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Short and Sweet Workout Post

12 Jan

Today was not nearly as productive as I’d planned. I guess when I made my to-do list I didn’t really consider the fact that I worked last night and would need to sleep when I got home. This is why I don’t usually work nights 😉

I did manage to get a short workout in and I’ll be making butternut squash soup and apple cinnamon pork for dinner. I’m planning on playing with the recipe a bit but, here’s my basic apple spiced pork.

Upper body workout looked something like this…

Started with my physical therapy exercises

3 sets:

  • 12 lateral shoulder raises
  • 20 “cherry pickers” with weight
  • 20 leg raises

3 sets:

  • 12 bicep curls
  • 20 rear shoulder squeezes with resistance band

3 sets:

  • 20 skull crushers
  • 12 pilates roll ups

Was a shorter workout than I’d planned so I tried to do the super-sets as quickly as I could with good form. Then I stretched out and had a snack of almonds and fruit. What do you have planned to start off your week right? Meal prep? Workout schedule? What do you do to make sure you start out strong?

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Orange Pork

31 Jul

Apparently this has been sitting in my drafts since Thursday… oops!

Yesterday (Wednesday) was busy, but a good busy. My house is finally put back together since we got home from Italy, I got a chance to have lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and I made a new recipe for dinner– I’ll post it at the end.

Before all that I got my morning workout in with one of my other friends. I used to dislike working out with people but lately I’ve found it helps motivate me a little more and holds me accountable. Plus it’s a great way to be able to catch up and not just go get food or drinks (though I like doing that too).

I started with 20 min of cardio for the first time in awhile! And then we did arms and back.

3 sets of each superset:
20 Walking planks on BOSU
12 TRX rows

12 Curls
12 TRX push ups (20 on the last set)
15 Tricep dips

12 Machine rows
12 Lat pull downs

I have a long day at work today with a meeting before and after my shift so today will be a rest day.

Oldie but goodie

Oldie but goodie

Last night’s dinner was a new pork recipe…

1 C orange juice
1 tbs gluten free soy sauce
3 garlic cloves- minced
1/2 red bell pepper- chopped
1/2 onion- chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in sauce pan. Bring to boil until reduced by 1/4-1/2 and then reduce to simmer.

Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a second pan and sear pork on each side. Cook pork approx. 5-7 min longer (until almost cooked through). Transfer pork into sauce pan to finish cooking.

Cook until pork is cooked through and sauce has been reduced to a glaze.

Enjoy!

Back at Cardio and Pineapple Salsa Pork

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! For the first time since I met him, hubby and I are in the same place. So, even though it’s kind of a silly holiday, we’re going to dinner etc. tonight. Are you all doing any active date nights? It’s hard in the middle of the week but it gave me the idea, I think for a future blog post I’ll research and post different “fit dates” (input is welcome 🙂 )

Anyway, I’m back in Okinawa and back to doing cardio! Phase 2 of the Jamie Eason trainer adds cardio back in, except for on leg days. I did biceps and triceps today  and then I did a hill interval on the treadmill. Still hurts my foot to run (waiting on new MRI results) but walking up hill doesn’t bother it too much so I figured it would be a happy compromise. I’m still not following her diet as strictly as I probably should to see drastic change, but I am, of course, still eating clean.

Arm workout:

  • Barbell Curl: 3 sets of 10
  • Cable Curls with Rope Attachment: 3 sets of 10
  • Tricep Rope Pull-Downs: 3 sets of 10
  • 3 sets, Superset: Alternating Hammer Curl (10)  and Tricep Dips on Bench (15)
  • SkullCrushers: 3 sets of 10
  • Tricep Extension: 3 sets of 10

Then I did 3 sets of 30 “air bike” and 2 sets of 15 “v-ups” for abs before moving to the treadmill.

When I was back in MN I made pork one night and was trying to come up with something new using ingredients that were in the house… Pineapple Salsa Pork is what I ended up with and it was good! Sorry the pictures aren’t great but I figured it was better than nothing.

