OUCH! Body Pump totally pumped ME this morning. I don’t know what was going on, as I didn’t change my weight amounts from the last couple of weeks, but my “muscle burn” was at an all-time high today (this burn is technically the use of ATP/proton production within your cells, which I won’t get into right now).
Anyway, these three moves were the ones that gave me feeling that ‘I’m so uncomfortable, I reeeeeeally want to stop…but everyone else is still going, so I’d better suck it up’ feeling. Ever felt like that? Nothing like a little peer pressure to keep you pushing through.
The Lying Triceps Extension:
Intermixed with a Close-Grip Bench Press:
Then we finished it off with a lot of Standing Overhead Triceps Extensions (we use plates, though):
All of that is done without rest over the course of a 4-5 minute song. My triceps were utterly on FIRE. I think anyone who has ever done a Body Pump (or similar) class has one body part that basically serves as their arch nemesis…triceps are mine!
After that amusement, I went to pick up a package at the Post Office.
A Christmas box from Canada, courtesy of my lovely parents
We will try our best to hold off opening them for a couple more weeks!
Now, I really should have gone to the library this afternoon (as planned) to study for a test later in the week, but catching up on emails from friends/family and making a treat out of my four favourite ingredients seemed like a far superior idea.
This recipe is super easy, and isn’t too shabby on the caloric/healthiness scale as far as “baked goods” are concerned. Bring on the PB, baby!
Peanut Butter & Banana
Chocolate Oatmeal Squares
- Rolled Oats- 2.5 cups
- Cinnamon- 1 tsp
- Baking Powder- 1 tsp
- Brown Sugar- 1/4 cup
- Chopped/Crushed Walnuts- 1 cup
- Salt- 1/2 tsp
- Eggs- 2
- Milk- 1/2 cup
- Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
- Bananas- 2 large, mashed
- Natural Peanut Butter- 1/2 cup
- Chocolate Chips (‘dark’ if you have it)- 1 cup
Umm…okay. Who broke into the chocolate chip bag? This was definitely unopened last time I checked the cupboard! hahah.
Luckily, there was exactly enough left!
1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºC.
2. Mix together Mixture 1. Add Mixture 2. Then Mixture 3. Make sure to stir well between each addition.
3. Fill a greased pan with the mixture (8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ work well).
4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
5. Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut it into squares. You can also take a tooth pick or knife to ensure the squares aren’t stuck to the walls of the pan.
6. Refrigerate for at least an hour before removing from pan and eating.
Well, I’m sitting here polishing off my second square of the evening and getting ready to spend some quality time with my portion of a group project that is due on Friday! Must.Concentrate.And.Get.Something.Accomplished…..