but these are excellent:
1 c brown sugar
¼ c maple syrup
½ c oil
¼ c applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1½ c chocolate chips
In a large bowl, beat together sugar, syrup, and oil. It will become smooth and even in consistency after a little while; don’t skimp on this step!
Beat in vanilla and applesauce.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt, and nutmeg.
Add dry mixture to wet; mix well.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Form into 1″ balls (or whatever size you prefer) and bake on greased sheets at 350 degrees for 6-10 minutes.
Long post. Phew.