As I mentioned in a previous post, I started to get sick at the end of last week. While I initially thought it was stress-related, I woke up on Sunday morning gasping for water to soothe my sandpaper-resembling throat. I usually only get one cold a year and, luckily it’s never anything particularly nasty – I like to think that’s because of my strong immune system built up through years of healthy eating and being active.
With me being as stubborn as ever, I refused to take even one day off from the gym. Despite Rob shaking his head at my plan to potentially infect everyone else, I headed off to the gym on Monday morning. I did, however, spend five minutes deciding whether I should climb back into bed – something I never do!
My ‘workout’ turned out to be a complete waste of time. I felt like a feeble old lady, and was falling short of my reps during every set. After my last workout with Rob, I had really gotten fired up and had been looking forward to push myself to lift heavier this week, but there was fat chance of that happening considering I could only breathe out of one nostril.
So on Tuesday I sadly admitted defeat and took the day off. No work and no workout. It was my first workout skipped in about six months. Instead, I made cookies, as every good housewife should 🙂
Super protein cookies
Ingredients (makes about 30):
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
2 cups whey protein powder (I used chocolate, but I think vanilla would be less overpowering)
1 tspn baking powder
2 tspn cinnamon
1 1/2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tspn vanilla extract
1 cup oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 180º Celsius. Place flour, protein powder, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix together.
In a separate bowl, add the cottage cheese, honey, oil, vanilla extract and egg.
Whisk until well mixed. (I have to say it tastes a lot better than it looks!!)
Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients.
Add the oats, chocolate chips and walnuts.
Spoon out into tablespoons of mixture and flatten out on a tray lined with baking powder.
Yesterday I was back in the gym and feeling stronger than ever. It was chest and triceps day and I just went in thinking I would take it easy. I seemed to possess a hidden stash of strength and I actually managed to increase the weight! This is a bigger deal than it sounds because I have a ridiculously weak chest and have been finding it near impossible to increase my weights during chest exercises.
As an added bonus, I had three different trainers compliment me on how well my training is coming along in the space of 10 minutes. I’m convinced it was my shirt – Lululemon is like the ‘instant fit body’ version of Spanx for me. I feel sorry for all the Aussies outside of Sydney who don’t get to experience the magnificence that is Lululemon. It is the North American version of Lorna Jane, only it’s much better quality and makes everyone’s butt look amazing. Anyway, the particular halter top I was wearing was doing a great amount of justice to my pulsating triceps!
I know a lot of trainers and bodybuilders swear by taking one or two weeks off once or twice a year, but I don’t think I could do it. I hate being away from the gym! However, Wednesday’s workout leads me to believe that I could benefit from a break every now and then.
What do you think about taking time off?
As an aside, immediately after making my last post (into which I could have appropriately incorporated the following), I found a link to this post: Recipe for Being Skinny Fat. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, ‘skinny fat’ is a phrase used by fit people about those who appear skinny on the outside but are covered in fat and no muscle and therefore look completely soft. Most super thin celebrities fall into this category, as to women who foolishly stick to cardio workouts only. It also preaches what I said here about diet being far more important than exercise. Here is how it relates to my last post: