>Thank God It’s Monday! Yesterday was my third 12 hour shift in a row and now I’m in my freedom week! (AKA off Monday, Tuesday; off Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Life is be-a-u-tiful.

On the downside, I do have a paper to write. But I’m probably about halfway there on it. My goal is to have a rough draft done my tonight. So, in this blog post I decided that I would start with a witty observation (read:not-so-witty, annoyed mini-rant), move into my recent workouts, and leave you with a recent (easy-peasy) main dish meal followed by my breakfast. So now that I’ve let you in on my master plan, you can stop reading.
Still with me? Great! 
You ever notice how some young men cross the street? 
You know, the type who purposefully don’t look at what’s coming down the road, walk real slow, and cross the street with their chins up and their chests popped out (or hunched over and dragging their feet) as if to say “You wouldn’t dare run me over,” or perhaps “I really really really want you to hit me with your car.” 
Maybe that’s why men are more likely to die young. But for real, “left, right, left again.” 
It’s easy. And pick up the pace. Maybe I’ll make a sign to carry with me when I’m driving.
Friday’s Workout: 45 minutes elliptical, alternating forwards and backwards every 5 minutes. I seriously felt so weak while doing this workout. I had to reduce the resistance because I was so sore from Thursday’s total body conditioning class. But it was still good to get some cardio in and read a magazine.
Saturday’s Workout: My Circuit Strength Workout
Circuit 1: 3 sets w/2-25lb dumbbells–> 10 squats, 8-10 chest press, 10 bent over rows 
Circuit 2: 3 sets–> 10 plie squats w/45 lb, 6-7 arnold shoulder presses w/2-17.5 lb dumbbells
Circuit 3: 3 sets–> 10 triceps kickbacks w/17.5lb, 10 straight leg dead lifts w/2-25lb dumbbells, 7-8 curls, hammer, and concentration (changed each set)
Core: 30 sit-ups on stability ball, 15 jackknives w/stability ball, 15 russian twists w/15lb dumbbell, 15 reverse curl w/leg lift, 25 butterfly crunches, 20 side plank dips, 45 sec alternating leg/arm kneeling superman w/supporting foot lifted, 60 second forearm plank w/knee touch-downs
I was feeling pretty weak this workout 😦 Everything felt heavy and hard. But I’m going to chalk it up to being tired and say that I did the best I could.
Today’s Workout: Kick-It Interval Class 
This was an awesome workout! It mixed kickboxing with 3×12 strength exercises mixed in. 
As promised, here is my main-dish (one-dish!!) vegetarian wonder meal:
Ginger-Soy Roasted Vegetables & Tempeh (serves 3-4)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp raw honey 
3 tbsp reduced sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp fresh ginger (I used the tube kind)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3-1/4 head red cabbage, chopped into thin strips
3 carrots, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 8 oz tempeh, chopped
Set oven to 400˚F. 
Combine the oil through garlic in a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. 
Add the chopped vegetables and tempeh and toss to coat everything evenly. 
Spread vegetable mixture out into a 13×9 baking dish.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until everything is tender-crisp, mixing every 7-10 minutes.
And eat up! I made this into three servings and took one of them to work for lunch. Packed nicely. Ate it cold.
Today’s BREAKFAST: Sweet & Savory Oatmeal w/an Egg
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
liberal sprinkling of cinnamon
sprinkling of cayenne
cooking spray
1 large egg
Bring liquid to a boil. Add oats, stir, and reduce heat. Cook with lid tilted for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Meanwhile, combine the nutritional yeast, cinnamon, and cayenne in a bowl. 
When oats are almost done cooking, start frying the egg. I like to leave the yolk runny, but I accidentally punctured it today.
Once the oats are done cooking, remove from heat and let sit, covered for a minute. 
Mix the oats into the yeast mixture. Serve with the egg on top or mix it in. 
The sweetness of the soy milk and cinnamon paired nicely with the egg and spice.

One thought on “>TGIM!

  1. >That tempeh dish sounds very different to the one I made, only different enough that now I want to try the one YOU made. I love copying your style. I hope you don't mind, after all imitation is the highest form of flattery :). Also, I must once again say, you are funny. I love reading your blog!

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