Tuesday, June 15, 2010

2 on a Trying Tuesday

Upper Body & Kickboxing
Well, my time off has ended. It was back to work today. I was actually up early, wide awake. But I just couldn't fathom getting up and exerting any energy at 5:15 am. So, I didn't. I did get my weights done at lunch. Today was pull muscles: biceps and back. I did 3 sets of 8 reps using the slow 6:2 rep count.

Single-arm row
Underhand dumbbell row

Dumbbell curls
Hammer curls
Cross-body curls

My arms were jello after I was done. After work, I really didn't want a super intense cardio. I did Cathe's Kick, Punch and Crunch with the stability ball abs. I also stretched for a bit. The workouts definitely helped my mood today.

Trying Tuesday
Today was a difficult one for me in all honesty. I was in a major funk - the cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat kind of funk. The weights at lunch helped a little (gotta love those workout endorphins). I know part of it was getting back into the swing of reality after a terrific vacation. However, part of it also stems from the fact that I just am not sure I am doing what I am meant to be doing. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my job (Kelly, don't freak out). The problem is, I don't just LOVE it either. That probably sounds worse than it is. I don't dread going to work. I'll never let myself get into that situation again. I have so much to be thankful for. I have a fantastic boss, I have great coworkers, great perks, etc. I just don't feel totally satisfied somehow, like there is something missing. Maybe I think too much? Maybe most people feel this way? Maybe it's just post-vacation blues?

The bigger problem is that I really don't know what else I'd prefer to do. I think some of it stems from the day-in-day out routine that starts to weigh me down. I dread being stuck inside all day. Too bad we can't take our computers outside. I often think I'd like to try to do something in fitness. However, I know that it's not exactly a super lucrative field (or that's the vibe I get). I guess I think (key word) I would prefer to not be sitting at a desk all day. I'd love to work from home.

How do you feel about work? Do you look forward to your job? Have you made changes along the way?

I must admit that I was pretty much on strike in the kitchen tonight. Not only was I just not in the mood to cook, it's too hot to cook inside or outside! However, a post by Eunice @ Food 4 Fitness reminded me of a salsa I love to make this time of year - thanks for the reminder girl! It's a black bean and corn salsa. It's great as a salsa served with tortilla chips and also as a filling for quesadillas. I thought it would work perfectly as a salad too. I let Jason do the hard work tonight of can opening and chopping. This was a no-cook meal though, perfect for a hot summer evening. 

Black Bean & Corn Salad
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
5 oz frozen corn, thawed (fresh is best of course)
2 green onions, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, minced
1 can no salt diced tomatoes, drained (fresh is best if you have enough, we didn't)
minced garlic (to taste)
Jalapenos (unfortunately we were out of fresh and had to use jarred)
Leaf lettuce
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, red pepper, cilantro
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Splash of OJ
Splash of apple cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients, minus lettuce, in large bowl. If you have time, it's best refrigerate and allow the flavors to meld. Serve over lettuce. 

As a garnish, I toasted up a whole wheat tortilla for some crunch. Jason actually made his into a wrap. Sorry, I only took a picture of the salad though.