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Back to the Gym

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Yup, I need to get back to the gym routine post-vacation.

And went yesterday. It always stuns me how FEW calories I burn on the elliptical for 30 minutes of vigorous effort at level 8: yesterday, about 265, pretty much a match for the intake calories on my breakfast eggwhite and veggie omelette! And then upper and lower body weights -- which I could most definitely feel afterwards. I had my XC ski clothes in the car, to meet DH for a ski afterwards: and we both bailed. Just too tired: plus the sun and sparkle were gone, the winds were blowing fiercely and the snow was slushy/icy, the kind you don't want to fall into one bit . . .

Probably a good decision, because it was still necessary to get to the grocery store!

Have made a big pot of butternutter soup this morning for this week's suppers: really easy vegan. Two bags of frozen butternut squash plus a can of diced tomatoes and some water, leftover celery and carrot and onion, lots of fresh ginger diced up and some chili flakes and curry powder: simmered, semi-pureed with the blender stick (gotta get a new one of these), with a final stir-in of chopped cilantro stems for colour plus a handful of peanuts and some peanut butter for protein. My taster bowl verdict: delish!!

OK then: busy week coming up with challenging stuff scheduled!

I am so enjoying the late winter cardinal sound early in the mornings -- very distinctive indicator that spring is coming!!

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    Catching up on several of your blogs...so nice to hear from you!

    Your winter wonderland sounds intriguing. The pics are awesome. I just don't know how you tolerate the cold. No way could I have braved blustery, icy, slushy for an outdoor excursion. I admire that you keep moving!

    Spring is here in south Louisiana and I am enjoying the outdoor exercise time! The downfall here will be the heat and humidity and having to plan my walk/run at cooler times of the day come what May. But today is awesome and i will enjoy some sunshine with you in mind!

    So glad you found your way back to the gym post vacay!

    BACKONTRACK we are!!! emoticon emoticon
    1591 days ago
    Sounds like you did fantastic yesterday with your workout and making healthy soup for the week! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a beautiful day!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
    1591 days ago
    My mental calculation - run 1 mile to burn off 1 cookie (100 calories).
    Walking 1 fifteen min mile is only about 60 calories (a piece of a cookie?)

    Part of society's weight problem is that everyone tends to underestimate the calories eaten and overestimate what exercise will burn off.

    Now as for that recipe:
    Frozen butternut squash? Do you freeze your own fresh squash for use later or do your supermarkets stock frozen squash.

    1593 days ago
    I never look at the calorie count with any accuracy as to being truly equivalent to real "eatable" calories. But I DO look at the calorie count as a measure of my efforts. I set my elliptical to a level 10 random which varies the resistance around the level 10 and aim for a 400 calorie burn.

    BUT: after being away I've had to put up with under 400 for the first few rounds...have had to back-pedal a notch on the weights I use to...sigh. Won't be long and I'll be kicking it back up though!

    I'm still working on a big batch of lentil-collard greens-kale-onion-garlic-celery soup. Froze some so I didn't lose it all! Gave some away too! I just don't know how to cook small...if I'm gonna take the time to cook I want to do it BIG! :-)


    y's ride & everything else was wonderful...no time to blog it just yet.
    1593 days ago
    Spring is coming.. It is back to the gym this am for me also. Your soup sounds yummy!
    1593 days ago
    Yes, hit that gym. Today will be my first day back, post knee injury and I'm happy, happy, happy! emoticon
    1593 days ago
    The soup sounds amazing! I love your dedication. Got some Bollywood dancing in today.
    1593 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Way to work it! Glad you stayed safe, good decision! Loved the bird song link! You are lucky to get those brilliant birds coming around!
    Awesome soup! I haven't made the leap to using my blender to make soups although I am dying to make a carrot ginger based soup given in my Vitamix recipe book.
    Have a happy extra February day!
    1593 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1593 days ago
    Not being an elliptical user, don't really have a feel for the calorie burn. I know that it takes an awful lot of work to burn calories though, especially as ones fitness improves.

    the soup sounds delicious and I find cardinals so beautiful. But, not a bird that inhabits our area.

    1593 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Those calories are GOOD to burn! And, yep, you got me on this soup! I have GOT to make that!!!

    You do well I think on the cardio but do we EVER do what we THINK we should be doing? I've see your picture too and you look GREAT! emoticon

    But I could see you doing someone's suggestions of the dancing! Every considered it?

    Oh, and LOVED the video! I also love BIRDS.....ALL animals!

    Have a GREAT week!
    1594 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2016 7:31:52 PM
    Yum!! I am making that soup! Thanks for that recipe!! What are you using to gage your calorie burn? SP or the machine itself. Those machines are not very accurate. I think SP at least makes an effort going by your weight and such. Don't blame you for skipping the slushy ski! Have a great week and thanks for that recipe again!
    1594 days ago
    OOOOOhhhhhh, I am so making that! Thanks
    1594 days ago
    Got to the gym yesterday too - resetting routines. Yay! And today a lovely long trek through woods and marshlands, almost 3 hrs. Just caught the sun too - it's clouded over now. Yay! hope you feel well-rested going into a busy week...
    1594 days ago
    Thanks for including the link. The cardinal is the state bird of Virginia, but I'm not sure if it's the same type as the Northern Cardinal. Now I know that I've heard that female song many times before!
    1594 days ago
    I love those toys at the gym. I try not to think about exercise calories, though a good rule of thumb for me is to exercise to the extent that I burn 500 calories a day. not so hard at present, will be later, though, I know! Roll on that day!
    1594 days ago
    OMG! I know!!! I often balance eating sweets with how much extra cardio I need to do in order to offset it - I use 10 minutes/100 calories for my calculator. And it just gets harder as you lose weight because there is less of you to move, so less effort. It just isn't fair.
    1594 days ago
    Birdsong is filling the air at my house.
    Robins, sparrows, juncos and chickadees.
    The cardinals argue with the blue jays.

    I feel a change in the wind!
    1594 days ago
    Soup sounds great!
    1594 days ago
    Sounds about right to me on the calorie burn. We don't burn nearly as much as we THINK we do. If we burn 300 in half an hour, that's a good solid workout. And the "smaller" / "tinier" we are, the fewer calories we burn! At 5'3" and 120 pounds I don't burn near as much as my 6' 195 pound son, obviously. Fair? Who said this process was fair?

    emoticon Nonetheless, emoticon
    1594 days ago
    It's amazing how easy we gain and how hard it is to lose. Oh, well. Gotta love this journey! Your soup emoticon
    1594 days ago
    We are in this together--forever--- Lynda
    1594 days ago
    Ballroom dancing class burns almost as many calories as your elliptical - and might be more fun! Just a thought!
    1594 days ago
    Sounds like you did great yesterday with the workout .......... and making that soup for the week will be yummy and nutritious! .......... I am also glad Spring is nearly here ......... and the trees are blooming, birds are singing ......... Looking forward and you have a great week!
    1594 days ago
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