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Snow, Sweat, and SUPER BOWL

We woke this morning to a glorious sight.

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Everything was covered in a white blanket of snow.  Icicles hung from the eaves of every building, and tree branches hung low, bowing under the weight of the freshly fallen snow and ice.  And all of this was against a backdrop of the bluest sky we’ve seen in weeks.

For the second day in a row, we woke early and made breakfast.  Today we had omelets and Ezekiel toast.  DSC01121 

 

Larry had a three egg omelet with spinach and mozzarella.  He also ate the leftover steak from last night’s dinner.

 

 

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I had an egg white omelet with spinach, mozzarella and a fair amount of freshly cracked pepper.  Oh, and two warm Morning Star sausage links. 

 

 

After eating breakfast, we went straight to the gym.  We rode silently down the road in amazement.  I could not stop staring out the window admiring the snow dusted woods along the highway. 

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I don’t think we even realized that we hadn’t spoken a single word during the entire trip until we pulled into the gym’s parking lot.    

But once we were there, we got right to business.  I love working out at the gym on Sunday mornings.  There is never a huge crowd, and we usually don’t have major plans on Sundays, so there is no need to rush.

Here’s our workout from today.  As you can tell we focused on shoulders and traps.

Followed by a 35 Minutes Walk/Run on Treadmill:

  • 5 minutes walking at incline 10% and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes running at 0% incline and 6.0 mph,
  • 5 minutes walking at 15% incline and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes running at 0% incline and 6.2 mph,
  • 5 minutes walking at 15% incline and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes running at 0% incline and 6.5-7.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes walking at 15% incline and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minute treadmill programmed cool down

We felt great after that intense workout!  We went home and the first thing I did was refuel!

I mixed leftover salad from last night with a few leftover baked tofu cubes and a smidge of Annie’s Goddess Dressing.  It was a fantastic combination!

DSC01123I then made a little dessert snack to go with it. 

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     1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese

+ 1/4 cup granola

+  sprinkle of cinnamon

= yummity-yum-yum!

I will definitely remember this for the future!

I felt pretty exhausted after our intense workout, so after I showered up, put on my cozy fleece pants, and blow dried my hair (for the first time in a week!), I curled up on the couch and continued reading Percy Jackson.  What can I say?  Children’s Literature is my forte! 😉

After a few hours of lounging on the couch, I did get up to make some super bowl snacks for our fantastically fabulous Super Bowl Party of 2 (plus 2 dogs!).  None of which was healthy 😉

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Baked Mushroom Poppers with a rosemary sour cream sauce, spinach dip, a sausage, cream cheese, and rotel tomato dip, and multi-grain corn chips.

Everything in moderation my friends.  Everything in moderation!

What is your favorite thing to do on a Sunday?   

And don’t forget!  It’s not too late to vote on your favorite Bridesmaid Dress for Beth’s Wedding!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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P90X-citement!

I can not stand it any longer!  Larry and I have recently purchased a complete P90X kit from the internet, and we are patiently awaiting its arrival.  Every day the mail lady comes and I watch her like a stalker from the window upstairs. 

What is P90X you say?  Well, apparently, it is a 13 disc DVD collection of workouts that are designed to help you get “ripped” in just 90 days!  Now, I’m pretty sure this is not 100% the case, but I’m willing to give it a shot!

I mean, HELLO!  Who wouldn’t want to look like this guy?!?!?!P90X - Jon C.Hehehe!  JK!

But, seriously.  Why am I so excited?  Well, for stalkers, uh, I mean starters I love working out with Larry.  I love working out from home.  And I LOVE workout DVDs.  Having this set in our living room also means no excuses for skipping out on the gym after a long day of work.

As I mentioned earlier I don’t entirely believe the hype surrounding this product, but I do think that anything new that gets you excited about working out again is well worth any money you might spend on it. 

It’s important to switch up your workout routine regularly so you don’t get bored.  A few summers back I was adamant about running as much as I possibly could.  After one very hot, very dedicated  week of running in 100 degree weather at the beach, I got burned out (almost literally!).  I didn’t run again for almost 6 months. 

But that’s OK, because during my running hiatus  I started taking classes at the gym and fell in love with Body Combat, spinning, and step aerobics (which I thought was for old ladies in unitards, but boy, was I  wrong!)

