Friday, March 13, 2009

Feel the Burn

I'm no Jane Fonda but I made that treadmill my bitch today! I rode that thing for just over an hour, three miles while doing running sprints and uphill sprints, it was both dreadful and awesome. I started cheering and jumping up and down when I finished and the other sweaty people made faces at me. I did strength training four days this week so I laid off today and am taking a day off tomorrow.

One thing that has really motivated me was joining introPLAY which was kindly recommended to me by one of the lovely readers, thew8losschick. I can't thank her enough for sharing such a fabulous site.

I have been tracking every minute of exercise completed as well as hours slept, mood, soreness, stress levels, and hours worked. I love charts and graphs and I even "won" a couple of trophies (one for most hours of exercise on one week, one for the most introPoints in one week) and I'm working toward a milestone. I even got up the nerve to join an introLeague called "Fit and 40." Open to the public, we have group of 7 people on the verge of turning 40. The league is broken up into two teams and all the workouts entered makes up the rankings of each team and the players therein. I've been jumping between 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in my team (which is in 1st place) and it's really motivated me to do more and more each workout. The league runs for 31 days, so I'm going to keep at it.

I'm thinking of starting a Loves to Eat, Hate to Exercise League for the readers of this blog. We could run it for a month and challenge each other to get a leg up on summer fitness. What say you? If you're interested, please leave a comment to this post with your user name on introPLAY and when we have enough people, I will get the League going.

Last night's meal at Flip Burger Boutique was amazing, if you're in the Metro Atlanta area, I highly recommend it. The Turf and Earth burger (which was actually a patty made from mushrooms) and beet and goat cheese salad was the favorite of the night for me. My friends and I ordered 5 different burgers and 5 different sides so we could have a little sample of everything. The burgers are smallish, a bit larger than sliders, so it was enough food without going overboard. I've got my friend coming this evening and I'm really looking forward to it. I made my favorite shrimp dish of all time, Shrimp with Lemon Garlic Aioli which is so delish, I hope you all will try it.

Andra's Shrimp Salad with Lemon Garlic Aioli

One pound cleaned, peeled medium shrimp

In a bowl mix~ the zest of two lemons

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2T finely chopped sweet onion

a generous handful of chopped fresh parsley

1-2 tablespoons Old Bay (to taste)

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1T Coleman's English dry mustard

1/2 cup light mayo

Add shrimp and stir gently to combine. Add a bit more mayo, a tablespoon at a time if it's not saucy enough. Serve on a bed of fresh, crisp Boston lettuce and garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing. Keep chilled before serving.

1 comment:

  1. I can attest to all that the shrimp salad is heavenly! I was dreaming about it all weekend after eating my fill of it Friday. Note that I was also one of the lucky girls who got to eat at Flip - yet it was Andra's shrimp salad and NOT the tempura okra and asparagus that had me pining for more.

    When we last ran out of mayonnaise, I replaced it with Hellman's new version with olive oil - My husband is notorious for turning up his nose at anything light or reduced fat (and sometimes he has a point) but we both really like this one. It's not straight up whole food, they're a little vague about just how much olive oil is in there - but it's not packed with chemicals or HFCS either. We don't use a lot of mayonnaise anyway, so I figured this is a decent addition to our staples.