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Kettlebell Hell

The star of my breakfast this morning was yesterday’s Power Breakfast Granola.  I put a half-cup serving of the granola (how great is it that I can use a whole half cup of this stuff and not feel guilty about it?!) over half a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt and sliced some strawberries on top.

Before I met up with my trainer at the gym I ate some unpictured make-shift trail mix.  You’ve seen it before, you’re not missing out.  Some cereal, chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts… you know.

My workout today kicked my booty.  After about ten minutes of core work, we did a good kettlebell circuit with a 15 lb weight:

  • 10 x halos in each direction
  • 10 x around the world (low) in each direction
  • 15 x swings (center, right, and left)
  • 10 x wood chops on a bosu ball on each side
  • 10 x front raises on bosu ball in a squat position
  • 10 x Russian twists, lifting kettlebell above head in between sides
  • 20 x swings (center, right, and left)

Man, oh, MAN!  I’m going to seriously feel it in my abs and booty tomorrow.  After the gym I rushed back to the office and devoured the leftovers from last night’s White Turkey Chili.  Just what I needed on this raining, dreary day.

As delicious as my lunch was (and rightfully so, after the debacle I went through to put it on the table last night), it didn’t hold me over as long as I expected.  I broke into my afternoon snack a little early.  I had a ‘naner with a tablespoon of cashew butter.  I began by smearing the cashew butter on the banana, but then abandoned that idea and ate each one straight.  Yes, it’s that good.

On tap for the night: watching “The Wrestler” that Netflix just sent me and perusing my new Clean Eating magazine!  Sounds like a Suz kind of evening 🙂



That’s what my cashew butter was reminiscent of this morning.  Seriously, guys, you have to make this.  I am in heaven.  I spread a little over a tablespoon onto a fig bran muffin and devoured it with a good helping of strawberries.

Such a great start to the day.  Mid-morning I had some Italian breadsticks and a ‘naner.

I should definitely work more protein/fats into my morning snacks.  I was starving by the time lunch rolled around.  I didn’t work out today at lunch because I’m SO FREAKIN’ SORE from my kettlebell class yesterday, and I was planning on going swimming later tonight.  I was having some issues with my lunch today.  My serving of pasta salad didn’t defrost quite as well as yesterday’s did.  I spent a good bit of time holding it under the faucet in the kitchen at work, trying to get the chunks of ice to melt.  It basically turned out ok, but in my franticness I didn’t take a picture.

For my afternoon snack, I made a homemade trail mix…

That’s half a serving of Ancient Grains cereal, 1/2 oz of cashews, 1 tbsp of raisins, 2 dried figs, and 1 tbsp of chocolate chips.  Yum!

Originally, I was planning on swimming tonight, but after giving it more thought, I’ve decided against it.  I am so sore right now, and I have been all wekk.  I think my body is saying it needs a break.  I’m running the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond this weekend, and have high expectations of busting through my 10K PR.  I don’t want to jeopardize that.  The pool will still be there next week!