MGS W1D5: I leg-pressed 270 lbs in Mary Janes

My Ryka Versa cross training shoes arrived last week, and er…WOW. They are cute. And comfortable. And nice and flat, which means they are my new favorite shoes to wear to weight lifting workouts. They don’t work as well for running however, which is a blessing in disguise since I have a tendency to hop on a treadmill about 9 times out of 10 right after I lift to squeeze in some bonus intervals. I have better results when I put my running interval sessions on non-lifting days, so you might say that the new shoes are saving me from myself. I got them in both the black and white colors, but I have to say that the black ones are a lot more versatile with my wardrobe, not to mention very Asian fit chick chic with a pair of white liner socks.

Oh, and in case you missed my previous post about these Ryka kicks, you can read it here. has another great no minimum purchase coupon code for 30% off available now, which puts the Rykas at $28.00 before shipping and sales tax. Not too shabby for a $60 shoe.

I’m finished gushing now. Back to the daily workout log.

I had another late night at work yesterday and consumed some subpar eats–pizza from Flipper’s, the home of the soggiest, greasiest pizza known to mankind. The fact that I actually kind of enjoyed the stuff just goes to show that I am jonesing for any kind of pizza at all. This tells me that it is time to put my healthy whole wheat chicken breast, turkey pepperoni, jalapeno, and pineapple pita pizza recipe back into my daily rotation. My workout for the day was a half hour Hip Hob Abs cardio session and some lunch time stretching at my desk. I wasn’t able to get to the gym in time for the 30 minutes of combined elliptical and stationary bike, but my calories were within spec, so I’m not going to worry about it.

I was limping around with some pretty major DOMS yesterday thanks to my back to back lifting workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I managed to work out a lot of the stiffness this morning by tackling Workout A again with even heavier weights. Ferruggia’s plan calls for only 5 heavy reps, so combined with the fact that I am still trying to get my strength levels up to pre-July levels, I am increasing my weights by relatively big increments with each successive workout. I am generally finished with my workout in under 30 minutes, and I am seeing progress and clearly working hard based on the amount of whining I’m doing regarding my sore muscles. Best of all, I look forward to my time in the gym again.

There was a very surreal and silly moment this morning when I was performing my seated military barbell press with a 70 lb barbell and looked over to the next bench to see another woman doing the same exercise…but with tiny 5 lb dumbbells.

It’s great to be back in the gym, LOL.

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