Boot Camp and Peanut Butter. My life in a nutshell.

Hey! I’m coming to you live from the glass replacement shop! Thank goodness for free wifi, amiright?!

I was just talking to the glass replacement guy (I’m sure he has a more official title, he’s a very nice man!), and he explained that the fabulous human that broke into my car probably used a screwdriver to pry open the window, which just caused it to shatter without even triggering the alarm system. He also said that he’s replaced no fewer than 6 windows today alone with the same damage. I am feeling SUPER weird and nervous now…and sort of want to just keep all of my possessions on my person from now on.  OY!

Anyway, this morning I did a KILLER boot camp workout at the gym. I came thisclose to making myself barf…maybe I need to take a step back…maybe not.

This workout consists of 2 circuits: 1 lower body/core circuit, 1 upper body circuit. If you don’t have access to kettle bells, you can definitely use dumbbells instead. I let my photographer sleep in this AM, so there are some videos linked below. Also, I was wearing my “I have tiger blood” tank top, if you need a visual.

Killer Boot Camp

Complete 5 rounds of each circuit with 10-15 reps per exercise. Rest 30-60 seconds between circuits, rest 2 minutes between circuit 1 + 2.

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plank ski jumps

plank thrust

single arm KB high row

med ball slam

V-up

Last night I made a super yummy dinner made from whatever I found in the freezer. It came out pretty good so I figured I’d share with you! There’s a surprise ingredient that makes this dish extra amazing.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken sausages, sliced into .25 inch pieces
  • 1 package Trader Joes frozen brown rice, cooked per instructions
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • .5 cup Baby  Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • .5 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter <–surprise!
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Sesame seeds

Start by thawing veggies in the microwave. I usually just zap them for about a minute. Heat a large frying pan with cooking spray and add mushrooms. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Add sliced sausage, cook for another 2 minutes. Add vegetables and cook until heated through, about 3 more minutes. Incorporate cooked rice. Create a reservoir in the middle of the pan and add peanut butter, soy sauce and vinegar. Allow to heat a bit, then stir continuously until peanut butter has melted. Top with a few shakes of sesame seeds. Devour.

I’m realizing that it’s really hard to describe how to cook a recipe when I literally just throw everything into a frying pan and hope for the best. This dish was vaguely Asian/Thai inspired, but none of that was planned until I realized peanut butter was the only available “sauce” like substance in my house. Experiment a little, these types of dishes are super hard to mess up.

A word on peanut butter. I L-O-V-E peanut butter. Like, so much. So much it hurts. I would name my first born Peanut Butter if I didn’t think my mother would have me committed. Peanut butter can only be described as magical in my mind. But for you neigh sayers out there: peanut butter actually has a lot of health benefits, and you should start eating by the spoonful right now as well.

Each 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains more than 8 grams of protein, nearly 2 grams of dietary fiber, 208 milligrams of potassium, more than half a gram of iron, 24 micromilligrams of folate, 188 calories and 3 grams of sugars. The fat content is 16 grams per serving, but only 3 grams of those are saturated. The rest of the fats are mono- and polyunsaturated, which have proven benefits for heart and muscle health. — San Francisco Gate

ALSO! The carbohydrates and amino acids in peanut butter can help increase the production of seratonin, a neurotransmitter that improves mood and calms anxiety. Like seriously, is there anything this voodoo food can’t do?! C’MON!

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Ima go eat a jar of PB now. BYE!

xoR

 

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2 thoughts on “Boot Camp and Peanut Butter. My life in a nutshell.

  1. this workout looks AWESOME! and it looks like it will hurt :). i’m the same way when i cook. i usually just throw everything in a pan and hope it comes out good. plus, gotta love pb and almond butter.

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