I watched the sun rise this morning through the window while destroying a set of squat jacks—58 compared to 35 from my first fit test.
My second Insanity fit test went from “about the same” to “much better” than my first.
Wait, wait, wait, you say. I should have done that last week?
Well, I should have considering I finished Week #1 June 27, but I did a poor job of Week #2. I made my 5 a.m. workouts Monday and Tuesday, but I failed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
So I redid Week #2 last week and started Week #3 this week…
It’s all very exhausting.
But I did really well!
Except for power jumps, which are the most demeaning exercise known to fitness.
Power jumps are worse than burpees.
My fit test went well, but my weight and my waist haven’t moved a pound or an inch. Bah.
I also gave up on keeping a food journal—I’m just awful at it. I don’t have time to write anything down after breakfast or lunch, both of which I have a work, and, when dinner rolls around, why should I bother?
I did 21 more power knees.
Screw you food journal.
And power jumps.
My Husband’s parents got us a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine, and I decided to try a few of the recipes this week.
Pork Chops and Potatoes Gratin
I cooked the pork using a new method according to Bon Appetit’s recipe: Medium high heat, turning every minute until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Traditionally, I am terrible at cooking animal protein. Always overdone or underdone… rarely right on temperature. So I was super nervous using this method.
BUT. It was super good.
Seasoned with salt and pepper. Seared in olive oil. Covered in garlic sage butter. Rich and filling and delicious.
The potatoes weren’t half bad either.
The recipe called for some fancy goat cheese that I could not identify or find. Goat cheese is hard to find in cow land.
I used a goat cheese Gouda that seemed to do the trick. I also switched the original recipe’s Russet potatoes for red potatoes and used Italian herbs, salt and pepper with a little olive oil.
I recommend not only eating this food, but also getting a subscription or a newsletter to Bon Appetit magazine.
Other than books, magazines about food are the best reading material in the world.
Eka Pada K… for short, and because Koundinyanasana is too hard to say.
Soon, I will have the strength and balance to do this pose without smashing my face into the ground.
My every Monday…
“Warning: Coffee has given me unrealistic expectations of productivity.”
Pin from Lost Bumblebee
More coffee for your Monday:
Finished Insanity Week #1!
- 5 a.m. wake-up calls are not as awful as I thought (except Tuesday).
- I get sleepy around 4 p.m., and I am grumpy until sleeping happens again.
- I drink less coffee.
- I am hungry all the time.
- I am sore everywhere all the time.
- Eyes can sweat. Fact.
- Eye sweat makes your glasses fall off during push-ups.
- Second-day hair is not possible when you’re doing Insanity.
- Cardio Power and Resistance is quite possibly the worst ever.
I gained two pounds. I hope both were muscle. Fingers crossed.
On Sunday, my rest day, I woke up feeling antsy. I didn’t know what to do with myself so I did 30 minutes of stretching and took a 20-minute walk with the husband and the dog.
Feeling less antsy, but I think waking up early every day and working out is messing with my “sleeping in” schedule.
“extreme foolishness or irrationality”
I cancelled my gym membership in May because I never went. I turned a room in my house into a a room where workouts happen. I gained weight.
I decided to change my strategy to something a little more insane.
I started my 60 days this morning with the Fit Test.
- 63 switch kicks
- 30 squat jacks
- 65 power knees
- 10 power jumps
- 7 globe jumps
- 11 suicide jumps
- 11 push-up jacks
- 34 oblique planks
This is the definition of insanity.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m blogging again.
Did anyone notice all the organic fruits and vegetables in last week’s (sorry, only three) smoothies?
There were lots, right? Go me!
Now, who remembers when organic fruits and vegetables were too expensive and overrated and I refused to pay for them?
Not that long ago, I wholeheartedly believed that I could eat non-organic fruits and vegetables and get all the same nutrition and health benefits organic food offered. Then, I stayed up way too late watching documentaries about vitamins and minerals and chemicals and pesticides and what the chemicals and pesticides were doing to my hormones and fat cells.
It was so bad, you guys.
In college and graduate school, the budget was a little tight so I didn’t spend money on fancy fruits and vegetables…
…which were a shocking 50 cents more a pound.
I was satisfied to eat regular apples, potatoes and greens. I was A-OK with consuming FDA-approved pesticides. Well, I’m not satisfied or A-OK anymore.
I got over the 50-cent expense, and I switched.
- Non-organic apples are one of the worst offenders. Want to know why they’re so shiny?
- Non-organic potatoes are so soaked in chemicals and pesticides that the people who farm them won’t eat them. I mean… potatoes are supposed to sprout.
- Leafy greens are not only super awesome for us; bugs love ’em, too! They get sprayed with pesticides so the bugs can’t eat them and we can.
Plus, pesticides accumulate in fat cells… and, just, sorta, hang out. Making me more fat.
Switching to organic fruits and vegetables on my last grocery run cost me:
- 50 cents more per pound for apples
- 40 cents more per pound for potatoes
- $1 more per bunch of greens (Romaine, spinach and kale)
- 50 cents more (per bunch?) for broccoli
- $1 more per pound for leeks
- $1 more per avocado for avocados…
- 10 cents more per pound for bananas
- Pears and kiwi were on sale!
I think I can live with that.
Yesterday’s smoothie was so disgusting that I refuse to share it with you. In a disappointed and gagging manner, I drank nearly the whole thing.
I made up for the nastiness today with my…
Banana Nut Spinach Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 handful organic spinach
- 1 medium organic banana
- 6 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 organic broccoli florets, stems removed
- 1 spoonful-ish almond butter
- 1 smaller spoonful-ish ground flax seed
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup almond milk
Blend and enjoy!
The taste of this smoothie surprised me! I almost expected it to taste a little green-y because of the spinach and broccoli, but my pallet only picks up the banana and the almond butter. Super delicious plus super nutritious!
I changed the look of my blog! What do you think? It was the same for so long, I thought it was about time for a change.
Naming my spinach breakfast smoothie this morning was difficult.
When you make a smoothie with several berries, you have a “berry” smoothie. When you make a smoothie with oranges and grapefruit, you have a “citrus” smoothie. When you make a smoothie with peanut butter… well… you get the idea.
What do you have when you make a smoothie with apples and pears?
A fleshy smoothie?
So I looked it up. Apples and pears are part of the pome family of fruits. Hence!
Pomaveggie Spinach Breakfast Smoothie (a.k.a. Swamp Thing)
- 1 handful organic spinach, chopped
- 1 organic apple, peeled
- 1 organic pear, peeled
- 3 organic broccoli florets, stems removed
- 1 cup organic orange-carrot juice
- 1 spoonful-ish ground flax seed
Blend and enjoy what I describe as nearly-the-same taste and texture of applesauce!
I searched the grocery store for carrot juice. I don’t have a juicer, and carrots don’t really… blend. Couldn’t find simple carrot juice without fruit in it so orange-carrot juice it is.
I can only do so much.
However, the next time I have to peel apples and pears, I’m doing this.