Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Trip To The Barn

Last night the woman who is hosting me for the month took me out for dinner, which was so nice of her! She loves to go to Garfield’s for their Happy Hour deals, so that’s where we went. While we did share an order of cheesy waffle fries, nothing else on the Happy Hour menu really sounded appealing to me, since it was pretty much your typical bar food: cheese sticks, nachos, fried mushrooms, chicken tenders, etc. Instead, I opted for the chicken fajitas, which were pretty tasty!

The chicken was served with sautéed onions and green bell pepper:


And my “toppings” plate was fully loaded.


(Gold star for Garfield’s for including refried beans with their toppings. Love those!)

I made two fajitas and brought the rest home, which I’ll be enjoying for lunch as soon as this post goes up Winking smile



After dinner, we stopped by her barn so she could feed her horses. Everyone meet Patrick:


and Cornflake!


I’ve never really interacted with horses before and was surprised that I was actually kind of nervous when I first approached them. My first thought was, “OMG, this thing could kill me if it wanted!” They were both so sweet though and I quickly got over that fear. I loved watching Patrick play with the barn cats


And horse kisses are pretty amazing Smile


I hope I’ll get to make another trip to the barn soon!

Workout + Breakfast

I was this close to sleeping in this morning and rescheduling my workout to this evening, but after lying in bed for ten minutes I knew that was a bad idea. For one, I KNOW that working out is the last thing I want to do after a long day of working and chances are that I wouldn’t end up making it to the gym. Secondly, every time I decide to skip the gym after my alarm goes off I always just lie awake in bed feeling guilty because I know I should be working out. Needless to say, I got my lazy butt out of bed.

I started off with 20 minutes on the treadmill, which consisted of 5 minutes of walking and 15 minutes of running very slowly. I still feel so incredibly out of shape and it isn’t getting any easier, which is really frustrating me. Blech.

After my cardio I completed the following shoulder and ab routine:


  • Smith machine overhead press 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Lateral raises 3 sets x 12 reps superset with front raises 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Arnold press 3 sets x 12 reps


  • Crunches on the decline bench 2 sets x 20 reps
  • A turbo kick exercise that I don’t know what it’s called 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Leg raises 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Butterfly kicks 3 sets x 10 reps

The last 3 ab exercises were done as a short circuit. Sorry I can’t recall the name of that turbo kick move, it’s one where you “scrunch” your body together (leaning back with your shoulders off the ground) and then extend your arms to the side and your legs out in front of you. Anyone know what this is called?

Here’s breakfast:


Do ya spot my real banana in there? Winking smile

The Kashi Go Lean Protein and Fiber Roll was another new-to-me bar that I decided to try.


The verdict? I think Kashi should stick to cereal and granola bars. Just skip the protein bars all together, they’re always bad.


Off to heat up my leftover fajitas!


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