In Providence, there are no legal requirements about shoveling snow off of sidewalks, so even though streets get paved quickly, individual home owners must shovel the walks in front of the houses. Some landlords are decent humans and own an entire block, so those blocks get shoveled really nicely. Others are run by what can only be called slumlords, and those barely get half-assed shoveled, which turns into thick sheets of ice. And sometimes people are d-bags and don’t shovel in between their house and their neighbors’, so you get a foot of snow in the middle of a block.
- Anyway, the point of all of this is to say that it really sucks to try to run in Providence if there is snow on the ground. Since one of my new year’s resolutions is to build muscle, I’m trying to add interval training (which I absolutely LOATHE) in addition to strength training to my workouts. It’s not really feasible to do sprints outside right now, so I’m actually going to do something I never thought I would do and join a GYM. *shudder*
- I just had my first treadmill interval workout tonight (1 minute sprint on a high incline, 2 minutes jog on a lower incline, repeat five times). Man oh man, fifteen minutes of one of the easiest interval workouts totally kicked my butt. I guess it’s for the best; it means I’m challenging my muscles, right?
I’ve also been trying to eat lots of fruits and veggies lately. My pal Chauncey was telling me about these kind of vitamin supplements she takes that are made from whole fruits and veggies, so they have the phytonutrients in addition to the standard vitamins and minerals. I’m not sure if I totally believe the “science” behind it, but hearing her try to convert me really reminded me how important it is to basically eat vegetables non-stop all day. So for dinner tonight Angus and I made scallops with spinach and mushrooms.
We (and by “we,” I mean Angus) sautéed those beautiful mushrooms in a half and half mixture of coconut oil and butter. The greens and ‘shrooms were dressed with wee bit of balsamic vinegar before being topped with scallops, which he just seared with cooking oil spray
Artichokes were also served on the side, which I dipped in the extra balsamic:
Overall, a very healthy and yum meal. Well, healthy if you ignore the butter used for the mushrooms, which I am :)