A day fit for a queen
A workout fit for a warriorI fell asleep early last night and slept in late this morning. Well, not straight through, but it was late by the time I finally rolled out of bed and showered. I was a little bassackwards about my game plan. I knew the shower would wake me up fast, in addition to the coffee my hubby had ready and waiting for me post-shower. (That's love to me!) But as I calculated in my head the amount of time before I had to leave, I realized there was plenty of time to work out, too. Since it was in the 60s in our living room (who else hates vaulted ceilings?!), I figured I could remain pretty stink-free during my workout.
I stretched for several minutes to warm up. Since Averie gave her
I then did about 17 minutes of strength workouts. Considering I try to do big bang for your buck strength moves as it is, this was an impressive amount of time. I did several WMM2 moves because my quest for sexy abs was way less disciplined that Miss Angela's and, therefore, did not end on 1/31. I can see myself continuing many of the moves even when my abs reach their sexiest, though, just for maintenance sake. A strong core is so important. I also lifted weights for my arms. I love seeing my arms flex in the mirror as I get ready in the mornings because I've always had puny little arms. Muscle is hot!
I really felt the need for punishment, because I topped all of that off with 30 min of cardio.
- I hate cardio.
- I'm a wimp in the winter and don't like going out in the cold.
- I don't like going on long walks or runs on my own and Irish's motivation got lost several months ago, so I have to get creative with cardio within 4 walls without a treadmill, elliptical, spin bike, or stair climber (or even stairs!).
- I could REALLY use ideas on how to do cardio within those constraints!
A breakfast fit for a CCVSo after my exercise, I was very ready for a good breakfast. Lots and lots of water and then the delish coffee were my first rewards post-workout.
Initially I thought that I would test out my hemp protein with a frozen banana and an apple. I double-checked the stats and decided that I wasn't brave enough to have 14g fiber from the protein powder (plus some additional from the fruit) and then head out for a girlie outing. I don't exactly know what 14g fiber will do to my body, and that wasn't how I wanted to find it out!
So my challenge was to have a delicious breakfast that would satisfy my protein requirements. I munched on some raw almonds as I perused the pantry. Here's what I came up with. Truly, a CCV-inspired smorgasbord:
Cocoa-flavored coffee, my chocolate PB ants at the picnic banana hammock, cocoa roasted almonds (I'd already eaten a big handful of raw almonds as I prepared the rest), and 3 squares of Green & Black's 85% cocoa dark chocolate.
Very chocolatey, but also packed about as much protein as the protein shake would have, and without the anxiety-inducing amounts of fiber. (Yes, I know that fiber is a very important part of our diets, but I know it needs to be added gradually or the side effects can be quite uncomfortable and embarrassing.)
I'm sure I don't have to tell you how delicious, chocolatey, and divine this breakfast tasted. It was delightful!
An afternoon fit for a girlie girlAfter this fantastic breakfast, it was time to get ready for my girlie outing. Since I don't have any family that lives nearby anymore, one of my dearest friends' mom's offered to be my "adoptive" mom. She invited me to come with her and a bunch of friends to a yummy girlie restaurant nearby. I got all dolled up and bravely wore heels after that intense A.M. workout. Despite my left butt cheek falling asleep on the hard chair, I had a lot of fun. It was great to have some girlie bonding time and nab a few hugs from my faux mom.
An early evening fit for a neat freakI came home and cleaned up the closet, folded some laundry, went through the mail, dusted, and organized. I tackled a few things that were loafing in the back of the closet because I hadn't felt like dealing with them up until now. With the bold attitude that it was "now or never," I found a home for all of it (mostly in the trash). I love how satisfying it feels to get something cleaned!
A dinner fit for a veggieDinner included the leftovers from lunch, a big bowl of Kabocha Apple Soup, and veggies with hummus. I decided to try a spicy version of the soup tonight. It was a little bit of an adjustment for my brain to have the thick creamy texture of something soothing with the big bold kick of spices. I added a savory salt-free blend, garlic pepper, dry minced onion flakes, and vindaloo masala curry. It was actually a very good blend!
An evening fit for a bloggerThat brings us up to now. Blogging on the couch with my puppy in tow. Ahhh, what a great day! With any luck, I'll wake up tomorrow morning feeling rested and ready for more fun. So far, this is shaping up to be a great weekend! How about you?
Anybody have suggestions on getting cardio indoors? Do you try to consciously get a mix of workout elements (stretch, strength, cardio, endurance, etc)? What was the best Saturday you've had lately?
P.S. Katie's giving away a stash of stevia! It's been on my wish list, but since I haven't been baking all that often, I haven't been able to justify the purchase yet. Cross your fingers that I win!