Confession time: I HATE WORKING OUT. There, I said it!! I always like how I feel afterwards, but the before and during always suck. That being said, structure is good for me...which is why I've started the 3 month "Insanity" workout program. Dear Hubby bought it a year or two ago thinking that we would do it together, but we only lasted about 2 weeks because it hurt his knees/joints too much. There is a LOT of jumping and joint-intense work in the videos, so you have to be really careful not to get hurt. I hope to finish the full 3 months myself, and in the process lose a few more pounds, get stronger muscles, and maybe by the end be able to do an actual "non-girl" push-up. LOL :)
So far so good:
I am finishing up my first week, and am feeling great! Especially when I get to refuel after a long workout with yummy nourishing food like this Asian Layered Salad.
Shredded carrots, chicken, water chestnuts, almonds, peas, and mandarin oranges provide a variety of nutrients, colors, and textures in this salad. Truly a "dinner" salad, it is both hearty and completely nourishing. Dear Hubby, though skeptical at first of receiving "only salad" for dinner, loved the combination of flavors and ate a giant bowl of it...without having to raid the snack cabinet an hour later.
More about Insanity:
Each day is a different DVD and a different focus. I like the variety. I like the challenge. And I like that there's one full rest day each week. There's even one "Cardio Recovery" DVD that is tons of stretching, strengthening, and yoga. I really had no idea that yoga could be so intense!! My legs were doing lots of shaking as I struggled to keep each pose, but I could feel myself getting stronger and more balanced by the minute. I'm hoping Dear Hubby will start joining me on those days...as I think this type of exercise would really benefit him!
- Have you ever done a set 3 month workout program before? What did you think? Was it hard to stay committed?
- Do you ever serve "salad" as the main dinner meal at your house?
Asian Layered Salad
Asian Layered Salad // @noshandnourish
- Cut the lettuce into thin strips, and lay it in a medium salad bowl.
- Cook the chicken on the stovetop with a bit of the sesame dressing, or some sesame oil.
- Layer all the ingredients into strips on top of the lettuce.
- Serve into individual bowls so that each person gets some of each topping.
- Drizzle on the Asian Sesame dressing.
Yields 6 Servings