Motivated by Cabbage

December 19, 2008

Really, what situation can not be improved by going to the gym? Earlier today, my productivity outlook seemed bleak. But then I read this little article/recipe in the NY Times and motivation seized me. Since I’m out picking up a head a cabbage, might as well go to the gym anyway, right? Now–cabbage in hand, workout done–I feel like a new person.

I like these Recipes for Health that run in the Times, though I typically devise a way to make them more delcious and a little less healthy. I plan to turn this vegan lentil/potato/cabbage stew into a lentil/chorizo/extra potato/cabbage stew that even my cabbage-hating husband will like.

Stay tuned … my version of this dish is likely to become next week’s Meat Lite recipe on Serious Eats.com.

Workout Soundtrack

December 17, 2008

When I go to the gym, I don’t lift weights like I know I should. I make a beeline for the cardio machines believing–maybe wrongly–that it’s the best way to burn calories. Lucky for me, I love doing cardio. I’m not one of those people who dreads the gym and suffers through every minute. My MP3 player is a crucial tool for powering my workouts and enjoying them more. I can’t discover workout-friendly songs to download fast enough. Highlights from my current playlist include: Britney Spears’ Womanizer, Beyonce’s  Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), and pretty much all the uptempo tracks on Katy Perry’s album.

I know this music is cheesy and bad and I have a different set of tunes I listen to at other times, but nothing motivates to move faster and work harder than catchy pop music. Anyone have any songs they like for running or the gym lately? Let me know in the comments.

Gym/Lunch

December 15, 2008

With my monthly restaurant reviews due to my new editor today, I gave the short shrift to the gym. I worked out for just 30 minutes and scurried back home to review and file my pieces. Now that they are turned in, I feel pretty good but I’m not going back to the gym like I told myself earlier I might if I had time. Oh, the lies I tell myself on the treadmill. Like, “It’s OK if you only work out 20 minutes if you just skip lunch…” Ha. For lunch today I had a romaine salad with champage vinegar and olive oil dressing, grated sharp cheddar, and a piece of turkey bacon chopped into bits. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s one of my favorite midday meals. It’s light but really satisfying. I also had a cup of 7-grain yogurt, which reminded me of the many brown-bagged lunches I ate while working at Style. Tastes have a way of bringing me back in time.

30 Days of Workouts

December 10, 2008

I have promised to work out 45 minutes every day in December. So far so good, though I know that Christmas day is probably out. Today’s workout was pretty typical: 15 minutes on the treadmill, alternating 1-minute intervals of walking at 4.o with jogging at 5.5 and walking at 3 percent incline at 4.3. Then I move to the crazy new eliptical thingy at the gym  for 20 minutes and then bike at 75 RPMs on level 5 for final 10 minutes. Why all the machine hopping? It’s less boring. And I think I read in a fitness magazine that it burns more calories. So that’s my usual workout, unless I go to spinning.