Saturday, November 22, 2008

:: Day 161 - Summary ::

I'm kinda bummed that Tracy has locked access to her fitness blog. Now I wished I paid more attention to her workouts that she blogged about. Sometimes you take things for granted... and then they're gone. On the flip side, she did post a little about a recent workout. I'm gonna copy! Hopefully my skin doesn't get ripped off!

7am KB, 4 1/2 minute swing combination w/12kg, 33 mins, 383 cal burnt, HRa 162 HRm 176. Wow the 12kg really challenges my grip, my hands are totally shaking right now.... but dang, it feels good.

10 transfers, 10 2 hand swing repeat (40 reps)
15 transfers, 15 2 hand swings, repeat (60 reps)
20 transfers, 20 2 hand swings (80 reps)
1 minute rest x 6 rotations
Total 32 minutes, 1080 swings

8am: Classic ABC (apple, beet, carrot) blend

12pm: Tracy's Live trail mix if needed.
Vibrant green beans wrap

Main meal @ home with the Marquez
Pepita Salad (Heidi Swanson)

Winter Veges Gratin (Peter Berley)
Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts (Heidi Swanson)

Sweet Potato Puree with Apples (Martha Rose Shulman)

Firecracker Cornbread (Heidi Swanson)


:: you can do it! ::

I was pleased today to check out Cafe Muse in Berkeley known for their "raw food". But for the most part, I try to have people over as much as possible so that I know exactly what our bodies are consuming - good stuff. Over the long run, it is cheaper! Especially since I focus on vegetarian dishes.

I've started to hear people say "wow, i wish i could cook like you!". Hmm... guess what, you can!!! I'm not a natural born cook like say Chef Laura who's been cooking since she was five. In fact, I only figured out how to properly chop an onion maybe a few years ago. The point I'm trying to make is that anybody who knows how to read and follow instructions, should be able to cook! That's what I do, read blogs, buy cookbooks, and follow the recipes to a T. :) I guess that's why making a weekly meal plan helps me buy exactly what I need, with no wastage. And wow, what a week coming up ahead to look forward to. Challenge yourself... cook X number of meals at home and focus on super natural cooking and stay away from processed foods. Your body is gonna LUV it! ;)

:: Day 160 - Summary ::

7am: 1/2 granola bar on the road to Berkeley

11am: Lunch at Cafe Muse (Raw food fame) with Aylin
We shared... cup of italian meatball soup, quesidilla, "raw" lasagne, salad. Clearly we didn't finish all that food but it was nutritious and hearty.

Mini slice of Cheese Board's pizza of the day
Since i Was in berkeley, i just had to finally make a visit to cheeseboard. Yummy :)

Main meal @ home
Vibrant Tasty Green Beans (Man, green beans never tasted this good!!!)
Leftover risotto, Mikee's easy eggs, Rosemary chicken tenders


:: MJ Meal Plan 11/22-11/29 ::

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans (Heidi Swanson's blog)
Brown Rice
Chawan Mushi (Steamed japanese egg custard)

Sunday: Dinner with The Marquez Family
Pepita Salad (Heidi Swanson)
Winter Veges Gratin (Peter Berley)
Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts (Heidi Swanson)
Sweet Potato Puree with Apples (Martha Rose Shulman)

Spicy Leek Soup (me!)
sprint white wheat and black soybean risotto with spinach (Peter Berley)

Toasted Wheat Germ Soup (Heidi Swanson)
Risotto Style Barley (Heidi Swanson)

Firecracker cornbread (Heidi Swanson)
Caramelized Fennel (Peter Berley)
Spicy Leek Soup leftover

Thursday: (Thanksgiving potluck at SIL's)
Boston Style Baked Beans Tomato Soup
Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts

Lasagne with Fall vegetables, Gruyere and Sage Bechamel - Peter Berley (I'm making fresh pasta for this so it's gonna be a half day endeavor!)

Friday, November 21, 2008

:: Day 159 - Summary ::

Still stuck at 162. Sigh.

