One thing I do not like about the new gym are the two very defined sections. Either you’re (a) a runner and pump it out on the treadmills (the ellipticals are off to the side because nobody only I use them) or (b) you’re a hard-core weight lifter and spend time on the other side of the gym. Today I traveled away from my safety zone known as the elliptical and walked to the other side. Oh the drama!
I will say that the weight machines were pretty awesome. I did some leg workouts to target my quads, since that’s how I’m working on getting over my ”runner’s knee.” But it was incredibly awkward to be surrounded by big buys with big guns who looked as if they were Arnold impersonators. Seriously.
Maybe someday I’ll work up the courage to start on the free weights near the mirrors like the big boys do. You never know.
Last night I prepared a chocolate lover’s breakfast cookie and added in 1/4 c. wheat bran.
This cookie was so dark and delicious!
I needed this coffee this morning!
In addition to my morning rendezvous at the gym which included 30 minutes on the elliptical and a bit of leg exercises, I also spent some time really stretching out my quads on the foam roller. And I now know what my Physical Therapist (or Physiotherapist, whch Sarah mentioned is the way they call it in Canada—I totally like it better that way! ) meant by letting the knot work itself out by holding the foam roller over a tender spot for a few seconds. I could literally feel the knot wooshing out as I slowly rolled over my quads. Was it painful? YES! But I also felt like a million dollars afterwards, which totally made up for the temporary torture.
Cashew roll-up for the drive to school!
- 1 T. cashew butter
- whole wheat wrap
Tuesdays are the perfect day for salads. I have a good 20 minutes to eat between Nutrition Problems in the U.S. and Principles of Management—plenty of time to crunch!
- mesculin mix
- 1 carrot
- 1 tomato
- 1/2 cucumber
- toppings: 1/3 homemade garlic hummus, splash of balsamic vinegar and a spritz of orange juice for the zing
Garlic hummus is such a fun salad topper!
Packed with my favorite flavor of Doctor Kracker: seeded spelt. Very “buttery-tasting” and crunchy!
Library snacks: apple, orange and some mixed nuts!
Soup du jour! And one of my personal faves.
VEGETARIAN BLACK BEAN SOUP
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth, divided
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup diced peeled potato (or unpeeled red potatoes)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 green onions, sliced
- In a saucepan, bring the onion, garlic and 1/4 cup broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in the beans, potato, thyme, cumin and remaining broth; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Stir in tomatoes and hot pepper sauce; heat through. Sprinkle with green onions. YIELD: 6 servings
Nutrional Analysis: One serving (1 cup) equals 173 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat,) 10 g fiber, 10 g protein
With the last of the kashis for crunch.
There was one slice of chocolate cake left from dad’s birthday party, so I slivered off a teeny slice with a scoop of Mint Galactica Coconut Bliss. Pure bliss.
I’m a bit anxious for tomorrow’s Role-Playing session in Counseling. I’m supposed to be the counselor for someone pretending to have Type II Diabetes. Have to say, it’s a bit nerve-racking—especially in front of an entire class! I plan on re-reading the materials and getting an idea for what I should focus on, which always reduces the nerves.
“To do your best is all you can do”—Audioslave.
Off to make a snack and catch some Biggest Loser!
Question: If you’re a gym-goer, where do you find you spend the most time? Or do you liven things up with a ton of variety? Definitely the ellipticals! I’m trying to branch out a little at a time though.
Question: How do you mentally prepare for something that is personally challenging for you? I prepare for the worst case scenario but hope for the best all at the same time.