You’ll need:

  • Pork (or chicken)
  • Corn or Pineapple Salsa (or make it from scratch)
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C chopped pineapple
  • Quinoa

salsa

  1. Juice the lime and mix with garlic, pepper, and approx 1/4C pineapple juice: Marinade Pork for at least 15-30 min (I cut up the rest of the lime and pineapple and threw it all in the bowl)
  2. Add some canola oil to skillet and heat on Medium, add in pork and remainder of marinade
  3. Cook pork for approx 2 min. on each side and then add 1 tbsp./pork loin into the skilletpork cooking
  4. Sear pork until done (approx 5 min/side… time varies)
  5. Top with Salsa to taste
  6. Serve with Quinoa

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Settling In

19 Nov

I finally found the gym yesterday! We’re house sitting for friends who live on one of the bases so, it was the gym here. No frills but everything you need and then some for a workout. And my arms and shoulders are feeling it today!

I did a pyramid set for the first exercises and then back to just 3 sets of 12 for the second superset…

(Pyramid)

8 lateral shoulder raises

8 front shoulder raises

8 bicep curls

15 tricep dips

20 squats (no weight… the “legs” changed every set because I was working in my physical therapy exercises)

20 leg raises on a “Roman Chair Machine”

12 lateral shoulder raises

12 front

12 bicep

15 tricep dips

20 lunges/leg

20 leg raises

Finally, 20 of all of the above. As you increase reps, decrease the weight so you are doing your max weight for each number of reps.
12 Front Flys

12 Chest Press

12 Tricep pull-downs

20 calf-raises

*3 sets

Then I finished with alternating 20 weighted crunches (arms straight toward the ceiling) and 15 skull crushers for 3 sets.

Also, the hubby and I have been good about keeping healthy food in the house and making dinner fresh every night. Last night I went to check out one of the cheerleading teams on the island so he made a chicken with sauteed onions and brown rice. The night before I made apple spiced pork. To be fair, we have had a lot of baked goods in the house that people have sent and my self-control has been lacking with those since I’m home most days (so it’s a good thing I found that gym 😉 ).
And, just as a life in general update, we found somewhere to settle for the next few months until we know where we’re going next. We get the keys Saturday 🙂 I’m still trying to find a job/get a foot in the door at the hospital out here but so far, we’re making steady progress. I can’t complain about all the beaches though… it’s nice seeing the ocean every day.

 

Apple Spiced Pork

11 Oct

Yesterday I got side-tracked by the inspiring bloggers post so today I’m writing about the spiced apple pork from Tuesday night. First of all, it’s delicious.

Here’s the original link: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spiced-pork-tenderloin-with-sauted-apples-10000002012820/

Here’s what I did:

  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pork tenderloin- center cut/lean cut (cut into strips)
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 thinly sliced unpeeled Gala apples (I think I used basically 2 medium apples)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  1.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; coat pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook pork until almost done (about 3-5 min/side).
  2. In second pan, melt butter and swirl to coat. Add apple slices, shallots, and thyme; sauté until apple starts to brown. Add apple cider and pork to pan. Lower the heat and cook until pork is done, stirring occasionally so apples don’t burn

Plus, here’s my workout from today:

PT lunges and deep squats (all just slow, controlled, trying to stretch my range of motion)

1 min balancing/foot

Then…

15 bicep curls

15 skull crushers

20 lateral shoulder raises

20 slow crunches (2 counts up, 2 counts down)

*3 sets

20 Resistance Band Rows

15 chest presses

20 oblique crunches/side (on the last set I did Russian Twists instead)

*3 sets

Finished up with some fine muscle drills from physical therapy and am now icing… had to stay at home so I wasn’t tempted to push farther than I should. I’ve said it before: I’m not used to being this good after an injury. It’s frustrating feeling held back but trying to remind myself (and have friends remind me…) that I’d much rather be able to dance at the wedding and hike on the honeymoon than get a 20 min bike/cardio in today.
Turkey Chili tonight! One of my favorite fall recipes 🙂 What are some of your favorite clean recipes for cold weather?