Sunday, June 20, 2010

Legs, Boxing, Lounging, Grilling - Perfect Sunday (edited)

Loving Leg Days
Today was a leg day for me. I used to really dread working legs, but the past two workouts I really was looking forward to. I did 3 sets of 8 of the following (except as marked)

Step ups
Calf raises (3 x 15)
Alternating front lunges
Alternating plie squats
Slide back lunge (using paper plate for rear leg, weights in hand, slide down, set weights down and stand, then slide down pick up weights and stand - did 2 sets of 8)
Weighted donkey kicks

After the weights, I did just 2 combos from Cathe's MMA Boxing. I just wanted a short bit of cardio and was starting to edge over the time I typically workout for the week. I used to easily hit 8+ hours. Now I try to keep it under 7.

Lazy & Productive
Today was both lazy and productive. After the workout, I had my oatmeal (PB&J&B) but got a little sassy and tossed in strawberries too. I know, craziness. It was SO good. I decided to allow myself some more pool/reading/lounging time before getting to chores. While I lounged, Jason mowed the overgrown weeds...aka yard. After a couple of hours, I headed in and got to the laundry. I have no problem washing laundry. However, I have huge problems folding it and putting it away. So I tackled 2 huge baskets and won. I also scrubbed down the microwave, ran dishes, and cleaned the glass door to the back (the dogs love to nose the door). After all of that, I went back out and read some more.

I had really meant to take some time in the kitchen. But, it is so hot in our kitchen that even boiling water is almost too much. Our house was built in 1890 and the kitchen is an add on. The air return is all the way at the front of the house. To make matters worse, where the kitchen is located is the one side of the house that gets full on, blistering sun. And blistering it was today...7:30 am it was already 83 degrees. By 11 it was reading 100 on our thermostat for outside. Gotta love the good old South for heat.

Anyway, so I didn't make seitan as I had planned. I also didn't make another recipe I was dying to try: Alicia's Vegan Mozzarella. Alas, there's always next weekend right? After lots of debate, we decided to make a 3-Bean Salad and Margherita Style Grilled Portobellos. I grilled portobellos inside down then flipped and filled with fresh basil, spinach, and tomato and topped with Soy Kaas Monterey Jack. I really like this "cheese" as it melts so well. So many of the soy or vegan cheese don't.

3-Bean Salad
Fresh green beans (cut, steamed, shocked)
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
minced red onion
Cherry tomatoes, halved (finally from our garden)
Red bell pepper, slivered
To taste: fresh oregano, fresh basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, white pepper, red pepper, parsley, thyme

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate to let flavors meld or serve room temperature.

On the side, we also had toasted whole-wheat sandwich rounds and a small dipping dish of my homemade spaghetti sauce.

This really ended up being a great meal. It felt light and summery with the fresh veggies and herbs (so happy the garden is finally starting to produce now). I hope everyone has had a terrific weekend!