Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Biceps, Triceps and Plan B Dinner

Bis & Tris
Today I had a doctor's appointment at 1. I plan on talking about it tomorrow, but for today, I'll just stick to my regular posts. The appointment took far longer than I thought it would take, it was a good thing I had already told my boss that I probably wouldn't be back to work that afternoon.

I really needed to sort of decompress after the appointment, so I went straight to the gym to get in a pump session. Today's workout started off with my typical elliptical warmup. It did not take long to warm up either. It was 80 degrees today and the building did not have the A/C on. To say sweatfest is an understatement. I went with biceps and triceps then tacked on a high rep superset at the end (totally optional)

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* I for the swing lunges with curls, I did 4 lunges to each side rather than 8. I the idea from Kristin at Stuftmama - check out her videos for examples of how to do the moves.

Kitchen Time
After the gym, I was going to go home and stretch then get cleaned up before starting dinner. But, the freaking HVAC people are STILL here. Yep, almost 3 weeks. They were upstairs, downstairs, climbing on the roof even.

So, I couldn't shower and didn't exactly feel comfortable stretching in front of complete strangers, men at that. I did at least take the time to prep dinner tomorrow. I have PT again so I'll be home later than normal. I'm planning on stir fry so I went ahead and dry-seared the tofu and started marinating it. I'm hoping that will make it even better tomorrow. I also went ahead and made the rice. I am going to really be patting myself on the back tomorrow ;-)

Originally I was going to do roasted asparagus with roasted fingerling and sweet potatoes with some homemade seitan cutlets. However, it was 80 degrees out, which makes for a hot kitchen without turning the oven on.

So, I went with a plan B. I made smashed fingerling and sweet potatoes. I sauteed the asparagus with onions, garlic, and red bell pepper. I seasoned with some lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, parsley.

I made a simple lemony mustard sauce by whisking together grainy mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, thyme, and a splash of agave. I did heat that in a pan and let it reduce a little bit. I thought it would help the flavors meld better as well. It wasn't really coming together like I had planned, so I ended up adding in some dried mushrooms and a splash of no-salt vegetable broth.
 

Today was sort of one of those up-ended days. Everything took longer than expected, including dinner. But, it was funny that today, a Leap Day, we got in the movie Leap Year. It was a sign of course. So we are finishing off this crazy day watching a movie with a glass of wine.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Warm temperatures
  • Prepping dinner for tomorrow
  • Good gym workout
  • Positive news