On Sunday evening I had a very good salad from Whole Foods – the variety of tastes and textures kept things interesting!
- mixed greens
- yellow bell pepper
- steamed kale
- spicy eggplant
- roasted apples (with cinnamon!)
- few cubes of tofu
- Tbs of chicken salad
- Tbs black bean salad
- wheatberry-apple-pineapple salad
This salad fortified me for a long night of laundry
Monday morning started off very slow (didn’t wake up until 8:13am!). Breakfast was coffee, organic blueberries, plain non-fat Greek yogurt, and a cup of cinnamon puffins. Also, my adora calcium disk isn’t pictured, but I have at least one (500mg calcium each) per day.
I took a little walk outside during lunch to stretch my legs. And then around 2pm ate my usual cafeteria salad and unsweetened iced green tea. I’m so boring!
- mixed greens, carrots, red onions, mushrooms
- pinto beans
- feta cheese
- whole grain croutons
- balsamic vinaigrette
- dried cranberries
- roasted broccoli
Throughout the afternoon I snacked on an apple and some yogurt covered pretzels. These little guys are addictive – it’s a good thing I portioned them out in a zip loc baggie before leaving my house
Around 6pm I headed to my gym. I started off with a strength-training workout from Women’s Health Magazine. As I try to figure out my hamstring/butt/IT band issues, I’m incorporating more strengthening and stretching exercises into my routine. I find that this type of workout is a lot more effective than “junk cardio”. I’m realizing that a few minutes of dedicated weight training is more important than mindless elliptical. That being said, I still love to watch trashy MTV shows while I elliptisize (is that a word?)
My workout involved “super-sets” which are basically sets of exercises done in quick succession. I did this routine twice without stopping.
Note: All exercises were done with a 9lb weight.
- dumbbell step-ups (10 on each side)
- stability ball ab pike (15)
- dumbbell chest press (10)
- stability ball leg curl (15)
- dumbbell row (10 on each side)
- cross-body mountain climbers (20 on each side)
- lunges (10 on each side)
- plank (45 seconds)
After going through this routine twice, I completed 3 x 10 squats, 30 push-ups, and some ab work. Followed up by foam rolling for the IT band and stretching.
And then….30 easy minutes on the elliptical. Pheww!
I was ready for lots of water and a banana by the time I left the gym.
Dinner was another pita pizza. Tonight’s version was made with a whole wheat pita, organic mozzarella, freshly sliced tomato, sundried tomatoes, sea salt, and cracked pepper. Yum!
And dessert was the last two (yes, two!) whole-wheat carrot cake cupcakes that I made over the weekend. More about these later