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Coasting

I don’t know about you guys but I feel like I have just been coasting through this week. A euphoric feeling of laziness has taken over my body and while I’m going through the motions, I haven’t been on my game as much as usual.

I didn’t get enough spinach when I went grocery shopping last week and ate the entirety of my supply by Tuesday. Spinach fail. I may or may not judge my entire day on whether or not I drink my morning smoothie (we won’t get into that) so instead of making a “green” smoothie, I’ve been opting for apple/banana.

This “coasting” smoothie contains 1 cup almond milk, 3 ice-cubes, 1 apple, 1 banana and flaxseed meal.

For those of you wondering what Flaxseed Meal is, it has a nutty taste and helps digestion. It’s also high in fiber and a powerful cholesterol controller. Just 2 Tablespoons gives you your daily supply of Omega 3 Fatty Acids too! Some people put it in their hot or cold cereal or oats, but I choose to put it in my morning smoothie.

Bottom’s UP!

Lunch has quickly become my least favorite meal of the day. Taking out meat throughout the day severely cut down on my usual lunch fixings! No half turkey sandwich, no leftovers from the night before, no Zaxby’s chicken house salad, no tuna salad, etc. My favorite go-to’s now are organic tomato soup and veggie crackers, a veggie wrap, a spicy black-bean burger with carrots or a kale salad with half an avocado. Those meals can usually tide me over till my afternoon snack, but I’m still craving meat for lunch.

Group Power really kicked my butt on Tuesday. So much so that I am trying to sike myself up for tonight’s class! We have changed our tracks and exercises and they are brutal! A lot of push-ups and the bicep track was insane, I almost had to give up. Maybe after Tuesday’s class is when things began to really coast…

I did recently stumble upon a tofu recipe that I really enjoyed and sometimes those are hard to come by. I appreciate the food and that being said, eat it quite frequently throughout the week but so far I’ve only found a few recipes that I would make again…this is one of them and it’s EASY. Score. Recipe courtesy of Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Baked Tofu with Soy and Sesame

Ingredients:

  • I block (14 oz) extra firm tofu
  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Olive oil, for baking sheet
  • Optional: sliced green onions

 Directions:

Cut tofu in half crosswise. Blot each piece on both sides with paper towels, pressing down to remove as much liquid as you can. (The wetter the tofu, the longer you will have to bake it).

Turn oven on and set to 350 F. Whisk together the sesame oil and soy sauce  in a small bowl, then use pastry brush to brush both sides of the tofu pieces generously with the mixture. Let tofu marinate in the soy-sesame mixture for 5-10 minutes while the oven heats.

Spray a non-stick baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray and place tofu slices on sheet. Bake about one hour, not turning, but brushing with the soy-sesame mixture several times, until the glaze is all gone. It’s done when the tofu feels firm to the touch, and looks glazed and nicely browned. I cooked my tofu about 60 minutes.

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It’s officially February. Moving right along through these winter months…am I the only one that is lusting after Spring?

Gym’n it

No new blog yet. Sorry to disappoint.

Like I said, when you are changing your domain name and updating the graphics of your blog, road blocks happen. I can only promise you that I will unveil it when I feel it will make the most impact. I could give you a sneak peek or start posting on the new and improved template, but what fun would that be?

I like a good shock to the system, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for the end of the week. 🙂

Moving on to today’s post-gym machine equipment! I’m always curious if those stand-alone machines are doing as good of a job as when I’m in group power-turns out, some of them are…

Fitness Magazine had an article on what to “hit” and what to “skip” regarding the best work-out machines at your gym…I found it pretty useful so I thought I would pass it along…

The next time you are roaming around in your gym, know that the above mentioned machines (and stability ball) are the best types of machines that often use your own body weight to help you get the best work-out possible.  For a detailed description on the ways these machines really work your body, click here.

Looks like I will be spending more time on these types of machines because this is what my Group Power class looks like these days:

No bueno.

We are practically on top of each other.

I will leave you with my embarrassing gym playlist. While I may look innocent, rap and other not so classy songs are my true motivation for getting my butt in gear. Feel free to judge.

What jams get you pumped up? Are your gyms still swarming with new faces that joined in January??