Saturday, February 19, 2011
The other evening I was at the gym in the locker room getting ready, and I heard this woman complaining about all the New Years Resolution Gym Members. She complained that "her" treadmill was taken up, how there were no parking spaces, and something else (I kinda tuned it out). I smiled and nodded like I usually do - I don't like to knock anyone who is going to put the time into going to the gym.
This morning, I heard it again. I went early to set up for Body Pump. Half an hour before class it was already pretty full! I think it's a great energy - the full Body Pump class. But as I was setting up, I hear not one, not two, but at least three people complaining about all the people at the gym. "I've been going here 2 and a half years and I've never seen it this way." Blah blah blah.
I smiled and nodded, and finished setting up my stuff. I left, went over to the cardio room, and everything was full! Every single machine! So did I complain and b!tch and moan? No. I went over to the weight room and got my strength training on. Got some kettlebell and medicine ball training done, and it felt great.
So I came home, and I was really kind of bothered by the negative attitudes I heard at the gym. I mean, it's a place where you go to improve yourself in some way... nobody would be there if that wasn't one of their general goals. If people have been going to the gym for so long and *know* that this time of the year is busy, then they would come early to set up for class. It's not like an extra 30 minutes of something else while you wait for class to start is going to kill you. And if that's an inconvenience, start going on an off time. If you've been going for so long, you'll know when it's busy and when it's not.
Body Pump was good. I really like the class - it gets me doing those lunges and squats that I don't do enough of on my own. And the music is really really good! And it's also good for my ego - I have really good form when I lift; my chiropractor/physical therapist was very big on correct form when I went to do PT. My trainer was really big on form as well; so I am very conscious of what my body is doing when it lifts. So sometimes I look around to see everyone's form (I *know* I'm not the only one!) and I notice how some people are totally using the wrong muscles to do the move. I don't like to judge, but it really makes me appreciate my attention to detail. Brad says that's why I'll make a good personal trainer.
Mom and I went to lunch - I had to give her a pair of glasses for some new lenses, and I had to exchange a shirt. I had some Tom Yum soup and Pad Thai with tofu. SOOOO good. And then an Oatmeal Scotchie cookie from the Toll House store for dessert. Warm and gooey and delicious. Went to Barnes and Noble and picked up The New Rules of Lifting for Women. As much as I like my classes at the gym, I think that March is going to be "me time" at the gym and out running. I'm pretty introverted, and I don't go to the gym to be social. Sometimes I get a little jealous of all the people who talk with their buddies at the gym, but I just don't go to the gym for that. So I think I'd like to get back into putting on my iPod and hitting the weight room by myself. It's so therapeutic.
- finish load of laundry
- take polish off toes
- loosely plan next week's meals
- read my new book and some other good stuff
- enjoy my bubbly!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I love my honey for many reasons... one of those reasons is that he is a great cook, and he taught me how to cook for myself. I mean, I could always cook, but it was usually just heating up some mac and cheese or Shake n' Bake. Tonight I threw together a shrimp soup... I used to be so scared of making soup, but Brad taught me a practically fool-proof way to make soup. And I'm going to share it with you.
*Note - I don't really measure my ingredients when I make soup, so don't get hung up on exact amounts.
Step One: Saute some onions/shallots/scallions and carrots (or no carrots, whatever), add a little garlic when the onion is cooked a bit. I use just enough oil to have a very thin coating on the bottom of the pan - probably not even half a tablespoon. And if you want to use bacon, you can start by cooking the bacon in the pan and using the bacon fat to saute the veggies. Add a little salt and pepper and any other dry spices/herbs.
Step Two: Add shrimp/chicken/tofu, salt and pepper as needed. If you need to add a little broth or water to keep the food from sticking, now is the time. Just a little bit right now, enough to get up the delicious brown bits.
Step Three: Add broth. Broth is so much tastier than water.
Step Four (totally optional - usually I am done by this point): Add leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc) and/or pasta (I like little orzo or vermicelli). Simmer until pasta is done. Season to taste.
Voila! A really simple simple simple soup. And it really doesn't take long at all. I think the most time consuming part is cutting up the veggies and thawing the shrimp. But you can cut up the veggies and thaw the night before. Tonight I had piping hot soup not half an hour after I got home from the gym. And so ridiculously healthy. Shrimp - about 100 calories. Vermicelli - about 100 calories. Oil - *maybe* 60 calories. Everything else - negligible.
That soup was so light that I treated myself to some chocolate ricotta "mousse" for dessert, which was also ridiculously easy.
1) Melt 1/2 oz. bittersweet chocolate
2) Add a serving of ricotta
3) Mix in vanilla and sugar/honey/maple syrup/stevia/whatever
4) Enjoy your ridiculously easy and AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS dessert.
I got a giant tub of ricotta at the store on Sunday and am planning on having this dessert ALL WEEK.
I have to confess - today at school I had two chocolate cupcakes and two chocolate-covered strawberries. There is a mom who is an amazing baker and these cupcakes were just AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH SOOOOOOO good. It was actually a small miracle that I stuck to two. But you know what's funny, since I started watching my refined sugar and white flour intake, I have been really good at not going carb-crazy. Even after eating the first cupcake, it's not like I wanted to devour another one instantly, which is what was happening in January. So there is a bit of progress! And then I did 15 minutes on the bike and a 60 minute Body Pump class, so take that, cupcakes.
*General Tso update - it's funny how giving into a craving just kills it. There is absolutely NO PART of me that has any desire to eat Chinese food. Maybe in a couple months...
Off to bed.
Friday, February 11, 2011
General Tso, that is. Yesterday after school I had this overwhelming feeling of "I must have Chinese food." Really, I did. So I stopped for some General Tso (and an eggroll), stuffed my face, and crashed on the couch for THREE HOURS. Yes, from 6:00-9:00 last night I slept on the couch. Ugh.
Went upstairs, got back to sleep around 10:30ish.
The message on my alarm for this morning read "Burn off the General." Right before my alarm went off, I was thinking that I'd just take one more day off (you know those famous last words - one more day...) but when the alarm rang and I read my message, I got myself out of bed and ready to go.
I'm not going to spin this morning, but I *am* going to get in another workout. It's FINALLY Friday and I'm uber-excited. The even better news is that since I got take out last night, I definitely won't want it today. In fact, I was salivating over the apple that I'm going to have for lunch. Ha!
So today I'm kicking that General to the curb!
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