Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First Vegan Grilled Dinner of Season

Elliptical & Kettlebells
Today was another oddly warm day - 80 degrees in March. Rather than hit the gym at lunch, I had to make a quick trip to Target. It was nice being outside even if it was just a quick errand spent mostly in the car. The sunshine definitely helped my mood.

I won't harp on it; I feel like it's becoming redundant. But I really had no motivation for the gym. It just felt too nice outside to be stuck indoors. Thank goodness my gym does have a nice view. That helps some. But my PT wants me to lay off spin for now, so that really only leaves me with the elliptical, weights, and the kettlebell tabata that I've been doing (low-impact).

In other words, it's kind of hard to get excited about doing something not terribly exciting. I can definitely understand why people stop working out if they aren't doing something they really enjoy. On a positive note, I did pick up some new magazines while at Target. I've gone through A LOT of magazines since being stuck on the elliptical.

I ended up hanging onto the elliptical for 45 minutes then did 4 rounds of tabata using kettlebells and body weight exercises. 

So, workout done. Nothing to write home about. No inspiring new workout to share. I wish I could come up with some more low-impact moves for cardio, but there really aren't that many. I keep searching for more kettlebell moves - let's just say I should have amazing shoulders and hiney when this is all said and done ;-)

What do you do to keep your workouts from becoming yawn inducing? Especially if it has to be low-impact? Otherwise I'd be all over some kickboxing and plyo, but right now that's too much for my foot.

(Please note that I'm not trying to illicit any sympathy at all. I'm looking for ideas or just venting a bit, but fully understand that this is just temporary.)

First Grilled Dinner
While the weather is definitely more like late spring, I went with a dinner that was far more suited to winter. But, I did try to make it feel more spring-like by grilling the veggies. Grilling always screams spring and summer.

I had beets and sweet potatoes on hand, so I grilled those in foil packets with just a small drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper (each in their own packets as cooking times were different).

Meanwhile, I sauteed some kale in white wine along with onions, garlic, pepper, splash of OJ and agave nectar. Last night I had started marinating tofu in a balsamic vinaigrette. So I did add that to the grill using a grill pan then when everything was done, I just tossed it all together.
 

Super simple but packed with nutrients and protein. Plus, it didn't heat up the whole kitchen since I used the grill. I can't wait to get out there and do some more grilling now. I love being able to cook and enjoy the fresh air. Now I just need a new outdoor kitchen pretty please.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Warm temps
  • Grilling