Apple Upside Down Teaser + New Workout Routine

Last Friday I made Apple Upside Down cake from a recipe found on “Cooking Light” magazine. I didn’t have enough sugar so I substituted it with Splenda. I knew the recipe wasn’t right when I went to lick the mixer’s beaters (everybody licks these right? lol!). Usually I can tell when something is off if the dough doesn’t taste right. I knew right away it was the Splenda since I got the after taste that artificial sweeteners have sometimes. I guess it was more apparent here since I used large quantities of it.

Also, I needed to make a glaze for the apples with sugar and using Splenda for it didn’t work. It never turned golden brown.

The end result wasn’t that bad but I know it can improve by using real sugar. I will also cut the apples thinner and peel them as well to make it look more appealing. Soooo, I won’t share with you this recipe just yet since I wasn’t totally satisfied with it. I may make it again this weekend but for sure, I want to make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies! Have you had those things? I have a recipe for them and they look amazingly delicious! Can’t wait to make them and share them with ya all!

Paul and I started a new workout routine last week. After not working out for a week during our vacation, my body rebelled and it was so sore that I could barely walk! The hack squats terrorized my quads! We did them again today and it was much better the second time around. I will confess though, that I love that feeling of soreness we get when we change workout routines or increase weights. You shouldn’t be sore all the time to know you’re progressing but once in a while is a good sign.

Here is the workout we did yesterday and today. Tomorrow is an off day from the gym but will share with you later what we do on Wednesday & Thursday

(Note: Click on the exercise name to see a demonstration)


Dumbbell Flat Bench – 45 lbs – 3 sets of 7 reps.
Db Incline Flys (on an incline bench)  – 25 lbs – 3 sets of 9 reps.

Pullovers – 85 lbs – 3 sets of 8
Cable Seated Rows – 135 lbs – 3 sets of 8
Extensions – Holding a 10 lb plate – 3 sets of 10

EZ Bar Curls – 60 lbs – 2 sets holding the bar in + 2 sets holding the bar out – 7 reps each.
Db Incline Curls – 25 lbs – 3 sets of 8
Db Hammer Curls – 30 lbs – 3 sets of 8


Hack Squats – 100 lbs – 3 sets of 8
Leg Presses – 290 lbs x8 reps, 320 lbs x 6, 350 lbs x 4
Seated Leg Curls – 85 lbs – 3 sets of 10
Seated Calves – 180 lbs – 4 sets of 15

Head Crushers – 40 lbs ez curl – 3 sets of 7
Pushdowns – 70 lbs – 3 sets of 10  (we don’t let the bar go all the way. We stop when the arms are parallel to the floor. Very controlled movements)
Standing Cable Extensions – 50 lbs – 3 sets of 8

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  • 09/01/2012 - 3:56 pm

    Datta - Thank you for posting this, I’ve been using it for a month or two and I’ve ralely noticed a significant change in my core strength and consequently my balance and running ability, overall it’s just been awesome! Especially the knowledge you passed on in the video, it was very good to know. However, it’s reached the point where I no longer find this workout as challenging as before, so I was wondering if you had any advice as to what kind of core strengthening exercises I should try next?ReplyCancel

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