Home-Cooking and Relaxation

After work on Friday, all I wanted to do was crash on the couch and relax, but being the good older sister I am, I walked my dog for a fee minutes since I was the first one home. He doesn’t like to walk without one of my parents and he will fight every inch of the walk if he feels uncomfortable. The collar pulled over his head, which left him unprotected in the middle of the road with a line of cars coming at us. My instinct was to jump on him to hold him there and keep the cars from hitting us. Fortunately, there was enough time for all of this to happen and we are both okay, but it was a scary moment.

Needless to say, I enjoyed my relaxation even more after that.

My morning began with this warming bowl of oats. Instead of the usual dark chocolate peanut butter I stir in, I went with white chocolate with blueberries and a splash of jelly. The result was fantastic.

  

Keeping with my spring cleaning of my diet- and by diet I mean what I eat not the “diet” that is temporary- and had a giant salad with a bowl of soup. I ran out of grilled chicken and didn’t want to open a can of beans that would rot in the fridge all weekend, so I topped my salad with one of those chicken cutlets that always smell better than they taste. I didn’t love the butternut soup as much as I wanted, but over all, my lunch was quite tasty and filling.

  

I made dinner for Lauren and Nick last night, which was delayed because my chicken didn’t defrost as fast as it should have. I found a sesame chicken recipe on Pinterest, which was sweet and savory and delicious if I say so myself. I paired it with a veggie stir fry and some brown rice. Everyone seemed happy and satisfied once they were able to eat it!

  

My workout on Friday morning was a good one. I started with a dumbbell workout that focused on the slow burn, performing moves at three sets of twenty reps at lower weights. I love using heavier weights, but I think the change-up once in awhile is effective. I finished with the squat press and leg press at heavier weights, doing my 10x10x8x8x6x6x4x4x2x2 method to gain strength and increase my weights. My heaviest squat press ended up being 155 pounds and my leg press was actually 500 pounds. I have strong calves due to all that running and Plyometrics. Speaking of Plyometrics, I did that for my cardio, starting with box jumps, jumping jacks, skater jumps, burpees, high knees, lunges, and elevated calf raises. I ended with some planks and jump roping for five minutes. I woke up a little sore this morning, but it was a great workout and I didn’t have to get up at 5:00 am for another workout.

Now off to go dress shopping for my mom for the wedding! Happy Saturday!

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