On My Way to a Six-Pack

October 13, 2010

Wowzers! My abs are sore!

Last night Craig and I headed to the gym after work to pump some iron. I honestly love lifting weights, but after a day at work it wasn’t the most appealing thing. I found some will-power and forced myself to go because I know once I get there, I will be productive and get a good workout it! 🙂

I did lifts for both my upper and lower body, including my abs, which are quite sore today!

The other day I read this article (Stop Doing Sit-Ups: Why Crunches Don’t Work) that caused me to forgo my traditional crunches for some planks and leg lifts last night. I’m glad I changed things up because I am lot more sore than usual. 🙂 I am not going to stop doing my traditional crunches, but it was refreshing to read this article and think twice about how I’m working out.

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Run

I decided to wait until the afternoon to get my workout in–when it is light out and warmer! Plus I had to leave earlier than normal this morning, so squeezing a track workout in, which always takes longer, would have left me scrambling to get ready.

As soon as I got home after work today, I did a few household things because I am OCD and have to have everything in its place, so I quickly went through the mail, unpacked my lunch, put some dishes away, and then got my running clothes on and headed out the door.

Here’s what my workout looked like:

2 mile warm-up to the track ~ Time: 16:00

6 x 400 meters ~ Time: 1:38 – 1:42, for each 400

I jogged an additional 400 meters in-between each one.

2 mile cool-down ~ Time: 16:30

Total distance: 7 miles

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Dinner

After a workout, my palate can be very picky. I usually opt for something with a mixture of protein and carbs–and something that isn’t heavy!

I decided on an Asian Chicken Salad Wrap: protein, carbs, light, and refreshing! The perfect combo.

This recipe comes from my October/November 2010 issue of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine. I love this magazine and find so many good recipes from it!!

Asian Chicken Salad Wraps

Ingredients

3 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts

4 green onions, finely chopped

1 cup finely shredded cabbage

1/2 cup shredded carrot

Dressing

3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

3 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon water

1 garlic clove, halved

3/4 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

6 lettuce leaves

6 whole wheat tortillas (8 in.), room temperature

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, green onions, cabbage, and carrot. For dressing, in a small food processor, combine the vinegar, oil, honey, water, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Cover and process until blended. Add cilantro; cover and process until chopped. Pour over mixture; toss to coat.

2. Place a lettuce leaf on each tortilla; top with chicken mixture. Roll up tightly.

I love how flavorful it was–simply amazing!

This is just what I needed after a hard workout!

Just a few things on my to-do list tonight:

– pack my lunch for tomorrow

– vacuum

– make more Homemade Scottish Oats

See ya tomorrow!

5 Comments
    1. this wrap looks good. and the article is interesting… i never knew that. i’m training next spring for a may marathon so i have been doing some abs/pushups lately… now i’ll have to rethink that a little bit!

    1. You should try the Ab Ripper X workout video. You can find it on YouTube.

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