Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Yesterday I picked up my first box of veggies from Rochon Gardens (Jardins Rochon) farm.
Well, box is a bit of a misnomer, actually. They give you a reusable bag (about the size of a LARGE grocery bag -- bigger than the PC brand ones) and then they have bins (milk-crate style) full of veggies for you. I chose a great day to be my starting pickup!
rhubarb (made immediately into a rhubarb-apple-banana sauce and mixed with Greek yogurt)
peppers (one yellow, one orange)
tomatoes (3 large, garden fresh, and NOT TO BE PUT IN THE FRIDGE ON PAIN OF DEATH of flavour)
asparagus (replacing beets, as I have a history with beets that isn't pretty)
cucumbers (2 small, one giant)
Happy little extras I got yesterday:
fresh basil (I may try to continue to root a bit and plant one of the stalks)
strawberries (the best I have tasted in YEARS!)
and a large plant (no idea what it is) to replace the poor, sad, dead deffienbachia in my front hall... and it can come inside in the winter, as it's non-toxic to animals!
In other news, I have created my own circle of h*ll for purposes of improving my strength without boring myself to tears: my very own weight training circuit. My workout is as follows:
Treadmill set to incline 5. Start at 3 mph for 1 minute, then increase the speed by 0.2 mph every 30 seconds until I reach 5 mph (1 round = 6 minutes). Do twice. I start lightly jogging at 4 mph. Stop when stitch forms, asthma attack is about to occur, or I reach the end of the second round.
*goal: be doing 3 rounds, not 2 by the end of June*
Weight circuit (4x):
5 deadlifts (yesterday: 3 sets @ 115lbs, 1 @ 125lbs)
5 pushups (on dumbbells to help protect my wrists)
5 squats (with dumbbells, as we only have a smiths machine, not a squat rack) (yesterday: started @ 20lbs: definitely trying 30lbs tomorrow)
2 chin-ups (attempt)
2 pull-ups (attempt)
*goals: increase the weight steadily on squats and deadlifts, be able to do at least 2 chin-ups in a row OR 2 pull-ups in a row (not consecutively with the chin-ups), and eventually adding a fifth round to the circuit*
As it stands now, this workout takes me 30 minutes (including setting up the barbells). With short times spent on each section, I don't have time to get bored, so hopefully this will allow me to stick to it! Nothing as intense as Miss Chrissy's workouts, but still enough that my legs are sore today!