How’s everyone’s day going?
I’m wondering. Does anyone else just not try anymore when they get ready for work? I used to. But now on most days, I’m so busy running around from place to place (or just so tired) that I have pretty much just given up on looking my best for work. For me that means my hair goes up wet (and by the end of the day is a big poofy thick mess), minimal makeup, and pretty much the same outfits every week on rotation. Frump McGee. However, I find that because of this, when I actually wear a cute outfit, different clothes, or wear my hair down and straight, I get a ton of compliments. And a ton of “omg what’s different?” or “did you cut your hair?” comments.
Nope, just got ready today.
Today was one of those days. Sorry for the random rant.
Tim and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little early in the North End last night. Since we chalked the night up to a calorie fest, we woke up early this morning to get in a good am sweat sesh together.
Remember my post on all the things I’ve won lately? Well, one of the things I won was a customized 4 week workout plan by Tina at Best Body Fitness. Today I started my first workout in the training plan, and I loved it! Thanks so much, Tina! If you guys like the looks of this workout, make sure to click over to Tina’s blog and check out her stuff – it’s good, and on my daily reading material. 😉
Circuit Intervals with Pyramid Strength Sets
How to do this workout:
- 5 minute warmup – I did a jog, single hop jumps, jumping jacks, leg swings, and stretching.
- All exercises in Set 1.
- 10 minutes of cardio at a quick, challenging pace & resistance – I went on the elliptical at a level 10 crossramp with a 6-8 resistance.
- All exercises in Set 2.
- 10 minutes of cardio at a quick, challenging pace & resistance – This time I kept a level 10 crossramp, but did an 8 resistance the whole time.
- All exercises in Set 3.
- Cooldown and stretch.
As you can see, you start with more reps in the first set but have less in Sets 2 and 3. You should start with light to moderate weights for Set 1, and then increase accordingly as the reps decrease. I used ten pound weights for Set 1, twelve pound weights for Set 2, and fifteen pound weights for Set 3.
Exceptions: I used five pounds consistently for the lateral shoulder raises to play it safe on my shoulder, and since the lat pulldowns were done with a machine (I never use machines!) I used forty pounds for Set 1 and then fifty pounds for Sets 2 & 3. Sixty was too much! For the men out there, I’m not sure what size weights Tim used but please choose accordingly.
On my iPod for the cardio portions?
- “Helena Beat” by Foster the People
- “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash
- “Lovefool” by A Newfound Glory
- “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
I didn’t listen to my iPod for the strength components because that would be rude of me, considering I dragged Tim out of bed so early to workout with me!
I am happy I got my workout over with nice and early today. I definitely felt more energetic throughout the day and less tired at my desk.
Another Valentine’s Day Treat
Still need a Valentine’s treat to make? This morning I posted the recipe for my Valentine’s M&M Pretzel Bites, but here’s another equally as delicious choice!
I actually made these for Tim’s Super Bowl party last week, but think they would be great for a Valentine’s gift as well. Especially in pretty packaging. They are a great combination of salty and sweet!
Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles
Recipe inspired by EatingWell
- 1/2 cup crunchy natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped salted pretzels
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
(Makes 20 truffles)
- Combine peanut butter and pretzels in a small bowl.
- Chill in the freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Roll the peanut butter mixture into 20 balls (about 1 teaspoon each).
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and freeze until very firm, about 1 hour.
- Roll the frozen balls in melted chocolate. (I just melted the chocolate chips in the microwave)
- Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
EatingWell tells me that each truffle should have: 64 calories; 4 g fat ( 1 g sat , 2 g mono ); 1 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 53 mg sodium; 65 mg potassium.
However, I have some tips & lessons learned for you guys:
First, I TRIPLED this recipe. And still ended up with only around 20 truffles. So, I guess next time I’ll go a bit smaller. I thought the balls I rolled were already pretty small, but then after you put them in the chocolate they do get bigger. Now that I re-read the ingredients, I see it says to use a teaspoon. My bad.
Second, be patient. I was so inpatient during the cooling steps that I started on the next steps too soon and then things just got messy. And then I got frustrated. Don’t do that. Let them cool completely before moving on.
Third, just have Bridget roll the frozen balls in the melted chocolate. She’s way better at it than I am. And probably better than you will be too. Sorry, it’s just the truth.
These aren’t that pretty. And really shouldn’t look like this. But I promise you they taste delicious.
I will try these again and learn from my mistakes!
Any tips for truffle making?!
Off for a night of chocolate, wine, and fun with the gals! 🙂