Monday, December 30, 2013

Post Christmas Post

The workout I did today was a somewhat convoluted pull up workout I found on youtube.  It was difficult in some parts and easy in others.  The end was deceivingly difficult though.  Jumping reverse grip pull ups for 60 seconds.  Maybe it's because I'm not used to them but the those things just crush you by the end.  I think that's the idea.  A jumping pull up means you start out standing with your hands on the bar and jump up to having your chin over the bar.  This seems like all you are doing is hopping up and down but it absolutely crushes your arms.  I've been doing pulls up quite a bit lately.  I plan to benchmark my dead hang pulls on the first of every month starting on January 1.  I've been doing my pull up workouts with some ankle weights attached.  I'm hoping to break 10 pull ups this go round.  I'd be thrilled with 12. 

I'm not a big fan of Christmas.  I'm not how I got that way.  I know I wasn't always this way but I have been for quite a while.  I'm sure it centers around all the spending and pressure to spend more and more.  It feels like the country's economy would literally collapse if there was no Christmas.  I think I may not be far off from the truth on that.  I think Christmas is probably most enjoyable for really rich people and really poor people.  Maybe not though.  Rich people probably have a hard time buying presents for their loved ones because they probably buy everything they want right away anyway.  Poor people I bet have a better time because the pressure is off of them to go spending tons of money since though don't have any to spend.  So all they have is to spend time with each other.  That doesn't sound too bad.

I took the entire Christmas week off.  The highlight for me was taking Derek to hike up to the Hollywood sign.  It isn't a very long hike.  Maybe 1.5 miles, but it is an incline the entire way.  We went in the morning.  The crowds hadn't gotten there yet and the weather was perfect.  Unfortunately, I think Derek aggravated his knee injury.  I hope he gets better soon.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Quiche Day

4 sets of
400 meter run
50 airsquats

Time= 12:31

This workout was rather disappointing because I felt like I had for sure set a new PR on this one.  I ran the first 400 about 10 seconds faster than I've ever done it.  I was bouncing off the bottom of my airsquats the entire way through.  Yet, I still missed my PR time by 30 seconds.  I can use the excuse of last week being pretty rough with working so many hours and being sick, but I really felt good today.  In the end, it was a good workout so I'll live to fight another day.

This morning I decided to experiment with making a breakfast quiche.  I did some research on it last night and discovered that a quiche is basically a miniature cheese pie.  I didn't have any premade biscuit dough so I had to make it myself from bisquick.  I usually don't make them that way because they often come out so flat.  Well, this time I actually wanted them to be flat because they were more of a crust than a biscuit.  So I made myself a really thin biscuit crust and put a bunch of 4 inch circles into a muffin tin.  Next I fried up some breakfast sausage and mixed it with some raw eggs and a lot of cheese.  Then I poured that into then crust forms and baked at 400 for 10 minutes.  Usually when I experiment like that it doesn't go over well with the little ones.  Derek will pretty much eat anything so he liked it.  However, I was able to get a stamp of approval from Sydney so that was awesome.  Dylan was in another one of his typical morning moods so I'm not sure if his rejection counts.  I think we'll be seeing the breakfast quiches again.  Next time I'll make one without cheese so Michelle can have one.

These were the pretty ones.

The not so pretty ones.  I may have used a bit too much batter on these ones.