Posts tagged ‘aerobic’

July 20, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

Is it Friday yet???  No?!?  Okay, then it must be Wednesday at least.  You know what that means – it’s What I Ate Wednesday time.  Woohoo!

First, I want to share a little bit about What I Worked.  As I mentioned, I was in a funk Monday, but I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for action Tuesday morning.  My great workout helped power my good mood, and I bet it gave my metabolism quite a boost too.  I completed the ab work for my July workout, and I did this 45-minute elliptical routine.

Time (minutes) Resistance RPMs Cross-Ramp (optional)
0 – 3 3 145 – 150 10
3 – 5 5 160 – 165 10
5 – 10 6 160 – 165 10
10 – 11 6 150 – 160 7
11 – 12 8 145 – 150 7
12 – 13 10 135 – 145 7
13 – 14 12 120 – 135 7
14 – 15 14 110 – 120 (faster if you can!) 7
15 – 20 6 160 – 165 5
20 – 25 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 5
25 – 30 6 160 – 165 5
30 – 35 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 5
35 – 40 6 160 – 165 5
40 – 45 7 – 2 (gradually decrease) 145 – 160 5

Work has been crazy this week.  I stayed late last night and will go in early today.  Sooooo, that means I had to skip my workout this morning.  Have no fear – body pump is here… or at least it will be come 6:15 tonight!

Now that the workouts are out of the way, let’s get into the goodies.  This week I’ve been enjoying my three-part breakfast: pre-workout rice cake, 70-calories of protein shake after the workout, and oats with fruit once I finally get settled at work a couple hours later.  I’ve been loving breakfast lately because I splurged for cherries at the store.  Totally worth it!

bowl

I even threw some NuNaturals alcohol-free vanilla stevia into the oats.  Not bad.  I tried putting some in work coffee.  Very bad.  Sticking to tea from here on out…

Lunch is a salad with goddess dressing.  That sounds boring, but at least it’s pretty.  I also enjoy a few almonds on the side.

salad

Snack is half a bell pepper and homemade yummus (aka: hummus).  I had been wanting to make my own hummus for a while, and I finally did it.  Yay!  It was easy, but I don’t know that I’ll do it often.  Tahini isn’t cheap, so it’s not all that much cheaper to make it yourself – especially when you compare it to TJ’s low hummus prices.

hummus = yummus

Dinner has been great so far this week.  I had salsa chicken two nights and light dinner Monday night to make up for my funky mood.  Tonight will be baked chicken (no added fat in cooking), a mini baked sweet potato, and steamed broccoli.  Yum, yum, and more yum.

After dinner a few nights this week, I’ve snacked on cheesecake ice cream.  It’s sooooo good!  I felt hoodwinked after buying it though.  It’s labeled “naturally flavored,” but I’m not so sure anything in it is all that natural.  There are few FDA regulations on “natural” claims, yet I still don’t always read every package like I should.

cream de chemicals

At the store I thought this ice cream said “natural,” not “naturally flavored” (impulse buy?!?), but I still feel tricked.  The mile-long ingredients list includes HFCS, corn syrup, modified food starch, hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, and more.  I think I’m going to start calling it ice chemicals instead, but at least it’s yummy!

Be sure to check out Peas and Crayons’ WIAW blog hop to see all the other great eats!


What was the best thing you ate today?

Are there any ingredients you avoid, or do you buy what looks/tastes good?

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July 16, 2011

A Spin-Off Kind of Saturday

I wanted to attend spin class today.  I never get to spin anymore, and that makes me sad.  I was a weekly spinner at my old gym for 3 reasons:

  1. They had a Friday class that started super early. I pre-burned my beers.
  2. The instructor totally kicked my butt.  I walked out of that class with jello legs and wet clothes every time.
  3. The instructor also refrained from “jumps.”  I can stay up a while for climbs and some intervals, but my knees don’t like jumps one bit.

I quit going because no classes at my current gym meet my schedule.  The one today starts at 9:15 a.m.  There are a few reasons I probably won’t spin this morning.  I prefer to get a better head start on the day, and Kevin and I have a lot to do.  We are doing a few renovations to our guest bathroom, and we want to finish everything this weekend while still allowing a little time for some boating.

Also, I wanted cereal this morning.  I ate cereal.  I ate 2 to 3 servings of cereal.  I’m also drinking coffee.  Class starts in an hour.  I think this is a recipe for disaster.

I’ll get around to spin… one day…

I’d like to fill you in on my Friday, and I have just the pictures to do it!

I went to the gym, and I had a great workout.  After lifting (big sets yesterday of about 12-15 reps), I used the art trainer for 25 minutes.  At the 5-, 10-, and 15-minute marks I dropped to the floor to do 10 pushups.  I know that doesn’t sound like much, but pushups get my heart rate up; they’re like sprints for my arms.  Also, since it was chest/back day, this machine and my additional pushups really helped burn out the muscles.

muscle

I don't always look like a ragamuffin at the gym, just most of the time.

I did not leave the gym in curlers.  I did, however, leave in running shoes.  I brought other shoes, but I walk three blocks to work, plus lots of stairs.

gym

Sorry Steve Madden - Mizuno Running Shoes Look Waaaay Cooler

I tried my overnight oats in a jar when I got to work.  I should have had something with more protein.  Actually, I should have had something else period.  These were edible, but I’m not a fan.  Oats should be hot… or in muffins, or granola, or meatloaf, or smoothies… Okay, oats can be in a lot of things, but cold milk in a jar is not one of those things.

oiaj

Mush... cold mush to be exact

Later, Kevin and I spent some time at Lowe’s.  I get serious A.D.D. in home improvement stores.   We  were going to have champagne once we finished working on the house, buttttt Kev wanted to open it early.  Needless to say, I did not object.

champage

Champagne + Paint Fumes = Friday Night Dance Party at the House

For dinner, I made pasta with meat sauce, and it was sooooooo delicious!  I love that simple meal!  I added extra oregano, garlic, onion, and tomato, but it is still pretty darn basic.  I also have to recommend Organic Whole Wheat Penne with Milled Flax by Hodgson Mill.  It’s my all-time favorite and can be purchased in bulk at Amazon.

oh so yum

Oh So Simple But Oh So Yum

Okay, now it’s time to finish my coffee and get back to work!

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