Weekly Workouts

Happy Sunday, ya’ll!

This weekend was crazy.

As many of you know, I studied abroad for a year at Oxford (England), and have great friends from that journey.  A friend of mine from that experience met up with two girls who had just returned from studying abroad, so it was two generations of Oxford!

Myself and Sabrina, the “old” generation…

… with Lauren and Dorothy, the “newest” generation.  Cute!  We enjoyed lunch at Bistro Francais in Georgetown.  I had the Rachel salad, which consisted of spinach leaves, avocado, and crab meat.  Delicious.

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I was a member of the clean-plate club.

After, my best friend drove up to DC and we went to Adams Morgan, a very popular up-and-coming neighborhood in DC.  We went to Madams Organ for dinner, and had delicious barbeque chicken with candied yams, fried okra and too many french fries. 

Such strange restaurant décor… (don’t bring your kids here, folks).

This week is the very last week of my American Red Cross internship in DC.  How time flies!  I’ll be doing lots of exciting things, wrapping up my research, and saying the final goodbyes!  Eeep.  But, above all this, I’ll be trying to stay fit!

My hips have been struggling this past weekend, but I’m still going to make sure to get a few workouts in.  When I get back to Ohio, I’m going to step up the pace and really start watching my clean eating.  I’ve been off the wagon too long.

Weekly Workouts

Monday – Walk 1 mile to PT, then 1+ miles to friend’s house for dinner.  Potentially have a quick 15 minute arc trainer session pre-walk to PT.

Tuesday – Abs and upper body circuit, plus 30 minute arc trainer interval session (30 sec sprint, 30 sec moderate).

Wednesday – Abs and lower body circuit, plus 40 minute arc trainer interval session (10 minute moderate, 20 minute of 45-sec sprint and 90 sec moderate intervals, 10 minute moderate).

Thursday – Walk 1 mile to PT.  Potentially have a quick 15 minute arc trainer session pre-walk to PT.

Friday – Abs and upper body circuit, plus 30 minute arc trainer interval session (30 sec sprint, 30 sec moderate).

Saturday – fly home!

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Pumpkin Banana Pancakes

As most of you know, I don’t measure a thing.. but here are my guestimates, in case you want to attempt to reconstruct this delicious breakfast!

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp Agave
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • dash milk (to bring to correct consistency)
  • heaps of cinnamon
  • 1 small super ripe banana, mashed

My batter looked like this…

Heat skillet to medium, and coat with nonstick spray.  These pancakes are pretty thick, so they’ll take a bit to cook through.  Make sure not to make them too big, because they’re notoriously hard to flip if they’re large.

^^ this one I made without adding the banana, just to see the color and consistency, for future knowledge.

The top pancake now has the banana in it!  I found it harder to flip when the banana was added, since the batter was heavier.

Note that I use “small” plates.  This is not a traditional 10” plate.  It’s a side-dish plate.

I always like my pancakes with an egg, because I prefer yoke as the “syrup.”  Weird, right? 

Anyhow.  This could easily feed two, or one very-hungry-Brie.

Which might have been a mistake, because I just recalled that I’m going out to lunch at 1 with some friends in Georgetown… ooops.