7:50 AM (at the gym):
Resistance training at the gym: 3 sets, 15 reps of each:
- back extension (15lb barbell in each hand, 20 reps)
- leg press (275 lbs)
- leg extension (60 lbs)
- hip adductor (100 lbs)
- hip abductor (70 lbs)
- lunges (20 reps, 3 sets, each side)
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you’ve turned on your radio, fully intending to wake up, drift back to sleep and have strange dreams that parallel whatever’s happening on the radio? Well, that was how my morning started. Since I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday, my plan was to go this morning, so I was glad to have my Pumpkin Espresso breakfast cookie waiting for me in the fridge. I was in such a rush, that I devoured it in less than 5 minutes so that I could get ready and head to the gym.
When I got to work, I refueled with a chocolate protein shake. I also forgot to bring my reusable mug, so I picked up a coffee from Tim Hortons – medium with milk, no sugar really isn’t so bad anymore.
We had a lunch and learn session in the boardroom today, so pizza was ordered and my coworker who just came back from Japan brought more sweet desserts for everybody. I ate one slice of chicken pizza (pictured below), and then grabbed two more slices after the presentation to my desk. I made it through one slice worth of pizza (mostly the chicken one, I found the pepperoni one way too salty) before I had to stop because I was so full. Mmmm, pizza. I don’t ever order it on my own, and I often can’t be bothered to make it myself (it always takes longer than you think it will to make!), so I’m always excited to get pizza when it’s available. 🙂
A few hours later, I was in the mood for something sweet and the last of my green grapes stash did the trick.
I also snacked on some baby cucumbers and baby carrots.
This morning, I decided to make some pumpkin yogurt via Caitlin’s recipe, where I combined 1/4 c pumpkin, 1 / 4 c greek yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a tiny bit of organic honey. Delicious!
After work, I met with some friends for dinner in Little Italy. I wasn’t terribly hungry, but the menu options were limited so I ended up settling on a roasted red pepper, zucchini, and goat cheese mix rolled with warm, baked pizza dough. It was massive, but delicious. I only ate about half of the rolled up pizza dough but thoroughly enjoyed all of the veggies within the rolled “sandwich”. I also enjoyed a nice glass of Chardonnay. It was Friday, afterall!
After dinner, we walked to a nearby dessert place and all got some gelato to enjoy. I got an almond flavoured one, and a hazelnut flavour with Fererro Rocher in it. Mmmmmmm…..
When I got home, I finished prepping my kidney beans. The entire process of preparing raw beans takes a long time, but I think it will be worth it to enjoy cooked beans without all of the stuff that comes along with them if you use canned ones.
Method: Cooking Dried Kidney Beans
- Soak beans overnight in water (about 3:1 ratio of water to beans)
- Bring water (or broth) to a boil in a large pot (again, about 3:1 liquid to beans). Add soaked kidney beans, and simmer (covered) for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Note: I read a few warnings online about how cooking kidney beans improperly can lead to getting really sick – so I may have over cooked these, but I decided that it was better to play it safe. Since I don’t carry broth in my kitchen, I threw in some seaweed in my water while it was boiling to add some flavour to the water and beans. I also think smaller beans would be cooked in less time – but again, I wanted to play it safe with these beans.
I also grated an entire head of cauliflower to make cauliflower rice. I’m excited to try my “rice” in a few recipes tomorrow, once I decide exactly what to do with them!
And lastly, I decided that it was time to experiment with my own version of overnight oats. After browsing several blogs / recipes online to find one that really caught my eye, I settled on this one for its simplicity and the fact that I happened to have all of the suggested ingredients. In the end, I mixed together:
- 1/3 c rolled oats
- 1/3 c greek yogurt
- 1/3 light soy milk
- lots of cinnamon,
- 1/2 smashed banana
I’m excited to see how it will turn out tomorrow!
And that’s all for today. Good night, everyone!