I wanted to start this day off with a quote for you all:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
Isn’t that cool? Practice happy, be happy! Keep working and become fit.
Got an early start to my workday today, as the weather is nice outside for today warmth wise and I wanted to take advantage of that. Let me tell you, my butt is sore from those walking lunges yesterday. (drop seating, anyone?) Definitely keeping those in rotation. Also my shoulder on top from the military presses. I cannot remember the last time my shoulders were sore.
Made up a yummer breakfast of banana oats topped with the new Naturally Nutty PB!
So good. There are too many flavors they have that I want to try! I need to be very careful to keep the spoon out of this jar 😳
Started work early while waiting for it to warm up some. I had a mid morning protein snack of strawberry protein powder and a tsp of nutbutter.
John asked me if I wanted to bike today – of course!! However, just in case it rains earlier than predicted, I went out for a quick 2-mile jog before lunch. That was to ensure the rain stayed away.
Worked a little more, then lunch time! Something different today:
This was 2 oz of ground beef cooked with 3 egg whites and topped with some 50% reduced fat Cabot cheese (the only low fat brand I like) on top of a corn tortilla. And the requisite hot sauce! Brussels as my lunch veggie today. This was pretty filling, think it was the fat in the meat that did it (80% lean).
A note on the chin ups, because I have gotten some questions about them. There is a difference between chin ups and pull ups. With chin ups you grasp the bar with your palms facing you. Pull ups use the overhand grip. Pull ups are much, much harder than chins. It took me months to build up strength to do these, and I started with negative chins, where you start with your chin over the bar (standing on a box or bench, obviously), then bend your legs so you are hanging and slowly lower yourself down. Rinse and repeat. I did those for a while before trying the real thing. Then I started with partially bent arms before going to a full hang. Practice, practice, practice. Strength building takes time. It would be easier if I were lighter, too 😛
Pre ride snack of latte and some chocolate!
We then took the back path around. We don’t take this one often because we usually have a destination to do, and this loops back behind where we normally go to. It starts with a big downhill, and then it is up, up, up! Here is a shot from the top of the hill:
Those mountains way off in the distance? That’s actually Vermont! The Green Mountains, although they don’t look very green now. We went out for a little more than 8 miles today.
Came back for some dinner. I decided to have a different veggie for dinner:
(John even commented about the lack of broccoli). This is a baked crab cake (from frozen).
Done with work for the week. Yay! I decided to hang out in the kitchen tonight and make up some protein cookies for a snack using oat bran and strawberry protein powder.
They came out pretty good. I topped mine with a couple tsp of cream cheese, as they are pretty sweet. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.
F: 1 banana, 1 kiwi, strawberries
V: brussel sprouts, carrots
Question: What is your most excellent habit that you practice?