Sweaty Stats: Yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve worked out so hard in the gym that I felt exhausted and actually thought my legs would buckle! Either I never work out hard (hmmm…something to think about), or the holidays left me a bit out of shape when it comes to hitting the gym (as opposed to the hitting the pavement). I did a combo of this leg workout and some ab work paired with sprinting on the treadmill…this is what it looked like:
- Started with 7 easy minutes on the bike to get my legs warmed up
- 1 circuit of the leg workout (not resting in between exercises)
- Sprinted half a mile on the treadmill
- Immediately moved into my ab work – on mat: crunches, side crunches, russian twists, and leg lifts; on stability ball: more crunches *rest for 1-2 minutes and get water*
- Repeat it all over again (leg workout, sprint, and abs)
- Cool down on the bike for 5 minutes with no resistance
I was a hot mess after all this! My hair was inexplicably messy (I should’ve taken a picture!) and I was sweaty and stinky. You’re welcome for the mental picture 🙂
Fortunately I had another great salad to come home to! Here’s day 2 of my Salad Challenge. I changed the order of my plan (today was supposed to be the Mexican Cesar) because I was out of Romain lettuce, so I made my usual ‘go-to’ salad.
- Spring Mix (as much as you want)
- 1 Ounce Goat Cheese
- 1/4 Ripe Pear
- 2 Strawberries
- 1 Tbls. Light Raspberry Vinaigrette (I use the Trader Joe’s brand, but any will work – I suppose you can make your own, but this one works just fine for me)
- Coarse Ground Salt and Pepper (optional)
Throw it all on a plate or bowl and sprinkle with some freshly ground salt and pepper. This is one of the (almost) no prep salads thats absolutely delicious. I love the way the fruit and goat cheese compliment each other perfectly.
Variations: Today I had it as a side salad, so there aren’t too many nutritional power house ingredients in there. If I’m having it as a meal, I would add avocado and 1-2 hard boiled eggs on the side or some other kind of protein. I don’tt eat chicken, but that would work well too.
Speaking of what I ate after my workout, after a hiatus from What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) due to the holiday eating rush, it’s back! It’s not that I didn’t want to take pictures of the holiday goodies, but I always forgot to take pictures of it because I was stuffing it in my trap too fast! So here’s what I stuffed in my trap yesterday.
Pre-workout: 1/2 a Kashi bar Post-workout: Chocolate Milk
Lunch: Market Salad (Today’s Salad in my Salad Challenge) and leftover Cauliflower Pizza
Fuel for Shopping: Skinny Iced Mocha
Snack while Cooking Dinner: Chips and Salsa
(I had never tried these chips before, and they’re awesome! No…I didn’t eat all this, my hubby had some too)
Dinner: Salmon Burger on a Sandwich Thin with Spinach and a Spicy Teriyaki Aioli I made
Spicy Teriyaki Aioli
Ingredients: (I’m not sure if I can call it an aioli because it’s not mayonnaise based, but I’m calling it that anyways)
- 1 Tbls. Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 tsp. Teriyaki Sauce/Marinade
- 1 tsp. (or less) of Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce. I buy canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, for this I used the adobo sauce that was in the chipotle peppers can. If don’t have this or can’t find it, some kind of hot sauce will work too, it adds a great spicy kick to the sweetness of the teriyaki.
Night Time Snack: Tea with a Chocolate Brownie Clif Kid Z Bar
(I actually only got through half the bar because it satisfied my sweet tooth)
So there’s my day of eats in a nutshell! Happy Hump Day 🙂Do you finally feel like you’re back into your normal eating after the holidays? Did your gym stamina take a hit too? Are you taking the salad challenge? How’s it going?