I was all over the place today at the gym. I did 2 miles on the treadmill, first mile was all running, second mile was a mix of incline walking, incline jogging, sprinting at no incline, walking, etc. My shins and legs were a little achy after the 4 mile run, so I really am trying to listen to my body and take it easy with the running. I tell myself I take it slow, but going from practically zero running to 4 miles in about a week is not taking it slow. Duh! Right?!
Then I think I worked every muscle (besides those forearm muscles…). I did these amazing lunges my friend Kim taught me. Please try! I have to be really careful with lunges because of my granny knees, but these are great.
*Edited to add: a demonstration at 10pm! (We’re still waiting for our gas company to hook up the gas for fire, hence the non-used fireplace.)
Hold a ten or twelve pound dumbbell or flat weight and slowly get into a lunge position. Bring the weight under your front leg and hold with both hands. Bend your back leg slowly down while your front leg bends as well (don’t let your knee go over your toes!). You can do however many reps and sets that are challenging to you. I like to do about 3 sets of 12-15 reps on each leg. Oh and wear some shoes when you do them…
I then hit up various strength machines to work all de muscles. I love strength training so much more than cardio. I’d like to know: What do you prefer: strength, cardio, yoga…? And if you really enjoy cardio, how do you make the time go by without getting bored?
I ran into Target to get some eggs (their organic free range eggs are a pretty good price). Of course I walked out with more than just eggs.
There were cereal sales!
I tried two new Kashi cereals that were on sale (and I had a $1 off coupon-score!): Warm Cinnamon and Go Lean Berry Crisp. I took a nibble out of both boxes when I got home. Verdict: delicious!
I spotted this Silk almond milk and picked up the original flavor. Guys, this is the best almond milk I have ever had! It was in the refrigerated section. I highly recommend it!
A lovely snack of cottage cheese with a clementine.
Kashi and Silk, feel free to send me some coupons for that little sales pitch I just gave. Thanks.
Dinner was the soup I made yesterday. I got a little heavy handed with the black pepper, but it was yummy…and spicy! If you want a random veggie soup as well, just put chicken broth in a stock pot with a ton of veggies, salt, pepper, herbs or spices, and let it simmer on low for awhile. Detailed recipe, huh?
I also had some homemade bread toasted, with Trader Joe’s Bruschetta sauce, and mozzarella. Yum! I had it at my in-laws last week and just had to have it again!
I also made some cookies with my new KitchenAid. Thank you soooo much again, Mom and Dad! Here is the recipe I made (I just adapted the Quaker recipe), along with some photos.
(Semi-healthy) Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip-Cranberry Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup agave nectar*
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups flour (I used all-purpose unbleached)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
3/4-1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, beat butter, agave nectar, and brown sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats, cranberries, and chocolate chips; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store lightly covered. Makes 4 dozen.
*If you don’t have agave nectar, you can use 1/2 cup granulated sugar. I got this Xagave agave nectar from the Blendtec man at Costco during his demo. It was a GREAT deal, organic, and had fiber(!). You can find agave nectar anywhere, though. The cool thing is that you can use less agave nectar than sugar, (there is a conversion chart on this brand’s bottle), you save a lot of calories, and it is lower on the Glycemic Index. For baking, one cup of sugar=2/3 cup of agave nectar, so I cut that in half for this recipe.
Let me know if you make these-you’ll enjoy them! They were perfectly chewy, yet had a bit of crispiness.
Joe worked a 15.5 hour day (yowzas!) and when he walked in the door, this is what I saw:
The guy doesn’t like beer, but he LOVES root beer. He needed one. Bad.
I also need to trim his sideburns, apparently.
We got these Goose Island Root Beers (made in Chicago! With cane sugar!) at Costco. I think he likes it!
Could I possibly advertise more brands or companies in this post?!
After dinner he needed a smoothie. So I made him my Peanut Butter Frozen Banana Smoothie. Haven’t made it yet? Please stop right now, cut up a banana, put it in the freezer, and make it as soon as that naner is frozen, k?
I’m reminded more and more how ridiculous I sound every time I complain(it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions/goals to really stop that), whether it is out loud or in my head. I know I shouldn’t complain whenever I do, and that I have it so good compared to SO SO many in this world, but things are getting clearer, thankfully. I’m incredibly blessed. God loves me despite my daily screw ups and sin, and I have an incredible husband, family, and friends. All my needs are cared for. All of them! My need for love, forgiveness, food, comfort, warmth, safety…and pretty much any desire-healthy food, a comfy couch, more clothes than I need, fun kitchen tools, an insanely awesome camera, a car that gets me places (keep it up, Lumi!). So every time I complain that I don’t have enough storage for my ridiculous amounts of kitchen appliances and tools, or enough space for such and such, or that I’m going through something kind of tough, you know what an insult that is to both my husband and to my immensely providing God? Wow, I’m amazed at His grace, and His patience for me. I’m so thankful for my husband who puts up with my criticisms too. The guy pretty much built me a house, how could I ever complain about even one nook or cranny about it?! So, thanks for putting up with me, all of you. Oh contentment and thankfulness, I’m striving for it in all circumstances. Just like Paul.
Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”