Have you ever come home from work to find that all of your protein sources are frozen? It’s not fun is it! I was faced with this dilemma last night and still managed to concoct quite the delicious dinner. At the grocery store this week I picked up turkey from the deli that was labeled “jerk”. It wasn’t turkey jerky it was just heavily spiced (pretty spicy actually) deli turkey. Aside from that in the fridge I had frozen chicken breasts, no bueno. Anyyywho – I got to concocting and this is what I came up with.
3 big slices of turkey, cut into squares
Big handful of spinach
Handful of chopped broccoli
1/4 – 1/2 cup fire roasted canned tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, sliced and then halved
1/4 large yellow onion
1/2 avocado to top
Steak sauce (huzza whatttt, I prefer A1 flavor variety)
How to get er done
In a medium sauce pan melt butter with some EVOO. Once you have that delicious fragrance of butter filling the air add in the onion, garlic, zucchini, salt and pepper. Let simmer for a few minutes and add in the canned tomato goodness. If you happen to have fresh by all means use those. I went for the canned because they have an awesome flavor and I didn’t have fresh.
In work out news – I went for another 3 mile run yesterday, that two in a row! Woo!! This one was speedy too! 8:14 pace so just under 25 minutes. Following the run was a meeting with a personal trainer at the gym. With a new membership you get a free 1 hour assessment and I hijacked my assessment into a form instruction class. The woman I had was awesome and actually is a power lifter competitively so she was loving being able to teach instead of see how many squats I could do! We started out with the basic squat and she showed me that my feet actually needed to be wider than I had been placing them and that my toes should be slightly pointed out. The reason being because woman have hips and our feet need to be wider than our hips so that when we go down out thigh bone is pushing into the socket and giving us strength on the rise as opposed to pushing out which will both hurt and hinder stability, pretty cool huh?
Next up was the front squat, I hate this one. She taught me a few different arm positions though that made me a bit more comfortable and kept the bar from choking me out. If iI squat enough maybe I’ll look like this gal:So the different ways to do your hands is like this (you need good wrist flexibility) or you can cross your arms to have the opposite hand on opposite shoulders but your arms still parallel to the ground. Also squat lower than you think, I was not going down far enough.
Next was the dead lift. I previously thought I was great at this but I am not. My center of gravity was uber shittay and doing it the proper way I realized I could lift a whole lot more than I thought! As you can see in the picture the starting position of the bar is actually over your toes! I have always had the bar be farther out which in turn made me work a lot harder and screw with my back. I am pretty excited to start doing this correctly because its a great over all toner.
My favorite new find by far is the gravity resistance band that you use for pull ups! I concurred the goal of being able to do real push ups this year and my next is to master the pull up. My gym has two different band thicknesses so I can move from the bigger helper to the not so big helper to just me hopefully by my birthday (May – start thinking about presents), I am excited, the contraption looks like this:How cool is that? The band apparently is much better than the assisted pull up machine because is gives you more help at the bottom and less at the top where apparently you are strongest. The assisted machine gives consistent help the entire time, betcha never thought about that did you?
Q: What is the most valuable thing you have ever learned from a trainer or friend? How did it help your work outs?
Q: This meal was all about what I had on hand, share a link to your favorite ad-hoc meal you have ever created and tell me why!