215 is the # of calories I burned during my 63-minute workout this morning. I think I can burn more calories just blinking furiously. Or updating the blog. Or thinking through a really difficult problem.
Oh well. I did work out at least. It is better than not working out and complaining about how I can’t workout.
Unlike other workouts, this time Christina watched me walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Shen then watched me unsuccessfully pedal on the elliptical (this machine used to be touchstone… we made many good memories, going up to levels 16 and 17…now I failed at level 5 within 3 minutes). We did recumbent bike for 10 minutes at low rpm and level. We then did a light upper body workout: Over the ball plank, adduction, machine rowing, inner and outer leg extensions, some pulling, etc. Like I said, it was light and unexciting but it still constituted ‘movement.’
Anyway, my house is full of vegetables and fruits. In fact, it is overflowing. Juicing side effect, I suppose. And bad planning on my part. Since we no longer have a commercial fridge (I had to leave it in our other house due to its size… Now our renters have a fucking amazing commercial size fridge… Pisses me off… Anyway, I digress.), we are having issues finding room for stuff.
It started with a Costco run yesterday morning. We bought $232 worth of vegetables and fruits. That kind of money may buy you two grocery bag full of air and mung beans at the stupid farmer’s market and you might even score a condescending remark or two but at Costco, it buys a lot of stuff… Spinach in a 1 million pound bag (i think it was only 5 or 10 lbs actually), 10 lbs of celery, 10 lbs of carrots, 20 lemons, 20+ limes, 10 apples, 10 pears, 10 tomatoes, many bananas, 6 English cucumbers, portobello mushrooms, two giant bags of almonds, 6 of the 35-oz Fage nonfat yogurt containers, strawberries, pineapple, massive watermelon, lots of bok choy (not sure what we will do with all of that) and more… Then we went to the Ballard farmer’s market.
I really don’t know why I go to farmer’s market. Every time I go, I walk away disappointed, disgusted and angry. It is not cheap. There are barely any farmers anymore (it is all lotions, potions, cheese, meat, flowers, crappy jewelry, tea and soaps). And I question the local nature of the produce but my #1 problem: Lack of variety. There is nothing remotely diverse or interesting. It is the same week after week…. Same shit you find at the hip grocery stores or at laughably expensive ones like Whole Foods, but only more expensive. And with a slap in the face: inconsistent quality. At least, when I pay $5 per lb of organic fucking cherries at Whole Foods, I know it will be decent quality. Anyway, despite all of this, I ended up buying some vegetables and fruits that I couldn’t find at Costco (Kale, radishes, beets, cherries). We then stopped by Whole Foods to get the remainder of what I needed: Jalapenos, acorn squash, parsley and planks for the grill.
What I completely didn’t factor in was that this was the first week of our CSA (community supported agriculture) delivery. In case you don’t know, CSA is a way for local farmers to distribute their crop to local residences directly by charging an annual fee ($400-$700). Farmers deliver a box of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers – whatever comes off the land- every week, June through October. What’s in the box is a crap shoot generally and usually the consumer (We) ends up looking in cookbook to figure out what is what. The farmers include a list but if you don’t know what mizuna or sorrel (not the mushroom) or red giant mustards look like, then you gotta look it up!
Anyway, we had some guests for dinner so that should help with the consumption of food but still. The fridge is full.
I am out of containers to store juice in. Plus, I am not sure how long they last so I don’t want to do too much and watch them go bad.
By the way, I am realizing the juicing is skewing my nutrition balance. I see less protein and more carbs in my diet. That could prove to be a problem but I like the flush the juices give me. Not sure what it means but it is something different and I will try it out for a while to see how I feel about it long term.