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Weights, Cardio, Pool, Refrigerator Special

Home Sweet Home
So while I am totally missing the beach, I think I had one of the best night's sleep last night. There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed after being away for a week. It was also nice to be back in my own kitchen where the knives are sharp, the pans are the ones I want, and I have access to all of my spices. There is truly nothing like being home. Now if I could just manage to make my home on the beach, I'd be one perfectly content gal!
Back to the Weights
Today I was eager to hit the weights again. I really missed being able to do a weight workout on vacation. I am undecided on a rotation so I just sort of winged it and have decided to try this split for 2 weeks at least. Today I worked upper body push muscles using a 6:2 count (e.g., chest press: 6 up, 2 down). I did 3 sets of 8 reps of the following:

Chest press
Chest flye
Incline chest press

Shoulder press
Lateral raise
Rear delt flye

Overhead extension
Double-arm kickbacks
Lying dumbbell extensions

I followed the weights with a 30-minute step workout from Step Blast then a stretch. I'll just say once more, it felt so good to hit the weights again. I'll do legs tomorrow then upper body pull on Monday (biceps and back).

Being Lazy Means Slim Pickings for Dinner
After my workouts, I made a quick lunch, swiffer vacuumed the floors (hello doggy dust bunnies), dusted, and changed over laundry. I figured that earned me some pool time. Now, I should have gone to the grocery store or Whole Foods at the very least. But, in the end, I opted for reading and lounging outside. I'm still on vacation after all!

Since I didn't make it to the store, dinner was one of those "use what you have" affairs. I had new potatoes, so those went on the grill as it's way too hot to heat up the kitchen with the oven. I did a very quick steam on the remaining green beans we brought back with us from FL. I diced those along with red onion and red bell pepper and tossed with chickpeas and herbs for a quick Green Bean Salad. I had a few Quorn patties in the freezer that I nuked and topped with a sauce I made from a jar of Artichoke and Piquillo Pepper Bruschetta I had on hand. I just added a bit of white wine to it and heated it on the stove.

I know this doesn't seem like a total refrigerator special, but for me it kind of was. Amazing how that sort of thing changes isn't it. What's your "refrigerator special?"


  1. Wow! You pulled together quite a meal with just a few things.
    Glad you are still enjoying your "vacation"!

  2. AnonymousJune 13, 2010

    I usually have sweet potatoes on hand, so I often cook one in the oven or microwave for a quick and easy dinner. Then I'll add toppings - yogurt or cheese, beans, salsa, or anything else I'm in the mood for. I'll add some bread, crackers, or tortilla chips on the side, plus some raw veggies, and it's an easy meal.

  3. AnonymousJune 13, 2010

    i love being on vacay but i'm too much of a routine freak so i love doing my regular workouts so it feels good to be home. and yes, i love sleeping in my own bed but it sucks to have to make it now, whereas i never make my bed at the hotel.

  4. Welcome back, Heather! We usually have some sort of beans in the cupboards, so bean burritos are common when we haven't been shopping. :)

  5. I am glad you got a chance to workout at home. I know that must feel so good.

    What is in my refrigerator changes all the time so I don't have anything that I make routinely. But If I had to pick one thing it would probably be lightly cooked veggies with a peanut sauce over a whole grain.

    talk to you later,

  6. Looks good. love potatoes.

  7. That looks like a my type salad, and meal, thanks for posting... I feel inspired...

  8. I've been missing my weights too; I think I'm going to do some tomorrow! And I agree it feels great to be back in your own bed after a vacation. I need to try those Quorn patties!

  9. Upper body workout looks great! I absolutely LOVE doing shoulder presses...I feel so strong doin them. Nothing like it!

    glad you are enjoying being home! Although, beach would be nice too ;)

  10. AnonymousJune 13, 2010

    i agree there is nothing like sleeping in your own is tough getting everything squared away when you get back from vacay.....glad you got back to the weights! hope you are having a great sunday night :)

  11. welcome home and yes, sleeping in your own bed is heavenly!!!! i had a half a week with hotels and craziness w/ our move. own bed is the best!

