Blogging it all and Brussel Sprouts!

* Don’t miss the giveaway from earlier – open to everyone! *

Back to real early spring weather today.  Drizzly and cold!  Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.  I drove to the gym today for lifting.  Started with a 1 mile jog on the treadmill.  I cannot believe I haven’t run since last Tuesday!  Then the weights:

  • Chin ups: 2 sets of 2, and 1 set of almost 2!  Yay!
  • Barbell split squats:  3 sets of 8 (each leg) at 75#
  • Close grip lat pull downs:  3 sets of 10 at 60#
  • Push ups:  3 sets of 10
  • 1-leg dumbbell dead lift: 3 sets of 8 (each leg) with 15# DBs
  • Side raises:  3 sets of 8 with 10# DBs
  • Planks:  3 sets of 90 second holds
  • Triceps kickbacks: 3 sets of 10 with 12# DBs
  • Cable bicep curl:  3 sets of 8 at 40#
  • Horizontal woodchop: 3 sets of 8 (each side) at 40#

I had someone come over and ask me about the planks.  Unusual that I get interrupted during lifting or even talked to by the guys.  He asked me what the plank was and what muscles it worked.  Maybe he will give it a try 😀  See, they do notice you lifting and it isn’t always a bad thing.

Came home to banana custard multigrain cereal.  Funny, Andra mentioned in my giveaway post that she used Country Choice multigrain cereal, and here I had it for breakfast!  With dry almond butter.

This was the most lame batch of nut butter I have ever made and I think it was the result of blanching the almonds to get the skin off.  Never again.  Also note the 2 little chocolate chips on there.  John had gotten the chips down to put on his breakfast and gave me 2 to eat (I was salivating over them), so I put them on my oats to document I ate them :mrgreen:

Today I am showing every little bite that goes into my mouth, just to keep myself honest.

Mid morning snack:

1/2 scoop of vanilla PP with cinnamon mixed with a little water and topped with a chopped up medjool date.  This was surprisingly good.

Slow work day today.  I have been trying to get caught up on blog stuff and emails.  If you email me and have not gotten a response, please email again.  I try really hard to get to them all, but sometimes I wonder if they go to my spam box (or if my replies go to your spam boxes).  Also, is anyone getting emails when I reply to a comment question in that section?  I wonder if I have that figured out yet.

Lunch time:

Lame ‘bagel’ thin with tuna salad and lettuce.  Yes, the woman who said she was tired of tuna went and bought some more.  Veggies with lunch!

John made me a protein latte for a snack.

I am liking these, although I worry that I will want sweet lattes when I go out now.

I was really hungry for dinner.  10 minute cook time is always good for that.  More pork (surprise, surprise) with my brussels and strawberries.

For those that wonder about cooking the brussel sprouts, they are super easy.  The recipe is sort of based on Alton Brown’s recipe for brussels.  For each person, you will use 4 sprouts.  I just shred them with either a mandolin (please use the hand guard, knuckles are not a good addition to this dish) or a knife.  Melt 1 tsp of coconut oil (or any oil) in a small fry pan and add the brussels.  Add some salt and pepper and toss around.  I slap on a cover and give it a shake from time to time to make sure they don’t burn.  In tonight’s pan, I added a tbsp of slivered almonds, too (just living on the edge, folks, have to get my excitement somewhere).  It takes about 5 minutes to cook these.  Put on a plate and top with craisins!  Sweet and savory.

Also in the spirit of all that enters my mouth, I had 1/4 cup of rice that John cooked up.

Yummy, white jasmine rice that is oh-so-addictive for me.

Produce update:

F: 1 banana, 2 clementines, strawberries, 1 date

V: 1 serving of carrots, 1/2 serving of salad, 1 serving of brussel sprouts.

Tomorrow I am going to do a post on the anatomy of a meal and how I put them together.

Evening snack while writing this post is a ricotta/chocolate protein powder mix.

Doesn’t look all that appetizing, but good.  😀

Question:  Did you know Tuesday morning is free pastry day at Starbucks?

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16 thoughts on “Blogging it all and Brussel Sprouts!

  1. John

    Starbucks will save some coin tomorrow as I didn’t know and we don’t have one 🙂 Looking forward to your anatomy post.
    .-= John´s last blog ..Long Day =-.

  2. Kimberley

    Great workout!!! Nice to be approached about what you are doing…he must have thought it was working great for you!

    Love all the food pics. I had Brussels sprouts tonight too, but I roasted mine in the oven. I had pork too, but I cooked it in olive oil with lemon, garlic and oregano to make it Greek! OPA!
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..My Week Challenge Update #1 and Week #12 Goals =-.

  3. debby

    Gotta try that brussel sprouts recipe. Tried my own version of your sweet potato topped w/broc. and laughing cow–I’ll put it in my blog tonight.

    And thanks for the heads up on Starbucks. I do believe I will allow myself that treat tomorrow, if I can leave early enough for work that I have time to stop on the way.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..A Brief History of debby and dogs =-.

  4. Mallory

    I really like the idea of having strawberries with dinner, I never think to put fruit with savory dishes, but it almost always works.

    I thought the last pic was guacamole until I read the caption…lol. If it tasted great, then I guess it doesn’t matter.

  5. Ari

    Drat! That’s what I get for not reading your blog before I went to bed last night–no Starbucks deliciousness for me. But maybe that’s not a bad thing. 😉

    I definitely might have to try Brussel sprouts now.
    .-= Ari´s last blog ..Before, After, and Maintenance =-.

  6. MB

    I like most veggies but have never really been a fan of brussel sprouts. I’ll have to try your reciepe and see if I can change my mind about them.

    I don’t think I would have been able to just have 2 choc. chips.

    Love how you’re living on the edge 😉

    Thanks, I must remember to avoid Star$$s at all costs tomorrow. 😉

  7. Ang

    Since I now like brussel sprouts I think I will give your recipe a try. Also I bought some coconut oil and have never opened it. lol!

    Too bad I can’t eat gluten. I would’ve been all over free pastry day! Actually that may be a good thing!

  8. Susan

    Protein pudding WITH a sugar-filled date? Lovelovelove 🙂

    It’s free pastry WEEK here in Canada. After five years though, I think I’ve gotten my fill of the things 😉
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Workout Skeds =-.

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