Tuesday’s Workout: walk with Sadie
Wednesday’s Workout: hike through the woods with Sadie and Joe
Today’s Workout: walk with Sadie
OK, OK, I’ve accepted my plight and have decided to embrace it. 🙂 Thanks to a friend with a fresh perspective, I was reminded that “working out” doesn’t always have to mean pushing myself to my outer reaches of exertion. Just moving around can suffice. After a very rainy, dreary Monday spent sitting inside, Tuesday brought sunshine and a desire to get outside. It’s actually been kind of nice – I’ve found myself doing things that I love to do but usually don’t because I don’t feel they’re “enough of a workout”. Do you do this?? As an example, walking Sadie is a pretty low-impact affair…she’s slow and goofy and takes her sweet time. So I usually find myself skipping it or at least not spending much time doing it because I also have to “get my workout in”. This week, it’s been great to just accept that as my workout and go with it, spending all the time I want because I’m not trying to rush off to the gym. Yesterday afternoon was another example – I took Sadie and went to the disc golf course with Joe and just walked the holes with him as he played. It’s a hilly course through the woods, so it was pretty much like light hiking. It was so beautiful! I don’t usually take the time to do that because, again, I’m so focused on “getting a good workout in”. So I think I can accurately say that this forced slow-down has allowed me to find time to do other things that are still very fulfilling, even though they aren’t at my typical rate of exertion.
We’ve had a nice week of meals, too, since less time at the gym = more time to cook!
Dinner Monday night was out of Ellie Krieger’s So Easy cookbook: Pasta Primavera. This dish was chock full of veggies and was very light – no cream or butter. Joe brought home the rare treat of a loaf of Whole Foods Prairie Bread and we had a great meal. And there may or may not have been the requisite glass of wine. 😉
Breakfast Tuesday morning found me craving more protein (I guess after Monday’s carb-heavy dinner), so I made myself an egg and cheese sandwich on an Arnold Naturals 100% Whole Wheat and Flax Seed Sandwich Thin.
Lunch was leftover pasta, unpictured, and 1/2 an apple with almond butter.
Dinner Tuesday night was another creation out of So Easy: Pork and Mango Stir Fry. This was an excellent dish, again, just brimming with veggies. I would make a change to the recipe: it called for 3/4 pound of snow peas and only one mango – I would cut the snow peas down to maybe 1/2 lb and increase the mango. I might have had a small-ish mango, which could have made a difference. If you have a really large one, it might be enough. I personally love mangoes and they continue to be on sale at our grocery, so I find myself looking for new ways to use them.
Dinner last night was at a restaurant for our annual Survivor Party. The food was honestly anti-climactic and therefore, unpictured. We have learned the hard lesson that good food and a restaurant with a TV do not generally go hand-in-hand. Oh well. It was fun to be with everyone! Ed Boudreaux’s specializes in bayou-style BBQ and other smoked meats, so I ordered the smoked chicken platter with sides of mac and cheese and green beans. It was just sort of…meh. Like I said, you either get a TV or delicious food…rarely both. We were focused on the TV last night. 😉
…Our draft picks, with odds. (I have to credit our newest Survivor club members with the odds…Emily and Jason went where we’ve never gone before! They make us proud! 😉 ) So Joe has already temporarily lost his pick – Russel was voted off last night. But, he goes to Redemption Island, not home, so he has a second chance to return to the show. And he promised to do so as he left Tribal Council….
Sorry. I must include some occasional Survivor dorkery because it’s a big part of my life right now. 😳
I’m off to walk the puppy before I have to report to the “late shift” for work. It’s a beautiful day – enjoy it!
What fun/important activities do you sometimes neglect in favor of working out? Or do you avoid this somehow? How do you fit it all in??