When I was a cheerleader, one of my favorite parts of practice was stretching, and I was pretty good at it! I prided myself on the fact that I could do right, left and center splits and the infamous vertical split was not a problem.
This was found on Pinterest, but once upon a time, I could do that.
And then I left high school, stopped cheering, and really didn’t know what to do. I hated running, thought lifting weights was for bodybuilders only and so I got lazy…really quick. After I got married, the laziness set in even more and we found ourselves coming home from work, eating dinner and then hanging out together on the couch the rest of the night. Fast forward almost 11 years later and here we are, someone who’s body was capable of anything, loved being pushed to the limits, and never thought it would be in the shape it is today.
Part of the reason I chose to do Turbo Fire is because it’s not just cardio, it’s cardio, strength training and yoga mixed in as well. So when I saw on the schedule that yesterday was a DVD called Stretch 40, I was pretty excited. Stretching for 40 minutes?! Yes, please! Then I started doing it and realized I don’t have my 17 year old body and was severely un-flexible! I am in serious amazement that my muscles seem to have “forgotten” what they used to do! I can’t touch my toes? Impossible!! I have to admit that it was fun – sort of – and I’m excited to keep doing this and to see what my body can do now! I want to prove to myself that I can do this, that just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I can’t be in shape and teach my muscles how to stretch again.
After that was over, I had some cheerios, a banana and a new concoction that I am in love with.
With my new immersion blender, I blended silk vanilla soymilk, cinnamon and a splash of french vanilla coconut creamer.
I warmed it up, blended it again and poured into my mug. It was a frothy, cinnamon/vanilla mug of pure deliciousness!!!
Lunch was something I’ve been craving for days; a salad filled with mixed greens, mixed vegetables and balsamic vinaigrette.
I also had a hardboiled egg on it for some much needed protein. This salad was so good! After weeks of fast food and garbage, my body was craving something fresh. No matter how much I may crave sugar, fast food and diet coke…my body doesn’t. Unfortunately, my body runs so much better on water, vegetables and sugar once in awhile. Dang.
And then there was dinner, and it really was the best chicken I have ever made. I put semi-frozen chicken breasts into a dish with sea salt, pepper and garlic salt on top, covered with foil and baked at 375 for 30 minutes. When it came out, it was still really pink, but not frozen anymore, so I made a glaze. I combined dijon mustard, honey and chicken broth, poured it over the chicken and baked for another 30 minutes, but this time at 350.
It was pretty much done at that point, but I had an idea. First I sprinkled some Thyme on the chicken and then turned the oven to broil. I put the chicken back in for about 5 minutes. The results? Perfectly tender in the middle and a crunch on the outside.
I couldn’t get over how delicious this chicken was!!!
Today is my daugher’s 7th birthday and I have 30 cupcakes that still need to be frosted and sprinkled, have a good day!!!