Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Coming out of my Food and Exercise Ruts

As I have mentioned before, I am in a major food rut now. I am even not loving oatmeal which is usually my favorite meal of the day. It might have something to do with how hot it's been- steaming oatmeal just doesn't have the same appeal. So today I woke up and had an english muffin with almond butter and some sliced apple. I thought I'd be starving by snack time (yes, I still eat like a five year old even in the summer) but I was not much more hungry than usual :) Then, after work today I did a little Trader Joe's trip in hopes of getting something delicious for dinner. I'd say I was pretty successful!
I got "rice sticks"- which is basically rice pasta, zucchini, chicken and a sauce I had never tried before called Island Soyaki. I cooked the chicken out on the grill and then sauteed it in the sauce. The rice sticks were cooked exactly like pasta, but a bit quicker. I mixed it all together in one of my favorite bowls. It didn't look so pretty, but the new sauce made it taste completely different than my usual food, just what I was looking for!
I highly recommend that Island Soyaki sauce for those of you that are fortunate enough to have a Trader Joe's near you.

I also hoped on my bike for the first time since the triathlon today. I have been having trouble motivating myself to do much of anything since the triathlon but I know I need to get back into it. I did some invitations for one of my friend's shower so I decided to bike to the mailbox about 2.5 miles away to send them out. I know a 5 mile bike ride is nothing to write home about, but I really want to get back in a biking routine because I'd really like to do a 30 mile bike ride through Boston at the end of September. I also have to decide I want to keep my gym membership. I joined the YMCA near my house in May because I needed a pool to train in. I did a student summer membership, so my membership is up very soon. I think for now I probably will not renew, but I am thinking if I still can't run in the winter, walking on the treadmill is not going to cut it every day! I wish gym memberships would just be cheaper.

Also on the note of exercise, I am trying to work on arm toning. However, I have never had a good routine for arms with free weights. The best I ever did with my arms was when I was doing Jillian's 30 day shred. However, Jillian loves squats and jumping- neither of which are good for my knee- so unless I want to spend 20 minutes doing only half of the actual work out, the shred is out for me right now. Does anyone have a good arm routine? I'd love to do 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a week. Any ideas would be appreciated.


  1. I can't have gluten so will have to try out those rice sticks! I'm not crazy about the Gluten Free pasta I've tried, but those rice sticks look good!!

    I hate how expensive gym memberships are, too. I have mine on hold until next month. I've been doing all my running outside but am looking forward to doing some strength training & cross training.

    Here is a post I came across about arm work outs on a wedding blog. Yah, don't ask me why I read wedding blogs... since I am single and all w/ no prospects on the horizon! ;) Anyways, here's the link:


  2. Whenever I am in a food rut, I always create some crazy dish that I would never think of making, just like you did! I'm glad it helped, and it looks really tasty.

    Great idea toning your arms. I have started doing more weights (8-10 pounds) with my arms and I have noticed a difference, even received some compliments! I do the normal arm routines, with metal weights and a large band (bands are GREAT for building muscle). I don't do anything special, but IN SHAPE magazine often has a lot of great suggestions.

  3. The Tracy Anderson arm workout is good. She uses really light weights, only 3 lbs, and you basically move your arms without a break for 17 minutes straight. She recommends that you do it 4-6 times a week and I never get to it that many times, but it is meant to really tighten your arms and get rid of any "loose" skin that you may have. Her video is an hour total but the arms part is one section of it. The rest of the video is really good too...low impact toning inspired by ballet.


    I remember my mom saying amazon was sold out when she wanted to get it but it looks like there are a few private sellers that have copies you could buy....

  4. That dinner looks delish. I'm too scared to go out of comfort zone but I just may have to try it!

  5. I LOVE Trader Joe's! I've tried their brown rice pasta, which is very yummy.

    Your chicken dish looks delicious. I'm impressed you use the outside grill... for some strange reason, I have NEVER grilled outside. I always have my husband do it. :p

    Good luck on the arm toning. I think it is so sexy for a woman to have nicely-toned arms (not that I have them myself...).

  6. I've been wanting to put together a simple, quick arm routine too! If you come up with anything I'd love to hear it - I'll post about mine too if I ever, you know, make a routine :)

  7. I'm in an oatmeal rut too. I've been trying to vary my breakfasts. It's hard to change though even when you're sick of a food.

    Your dinner looks great!

    Let us know about the arm routine. I do a few things here and there but I'd love to have something consistent.

  8. I tried the Shred DVD but found it too leg-intensive. I usually do strength on non-running or recover-run days so my legs need the REST! Sometimes I just do the arm and ab exercises from the DVD on my own.

  9. The hundred pushup challenge of course!

  10. Yay for making yourself something new for dinner! Have seen those rice sticks but have not tried cooking with them. They sound really easy to cook with.
    I've been wanting to try a quick arm toning routine, too. Hopefully, I'll have the time to look around on the internet on what the options are.

  11. i love trader joe's!!! but they don't exist here in bfe, ky. :( i think it's great that you biked the errand - saving gas (yay says my inner tree-hugger) and getting some exercise at the same time.

  12. Somehow you dropped out of my reader...I figured it out just this morning...I will remedy the issue now.. Good luck with your rut..

  13. I find that I lose some motivation after a race, too. It's like all that effort and energy that went into the race kinda drains you. Hopefully it's just a temporary feeling that will go away once you settle back into a habit you enjoy.

    For arms, I do lots of stuff with free weights. In fact, I do most with free weights at home. I do:
    -bicep curls,
    -triceps behind the head
    -holding 5-pound weights in each hand, hold them down at my side, and lift them up to shoulder-height.
    -hold the 5-pound weights in my hands, but hold them perpendicular to the ground in front of your body, and raise them to shoulder-height.
    -grab heavier weights and do an overhead press while standing up.
    -you can also lay on the ground and do chest presses.

  14. Yum, that sounds good! I have some rice noodles in my cupboard i might just have to try this! I was just trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight.

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog! It's nice to meet ya!

    That's good news that you don't have to have surgery on your knee. I'm sure those kiddo in your class keep you on your feet all day!