Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Sunday

Super Workout
This morning I managed to sleep in a bit, 8:30. Is it sad that that was a goal? I got up and piddled around a bit, eating a healthy-sized bowl of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest shredded wheat with vanilla soy milk before starting off the day with my workouts. Today's weight workout was 2 sets of 18 reps supersetting the exercises. The goal was to increase weights by 1.25-2%.

SS #1
Quads - Static Lunges
Hamstrings - Deadlifts

SS#2
Biceps - Hammer Curls
Shoulders - Lateral Raises

SS#3
Back - Double Arm Rows
Chest - Chest Flyes

I was able to increase my weights for all exercises. It was a really good weight day for me. I felt totally pumped. After weights, I did Shock Cardio HiiT Pyramid. Talk about burning out your legs! I also did a pilates-based abs from Abs Circuit, stretched and called it quits.

Super (Chili) Sunday
Jason and I had a few errands to run. Had I known that everyone and their entire extended family would be shopping at Kroger today, I would have held out. I don't know if it was all last minute Super Bowl purchases or the very minor (very very minor) threat of a snow flake or two tomorrow. Either way, it was not a fun shopping experience. However, I did find a Kabocha Squash. So that was my little spark of sunshine!

I will admit, and I hope I don't lose readers, that I am not planning to watch the Super Bowl. I really have no desire at all. At least I'm being honest right? Jason watched it though, and he requested chili for dinner. I suppose that's fitting. It is cold out and chili seems to go hand-in-hand with football. I made a Chipotle Chili based off my Spicy Vegetarian Chili recipe.

Chipotle Chili
Ingredients:
1 tsp (or less) canola oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced (or whole if small)
1/2 - whole green bell pepper, diced (depends on size)
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste (approximate)
1/2 cup TVP (I use a "beef" flavored brand I find at a local health store) 
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, de-veined, minced 
2 chipotles in adobe, minced
1 12 oz. beer (optional)
1 cup vegetable broth or water
Spices to taste: sea salt, black pepper, red pepper, chipotle flakes, cumin, chili powder

Directions:
In large pot, heat oil and saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic until they begin to soften (approximately 5 minutes). Add in tomatoes, broth or water, beans, jalapeno, chipotles, and spices. Let simmer over low heat approximately 30 minutes. Stir in TVP and paste, let chili continue to simmer and thicken approximately 30 minutes. The longer it cooks, the more the flavors will meld.

Today I tried out a tasty treat and burned a Revival Soy candle that I won in a giveaway at Fitness & Spice. I was just expecting the candle (which smells unbelievable), but also received a special treat: Roasted Garlic & Herbs Goodness Soy Chips. Holy YUM! Those suckers could be addicting. At only 105 calories and 7 grams of protein per bag, I didn't feel terribly guilty as I shoveled them down!