Upper-cuts and Burgers
So while I was blogging and watching Jamie’s Food Revolution last night (in preparation for Jamie and I’s wedding day, of course) I munched on some notable munchables.
I started doing high-protein snacks at night because it helped me in the belly-pudge department. But after writing that exam, I just wanted to veg and munch away! Behold, kettle popcorn with almond butter, cinnamon and raisins. When you toss hot popcorn in creamy almond butter, it melts and coats everything. Messy to eat but SO worth it. I’m sure some people would be proud ;)
Anyways, it was late by the time I wound down last night, and my body clock didn’t clue in to the fact that it was a Saturday. If I can’t sleep, at least I can eat well.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- maple extract
- 1 stevia packet
All blended up with my immersion blender and cooked on the stovetop.
Fun fact: most of you said you enjoy your waffles best topped with syrup and butter. So in your honour, that’s how I ate my pancakes today. Okay, butter-ed and syrup-ed is also my fave way to eat pancakes.
Pancakes were dipped into the syrup. I’m anti-drizzle. The edges must stay crispy at all costs.
Spent my morning in bed reading blogs. I wish every day could start this way!
I decided to go to a noon-hour exercise class, so I split my morning snack into two parts so I wasn’t hungry for lunch by the time I showed up at the gym.
Snack numero uno.
Homemade Dark Chocolate S’mores Protein Bar. One of the little end-piece nubbins because I suck at cutting equal sized pieces of anything.
Snack numero dos.
This fuelled me up perfectly for my first ever kickboxing class!!! My gym, GoodLife Fitness, does Les Mills exercise classes. Pre-choreographed classes by some guy in New Zealand that gyms use all over the world. At first I didn’t like the concept of doing the same thing every class (they change them every three months or so), but they’re really well done! I thrive on music when I work out, and they’re all very well choreographed to go with the music. Which is surprisingly not that awful.
So far I have done:
So today I tried out the final class they offer, Body Combat. Here’s what a typical class looks like according to the website:
This is where you will learn all the moves that will be used throughout the class and warm up your body and mind for the battle ahead.
2. COMBAT 1
Visualise your opponent and unleash into your first fight combination.
3. POWER 1
Enter an aerobic training zone with a focus on speed, power and endurance.
4. COMBAT 2
Fight for your life! Inject all your power and energy into every combination as you again challenge your imaginary opponent.
5. POWER 2
You’re halfway through the fight. Use punches only to drill the upper body for a second time.
6. COMBAT 3
Time to recover as we lower the intensity to prepare for the final phase.
7. MUAY THAI
Explode into a Muay Thai encounter, push yourself to a higher fitness level and leave your opponent for dust!
8. POWER 3
Go hard out and don’t look back until you complete this upper body power blast and seal the deal on your fitness objectives.
Take to the floor and cap off the workout with some strength training.
Payback time – stretch out and lengthen all those hard-worked muscles.
The main reason why I ended up doing this one last is because I thought I wouldn’t like it. I’m the least aggressive person you’ll ever meet. I figured I’d injure myself through some horribly executed roundhouse kick. I was going to blow my rotator cuff punching the air for sure.
And you know what? I absolutely loved it. For realz!!! It reminded me a lot of Body Attack, but with more upper body movements. It kept me interested, worked me hard, but didn’t kill me. I got a pretty good workout out of it, burning 400 calories. Which is a typical workout burn for me. We had one of the gym’s best instructors teaching it today too – which always helps!!
It’s also worth mentioning that the fittest people I have ever seen in my gym were all in this class. I don’t know where they came from, but I was suddenly surrounded by perfectly sculpted, gorgeous women, who all had some aggression to take out. If there are any Fredericton men out there reading, Saturdays at GoodLife is where you can find them :P
My body felt great during the class too – three days of consecutive rest did it good!
Aaaaanyways! Came home and had 30 minutes before I had to show my apartment to a prospective subletter. I had time to shower or eat, but not both. You know which won.
Turkey salad pita with carrots. I’m back on the pita wagon and it feels good. But typing this out, I realize I forgot to explain to the potential subletter why I was stinky and wearing tight shorts.
Was going to take the boy out for a walk, but it started raining. So I had to put up with him looking up at me expectantly all day. Whyyy are dogs so good at guilt trips!?
Fun fact: Archie likes to squeeze himself into tight spaces. Much like in this picture where he’s in the side of the couch. He also has the habit of taking his doggie kibbles and hiding them around my apartment. So if there’s not a poodle between my couch cushions, there’s definitely a few pieces of dog food.
Boring snack, pretty bowl.
Yogurt with strawberries and Grape Nuts. I just wanted to take a picture of it :)
Let’s hope dude at the counter has a bike outside.
And why yes, that would be half of Chris’ face in that photo! We were catching up. T’was nice to hear what my former best friend’s been up to since the great divide. He broke a rib snowboarding!! And hasn’t been out biking yet, which makes me feel slightly better about having ole’ Scottie (my road bike) still cooped up.
I asked all my Twitter friends what I should get, and the consensus was the L.A. is my Lady: sliced avocado, roasted peppers, basil pesto, creamy goat`s cheese.
My Twitter friends are so smart :) You can’t see the toppings in this pic because the turkey patty was so huge, but they were delicious!! And there were beets mixed with caramelized onions on there too! For the side I ordered the sundried basil bean salad that was on special. It was okay. I think it was actually green beans, mango and walnuts. I polished off the burger and loved every single bite!!!
Now I am back home cozied up with my poodle. Thinking of…
a) Finishing up some work I didn’t get to Friday afternoon
b) Catching up on America’s Next Top Model
Guess which one will win? :P
Question of the Day: What’s your favourite burger topping? Mine is RELISH! (oddly, I didn’t get any at the place called “Relish”)
Bonus question: Have you tried kickboxing? Like? Dislike? I think I might actually go again next week :)
Posted on April 17, 2010, in Restaurants, Workouts and tagged banana, Body Combat, exercise classes, hamburger, kickboxing, Les Mills, pancakes, pets, popcorn, protein pancakes, Restaurants. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.