Detox day happiness
After the severe overeating I engaged in during the Superbowl, I was really feeling like I needed to get back on track with my nutrition and fitness.
Normally I run several times a week but have recently fallen victim to what may [or may not] be a case of IT band syndrome. I’ve been losing my mind a little bit and missing my long runs but I’m finding some satisfaction by upping my cross-training regimen while this leg issue *hopefully* settles down.
I didn’t want this blog to solely be a fitness/health diary like so many blogs out there (what I ate for breakfast + lunch + dinner, day in, day out). However, I do find myself sometimes enjoying those types of posts on other people’s blogs so I thought why not do the occasional day-descriptor entry. If nothing else it might give me some sort of feeling of self-importance… booyah!
Enjoy the [wild] ride while I take you through my get-back-on-track-post-Superbowl-Monday-detox. Some new recipes are included as well!
Monday February 4, 2012
The day started out a bit slowly as I was still recovering from the food coma that I put myself into the night before.
Breakfast consisted of Bridgehead granola and plain, non-fat Greek yogourt. Simple and delicious.
I made it to the lunch Lean & Fit class at Sparks Greco. These classes are basically a circuit consisting of 8 stations for 45 seconds each, repeated 3 times, with “bonus rounds” of exercises added in between each round. It was actually a great class today and I was dripping with sweat by the end. Vaguely, the circuit included…
- Dumbbell chest press on ball
- Three variations of bicep curls
- Plank + opposite arm/leg raise
- Inchworm pushup – I did negatives to try to work on my [currently crappy] form
- Russian twist + overhead press with med ball
- Squats + lunges with kettlebell
- Pushups/knee tucks/box jumps
- Jumping/ski jacks – I substituted burpees here
One of these days I’ll get around to doing a feature on this great Greco location with their sweet (and cute) trainers.
Lunch was a natural chocolate (BioX – the best!) whey protein shake with a spinach (+ cucumber + golden beet) salad.
After the workout and lunch I remembered how I’ve been wanting to incorporate avocado into a muffin recipe for a while now. Avocados are delicious and smooth like butter so I thought they’d add some moisture and buttery goodness to muffins! I set out to adapt a random chocolate zucchini bread recipe into these…
Chocolate avocado zucchini muffins
(adapted from Cooking on the Weekends)
Sift together, then set aside:
- 2 cups white flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 3 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Puree together with hand mixer:
- ¼ cup grapeseed oil
- 1 scant tbsp vanilla
- ½ cup sugar
- 2/3 cup mashed avocado (I used about ¾ of one ripe, large one)
Then add in:
- 2 eggs
Puree again then fold in with spoon:
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
Add dry ingredients to wet, mix well and spoon into paper-lined muffin tin (makes 9-10 medium-large muffins).
Bake at 350ºC for about 24 minutes or until a toothpick poked in centre of muffin comes out clean.
OM NOM NOM!
Later during the day I convinced Pete to sign up for the 30-day unlimited hot yoga pass ($50 for first-timers only) at Moksha on Preston. It’s such an unbelievable deal – you pay it off by going to only 3 classes!
Anyway, the only class that worked with Pumpkin Eater’s schedule was a Power Flow. Eee… we knew it was going to be challenging for both of us non-yogis but Pete was confident we’d make it through. I was doubtful.
It was an hour and fifteen minutes long but in the end we did survive and it wasn’t as bad as I imagined. Sweating out all of the liquid in our bodies definitely helped to get over the binge-fest of the night before.
For dinner I wanted to try Carrots N’ Cake’s coconut ginger carrots and made a big, random quinoa salad as well.
Big random quinoa salad
Cook 1 cup rinsed quinoa in 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, set aside to cool.
Once cooled add olive oil, lemon juice (about half a lemon), and pepper to taste. Mix well then add:
- 1 can black beans (rinsed)
- 1 cup cucumber (chopped)
- 1 cup spinach (sliced)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
- 1/3 cup red onion (chopped)
- 1/2 cup corn niblets
- 1/2 cup black olives (chopped)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese (crumbled finely)
Dessert was camomile tea and a sesame snap… mmm-mmm-good! Total recovery reached!