An Anti-Atrophy Agenda that is…(if you missed part one, or the OG dilemma, click away). Otherwise, I’ll just continue where I last left off…
2. As per several of your comments, I am going to be travelling outside my comfort zone and giving group classes a shot. Because I am a wuss, the only ones I have ever done are spinning [which I love(d)]. I don’t know how I fell off the wagon with those… Anyways, since I am working on diversifying my exercise, I think classes are the way to go. To start out, I’m going to set small goals for myself. Three classes in February. That’s all. Imposing a set number of classes may seem forced, but I know myself, and if I don’t quantify it or put it in writing, it won’t happen. I’m hoping this will break the ice and I will prove to myself that looking like a fool in front of others isn’t so scary after all.
Aside from spinning, I’d like to try yoga/pilates and some sort of kickboxing/cardio class (that doesn’t involve complicated steps or memorizing routines). I’m not a cheerleader or a dancer for several reasons, and my lack of coordination is only the tip of the iceberg. Want proof? After a few weeks of ballet when I was 5 years old, I was
kicked out kindly shown the door. Apparently, the instructor couldn’t recognize my (very) raw talent at such a young age. HA! Oh well, what could be seen as a tragic loss to the ballet world turned into a gain for the soccer community ;)
Moving on. I finally learned how to “cast on” (and don’t worry about not-so-beautiful tan yarn, it’s just a practice skein). HAHA, I sound like such a grandma, I can only imagine the search prompts that I’m going to get now…oh well, at least I don’t live alone with 50 cats, right?
The rest of the day was fairly tradish.
Tazo chai tea with a dollop of coconut milk and agave syrup (instead of stevia) and a PINATA. Yup, I found a new kind of apple! This tasted like a cross between a pink lady and a gala. Me likey
The new caramel flavored Oikos greek yogurt tastes JUST like caramel. It’s insanely sweet (in a good way), although I can see how others may be turned off by it. The ratio of caramel to greek yog was maybe a touch heavy on the caramel end, but my sweet tooth was quite pleased with the proportion. Wow. I am going to be buying these again for sure.
I putzed the afternoon away, knitting, zoning out to the tv, smoothie slurping, etc. Who knows why I thought a frozen drink would be the smart move when it’s barely over 20 degrees, but it’s what my tummy wanted.
Are Larabars shrinking?
After the above Cinnamon Roll Larabar (which has a pretty legit resemblance to a cinnamon roll for being just nuts and dried fruit), I went to the gym and had a mini health assessment thingy (yes, that’s the official title) with a personal trainer. It was not an intended session, but it was free and I figured why not? If nothing else at least now I know where I’m starting from in my whole AAAA. I gotta be honest though, it’s been a while since I’ve stepped foot on a scale, and now I know why. Numbers play with your head. You can be a totally healthy secure person, and BAM!, tell me my weight and percentage body fat, and it’s like, suddenly I care. Anyways, that lasted all of 5 minutes, then I remembered that in my head I have the endurance of Lance Armstrong and that’s really all that matters. It’s my head, so don’t burst my bubble please.
Anyways, I was especially pleased that I wasn’t remotely sore after yesterday’s exercise-athon. Just goes to show you, muscle memory is the real deal (although stretching doesn’t hurt either)!
After a decent gym effort I came home and threw together a salad with the help of Gardein’s meat-free seasoned bites.
The stats can be seen here in detail, but note there are NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Similar to the last Gardein product I tried, this came in a bag and looked (I hate to say it) kinda vomy.
It’s never very settling to see something you are about to eat mashed up in a see-through plastic bag covered in a sketchy appearing marinade. Attention Gardein peeps – you may want to work on your packaging?! Still, I decided I would give it a shot…but unlike last time’s solo feature, this time I was giving it a go atop a salad.
In the salad: assorted spring lettuce, steamed broccoli, & red bell peppers.
And then…the newbie…Gardein seasoned bites!!
PROS: I said it before, I’ll say it again, these products are easy peasy. The ingredients are decent and free of shady crap, although they are fairly long (something I try to avoid in my food).
CONS: What the eff does “seasoned bites” even mean? It seems a fairly vague name…and upon closer examination, the marinade has a smorgasbord of herbs, which makes me wonder if the hyper-spicing was the result of the company’s indecision or if the non-meat is just way bland without it. Similar to the other Gardein product I tried, I had a bit of an issue with the consistency of the bites. Again, they were too mushy and didn’t resemble any food I have ever had before.
The bottom line, though, is that for a ready-made vegan dish, this is pretty much the cream of the crop. And I do think it’s a great alternative to meat and perfect for someone trying to start a veg lifestyle. Personally, though, I don’t think I will be buying many more of Gardein’s products. They are $$$ and I prefer less packaging and fewer ingredients.
I still have half the package left, so expect to see them again…most likely in a salad where the odd texture can be easily masked with the fresh crunch of veggies.
Can’t get enough of these smoothies!