Why must the weekends end so soon after beginning? It just is not fair! I would love to petition for 4-day work weeks and 3-day weekends. Who’s with me?!
At least a good weekend ended on a high note – stir fry! I always feel so good and healthified after eating a dinner of (mostly) veggies and lean protein. Tonight, I threw in some Tofu Shirataki noodles – spot on! They taste and feel absolutely nothing like traditional pasta (so don’t be surprised by this if you give them a whirl) and are packaged in water, but they satisfy my need for something pasta/rice-like to go with all those veggies and chicken. I have found that cooking them in the stir fry rather than just throwing the mix on top makes them taste a bit better, plus it takes away some of the extra water that 20 minutes of draining just can’t do. It will be the new cooking method of choice for these noodles.
Here’s tonight’s stirred-up concoction:
Chicken breast + broccoli + bell pepper + onion + baby corn + straw mushrooms + shirataki noodles. All seasoned with a bit of low sodium soy sauce, garlic powder and chicken broth. Healthy = Tasty!
We noshed while we watched the new series, Life, on Discover HD. If you have time, watch this or DVR it. It’s spectacular to admire God’s handiwork at such unique angles!
As I said, this really was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend. Yesterday, we were blessed with blue skies and 70-degree temps, so the hubby and I visited the Virginia Aquarium for a few hours. The layout of the Aquarium is really nice. It’s actually in 2 separate buildings with a wooded trail between them. A few highlights –
Yes, the croc is very real (he looked faked) and the river otters were enough to entertain us for a very long time. It was an unbelievably wonderful day. The best part? I succeeded in completing a MARCH GOAL – new activities with my love. I feel so accomplished.
We finished the day by going to see Green Zone with Matt Damon. It was quite a compelling movie. We both loved it and I certainly admire Matt’s acting abilities. He can go from geeky and quirky (ie Ocean’s Eleven and The Informant) to inspirational and thought-provoking (ie Invictus and The Rainmaker). That boy has skills! Just looking at his resume, I think there is only one big ticket movie that he was in that I have not seen and that was Stuck on You. If memory serves me correctly, that one flopped anyway.
Yesterday was not quite as exciting (except for that awesome dinner). I spent most of it working 2 first-round NCAA women’s basketball games. Sadly, UConn humiliated Southern and JMU couldn’t quite hold their own against Temple. Except for ODU, I always root for the underdogs and they both lost yesterday. I was only slightly saddened at JMU’s loss, since they went to the dance while my Lady Monarchs did not. The men were impressive – they made it through the first round by defeating the 6th seeded Notre Dame, but lost to 3rd seed Baylor in round 2. They played well after the first few minutes and I’m a proud alumna!
On to more exciting things – workouts. I’m still working on Muscle & Fitness Hers Bikini Body Shape Up and did the upper body weight circuit again today. It’s a toughie – my shoulders always burn, but I feel incredibly invigorated by the end of my session. You can see the full workout here. I added small amounts of weight to each exercise, warmed up with 20 minutes of elliptical at an average HR of 150 and cooled down with another 20 minutes of elliptical with an average HR of 140. Total time = 1 hr. 30 mins. Total cals = 911 and 50% fat.
I was famished for this when I got home:
It was so exciting to use FRESH strawberries today instead of frozen. You know summer is getting closer when the fresh berries hit the sale racks at the store. Farewell citrus. Hello happy berries!
I feel as if, after that bowl, I now have a brick in my belly. Is it bad to want a nap at 9:30 am?! I am going to beg the energy gods for some of their blessings and can get through some errands and tonight’s work shift. Until later!