Third Time’s a Charm?

Even though I try to hit all my muscles when I’m lifting weights, I think that I’m pretty much clueless. So, for the third time, I took my New Rules of Lifting for Women book to the gym with me at lunch. I’ve had this book for at least a year and I’ve tried to do the program twice. There are six stages and completing the entire program takes roughly six months. In the past, I’ve never gotten past Stage 3. I’ve either simply burned out or, more likely, I started training for a race and strength training took a back seat to running. But hey, third time’s the charm, right? In order not to bore my readers to death, I’m not going to chronicle every single NRLFW workout that I do. But I will post my beginning stats and then my stats again when I finish each stage for comparison. By stats, I mean how much weight I can lift, not how much I weigh.

Today was Workout 1A which looks like this:

1. Squats – 2 sets of 15 reps – 20 lbs

2. Push-ups – 2 sets of 15 reps. I used the Smith Machine and did incline push-ups which are easier than regular. NRLFW recommends doing this instead of knee pushups.

3. Low Row – 2 sets of 15 reps, 40 lbs. I think this was a little too light.

4. Step-ups – 2 sets of 15 reps (each leg), 25 lbs

5. Prone Cobra – 2 sets of 8 reps

Since I was able to do my workout at lunch, I felt like I had enough time to make a proper dinner and finally make the Skinny Bitch Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Tomatillo Sauce that I’d been dying to make all week.

What I didn’t realize, however, was how much of a pain in the ass this recipe was. First, you had to broil the peppers.


Then I stuck them in a bag and let them sweat for half an hour, then peeled and seeded them.


While the peppers are doing their thing, the tomatillos also needed to be broiled.


Did you know that tomatillos are sticky when you peel the papery skin off?


The next step was to make the filling. This was relatively easy, but time consuming since the quinoa had to cook first.


And then I made the tomatillo sauce.


I was already annoyed at this point because it was taking SOOO long to make this. I wasn’t happy when I realized that my peppers were totally flat and not easy to stuff. I’m not sure why these were cooked first. They’d be much easier to stuff and much quicker if you stuffed them before cooking. I managed to stuff them as best I could.


Of course, they totally fell apart when I put them on a plate.


The peppers tasted good but it honestly took me over an hour to cook them and it wasn’t worth it. I liked the filling and the sauce, so I think that if I omitted the peppers altogether, this could be an easy, weeknight recipe.


7 responses to “Third Time’s a Charm?

  1. Oh fun! A weightlifting “challenge”. I love that.

  2. Great workout! love Tina’s thought that it’s a challenge -I think you’ll enjoy having these records to compare yourself to and get stronger!

    I hate that this recipe worked out this way. 😦 The ones that take long are just never worth it to me because I know I won’t want to put the trouble in more than once!

  3. I think that recipe looks delicious! It would be the same thing if you just diced up the peppers, who cares if they fell apart when stuffed, still looks good!

  4. wow – I really don’t like peppers – but this looks really good.

  5. Ohh, a fun new recipe for quinoa!

    I’ve read NROLFW and want to try the program- it is hard to fit in with all of the other fitness goals I want to accomplish!

  6. hi! glad you liked your secret santa gift! isn’t that chocolate amazing? it is made in minnesota so i buy it often, gotta support the local economy 😉 have a great weekend lady!