Hey, hey, hey! Happy it’s still the weekend for those who had Thanksgiving off, and happy now it’s the weekend for those who didn’t
I had quite the productive Friday yesterday. After a week full of coughing, hacking, being immobile, and sniffling, in addition to consuming copious amounts of yummy food, and champagne on Thanksgiving, I was definitely ready for a get my bod back in healthy mode. I hadn’t actually sweat (due to a workout, not a fever) since Sunday, and I was just feeling icky and congested with nastiness. Cute, heh?;-)
Naturally, the first step to this remedy is a Green Monster breakfast. Upon waking up, and after chugging some coffee for the first time in a week (coffee and wine, my two loves, repulse me when I’m ill) I threw 1 frozen banana, 2 cups of kale, 1 chopped carrot, 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Powder, and some chocolate Almond Milk, and 1 T of dark chocolate Maranatha’s almond butter into the blender, and whipped up this glorious concoction:
I swear, this combination keeps me FULL for days. Or at least until noon.
Shane had to head out to Chicago to a datacenter to the ball rolling on a project he and his business partner are working on, and he’d be gone all day long, so I decided to make it a productivo day. After whittling down my huge pile o’ laundry, I started to whittle my middle and twerk it out. It was this first workout since Sunday since I was a sweaty beast afterward, and I welcomed it with (sweaty) open arms
- 10 minute warm up on the elliptical
- Upper body: chest, shoulders, tri’s
- overhead press
- lateral raise
- supine longarm pullover (haven’t done these in a while – helllooo upper triceps burn!
- chest press on stability ball
- triceps dips
- 30 minutes on elliptical
- stretch it out
Speaking of stretching it out, I’ll have to either do a post or finally make a fitness tab and show you my go-to stretches that I do after every. single. cardio. workout. By now it’s just habit, but it’s my tried and true post-workout stretching exercises!
After working out, I felt energized and ready to take on the day, so I got started on my first task: preparing for the new LG front-loading washer and dryer. We are changing which room our laundry room will be when they arrive (on Friday EEEP!!!) so I had to clear out that room for the big arrival. Then I kinda got on a kick and just decided to give the basement a good deep cleaning for old time sake.
After all this work, I was haaangry. I knew just what I wanted: a Hugh Jass salad, baby.
You’re looking at the base of the salad rightchyeah – spinach, kale, button mushrooms, tomato, and red, yellow, and orange bell pepper.
Then a crumbled veggie burger, Goddess dressing, goat cheese, and a hummus glob was piled on:
Served up in a medium-sized Pyrex bowl:
Oh yes. Scrumptious it was. Afterward I may or may not have had some juicy delicious pineapple and a couple raw chocolate chip balls.
A little more cleaning was done, and then some indecisive texting back and forth with one of my friends about whether we wanted to brave the crowds or not and finally, we decided to get our crowd-pushing, deal-snatching faces on:
OK, I actually don’t shop like that, so I’m not sure what that face is, but holy pale face! I gave up tanning after my second year in college, and my skin’s been awesome to me since, but I still have to get used to the paleness from time to time.
So, I jumped in my car, and realized Shane wasn’t kidding when he said I needed gas last night. He drove my car home from my parents’ and alerted me that my gas light was on, but he’s “seen the needle lower before.”
Um yeah, husband. Not so much. I think I drove to the gas station on fumes!
I also got my shopping fuel:
and prepared to power through the ultimate Black Friday nightmare: Tarrrggeeetttt (said in scary voice.) I should have taken a picture of the parking lot, although I’m sure you have all seen the crazy town that is Target. Apparently, we’re not really meant for Black Friday crowds, and called it quits after that LOL. I did manage to make it to Fresh Market, and picked up a selection of new and interesting additions to the RAN pantry:
Most exciting score? Chocolate-covered banana chips!!!
Foodgasms R Us. My friend Kristin mentioned these suckers were in the bulk bins there, and I knew I had to get my hands on em. You know what’s super sweet about the Fresh? They have these aisles of bins filled with different trail mixes, veggie chips, fruit chips, nuts, etc… and you can try before you buy! It’s about the best thing ever.
The husband and I had gran plans of going to a hocky game and playing poker with a few other couples, but he didn’t get done with his datacenter…ing until about 8:30, which meant he was home at 11:00, which did not = a night out. Instead, I decided to live on the edge and have a wild night of spice cabinet organizing. Yes, my friends, sometimes you just have to live on the edge.
Before, a cluttered, I-can’t-find-tumeric-I-could-have-swear-I-bought-tumeric mess:
And after, alphabetized, and in rows, so I know I can find tumeric in the T secion:
which will stay like that for approximately one week.
To round out my getting-back-my-health Friday, I did some detoxyfying assisted back bends:
Haha..like my slippers? Hmm…apparently I need to work on getting that left arm in closer to the ball. The stability ball is a great tool for the back bend. It’s so beneficial and feels sooo good. If you’re like me, you’re hunched over 90% of the day either at work, over the stove, etc, and a nice back bend stretch and do wonders for stretching out the chest and shoulders.
Finally, I finished off the night with some vino and blog reading:
The blog reading didn’t last very long though. Clarabelle has been in such a needy/lovey-dovey mood with me lately, and fights for my attention and follows me everywhere! Including the computer room. Last night as I was sitting and the computer, she continuously strutted back and forth across the key board, just to get in my way of the computer, letting her huge puffy tail whap me on her way through:
You try ignoring this tail!
Well I’m off a yoga class (if I can get out of here on time!) and then do some core work and cardio. Today the husband and I are putting up the tree!! I’m SO excited
Do you feel the need to get back to your healthy ways after a bout of sickness or after a couple days of eating way too much? I typically feel a nice, long sweat session will do the trick!
Have a wonderful Saturday, everybody!!