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Exhausted but Finally Some Grilling

This morning I had ever intention of getting up to get in a step workout. The lows are in the 80's (yes, lows) so by the afternoon, the A/C is struggling to keep up with the 100+ temps. Definitely no running outside right now. And PM workouts are like working out inside the sauna. Let's put it this way, upstairs was close to 90 degrees even though the thermostat was set just below 75. Not conducive to a "fun" workout folks. But, maybe I'm just a whimp/whiner.

Anyhoo, I woke up around 3:45 am and quickly changed the a alarm time. I figured I could at least do biceps/triceps at lunch then step after work downstairs (where it's just a little bit cooler. I've been itching to do step again after the Cathe Road Trip, which is funny since I haven't done step in weeks. Today I did supersets for biceps/triceps doing 3 sets of 8 reps:

Biceps dumbbell curls
Overhead triceps extension

Cross-body curls
Double-arm kickbacks

Incline curls (on stability ball)
Lying dumbbell extensions (on stability ball)

Zottman curls
Weighted dips

The workout was a tough one for me today. I was feeling really weak from the start. It's strange, because I got in a workout (run, weights, elliptical) on Tuesday morning then legs and boxing yesterday with no problems. In fact, they felt good. Today has been a different ball game for me. 

I did end up doing about 40 minutes of Step Blast. I had told myself that I would do at least 10-minutes and if I felt like going on, then I would and if I needed to stop then I would. I actually felt really good, so I kept going but stopped before I started to stumble over the step.

I will go ahead and say that tomorrow will likely be a second rest day this week for me. Perhaps I should not have really counted Monday as a rest day since we did nothing but walk for about 6 hours. Guess that's not truly resting in hindsight. Silly me right?


I have really been wanting to grill out, but it's simply too hot. Heating up the kitchen is a much better alternative to standing outside near a grill when it's over 105 degrees. Thankfully we had a front move through and the temps dropped a little over 10 degrees. Jason decided to take over the grill and grilled corn on the cob, sweet potato "fries" and some black bean burgers he picked up at the Argenta Market. We topped the burgers with grilled red bell peppers, spinach, and Soy Kaas Monterey Jack "Cheese." For the corn, Jason put the corn in aluminum foil with a splash of wine, salt, pepper, and garlic. 

On a slightly funny side note, I will admit to you all that for the past two days I have been a stumbling, bumbling, klutzy fool. I'm like a 2-year old 4 hours past her nap trying my best to stay awake. I have spilled barley, pushed the cork into my wine bottle then shot wine out because it somehow pressurized, hit my head on a closed freezer door, managed to get my toenail polish all over my hands and finger nails, dropped just about everything I touch...Do you ever become uber klutz?


  1. Yes - Monday doesn't TOTALLY count as a rest day ;-) SO good that you are taking a "real" one this time. I was hurting this morning too! Was a toughie. Your dinner looks fab!!!

  2. No, no...I am an uber klutz! I always have bruises everywhere, I walk into walls, trip over everything and spill almost everything I hold. I thought this was normal! Dinner looks delicious! Get some rest!

    Oh, and I would have counted the walk as a day off too! Have a great night!

  3. Oh, haha! I know exactly how you feel. I think it's just because your back from a trip- you know, your body is still on vacay! lol! Mine has been kind of out of wack this week too.

  4. Whenever my schedule is all jacked up I become a cranky, klutzy mess!

  5. I am almost always a klutz. My parents were always shocked that I was a cheerleader for 6 yeara and didn't kill myself. Yes, I have know the feeling, LOL.

    BTW, walking 6 hours does not equal a rest day. ;-)


  6. Ha! I definitely have days where I'm extra klutzy. Sometimes I'll even be just standing somewhere, and I will FALL down!! It's crazy. Sometimes I think I have a ghost following me.

    Yikes, stay cool girl!

  7. Do I ever become a klutz??? Honey, I AM a klutz 24/7! its horrible because I'm a chef and dealing with hot pots and ovens and knives. I'm like a giant pin cushion! and I totally agree that monday was not quiet a rest day ;)

  8. I am a wicked klutz in the gym. My hands are totally beat up from dumbbells and my legs are bruised up from pushing and tripping over benches. Badges of honor...right?!

