Monday, February 22, 2010

Your shell or mine

Ah the gym. A place were miracles happen and lives are changed. Well, maybe not miracles, but I do love the gym. And well, maybe not the gym so much as a good hard workout. A job well done. I am addicted to those little endorphins that are pump through my veins after a battle with an intense workout. I think it's those little endorphins that keep me coming back for more. They call to me.

This morning, my endorphin friends told me to push myself. Actually, it wasn't my endorphins, it was my boot camp instructor. Being that I was the only person that showed up for the 6 am MMA Boot Camp class this morning, Sean (hi Sean!) put me to work. The warm up was as follows, all done sequentially:
2 minutes jumping jacks
2 minutes mountain climbers
1 minute four-count push-ups
2 minutes jump rope

Then onto the workout. Today was kettle bell swings with a squat, kettle bell figure-8 between the legs, kettle bell obliques, weighted plank walk, more jump rope, weighted sit-ups, weighted push-up to side hold, more mountain climbers, and a few other things that I probably erased from my mind. But really, amazing workout. At the end of the hour, my shoulders were toasted and my legs were shaking. Awesome feeling.
Boot Camp Motivation of the Day:
"Somebody is always training harder, make that somebody you!"
When you are pushing yourself as hard as you can, trying to bust out just one more minute of mountain climbers, and you feel like you need to stop, that motivation being yelled at you HELPS. 

Working all my muscles really gets me in the mood for... mussels...?
Maybe clams and cute little squids too...
Maybe some seafood stew. And salad. And wine.
Man, so good!

I'm telling you, my boyfriend is the best cook. Going out to eat will never be the same because most of the time, it's not nearly as good as my little chef's!

Mussel graveyard.
They didn't stand a chance.
Before I forget, Happy Monday!

I assume everyone had either a relaxing or eventful, or both, weekend!

Aside for not really doing much of anything, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen...

Juice Making

Except mine were Vegan No-Bake Almond Butter Tahini Carob Chip Protein Bars
Wooh, that's a mouthful.
Pun intended.
After I assembled all the ingredients
I popped them into the dehydrator for a couple of hours.
Cut them into unpictured bars
And proceded to eat most of them by Monday.
They're good.

And I even made some Kim Chee
 Shredded napa cabbage and red, carrots, green onions, kabocha squash (cool huh), salt, red pepper flakes, and lovely spicy Shiracha sauce
Cut
Spice. Mix. Massage.
Put into big jar.

Wait and report back to you later.

Oh, and the boy(friend) who thinks all my smoothie-making, vegan-raw-food-eating ways are a little strange has been requesting his own green smoothies... every morning!
Saturday he got a banana, almond milk, rice protein, maca, cinnamon smoothie
 Pretty.
Ta ta for now!

9 running thoughts:

Sweet and Savory said...

So do you make your smoothies/liquid drinks in your blender, or do you have a juicer?

Lori said...

I used a juicer for the green juices. It's not the best juicer but it works well enough. I've tried using my blender and then straining it... I don't really recommend unless you like your juices a little, um, chunky. ;)

Elissa said...

"Mussel graveyard. They didn't stand a chance." Laughing out loud. Freaking awesome.

Lori said...

I do aim to please! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

The pictures right above this caption:
I'm telling you, my boyfriend is the best cook. Going out to eat will never be the same because most of the time, it's not nearly as good as my little chef's! "

I thought THAT YOU WERE IN A RESTAURANT!!!!! The food looks restaurant quality, the wine glasses, the lighting (clearly you don't have a 3 yr old LOL) and omg wow. I am beyond impressed.

Dont get rid of that guy b/c no man will ever cook for you like that...well, you'd have to search long and hard. Been with my hubs 10 yrs and he doesnt know where we keep the forks. Not kidding. But he's a great father :)

Ok thanks for making my energy bars...and for the carob tahini change up...and dehyd'ing them. Nice!
I posted this today on my blog, what carob chips do you like? i dont like sunspire or enjoy life, well, less than impressed. From a girl like you who uses it, gimme the brand info!

And the smoothie with maca. I have never had maca, i know, im the only one. i love the looks of that one. Serioulsy. We all see sooo many smoothies but yours really looks great! Creamy, lovely, awesome.

epic comment!

Katie said...

Ditto what Averie said. I thought it was a restaurant until I read her comments!

Can't wait to hear how the kimchee turns out. I should try some of that stuff....someday.

Lori said...

Oh my! I honestly laughed out loud on your comments, Averie and Katie!
Yes, my bf is an AMAZING cook. He knows what he is doing (and without ANY training). He impresses me all the time! Too bad he likes his meat far too much... ;)

Averie, I think that is so funny about your husband not knowing where the forks are. Sounds like my boyfriend with everything else!
And friend, send me your mailing address!

Katie, You will definitely find out about that Kim Chee and hopefully I can post the exact recipe! It's SOOOOOOOO good and way too easy!
:)

Pure2raw twins said...

The Kim Chee is so beautiful. All the colors!

We have wanted to try kettle bells, glad to hear you enjoy it for your workout!

biz319 said...

Even though I don't like muscles, I've always loved how choppino looks!

Love this quote! "Somebody is always training harder, make that somebody you!"

I actually did a BL DVD today at lunch, I was the only one there and I pretended Bob was my personal coach! :D

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