Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I had such a nice day today. It was one of those workdays that just feels like a day spent hanging out with your friends. I laughed so hard so many times today. It was good
It was kind of another tough day physically though. I came home really tired, but I was so determined to do my pushups for Day 2 of my Pushup Challenge!
Today I jumped rope for 15 minutes to start the calorie burn. For anyone who is wondering where my jump per interval count went, I'm still doing it. The thing is I'm changing my jump style from slower double jumps to fast single jumps. Since that's harder, I sort of have to play catch-up. I did 80 JPI today.
Then did my pushup challenge. I am proud to report I did twice the minimum number for the maximum set. If that makes any sense.
Then I did some wall sits, planks, and butt lifts. I'm excited because I can now hold a modified plank for well over a minute, so I tried a plank on my toes and can hold that for 30 seconds. Oddly it's not my core that's getting tired- it's my shoulders. I just read an article on SP like, yesterday, that said you should do the exercise you want the most out of first- which is why I start with my pushups. Because each exercise will tire out your muscles and will prevent you from doing following exercises to the best of your physical ability. So yeah, starting with pushups. Which tires out my shoulders for my planks.
My lunch today was awesome. I had a salad with a cup or two of Rainbow Salad (also known as Broccoli Slaw, consisting of shredded cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower) with shrimps, cashews, tomatoes, and light Sun Dried Tomato dressing. It was SO GOOD. I've been craving some greenstuffs lately. Those veggies really hit the spot. With it, I had some fresh raspberries (HELLO, SUMMER FRUIT!!! How I have missed you!) and a little individual cottage cheese cup. It was soooooooo good and very filling.
I have a new goal. It's not really new. I've been sticking to it for weeks. I feel bad I have to leave my kitties for 10 hours a day, so I made a commitment to play with them for 15 minutes every morning. We both need it. And I have been doing it, every morning, without fail, playing Bird with my boys before I go to work. I'm thinking of adding an evening playtime goal too. The thing about pets is, you're basically their whole world... they don't have a job and friends and other stuff going on... they just have you. So you have to give them lots of your time. It's not fair if you don't.
And those are today's thoughts.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Today is a Planned Day Off. Meaning, I decided Saturday when making my weekly workout schedule that Tuesday would be my day off. My choices are limited. Since I started doing the Pushup Challenge, I have to work out Monday, Wednesday, Friday. That leaves Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday off. Well, scratch the weekend days. Those are days I have more time than any other to work out, plus the choice of WHEN to work out. Thursday is a no also, because I like to feel fab on Friday and start my weekend off right. So Tuesday it is, by process of elimination. Also, rain was in the forecast. So it worked well. Also, I'm especially beat from work tonight.
I stopped at Wegman's (yes!!! There's a Wegman's RIGHT BY where I work!) and bought some rainbow salad. I've been meaning to try it for months, but all the piddly-@ss grocery stores around here don't have it. So I stopped at Wegman's and got it, shrimp, cashews, cherry tomatoes, and my beloved Ken's Lite Sun-Dried Tomato salad dressing, which Matt and I thought had been discontinued. We were both heartbroken... in other news, I LOVE WEGMAN'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The rest of this week, I'm going to have Shrimp Rainbow Salad for lunch. My own creation. Om nom nom nom.
About the procrastination business, I've been meaning to blog this for a long time... I found it to be tremendously helpful and I wanted to share it with others.
When I transferred to Penn State Behrend from Penn State Shenango, it was quite a shock because Behrend seemed so huge compared to teeny weeny Shenango. I felt really overwhelmed and started doing badly in my classes, so I went to see a counselor. When I described my problems I was having, he gave me a photocopied chapter from a self-help book. It was about procrastination, and one line really hit me, and has stuck with me for years.
"Don't wait until you 'feel like' doing it, because chances are good you'll never 'feel like' doing it."
Monday, April 11, 2011
I'm also doing the Long-Arse-See-How-Much-Can-Fit-In-That-
What? I want to attract all readers. Readers interested in pushups, non-scale victories, and cupcakes.
I'm thinking maybe I should have just called it Cupcake. Cupcakes attract EVERYONE.
So, first up- I decided to do the 100 Pushup Challenge.
S'what I'm talking about. Pushups are so hardcore.
