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Stir Fry Thursday

Thursday Morning Step
I really wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get up this morning and get my cardio in, or get it in at all today. I was so sore yesterday, that I assumed today would end up a rest day. I think the Epsom salt bath did me some good though (or at least temporarily). I was up in time to do my workout and wasn't hobbling around, so I opted for Step Blast and abs from Step, Jump and Pump. It didn't hit me until about halfway into the 50-minute step workout that my legs were indeed still sore. Heavy is an understatement. But, I made it through and started the day full of energy.

Tomorrow I will take my rest day though. Today marked 6 straight days of workouts so a break is in order. I'll be finishing my 8-week Total-Body Training rotation on Saturday. I can't believe it's already over. I am determined to allow myself a week off from weights next week, then I need to find a new rotation. For quite some time, my weight rotations have been mostly muscle building and strength. I have grown to like those types of workouts - lower reps, heavier weights. However, I am wondering if I should go back to muscle endurance for a few weeks before starting another build/strength rotation.

Got any suggestions??? Do your prefer heavy weights with lower reps or lighter weights with higher reps?

Taking it Easy for Dinner
I really wasn't in the mood for cooking tonight. I opted for a quick, easy stir fry. I made a Spicy Peanut Stir Fry using: Quorn Chik'n Tenders, both frozen and fresh veggies, baby portobellos, a spicy szechuan stir-fry sauce mixed with approximately 1 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter over soba noodles.
I really liked the peanut butter flavor combined with the spicy szechuan. This was a nice, satisfying, and super fast meal. Perfect for nights when you just don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. 

Comments

  1. Way to get that workout in! I always talk myself out of workouts on days like that!

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  2. It does sound like you need a rest.

    Most of the time I prefer heavier weight and lower reps. But I also use lighter weight and higher reps when I am "resting". So I guess my answer is I use both but enjoy heavier weight more.

    Dinner looks good, as always!

    Alicia

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  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg I was already awake & most of the times getting moving helps with the sore muscles. Halfway through, though, I was rethinking that logic. EEK!

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean definitely going to enjoy the rest day I can promise that much. I'll be so much better off for the final weight workout! I think I need to do a few weeks of the muscle endurance. I know I'll be sooo sore too since that's not what I've mostly been doing. Thanks for the dinner compliment! Means a lot coming from you!!

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  4. Awww, aren't you sweet! Thank you for the nice compliment.

    Alicia

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  5. 6 straight days..I think you deserve a rest! Can I just have your motivation for a week. haha.
    Your dinner looks great! I am going to have to recreate it at some point.
    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian I typically do workout Sat-Thurs and take Fridays off, unless I'm feeling particularly worn down. I don't know why, but I always feeling Friday is a reward and part of that reward is a rest day! Hope you have a great weekend too!

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  7. I love taking epsom salt baths, there really is nothing better for sore muscles! I definitely prefer lighter weights with more reps, but that's just because I'm not the strongest and it's way hard for me to do heavy weights.

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  8. Hi Jenna @ Healthy Happy Well ! I'm wishing I could be enjoying an epsom bath right now. Spa day!

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  9. I love Quorn products because they are one of the few meatless products that is soy free! Now if only it could be gluten-free too! I swear I am hard to please! haha!

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  10. I generally do a variety of things with weights. Some workouts I will do more endurance, some I will do heavier. Some I'll do a mix of the two. I know my body likes when I keep it guessing ;)

    And yay for a rest day!

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  11. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly We really like Quorn products too. Have you tried some of the ones that are stuffed? There is a cranberry and goats cheese that's super tasty.

    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun thanks for sharing your workout thoughts. I didn't know what kind of advice I might get from some of those who've done the competitions.

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  12. YES, I LOOOOVE peanut butter with spicy chicken!!! :) :)

    As for lifting weights, I definitely prefer heavier weight, lower rep. You will get plenty of endurance from cardio or even HIIT workouts.

    And you deserve a day of rest. 6 days in a row is pleeeeenty. :-D

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  13. Hey Carrie thanks for the weight advice. I love HIIT workouts too so that works for me!

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