Bowl of Peaches

Today’s breakfast was unintentionally quite late. Even though I woke at what I thought was 7:30, my computer reminded me that it was Daylight Savings today! On Sundays, I like to have a lazier morning, and I usually drink my coffee (and read PostSecret!) before I exercise. After my delicious cup and a half of Toasted Nut, the sun was shining in through the blinds, and I was feeling quite energetic.

I decided to Hulu it up again this morning and did ExerciseTV’s Upper Body with Chris Freytag (24:12), followed by the same Core workout I did the a days ago (21:04). Since I wanted to concentrate on building up my upper body strength again, I used the commercial breaks for a total of about 150 chest flies, and I finished both workouts with 30 crunches, for a total of about 50 minutes. While that might sound like a high number of weight lifts, I was only using 4 lb weights per my dr’s orders, so I pushed myself and stopped only after my arms started to feel too tired to do more.

I bought these dumbbells at Dick’s Sporting Goods as a present for Dave last year, and I use them more than he does:

The bars themselves are 4 lbs (what I used today), and we have eight five-lb. weights and four three-lb. weights that can be added on. I can’t wait until I can start adding those back to the bars! I don’t use a mat when I’m doing Cardio, in an effort not to kick it up in a frenzy, so my elbows were killing me with rug burn afterwards. 😦

Two things I often have trouble with during exercising: balancing on one leg and not using my neck when I am doing crunches. (Jillian always says ‘Your neck is not invited to this party!’) I have a few crazy mind tricks for these. I don’t know why my balance is so terrible, but when I have to balance on one leg, I pretend I’m a one-legged pirate and have no other leg to support me. If you convince yourself you have only one leg, suddenly balancing on one leg seems much easier. (Yes, I told you it was crazy). My mind trick for crunches is to pretend my neck is in a cast and cannot be moved, which seems to help me from using it like a pigeon.

After I showered and patched my pants with an old bandana, I contemplated breakfast…at 12:00. After realizing that I had only one serving of my fruit yesterday, I set about to fix it.

Behold, a bowl of peaches! This is about 1 1/2 cups worth of frozen peaches, thawed, with 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt, a strawberry, and 1/4 cup of homemade granola. Delicious.

Since we’re cooking out at my parents later, I decided to put on my ‘Queen of Couscous’ (my brother’s phrase) crown, and made a side dish using this whole wheat couscous I found at Woodman’s.

This couscous was like no other kind I ever used before. The couscous were huge, almost like beads, and the only ingredient was whole wheat flour.

I tried a few of the ‘beads’ and they were quite chewy, but in a good way. Because we had two tomatoes and some spinach to use up, I made this:

Spinach, Tomato, and Feta Couscous Salad

  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp. basil
  • 1/2 tbsp. Lapsang Souchong (smoked black tea), ground

Bring chicken stock to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan. Add couscous, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes. (If you are using boxed couscous, follow package directions). Remove from heat and let cool.

Meanwhile, in a medium fry pan, spray with cooking spray and saute chopped fresh spinach about 5 minutes. Let cool.

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cooled spinach, and feta cheese. Add couscous.

In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices. Pour over couscous mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until well chilled.


Now that Dave has pulled his potato buns out of the oven, it’s 2:00pm, and we’re ready to head to my parent’s house in the country to enjoy the glorious day!


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