Tuesday morning began with a spin on one of my current breakfast favorites. Overnight chia seed yogurt but instead of blueberries I substituted 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin, and added cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, stevia, and a bit of brown sugar right before I was about to dig in (because I love brown sugar).
It was like a bowl of pumpkin pie, sort of. I definitely prefer my original blueberry yogurt mix more than the pumpkin, but I would make this one again. It’s fun to try something different anyway.
After work I headed to the gym. I completed 32 minutes on the elliptical while reading Runner’s World. The last 5 minutes I back-peddled to work different muscles which I found to be super awkward until I got the hang of it.
After the elliptical I headed to the weights to work out the triceps, chest, and core.
The gym was pretty quiet when I was there, so I decided to try some new things on the big ball near the mats. Is it called a fitness ball? An exercise ball?
This was a golden opportunity to experiment with new moves since 1. there weren’t very many people around for me to make a fool out of myself in front of, and 2. not a lot of people in the area for me to nail with a runaway ball.
Here is what I did.
I was shakin’ and sweatin’ and feeling good at the end of the ball workout. 🙂 I felt a little silly when trying to get balanced on the ball but tried to act confident like I really knew what I was doing and had total control. I will do it again. I wish I had one at home. They’re so much fun!
I finished off my workout with a quick 1-mile run that I clocked at 8:10 pace, which is way faster than my norm. I am usually a 9:15 to 9:30 minute mile gal. I felt the need for speed apparently.
Dana cut up a fresh pineapple to snack on while we worked on preparing the rest of dinner. The pineapple was perfectly sweet and so juicy and was a great appetizer.
For dinner we had grilled corn on the cob which was INCREDIBLE. I couldn’t believe how fresh and sweet it was being we are not in corn season around here. I am not sure where it came from? I may need to do my research.I can’t wait for more! I love corn on the cob.
We have been making good use of our grill lately. Tis the season. When I say we, I mean Dana, because I usually let him take charge over the grill.
Alongside the corn, I prepared an Italian/Greek, inspired broccoli slaw. I started with a packet of Good Sense Italian Seasoning which I mixed with balsamic vinegar, just a touch of olive oil, and water. I whisked these ingredients together in the bottom of the bowl creating the dressing, then added a whole bag of broccoli slaw. I added a can of drained and rinsed garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), and topped the salad with feta cheese and tomatoes.
The salad was full of flavor and a fun healthy side dish. Actually come to think of it, that was the gusto of our meal. That was our main dish and the corn was the side? It doesn’t matter who takes the main stage because either way, it was a party on my plate.
For dessert, a cookie dough ball from Sunday’s cookie making episode that I rolled and froze. Pretty tasty!
Fun fact: I usually prefer dough to actual baked cookies.
I finished off the night with some more laundry (seriously does it ever end?) and a new episode of Glee. We also began sorting through a potential bedroom in our basement which is full of wedding stuff: tulle, cards, decorations, invitations, etc. It is an extremely overwhelming room so I am sorting through it little by little to help get me through it.
Off to a work. Have a great day!
Question of the day: Anyone have any embarrassing gym moments? I would love to hear from you./strong>
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Yum I love grilled corn! I haven’t had it yet this season either, but it’s one of my favorite summer foods.. And as for the ball, most call it a physio ball or stability ball, but exercise ball works just fine too 🙂 I love the first move you did, the hamstring curls on the ball. It’s a great way to isolate those hamstrings and really feel a burn!
Yes stability ball, I’ve heard that before. 🙂 I really love it. I am feeling it today that’s for sure!
Tony Horton calls them stability balls, but my four year old daughter is sure that ours is called a “big ball” as in the “big balls” on ABC’s TV show Wipeout. I giggle every time she says it. We own two of them and they are great. Target sells them for pretty cheap.
I know I chuckled every time I typed the word. ha ha =) Thanks, Lisa! I might have to check them out at Target. I have all of lots of items that keep getting added to my wishlist.