The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (HBBC) is over today. I am both excited and sad. After slacking off from exercise for a week before Christmas, I decided to kick it into high gear to make up for lost time. I really wanted to get to 100 points (originally I wanted to get to 112 but that was definitely not happening after me being a bad girl!). Since Christmas day, I went from 39.8 points to 97.9. I didn’t get to 100 but I definitely haven’t worked out this much in years and it felt good to really step it up! I also discovered on demand exercises offered for free by our cable company, which I think will be utilized more in the future. Yay for finding more ways to burn calories and get into a better shape!
More about today’s “last chance workout” in a bit… let’s get to today’s eats
I have some grape tomatoes that are on their last leg, so I put them to good use, together with some light feta and avocado. This is a really delicious omelet combo! I used 1 egg and 2 egg whites and it made for a beast of an omelet. I ate every bite though
The perfect bite, with everything on one fork
I then finalized our food menu for the week and off we went grocery shopping!
Is it just us, or does grocery shopping take forever in your household too? We went to 3 different stores: TJ’s, Whole Foods and Shaw’s (a local supermarket chain) and it seriously took hours. I was starving by the time we got home and actually ate 1/2 of this 18 Rabbits bar before putting the groceries away.
I found this bar on my most recent trip to New York. It’s handmade in San Francisco and I really like supporting local producers (even if they’re not local to me, but they’re still micro-producers in the US). They had many flavors but the Funky Figs and Cherries especially caught my eye. I could not wait to give this baby a try!
Here is what it looks like on the inside:
Lots of oats, that’s for sure! I have to tell you, I was a bit disappointed! It just tasted like chewy oats… I really felt like a rabbit! This bar was also $3, which is mighty expensive. Have any of you tried this company’s products before? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on other blogs…
There was an interesting message on the package though – they explain how they try to make it as close to 100% organic as possible but were only able to get to 83%. Sourcing 100% of the organic ingredients would have entailed going outside the state or even the country and they prefer to work with local farmers in California only. I really appreciated this explanation and wonder what means larger companies go to in order to produce a 100% organic product.
Anyways, enough on this bar, I also had an apricot
I was planning on working out after grocery shopping but this whole hunger thing really threw me off. Even after inhaling the snacks above I was hungry. I didn’t know what to do. I let the food digest a little and decided to break up my exercise. I went to my new favorite thing for a fun workout, our cable box.
WORKOUT PART I
I took the Thighs and Buns Yoga, which took 20 minutes and then the ABSolutely Amazing 10 minute abs class. I won’t bore you with the stats, but I did burn 88 calories and my heart rate shot up to 202 when I was holding a plank! –> 1 HBBC point
Then I made LUNCH
I didn’t really plan anything so I threw together stuff we had in the fridge: wild rice, avocado, grape tomatoes, deli turkey and a dollop of pesto sauce. It was really really good!
And a baby apple for dessert:
About 20 minutes later I had some real dessert
After about an hour I was ready for part deux of my workout, the real deal!
WORKOUT – PART II
I started with a 5 mile run that went like this:
- 0.15 mile warmup walk at 4.3 mph
- 0.35 mile warmup run at 6.5 mph
- 8 x 0.15 mile intervals at 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 9.0, 9.2 with 8 x 0.15 mile recovery intervals at 6.1-6.3 mph – Phew!
- Ran until I hit 5 miles, starting at 6.2 mph, increasing by 0.1 mph every 0.15 miles.
Complicated enough? I really just made it up as I went – I just knew I wanted to complete the 8 intervals and run for about 5 miles.
Then I did 15 minutes on the stationary bike and another 30 minutes on the elliptical.
Second workout’s stats:
- Duration: 1:29
- Calories burnt: 844
- Ave HR:155, Max HR: 181 (funny how a plank gets my heart rate higher than a run at 9.5 mph!)
Total HBBC points at they gym: 8, total for the challenge 97.9
I used this recipe for Slurp-tastic herb noodles. With a name like that, how could I not add it to the “to-make” list?! All the ingredients sounded amazing and after finding some great looking fresh spinach at Whole Foods for a little over a $1, I was even more excited! I doubled the recipe to make 4 servings. Here is the final product, a.k.a my bowl:
I was hoping for something a lot thicker – not sure why. It was nice but not knock-your-socks off amazing. My husband didn’t care for it, which made me sad. We’re both taking the leftovers to work, though. I’m not too upset about it, but there was a bit of kicking and screaming on his part (a slight exaggeration :) )
And now I’m beat! Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend!
Total calories for the day: 1343