So, if you are in a work out rut, do something to get out of it.  Buy yourself a new workout DVD, or a new pair or running shoes.  How about a new pair of workout pants and a cute new T to go with it???  Sometimes that’s all it takes!  

If you need some motivation right now, Comcast offers Exercise TV On Demand!  Pick a video and get started!  (Jillian’s on there!)  It’s hard to get bored with so many different workouts to choose from!  

On the to-do list for today:

I hope you have a Terrific Tuesday! 

Have you ever tried P90X?  What were your thoughts?  Do you have any tips for keeping your workouts interesting? 

~Jen

Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!

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Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup

Hello!  I hope you have enjoyed your Monday.  This one was not quite as manic as last week’s, but a snow day does tend to help with that! 

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I’m also happy to report that we will be enjoying another snow day tomorrow!  Woot woot!  🙂

This afternoon I decided to strap on my big girl shoes and do a workout video.  For Christmas this year, Larry got me “One-on-One Training with Jackie.”  Up until this point I have been unable to do heavy duty, high impact workouts, but I decided today just might be the day to get back into the swing of things. 

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This video is split into three 20 minute workouts: upper body, lower body, and abs.  All that was needed was a mat and some hand weights. 

Overall the workout was great!  It increased my heart rate, got me moving, and I could definitely feel the burn!  There is nothing like feeling the burn to know that you are doing a great workout!

  I only have two minor complaints.  One complaint is that Jackie does not tell you what size hand weights to use.  I just assumed that we would be doing high reps (I was right!), and chose two 5-pound hand weights.  I would recommend choosing lighter hand weights until you have mastered the correct form. 

Another complaint would be that there was not enough time between cardio intervals and stretching at the end of each 20 minute segment.  My heart rate was-a-pumping, and I felt pretty faint when we stopped jumping around and went straight into stretching.  This may be because I have lost some of my cardio endurance in the past month, but even still, I recommend walking around while you stretch to safely bring your heart rate down… especially if you are new to working out. 

After working out it was time to start thinking about making some dinner.  Tonight I decided to make a recipe that was recommended to me by my lovely sister-in-law: Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup.  I must say it was rather tasty, so I hope you will give it a try.

Before making the soup, I decided to take my own advice and make some small changes to make it a bit more “clean” and closer to the source.

Clean Change #1

The original recipe called for two 16 oz. cans of cannellini beans.  Instead of using canned beans, I used dry great northern beans.  I soaked half a bag of beans in water all day long.  Before adding them to the recipe, I cooked them by following these simple steps.  I first drained and rinsed the soaked beans.  Next, I re-covered them with water, brought them to a boil, reduced the heat and simmered them with a tilted lid for about an hour.  Right before adding them to the soup recipe, I drained and rinsed them one last time.

(This helps to eliminate the somewhat unfortunate side effects of eating beans.  You know…  beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…  It’s a good idea to follow this step when eating canned beans as well!) 

Clean Change #2

I replaced 1/2 cup of couscous with 1 cup of Quinoa.  Quinoa is a whole grain DSC01064that is considered “one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom” by the National Academy of Science.  It is a complete protein with all essential amino acids, and does not contain any gluten (for you, Kim!), or wheat.  One quarter cup serving of quinoa contains 6 grams of complete protein.

Here is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

  • 4 leeks, bulbs only, chopped
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 16 ounces cooked great northern beans (please read above)
  • 2 16 oz. cans low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 cups fresh spinach

Sauté chopped leeks and garlic in olive oil until clear.  Add broth, beans, and cumin.  Bring to a boil.  Add quinoa and reduce to low heat for about 5 minutes.  You want the quinoa to appear soft and translucent, with the germ ring visible along the outside edge of the germ.  Add spinach and wait 5-10 minutes before serving. 

DSC01059Yum!  Larry and I like soup that is  a little on the thicker side, so if you like your soup to be more broth-y, reduce the quinoa to 1/2 cup.  And if you’re like Larry and want meat, add a small can of chicken breast. 

According to the Daily Plate 1/8 of this recipe has about 200 calories, 2 grams of fat, 27 mg of sodium, 42 grams of carbs, 2 grams of sugar, 9 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of protein. 

If I had used the canned cannellini beans my 1/8 serving would have had 135 mg of sodium.  See how small “clean” changes can really add up! 

Well, I’m off to relax with the hubbers before bed!  Let me know what you think of the soup!

Have you tried to make any small changes to your diet that could be considered clean and closer to the source?  If so, what are they?  🙂

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