Thursday, April 17, 2014

Playoff Hockey

It's that time of year :-)  Playoff hockey.  My Wings almost didn't make it, but they did.  They're playing the Bruins in the first round, and the first game is tomorrow.  I was watching the Penguins/Blue Jackets last night and there had already been 6 goals before the clock hit 3 full minutes into the 2nd period.


Anybody out there hockey fans?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where in the World: Tallinn

Another port of call on my family's 2005 cruise around the Baltic.  The first full day was at sea, so the second day was when we were at Tallinn.  Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, which borders Russia.  The picture from last Wednesday is of the Nevsky Cathedral.




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salmon with Pesto and Puff Pastry

To combat all the great bad food I ate this past weekend, I decided to have salmon on Sunday.  Even though all the food this weekend was delicious and such a treat, I can't eat food like this very often.


I find salmon to be very filling, so I don't need much, but I need the accompanying food to be light.  Another Giada recipe I like is a dish of baked salmon with puff pastry.  It's easy to make and it doesn't take long to cook.

Ingredients:

Puff pastry.  I cut the pieces however I feel like cutting them
4 to 6-oz pieces of salmon
Sliced almonds
Pesto
Tomatoes, sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

On a foil-lined baking sheet, place the puff pastry and salmon, being careful to make sure they are not touching.  Sprinkle each piece of salmon with 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds.  Bake for 10 minutes.

To serve, place each piece of puff pastry on a plate and top each one with 1 tablespoon pesto (I'm a lot more generous with the pesto.  I love pesto).  Top the pesto with 2 slices of tomatoes, and top the tomatoes with the salmon.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 4/13

The first part of this week, I was good and kept up with my workouts.  Then my mom came on Thursday, and I certainly haven't been good diet wise.  We've had Mexican food, Blue Bell ice cream, French pastries, breakfast tacos, and BBQ.  It's so much fun when people visit because I get to eat out and since I cook at home most of the time, it's a treat to get Mexican food and BBQ :-)  I even took her to see blue bonnets.


Allie showed off for my mom, which was great because I didn't know what she was going to do.  She hid at first, like all cats do, but she came out from under my bed pretty quickly and made her presence known.


*****

Sunday: yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1 mile --> Upped the speed but couldn't get a good running rhythm going

Wednesday: weight work

Thursday: walked a mile+ with Mom

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1 hour walk with Mom - the weather was gorgeous!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weight Lifting Can Be Fun?

I put a question mark in the title because for the first time, I'm actually having fun lifting weights.  I hated lifting weights when I was younger because I wasn't seeing any kind of benefit to it.  I would take the training exercises handed out by my high school coaches, complete the workout, and not see any kind of progress over the summer or winter.  So what gives?


I'd shrug off weight lifting and focus on my sports skills.  I never took weight lifting seriously because if those routines weren't going to help me build strength, why do them?  It wasn't until I worked with a personal trainer my senior year of high school that I started building strength, especially in my upper body.  For the first time, weight lifting was working for me.  Even after I left to go to college, I'd resort back to what I'd done with my trainer because again, the weight routine I had in college wasn't working for me.  I'd go through the schedule with my teammates, and not see any progress and I wasn't sore while others were.  I'd try to hit the weights over winter break but I was limited with 6 weeks and vacations thrown in.


So finally I'm having fun lifting weights and doing yoga.  I'm seeing progress, and I've started a journal to keep track of what I'm doing and what weights I'm using.  Case in point is the dumbbell bench press and dumbbell goblet squat.  When I started the Strong Curves exercises, I was doing them with 10-pound dumbbells and slowly worked up to 12 then 15 pounds, and now I'm ready to try 20-pound dumbbells.  I also need to buy a set of weight lifting gloves to protect my hands.  Last Saturday was a little challenging so I need to invest in a pair.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Failed at Flexibility

Remember those fitness tests we had to do in middle school once every year?  The beep test, push ups, sit ups and the flexibility test?  You know... this one?


That awful awful awful flexibility test.  I think I failed it all three years.  By the end of eighth grade I had played 5 fall seasons of soccer, 5 spring seasons of soccer, 1 winter season of soccer, 1 summer season of soccer and 1 spring season of lacrosse.  My hamstrings had every right to be as tight as they were.  I dreaded that day in gym class and to this day I really wonder what the point of it is.  None of those tests measure if someone is healthy.

Fast forward 16 years and I'm finally starting to do something about my tight hamstrings.  I picked up this Rodney Yee DVD for flexibility.  It turns out it's for beginners, but that's OK because I'm starting at square one anyway.  I much prefer this DVD to an actual class because I'm not out of my league when it's just me.


My finger tips can actually touch the floor after all the forward bends and that is considerable progress.  Before, in regular yoga class, my fingers would be hanging in the air, inches off the floor, with no hope of improvement.  I like this flexibility stuff, and I'm looking out for other yoga routines to help my tight muscles.