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Thursday & Friday All In One

Well, thanks to blogger, Wednesday's post is completely gone, the post I started for Thursday's is gone... I know that blogs are going to be super backed up, so I guess I'll start over with a brief recap of Thursday. 

Thursday Recap
Accident
Let's see, on the way back to work from lunch, we got rear-ended. Jason was stopped at a crosswalk for pedestrians when a truck rammed into us. That was fun. I was a bit sore - had no clue hitting my head on a head rest could hurt so damn bad. But thankfully no one was hurt, especially the people in the crosswalk.

Gym
I hit the gym for upper body, changing up my routine in a giant way...as in giant sets. I decided to do biceps, shoulders, chest with some legs in between the giant sets for upper body. I did 3 sets but added 2 reps to each exercise (6,8,10). I warmed up for 10 minutes on the elliptical then did the following:

GS#1
Biceps curls
Hammer curls
Incline curls

Alternating lunges 2x20 (10 each side)

GS#2
Shoulder press
Upright row
Lateral raise

Step ups - 2x14

GS#3
Chest flye to press
Chest press
Pushups (toes on step)

Drop-side lunge off step - 2x12
Squats - 3x10

I finished with 5 minutes on the elliptical and called it quits. I was feeling the burn immediately!

Dinner
Dinner was a tasty new dish - Vegetarian Mexican-Style Chorizo Rice. Jason had picked up some vegetarian (not vegan) chorizo sausages the other day. Normally the veggie chorizo we get cooks up more like crumbles, but this was more like a sausage. We had some rice in the freezer so here's what I did.

Vegetarian Mexican-Style Chorizo Rice
Ingredients:
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2-3 tbsp minced garlic
3 Lightlife brand Smart Sausages Chorizo Style, diced
1 1/2 cups or 1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (or fresh)
To taste: sea salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder
1 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked

Directions:
In large non-stick skillet, saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic until soft. Add in the "chorizo," black beans, and spices and allow to continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes.

Add in tomatoes and frozen corn. Cook until corn thaws. Add in the rice, check seasonings. Remove from heat and serve.
 

This was a pretty quick meal to toss together. The Lightlife "chorizo" is just the right hint of spicy. Do note that it's NOT vegan however as it does have egg whites.

Friday
This morning Heath Man had to go to the vet. We had him scheduled to get his teeth cleaned and they thought they would have to remove 2 of his teeth. Of course I was a worried mom. He was bouncing around so happy this morning. Thankfully they didn't have to remove any teeth, but we're told his mouth will be sore for a few days.

My sister is staying the night with me, so I decided to work through lunch and leave at 3 so I could hit the gym and be home to get cleaned up (and make her bed) before she got there. I decided to finish out upper body and do ab work today. I went with the same type of giant sets as yesterday 3x(6,8,10) starting with the usual elliptical warmup.

GS#1
Wide grip chinups (assisted)
Pullovers
Double-arm rows

GS#2
Double-arm overhead triceps extension
Lying triceps extension
Double-arm kickbacks

I did a variety of ab work then a few minutes on the elliptical.

I'm really looking forward to this evening. Not only do I get to see my sis, but my cousin and his family along with some friends of ours are all meeting for a patio happy hour. Then it'll be Pizza Friday.

Since this post is already insanely long, and I know everyone is behind on blogging and blog reading now, I'll skip the Fun Facts Friday this week. But, if you feel so inclined, you can share one fun fact about blogger being down ;-)

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While I'm on a roll for time-saving circuit workouts, I thought it'd be appropriate to share another upper body circuit that you can use in conjunction with the Biceps and Back Circuit.

This one is for Shoulders and Triceps with pushups to target chest.

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Please properly warm up for 5-10 minutes with dynamic moves like butt kicks, shoulder rolls, lunges and/or spin on stationary bike, walk on treadmill or elliptical.

This workout is done as a circuit meaning that you do one exercise then quickly move to the next with little to no rest. After completing all exercises, rest then repeat. I suggest doing this circuit 3-4 times depending on time, p…