I bought a lot of 80/20 ground beef at Meijer the other day, and I am cooking a bunch of it up now. It’s a little pricey, points-wise, as it comes out to about 2 points per ounce cooked. However, it was cheap, I can cook up a ton of burger sliders in my cast iron skillet to stash in the fridge, and for several days in a row, I’ve got ready-to-go protein for lunch or a snack.
On the exercise front, thank goodness that Masked Rider crossover ep nonsense is done. Oy, that was a slog. There shouldn’t be another crossover until the Ninja Turtle episode of Power Rangers in Space, and that’s still several months away for me. Today, I got to start the first real episode of season three, Ninja Quest Part 1. I did HIIT with my incline. I set my speed low, at 2.5, and I used the commercial breaks that were originally in the show to determine my incline. So the opening credits were 1 degree, the first segment was 8, second segment was 12, third segment was 10, fourth segment was 15, and the closing credits were back down to 1. (I had a trainer once tell me you should always set the incline to at least 1, because an incline of zero is actually like walking downhill since the treadmill pushes you.) It definitely made me sweat more than walking even at a faster pace but at the same incline the entire time. I also like that I can play around with the incline, so each day will be a slightly different workout. Hopefully, this will keep my body from getting used to this cardio.
And yay, StrongLifts tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new workout, but I’m excited to keep progressing.
I know I’m only one day into this new week, but I feel confident that I’m going to see a big loss on Monday.
I also had a pretty crappy smoothie after dinner. I have this Cocoa flavored greens powder which is supposed to replace your veggie requirements. While I don’t believe that, it is full of antioxidants and so forth and the ingredient list is quite clean. Besides, I have it, so I thought I may as well use it. It gave my smoothie a dirty chocolatey flavor. I also ate some strawberries and I threw the greens from the top of the strawberries in, too, because I’ve heard some stupid bloggers say that you can put the strawberry tops in a smoothie and they taste great. Well some people are stupid. They were awful. I choked that nasty mess down, but believe you me, I will not be making another smoothie like this one. Yuck.
As mentioned previously in this post, I cooked almost six pounds of hamburger in my cast iron skillet. I cleaned it this morning, and I think I got a little too aggressive with my cleaning because I stripped some of the seasoning off. Rather than have my nice fried eggs for breakfast, I had scrambled eggs. No worries; the eggs were tasty and I cleaned my skillet again and slathered it with a pretty healthy coat of bacon grease to get the seasoning back. I used to hate cooking in cast iron for this very reason, but now that I know how to clean and season it, it’s no big deal. I actually prefer it, which I never would have said even six months ago.
I came in to the office today to finish my continuance materials. It’s one of the things I have to do to keep my job. Basically, I reflect on the last year and anticipate the next year. It took a few hours, but it also really showed me just how much we actually accomplish
Also, I went digging in the freezer for lunch to bring to work with me, and I found a plate I froze a few weeks ago of chicken and tons of vegetables. It wasn’t the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten, but it was a crap ton of vegetables. I definitely got them all in today! (Even if they weren’t that good.)
Still feeling good about this week. My goal is to see 399.8 at least on the scale this week. I am tired of weighing over 400 pounds!
|Small baked potato with butter and sour cream (6)
|Hamburger with cheese (no bun) (10)
|½ c. macaroni and cheese (5)
|Skim milk smoothie with banana, greens, greens powder, and strawberry tops (4)
|Dark chocolate (3)
|2 fried eggs (5)
|2 slices of ham (2)
|Chicken and roasted veggies (16)