Thursday, April 22, 2010

Did You Lighten Up? And of Course Weights, Run, Grill

Wednesday Follow Up
I wanted to thank everyone for their comments and insights regarding yesterday's posts. I don't think you have to be a Type A personality to feel the pressure to always be perfect, to always do better than you did before, etc. I hope that you took my lighten up challenge and would love to hear what you did and how it worked for you.

I will say that posting early sans dinner photos and choosing to do a simple, easy dinner made for a very relaxed evening. I did get a little crazy and cut the sweet potatoes into rounds rather than fry-shaped. LOL. A simple dinner was made much more special by dining outside without any distractions. It made for pleasant conversation and somehow dinner seemed much more than just veggie burgers and sweet potatoes.

Now, I hope you all don't get the wrong impression about posting and including recipes, photos, and recaps. I LOVE writing my blog posts, taking photos, choosing the ones to include, etc. Anyone who blogs knows, however, that it is a labor of love and takes time. I've read many many posts from bloggers discussing how to fit it all in without getting overwhelmed. I think the key is to remember why we are blogging in the first place. If it becomes laborious and no longer enjoyable, then what's the point?

So, sometimes taking a night off from recipe mania and photo shoot central, can be beneficial on so many levels. I don't think we should ever feel guilty for being a tad bit selfish from time-to-time whether it's in regards to blogging, to opting out of a workout to enjoy a drink with a friend, indulging in a mani/pedi, or just crawling into bed early with a good book and saying good night to the world.

Oh, funny thing, I got so caught up in lightening up that I forgot to make my overnight steel cut oatmeal for today and tomorrow. Oops. Thankfully I had some packets of low-sugar instant oatmeal in my desk drawer. I brought a banana and some peanut butter to add to it and make it tasty. It actually hit the spot and was a nice change from my M-F cinnamon and blueberries oatmeal.

Now, back to regular programming...

2 on Thursday
Today I had the alarm set for 6 am so that Jason and I could get in a longer, morning run. I assumed we'd get started running around 6:15 just as it was starting to get light, so no running in the dark and fearing a trip and fall situation. Jason, however, was apparently snug in the bed. So, I went ahead and tackled my weight workout instead. Today was 3 sets of 15 reps (ick).

Chest - Incline DB press
Back - Underhand rows
Quads - Squats
Hamstrings - Deadlifts
Triceps - Kickbacks
Biceps - DB biceps curls
Legs - Static lunges/Split lunges
Calves - Calf raises
Shoulders - Upright rows
(will need another exercise here as next week supersets)

I always feel like I'm starting off too light when I do high rep lifting, until I get about halfway through the second set that is. Funny how they can sneak up on you.

Since we didn't run in the morning, we had to do a shorter (3.1 mile) run at lunch. Honestly, I was a little worried it would end up being a bad run thinking my legs would feel like lead after weights. However, I think the run actually helped loosen my legs up. It turned out to be a pretty good run. I will admit to a bit more gabbing than necessary so by the end I was starting to get a bit of side stitch. I really am not normally one to chat it up while exercising either. I guess I just got caught up in trying relay my day, thoughts, ideas to Jason. Note to self: More running, less gabbing.

Thursday Grilling
I really was close to taking another night off from cooking to be honest. I couldn't think of anything that sounded appetizing at all. We're getting low on groceries as "grocery day" is coming up this weekend. I ended up making the Apple Cranberry Wheat Berry Salad I made a week or so ago. It sounded light enough for a warm evening. I paired it with grilled broccoli and cauliflower that I seasoned with a lemon pepper season blend and grilled tofu that was simply marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette.
It was a nice evening again and storms are on the way tomorrow into Saturday, so we took advantage of the weather and ate outside again. 

Do you enjoy dining outside?