Two new ingredients for me!
I felt healthier just holding these babies. Organic buckwheat soba noodles.
And Bok Choy! Another kind of “fear vegetable.” But like kale, I just threw it in with a bunch of stuff and nobody was the wiser!
I followed a recipe from ELR to make Peanut Soba Noodle Bowls. I just totallly skipped the tofu. Just have not ventured there yet! And I about tripled the red pepper flakes. We like it spicy! Love the spicy/peanut butter combo on noodles.
Our favorite thing about this dish? Kevin and I were both shocked that we weren’t hungry at 3PM. Usually I’m starving just an hour or two after lunch, but this meal really tided me over to our late dinnertime.
Okay. You can stop reading now if you don’t like to push it in your workouts.
On days when I don’t feel like doing a long run and I really don’t feel like doing weights, I try to trick myself with crazy circuit workouts where I don’t have to do the same thing for too long. I wanted to get at least a FEW miles in today so I decided to divide it up into kilometers.
1 kilometer = .62 miles
That’s a nice happy amount to run. More than a half mile, but considerably less daunting than a full mile. Trust me. I ran for a year on treadmills that only displayed kilometers. They ticked off so much more quickly! It was so gratifying.
So here’s the workout.
- Run 1 kilometer (could sub jump rope or other cardio)
- 90 seconds of lateral burpees AMRAP (as many reps as possible)
- 90 seconds of kettlebell swings AMRAP (can sub dumbbell)
- 90 seconds of hopscotch curls AMRAP (could sub squats)
- Repeat 4 times
The lateral jump was actually really hard for me. Haha. I couldn’t get my feet to stay together, and I’m a huge pansy about jumping over things. But I did at least 10 reps in each round for a total of 53!!
Kettlebell Swings: Classic & awesome.
Hopscotch Curl: Fun.
(for the sake of future competition with myself!)
Round 1: Kilometer (5:14) Lateral Burpees (10) Kettlebell Swings (51) Hopscotch Curl (16)
Round 2: Kilometer (5:02) Lateral Burpees (11) Kettlebell Swings (55) Hopscotch Curl (18)
Round 3: Kilometer (4:50) Lateral Burpees (10) Kettlebell Swings (55) Hopscotch Curl (18)
Round 4: Kilometer (5:29 <—- breather!) Lateral Burpees (10) Kettlebell Swings (63) Hopscotch Curl (22)
Round 5: Kilometer (4:39) Lateral Burpees (12) Kettlebell Swings (63) Hopscotch Curl (25)
Check that sprint in! I guess I was holding back a little. But trust me, by that point I was coaching myself aloud,”Just one more round!!!”
In case you’re wondering how I keep track, I snap a quick photo of the treadmill after each run, and I use the 4 Time tabata app. I set it for rounds of 90 seconds work and 30 seconds of rest. Just barely enough to tap in my reps.
Here’s what that last round looked like:
At the end of each round I took a screenshot of the results and tabulated them just now when I uploaded my photos. It sounds complicated, but if you are as attached to your baby iPhone as I am – it’s NBD! That thing is a great workout tool.
I’d definitely do this workout again because it’s easy to remember and you’re never doing the same thing for too long. Although I’m nervous about my arms feeling those burpees tomorrow!
Ever tried bok choy? It’s an excellent source of Vitamin C! Orange juice is for the birds, people!
Any more burpee variations for me to try? I was seriously waiting like 5 days to try that one since my arms were too sore for me to even plank it out the last few days!
What are you doing this weekend?! We finally slept in today. So nice. We had our Saturday Sbux, I got some housework done, did that killer workout, and went to Marriage + Class. Tomorrow we’re teaching Sunday School, but then we have a free afternoon (minus Kevin’s homework – boo!).