Reduction & Commitments
12 Wed, 2011 § 8 Comments
I love mornings.
I love cuddling with my pup in the morning [& my man]. I love having me time in the morning. I love working out in the morning.
In college I realized — but not quickly enough — I am not a night owl who can function cramming until all hours of the night. My brain functions much better in the morning — alert, focused, receptive.
But 4:30 is e..a..r..l..y..
If I want to get a workout in before my shift & catch the bus, this is when Kenna sings me from my slumber [current iPod/alarm setting].
foggy, remiss, sluggish
& I haven’t even mentioned how my body feels.
It took some gentle coaxing to talk myself out of bed — especially after Eisley crawled on top of me to snuggle! 😦
It takes me nearly 30 minutes to really wake up & be ready to hit it hard. But hit it I did.
If this doesn’t wake you up, I don’t know what will. Mountain Climbers galore! 12 sets & 10 minutes total — that’s just the Mt. Climbers; there is more to be had. I did not watch this video of Zuzana, but often her butt bounces more than I would recommend for these. I like to keep a tight core & really pull my knees to my chest. I opted to skip out on the added weight for squats today & also switched out the tricep knee raises for tricep press with alternating leg/hip raise [think crab-walk position].
I think you should try this workout.
Even though waking up that early is so hard, it feels so good to tear it up before starting my day.
Ending my day with something equally nourishing & satisfying is just as nice.
This is actually how we finished off Tuesday, but I wanted to share it with you because
I like the reflection of the reduction Jessica is right about gnocchi with balsamic reduction: “mind blowing”.
We needed a creative way to serve Dave’s “stocking”-stuffer-spinach-gnocchi — yes, I put gnocchi in his shoe — this was too easy for how pleasing it was to the taste buds.
to make Balsamic Reduction:
Heat a small saucepan over high heat & add 3/4 C balsamic vinegar. Allow vinegar to come to a boil them immediately reduce to a simmer. Simmer until vinegar reduces by half, ~8 – 12 minutes. Set aside & let cool to thicken.
For my version, I sauteed onions & carrots in earth balance & fresh thyme until they started to soften. Threw in couple cloves of sliced [not minced] garlic & cooked until fragrant. Added quartered mushrooms & artichoke hearts & cooked until onions were slightly caramelized, carrots were soft [but not mushy] & mushrooms were browned. I tossed this all with cooked gnocchi & drizzled with the prepared balsamic reduction.
Wow. Check out Jessica’s recipe here.
I have learned the trick to a reduction is letting it cool — this is when it thickens — seems obvious, but I have reduced my fair share of liquids to zilch.
In all the excitement of balsamic reduction, I nearly forgot to share
my our recent commitment.
Know what this is?
Very good, it is our pull up bar. We love this thing & have had it for a couple years now. It jams right in the doorway & is perfect for our “home gym”.
Every time we walk past it:
I must do 2 pull ups & 2 chin ups…I think Dave does 5 each??
I am going to be a woman who can do 10 pull ups [I was halfway there at one point]; I just need to do them more often again. I am really excited about implementing this training commitment. It should help with some motivation/body image paradigm & discouragements I have come across recently, but I will save the rest of that explanation for later this week. Oh, & I get to go to the climbing gym tomorrow during my lunch break which will also help! YAY. It has been far.too.long since I climbed.
Did I mention the pull up bar is in front of the bathroom?
Do you ever do daily challenge/commitments like this?
Are you a morning person or a night person?