Weekend + Weekly Workouts

Monday, Monday, Monday.

Meh.  This weekend went by way too fast.  But don’t they all?

Friday night after work I came home and did The 100 Workout that I’ve seen floating around Pinterest since I think the beginning of Pinterest.

This wasn’t a super hard workout but it did the trick for squeezing in 30 minutes of exercise on a day I didn’t feel like doing anything at all.  The 70 leg lifts were the hardest part.  And I ended up on a 15 minute run at the end instead of 10 minutes, not because I was trying to be an overachiever but because I took a wrong turn.

Then I completely counteracted my workout with a pizza from Comella’s and couch time.  Comella’s homemade large pizzas are only $5.  We got a large cheese + meatballs + roasted red pepper + garlic for like $10.  Can’t beat that.

Saturday morning I busted out a 15 minute workout, and then Tim & I spent the day prepping food/desserts in the kitchen for our separate Saturday evening activities.  We started with apple cinnamon protein pancakes for breakfast.  That was for us.

Then while he made a very cheesy mac n cheese, I made a bunch of apple pecan oatmeal cookies and my fav butternut squash dish to bring to my friends’ apartments later.  Both Slesh and Shannon hosted gatherings on the same day, figures!  I went to Slesh & Will’s Oktoberfest from 4-6:30, then headed over to Shannon’s for a fun fall dinner with my friends Matt, Chris, and Baka from home.  We spent the night chatting and drinking wine, and enjoying the meal Shannon put together for us.  Roasted chicken, carrots, rolls, twice baked potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc.  Plus dessert.  Yum.

Both gatherings were so fun!

I crashed at Shannon’s for the night (too much wine!), and the Marshalls I drove by on my way home Sunday morning was calling my name.  I did some shopping and left with a pair of black wedge shoes for work, a skirt for work, a new wallet, some fall themed cupcake decorations, and two pairs of tights.  The woman at checkout said “looks like you hit every department!”  Oops.  Sunday afternoon I spent prepping my outfits and food for the week and working out before doing dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s with the gym gang.  I wrapped up the weekend with some couch time, blog time, and Homeland.  Love that show.

And now I suppose I should focus on the week ahead.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  1 hour Kickboxing + 30 minutes of Butts & Guts
  • Tuesday:  1 hour Kickboxing + taught my Circuit class with a countdown style workout
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday:  Taught Circuit class with a 3-2-1 style workout
  • Friday:  The 100 Workout (pictured above)
  • Saturday:  The “Total Time” workout from this post

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Kickboxing
  • Monday:  Double sesh at CBC
  • Tuesday:  Kickboxing + teaching my Circuit class
  • Wednesday:  Off or light cardio TBD
  • Thursday:  Teaching my Circuit class
  • Friday:  TBD
  • Saturday:  Off or TBD

How was your weekend?  What’s on your workout agenda this week?

Hope the beginning of your week is off to a good start!

A Healthier Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Happy Thursday, folks.

First things first!  If you haven’t checked out Whitney’s guest post from yesterday on how to make running more fun for the New Year, you definitely should.  I’m also giving away a free Nike + iPod sensor, so just click over to this post to enter the contest!  I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow morning.

Now onto healthier breakfasts!

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or choose more nutritious options for meals and snacks?

If so, you should turn your long-term resolution (it’s just the desired outcome folks!) into a SMART goal and outline specific ways that you’ll do this each day and week.  For example:

  • Replace crunchy snacks like chips with sliced peppers or baby carrots
  • Drink seltzer water in lieu of soda
  • Eat smaller meals throughout each day

Here’s another idea!

Make your pancakes more nutritious:  Turn them into protein pancakes!

Do you love pancakes?  I definitely do.  While I never really crave a whole stack of regular pancakes, even having just one (what I would normally opt for) is a high carbohydrate option that isn’t so good for you.  I had never really heard much about protein pancakes, or considered making them myself, until I started blogging and following other health and fitness blogs.  Now, I don’t think more than a few days go by without reading about some kind of protein pancake that other bloggers are coming up with.

Protein pancakes are beneficial because having more protein generally leaves you feeling more full.  This prevents hunger for a solid amount of time, prevents over-eating and unnecessary snacking, and is great for weight control.  Also consider how distracted you can get when focused on hunger pains instead of your daily work.  Eating a high protein breakfast will help sustain you throughout the day and give you more brain power for the important stuff!  And if you are getting bored with other high protein breakfast options (eggs, meats, yogurts, whole grains with nut butters) protein pancakes are a new option to add to your breakfast repertoire.

On Christmas morning, Tim and I decided to give protein pancakes a whirl for our own little Christmas breakfast together.  We followed a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes, as seen on Carrots ‘N’ Cake.  We also tried to make them green with a drop of food coloring to keep with the Christmas spirit, but they didn’t really look that festive.  More like goop.

We made up for our festive fail by dancing around to Christmas carols in the kitchen instead.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Note:  This recipe makes 2 pancakes, make sure to increase the ingredient amounts if cooking for a larger group. 

Pancake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Apple Topping Ingredients

  • 1-2 medium apples (depends on how much topping you want!)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Dice apple into small pieces and then mix with lemon juice, water, and 1 tsp of the cinnamon.  Cook in a pot on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until most of liquid has evaporated and apples are soft.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together pancake ingredients.  (Here is where we added the green food coloring)
  3. Preheat a skillet (medium-low heat), spray with non-stick spray, and pour in the batter while shaping it into a pancake with a spoon.
  4. Heat until partially cooked and flip pancake.
  5. Once cooked the pancake is cooked through, remove from heat and top with cinnamon apples.

Note:  This looks more like a big glob of something gross, not a green pancake.  I promise it’s tasty!

The protein pancakes definitely had a different taste to them, but I liked them!  So did Tim.  He actually couldn’t finish his one pancake, and usually he is the one going back for multiple servings.  They definitely filled us up for the day before the big Christmas dinner at my parent’s house.  And we both loved the way the apples tasted after sautéing them!

For a side we made sweet potato home fries:

Saute the sweet potatoes and add spices of your choosing!  Ours came out a bit burnt, but at least the leftover potatoes from when I made maple-roasted sweet potatoes didn’t go to waste.

Are you a big pancake fan?  Ever tried protein pancakes?  Do you have a go to protein pancake recipe?  Does anyone have any healthier recommendations for toppings besides syrup?

Here are some other protein pancake recipes that I’ve bookmarked in the past.

I can’t wait to try them all!