Posts tagged ‘swim laps’

August 9, 2011

WIAW: Normal Edition

Guess what!!! I flailed around in the water swam for 15 continuous minutes yesterday morning! Woohoo! That’s a first for me. Here was the overall workout: I completed 10 minutes of lower body pilates before heading into the pool. I then swam 15 minutes, walked 1 minute, and swam 14 more minutes. It was an excellent start to the day!

Okay… moving on to the yum stuff….

I wish I had a cool theme for you guys this week, such as WIAW Dessert Edition, Vacation Edition, or even Pretty Picture Edition, but I don’t. Luckily, WIAWs are always fun as-is. Check out Peas & Crayons for other WIAW posts.

Breakfast has been broken into only 2 parts this week. Yeah… crazy. I’m having 1 of the 2 Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy bars or a banana pre-workout. I thought the bars would be like Nature Valley bars, but they’re actually sooooo much better.

From Official Kashi Site

Once I get to the office, I’m having 1 scoop (80 calories) of all-natural vanilla whey protein cooked in 1/3 cup of oats. I top that with a shake of pumpkin pie spice and 3 diced almonds. The protein to oats ratio is a little off, so it comes out sort of like a rubber muffin top. It’s not particularly tasty, but it’s fun to eat and super filling.

alien protein oats

Lunch is the awesomeness I described in yesterday’s recipe. It reheats very well.

tuscan food is good, even if it's not tuscan

So far, snack has been either a pink lady apple or a plum with 1 serving of 2% cottage cheese. Although it’s pretty good, I think I may change it out one or two days with a Larabar, yogurt, or something a little more sinful. Muah-ha-ha-ha! I hope I see a cookie in my future!


Ya think that was a gigantic blueberry at first?

Dinner Monday and Tuesday was vegerific. I made a bag of these veggies with a little extra broccoli slaw added to the mix while I cooked 1 serving of quinoa (divided between both nights).

veg love

I served baked general tsao’s tofu. Yum! Yes… I’m one of those oddballs who actually likes tofu, especially baked.

general tsao's tofu bowl

Tonight will be an Italian-style bake of eggplant, zucchini, chickpeas, red sauce, and Parmesan or feta. I’m pretty pumped!

Of course every night has at least 1 treat. Monday was half a green apple with a spoon of peeb, but Tuesday included loads of popcorn. Who knows was I’ll be craving later tonight!

What was the best thing you’ve eaten lately? Are you a fan of tofu?

August 2, 2011

Right to the {Bullet} Point

Happy Birthday Kevin!

Puerto Rico - 2009

Moving on… due to my foot pain, I will be doing a significant amount of pool workouts in the coming weeks, unless I get awesome news from the podiatrist on Friday. I have never been much of a swimmer, so swimming laps is a real workout for me. I plan for my week to look something like this:

  • Monday: 15 minutes of abdominal work and cardio in the pool + light evening pilates
  • Tuesday: high-rep chest/triceps/shoulders with resistance bands and 8-pound dumbbells
  • Wednesday: 15 minutes of hip/booty sculpting and cardio in the pool + light evening pilates
  • Thursday: high-rep back/biceps workout with resistance bands and 8-pound dumbbells
  • Friday: 15 minutes of abdominal work and cardio in the pool
  • Saturday + Sunday: rest and/or yoga (unless the doctor says otherwise)

Yesterday morning, I this pool workout.

  • 5 minutes walking laps in the pool
  • 5 minutes swimming
  • 2 .5 minutes walking
  • 5 minutes swimming
  • 2.5 minutes walking
  • 5 minutes swimming
  • 2.5 minutes walking and kick-boarding
  • 5 minutes of stretching at the pool steps

I know it’s not a real burner of a workout, but it worked for me. I bought my first pair of swim goggles weekend, and it made my workout much more pleasant. If I wasn’t goofy looking enough due to my poor swimming form, the goggles made me look even more like a goober.

kitty swim


This is a long post, but I’m not done with bullet points just yet. After having already finished these books so far in 2011:

  • Last Night in Twisted River
  • Sarah’s Key
  • Three Cups of Tea
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Part of an Awful Book (I can’t recall the title or author- pretty awful)
  • The Help (my fav so far this year)
  • Chapter 1 of The First World War by Keegan (soooooo interesting!)
  • Mozart’s Women
  • The Pillars of the Earth
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (just finished it Friday)

I find myself without a book. I tried to check out these three at the library, but there are a lot of people already waiting for them.

  • Room
  • Unbroken: A WWI story of… (I forgot the rest of the title)
  • Wuthering Heights (nope, never read it)

Suggestions Encouraged! What should I read next???

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