• Holy Moly Monday

    January 25, 2010

    Monday has turned into quite the busy day! Holy moly! 8-O I feel like I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off all day long! Woah.

    Anyway, let’s get to it!

    Snack

    Mid-morning, I did a little baking in preparation for my afternoon trip to the gym. I eat breakfast so early in the morning that by the time Body Pump rolls around at noon, I’m starving! I decided to deal with this by baking some Homemade (Re)Fuel Bars to snack on before my workout.

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    Homemade (Re)Fuel Bars

    Makes 5 bars

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup oats
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used Vega Smoothie Infusion)
    • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1/4 cup raisins

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350*F
    • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well
    • Spray an 8 X 4 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
    • Spread batter into pan evenly and use a spatula to flatten
    • Bake for 12-15 minutes
    • Allow to cool before cutting

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    The bars turned out pretty good! They have lots of healthy carbs and protein and they’re not super sweet. They definitely make a great pre- or post-workout snack.

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    And, they’re travel-friendly! :-D

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    Of course, I needed to taste-test the bars, so I threw one into my gym bag and snacked on it while riding the bus on my way to the gym.

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    After packing up my gym gear, I headed downtown to run some errands. It was cold, rainy, blustery morning in Boston– it would have been the perfect day to sit on the couch and watch a movie.

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    My morning errands included a trip to the bank, CVS, and hunting down a French baguette for dinner tonight– and I knew just the place to find it: Deluca’s Market on Newbury Street.

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    Duluca’s is the most adorable little market with a wonderful selection of quality groceries, fresh produce, prepared foods, cheese, beer, and wine. They pretty much have everything I’d ever need! ;-)

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    I purchased a French baguette at Deluca’s and then walked over to Healthworks for a workout. I probably looked wicked cool walking around the gym with a baguette sticking out of my bag.

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    Workout

    At Healthworks, I did 45 minutes on the elliptical followed by a Body Pump class. Both were excellent.

    So, I was thinking about why I love Body Pump so much. Actually, there a lot of reasons: it’s a challenging workout, it makes you feel powerful and strong, the music pumps you up, and your body gets ripped. All great reasons, right? ;-)

    Another reason why I enjoy Body Pump is because it’s fast and dirty. You work really hard, push yourself, sweat buckets, and before you know it, the class is over. And, you feel awesome afterwards! :mrgreen:

    A typical Body Pump class is organized into 8 different tracks– one for each of your major muscle groups. (There’s also an opening warm-up track and closing cooldown track.) The focus of the class is muscle endurance, so you do lots repetitions for 4 – 6 minutes during each track. I love this workout format because it breaks the class into 8 smaller chunks, which shifts my attention to just one part of my body at a time. I’m able to focus my attention on proper form and push myself until the end of the track. It’s so much easier think about maintaining my level of effort for 4-6 minutes than it is for a full 55-minute class. Basically, I “dig my heals in” and focus on getting to the end of each track and use every ounce of effort I have.

    Ok, I think I’m officially addicted to Body Pump again!

    Lunch

    When I got home from the gym, I was star-ving, so I immediately dug into one of my Homemade (Re)Fuel Bars. It held off my hunger until I had time to make lunch for myself.

    Today’s lunch consisted of leftover chili (surprise!) and Triscuits.

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    Lunch also included grape tomatoes, celery, and carrots sticks with a yummy blue cheese dip.

    We’re having friends over for dinner, so I need to clean our apartment and start prepping.

    Back to my BUSY Monday! 8-O

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Yummy lunch! And the baguette in your bag… priceless!!

    They have a class very similar to Body Pump at my gym and I can’t wait to try it out after I recover from my injury and can exercise again!

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    Naomi January 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    LOVE delucas on Newbury! what a fun store! have you ever been to steves? the greek restaurant on newbury as well? so good!!!

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    Bryan January 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    So delicious and looks healthy too! I guess i will make one for myself too since I will be heading to the gym later. Thanks for the post!

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    Megan January 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I totally agree about those type of classes. They make working out way more fun and it is done before you know it.

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    Katharine January 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I, too, am obsessed with Body Pump and you explained why perfectly! I actually look forward to it! :)

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) January 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    i love a giant loaf of french bread sticking out of a bag.

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    amanda January 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hmmm those bars look great. You should have a giveaway….hint hint :)

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    Run Sarah January 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Those bars look great! I am curious about Body Pump, I love quick moving workouts.

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    Kathleen January 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I love the idea of you walking through the gym with a baguette sticking out…I would do it :)

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    Jenny January 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    You are always so busy–but you have great ideas for staying organized and prepared while on the go! It’s one of my favorite things about your blog :)

    haha that baguette sticking out of the gym bag is pretty humorous!

    And I totally agree about Body Pump! Another reason I love it is because it’s where I learn lots of new strength moves and better form!

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    Heather January 25, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Body Pump sounds like such a great class!

    Love the gym bag with your baguette hanging out – so cute.

    Hope you enjoy your dinner tonight – you always seem so busy during the day!

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    alison January 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I totally agree with you about Body Pump. I’m so happy that I stumbled upon a gym that offers all of Les Mills’ classes. Pump is an awesome workout and it time really does fly by. Actually, once the squat track is over, it’s all down hill for me! I’m glad it’s first up after the warm up. Good to get the pain over with right away. This morning, before Pump, I tried one of the 30 minute treadmill workouts you posted the other day. It was a really awesome workout, and it went pretty fast because the speed was always being switched. Thanks for posting it!

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    Rachel January 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Love the idea for the pre-gym bars. I think I’ll make those this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Janice @ O.S.M.B. January 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Okay so it just so happens I did my first BodyPump class tonight and have mixed feelings. Maybe you can win me over.

    I didn’t sweat at all, and struggled to figure out the right weights for each workout. Some I felt like I wasn’t working hard at all, and then when it came to biceps I clearly had way too much weight. Her instructions on how much to add/take off were minimal.

    Any suggestions on how to get more out of it???

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    Tina January 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    @Janice @ O.S.M.B.: Add more weight!!! I’ll post what I use for weight after my BP class on Thursday to give you an idea.

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    Kate K January 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Those re-fuel bars look so good! Do you know about how many calories they each are?

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    Rose January 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Tina, I have to say it. And I’m sure you’ve heard it before. But I honestly have no idea how you live your life. I am completely AMAZED at all you pack into a morning and afternoon. You are such an inspiration to me.

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    diana(mymarblerye) January 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

    OOOHHH I happen to have all the ingredients for those bars!

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    Amy January 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I am a Body Pump addict as well!!! I go twice a week and it is by far the BEST work out I have ever done. I love it!!!!

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    Jul February 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    These look fantastic! I love simple, wholesome recipes. But do you have any suggestions for protein powder substitutes? Any chance there’s an easy, basic ingredient that’s likely to be in the average kitchen cabinet? :-)

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    Sophie @ yumventures February 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Your refuel bars look great, I’ve seen a bunch of these recently around the blog world. I actually tried to make them but they didn’t come out right — do you add water to your mixture, or is it just the eggs? Also, do you use regular oats? Thanks!

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    Tina February 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

    @Sophie @ yumventures: Just egg whites.

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    elle February 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Do you know how many calories are in your fuel bars? I’m guessing less than 200??
    Thanks!!

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    Lea July 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I will try making these bars soon, but I might sub the brown sugar with brown rice syrup or almond butter :) I’m from California but I’ve visited Boston twice. I like the city and I’ve actually been to the market you went to.

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