Hey, It’s Spring & Go Eat A Tomato!
Oh, and happy first day of Spring. I can say this for the first time with it actually kind of meaning something.
Living in Alaska, I always scoffed at that because the seasons there are not in-line with the calendar quite as well… (“Spring” typically doesnt take place until April-May and is about a week-long and then BAM it is summer!) so around this time of year – toward the end of winter when you are anxious for winter to just be over – if anyone said “happy first day of spring” to me when the temperature was around zero and there was still a lot of snow on the ground, I
gave them the middle finger ignored them.
Anyway, iced coffee was much-needed this morning – yesterday, drinking my usual hot coffee in the morning made me super hot (not the good kind!) and when I get really hot when I’m trying to work (or do anything productive for that matter), I get flustered.
Well, my first night back at training was a success! It was definitely no joke (I can feel it today!). We did more of a cardio type circuit – meaning almost everything was speed and nonstop moving rather than slow, controlled moves.
Some of the 11 moves included: seal jacks, ball slams, one handed pushups (modified for those of us who suck arent that awesome), tricep dips, and dirty dogs:
Definitely a good night back! It is sad how I could seriously feel the week off!
Torrance actually mentioned over the weekend that he wanted to start working out again. When he was staying down here the last winter, him and his uncle always worked out together at a nearby gym…so he is considering joining there again though he did figure he would test out our apartment gym (that he has never stepped foot in by the way).
When I returned home from training he had just gotten back and said it was ok but he was disappointed there wasn’t any kind of free weights down there. He also said it was about 120 degrees in there, which I don’t doubt since it was 80 yesterday and it is pretty small in there.
Anyway, some day I will convince him to try out training with me… I think he would like it, getting him in there will be tricky!
So, we were both starving so I whipped up a quick dinner. We split a baked potato (I topped mine with some shredded cheese) and I reheated some leftover pot roast, served with some steamed green beans and tomato slices (topped with balsamic of course!).
You know, the last time I got fresh green beans from the grocery store they were really funky… so I have resorted to these lately, and they are amazing.
Seriously, those have got to be the best brand of frozen veggies!
And as far as the tomatoes…. I have been eating a ridiculous amount of them lately. If I could eat a tomato like a peach, I would (kiiiiidding!), though I am pretty crazy about them.
Don’t believe me, I even had some slices at lunch yesterday too! (with cucumbers and an egg salad sandwich!)
So of course it had me wondering, what benefits am I getting from all this tomato munching?
Google, you are the bomb.
- They are an excellent source of antioxidants (most note worthy, a specific type of antioxidant called Lycopene), vitamin C and also contain folic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin A
- They excel in cardiovascular health, and also support bone health
- In some studies, tomatoes have proven to to aid in the prevention of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s
- Some studies have also proven that their consumption can be associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, digestive tract cancers, and asthma/lung disease
So basically this is my way of justifying that I am not a weirdo for eating a whole tomato a day
Have a great Tuesday!
- When does “Spring” actually happen in your area?
I am still learning things around here (in NC) and from what I heard we had a mild winter so I have no idea what is going on, I just go with the flow.
- Do you like or hate tomatoes? If you like them, what is your favorite way to eat them?
- Is there any fruit or vegetable you eat particularly a lot of?
- Does your significant other workout? Do you guys workout together?
We have never ever in our 9 years have worked out together. He has never really been a “go to the gym and workout” type of guy anyway. His workouts usually consist of conditioning for dirtbikes or snowmachining (sorry, “snowmobiling” for you non-Alaskans haha)