This morning I dressed warmly for my early morning walk given that it was sub zero temperatures outside (truly I must be mad!). I froze last week when I attempted an early morning walk and I wasn’t about to endure another sufferfest. So it was on with fleecy run tights (2XU make the best), woolly socks, tracky pants, singlet, fleecy long sleeved top, big, thick fleecy jacket that zips all the way up, headband, cap and heavy duty winter cycling gloves. Take that jack frost! And then it was out to brave the elements for a 45 min walk which ended up being just a shade under 5km. So next week my goal will be to walk 5km in that time.
Once home, and after removing a few clothing items so I could move freely, I went through a mini circuit of push ups, single leg bridges and triceps dips – 5 sets of 10 reps each. Then I backed up with full sit ups, crunch pulses and plank, two sets of each. What a great way to start Monday morning.
This morning’s breakfast was banana quinoa porridge. Apart from the portion size (I used a small bowl so it wouldn’t look so tiny!) it was delicious but then again I do love quinoa. Some people love lentils (me, not so keen) but I love quinoa. For anyone who has to eat gluten free this is a great addition to the diet – quinoa can be used in place of couscous, makes a change from rice or pasta, and the flakes can also make a porridge, or added to a muesli mix. I’ve never tried the quinoa flour – maybe I should add that to the list of new foods to try this week. The banana was halved lengthways, drizzled with maple syrup and cinnamon and popped under the griller for 5 minutes. This then topped the quinoa porridge.
When everyone else had take away coffee for morning tea I had balsamic and basil strawberries with ricotta. As part of this week’s food challenge ie try something new, I am trying to incorporate some variety into my snacks. While I abhor same old, same old when it comes to my meals, I very rarely change what I have for snacks. Normally I would have fruit, or nuts, or yoghurt, maybe some corn thins with cottage cheese. Time to shake things up!
Dinner time! Finally! It was a case of arriving home and getting stuck into cooking as soon as I walked inside. No rest for the wicked! However the result was delicious grilled lamb with pumpkin, green beans, feta and pine nuts. Genius!
And finally…a hot chocolate before heading off to bed. But not before packing my gym bag for tomorrow morning, and also my swimming bag for Wednesday morning, as I am going to see The Great Gatsby after work tomorrow. I also cooked tomorrow’s dinner tonight so I can just heat it up once I get home from the movies.
“From this moment right now sitting there in your chair (take note of the time on your computer), you can choose to be different. Now. Not later, now. Not next week, today. Not when you’ve thought about it some more, now. Not when it’s convenient, now. And not because you’ve somehow arrived at the mystical ‘right time’ or you’ve had some kind of spiritual revelation or emotional breakdown but just because you’re sick of giving in to fear and wasting your time and talent. It’s that complicated and that simple. You have power, potential and possibilities on tap.” – Craig Harper, Motivational Speaker