Sunday, June 13, 2010

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:
Chest press
Chest flye
Incline chest press

Shoulders:
Shoulder press
Lateral raise
Rear delt flye

Triceps:
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?"