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.

CherryCherryBoomBoom workout from BodyRock

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?

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§ 8 Responses to Reduction & Commitments

  • Wow, Mountain Climbers before dawn, I’m impressed!
    I used to sub a 5:30 am aerobics class at a gym. I remember being shocked the first time I walked in that the gym was buzzing with people going about their workout like it was daytime or something! It felt amazing to have gotten in a great workout and it still be before 7 am but these days I have no reason to get up that early.

  • I’m really an any time of day person. It depends on what I am doing. As far as working out goes, i do like to get it done in the morning but sometimes I do feel a bit sluggish if I am still sleepy.

    Mountain climbers kick my butt. I should do them more often. I just can’t seem to get enough of the yoga these days and haven’t been doing much else though!

  • Natalie says:

    Seriously, disconnected sister! I want a pull-up bar so badly! My goal is to do 8 full-body pull-ups by my birthday in May. I’d better get on it!

    • Allie says:

      Get on it. You’ll do it for sure! After I posted this, I thought maybe Dave & I should do a review on our pull up bar. It’s great!

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  • Julia says:

    just catching up after the weekend!
    I love working out in the morning also. It is the best way to start the day, but I don’t know if I could do 4:30…that is VERY early.
    I am working my way towards being able to do any pull ups at all, it is one of my goals for the year 🙂
    Tyler actually bought a pull-up bar for our apartment a few months ago, unfortunately our doorways are weird and the thing doesn’t fit in a single one. So we have a pull up bar we can’t use.

    • Allie says:

      Hey you! Keep working at it — it will really help your climbing. Find a playground to take breaks between classes & do pull ups on the monkey bars! [I’m the dork who does that on her lunch break sometimes.] Bummer about the pull up bar. Take it back & get the type that just pushes into the wall. ??

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