Trying something new

I should make a habit of waking up before 9 a.m. Hauling my heinie out of bed early Tuesday morning gave me extra time to:

  • Take an extra-long walk
  • Get creative in the kitchen with a new recipe
  • Set up a Facebook page for this blog

First up when my alarm went off was my Best Body Bootcamp workout. The plan called for cardio and planks. I wasn’t feeling a 40-minute run — or even a 10-minute run plus 30 minutes of walking … so I walked the entire time. I actually ended up walking for 50 minutes because I got turned around in the subdivision I walked in.

My goal was to go up one main entrance to the subdivision, then loop through it and go down the second, further out entrance. Somehow, even though I’ve walked in the neighborhood before, I ended up losing my bearings. I cut down the middle instead. There are lots of dead-end streets, so not all of them run all the way through.

Oh well. It was a gorgeous day for a walk. Sunny and a little breezy, but not chilly enough for a jacket. I walked in shorts and a T-shirt.

When I got back to the house, I looked at the plank workout and thought, “That looks easy. I can do that — no problem.”

Umm … not so much. In this case, looks were deceiving — or perhaps I was just feeling too cocky after a great walk. I was shaking after the first 20 seconds, and only made it through two reps. Something to work toward, I guess.

On a side note, that Scorpion move isn’t happening, either. I might be able to do that once I build up some strength in my super-soft core. By the end of bootcamp, perhaps?

After that workout, I was starved … so I whipped up some Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes (tweaking the recipe in Robb Wolf’s “Paleo Solution”). I love that recipe, because it makes enough to last me all week (8 to 10 pancakes). I topped two of them with some homemade applesauce and had a fried egg.

Definitely a bit less cooking time next time.

That’s not the creative part of my morning in the kitchen. Inspired by a recipe for Sweet Potato Apple Sausage Patties from Juli at PaleOMG, I threw together some sausage patties of my own.

In the mix:

  • 1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sage Stuffing
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 apple
  • Onion powder, black pepper, cinnamon and basil to taste (I’d use no more than 1 tsp each, or 1/2 tsp pepper)

Mix all ingredients together. Form into 8 patties and fry in 1 teaspoon oil until done.

I used the griddle already on the stove from the pancakes, and actually left them on the first side a bit too long. My patties got overly browned … But they still tasted delicious. I ate one for lunch at the beginning of my shift at work, then snacked on a second when I got home.

Fortunately, I still have six more to enjoy throughout the week.

The other new thing I did today? Set up a Facebook page for my blog. I know, I know — I’ve only been threatening for months. I finally did it.

My plan is to share quick snippets of my life: random thoughts, quotes and articles I find fascinating/motivating, recipes I’ve tried and loved and pictures — lots of pictures.

I’d love for you, my blog readers, to “like” Adventures in Weight-Loss, Cooking and Life. As you can see, I’m at 12 and counting. (Once I get to 30, I get access to those cool stats.)

On today’s agenda: A leaf-peeping hike in Oak Creek Canyon. I have my boss’ hand-drawn map and am going to drive down the switchbacks to see some gorgeous red and orange leaves.

If I don’t check in via Twitter or Facebook before 3 o’clock, it means I’ve gotten lost in the woods. Send help! 😉

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6 responses to “Trying something new

  1. Congrats on getting through the first few days of Bootcamp. I’m finding the moves to be very challenging as well and am totally happy doing modifications. I know it’s working as I’m super sore, so there’s something. Keep up the good work. I’m going to like your FB page now.

    • Thanks! Like you, I know bootcamp is working –even with the modifications — because it hurts to sit down.

    • I didn’t get through them all — my core is much weaker than I thought. But I’m going to try to build up to longer planks, and more of them.

  2. Great job with Bootcamp! The plank intervals were no joke! I thought the exact same thing. And the scorpion move?? So hard! I am hoping that it will get a bit easier. Just try to take your time and focus on your form and modify if you need to. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.

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