Posts Tagged ‘Leg workout’

I’ll start at the very beginning which would be the morning leg workout.  I didn’t do any exercise that I thought was going to cause agony for the next 3 days.  Getting a bit tired of that. It was a good leg workout, doing presses with squats, extensions with dead lifts, curls with calf raises, ending with ball squats against the wall with a 15 lb bar.  The warm up was a 3o min run.  I didn’t want to run outside with Shane today because he decided to go on a hunger strike yesterday.  Following the weight workout, we went for a 5K walk with a jog here and there. 

As for dinner, it has been difficult because my mother is proving to be allergic to all the spices I love to use.  Tonight Ted grilled my parents and himself two thick pork chops and 1 steak to share. I warned him NOT to use anything on the meat except salt and pepper.

The vegetable was my department and it was a layered dish that didn’t need much seasoning at all.  It was enjoyed by everyone. There was so much natural flavor simply from the vegetables themselves. You WILL love this dish.


Layered Vegetables 1-2-3, serves 6

  • 1 Buttercup squash
  • 1 zucchini – washed and sliced in 1/4 inch circles
  • 1 leek (white part only) – sliced in 1/4 inch sliced then cut in half.


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS SmartBalance (or butter)
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Petite peas
  • 4 leaves of Fresh Mint -right from your garden! Tear the leaves.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the squash for 6 minutes on high in the microwave.  Allow to cool so you can peel it.

In a saute pan, heat the oil and SmartBalance (or butter) over medium high.  When hot, add the leeks and zucchini and cook about 6 minutes.  Remove from heat.


When the squash has cooled, peel it and slice it in 1/4 ” sections – circles – squares – whatever. 

Coat a casserole dish with non-stick spray and put the squash on the bottom.  Sprinkle with just a little salt and pepper.  On top of the squash, add the leeks then the zucchini (they will be mixed together but you can separate them).  Pour on the peas. Sprinkle on the mint and salt, pepper to taste.


Bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy.


I took the big plunge and signed up for a digital photography class at MWPAI today.  Beginning the week of September 10th (class is on Thursday nights), I will be offering a summary of what we covered in class for anyone who wants a little tip here and there regarding digital photography.   Feed back will be MORE than welcome, so mark your calendar.

Movie Review: Edge of Love


In a nut shell: I went to bed before it was finished.  It was depressing.  Starring Keira Knightley, the setting was war time England and I never really understood why the characters ended up living together or did what they did. Not recommended.

Have a great night!


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A while ago I bought a different brand of steel cut oats, “John McCann Steel Cut Oat Meal”

DSCN1587It’s actually referred to on the can as Irish Porridge.  The nutritional information is comparable to other steel cut oat brands. The taste is nutty with a slight chew.  I love the storage can!  It is so official looking with the words “Certificate of Award, Uniformity of Granulation” Then there are some approval identifications by the President of Departmental Committee and a Judge, Mr. Chas. Keith, and others. The ingredients is simply 100% wholegrain Irish oats.  Maybe that’s the slight taste difference.  I don’t think the other brands of steel cut oats I’ve tried are “Irish Oats”. 

The serving suggestion is to add fresh buttermilk, or milk or cream. Add brown sugar or honey and butter. Sounds great but in my book, there goes the healthy oats. It just became dessert!

It’s fun doing taste comparisons among different brands.  Even though the product might be the same, different producers add their own personal twist to bring out a variety of flavors. 

What do you eat on a regular basis?  Are there different brands out there where you can offer your own taste comparison? 

Tuesday Workout:  Legs

  • 4 sets.  Descending count repetitions 20 – 18 – 15 – 12
  • Leg press followed by walking lunges
  • Leg curls followed by dead lifts (squeeze those hams and butts)
  • Leg extensions followed by calf raises

Aerobic activity:  2.25 mile run on the tread mill to warm up.   4+ mile run with Shane.

DSCN1588Topping off a great breakfast with a Vanilla Kiwi Shake (added 1 kiwi to vanilla protein powder) and 1/2 a grapefruit.

I used to look forward to watching Tyler Florence in How To Boil Water every Tuesday morning during my warm up. Now the Network has changed the programming to some other show that is SO not interesting.  Bummer!

Super Tuesday, Everyone!

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