So, I got to the office this morning at a relatively early hour thinking I was going to be in for a psycho busy day as it had been all last week. Well, it wasn’t.
Like I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m the kind of person who revels in a busy fast-paced environment and just sort of crashes when it’s quiet- yes, I’m weird. Accept it.
I probably could’ve headed to the gym for lunch and gotten in a good workout, but decided to hold off until the end of the day since I didn’t have any plans and I didn’t want to feel rushed at the gym. Yes, I know, I like to be busy at work but don’t like to be rushed at the gym- weird, remember?;)
Anywho, I took a break to eat my lunch which was simply delicious:
Leftover roasted veggies over spinach from last night with some hummus
A macadamia nut and apricot Kind Bar
This wasn’t too bad, I’ve never had this flavor before, but I tasted coconut more than anything else so it was a bit misleading.
I also had an un-pictured pear with some vanilla yogurt for dessert.
Twas very satisfying- I was hungry all day and just seriously craving food!
After work I headed over to the gym to get my sweat on. I did my interval training which started with a 5 minute warm up followed by 3 intervals: 7 minutes at 7.2mph pace and 3 minutes at 5.2mph pace. I was actually pretty tired and struggled a bit- maybe the slow pace at work tired me out? I pushed myself and fought through it, but during the 2nd interval I had to slow the 5.2 pace down to walking so I could catch my breath before the final interval. Glad I did that, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to finish.
After the treadmill, I noticed my knee was aching a bit- this isn’t the slightest bit out of the ordinary, though. Pretty much every sport I’ve ever played has contributed in some fashion to damaging my knees- lovely! But, I decided to not push it too hard and did an upper body workout rather than lower body to give my knee a bit of a break.
My circuit was:
Shoulder Press, 15lbs x 15 reps
Chest Press, 15bls x 15 reps
Bicep Curls, rope x 15 reps
Abs, passing stability ball from arms to legs x 15 reps
Stability Ball thigh squeeze (squeeze ball between your thighs for 4 seconds) x 15 reps
I did this circuit 3 times followed by some excellent stretching to relax my muscles. I came home a sweaty and hungry girl- how attractive 😉
The one bonus to the man being stuck in Germany is that I don’t feel guilty coming home a bit later than expected from the gym and only having to worry about feeding myself.
Like I mentioned earlier, I had planned out my meals for the week and on the menu tonight I had decided on grilled cheese and salad.
For my grilled cheese I topped up 2 pieces of whole wheat sprouted bread with cheddar cheese, sliced avocado and some caramelized onions.
Cooking Tip: Rather than buttering up the bread, use the same pan in which you caramelized the onions, with a bit more olive oil and use that to grill your sandwich. This way you’ll avoid using excess fat and dirtying another dish- bonus!
I served it up alongside a makeshift coleslaw consisting of red cabbage, carrot and red bell pepper with a homemade vinaigrette. Very filling and very satisfying.
Well I’m heading off to bed a happy girl. Talk to you in the AM!