Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Efficient Exercise Week 23

One on One: New Twists

This weeks' one on one workout brought a new twist on an old favorite a new exercise.  We started out with a warm up on the 360.  What's great about Efficient Exercise is that you are never going to do the same workout twice.  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Stuffed Grape Leaves ("Dolmas") from Well Fed 2

I've seen a few different recipes for paleo dolmas floating around and in cookbooks, but I've never had the courage to try any of them.  I knew when I saw Melissa Joulwan had included Stuffed Grape Leaves, a.k.a. Dolmas, in Well Fed 2 that it was time to face my dolma fears.  I was curious about this recipe both from a technique/difficulty aspect and a taste aspect.  Due to a tragic mistake on my part, I ended up making this recipe two times and learned some lessons that I can now share with you if you are new to dolma making.  

I gathered my ingredients and got to work.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Efficient Exercise: Week 22

 One on One Workout:  You can do more.  

After a week off from the gym, I felt like a bum heading in for my one on one workout.  I was so glad when Matthew suggested that he workout with me.  I needed all the motivation I could get.  

We started with what Matt calls an inverse ladder.  He explained we'd alternate between the banded chin up (regular chin up for him) and bench dips (regular dips for him).  I'd start with 10 chin ups and 1 bench dip.  The number of repetitions for the chin ups would go down to 1 and the bench dips up to 10. This got my blood pumping.  

Next up, the main event: the hip press.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Garlic Topped Flank Steak Roulade from Make Ahead Paleo

If you've been around my blog for a while, you'll know how I like recipes that involve a roulade.  I was about to type meat roll, but that just sounds wrong, and well, I guess I've typed it anyway.  While looking through Tammy Credicott's Make Ahead Paleo for a final recipe to try out before doing my summary book review post, I could not pass up her Garlic Topped Flank Steak Roulade.  

I was excited to see how long this recipe would take to prepare as it looked like it could potentially be a new weeknight dinner for me.  I define a weeknight dinner as one that takes around an hour or less to prepare and cook (emphasis on the less).  This recipe comes from her Make & Freeze chapter of the book.  She suggests you can prepare the roulade, freeze it, and defrost and cook whenever you're ready.  I won't be freezing it this time. 

I read all of the text on the page of the recipe and gathered my ingredients.  It was a cold morning before work when I made this so I turned my oven on to pre-heat as soon as I got started preparing the dish.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Efficient Exercise: Week 21

One on One Workout:  Dead lift serious.  How much do you want it?

The day before this workout, I published my week 18 post - a trying week.  It's funny how doing the blog can help me refocus.  This week's workout was on Wednesday instead of my usual Tuesday and my work week had already done a number on me mentally.   When I got to the gym and changed into my workout clothes and found a huge stain on my shirt, I figured things couldn't get much worse.  It's a good thing no one cares what you're wearing at Efficient Exercise

I knew I needed to focus on the workout and tell myself I could do it.  I had to apply the lessons I've learned over the past few weeks.  Some familiar faces from the Saturday workout were finishing up a workout before my session.  As they were leaving they told me that they hoped that Matthew wasn't going to do to me what he'd done to them.  Matthew's eyes lit up as he told me he had something special for me.  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Taj Mahal Chicken from Well Fed 2

I was so excited to have received a copy of Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed 2!  It really is a beautiful cookbook, but will the recipe's turn out as well as the pretty pictures promise?  I figured the Taj Mahal Chicken was a great recipe to start my exploration of this cookbook.

This recipe has a few things that I typically exclude from recipes, but as the recipe is Whole30 approved, I decided to live a little and allow myself some applesauce and raisins.  In fact, only two recipes in the book aren't Whole30 approved.  This is my kind of cookbook.  

I've actually made this recipe twice now.  The first, I made for a friend and the second time, just for me. I gathered my ingredients, and got to work.  

Imagine chicken thighs in this picture.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Efficient Exercise: Week 20

One on One Workout:  There is no try. 

After a quick warm up of arm circles on the 360, Matthew took me over to a 15 pound barbell and had me do 10 push pulls for additional warm up.  He added some weight and explained that he wanted me to do 21 push pulls with that bar and then 21 kettlebell swings with the 45 pound kettlebell.  He said that getting to 21 push pulls would take a while.  I got started and stayed focused on getting through 21 as fast as I could.  It got hard toward the end but I kept pushing.  I took a second and picked up the kettlebell  and did 21 swings.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Coffee Cup Eggs from Make Ahead Paleo

While looking through Make Ahead Paleo for recipes I wanted to try, my mind was blown by this recipe.  Have you ever been running late in the morning (or anytime of the day really), have nothing ready to grab and eat but still want a quality filling paleo meal?  Three words:  Coffee Cup Eggs.

This recipe is in the "Room Service" section of the book.  She suggests this for when you're in a hotel room that has a microwave and refrigerator.  Genius!

It's simple and I'm sure that if I did an internet search, I might find other versions of this but I had never thought of this on my own, so thank you Tammy!