Monday, July 04, 2011
Happy 4th of July sparkers!
Yesterday I was reunited with some old friends! It's now been six weeks since my shoulder surgery. During that time I did a lot of walking and what little physical therapy I was allowed to do. I've missed running, weights and a lot of other stuff.
I finally went to the gym yesterday and hooked up with some of my trainers favorite things:
Single leg reps on the leg extension and leg curl machines.
Single leg reps on the leg press machine.
I use the taller piece in this picture to do single leg squats. I put my back toward it, lift one leg forward and squat on one leg until my butt hits the step and then stand back up.
I use the smallest one and do single leg toe touches off the side of the step one leg at a time.
I followed that all up with single leg lunches.
For ab work I did full body situp and twist on the stability ball.
I never realized how much a shoulder surgery would affect the rest of my body. Since there are muscles coming out of it to the chest and to the back, it seemed that every single movement I did hurt badly for at least a month. Now it's much more tolerable and the leg routine is back.
Today it was a slow steady climb on the Bowflex Treadclimber at home and I'm feeling my leg muscles tonight!
We made Chef Meg's Chocolate Fondue today and i have to give that 5 stars! We opted for Mint Chocolate flavored marshmellows and used strawberries, apple slices, and banana slices to dip. I think 1 Tablespoon of that in some coffee with skim milk and it might be a lower calorie option of a mocha type coffee for my daughter.
Besides grilling chickent breasts, we tried a new Clean Eating recipe for Salsa Style Corn Fusilli - this is a pasta salad with a Mexican flavored flare. I also give this a 5 star and loved all the flavors. We opted for whole wheat pasta instead of the regular.
We also made Clean Eating's Summery Green Bean Casserole. We left out the sun dried tomatoes. This one got a thumbs down from part of the family and thumbs up with modifications from the rest. We are going to work with this one some more. It reminded me of Thanksgiving and a healthier version of the traditional green bean casserole that we don't make anymore.
This is a picture of what the pasta salad looked like.
For those of you who might not have heard of the Clean Eating magazine before, here is a picture of what the latest issue looks like:
My daughter made the Banana Chocolate breakfast bread yesterday. The girls didn't like it that much, but I thought it was alright. They are trying to find an alternative to the same type of bread that they get at Starbucks. I would add some chopped walnuts to it for a little more flavor.
Tomorrow's lunch is the pasta salad mixed with cut up grilled chicken. That makes an easy grab and go for my husband for work.
So overall - good weekend of shopping healthy, trying new recipes, and getting back to my leg weights.