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Weekday Meal Preparation and How To Stay Active

20 Apr

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Either I wasn’t inspired enough to post anything (other than a recipe that I posted couple days ago) or I was just plain lazy 🙂

Anyway, apparently my weekend meal preparations only enough for today’s dinner, so today after I got back home, I quickly threw the Chicken drumsticks (marinated similarly to Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Shallots) into the oven. Before I started making another dish, I did a quick upper body strength training.

After that, I made some burger patties (seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, chopped 3 strips of Applegate bacons and 1 egg). First I pan seared the patties to brown the outside then threw them in the oven, baked for about 15 minutes (together with the chicken drumsticks).

While all the proteins were in cooking in the oven, I made some mixed veggie (carrots, tomatoes and asparagus) soup cooked in beef broth.

Dinner served! (Hubby K cooked the Chinese greens btw)

Oh btw, yesterday I finally I made Bo Bo Cha Cha, loosely based off Fit Daffy’s recipe. Ever since I saw it, I’ve been wanting to make it. Sadly, I didn’t have any coconut water so I just had to use regular water. Basically I made this dish because my opened coconut milk has been sitting in the fridge for a while and I don’t want it to get spoiled. Then why don’t you just drink that coconut milk? – you might ask. Let me tell you, for some reason, I can’t drink straight coconut milk- it gives me indigestion. I’m fine consuming it as long it’s part of some dish.

My Bo Bo Cha Cha version had: 1 orange colored sweet potato (cube cut), 1 purple yam (cube cut) and about 1-2 cup coconut milk mixed with about 1/2 cup of water – didn’t measure any. I just added some water to thin it out a bit. Pretty much just bring the coconut milk to boil, then reduce the heat to medium low, dump the sweet potatoes and boil until tender.

I had these for my late morning snack- SUPER GOOD even when it’s cold. The coconut milk thicken when it’s cold, but it doesn’t bother me. Got me super full that I didn’t even eat my lunch until around 2pm.

And before that, I had 4 hard boiled eggs seasoned with TJ 21 Seasoning Salute (can you tell I am really digging this seasonings??) as my breakfast around 8:00am.

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Recently, I’ve been thinking of my overall physical activities beyond the workouts that I do in the morning (or evening). You see, overall I only spend about 15-20 minutes exercising each day, some even less than that (10-12 minutes) for 5-6 days a week. And yet I spend about 40 hours a week during weekday, sitting on my ass in the office or could be even more if I stuck myself in front of computer during the weekends.

Well okay, I don’t ACTUALLY sit for the entire 8 hour a day in the office. Every late afternoon (like around 3-4pm) I’ll get up and walk around the office parking lot for a good 15-20 minutes just to stretch myself. Sometimes I do it twice a day (one in late morning and one in late afternoon).

Anyway roughly I still spend more time being inactive and an idea came across in my mind. On Monday, I started to ditch my regular chair and use my stability ball instead.

Every time I needed to sit down to eat or in front of my computer, I sat on the stability ball. The longest I’ve done was yesterday (40 minutes) when I was watching Desperate Housewives newest episode on abc.com. The day before, I sat on it about 30 minutes when i was checking my email/read blogs. The result? Just from 30 minutes I could feel my abs muscles being sore, and yesterday I had to give up after sitting on it for 40 minutes straight. When sitting on the stability ball, your core muscles are constantly working to keep you in balance. If your posture gone bad, then you’ll feel uncomfortable.

Yes, as I am typing this, my core, oblique, and back feel sore, but in the GOOD way though (Truth: as I am typing this post, I am sitting on my regular chair again to give myself a little break). I just wish I could bring the ball to the office and ditch my office chair. Sadly, I can’t do that or the HR department will make me sign a release form for not suing them if anything goes wrong…(ha!)

What do you do to keep yourself active other than doing an actual exercise?

Our So Cal weather has been gloomy since Monday (overcast and cold). It was raining last night too! I feel bad for Hubby K washing our cars on Sunday and might have to wash them again because of this stupid light rain.

Have a great night!

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in food, health, life

 

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14 responses to “Weekday Meal Preparation and How To Stay Active

  1. LeQuan

    May 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I love Bo Bo cha cha! That is one of my absolute favorite desserts! Yours looks delicious, Jos! I want some now! Teehee.
    I chase my kiddies all day to stay active. Haha. Not to mention, all the housework that needs to be done.

     
    • Jos

      May 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Chasing your kids and housework surely good workout as well!

       
  2. Daphne

    April 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Dang, lady… you ROCK! Good call on the stability ball! How’s that going for you so far? Getting used to it yet? And I’m sure you’re TOTALLY inspiring your coworkers too! 😀

    Your chicken and bo bo cha cha looks good… mmm… btw, SO glad you like the bo bo cha cha and that you used purple yams for color too! Does K like it?

     
    • Jos

      April 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Unfortunately, I only sit on the stability ball at home….HR won’t let me use it at work (fear of lawsuit if something happens etc etc). Besides I might bound to be made fun by my colleagues (they’re non exercisers at all ..well except for one guy who’s CrossFitting :P) .

      Haha…tell you what, K said he was gonna tried it but never happened and before I realized I was already at my last container…seems like he didn’t seem that interested to really dig into it tho.

       
  3. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    April 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Again, Jos – you’re awesome! 😀 Your cooking looks wonderful as always, I totally love the chicken drumsticks and beef patties! 😀 On the other hand, I must admit that I could never stomach 4 eggs at a time. (I use to feel sick after eating eggs, and I’ve figured out that this always – and only – happens when I have more than one at a time.)

    With the cocount milk, same problems over here. It makes me feel sick, but also as a part of a meal, this is why I avoid coconut anything.

    The stability ball is a great idea! My mom had one, to help with he back problems, and it’s surprisingly effective. I also like isometric practice to stay fit (which is tensing your muscles against resistance, like your chair or something. This also helps a lot and you can even do it while seating at the desk.

     
    • Kath (My Funny Little Life)

      April 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Oh, and I also love the diagonal cutting of carrots and asparagus! 😀

       
      • Jos

        April 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

        Thanks! 😀

         
    • Jos

      April 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Aw sorry to hear that. I also try not to eat eggs too often or I’ll get sick of them as well. Nice idea on the isometric practice 😀

       
  4. Nina_CZ

    April 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Jos! I got rid of a chair a few months ago and I bought a ball instead too, I don’t sit or anything else now while I am sitting by a computer at home. It is a great option and it pushes me to sit with my back straight and not just be collapsed in a chair 😀

     
    • Jos

      April 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Can’t agree more, Nina!

       

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