Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A Solid Day
This morning I cooked at home and had some oatmeal, and VBites breakfast sausages - really tasty. A unique, but very satisfying flavor.
Today I was given a great gift by my assistant - she made me vegan chocolate candy with nuts and candy cane sprinkles. Delicious.
I went to the gym earlier than normal. I rode the bike at high intensity, alternating resistance levels between 14-18 for fourteen minutes. Then I stretched, alternating my abdominal work in there too. I would do 30...well, have no idea what you call them...where I balance on my tailbone, with feet six inches off the ground and with a medicine ball twist and touch the ball down to my left side, then right, then left. I'll call it the medicine ball twist. (Note: not me in photo - not yet). When I do 30, I then do 25 crunches holding the medicine ball aloft. Then while I am resting I stretch. My routine yields 90 medicine ball twists (45 if you count a full rotation of touching the ball down on my left, then right), and 75 crunches. Also on the stretching mat was the guy from the show Mad Men - no not the guy all the girls love, "Draper," the other guy with the white hair. I must say the guy was very impressive with the large work-out ball he used - doing all sorts of exercises with the giant ball, the guy is in great shape.
I then did squats - three sets of 15, and the same for lunges. My knees were quite painful during these exercises. I need to continue to build my leg strength and the pain will lessen. After the leg work I walked on the treadmill at a speed of 4.0 building up the incline to 10.0. I did that for 20 minutes. Then I went over to the elliptical machine for only 15 minutes and alternated my speeds between fast and slower. And then I hit the showers. Felt good afterwards, very tired.
For lunch I got the old stand-by. The vegan wrap at The Coffee Shop. I think by adding avocado, and a little bit of onion it is now a perfect sandwich! Ate the nice salad that comes with it. Felt like some tomato juice today and ordered a virgin Bloody Mary. They really add a kick to it there.
Tonight I went over to a friend's house where she generously gave me a book called La Dolce Vegan. She was inspired by my posting a couple weeks back and found this cook book online. Looks pretty funky, I may enjoy it.
We went to dinner at the Water Club - a cool restaurant right on the East River. It was decorated to the hilt for Christmas which was great. She had the succulent looking steak and shrimp, and I had the steamed broccoli and sweet potato. No matter, I was not starving so it was quite nice.
I must say my host offered me some nuts - nice and healthy. However, she did not have a nut cracker and was forced to improvise!
Today I felt tired the entire time. I often feel tired, and I will pay attention to it more and write about it in more detail soon.