The plus side to a cool, rainy day that also happens to be a day off from spinning or running is that our furry carpet will finally get some love in the form of a vigorous vacuuming. And the sofa, which smells like a third, very large and stinky dog, needs to get Arm & Hammered to death. About three times a year my dogs shed everywhere, making this place look, feel and smell like it belongs to an animal horder. I might need to take a trip to the money trap that is Target to arm myself against the funk and dander.
For today's workout, I have GOT to get back to doing yoga. Naturally, I can not commence with my sun salutations until I clean the house (nothing like down-dogging in a pile of dog fur) but I think just about every part of my body will benefit from a solid hour of yoga today. I used to do it on a weekly basis in conjunction with running and climbing, and while I'm faster now than I was then - a few years ago - I feel like parts of me are not as strong. Since I can't always make it to the gym to throw weights around, I want to re-commit to weekly yoga sessions.
In addition to strength, I've been focusing on food a lot this week. It seems that I'm always just slightly hungry, which is annoying considering I need energy to keep up with my mini training partner, not to mention running and work. Protein has been my major focus (because lord knows I eat enough carbs). Truth be told, I just barely get the amount of protein I'm supposed to. I tend to follow the 3:1:1 carbs to fat to protein ratio. Based on a 2000 calorie diet, this means I should try to get 400 calories' worth - 100g - of protein a day. I think I barely get 50g. So I'm pretty much grabbing for protein wherever I can find it: lean meats, Greek yogurt, nuts, whey powder... anything.
Since I'm not always putting together Top Chef-worthy meals, I keep my cupboard and freezer stocked with quick, easy items that can be thrown together for quick, tasty meals.
|Pasta + soup + frozen brocolli + frozen turkey meatballs. Boil low 'til pasta is cooked and you get...|
|Soupy, pasta-y, brocolli nomz. You can use a bowl though, if all of yours aren't in the dishwasher, like mine were.|
I was full from that meal for a whopping 43 minutes!
Of course, the pot didn't last long, which just gives me another reason to raid Target. When you can put together a meal that is literally $0.67 a serving, you just can't go wrong.
What's your favorite strength or X-training routine? Do you do videos at home or do you just wing it? I actually like a yoga DVD from time to time- it's nice to let someone else tell me what to do.
Do you have a go-to easy meal? I'm a big soup fan, but once it's consistently in the 80's and 90's I start making a lot of chicken salad (recipe tomorrow) because I don't want to turn on the oven or burners!