Good morning all! I don’t know that today (Tuesday) was any more magnificent than any other Tuesday…I just really really love alliteration in my blog titles. 🙂

I am in a good mood though, so let’s focus on the good!

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Green monster! This is the best one I’ve made. I think the freshly-frozen banana and the in-season blueberries did it.

My green monsters always fill my large blender bottle + ½ – ¾ of my small blender bottle. What the heck? I brought my large one to work for breakfast, and will ask DH to pull my small one out of the freezer at lunchtime so I can eat it as my post workout snack. Probably should’ve brought them both, but I had too many bottles to carry at that point!

In the mix:
*  ¾ c. milk
*  ¼ c water
*  2 heaping cups baby spinach
*  1 frozen banana
*  ½ c. fresh blueberries
*  8 ice cubes
*  ½ c. oats

I’ve been making my monsters at night, freezing them, and then placing them in the fridge before I go to bed. It saves me a ton of time in the morning 🙂

Those of you that do the green monster thang….does it ever fit in your travel bottle?? If so…what kind of bottle do you use? LOL

Snack – 10:30 a.m.
Kashi Dark Chocolate/Cherry 🙂


Lunch – 12:00 p.m.
Fresh sliced ham, slice of turkey breast, slice of provolone, and leaf lettuce on whole grain bread, veggies (peppers, tomatoes, carrots), and some pretzel sticks

Snack – 3:45 p.m.
New Clif flavor (for me) – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut! I ate half 😉


Exercise – 4:45 p.m.
I started Gina’s SSU 2010 yesterday with a strength day. It went really well – but doing my strength before my cardio kicks my bootay. I climbed on the elliptical after my 5 minute stair mill warm up and 30 minutes of weights and I’m not gonna lie — I was TIRED. I’ve done it before but I always give it up because it’s so hard. LOL

Thank goodness the plan only called for moderate activity!!

I feel good today (not sore) so that’s a plus.

Today’s schedule calls for speed. I’d have loved to do her Option #1, but it’s so stinking humid and hot here, and I’m a pansy, that I knew it would result in a crappy workout. Plus it was running…and…well….this left hip and I are at odds as to whether running is actually GOOD for us. 🙂

Option #2 was out due to scheduling at the gym (spin class) so I went with Option #3 – with a twist.

Gina’s plan recommends 30 minutes of SWEATY cardio.

Well, okay.

The best cardio I get is interval training.

So I decided to go with 20 minutes of intervals on the stationary bikel + 5 minute water / keep-heart-from-leaping-out-of-chest break + a mix of the following from option 1:

*  Walking lunges for 30 seconds
*  Bench Push-ups for 30 seconds
*  Tricep Dips for 30 seconds
*  High knee skips for 45 seconds
*  Squats for 45 seconds
*  Butt kicks for 45 seconds

Run through the drills twice 🙂

Finished up with some stretching for my back, hamstrings, and hips (desk work tightens me up every day!)
50m @ the gym = 342 calories burned

Headed home to slurp down the rest of my green monster from this morning, walk the doggle, water the garden (and harvest mini peppers! ROCK!), and make dinner

Dinner – 8:00 p.m.
Late dinner tonight – hubs had an evening meeting for work.

We had spiced roasted chicken (which I had to keep an eye on because – oops – I neglected to purchase meat with skin/bone!), macaroni and cheese, and cauliflower.

I also tried my hand at making some corn fritters with the leftover corn from Sunday. I’m not much of a corn person, but hubs loves them in ‘fritter form’ 🙂

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