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First week of Green Box Veggies!

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!

I received:
rhubarb (made immediately into a rhubarb-apple-banana sauce and mixed with Greek yogurt)
spring mix
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!
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  • EABL81
    You are definitely high energy! Sounds like a great workout. I'm highly jealous of your veggie box. What a great mix of goodies!
    2084 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    Your exercise schedule makes me feel exhausted! emoticon I really am trying to work on my cardio too. Have great day!
    2084 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    I used to get a "Green Box" when we lived in Qatar, imported from Belgium. I loved that I wouldn't know what was in it until it arrived - forced me to come up with new meal ideas based on what was in there. Now I live in Belgium and don't know of anywhere providing such boxes - probably because we're spoilt with an abundance of fresh fruit/veg readily available in the supermarkets.
    Good luck with what sounds like a challenging workout!
    2085 days ago
    I like your idea of increasing the speed .2 every 30 secs, I might steal this idea! They say that by doing this type of speed cycling you end up burning more calories. All of the plans I see in the magazines START at 4 and like you, that is where I begin lightly jogging (I blame it on my short legs but who knows?) and you've customized the idea for someone more like me. I LOVE IT. THANK YOU!

    Also, I wish I could find a place near me that provided such excellent fresh veggies like yours! That sounds AWESOME! Although I have to admit I can't identify Rhubarb and would have no idea what to do with it - but sounds like you REALLY do and that is cool!
    2085 days ago
    Sometimes all you can do is all you can do ~Art Williams

    Set the bar where it is a struggle to reach it but where itr can be reached and success will be yours

    Make Today a Great Day!
    2085 days ago
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