Posts tagged ‘Working Out’

June 7th, 2010

Excuses, Excuses

Day 2 of millet for breakfast. I apologize for bombarding you with millet talk but I made a lot on Friday and I don’t like wasting food. PLUS, I just feel challenged in making this the best breakfast meal!

Today I decided to try 1/2c of millet to 1/4c of soy milk and nuke it in the microwave. It came out pretty watery but when I mixed in the chia seeds all of the leftover soy milk was absorbed. STILL not the consistency I’m looking for! This experiment shall continue! I know I can get the perfect mix of grainy millet with oaty chewiness. I just KNOW it! <—– Stubborn voice.

I added to the millet and soy milk 1tbsp peanut butter, 1/2tbsp each of ground flaxseed and chia seeds and half a cup of raspberries and blueberries! So summery!

I was *THIS* close to not getting up this morning to do my circuit training. Seriously. I woke up about ten minutes before my alarm went off and then I spent ten minutes reasoning with myself as to why I didn’t need to get up so darned early.

Excuse #1: I have school tonight. I won’t be back home until about 11pm and won’t be in bed until closer to midnight. I need to get more sleep so I can stay awake!

Excuse #2: (this one killed me and *I* made it up!): Maybe I’m too hard on myself, I don’t NEED to work out all the time, I’m just pressuring myself too much!

Excuse #3: Circuit training isn’t as important as running. It’s not a big deal.

Thankfully, every excuse I gave I managed to give a reason why it was garbage, draaaaged my arse out of the bed and downstairs to work out.

Retort to Excuse #1: You’ve done this a bazillion times now. If you REALLY want to sleep in, you do it tomorrow when you’ve only had 5.5hrs of sleep. You’ve just had 7 and 7 is your magic sleep number. NOW GET UP!

Retort to Excuse #2: Seriously? When You haven’t done ANY exercise since Friday? You skipped out on your long run yesterday because you you hungover and it was raining?! NOW GET UP!!!

Retort to Excuse #3: Yes, it is. NOW GET OUT OF BED!!!

Obviously I’m glad I got my sorry bum out of bed because I made sure to give it just a wee bit more during the workout and even my ankles were sweating and I felt GREAT afterwards!

Honestly. My motto for 99.9% of my workouts is a total cliche: JUST DO IT.

May 24th, 2010

Exercise Ethics

Today has been the perfect mixture of productive and absolutely lazy! I love having plans for the long weekends but this weekend I just wanted to relax, study for my mid-term and just generally enjoy the slow hours go by.

I woke up bright and early and immediately sprayed myself down with some sunscreen as I got a little bit of colour yesterday! Then I took my breakfast outside!

I didn’t feel like having a hot breakfast so yogurt with oats it was!

This concoction contained:

  • 1/2c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4c oats
  • 1tbsp raspberry pie filling
  • 1tbsp ground pecans
  • 1/2 a disgustingly large strawberry
  • 1 packet of stevia (to take the tartness out of the yogurt)

I enjoyed this with a couple cups of coffee while catching up on my favourite blogs.

After I successfully woke myself up I decided to perform a miracle. In two hours the front of our house went from this:

To this:

Our house belongs to Alan’s great aunt who is currently in a nursing home. Due to her inability to keep up with the lawn duties in her last few years in the house, they put these cement slabs down in the front of the house to keep the mowing down. Now that we’re fixing the place up, this is all going to be taken up and we’re going to put grass back down. The weeds that come up between these slabs is insane and a pain in the butt!

I was pooped after this, also because the sun had come out and we are now on a heat advisory so Alan (who helped out half way through) and I went in for lunch.

A wrap with some black bean and corn salad, a bit of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and a tiny bit of veggie ground round with four black pepper Triscuits.

I washed it down with a massive amount of veggies and fruit in the form of a Green Monster!

  • 2c spinach
  • 1 gigantic strawberry
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/4 mango
  • 1c vanilla soy milk
  • 1tbsp peanut butter
  • 1tbsp coconut butter
  • splash of lavender (soooo nice)

The rest of the afternoon was pretty quiet and lazy. I got some studying done, transplanted a plant that was too big for its pot and then, as it was getting really hot outside we took ourselves inside and played Lego Batman on Alan’s Xbox 360 for a while (I’m not a gamer but the Lego games are f-u-n!).

My lunch held me over until 6pm! Woo! My grand plan was to heat up some Palak Paneer with coconut rice and coconut encrusted sweet potato balls (I realized I had a lot of coconut stuff but Alan didn’t mind and I LOVE coconut). However, I realized I only had coconut milk but I thought I’d give it a shot anyways and threw it in with the rice in the rice cooker.

Total fail! It didn’t cook the rice well at all and ended up overflowing all over the counter! The good news is that we still had a half an hour before the sweet potato balls cooked up so I just threw in some regular rice (with a pinch of curry powder).

The coconut encrusted sweet potatoes came out great!

And super easy to make!

Coconut Encrusted Sweet Potato Balls

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed.
  • unsweetened shredded coconut

Pre-heat the oven to 350*F. Roll the sweet potatoes (I put the bowl into the freezer for 5 minutes after I mashed them up) into balls and roll them over the shredded coconut. Put them onto a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, turn once maybe about half way through. Next time I think I’m going to add some cinnamon to the mix!

It’s hard to believe the long weekend is over already! I have to say that I’ve been fairly lazy this weekend, I normally work out on Monday’s but I also cut myself some slack exercise-wise the week leading up to an exam so I don’t get overwhelmed. Tomorrow morning will see me going for a run, possibly 6-7k. Seeing as we’re in the midst of a heat advisory, I’m glad I’ll be running in the morning!

When it comes to my exercise ethic I have always tried to make sure that it will fit into my life. If it becomes overwhelming or causes me to not be able to do things I’d normally do, I look into making readjustments. This is not to say I don’t make working out a priority as I certainly do but I always ask myself if it’s something I will be able to keep up years down the road or even when I start to have a family. Working out for hours every day just won’t cut it for me and there will be some weeks that my exercise has to be sacrificed for other things (such as an exam). Can I see myself being active for an hour a day 4-5 days a week for most of my life? Yes, do I see myself doing it for more than that 6-7 days a week? No. I used to suffer from major exercise guilt but it’s lessened over the last year because I realized that even if one week is a light exercise week, I’m always wanting to move again as soon as possible. I realized that moving my body truly has become a permanent part of my life so I no longer get in a panic if I miss a day or life throws a wrench in my plans.

Sure this has caused my weight loss to be slow but, in the end, I know it’s sustainable and will cause me to be active for the rest of my life!

What’s your workout ethic?