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Catch Up & Pork Chops

Well I am happy to report that due to my week not being as busy as usual I have been able to catch up on a lot of things at work and can now finally see my desk after clearing most everything off this week……………

My Desk

And, despite the fact that I added an extra trip to the gym to my schedule this week I have also not been as busy after work.  Which has allowed me to get dinner on the table before 8pm every night this week………total shocker to my husband believe me, as I usually always have dinner done much later.  =O  Last night I made yet another On Repeat dinner – – – Pork Chops, let me take you through how I make them and just how easy this meal is to get on the table.

Step 1 - Flour Pork Chops

Prior to the above step I cut off excess fat on each chop and also salt each.  The flour mixture contains cajun seasoning as well as some pepper.  I do not use an egg as a binder as my husband HATES THEM so I just flour them, let them sit in the fridge for 20 minutes to set and then flour them again before frying.

Steam Asparagus

I steam the cut asparagus for 10+ minutes while I fry the pork chops.

Microwaved Canned Green Beanas

I chose to microwave some canned green beans last night as my husband doesn’t love aspsargus so I knew he wouldn’t each much of them (just the tips) and that he would need more veggies.   Typically, I am not a huge fan of canned or frozen veggies for that matter and prefer “fresh”, however they are always good to have on hand just in case you need them………plus 1 serving of canned green beans has 2 grams of fiber and some vitamin A.

Roasted Potatoes

The above are frozen roasted potatoes.  I tried my hand at fresh onions and neighter the hubby nor the little one liked them so I got these they love them.  They bake in about 15+ minutes while I am frying the pork chops.

Frying Pork Chops

I fry the pork chops for approximately 5-8 minutes per side in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil until brown and crispy.  And, everything together makes a yummy plate full for dinner…..

Dinner

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Earlier in the day I ate the following:

Breakfast

Lunch

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I also hit the GYM last night.

I did 15 minutes of abs.

And, 30 minutes of upper & lower body “core ” Stability Ball Exercises that included free weights.

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In other news, I did some reading last night in the latest edition of fitness magazine and came across a great article that I wanted to share with you.

November/December 2010

Power Surge: The Hidden Benefits of Exercise

Exercise does your body good almost instantly, research shows. Here’s mega motivation to get slimmer, stronger, healthier — fast!

By Alyssa Shaffer

Instant Benefits of Exercise

We’ve got some happy news that will rev up your workout routine: The moment you head out on your run, launch into your Spinning class, or start your Pilates session, the benefits of exercise kick in. “We see changes in the body within seconds,” says FITNESS advisory board member Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama. Your heart rate increases, and blood is delivered to your muscles. You start burning calories for fuel. And you get an almost immediate mood boost.

As little as 30 minutes of cardio three to five days a week will add six years to your life, according to research at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Do that plus a couple of days of resistance training and you’ll not only live longer but also look younger, feel happier, have more energy, and stay slim. Ready for some inspiration for getting your move on? Keep reading for our timeline on the quick and long-lasting benefits of regular exercise.

As You Work Out……

Your lungs are getting stronger. When you do cardio, your brain sends signals to them to help you breathe faster and deeper, delivering extra oxygen to your muscles.

Your motivation is at its peak. Thanks to a flood of endorphins, which trigger the classic runner’s high, you feel psyched and energized.

You’re fighting flab. “During typical cardio exercise, your body taps mainly fat for fuel,” Olson says.

FIT TIP: Push yourself to go harder. The more intensely you do aerobic activity and the longer you do it, the more efficiently your body uses oxygen, and this boosts its fat-blasting power throughout your workout, Olson says.

Within One Hour of Exercise…..

You’re protecting yourself against colds, flu, you name it. Exercise elevates your level of immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection. “Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.

You’re feeling zen. Mood-enhancing chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, flood your brain for a couple of hours post-exercise and for up to a day if you’ve competed in an endurance event, like a marathon. Stress? What stress?

FIT TIP: Do intervals, on the elliptical or the treadmill or while running outdoors, and you may feel even happier. Women who did interval training in a recent study by Olson had a bigger boost in mood immediately following their workout than those who worked out at a steady pace.

You’re blasting calories, even at rest. “For every 100 calories you burn during your workout, you can expect to burn 15 calories after,” Bryant says. If you went on a three-mile run, you would torch about 300 calories, which could mean zapping an extra 45 later.

