Daily Archives: January 2, 2013

My Body is Telling Me “More Veggies!”

Today was my first full day back at work since Thursday, December 20th! Thursday, Friday and Monday I took half days to spend time with my family and the prospect, so easing back into the work week after the holidays wasn’t too painful. Let me tell ya, I was seriously dreading a full day of work, more so because the holidays and vacation are over. Take out the tissues. 😦

I do have to admit that although it’s sad to say goodbye to the holiday spirit, I am beyond excited to get back into my daily routine of lunch time workouts and more structured meals. I’m beyond ecstatic that cookies and desserts won’t be popping out at every corner.

After having a difficult run yesterday, I was hoping it was a fluke and that this morning’s run would be easier and not as painful. While it wasn’t as bad, it still wasn’t my best, and I think I know why. My body felt lethargic and heavy, aka it was screaming for more veggie love.

Ever since our NYE dinner, I’ve been craving roasted veggies and grabbed ingredients during yesterday’s errand run to prepare tonight. To be honest, I was going to prepare them last night, but only had time to prep chicken breasts since I made seeing Mark a priority over roasting veggies. I had veggies in the freezer at work so I knew I could get away with preparing the veggies tonight.

Morning Workout

I mentioned I was excited to get back into my workout routine as I’ve realized during the last week and a half, my strength workouts have been seriously lacking! Today I told myself that I was going to complete the Pure Hell workout from last week’s training session, you know, the workout that almost made me puke.

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I’m Calling BS on Those Numbers

After my 4 mile run, I tackled several of the core exercises so that I wouldn’t be pressed for time during my lunch workout.

  • 4 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 2 sets of 10 burpees
  • 2 sets of 10 leg circles – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • 50 crunches
  • 2 sets of 50 bike crunches
  • Stretching

Breakfast

I’ve been so sad lately since I ran out of frozen strawberries, but worry no more, I grabbed a new bag yesterday and was finally able to drool over my Strawberry Banana Protein Shake again.

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Seriously, after my first sip I was going crazy. You’d think Patrick Dempsey had just pinched my butt and kissed me passionately. That damn good! 😉

Before my lunch time workout, I snacked on an apple, roughly 12ish almonds and the Apple Cinnamon Chobani bowl that Ryan picked up but never ate.

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I added ½ a tbsp. of chia seeds, raw oats and PB2 to the bowl and loved every bite of it! I typically have several snacks in between my breakfast and workout, and save my lunch for after, although now that I mostly do strength training on my lunch hours, I could get away with having lunch beforehand since cardio isn’t involved as much.

Lunch Time Workout

Prior to tackling the Pure Hell Total Body workout, I busted out a quick mile on the treadmill before heading into the vacant class room to complete my strength workout.

  • Jump Overs Pulsing Squats, 2 sets of (8-6-4-2-1)
  • Squat Jump to Shoulder Press 12.5 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • Summo Squat to Upright Row with 25 lbs plate, 2 sets of 15
  • Back Row on Bench, 15 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • Reverse Back Flys on DB Bench, 5 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • Step-Ups, 10 lbs, 2 sets of 15 each leg
  • Isolated Back Lunge on Steps 2 sets of 20 each leg
  • Sit-Ups on Bench, Arms Extended Up, 5 lbs, 2 sets of 10
  • Reverse Crunches, 2 sets of 20

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The workout wasn’t as vigorous and puke worthy as it was with Heather, but I left a sweaty beast and felt strong.


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I was more than ready for lunch by the time I cleaned up, and I enjoyed an Amy’s All-American Veggie Burger with Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley.

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I’ve been addicted to Amy’s Veggie Burger’s lately, especially when loaded with ketchup and mustard! I’m really only a sweet potato fan so I left roughly 60% of the potatoes and focused on the sugar snap peas.

Dinner

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Last night before heading to Mark’s apartment for a lazy night in, I cooked up 2 abnormally large chicken breasts on the stove top.

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I also roasted a mix of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a mix of olive oil, salt and pepper, and had planned on enjoying a clean and healthy dinner of chicken and roasted veggies.

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I really haven’t had too much of an appetite since lunch, so I snacked on several leftover baby carrots and a little pb, one of my favorite ways to eat peanut butter!

Exhaustion is kicking in so it looks like it’s time for me to curl up with a book and read the night away! Hope everyone survived being back at work!

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fun, crazy, and relaxing New Year’s Eve and day, I know I sure did.

New Year’s Eve

On NYE, I headed out of work early so that Mark and I could start celebrating as soon as possible. Our idea of celebrating was pretty lame but it worked for us and made us happy to be able to spend quality time together.

I went over at 4:30 and talked for 3 hours before we realized we had to start cooking dinner. This was our first home cooked meal together and it was so much fun to be able to cook as a team.

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We went for a pork loin and roasted veggies.

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Mark manned the meat while I took care of the veggies.

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These were the best roasted veggies I’ve ever had! Into our roast went carrots, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, tomatoes and onions, so good!

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The wino even got me to enjoy a glass as well with our meal. Our first home cooked meal together was a success and I’m so excited for many more in the future!

With stuffed bellies, we settled onto the couch and shared our goals for 2013. We started watching The Game, an intense movie starring Sean Penn and Michael Douglas, but had to pause it for the ball drop. We watched several after-party performances before calling it a night around 1 am.

New Year’s Day

We woke up around 10, which for me is sleeping in extremely late. I’m usually up at 8 on days off or 9 if I want to sleep in, so my body really loved the extra laziness.

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I was hoping to start the New Year off with an awesome run, but honestly, it was probably one of the worst runs I’ve had in a long time. I forgot to use my inhaler, which played a big factor since I had a lot of difficulty breathing throughout the run. I didn’t think I’d last more than a mile, but I incorporated several minutes of walking into the run and finished with a 4 mile run. I was extremely drained and couldn’t even fathom doing any strength training. Not a great 1st workout of the year but at least I got my butt moving.

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I tried to replenish my body with a Chobani yogurt and a bowl of Peanut Butter Banana oatmeal before officially starting the day with a handful of errands. Around 5 I went back to Mark’s for dinner and football. I’m not a big football fan but I actually had fun watching the Rose Bowl with him.

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We ordered in and shared the Toscana salad from 900 Degrees. We licked our plates clean it was so good! The lighting was too dark so I had to steal that picture from their site but it was identical to ours.

All in all, I had a great New Years and was so happy that I got to end 2012 and start 2013 with Mark.

How was your New Years? Did you suffer the day with a nasty hangover or did you start the New Year with a feeling of greatness?

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