Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This Week's Workouts

Gotta post it all to solidify it into my schedule! I've had a tough time making all my workouts lately... not finding time or simply making excuses. I may switch to morning workouts next week just to be sure something doesn't "come up" later in the day. Gotta train!!!

11/24 Mon: PM - Quads & Abs
11/25 Tue: AM - Routine Practice (75 min.); PM - Hams & Calves
11/26 Wed: AM - Chest & Tris; PM - Cardio (outdoor run)
11/27 Thu: AM - Cardio (leaf-raking?)
11/28 Fri: AM - Back & Biceps; PM - Cardio (leaf-raking or treadmill intervals)
11/29 Sat: AM - Power & Shoulders

And there it is! Thursday is my normal rest day, just a clarification - I am not taking it off due to Thanksgiving. I do want to make sure & get all my training in this week, cardio included, to minimize the effects of the added calories. I also plan on getting right back on track with diet on Friday to pick up where I left off.

My Thanksgiving Menu

OK, here it is - my Thanksgiving menu for two!

Herbed Turkey Breast
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Macadamia Nut Casserole
Pumpkin Cheesecake

The "healthier" items on my menu are of course the turkey breast (white meat only), the green bean casserole and the pumpkin cheesecake. The casserole is a spin on the classic version. This one nixes the cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions and adds in olive oil, shallots, garlic and sauteed macadamia nuts - yum! I am taking a traditional pumpkin cheesecake recipe and making it healthy. My graham cracker crust is 25% reduced fat and the filling consists of a mix of light and fat free cream cheeses, canned pumpkin, pie spices, jello sugar-free cheesecake mix and light whipped cream.

The mashed potatoes and stuffing will be my "bad" traditional foods. Hubby has to have his potatoes and I like stuffing. :) I plan to use day-old french wheat bread in the stuffing though, so it will be a little healthier.

Portions will be small (except the turkey, which is great for a week of clean eating!) so I'm not tempted to overeat during the holiday weekend. I will also be sure to get my workouts in and head to the gym Thursday morning, if not just hit the treadmill at home.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Rested & Recharged

Last week was crazy. In addition to my two-class school load, Mom came into town on Thursday for a two-day visit. I haven't seen her since July and we have a really good relationship. Because of her short visit, I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. So this meant I skipped a few workouts. I think it turned out in my favor, actually. I feel really rested and recharged for this week. After spending the past 4 1/2 hours on business and work (checking emails and writing articles), I'm ready to get up and outta the house and head to the gym! With Thanksgiving looming only 4 days away, I'm hoping to still get all my weight workouts in this week despite the holiday temptations to eat and stay home with hubby. So I have to start strong beginning today and carry it through to week's end.

Later this week I'll be posting my Thanksgiving menu for two. It will be a healthier version of some classics but some unhealthy staples will be there too. My plan on controlling it is to only cook small quantities of food so I'm not stuck with leftover pie and mashed potatoes for five days, tempting me! I'll share my food choices and tips with you guys later in the week. For now, it's off to the gym for quads and abs. I might even head outside for a leaf-raking "cardio" session later today!


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