I Will Not Cry on the Treadmill

First, and most important, the winner of the cookbook giveaway is….

BETH! From Beth’s Journey to Thin.

Beth-email me asap with your mailing address.

Congrats!

Tuesday night I went to the gym after work. To be honest I’ve been in a funk for a few days. Last weekend when I ran my two miles on the treadmill my knee started to bug me. Not pain like I experienced with my ITB injury in September but uncomfortable enough to be frustrated. I haven’t been on the treadmill since Saturday and last night was no different.

I decided to skip the treadmill again last night. I didn’t want to have a meltdown on the treadmill because my knee hurt. I decided to do the new elliptical machine that I’ve grown fond of.

I tried to participate in the #fitblog Twitter chat but it was difficult on the machine. I was sweating buckets!

Last time I was on the elliptical (my first time trying this new one) I took it easy and only spent about 8 minutes on it. This time, I did 30 minutes.

Level 27 out of 100. I think it’s a good start. I burned 286 calories on the elliptical machine.

I didn’t have any knee pain on the elliptical. And I didn’t cry either! 😉 The rest of my workout was focused:

Weights: Arms, Shoulders and Abs

Core work

I alternated between doing crunches on this:

With doing the Russian Twist with this 8 pound Medicine Ball:

Then The Plank. I did a set of these three things for about 15 minutes before stretching, Foam Rolling, and calling it a night. Around that time, I got a text from Michael about dinner.

I’m in the green. 🙂 Basically we were going to make salmon patties and the recipe called for 2 cans of canned salmon. I’ve worked with canned salmon in the past making things like Salmon Loaf–and it turned out delicious. I guess Michael couldn’t handle the idea.

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:23

Calories Burned: 566

When I got home, Michael was working on “Plan B” and I immediately devoured my salad.

I added some Light Ranch dressing.

Michael blackened some salmon fillets and browned some French Bread.

He spread some Olive Tapenade on the French bread slices.

Then he topped the bread with the blackened salmon.

It was amazing! I loved this opened-faced sandwich idea. It was a bit messy but it was delicious! I loved the flavor combos. I never could have come up with this tasty idea. It’s giving me ideas for other open-faced sandwiches….

QUESTION: What’s your favorite open-faced sandwich?

A Giveaway Just in Time for Christmas — CLOSED

A few weeks ago I was sent this cookbook to review:

I tried several recipes from the cookbook and they turned out wonderfully!

The first recipe: West African Cashew Soup

The second recipe: Almond Encrusted Salmon

Both were successful and delicious. I’m really excited about trying some of the other recipes in the book.

Here comes the best part: They sent me an extra copy to give away to one lucky reader! You can check out Dr. Axe’s website here.

I will pick one lucky reader on Wednesday, December 1st.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment here telling me what you are looking forward to most about the Holidays.

2. Post about this Giveaway on Twitter: “I want to win the Real Food Cookbook from 110pounds.com. http://wp.me/p116Lc-2u8 @lisaeirene” and leave a comment here telling me you did.

3. Join my Facebook Fan Page HERE and leave a comment telling me you did.

4. Post a link to this Giveaway on your own blog and leave a comment here telling me you did.

You can enter as many times as you want. Good luck!