  9. Jolene @ To Be Determined Thanks girl - I guess I just didn't fully realize how put through the wringer we were!

    Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen LOL - glad I'm not the only uber klutz, I'm worse than usual though so that's pretty bad. Glad you would have counted Mon as a rest day too ;-)

    Holly @ Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices My mind may still be on vacay too! LOL

    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans Isn't it amazing what getting off schedule does to us!

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean I hear you! My family is still in awe that I was ever a dancer. I sort of am to to be honest.

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg Hey, the ghost explanation works for me. Blame someone/something else at all cost right?!

    Eden's Eats Probably not the best profession for a klutz huh ;-)

    Joanna Sutter @ Fitness & Spice Oh I like that - badges of honor!!!

  10. Ah.. 3:45 is way too early to get up!!! I'm a huge klutz.. all the time!

  11. ENJOY the second rest day - it did me a world of good to take another. Though, I'm still beat today - but did manage a really good workout today regardless. I agree with you - didn't realize how pooped I'd be after all the RT festivities afterall!

  12. Sadly I am an uber klutz all the time. It's pretty much a disability for me now haha I trip constantly, drop things regularly and break things at least once a day. It was even more heartbreaking the day it was pointed out to me. I wish I was still living on in my ignorant bliss lol

  13. Loving those sweet potato wedges! I have got to try my hand at black bean burgers and a portobello burger.

  14. I really want to try that soy kaas cheese, it always looks so good in all of your pictures. Maybe you are just klutzy while you are trying to get back into the swing of things after all of your traveling. Maybe this weekend will recharge you and get you back to normal :)

  15. YUM!!! Black bean burgers, sweet potato fries and corn are some of my favorite things!!! I'm so hungry for them now!

    I've been kinda klutzy lately too, it's so random I just end up laughing at myself (most of the time anyway)

  16. Oh no, the dreaded wine cork debacle. That's the worst, lol. If I get tired it's like a danger zone to be around me. My mother is way worse, that woman runs into all sorts of crap.

    Can you please come make me some of your yummy fries - wow they look great.

  17. Oh Im such an uber-kltuz. Especially in the kitchen! spilling and dropping things all over the place!

  18. i just need to take a moment and complain that is is too cold here and would trade you some heat for a little while. can we trade? it is 65 and foggy and has been for most of the summer-very strange and not fun. i would kill to see the sun for the day.....okay rant is over......i am quite a klutz unfortunately too! have a good weekend :)

  19. Melissa @ Live Laugh Love...Run Oh yes, 3:45 was too early in my opinion too but not one of my dog's apparently ;-)

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat I am definitely going to enjoy it and hope that it pays off for me too!

    Alycia @ Fit n Fresh LOL - No one had to break it to me sadly ;-)

    Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking OH you must try a portobello burger at the very least!

    Sarah @ The Ordinary Vegetarian We are liking the soy kaas. It melts soooo well so it's perfect for grilled sandwiches.

    Kara @ My Wellnest It's hard to go wrong with those 3 items isn't it! I have definitely done my fair share of laughing at myself.

    Nichole @ Live for the Run Klutziness definitely runs in my family too and I think I am even rubbing off on my husband.

    Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose I am really good at spilling things too.

    Kalli @ Fit and Forty Something Maybe we can split some of the heat difference perhaps???

  20. always when I'm over tired...or to many things on my mind.

  21. hope you're enjoying your second rest day - you totally deserve it!!

    I think our weather patterns follow each other. We just got a cold front the night before last and the highs have been in the upper 90s now. I'm so ready for fall!

    I totally hear ya on the klutz thing - I do it everywhere though, not just the kitchen!

  22. Um yeah, I have cut myself so many times cutting veggies it's not even funny. But isn't there nothing like sweet potato fries and grilled corn on the cob? Yum.

  23. It's tough when there's no "perfect" time to work out. Especially anything outdoor with this heat. These <100* days need to hurry up and get out of here and Fall needs to take it's place..and stay longer!! haha The only good time to work outdoors is before dawn or after dark (and even *then* it's still hot!!)

  24. This is now my favorite recipe! It is so easy to make, and is absolutely delicious!!! Make sure you prepare twice as much, because you will not be able to stop eating it! Also - keep the napkins close by as it is a meal that you will really get in to!


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