Thanks for all the wonderful book recommendations last night! I’m currently reading Diana Gabaldon’s “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” because I’ve spent the last couple years working my way through the Outlander series and this is the last one. Each book is about 700 pages and I’ve read maybe two a year because they are so physically exhausting! Really good though, if you like the whole historical fiction sort of thing. Its the type of book to bring with you on a long vacation or trip because it is sooo long. I’ve had this last one on my shelf for almost a year and am just getting to it now. Its not her best one, but its pretty good.
Monday is here and, once again, it is HOT. High in the upper 90s again today and to cool myself a little, I’m taking a break from coffee. Hot tea is still technically “hot”, but it does not have the dehydrating power of coffee. This morning I made my favorite tea ever, traditional English Breakfast, with a little cane sugar stirred in.
My workout was cardio this morning and I did 25 minutes on the treadmill. I walked for 5 to warm up, ran for 15, then speed walked on a steep uphill for another 5. This is my typical cardio/treadmill workout and one I don’t really get tired of doing. I did this new ab exercise that I read about in the latest issue of Shape magazine last night at the gym and this morning my abs are remarkably sore! I really don’t get sore abs often, probably because I don’t really ever work them that hard. This exercise must have worked a different part of my abs I don’t often get to. What you do is you lay down on the ground and hold on to something over your head for stability. Bring your legs to 90 degrees and, holding on, lift your butt. Release. It works your lower abs. I did two sets of 18 reps and boy, do I feel it today!
Today’s cereal is Kashi Cinnamon Harvest—basically a healthy version of shredded wheat. As a kid I always loved frosted mini wheats but there’s just SO much sugar in that. I found this Kashi cereal last year and really like it. It keeps me full for hours too, which is really saying something. I’m always on the lookout for healthy cold cereals that keep me full during the summer months. This one is a find! It is a tad sweet too so it appeals to my frosted mini wheats sweet tooth :).
Lunch is wonderful leftovers from my Edamame and Corn salad last night. I made two servings of bulgur as well last night so I packed that to go with it. Also, I packed a fresh berry cup with strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Berries were on sale last night two for $5 so I couldn’t resist! For a snack, I packed soy crisps and cucumber slices. Right now, as hot as it is outside, its all about rehydrating, light foods. I hate to feel weighed down and heavy in the summer and these kinds of foods that I packed make me feel my best.