I'm starting at the beginner's very beginning, for good measure. I'm going to complete the program with knee pushups, and then re-do it. To the toes!!!!
Second- I was pleasantly surprised today when I got dressed. That's always awesome, right? I wore a shirt today that I bought a few months ago. Then, the sleeves were uncomfortably tight and cut into my arms. Today, it fit normally! YAY!!!! I'm really happy about that. I hate having flabby, shapeless arms. I'm a lucky mesomorph who puts on muscle quickly when I work at it, so when I work my arms, they can look damn good. I'm pretty excited by the prospect of finishing up my first 100 Pushup Challenge by summer, I bet they'll be looking nice by then
Lastly... I had the tastiest lunch today. Probably not the healthiest, but whatev. I was lazy and didn't make tuna salad last night, so I had to buy my lunch at the cafeteria. Which I'm never too upset about, because their food is so nom I had a Greek turkey wrap and an orange. Then Kristy, the other temp, pulled out the most GORGEOUS jumbo cupcake I have ever seen. It was her birthday celebration over the weekend and she got it from some upscale bakery in Philly. She cut me a small piece. (about two bites' worth)
It... was... AMAZING. Rich red velvet, so moist it was practically wet. The frosting was a dream. Lightly sweet, and sooooooooo smooth and creamy. I did something I never do- I really, really tasted it. I let it just sit in my mouth and took it all its wonder. I basked in the glory of the cupcake.
A few minutes later, she offered me the last piece. I said, (like a good health-conscious lady) "No thank you, I really shouldn't."
Kristy says, "I'ma count to three."
She didn't even get to one.
You gotta live life, man. We only get one.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Yesterday's bootcamp workout consisted of 2 minute rounds, like we used to do in kickboxing. I like not having to count stuff. Counting reps kinda sucks. I did wall sits, side lunges, donkey kicks, pushups, leg lifts, planks, tricep extensions... and other stuff that I can't remember and my list is alllllll the way across the room. (I'm super lazy. Seriously. I like to work hard and sweat and give it my all when I work out, but the rest of the time, I'm soooooooooo lazy.)
It was effective. Every part of me is sore today. Except quads. Guess I slacked in that area. But it's okay because everything else hurts Chest, arms, abs, and butt are all aching wonderfully. I love it. I love the burn. There's nothing like it.
Today I went outside for a butt-kicking cardio jump rope workout. I jumped for 40 minutes.
First 15 minutes: 80 jumps per interval, recover, repeat.
Second 15 minutes: 30 power jumps, recover, repeat
Last 10 minutes: Fun jumping. No counting, just jumping to the music for as long as I can. In this portion I am attempting to get faster and eliminate the middle bounce I still do during the long(er) intervals where I'm trying to increase my jumps per interval.
Lastly, I want say a big to my Sparkfriend EMILLER22. Not just for being , which she totally is, by the way, but for telling me about the Hundred Pushup Challenge.
I printed out the program and I'm starting tomorrow! I can't wait!!!!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Last night I made sloppy buffalo joes. Believe me when I say they were several notches above Manwich and required very little extra effort. Also, I believe these to be awesome man and teenager food. I have a man, and I was a teenager not long ago, so I know.
Here is the original recipe:
SLOPPY BUFFALO JOES
2 lb extra lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
6 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 cup tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp chili powder
12 hamburger buns, split, toasted
And if you're feeling naughty...
BLUE CHEESE SAUCE
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tbsp finely chopped green onion
2 tsp buffalo wing sauce
Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Cook beef and onion in skillet until beef is browned. Drain. Spoon beef mixture into crockpot. Add remaining sloppy joe ingredients (except buns). Stir well.
Cover, cook on low 3-4 hours.
In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. To serve, spoon 1/3 cup sloppy joe mixture on bottom half of each bun. Spread 1 tbsp sauce on top half of each bun, place over meat.
I hate crunching down on onions, so I used dried onion, and no celery. I despise celery. Also, we only have Indian nuclear chili powder, found in Indian grocery stores in a 1 lb bag for about $1, and which will burn your face off. So I put in less than 1/2 tsp of that.
My boyfriend gave them an 8.5, which for him is excellent. He never gives anything a 10. 9 is about the highest anything gets. He also doesn't even really like sloppy joes. So I figure this is a Dinner Winner!
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