My original plan was to take advantage of the temperatures in the mid 50s this afternoon and go for a run. My original plan did not happen. I was in a pissy mood all day. Partially because I ordered some jeans online that arrived and were a tad too small but mostly because I was bored and frustrated that there were no new job postings all week. So, instead of running, which probably would have made me feel better, I took a nap.
By this time I woke up and took Murphy for a walk, it was around 5 and getting dark out. I knew that the gym would be crowded and didn’t want to deal with that, so I decided to work out in my basement instead. A few weeks ago, Jen told me about this free Nike Workout app. I’ve used it twice and it’s really cool.
The app has a bunch of different workouts categorized into four different goals – get lean which is high interval cardio drills, get toned with is light weights and intervals, get strong which is increased weights and reps and get focused which is shorter workouts that target specific areas.
Once you pick your goal, you choose from beginner, intermediate or advanced and then from six different workouts, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. I chose the Fire Drill workout from the intermediate Get Lean category.
The workout was 45 minutes long and had three circuits doing the following (after a warmup):
• alternating medicine ball push up – 1 minute
• squat arm curls – 2 minutes
• ski jumps – 1 minute
• squat jumps – 30 seconds
• split jumps – 1 minute
• plank – 30 seconds
• recover – 1 minute
• two feet lateral hops distance – 1 minute
• russian twists – 1 minute
• froggers – 30 seconds (these were hard!)
• tuck jumps – 30 seconds
• bicycles – 1 minute
The great thing about this app is that you can listen to music while you do it. A voice will come on over your music and tell you when it’s time to change exercises or any other directions you need to know. The phone displays a timer which tells you how long you have left of the entire workout and of each specific move. If you don’t know how to do a certain move (I had no idea what a frogger was!), there is a video that you can play when each new move comes up.
This was not easy. I felt like I was going to pass out by the end and I think I’m in okay shape. Whew. I worked up an appetite though and dinner did not disappoint. I went into my recipes folder on my desktop and picked out Sweet Pepper Curry with Tofu.
I make curry on a pretty regular basis and like to try out different recipes. This one was pretty easy. You start off sauteing some tofu and pepper in olive oil.
Then you add some spices.
And add the coconut milk and let it simmer for a while.
Finally, serve over a bed of rice. I realized when I typed this that I forgot to use the lime and cilantro. Oops. It was good anyway.
Do you use workout apps? Any recommendations for me?