Starting off the post with dessert! I did the banana soft serve last night. I think this started on Choosing Raw? Anyway, I put 2 frozen bananas in the food processor. One was more ripe than the other, as you can see.
It did make a difference. Dumped some cinnamon in there as well. Turned on the processor and let run. I had to push down the more ripe banana a few times, and it was a little icier. Mental note to self on that.
Lookie what came out!
Creamy and fluffy. I served John his with chocolate syrup. Mine had a tsp of peanut butter on top.
Verdict? Quite good, although I could see getting tired of banana flavor pretty quickly. Certainly won’t put a stop to my Only 8 obsession. I have some egg white protein powder on order from True Protein, so I am going to try this next week with protein powder in it for power ice cream!
The heat finally broke last night with thunderstorms. Really loud, too. I woke up to a huge crack that got my heart pounding. Don’t you hate that? Feels good today, though. I, however, do not. I am very physically tired. I think I should have given myself 1 more day of rest after the 60-mile bike ride. I had Sunday off, but then did my usual schedule during the week. That and the heat tapped me out, and my thighs are sore (unusual), so I am taking a rest day today, even though I really want to ride in this nice weather. Rest days are super important, especially if your body is telling you it needs one.
That meant an early breakfast:
Oh yeah! This is an easy no sugar breakfast for me since I have it this way all the time. Can’t go wrong with protein waffles and blueberries
Pixie is airing out after all that heat. Look at that tummy!
Lunch time came and I decided on a shake for something different. Because I feel so tired, I decided to up the protein today for repair. Into the bullet blender went 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt (all we had), 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1 scoop strawberry protein powder, cinnamon, ice and a little water. I was going to mix in some PB, but I ended up just licking it out of the spoon instead of blending it in and having it get lost.
Tasted pretty good, surprisingly. I didn’t think the strawberry would mix, but it did pretty well.
I drained the juice from the mandarin orange slices as well. One thing I am really missing lately is crispy crunch. Whether that is crunch from granola or crackers, I miss it. I cannot replace that with nuts, or I will go overboard. I’ll be glad when tomorrow gets here and my experiment is ovah.
Latte snack and then some cheese (not eaten together).
Glad to see so many of you do the plank! It is funny how it looks so easy and yet turns out to be so hard. I actually have to say that I felt a little more self-conscious than usual posting that picture. I am feeling kind of chubby right now. You know how that feeling comes and goes for all of us. I am not a fitness model, but I think it is important to *me* to post photos of myself walking the talk (planking the plank??) and to help keep me motivated. I said this before, but it also really helps to see what you look like when you are doing these moves. I have never seen myself do a plank because there is no floor level mirror at the gym (that I can do the plank near anyway), so I really had no idea of what I looked like. I have taken some shots/videos of myself with other moves and really see how I need to work on my form or slow down (probably my biggest issue). It’s been very helpful. Mirrors are good to look in when working out, but also a 3rd person shot where you aren’t looking at yourself, so to speak, gives a whole new perspective.
That red pear was amazing tonight, too. Sometimes they are just extra good and I wish there was a way you could see it from the outside.
I took a nice 2-mile walk tonight in this now gorgeous weather! Then it was time for evening snack. I made it look pretty. This is my faux cheesecake mix of ricotta, strawberry protein powder, cinnamon, and a little water.
The strawberries really make this dish. Protein success today. I had a whopping 139 grams today! A little heavier on the protein powder than normal for me, but that’s okay. Eat up muscles! 🙂
Question: Are you good about rest days?