I love not having to think about breakfast this week – day 3 yesterday of a muffin on my way to work and a slice of the breakfast casserole mid morning.
I’ve been storing the muffins in a ziploc bag so they stay fresher longer. Just 20 seconds in the microwave and it tastes just like it came out of the oven.
I wore a new necklace yesterday – I bought this charm at the flea market over the summer and it got buried in my jewelry box and I just found it over the weekend.
That was my workout mantra yesterday – it was legs and calves. Um, I definitely have more leg muscles than arm muscles – my lowest weight was 40 pounds on the calf raises and I was able to do 100 pounds on the leg press.
The only exercise I couldn’t do was the wide stance barbell squat:
I have absolutely no shoulder flexibility at all, and after just 4 squats my left shoulder was hurting too much, so I just used 10 pounds dumb bells in each hand and did my squats with those.
That set took me about 25 minutes – I am really loving these strength days at lunch – makes me feel like a gym rat.
For lunch I had leftover Cincinnati chili over spaghetti squash and baby spinach. It’s funny I hardly ever think of spaghetti squash in the warm months, but as soon as the temps start to drop it ends up in my grocery cart.
I bought chicken legs over the weekend – it wasn’t until I took this picture that I saw that they spelled it CHICHEN!
I ended up grilling them on our gas grill – our thought was to sit outside and use the Weber, but there were storms all around us, so we didn’t chance it. I used our tried and true method of cooking the chicken on a rack above a cast iron skillet – the fat drips in the pan and there are no flare ups, but you still get that smokey flavor.
While the chicken grilled, I made another batch of Austin’s Rudy’s BBQ sauce. You guys have to try this bbq sauce – it takes minutes to put together, and last night I only let it simmer for 20 minutes and it was perfect.
The other secret to perfect bbq chicken is to not put the sauce on until the last few minutes – otherwise it will burn with the sugars in the sauce. I finish them off on the grill so they get some char marks.
Ready for my tummy!
This was a five napkin dinner – so good! Jenn, I wish you liked meat on the bone because this would be an inexpensive dinner for your family – do your kids like meat off the bone, or is it just you that hates it?
Last night was cardio recovery, which I like to call my yoga night. It’s slow muscle movements, LOTS of stretching and I am completely relaxed after the 30 minutes. My Zen picture:
Stats for the Day:
- 20 minute Insanity abs before work
- 25 minutes legs/calves at lunch
- 30 minutes Cardio recovery after dinner
- 1658 calories, 108 carbs, 139 protein, 77 fat and 26 fiber
- 41% of calories from fat, 33% from protein and 25% from carbs
- Calorie Count Grade: B
My parents in law are coming into town tonight. My nephew is getting married this weekend. AND it’s Tony’s birthday on Sunday! I think I haven’t seen my PIL since last summer? I can’t remember! It will be nice to see them – my MIL is an awesome cook too – she’s the one who showed me hot to make risotto – and knowing my distain for onions, subbed in green apple and I’ve added that to my risotto ever since.
Another rainy morning, but I guess I have to get this show on the road – make it a great day!