Back to the grind

We are now home safe and sound. Sunday was a snack eating day with chocolate and bread and crackers. I woke up pretty puffy feeling this morning! Up too early as Pixie was pushing on the bedroom door at 5:30. I got up and moved into the spare room so she wouldn’t wake up John and she curled up on me and we fell back asleep. (FYI – she does not come in the bedroom as it is John’s 1 allergy free room). I ended up sleeping in a little bit later this morning and didn’t get up until 7:30.

I was debating whether to jog the 2 miles to the gym or drive, but I wasn’t sure I wanted a total of 4 miles with a weight workout, plus it was kind of rainy, so driving it was.

I hopped on the stationary bike when I got there for 10 minutes, which actually just pissed me off, so probably not a good idea in hindsight LOL! Then I did weights:

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell squat 3 sets of 10 with 45# bar (full squat) Lower body
Dumbbell Pullover 3 set of 10 with at 25# DB Back
Decline Sit Ups 3 sets of 10 Abs
Alternating side lunge 3 sets of 10 (each leg) holding 15# DBs Lower body
Dumbbell chest fly 3 sets of 10 with 20# DBs (40# total) Chest
Seated calf raise 3 sets of 10 at 110# Calves
Reverse lateral raise 3 sets of 10 with 12# DBs (24# total) Shoulders
Kickbacks 3 sets of 10 with 15# DBs (30# total) Triceps

I thought about more biking or treadmilling, but I just wasn’t into it at all. So I went home and had a comforting breakfast.

Pumpkin cream of wheat sweetened with a bit of molasses and topped with pecans and crystallized ginger.   I do believe my pumpkin stash is going to make it!

I took a vacation day from job #1 today, but still worked job #2. I am going to have to stick with both for a while longer to pay for the new bike, so good thing I didn’t quit job #1 yet!

After doing the work available, I had some lunch.  We need to grocery shop!  I did find a cucumber in the veggie drawer, so paired that with tuna and crackers.

I have narrowed down my choices on bikes. After discussion with the bike people about how we ride, the type of bike I am looking for is a performance hybrid.  Because we do some riding on gravel surfaces and some rough road sides, a true road bike is out.  A commuter/comfort hybrid is out because of the distances that we ride. That puts our needs at a performance hybrid designed for longer rides where you sit more forward and not so upright.

The brands we are considering right now are Giant, Fuji, and Cannondale and a few others. I have looked at the Giant, which I liked, and today after lunch I went  to test “drive” the Fuji, a Raleigh and a Haro.  Have a lot of decisions to make!  I did go ahead and get my pedals.  I still have the bike shoes (obviously), but the clip pedals went bye-bye.  $80 down the drain there and only 3 months old.   I’ll put a post together about choosing a bike and hopefully get that done tomorrow.  A lot goes into a decision like this.

Came back from bike testing to have a latte and a piece of yummy pain de bluets that we purchased at a market before we left Montreal yesterday.

It came from this market – how delicious!

I’ve been working on the cookbook, and I hope to have it finished up over the weekend?  Eeep!

Dinner time was a round up.  I had baked some rye bread and threw a sweet potato in the oven while that was going.  I paired that with an omelet with laughing cow and sauteed broccoli.

I usually microwave my sweet potatoes for time reasons, but the taste of an oven baked sweet is sooooo good.

Tired kitty today:

Not sure from what because she really doesn’t do anything….

Stocked up on groceries tonight!  I bought some canning jars as I am participating in a jam swap next month.   Should be fun as I have never preserved jam before.   I just make it and eat it LOL!

After getting back I tested out the new rye bread:

It came out really good!  I am not sure I would have ever thought to pair peanut butter on rye, but it was good.

Tonight is more working and polishing up the cookbook.  Oh – and Football!!!!!

Question: How do you cook your sweet potatoes?

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16 thoughts on “Back to the grind

    1. Lori Post author

      I am compiling a cookbook of all my recipes and giving it away to anyone who donates for my charity ride next month. It’s one of my August goals to complete!

  1. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Your photo and comment about Pixie reminded me of this: :// 🙂

    Glad you made it home safely, if not happily.
    .-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..Monday Yuks =-.

  2. Desert Agave

    Sounds like you’ve got a really good idea what your needs are for the new bike. I hope you end up with something you love.

    Me, I like to slice sweet potatoes, toss them with a little olive oil and a lot of garlic, and then roast them in the oven.

  3. debby

    I like sweet potatoes baked in the oven. And I especially like baked sweet potato fries. Haven’t had one in a while. Must remember to pick one up next time I am at the store.

  4. Shelley B

    I like my sweet potatoes oven baked…as in fries. 🙂

    My husband has a Giant bike and LOVES it. Hope you aren’t too stressed in trying to decide which bike to get – it’s a big commitment.
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Food is Foodor IS it =-.

  5. Tish

    Good luck in the bike decision. I have a hybrid and love it. Still need to get the bike clips though–I think my bike fall a month or so ago set me back in the purchase–I hate falling. I’m absolutely in the oven-baked camp for sweet potatoes. Yum. Mostly have them in the cooler months though, so as not to heat up the house so much. I’ll have to remember that when I start whining about how cold it is outside. Can’t wait. Your kitty is cute.

  6. Janna

    I am so sorry your bikes were taken…you are taking it as well as can be expected! I know you guys will find just the right ride to replace them!

    I really enjoyed reading about your weekend away…the pictures were GREAT! Glad you guys didn’t let the bike mess ruin your trip!

    Have a great evening!
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..Wow… =-.

  7. Fran

    I loved looking at the bikes. If you buy a Giant it might have been build in the Netherlands where’s one of the factories for the Giant bikes.

    I’ve been thinking about buying another bike too. I have a city bike now which isn’t that comfortable for longer bike rides. But still thinking about it.

    I don’t eat sweet potatoes that much. Mostly I’ve used them in a stew in winter.

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    Lots of thought process on the bike buying! I have nothing.. sorry… do not bike.

    I do, though, want your rye bread & all the bread in the market pic! 🙂 I LOVE rye & pumpernickel bread!

    Pixie is darn cute! Was she thrilled to have you home? She sure went to sleeping pretty fast!;-)
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Age is NO EXCUSE! =-.

  9. Joanne

    Yummy eats. The cat probably gets tons of exercise while you sleep. Little do you know… 😉
    Good luck on the bike hunt. You’ll love the new one even though it’s a “forced” purchase. But you’ll have it for cycling around and looking at the gorgeous Fall foliage.
    As for sweet potato – nuke it and eat it, nothing on it. It’s like a dessert.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Mondays Routine and Weekend Parties =-.

  10. Pubsgal

    Aw, man! I’m catching up on my blog reading, and was so sorry to hear that your bikes got stolen! 🙁 That is such a bummer! I’m glad that you got to enjoy the garden before that happened, though.

    I prefer oven-baked sweet potatoes. (Especially when cut into fries!) The last time I had one, though, I had to microwave it to make sure it was done in time to go with our dinner. (I wrapped it with olive oil, salt, rosemary, and pepper and put it on the grill while the steaks finished. Yum!)
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update- 8-11-10 =-.

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