  12. Back to reality, eh? Returning from vacation is bitter-sweet. I'm glad you had such a great trip.

  13. Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian Thanks! Trying to enjoy every last second ;-)

    Lisa @ Lisa's Foods on the Move I always try to have sweet potatoes too, just didn't have much after vacation though. Not even a bag of frozen veggies. Talk about sad LOL

    Jessica @ Living in the Kitchen, Gym and Mall I'm very much a routine kind of person too. But I do try to relax the routine just a wee bit on vacation - as much as possible for me anyway.

    Eunice @ Food 4 Fitness Burritos would have been a good idea!

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean You're always great with your variety of sauces though! I tend to forget about peanut sauces unless I'm specifically making a recipe.

    Nicci @ Nifty Eats Thank you ma'am!

    Frosty Duncan @ Hope in a Basket Thanks so much for stopping by. It was a nice summer-type of salad.

    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries We really like the Quorn products. Hope you enjoy your weight workout!

    Lisa @ Lisa's Foods on the Move I like shoulder presses too, so much better than lateral raises.

    Kalli @ Fit and Forty Something Thanks so much! I feel like it's going to take me a week to get everything back to normal (including me).

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga Yep, own bed, own pillows, own it.

    Joanna Sutter @ Fitness & Spice I know - reality kind of stinks LOL!

  14. my refrigerator special yesterday was chickpeas, cilantro, tomatoes, and lemon juice. sometimes it's surprising what we can come up with on a whim!

  15. I have to agree. I love being on vacation, but I love coming home too. I always am happy when I get to step back into my own shower.

  16. Welcome home! I am glad you had a fun vacation at the beach! Vacations are so fun but they also always make me realize how much I love my home! :)

  17. Wow...that looks pretty good for just pulling it together out of nothing:)

  18. ug, it's my nightmare when my fridge is not packed with foods! I'm not very good at refrigrator specials haha I just usually end up making pancakes or eggs lol

  19. that looks like a pretty great meal for trying to use up what you have! YUM!

    I love vacations! I need one :)

  20. The "use what you have" affairs are so, so interesting. If I am not really thinking I'll end up with the most random combination. Yours looks too good!

  21. Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose Oh now that sounds good!

    Lindsay @ Pancakes N Pajamas Oh you are so right about taking a shower at home! I hadn't ever even thought about that, but you're right.

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly Too bad you can't have the best of both worlds - your house & vacation. Wouldn't that be awesome. Maybe I need a vacation home....

    Simple Daisy Thank you! I was pretty pleased ;-)

    Erin @ The Healthy Apron I am one of those people who needs to have the fridge and cupboards packed to the brim too!

    Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza I love vacations too and could use another one now LOL!!!

    Nichole @ Live for the Run Sometimes some of the best meals can come from totally random foods. All about a little creativity!

  22. Totally agree with you about how nice it is to sleep in your own bed :) Vacation is WONDERFUL..but to get back to my own bed..ahhhh!
    Green Bean Salad- YUM! That dinner looks so good for a 'throw together what you have meal.' :)
    & awesome upper body workout..might have to copy you! ;)

  23. theres always an open can of beans... some veggies.. mustard.. and protein i my fridge.. makes for quick stirfries every time!!

    green beans are such a great addition to meals! <3

  24. Yay for being home and getting some sleep! Um, your refrigerator special is more special than mine...omelet with frozen veggies!

  25. Holly @ Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices Thank you ma'am. Let me know if you try the workout. I'll be doing biceps and back on Tuesday so you check that one too.

    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Stir fries are always a super great throw-together meal!

    Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen I think we only had 2 eggs left - it was bare other than what we brought back with us. LOL

  26. I totally know what you mean about it feeling so amazing to be home after being gone for a week. So glad you had a great time and made it back safely!


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