ericathevegan

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

Combo: “Food and exercise for one, please?”

Plank Road sign in Piatt Township, Lycoming Co...

 

Not sleeping for an excessive amount of time screwed me over.

No, I’m not necessarily more tired, at least I don’t feel so yet.  I just feel cheated.  I can’t be unconscious continuously for 8 hours since!  I went to bed around 1 or 2am yestermorning and I woke up at 7!  I was mad..and hungry.  I couldn’t really fall back asleep and my mum of course was asleep.  Don’t want to wake her up by busying myself about the kitchen.  On top of that, I had this super duper breakfast that I planned on creating, which would make plenty of noise: Cocoa Barley-Oat Pancakes. Sigh.  Whatever shall a vegan do?

Snack Attack.  I had 1/3 apple in my closet.  Don’t worry, it was in a baggy and even had lime juice all over it so that it wouldn’t brown.  Chomped that up.  Next!  I made raw brownie balls did I not?  I had 4 of them left, did I not? Not anymore.  CHOMP.  Then my sister texted me, and suggested I try to sleep again.  I do.  But not for long.  Maybe until 9ish, but I was never really unconscious.  Just stationary with closed eyes.

Well, mum finally awakes and I proceed to make my “special” breakfast. Pancakes! Whoo!  I mixed the ingredients well, Note to self: next time cook the barley, then grind to make your flour.  …&voila.  Now, it was an experiment.  It was.  Mostly, the problem was the barley, and how it didn’t grind into flour, therefore I had to chew carefully.  But cooking is all about trial and error.  Next time, which I decided will be next week,  I shall try again.  But it was good.  Not as good as yesterday’s decadent breakfast (which I shall have again in the morn!), but good nonetheless, and fulfilling.  With the pancakes (makes 2 for 280 calories) I sliced a large banana, I like my bananas green.  I put almost 1 tbsp. of Earth Balance Soy Garden butter on the pancakes.  Pause.  This soy butter is thee BEST.  SO GOOD. Seriously.  Resume.  And 1 tbsp. of honey as my syrup.  Satisfied, yes.  Oh yes, and hot green tea. Drink up!

Snack #1 (At 1-2pm): celery sticks, water, 1 prune, roughly 16 peanuts, 8 cups popcorn

Today was Arms Day.  Gah.  It feels as though “arms day” is EVERY day.

  • 3 x 10 bridges
  • 30 seconds left side plank
  • 30 seconds right side plank
  • 3 x 10 right forward lunges (5lb.)
  • 3 x 10 left forward lunges (5lb.)
  • 3 x 12 The Gun Show (10lb.)
  • 3 x 12 Upright Rows (5lb.)
  • 4 x 12 Dear God, Don’t Hit My Face (5lb.)
  • 3 x 12 Tricep Dumbbell Kickbacks (5lb.)
  • 3 x 15 Chest Press (5lb.)
  • 3 x 15 Overhead Press (5lb.)
  • 12 Overhead Tricep Extension, each arm
  • 3 X 15 Front-Shoulder Raise (5lb.)
  • 15 Push-Ups (on my knees)
  • Stretching

Horrible.  Simply arm grueling work.  Gah.

Snack #2 (At 4:20pm): 1/2 apple, .75 cup shelled peanuts (no, I did not eat the shell, I try to restrain myself)

Supper (At 7pm): Split pea vegetable soup (added some sauteed mushrooms into the soup..yum)

Snack #3: (9pm): .5 tbsp. Natural PB, Salt & Vinegar roasted chickpeas (a handful I’d say)

And self-proclaimed Ab Day?

English: an exercise of abs

English: an exercise of abs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 3 x 15 Heel-to-Toe Crunch <–bad stuff right there, really bad
  • 30 seconds Reverse Plank on Fit Ball, 2x
  • 3 x 20 Seated Abdominal Crunch Leg Lifts
  • 30 seconds plank
  • 30 seconds bicycle
  • 3 x 12 reverse crunches
  • 3 x 12 vertical crunches
  • 4 x 15 KTE (Knees to Elbow)
  • 3 x 15 Hyperextensions

I felt as though I needed to do more today.  I’m not sure why. I suppose I felt as though I snacked too much or something of the sort.

Question, Erica: Why do you do, aside from your self-proclaimed Ab Day, abdominal work when it is not Ab Day. 

Answer: Remember, I am doing that 6 Weeks to 6 Pack challenge.  Planks, Bicycle Holds, Bridges, Vertical Crunches, Reverse Crunches, Left Side Crunches, Right Side Crunches, and Lunges are all a part of the challenge.  I do them 5 times a week with 2 rest days.

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