Posts tagged ‘overnight oats’

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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July 15, 2011

Resistance Bands & Other Randomness

Today’s post is all over the place.  Luckily, at least I won’t be all over the place this weekend.  I was gone at least three weekends in a row and hosted company last weekend.  I was about to go out of town again this weekend, but I’ve managed to talk Kev into just staying home.  Woohoo!  I have too much work to do around the house for a pajama day, but hopefully I’ll indulge in at least a little good ole’ fashion laziness.

First, I want to talk about resistance bands.  I mentioned them in my most recent workout post, and I want to share why I like to incorporate them from time to time.  They’re not better than free weights, but they have noteworthy benefits.  One of these benefits is great for travel season – they fit in your carry-on!

This BodyBuilding.com article brings up another resistance-band bonus:

With your resistance band training, every part of both the concentric and eccentric part of the exercise has resistance, resulting in better range of motion strength and more complete stimulation.

The article also says that many people who strength train give the eccentric part of the exercise significantly less attention than they should.  It also offers some exercises that incorporate the bands (some good, some not so good, but that’s just my opinion).

FitSugar.com mentions another added benefit:

You’ll find that when using resistance bands, it’s easier to target smaller muscles and also mimic real-life sports scenarios. Because the bands offer tension in all directions, you can use them to mirror the movements you make in your sport and strengthen those muscle groups.

FitSugar doesn’t go into any further detail about this type of training, but I’ll fill you in briefly.  Exercises that strengthen your muscles in ways that make you stronger and better prepared for real-life activities are called functional exercises/movements.  Who really bench presses their bags of groceries?  Resistance bands help you practice functional movements, and they often help strengthen your stabilizer muscles at the same time.

On a side note, here’s a video to a few of my favorite functional movements. I really like the last exercise.

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Next topic: Packing your lunch gets annoying.  Seriously.  After a long day of work, an hour+ commute, unpacking and re-packing the gym bag, cooking dinner, and assisting with some of the dishes, the last thing I want to do is prep more meals.  However, here’s my secret.

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Too Bad It Can't Go In My Lunchbox

Okay – I actually only have a beer when packing my lunch on rare occasions.  Nevertheless, it helps!  I hear wine helps too – gotta try that next time.

Also, I made my first batch of overnight oats in a jar last night.  Milk, oats, cinnamon in an empty peanut butter jar, and I have sliced strawberries ready for topping in the morning.  I can’t wait to try this after my workout when I get to the office!

overnight oatsI didn’t like my first and only other experience with overnight oats, but I’m willing to give it one more shot.

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Finally, I want to discuss something that’s surprisingly cool.  If you shamelessly leave the gym like this:

curlers

Will one thumbs-up be enough?

You arrive at work like this:

hair

Nope - I give this two thumbs-up for sure!

Happy Friday!

What are your plans for the weekend?  Will you be out having fun or getting in extra pajama time?

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