FIT TIP: To turbo-charge your calorie-incinerating quotient, strength-train at least twice a week. It will charge your metabolism so that you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours, according to a study from Ohio University in Athens.

You’re hungry. Now that you’ve burned through your energy stores, your blood sugar levels are dropping. Just how low they go depends on how much you ate or drank before your workout and how long and intensely you exercised, says Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, director of sports nutrition at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

FIT TIP: If you exercised on an empty or almost-empty stomach, you’re probably feeling light-headed or even nauseated or headachy. Your immediate food fix: A high-carb nosh, like a banana or half a bagel, will refuel you and kick-start your recovery. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water with your snack. Intense or long workouts can leave you dehydrated.

 
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I will be MIA over the next 3 days as I am taking the day off tomorrow from work, promise to return with a long post on Monday, have a great weekend everyone!  =)

Way Back Wednesday!!!

   

Every night during dinner, between 7pm – 8pm, we watch America’s Funniest Home Videos on Bright House Channel #20 (WGN America) and sometimes we are just finishing up at 8pm, which is when Way Back Wednesday with Winslow the guy from all the Police Academy movies back in the 80’s come on the t.v.   

His show, that he hosts, basically takes us back to the 70’s & 80’s by playing various hit films from those decades.   

Next week the movie Spies Like Us with Chevy Chase & Dan Akroyd is playing.  I had completely forgotten about this movie until I saw the preview and was back way back when, to the 80’s, when I watched it several times as I LOVE Chevy Chase and all his movies!   

   

If you haven’t seen this program yet, I highly recommend it!    

Since I am a total 80’s movie buff it is one of my favorites set on my DVR.    

Check out some of my favorites from “way back when”:   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Ok, back to PRESENT-DAY now!!!   

We had a slightly “warmer” morning today on this Wednesday, 1/13/10, which was a very nice as once again it wasn’t as hard for me or my daughter to get out of bed as it was on the much colder mornings.    

This morning I had my usual instant maple brown sugar oatmeal with 1/2 a diced apple and cinnamon mixed in for breakfast once I got to work.   

Breakfast

Then around 11pm I had a toasted piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and banana on top for what I would call Lunch #1.   

Lunch #1

Lunch #2 came about an hour later as some brought Pizza Hut Pizza in the office…..=O…….and I couldn’t resist having a slice of Hawaiian Pizza as I haven’t had any in ages.   

Lunch #2

And, Lunch #3 came around 3pm and was a big bowl of frozen veggies that I nukked.  

Lunch #3

The eating continued once I got home as I snacked on some seedless watermelon while I prepared dinner.  

Snack

Dinner was finally ready just before 8pm, I know that is a bit late even for me but my husband had an errand to run and didn’t get back until late.  We had pork chops, baked potato and corn on the cob.  

Dinner

Despite my HUGE desire to have yet another snack after dinner I managed to avoid the kitchen and watched “Chopped” with my hubby!  =)  We totally love this show (me more than him, but he watches it for me) and really get into it, trying to guess who will be chopped next and sometimes arguing over the judges opinion and such.  

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TIP OF THE DAY! 

 

Your A-to-Z Guide to a Flat Belly 

 

I-Interval train. 

Doing 20 minutes of heart-pounding cardio intervals three times a week burned more abdominal fat than spending twice as long doing slow-paced cardio, according to Australian researchers. 

  

What is Interval Training?

Interval training involves doing higher-intensity exercise activities — such as sprinting or race-walking — intermittently rather than continuously. This means you complete a time-limited burst of activity and, during alternating periods, have a “recovery period” that allows you to rest. 

The exercise during interval training is relatively intense. In contrast, low-intensity exercise (such as a beginner aerobics class) allows you to warm up, exercise at a low level of intensity, and then cool down. Interval training may not be appropriate for all exercise beginners

What Is Interval Training Like?

Imagine exercising very hard, relaxing a little while, exercising just as hard again, and repeating the cycle for a set amount of time. An example from the About.com Guide to Exercise: “…if you’re outside, you could run or speedwalk to something in the distance then slow down to recover, repeating the sprint when you feel rested.” 

What Are the Biggest Benefits of Interval Training?

More calories are typically burned during interval training than in lower-intensity exercise because it allows your body to work harder for a longer period of time than if you were training continuously. Therefore, noticeable fitness results may be seen sooner for someone doing interval training than in someone who continuously exercises.