Activities: Night KB with Mikee
"Colorful workout",
40 2-hand swings, 8kg
40 2-hand swings, 12kg, 1 min
burpees, 1 min
plank hold, 1 min
12R/12L snatches, 8kg, 1 min
rest, 1 min
7 sets x 6 mins = 42 mins

8am: few bites of lasagne, out of the door

10am: 1 apple

12pm: 1/2 bowl of butternut squash soup

random snacks: Live trail mix

Main meal @ home with Bruce and Frank

Lima bean and spinach gratin (lima bean mashed tastes like potatoes!)
Golden-crusted brussels sprouts with sliced carrots
Winter vege gratin: 2 potatoes, 1/3 cauliflower, 1 yellow cauliflower


Thursday, November 20, 2008

:: Day 158 - Summary ::

Activities: 7am KB, 394 cal, HRa 148 HRm 167
40 2 hand swings, 2 min. Felt like a somewhat sloppy workout. HR pretty low.
40 transfers, 1 min
40 reps, 1 swing, 1 transfer, 1 min
40 reps, 5/5 x 4 1 hand swings, 1 min
40 reps, 10/10 x 2 1 hand swings, 1 min
40 reps, 20/20, 1 hand swings, 1 min.
40 2 hand swings, 1 min (12kg)
40 2 hand swings, 1 min
windmills for a minute
10 min work w/0 min rest x 4 = 40 mins (1,440 swings)

8am: ABC Juice blended with spinach

As needed snacks: Live trail mix, carrots, raw almonds, raisins

12pm: Bowl of homemade butternut squash soup

Main meal @ home with Marcela & Dan
Spring white wheat and black soybean risotto with spinach - It was my first time making risotto. Dang, so much work. But so worth it. I loved the addition of the black soy beans, the protein ends up making it a square meal! Love it! Topped it with some parm reg. :)
Leftover autumn gratin
Persimmon Salad


:: Day 157 - Summary ::

Have I been bad or what. And thanksgiving is coming!! CRAP! I'm working out now!!!

8am: ABC Juice, bowl of homemade butternut squash soup

12pm: Bowl of butternut squash, side of peter berley's autumn gratin

3pm hunger pangs at work
vanilla creme cookies, M&MS (!!!!), 2 apple

7pm MSG dinner at harvest
Bread, steamed mussels and fish

:: Day 156 - Summary ::

This day was gross. I kinda didnt even want to write the blog but knew I had to.

: ABC Juice

10am: Breakfast provided at work
Smoked salmon (yummmmmmmm), sliced tomatoes, cut fruit, and 3 strips of bacon (the smell was like a drug)

12pm: Bowl of tomato soup, homemade

Happy hour @ Firehouse Brewery with the girls
Few pieces of bread, steamed mussels

8pm snack @ home
Bowl of mushroom barley soup

Monday, November 17, 2008

:: Day 155 - Summary ::

Activities: 5pm KB "Colorful workout", 452 cal burnt, HRa 155 HRm 176
40 2-hand swings, 12kg, 1 min
12R/12L snatches, 8kg, 1 min
burpees, 1 min
plank hold, 1 min
rest, 1 min
8 sets x 5 mins = 40 mins

7am: Cup of ABC blend, small bowl of freshly made mushroom barley soup

Bowl of toamto baked beans soup topped with some mushroom barley soup. loved loved loved the mushroom barley soup. it's gonna be a regular in our household.

Cup of mushroom barley soup, small slice of cheese, 1 apple

Main meal @ home
Mushroom Barley Soup, Pan-seared lamb steak with thyme, lemon and mustard (both from Peter Barley's flexaterian cookbook)


Sunday, November 16, 2008

:: Day 154 - Summary ::

Activities: 5pm KB with Mikee, 452 cal, HRa 158, HRm 175
40 2 hand swings, 16lb, 1 min
40 2 hand swings, 24lb, 1 min
1 min rest
12 sets x 3 mins = 36 mins, 960 swings

8am: Glass of ABC blend with 1 persimmon and some spinach, shared with Mikee

Main meal @ lunch
: Pretz's farewell lunch at Choi's Kitchen
Tofu and Mushroom stew (mild spicyness), random korean appetizers, yay - no rice!

Light snack @ 7pm
Bowl of Tomato baked beans soup, 1 slice whole wheat bread


:: Day 153 - Summary ::

7am: 45 min walk with Susan and Adam

Bowl of tomato baked beans soup, slice of whole wheat bread

Main meal @ Laura's housewarming party

Too many good food to list. And yes, there was sugar overload. Groan.