Lifting and quick chocolate fix

Time goes by fast, doesn’t it?  John has been gone since Friday and will be coming back on Wednesday night.  My swinging bachelorette freedom days will be over soon.  For some reason, I am super, super productive when he is out of town.  Not sure why that is, but we both notice it.

I have managed to do that ride with my sister, recaulk the tub, strip and paint half the porch, stripped and painted my side table in the living room, plus various other household things.  Go me!

More being productive – Ready for some lifting?

Exercise Set/rep/weight
Decline sit ups 3 sets of 10
Pliet squats 3 sets of 10 with 30# DB
Dumbbell Pullover 3 sets of 10 with 20# DB
Pushups 3 sets of 10
YTWL 3 sets of 4 each letter with 5# DBs
Single-Leg stiff-legged deadlift 3 sets of 10 with 15# DBs
Cable high row 3 sets 10 at 40#
Reverse lunges 3 sets of 10 each leg with 20## bar

I am not trying to build up strength right now, just keep it where it is at. I also don’t want to get sore for all the biking I am doing this month.  So this was a nice workout.  I came home for my breakfast of lifting champions – protein waffles!

I never get tired of these, although I imagine people reading my blog do.  Oh well.

I did get hungry mid morning, so I had some grapes, which were supposed to be with lunch.

These grapes are giant, too.  Very tasty.

So I was out shopping the other day and fall things are showing up in stores.  what do I find?

For real?  I picked up the bag and sniffed it, but I couldn’t smell anything.  You know I do that with the candy corn bags because you can smell that delicious candy corn sent through the plastic.  Just like the addict would do, right?  😳  I don’t know if I will buy these M&Ms because I somehow just don’t think it will taste like candy corn.  Imitation candy corns never taste or chew like the real deal.

As much as I would have liked candy corn, I settled for my afternoon latte.

It was a busy work day.  I am playing a bit of catch up, which I hate to have to do.  I needed a quick dinner.

That’s cauliflower rice!  I tried it for the first time. I grated the cauliflower (frozen florets that I thawed out in the fridge), then cooked it in the microwave for a couple minutes – then sauteed with some coconut oil and S&P.  It has a brown color because I used the same pan as the turkey burger.  I like the cauliflower this way much more than just eating the florets.

I had a bit of a chocolate craving and I was browsing the net and saw a bunch of recipes for mug cakes.  I don’t know if any of you have tried these, but microwave cakes never work for me.  The texture is just eggy and spongy.  I thought – I can wait 20 minutes, right?  So, I made a molten chocolate cake.

I should have broken the top so you could see the gooey center.  It was just:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • tiny pinch of salt.

Mix all ingredients together and put into a sprayed 4 ounce ramekin.  Bake for 20 minutes in a toaster oven at 350.

This really satisfied my sweet tooth and I am enjoying it while typing this post!

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17 thoughts on “Lifting and quick chocolate fix

  1. Sharon

    Funny, I’m exactly the same way when Bill is out of town. I think for me it’s just a way of keeping my mind occupied so I don’t miss him as much. May also be a way to avoid worrying since when he’s out of town, it’s usually in Europe somewhere with 40 college students. Yikes!! Gives me a twitch just thinking about it.

    I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with the one-minute muffin and come up with some, shall we say, “different” tastes. I’ve really enjoyed that recipe!
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  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Wow – the porch looks amazing!!! Is it all sealed or is that still left to do? I am more productive when I am home because there’s nothing to do other than get stuff done or just sit around. Might as well be productive right?

    I’ve made my share of chocolate microwave cakes but never one in a mug before. I use little ramekins – same idea though and they are tasty.
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    1. Lori Post author

      Only half the porch is done. Around the corner in the front still needs doing. No sealing as it is paint and not stain.

  3. Helen

    Holy cow you have been productive! I tend to be the opposite – fairly manic when Mr. Helen is around and then when he leaves? Popcorn for dinner baby! Ha!

    I have been loving the cauliflower rice I made over the weekend and am so glad I didn’t let my general opposition to cauliflower keep me from trying it.
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  4. Susie

    My husband was traveling this wknd, too, and I scrounged around for something sweet and ended up making a microwave mug cake – hmmm, yuck! I will definitely try your molten cake recipe instead! I’m the same as you, ultra productive when he’s gone – the house has never been so clean!

  5. debby

    The porch looks beautiful.

    The waffle looks delicious.

    Boo on the imitation candycorn.

    And yummers on the cauli rice and the chocolate cake!

    Sounds like I just need to borrow a husband who will LEAVE to get things cleaned up around here LOL!
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  6. Taryl

    I get super productive when my husband is out of town, too. Distractin is great 😉

    And that mug cake looks delish! No flour in it? I think I may have to try it when the chocolate craving hits and I’m out of dark squares.

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Your porch looks great!

    I’ve only had one instance with egginess in one of the mug cakes, but they do all tend toward sponginess. I don’t make them very often, and when I do I just break them up and put yogurt on top of them to hide the spongy. 🙂
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  8. Kathy Ditmore

    I can’t wait to try the mini molten cake, and the front porch looks wonderful! Love the color.

  9. Tish

    Love the porch. Are you going to paint the ceiling blue, too, like they do in Savannah? They paint their porch ceilings “haint blue” (about your color) and it’s said to deter bugs from hanging out on your porch.
    Loved the molten chocolate cake in a teacup too–I pinned it to my recipe file.
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    1. Lori Post author

      No ceiling painting – at least by me! The paint color is actually a dark green. I think it is just the lighting that makes it look bluish.

      Next project is the inside flooring after the porch is done. There is still half of the porch to go.

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