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Elliptical Opinion & Apple Cinnamon Protein Bread

Posted Dec 15 2010 8:58pm
We’re over the hump! And the faster the better because I’m super excited for this weekend! I’m heading to Baltimore.. tell you more about it later.. but really looking forward to hanging out with great friends!

.. And yes, I realize I used exclamation points excessively.. what can I say I’m excitable..:!: .. ;-)

FITNESS

Got in a good Shoulder & Ab workout followed by 30 min. of Elliptical Resistance Hills.

So I have excessively strong opinions about the elliptical. If you’re pedaling away for more than 10 minutes and not breaking a sweat, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re on there for 60 minute and calorie burn isn’t pushing 500 (and I mean on a reliable source, not what the machine says.. it way overestimates).. I really want to stop and ask, ‘do you really not have anything better to do, because walking in circles in front of the TV at home is as much of a physical challenge?’ Point being, you really can have a good cardio workout on the elliptical, but keeping the resistance high is key. If you have a machine that can also change incline, even better. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that having the incline as high as possible means you’re working harder. Working at a lower incline actually works more leg muscle, including that crucial glute area. So mix it up! My favorite is some sort of hill/interval course, but there are lots of ways you can play.

For an example of a good elliptical workout check-out the one I did today . My cardio’s pretty out of sorts at the moment, so of course make adjustments to incline & resistance according to your needs. It’s hard enough if your heart rate gets up and stays up. You should be nice & sweaty by the end of this!

.. but just my opinion of course :razz:

NUTRITION

Favorite meal today was definitely this lovely mix. Diced Butternut Squash topped with Maple PB Flour Paste (2 tbsp Peanut Flour + 1 tbsp 0-cal Maple Syrup + 1 tbsp UVAB), 1/2 diced Apple and 1/2 cup plain Goat’s Milk Yogurt.. oh and of course a dash of cinnamon

I made this last night, and though not quite perfected, it turned out pretty good!

Apple Cinnamon Protein Bread

  • 4 scoops Protein Powder (I used MGN Cake Batter Whey Isolate) = ~1.33 cups
  • 2/3 c Flour (I used Whole Wheat)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Apple Pie Spice (or Cinnamon)
  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Oil (I used Canola)
  • 1/2 cup Egg Whites
  • 1 Apple, finely chopped

Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Mix the two together then fold in Apple. Bake at 375 F for ~35 min. (watch it, I over-baked mine a bit).

Enjoy!

Any big weekend plans?

Elliptical fan?.. would love to hear your thoughts on my little rant..

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