Weights at Lunch

I go to the gym during my lunch break two to three times a week. I usually go when I know that I have plans at night but sometimes I just go when I don’t have anything to do. It’s always nice to be able to go straight home after work, especially when it’s 33 degrees out like it was tonight.

I sometimes run when I go to the gym at lunch, but usually I do not. If I do weights instead, I don’t have to shower. I know, gross, but I really don’t sweat much and I do put on deodorant afterward! It’s always nice to get a weight lifting session in. I find that in 30 minutes, I can do about 8 different exercises – 3 sets of each. I try to split up upper and lower body and find exercises that hit each muscle. I don’t know if I am doing a good job of that, but this is what I did today:

1. pushups on a stability ball – 3 sets of 12
2. arnold press – 20 lbs, 3 sets of 12
3. dumbbell bent over low – 24 lbs, 3 sets of 12
4. dumbbell lateral raise – 16 lbs, 3 sets of 8 (I hate shoulders!)
5. assisted chin up – 100 lbs assisted, 3 sets of 8
6. back raise – 3 sets of 12
7. cable tricep overhead press – 22.5 lbs, 3 sets of 12
8. hammer curl – 24 lbs, 3 sets of 12

Am I missing anything?

Since I was able to go straight home after work, I was able to get a head start on dinner and we ate at a normal hour, instead of after 8, which is what usually happens when I work out after work. Even though I prefer to cook vegetarian at home, Jason has been requesting fish, so I made Baked Cod with Boursin Herb Cheese from allrecipes.com Except mine was Baked Cod with Goat Cheese. I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday and while they did have Boursin cheese, they didn’t have the light variety so I went with goat cheese, which I think has a similar taste. I also did not use the butter that this recipe called for. I simply sprayed the pan with cooking spray.


With the fish, I also cooked some brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. I didn’t even like them until maybe a year ago. I think I’d only had them steamed or boiled and that’s not the best way to cook them. I remembered a recent post of Emily’s featuring brussels sprouts so I went back to look at it and realized that I had all the ingredients in my cabinets. So I made her Asian Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts to go with the fish.


You might be wondering what that Rice Krispie treat looking thing on the plate is.


It’s not a rice krispie treat, although I do like those, but a Baked Rice Snack from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s. I’d never had them before and thought they sounded interesting. It basically just tasted like a rice patty.

I think the brussels sprouts were the highlight of the meal. Even though I’m eating fish and seafood again, I just don’t seem to have the same taste for it anymore.


9 responses to “Weights at Lunch

  1. You can’t go wrong with Brussels!

  2. I’ve just started to love Brussel Sprouts too1 Roasted with garlic and olive oil is soooo good!

    PS. If you’re looking to switch up your weight routine, maybe try focusing on one body part a day, or maybe two per day to get a more intense burn for each body part? So maybe back/bi’s one day, legs/tri’s another day and chest/shoulder’s another day?

  3. That dinner looks so good! Perfect combination of flavors, colors and textures! YUM! I hear ya on the cold weather…I am done with winter now!

  4. I just started to like brussel sprouts too. My professor gets them for a weekly lunch meeting we have and they are so good!

  5. I wouldn’t shower after lifting for 30 minutes, either. And it’s so nice to get a workout in at lunch — I used to do that when we had exercise equipment at work. You’re right, it gets a jump start on your evening and dinner and that’s always nice 🙂 Which, dinner looks awesome, by the way! Love cod!

  6. Great job getting the workout in on your lunch break! I wish I could do something like that!

  7. Love me some sprouts…especially roasted, yum!

  8. Yes- this cold is RIDICULOUS! I hope it heats back up. I love getting my gym session in earlier in the day. Its so nice to have a free afternoon/evening. Dinner looks perfect- especially the brussels. And you just have to love TJs products