Sunday, September 5, 2010

Baseball Follow-up & Super Sunday

Baseball Follow-up
Well, we had a great time at the game last night, especially after we changed seats. We were squeezed into the very middle of a row so getting in and out was not easy or pleasant. You had to ask everyone to stand up and let you squeeze in. I always feel bad for doing that too. Also the people to my left had children in the row in front of us. The little girl was screaming about wanting the cotton candy man for 30 minutes before the lady sent her son and his friend to get some cotton candy. Then the lady scolded (loudly) the boy for getting a cotton candy each for himself and friend. He was apparently supposed to get one for the girl and then one to share with his friend, because that makes total sense. I mean, the girl was maybe 4 and the boys probably 9. What 4-year old child needs an entire thing of cotton candy? Even better, the kid was swinging around wildly enough to slosh out my beer and the mother said nothing. Nice.

Anyway, we noticed that there were empty seats at the end of the row in front so we finally took those over after an hour of torture. The weather was so incredibly mild and pleasant. It was literally a perfect evening for baseball. The Travs didn't win, but it wasn't a total blowout. And did I mention the lovely weather?


Errands and Weights
This morning I got up and ran a few errands. It was nice getting out and getting them done early. I felt like I had Target all to myself. My legs are a bit sore from the run yesterday, especially my calves, which never seem to get sore. Oh and on tap for my workout? Leg day. Go figure right ;-) I've been mulling this one over in my head all week. I wanted to combine weights with a plyo move similar to that weighted exercise. I wasn't sure if I should superset the weight exercise with the plyo (figured that might be overkill in the end). I ended up supersetting two weighted exercises then followed with a plyo exercise:

SS#1
Squats with low-end pulse - 3x10
Plie squats with low-end pulse - 3x10

Squat jumps - 24

SS#2
Step ups - 3x8
Deadlifts - 3x8

Explosive running man jumps on step - 16 each side

SS#3
Static lunges with low-end pulse - 3x8
Calf raises - 3x10

Alternating split jumps - 32 total

SS#4
Rear leg slide back lunges
Sliding side lunges

Plie hops with weight - 24

Firewalkers - 8
Donkey kicks with weight - 16, 8 with knee cross over, 8 straight
Roll-ins and glute lifts on stability ball

I finished out with a stretch.

Patio Time (Duh, It's Sunday)
After the workout, I decided to head out for patio time. It is Sunday after all, and it was a gorgeous day. There was a nice breeze and the temps were hovering in the upper 80's with very low humidity. It was the perfect day for just relaxing, especially relaxing the legs.

I did manage to be slightly productive too. I made a tons of rice to freeze. I was going to cook off black beans, but I didn't have any on hand to soak last night (had to pick up some today). So, I will try to get those cooked tomorrow if I have time. I had hoped to get more marked off my kitchen to-do list, but it's a holiday weekend right?

I ended up making some Vegan Cheezy Dip along with some salsa and baked chips for us to enjoy on the patio in the later afternoon, pre-dinner. It was so nice to just sit outside and listen to some music and chat. Dinner is going to be a Grilled Tofu & Veggie Salad. It's in the works right now, but I really wanted to go ahead and post for the evening (plus you've seen this salad once or twice right?). I feel like I've been very remiss in recipes and pictures. So here is the "cheese" dip recipe and pics.

Vegan Cheezy Dip
(makes 1 bowl)
Ingredients:
1/8 cup cashews
1/8 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
3/4 cup water (plus additional if needed)
To taste: onion flakes, chipotle flakes, salt, pepper, red pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast flakes
1 tbsp minced pickled jalapenos (optional)
1/2 large Roma tomato, diced
Daiya Vegan Cheddar Cheese (approximately 1/4)

Directions:
In bender, puree cashews, oatmeal, water, onion flakes, garlic until smooth.

Transfer to sauce pan. Add in remaining ingredients minus the Daiya. Cook until begins to thicken then transfer back to blender and puree, then return to pan and stir in Daiya. Add additional water if needed and re-season as needed.

The only complaint is that I didn't get the cashews blended up enough. I blame that on a cheap blender though. One more point leading to a better blender though ;-) Other than that, this was a fantastic dip and the bowl was pretty much licked clean.