Kill My Abs

I’ve mentioned the Nike Training Club App a few times now. Last night I did a workout program on it as part of my Home Routine.

I got my supplies ready and everything set up, put in the movie “It’s Complicated” to watch while I worked out (so funny) and got to it. First I warmed up with some bicep curls and triceps.

The program I selected was “Ab Burner.” A 15 minute guided program that targets the abs. Holy moly!

The first exercise was a minute of Toe Touches. A full minute? Holy crap! I was sweating immediately.

Next was a minute of the Russian Twist. This is something I normally do during a workout but for a full minute? I had to rest a bit.

Then I did Planks. I could hold the Plank for about 20 seconds, then I had to rest a bit and then try again. So I didn’t do the full 1 minute of planks. The next move was the side plank which I am not strong enough to do at all.

During that minute I got up and did Plie Squats with my 8 pound medicine ball instead.

The new move is Crazy Ivans. I’d never heard of it before. I watched the demo video on the App a few times to see how to do it.

Recovery time. Rinse and repeat routine 4 times. I did it 3 times and then cut the program 5 minutes short because I wanted to hop on the bike. I did 25 minutes of warming up and doing the ab workout:

I got on the bike and did another 45 minute workout. I wore my compression tights over my bike shorts since it helped a lot last time.

Workout Stats:

Time: 1:11

Calories Burned: 541

I was feeling great after my workout and I was glad I was at home and not fighting crowds at the gym. I cleaned up and then fixed dinner.

I wanted to fix something fast and easy with ingredients I had on hand. The last thing I wanted to do was go to the grocery store after working out. Vegetarian enchiladas it is!

I used leftover rice. Inside the tortilla was rice, chopped jalapenos, black olives, black beans, a little cheese, enchilada sauce and green onions.

I topped the enchiladas with more sauce, cheese, green onions and olives.

Then I baked the enchiladas for 25 minutes in the oven.  Even just throwing them together with leftover ingredients the they were really good.

While we ate dinner with watched Top Chef–the Dim Sum episode. It’s been ages since I had dim sum! Now I’m craving it.

I ate 1 and 1/2 enchiladas, the perfect amount. Don’t you want enchiladas now?

I had a great workout and I’m happy that I was able to do it in the comforts of my living room. It was nice being able to watch a movie. I did get frustrated with the amount of time it took to set everything up, plus I had to stop a bunch of times to “fix” things. I also think I am easily distracted at home.  The home workout is a good thing for me right now but I guess I’m just a gym rat at heart and prefer to go TO the gym.

QUESTION: What is your home workout routine? Do you find it hard to stay motivated working out at home?

Chicken Two Ways

Saturday Michael and were lazy bums. We spent pretty much the entire day watching Season 1 of Damages. I felt like a sloth but it was needed. I’ve been feeling run down and exhausted the last few days.

Dinner was simple on Saturday night. I used my new rice cooker to make rice while I made Michael a salad and steamed carrots for me.

His salad was baby spinach leaves, tomato, chopped celery and green onions.

I topped my carrots with some Goddess Dressing. I had picked up a Rotisserie Chicken from the store.

It was a good, filling dinner that took less than 10 minutes to make. Protein, carb, veggies, fat. The perfect dinner.  The rotisserie chicken wasn’t as savory as it has been in the past (a little on the dry side) but most of the time it’s great.

I also had ulterior motives for getting a chicken from the store. I wanted to have leftover chicken for Sunday night’s dinner.

Sunday night Michael and I had some friends over for dinner. I made my new favorite recipe: West African Cashew Soup. You can find the recipe and directions here.

Our friends brought a loaf of Roasted Garlic French Bread to go with the soup.

Michael’s old roommate Shoe gave us a bottle of champagne last year for Christmas and we decided it was time to enjoy it!

The soup was a hit! I am so glad it turned out just as delicious as the first time I made it since we had guests over. The champagne was really nice too. We each had a glass and the bottle was finished.

Michael was really sweet and said that this recipe was by far the winner of 2010. 🙂

It was a nice dinner and I’m glad we were able to hang out with our friends. They brought their baby (who is now 6 months old or so) and she’s the perfect baby: very content and happy.

QUESTION: What are your favorite ways to use leftover chicken?