Today's workout: 40 min elliptical, 15 min treadmill, 20 min dancing
630 calories burned (average HR: 155 bpm, max HR: 178 bpm)
After a solid 10 hours of sleep, I was still dragging when I got out of bed. It wasn't until I had an awesome breakfast of proatmeal (egg whites + oatmeal + water, microwave, season and stir) and a hot cup (or 5) of coffee, that I was ready to really function.
I ran errands,
and finally, after putting it off long enough,
I decided some exercise was in order.
On Saturday's I schedule a long run with the running group at 0630 am. That just wasn't happening. I wasn't feeling a long run or an alarm this morning (nursing the sickness, bum knees, etc), so I just walked to our apartment gym and got busy.
I sported my sweet new Champion shirt from Target. They're originally $19.99. I scored this puppy for $4.49. Sale racks, holla! It's all kind of drapey on the bottom, which is fun when you're dancing. Just saying.
I never use the elliptical (it's kind of made fun of in the Crossfit community),
but because someone was already using the treadmill, I decided to give it a whirl.
Who knew they had such sweet settings?! I'm not going to lie, most of the time I see people gliding along on ellipticals all Tony Gazelle style, not breaking a sweat, texting, reading a magazine, chatting, etc. I'm not impressed.
I was NOT going to be one of those people.
I set it for 40 minutes of "Target Heart Rate Training" and set my HR target to 165 BPM. The machine adjusts the intensity to make sure my heart rate stays right at 165 BPM! I don't know if it was reading my HR monitor (Polar chest strap), or if it was just taking it from the age/weight I entered, but I was impressed! When I was going too hard and my HR creeped up to 171, it dropped the intensity until it came back to 165. If I started slacking and the HR dropped to the 150's, it would crank up the intensity until my HR got back up. I imagine Jillian Michaels must have possessed the machine.
And I was watching Felicity all the while ... I'm only on Season 2.
(And if Meghann isn't careful, she's going to ruin it for me!)
(I had to get off and grab my camera, and yeah, my HR dropped!)
I tweet about my sweet eats sometimes, but realized I don't share them on the blog enough. I'm pretty proud of my random eating habits: sometimes so ridiculously healthy they need to be featured on Nutrition Times, other times it puts Paula Dean to shame. Butter, butter!
Paula Dean style Peanut Butter Brownies
The most amazing
Perky TURKEY Jerky.
The nutrition profile on this stuff is amazing. It's a little spendier, but so worth it - when I can find it.
The classic Kashi pizzas.
I always share them with my husband (code word for: steal one bite) and load it up with mountains of veggies.
I made a STELLAR
Pumpkin Dump Cake!
I dub it Pumpkin Crunch Cake.
I'd never made dump cake before, but something about the 3 ingredient recipe called me into the kitchen ... of course, I didn't use just 3 ingredients. I made it "healthier" and promise to share the recipe. Because I seriously have dreams about this cake.
(Sauteed baybay toms, olives, garlic, pepperoni, spinach, broccoli, goat cheese.)
I didn't know whether to gag or drool when I saw it. I didn't follow any kind of recipe, I just had a weird craving for greens and waffles, and decided to mix them all together in the blender and pour it into the waffle iron. Whoa, it works!
My proatmeal base consists of 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup egg whites, and a little water microwaved for about a minute. Then I add any toppings and microwave for another 30 seconds, and boom, breakfast of Champions! I did clemetines, raisins, sugar-free maple syrup and peaches in this bowl.
Melon Cereal Bowls!
Scoop out the center of a halved honey dew, pour in your favorite cereal (in my case, Panda Puffs), and pour your milk (Almond Breeze), overtop, and boom! The combo of melon and cereal will rock your socks off, promise. This is also very good with yogurt or proatmeal.
Topped with PB2 (powdered Peanut Butter) and melted chocolate chips swirled together in the microwave. Coconut sprinkled on top.
Are you drooling all over your keyboard yet? Or did you go out and buy yourself some Vitalicous Vitatops?! Gah, to DIE FOR.
I'll leave ya with some sweet photos of my Army Shadow 10-Miler tee.
I dig it.
What is your go-to guiltless dessert?
It's Vitatops or a bowl of scrambled egg whites for me, fosho.
What is your favorite pumpkin dish?
I'm loving this Pumpkin Crunch Cake. I also have recipes for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Doughnut Holes and Pumpkin Pancakes. Pumpkin ON THE BRAIN over hurr.
When are your rest days?
I'm trying to decide if I'm working out tomorrow or if I'm resting. I think resting is the best idea, but I feel like that's too much for this week, I've already missed a few more days than I like.
Do you make up for missed days or do you just go with the flow?