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It Tasted Like French Toast!

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Good Morning!

A short week is always a good week in my book.  So, although it feels like Monday today, it is in fact TUESDAY.

Tuesdays are when I teach my 6am spinning class, and although I am a morning person and don’t have trouble getting out of bed before the sun, sometimes I have to do a little self pep talk in order to make sure that I am cheery and peppy for my class.

For whatever reason, driving makes me extremely tired, add to that a lack of sun, a warm sweat shirt, lack of caffeine, and on days like today rain….and by the time I get to the gym I am ready for a snooze!  On days like today, I have to just sit in the car for a couple of minutes, mentally prepare, then enter the gym and say hi to everyone.  Seriously, I don’t know if it is the act of smiling or talking or both, but that is what gets me going!

Workout

After teaching spin, I always like to do a 30 minute strength workout, and today I focused on shoulders.

Upright Row:

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Arnie Press:

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Single Arm Dumbbell Front Raise:

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Shoulder Rotation:

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Step 2

This workout left my shoulders fatigued.  Each week, I try to increase my weights by just a little bit so that I can keep that burn coming after each workout.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was a bit of an experiment.  One of my friends who has similar interests in nutrition and exercising as me told me that she often cooks her oatmeal in the morning with egg whites for an added boost of protein rather than using protein powder.  I thought about trying it, but never actually got around to it…until this morning.

Boy, was that a great decision!  The oats tasted like french toast to me because of the slightly eggy flavor.  I will definitely be doing this again 😉

Egg White Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 packet stevia
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Remove from the microwave and stir, then cook for 1 more minute.  Once you are ready to eat, you can eat them as they are or top with your favorite toppings.

Today’s toppings: frozen peaches, and 1 Tbsp of crunchy peanut butter…delish!

*2 egg whites adds in about 8 grams of protein with only around 32 additional calories!!

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Back in Action

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Yesterday, I was absolutely NOT feeling myself.  As much as I tried to go along and do normal things, the feeling of sickness just overtook me.  Luckily, I wasn’t sick to my stomach, just body aches, slight temp., runny nose, etc. but I went to bed early…like 7pm early so that I could fight this cold/flu thing without any medication…and it worked!  I woke up today feeling much better.

Let’s start with breakfast, shall we?  Before I went to bed super duper early last night, I made myself a bowl of overnight oats.  This morning, I added some blueberries and strawberries (that is what the big red blob is).  It was delicious and satisfying.

I then had a super early meeting to run to before coming back to the pups I am watching and hanging out with them for a bit.  Before I left the house again, I created this leg workout to complete.  Since I am still not feeling 100%, I thought doing some strength training would be fine, but any cardio might send me over the top.  Which I was probably right with that idea, since about 3/4 of the way through my workout I started to feel a little bit different than usual.  I was still able to finish, I just wasn’t very strong today :(…but hey, I gotta listen to my body.

I love doing this legs circuit because it still gets the legs shaking and weak, even though you aren’t using any of the heavy equipment machines.  It is all about how heavy the dumbbells are that you grab.  I think my favorite exercise in the whole circuit are the bosu squats.  For some reason, I always feel so powerful when I am standing on the bosu (does anyone else get that feeling?)

Step-Ups

Squat on Bosu

Lunge with back leg up

I then followed my strength workout with some abs, stretching, and foam rolling.  Then, it was time for lunch.  Just a little tasty plate of veggies, cauliflower hummus (I promise the recipe is coming soon! 😉 ) and cheese.  I absolutely LOVE those baby bell peppers, and I got them for a really great deal, which makes them taste even better!

 

Questions of the day:

  • What is your favorite vegetable lately?
  • Any exercise moves you are loving?? Let me know!!