Baltimore Bring BACK a Win!

Happy Super Bowl Day! Let’s go RAVENS! I have to say all of Baltimore is going crazy for “dem Ravens Hon”- If you aren’t from around here this is how we talk, and I apologize 😉

I won’t be grabbing a beer today like the rest of the world, I’ll be grabbing a “wood-er” AKA Water. Sorry in Baltimore we pronounce water that way, along with “warsh-ing” you clothes and paying “5 dahhhh-wers” for some “Ty-ya-nol”.  Okay really I’m done. 🙂

I started yesterday morning with one of the best oatmeals I’ve had in a while! Instead of soaking my oats overnight in just unsweetened almond milk, I did about 2/3 unsweetened coconut milk, to 1/3 unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I can’t believe I haven’t been eating coconut all this time. I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract, then in the morning topped with chopped strawberries and raw shredded coconut. SO DELICIOUS!

The coconut milk really took this up a notch. Made it super creamy!

The coconut milk really took this up a notch. Made it super creamy!

I got dressed

I forgot I had these boots. They have been sitting in the top of my closet for ages!

I forgot I had these boots. They have been sitting in the top of my closet for ages!

And headed to the mall on my street because I had to pick something up at Bed Bath and Beyond. I actually never go to this mall because I don’t consider it a mall if it doesn’t have a Nordstrom. It’s an outlet mall, and I am not a fan. I did a lap out of curiosity because it’s been so long since I’ve been in there, and had to stop myself from going in Bath and Body Works. I love their big candles, and the new spring ones were out! But I wait until they are 2 for 20! Anyway, Bed Bath and Beyond is a great store to get lost in! I picked minor things I needed and headed out.

I love all the kitchen gadgets in this store! I feel like The Little Mermaid in her cove!

I love all the kitchen gadgets in this store! I feel like The Little Mermaid in her cove!

On the way back to my apartment, I stopped in the pop shop and was pleasantly surprised to see healthy options! So nice to know there are things I could eat if I was ever in a jam during a road trip!

I buy this same brand of dried fruit at Wegman's!

I buy this same brand of dried fruit at Wegman’s!– no preservatives or added sugars

My gym session yesterday was semi-tough to get through because my legs were so sore from the day before! Actually it was more my butt from all those squats! But it’ll be worth it!

I started with 10 minutes of cardio interval training using the step: high knees, high kicks, jumping on and off the step, heel digs on top of the step, and fast up and downs. Works up a sweat in 10 minutes!

Then I hit BACK:

  • Machine Lat row, increasing weight each set, 70, 75, 80, 85 lbs, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Low wide rows with 50 lb bar, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Dumbbell reverse flys, 15 lb weights each hand, 15 reps x 4 sets
  • Single arm dumbbell row, 20 lbs 12 reps x 2 sets each arm
  • Weighted Low back extensions-10 lb weight, these use this little stand:
There is a platform you place your feet on and you hang over the edge. It's not as scary as it sounds, I promise!

There is a platform you place your feet on and you hang over the edge. It’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise!

I do 15 reps x 4 sets, then obliques, standing sideways (cross one ankle over the other) holding the weight over the stand, 15 reps x 2 sets each side.

I also did 20 minutes of the arc trainer, and a 15 min incline speed walk on the treadmill. My legs needed that walk!

Trying to get that little waist. It's my trouble spot!

Trying to get that little waist. It’s my trouble spot!

At home I did more cooking! SURPRISE! My dinner included amazing cod that my dad brought home for me! It’s the best I’ve ever had and I love when he gets it! Thanks dad 🙂

Stuffed Cod with zucchini, kale, and freekah

Stuffed Cod with zucchini, kale, and freekah

Click the picture for the cod recipe! It’s delicious 🙂

I also made some more granola for the week. This time I doubled the recipe and didn’t have as much honey to add, so it definitely suffered. Not as crunchy, but still tastes the same! When I make it again I will have to do separate batches and follow my own recipe!

Looks crunchy! But some of it clustered to much and didn't get crunchy enough

Looks crunchy! But some of it clustered to much and didn’t get crunchy enough

I decided on a new fun game for February. Now that it is February 3rd, we have 26 days left in the month. What has 26 letters? The alphabet! So each day I am going to feature a food in one of my meals with the letter of the day! Kind of like Sesame Street I guess 😉 Today won’t be hard. I eat apples like orchards are becoming extinct. But maybe I should branch out… we will see tomorrow 🙂

Hopefully hitting the gym in the morning if I’m not too sore. Looking forward to the big game later! LET’S GO RAVENS!!!!! 

A smile for the win!

A smile for the win!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

P.S. Check back later today for my WORKOUT tab. It’s a list of all my most common strength training exercises so you no longer have to search through my blogs! 

Comments

  1. i was curios, do you do any cardio or just weights? those boots are so cute!! i never knew they sold the dried fruit and sweet potato chips anywhere else!! at the store i use to work at, they sold them there. GO RAVENS!!

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