As I woke up this morning, I was having some chest pains. Wait, woke up? That would imply that I got some sleep… I was kept awake by a tightness in my chest that wouldn’t go away. It wasn’t until I actually got out of bed that I realized the source – My workout last night. I did a Jari Love video, and I forgot how difficult her workouts can be – ESPECIALLY if you haven’t done strength training in a while. Here is a clip from the video I used yesterday.
It is pretty old school tempo training, and it works! The downside? It can be quite boring. It is deceptively hard though, so don’t be fooled. A few years ago when I worked out religiously with a colleague (and great friend) after school, we convinced another male colleague to do a workout with us one day. He knew what was coming, as his classroom was across from the weight room and he would look in on us every day. After (and during) the workout, he declared his shock that it was as hard as it was, and the fact that Karen and I did the whole thing non stop! The best part was the chest presses. I was lifting 20lbs dumbells, my friend was lifting 15lbs, and my other colleague? 12lbs! And he had to take multiple breaks, where as my friend and I just powered right through. That was a huge feeling of accomplishment.
Imagine my disappointment at the tightness in my chest from 12lbs dumbells, with a switch to 9lbs half way because I was too weak to continue with 12lbs… Sigh… We all have to start somewhere, right? In the end, I did half of the video, and I will do the other half tomorrow. So, 30 minutes of intense strength training, done!
On to dinner. My brother, Bill, is a huge fan of the Zone Diet. He religiously monitors his food intake, and although it seems restrictive, he eats A LOT of food. I guess the primary goal of the Zone is perfect balance of macro nutrients as determined by ‘blocks’. It seems far too complicated for me, but every now and then he renews my interest. It probably helps that he went from 20% body fat to 4% body fat. He looks pretty good, and is super strong. He’s an avid rock climber and shedding that extra weight has made him almost a monkey man. FYI, he’s just as hairy 😉
Anyhow, he told me about one of his favorite meals, spinach and feta pie. Later on, I tried to find the recipe online, but had no luck, so I created my own, crust less version. This version uses a combination of frozen and fresh spinach, simply because I was too cheap to buy 6 packages of frozen spinach when I had a bunch of fresh stuff wilting in the fridge.
Crust less Spinach and Feta Pie
2 10oz bags of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of any extra liquid
1 large bunch of fresh spinach, cleaned
2 onions, chopped roughly
6-8 mushrooms, sliced
2 TBSP olive oil
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
12 egg whites
salt, pepper and other herbs to taste
Preheat oven to 400. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of oil at medium heat and add chopped onion. Cook until lightly caramelized. Once this is done, add mushrooms and saute until softened and reduced in size.
Meanwhile, add the other tbsp of oil to another skillet and wilt the fresh spinach. Once it has reduced significantly, add the frozen spinach and cook over med-high heat to allow the excess water to evaporate, approximately 10 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure spinach does not burn. Add to onion mixture and stir together, set aside.
Whisk 12 egg whites together with salt, pepper and herbs. Add 3/4 cup of feta cheese, along with egg whites, to the spinach mixture and stir it all together. Spray a square pan with oil, and add the spinach and egg mixture to the pan. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of feta, then cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
I love it when my experiments turn out! This was a winner with both Shane and I, and the left overs actually tasted even better today at lunch. Paired with a nice glass of white wine, it was a great way to end a productive Sunday.
So, I’m likely not working out today, although I am really desperate to run. I know, I know, change the record Lara! I keep seeing runners everywhere and I can’t wait to join their ranks again. I’m going to hold off because tomorrow I have physio, and will hopefully be squeezed in to see a sports medicine doctor. My foot is feeling better, so I really hope that I get the all clear soon. Fingers crossed!
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