Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Warming Up

Wow is it foggy this morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good, no complaints here. Well, except that like all weekend's, it was too short for my taste. I woke up this morning feeling pretty miserable after a weird night of sleep, but I'm feeling much better now after a good workout. I'm wondering if it is really going to reach 78 degrees today.

Over the weekend, I made two very tasty post-workout breakfasts, perfect for warmer weather. I have a feeling that this will be the Spring/Summer of Smoothies for me. I do love smoothies, especially after a hard workout on a warm day, but I haven't made many of them. Woody even commented as I was starting to enjoy my concoction Saturday morning "It takes you a long time to make a smoothie" to which I replied, "that's cause I'm still learning!"

Saturday's smoothie was an all-in; frozen fruit - banana, blueberries, strawberries, mango - ground flax seeds, chia seeds, sliced almonds, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk and non-fat greek yogurt. Can't get much more loaded that that, right? It was a bit on the thick side, which I think is a result of my ratio of greek yogurt to almond milk being a bit off. Try and learn, right? So what if I had to "drink" it with a spoon, what matters most is that it was healthy and delicious! Along with the smoothie (because mine are kind of small-ish), I had a piece of Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted bread with Mighty Maple peanut butter!

Need to practice my pouring skills so I
keep the sides of the glass clean!

Sunday I went to the gym at City Hall with Woody but made a trip to the Whole Foods in Tribeca before heading home. On the walk home I decided I was in the mood for fresh granola. I haven't made granola in months but it was already going to be 11:30am by the time I got home, so why not wait a little longer for breakfast and make granola? Then I decided to take it a step farther and make it a parfait! Even though I realized just as I was about to enjoy it that I had forgotten to include cinnamon, it was delicious and I didn't even miss the cinnamon!

In the granola mix: whole rolled oats, sliced almonds, roasted peanuts (unsalted, no oil), raw sunflower seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, dried cherries, and honey. In the parfait: Greek yogurt, strawberries, banana, granola and a drizzle of honey. Dangerously delicious!

I think Woody was a little jealous of my parfait, but he had already had a smoothie by the time I got home. (I grocery shopped Sunday morning and he was on bathroom/kitchen cleaning duty. He's so good at it!) At least there was granola left for this morning!

On the workout tip, I had two good ones over the weekend. I didn't run but I did spend some quality time with the elliptical both days; 75 minutes on Saturday and 60 on Sunday. I also did some strength training and stretching. Overall I felt pretty good. I'm just taking it a day at a time and even though I had to miss the Scotland Run 10K in Central Park yesterday that I had been looking forward too, I'm not counting myself out of the Broad Street Run.
  • What's your favorite warm-weather breakfast?
  • Did you watch The Masters over the weekend? (Woody was glued to the TV all weekend and got me hooked Sunday evening. It was actually kind of exciting!)
Saturday's workout -
75min elliptical
3x10 versa-loop (apparently that's the real name!) side squats
3x10 leg press
2x10 versa-loop front, side & back kicks
3x10 upright row
3x10 cable push-downs
foam roller

Sunday's workout -
60 minute elliptical
3x10 versa-loop side squats
2x10 versa-loop front, side, and back kicks
3x10 lat pull-down
3x10 hammer curls
100 crunches
foam roller

Today's workout -
40 min elliptical
4x10 side squats
2x10 front, side, back versa-loop kicks
3x10 lateral arm raise
3x10 overhead tricep extension
foam roller


Michelle said...

I've been spending quite a bit of time with the elliptical for the last few weeks. It's a good workout

misszippy said...

Ok, I'm just finishing up a bowl of boring old cereal--just doesn't compare to those descriptions! I need to get more adventurous.

Run with Jess said...

That parfait looks delish... especially since I haven't had breakfast yet!

Pssst... I tagged you in my blog post today...

Penny said...

Way to go on your workouts this weekend. That parfait looks yummy. I see you put chia seeds do they have much of a taste. I want to get some but I dont want to waste my money. If I dont like them.

mealsformiles said...

ooh, you and Woody are so good at splitting up chores! I heard yogurt parfaits, but have never tried to make my own granola, actually!

Nice workouts! I was sad to miss the Scotland run too, but you'll be back at it soon enough :)

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I love to have my smoothies thick! I prefer to eat them with a spoon actually. They seem more hearty and filling that way. Unless I'm on the go and need to drink them, of course!
Great workouts this weekend

Barbara said...

Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor , Traverse City and Charlevoix , soon to be in Ann Arbor ,MI has great granola and trail mix. Of course , it isn't as healthy as Lisa's !

Good luck on Tuesday's MRI ? Is it at NY Pres ?