(that’s what my day has felt like)
LOT’S of running around….I stayed late at work but didn’t even finish everything! I hate that feeling! Anyways, more on that later. Here’s a recap:
This morning I made some delicious creamy stovetop oatmeal for breakfast this morning. The classic “jenna” way—1/2 cup oats, 1 cup silk, 1 banana, some dried cherries and a spoonful of almond butter:
And I packed a spicy hummus & turkey sammie on protein bread (about 2 tbsp hummus and 3 slices turkey) for lunch along with carrots, a pear and a yogurt. Sorry if my lunches are uuber boring these days but I’m not really aiming at being super creative…..I’m just trying to pack quick portable lunches I can scarf down at lightening speed while at work. Oh boo…..well it’s realistic anyways!
I had the yogurt mid-morning while my rolls were baking and ate the rest while busy at work around 11:30. Sammie in one hand, spoon in the other!
I stayed at work about 30 minutes late today hoping to finish up some stuff I didn’t get to. I SERIOUSLY needed some fuel around 3:00 and chocolate chips were just not cutting it! I delved deep into my bag and retrieved my emergency pure protein bar and ate it while unpacking shipments of milk, cream and eggs in the walk-in cooler.
When I got home from work I was totally and completely pooped with a capital P. The LAST thing I wanted to do was exercise but I knew it would make me feel better. After a little pep talk from the boy, I got up, changed into my workout clothes and hit the “parent’s” home gym for a quickie upper body lifting session. I thought it would make me feel better and I was right! 🙂 Here’s what I did:
5 minutes on elliptical to warm up
2 sets of bent-over standing row—-15 lbs, 15 reps
2 sets of triceps kickbacks-–12 lbs, 15 reps
2 sets of assisted chin ups—12 reps
2 sets of bicep curls on cable machine—20 lbs, 12 reps
2 sets of lat pulldowns—50 lbs, 15 reps
2 sets of chest press with dumbells-–15 lbs, 15 reps
2 sets of push-ups with the ball (basically just lay your body belly down on the big stability ball and walk with your hands forward til’ the ball is positioned underneath your feet and your body is in plank pose…do your push-ups with your body in plank pose and feel your core get hard as a rock!)—12 reps—these KILL!
I was going to do some abs but I got really tired and felt like saving those bad boys for another day instead. I did do my little foot taps though that strengthen my shins.
Total workout time = about 35 minutes
I felt sooo much better after pumpin’ some iron! 😉 I mean, I still feel very very tired but I feel proud of myself for loving my body enough to make exercise a priority….even when my work days are long, hard and crazy and all I want to do is curl up in my bed with a bottle of wine. Haha! I think the key is to say to yourself “I CAN do this—-I want to make exercise a priority and no matter what, I CAN squeeze a 30 minute workout in my day”. I mean, 30 minutes….that’s nothing! I bet some of yall spend 30 minutes a day watching tv or something so why not promise yourself instead you will take that 30 minute tv time (it rots your brain anyways) and go on a walk, go to the gym or do some yoga? I promise it will make you feel better than sitting in front of the boob tube (can you tell how much I love tv?!). So there, that was my rant for the day. And it IS “I love my body day”!!!!!
I had an early dinner on my own tonight since I was STARVING after my workout! I heated up a morningstar farms black bean burger and had it on a toasted ezekiel muffin with pepperjack cheese, ketchup and hot sauce with roasted brussels on the side!
While my sprouts were roasting I nibbled on some fresh fruit:
And, for dessert, my favorite little bunnies!
I’m eyeing some chamomile tea that I think I’m gonna fix when I’m done with this post!
Anyways—so, on Monday, Adam told me he was going to write a “really long list” for me on Wednesday. He told me don’t worry about finishing it all just get whatever you can done and we will finish the rest on Thursday. But………..being the overachiever (haha) I am, I really really REALLY wanted to get everything done on that dang list so he would be super impressed and we would have less to do tomorrow. I worked over 8 hours and took zero breaks…..but I still couldn’t get it all done! I mean, look at this thing:
Note how he elegantly put in there I can make one cookie of my choice (NO TOFU). Hahaha it’s some big joke in the kitchen that I like tofu and “healthy things” in everything! Weird! Wonder how they got that idea!!! 😉 I never ended up making any cookies of “my choice” though today because I ended up having to make more basic cookies along with a key lime pie for someone’s birthday. It was packed!
The first thing I did when I got to work was get goin’ on on those pumpernickel rolls:
Followed by four more loaves of pumpkin bread
And cheddar wafers:
Once I got all the morning bread production out of the way (it has to be ready in time for lunch service), I set out on cookies. I made more whoopie pies….this time with just a simple cinnamon infused buttercream:
We were low on chocolate chip so I baked more of those (eating some chocolate chips in the process, no doubt):
I also re-baked some reverse chocolate cookies and made some “mini cookies” for a banquet we had goin’ on:
I kept workin hard and crossing things off the list and finally got to baking flourless chocolate cakes to be used for the wedding cake we are starting tomorrow!
Midafternoon, the birthday request came in for a key lime pie so I had to crank that out as well….with our yummy graham cracker pisctachio crust!
I also remade pumpernickel, cracker and cheddar wafer dough to bake off tomorrow, candied some pecans and finally, started to scale out for the MASSIVE amount of cakes we are starting tomorrow for the wedding this weekend! I scaled out over 9 lbs of flour (sifted) as well as 7 lbs of egg whites and 4 1/2 lbs of egg yolks (all cracked by hand and separated). The eggs took the longest. It took me a full hour to separate all those eggs and I consider myself pretty quick most of the time! By that time it was already 3:15, so I labeled everything and will finish the gigantic scale out tomorrow morning. I was exhausted by the time and it was all I could do to reorganize the coolers, put away shipments, scrub the floors with soap and water and wash/polish the pastry station.
So, I didn’t get to everything on the list :(. But I got a good portion of it done! If I were to finish everything I would have been there until probably right now so I’m glad I saved the rest for tomorrow.
I’m off to make some tea, take a bath and read……no debates for me tonight—-I’ve had enough of it all already and don’t think I could stay up anyways.
Have a great night and I’ll see ya tomorrow!