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Productive Sunday & Veggie Pasta Explosion

Sunday Workout
Today was the Little Rock Marathon. Part of the route goes right in front of our house. Let's just say it can make you feel just a tad lazy sitting on the computer watching the runners pass by! Jason sat outside and cheered them on, while I got my workout done for the day. I started with Shock Cardio HIIT 30/30 warm up, did Pyramid Lower Body then finished up the HIIT 30/30. My legs are sufficiently fried, and I may not be able to walk tomorrow! 

The pyramid legs was pretty much like yesterday's upper body, but without supersets except for squats into plie squats. So you do 12 sets at lightest weight, increase weight, at 10 reps, increase weight for 8 reps, then decrease weight for 10 reps, decrease weight for 12 reps.

Step Ups
Static Lunges
Squats into Plie Squats

Sunday Movie Outing
After the workout, Jason and I spend several hours doing household chores that we've been putting off. We decided to treat our hard work with a movie. I almost never want to go watch a movie at a theater. I hate feeling stuck in one spot and get a little bit germaphobic too. I get freaked out about putting my head back on the seats and touch the arm rests. I'm normally not that way, it's just the theater. But, I made an exception for Alice in Wonderland. I'm very glad I did. Of course, Tim Burton and Johnny Deep always equals awesome! I am trying not to beat myself up for the indulgences at the theater: popcorn, peanut M&M's, and Diet Coke (my first soda in almost 3 months).  

Weekend Dinners
I was totally uninspired for dinner last night, but ended up returning to an old favorite that I have not made in probably six months. It's a veggie friendly Italian "Beef" Sandwich. And, tonight's dinner was what I'll call Veggie Explosion Pasta.
Italian "Beef" Sandwich
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
8-10 pepperoncini peppers, thinly sliced
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 cup (approximate) large chunk beef flavored TVP (texturized vegetable protein) or "beef" substitute of your choice (such as Morningstar Farms)
16 oz low-sodium vegetable stock or water with vegetable bullion cube
To taste: sea salt, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes

In large pan, saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic in extra-virgin olive oil until soft. Add in remaining ingredients and cook until TVP absorbs the majority of the liquid.

Serve on whole-wheat bread or rolls with provolone or mozzerella cheese (vegan or non-vegan)

Veggie Explosion Pasta
8 oz whole-wheat rotini or penne
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash diced
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes (with juice)
To taste: sea salt, black pepper, parsley, basil, oregano, red chili flakes
2 Quorn Naked Chik'n Cutlets (or protein source of your choosing), heated and diced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
Parmesan (optional for topping, vegan or non-vegan)

Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and set aside.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, saute onion, peppers, and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add in remaining ingredients. Let simmer until sauce slightly thickens and veggies are cooked through. Add in pasta and toss to coat.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. I don't like watching movies at the theatre either. It is too hard to sit still that long. And I can't do my mini exercise bursts at the theatre. Imagine how oddly that would look at me doing sit ups at the theatre. LOL! ;)

    Your dinner looks wonderful, as always.

    I hope you had a great weekend,

  2. Sounds like an intense workout! Hopefully you're able to get out of bed tomorrow morning!

  3. That "beef" sandwich looks so much like diner food! where's the milkshake? lol.
    You haven't had soda in 3 months? That just makes me run to get some right now! Wow, how do you do that?

  4. Glad to hear that you're feeling better too! Your dinner looks delicious-- so fresh!

  5. Your veggie explosion pasta looks yummy!!!

    I want to see Alice and Wonderland. Glad to know you liked it!!

    Have a great week!

  6. Oooo I love veggie pasta!! That looks really good right about now :)

    You always amaze me with your workouts, I think it is so great!

    So, for losing a layer of yuck off your thighs to bring the good you know is under there would you suggest cardio or weights for that?


  7. that sounds like an awesome workout girl!!! that veggue pasta looks awesome too :) I love beefing up pasta with veggies and meat!

  8. LOL Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean I can just see you getting up from your seat & running up and down the stairs for a minute or two every 15 mins!

    Jenna @ Healthy Happy Well I was moving pretty slowly by mid-day!!

    Hey Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg so glad you're better too and enjoying your trip home!

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian the pasta was good, so easy to switch out your fav veggie. I'd say that Alice in Wonderland is a movie theater must!

    Hi Kris | iheartwellness I feel honored that my workouts amaze someone! Seriously!! As for your legs, cardio AND weights are what I'd suggest. Weight training helps with fat loss and it'll shape up the legs too.

    Hey Naomi @ One Fit Foodie I don't typically eat a ton of pasta. When I do, I try to make sure it's the whole-wheat or a pasta that's got extra protein and then I pile on the veggies!

  9. Sophia looking back at the sandwich picture, it does look like diner food! Too funny. Yep, a shake would have completed the meal. I never drank more than 1 or 2 sodas a week tops. I didn't purposefully think or choose to stop drinking them, but once I realized it'd been a month, I thought, why drink one now.

  10. You are insane!! That HIIT workout is torture enough on its own but add in the leg workout too. Wow! Great job! You have no reason to feel lazy while those runners were going by. ;)

    I do similar recipes and love them. I haven't done an Italian Beef in the crockpot in awhile though. I need to get on that. And veggies are the perfect way to amp up a pasta dish.

  11. Great workout...sheesh! I am tired just reading it! ROCKSTAR!

  12. Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fitness Fun I won't argue with the insane part LOL! I really like doing the HIIT workouts after legs. I know it's crazy, but it's like testing my endurance. Maybe b/c I haven't been doing much muscle endurance weight work...

    This coming from you Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly the one who does an "easy" 10-miler! LOL. I think you rock!


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