7:40 AM (at the gym):
Resistance training at the gym: 2 sets, 15-20 reps of each:
- back extension (15lb barbell in each hand, 20 reps)
- shoulder press (50lbs)
- chest press (75lbs)
- seated row (75lbs)
- bicep curls (30lb barbell)
- tricep dips (using a bench as support)
6:00 PM (at the gym):
- 50 minute RPM class with 4 intervals.
Feeling: Exhaaaaaaausted – but it felt like a good substitute for a tempo run.
It was yesterday’s prepared Blueberry and Banana VOO that gave me that extra push to wake up early enough to chow down on breakfast and head to the gym before work. The below picture proves that VOO can be just as great as the regular ones thanks to chia seeds.
(By the way, Sarah-Mae’s version of my Banana and Blueberry VOO looked amazing!).
Toppings – 1 tbsp flaxseed meal, strawberries, almond butter, cinnamon.
It passed the spoon test with flying colours!
All mixed up and ready to be devoured (and devour it I did!).
After a somewhat frustrating workout at the gym – partially from the fact that I think I’m getting sick (or my allergies are acting up) and also because my left leg was still hurting and I knew running was still out of the question. Yes, I realize you don’t heal overnight, but it still made me sad! At least I managed to grab a mug of Toasted Coconut coffee on my way to the office.
Oh, you see that pink jug in the background? I don’t talk about it much, but I drink anywhere between 1.5 – 3 of those while at work. I also have about 2 cups of water in the morning, and continue drinking water (or tea) when I get home at night. Yep, I drink (water) like a fish!
We had an off-site meeting scheduled during lunchtime, so I snacked on half a Buttered Popcorn brown rice cake topped with some Dark Chocolate Dreams PB. Instead of bringing the entire tub to work (would be very dangerous), I stuffed an old jam sample jar with some and keep it at my desk for emergencies such as today’s.
That was the last thing that I ate until about 3.5 hours later. By the time I had access to food again, I was practically shaking with hunger. We all know that buying food when hungry is a bad idea right? I helped myself to the salad bar on a hungry stomach. I realize that there aren’t really any greens there – I didn’t want to mess around with my grains this time. Nuh uh, I meant business!
Yes, that’s a cheesestring pictured below. I bought those a while back and recently found them in my fridge. I’ve never been one to just throw out food, and since I couldn’t see an expiry date on either the package or each individual cheesestring, I decided to just finish them anyway and just be sure to not buy them again. But cheese and grapes sure make for a delicious, filling snack.
After work, I snacked on one of my Spicy Carob, Banana, and Date Energy Bars. I’m still not overly crazy with these bars, but I have to admit that I haven’t felt fatigue during my evening exercise activities lately. I’ve been making a few minor tweaks to my diet already though, and will soon be taking iron supplements as well to fix my deficiency, but every little bit helps!
Oh boy did I ever work during tonight’s spinning class. It was a different instructor from yesterday and because it was my second time, I pushed myself that much more. I was definitely panting and spent after the class. I did a few planks and push ups afterwards to keep up with the post-tempo run tradition.
Then I had a mini meltdown where I started cursing my leg for being so stubborn and stopping me from running. Like any great relationship, I have reached the first real bump in the road and I just need to push through it and focus on the bigger picture. Small sacrifices now will yield greater future gains, right? Right!!!?! I hope so (sigh).
I wanted to make a couple stops before I actually got home, so I finished off the last bit of a Sweet & Salty peanut granola bar that I opened last week. These bars are waaaaay too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I love them like any kid loves their favourite candy bar, but that’s just what these are to me: candy bars in cuter outfits (I hope someone appreciated my SATC reference).
When I finally got home, I was still craving spinach, so I threw some in a frying pan and threw in turmeric, onion powder, ginger powder, chili powder and coriander seed. Then I threw in one chopped tomato for good measure.
Dinner was delish – the aforementioned spinach and tomato stir fry, Zucchini, Eggplant, and Butternut Squash Stir Fry with Almond Sauce, and Mary’s Organic Crackers. As I’ve decided to kick my beloved Crispy Minis habit after I finished the last two bags that I bought due to recently realizing that there is MSG in the ingredient list, I am going to need something to get me through my withdrawal period and I think Mary’s Crackers may be a likely candidate. I *love* these crackers!
Spinach and tomato stir-fry.
For dessert, I dug into a small papaya. Nothing fancy, just cut in half, de-seeded, and then gobbled up with a spoon.
A steaming mug of chocolately chai was then enjoyed while watching tonight’s LOST episode. If you haven’t caught up with the show, hurry up! The season finale is almost upon us! Tonight’s episode made me want to re-watch the entire series, starting from Season 1. I… may just do that when the show completely ends and I acquire a box set of the entire series when it is released.
I also took some time to prepare some goodies for the next few days.
Methods “Steaming” Chinese Vegetables
Have you ever wondered how to cook those strange Chinese vegetables that you come across at grocery stores? If you’ve ever passed them over at the grocery store because you aren’t sure how to cook them without stir-frying them, then stop! Turn around and pick some up because it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare these beauties. This method can actually be used for a variety of vegetables – I’ve even used it to “steam” more common vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
1. Fill a bowl with water and carefully rinse out the veg. Do this several times to make sure you clean them really well – otherwise things like sand can make an unpleasant appearance at the dinner table. Drain out the water when you’re finished.
2. In a pot, cover the bottom with about 1/2 inch of water. You really don’t need to overdo it. Cover and set to boil.
3. Once the water has reached a boiling point, dump your washed veg in, cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes. I know it looks like I overdid it with the veg, but these will shrink down in size in no time! Also, I didn’t have any on hand, but my mom taught me to always add in a few pieces of fresh ginger as well.
I find sometimes drizzling soy sauce in the water while it’s boiling will add a subtle flavour to the vegetables too. In this case, I added the soy sauce after the vegetables were cooked, simply because I forgot to do it sooner!
4. After five minutes, remove from heat and drain out the water.
5. Enjoy immediately, or, in my case, store it away and put it into the fridge after it’s cooled down enough.
Tonight’s Blueberry and Banana VOO was prepared with: 1/4 c rolled oats, 1/2 c organic soy milk, 1/2 melted banana, 1 tbsp flaxseed meal, and 1 tbsp dried blueberries.
I’m very curious to see how it turns out with flaxseed meal instead of chia seeds. I assume it will just as magical as this morning’s VOO was, but we’ll see. I was also glad to see that one reader already tried this herself last night (flaxseed instead of chia seeds to thicken the oats) so I will be really surprised if it doesn’t turn out!
I’m still feeling pretty under the weather, so I hope I don’t wake up tomorrow feeling worse. On that note, I’m off!
Question: What’s your favourite oatmeal combination that I simply *must* try?