unless you’re just arriving to the party, you know that i’m on a high-protein (80mg minimum per day) diet to aid in the regrowth of my poor little leg muscles. what you may not know is that i’m a serial grocery shopper. this, i got from my mom, who went to shop-rite at least five times a week. very rarely do i buy ALL of my groceries at once. instead, i go and get a half dozen items, and then two days later go back for three more, and so on.
every now and again i get the bulk of my week’s groceries in one hit, and today was one of those days. as i was loading my stuff on to the conveyer belt, i had to laugh a little and wonder what it said about me. i had:
- 2 bags of baby carrots
- hummus (to eat with said baby carrots)
- red grapes (FAVORITE)
- a huge vat of cottage cheese (if you’ve never had it, cottage cheese with grapes and honey is delicious)
- hazelnut coffee creamer
- 5 bags of mini rice cakes (they were on sale, don’t judge me)
- sliced cheese
- 2 clif bars (mint chocolate flavor – yum!)
- 2 pure protein bars (not my favorite, but they were super cheap)
- peanut butter
- 2 liters of iced tea
- 3 cans of tuna
- a loaf of wheat bread
this grocery load, to me, says PROTEIN. (it also, upon inspection, also kind of says VEGETARIAN. which i am not, i just can’t cook worth a crap, and meat/salmonella ain’t somethin’ i wanna mess with.)
that being said – i benched six sets today rather than my usual five. a warm-up set at 45#, then two work sets at 60# and three at 65#. i couldn’t pull full (8) reps on the last set, but i eked out 5 reps and felt good. next bench i want to get full reps on all sets. then from there i’ll sub one of the 60# sets with 65#. my goal is to be working with 75# regularly by mid-term.
running used to make me feel strong, powerful. lifting has been filling that void for me. even though i can’t do any lower body work, what i can do i’m committed to and enjoying my progress.
i got smoked at PT yesterday and my entire right leg is a wasteland. i love that that means i’m working and that i’m on my way to getting back my old strength and old self!