Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sometimes It's Just Not Fun

I'm not going to sit here and paint sunshine, rainbows, and butterflies while telling y'all that I just adore working out 24/7 and there is nothing more in the world I would rather do. Yes, 99% of the time, I feel very happy and accomplished after a workout. I'm generally proud of myself for going. However, there are those times where it is just not fun. I'm cranky, tired, and very simply don't feel like it!

Yesterday was one of those days, friends.
My angry face! Glad no one walks in on me at the gym taking pics of myself in the mirror!
I had planned on doing some quick cardio, then focus on my arms and abs. After a 1 mile run on the treadmill, which was much harder than it generally is, I went to do my abs and it wasn't long before I started shaking! I had plenty to eat that day, but maybe my blood sugar level was low? Regardless, everything I usually do at the gym was noticeably harder to complete yesterday. Exhausted and frustrated, I decided to leave after just 40 minutes, when I usually spend at least an hour there.

I have to keep telling myself that at least I went to the gym even though I would have MUCH rather been laying on the couch resting. The workout might not have been the most intense, but it was still a workout!

When I came home, I whipped up the most delicious salad! I knew I wanted to try making a barbecue chicken salad, but was trying to figure out how to deal with all the sugar that generally accompanies barbecue sauce.

Since I wasn't adventurous enough to make my own sauce, I, instead, read the label of every barbecue sauce at the grocery store to find the one with the least amount of sugar. After starting with my favorite, Sweet Baby Ray's, and being astonished that there are 12 grams of sugar in 2 Tablespoons, I was incredibly happy when I finally whittled it down to only 6 grams of sugar in 2 Tablespoons of Weber's original barbecue sauce.

All I did was cut up 2 chicken breasts into bite-sized piece, season them with some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (very little), and grill them up with a bit of olive oil. Once they were nice and grilled, I soaked up the excess oil and mixed it with 2 Tablespoons of the sauce. I had already sliced a zucchini, shredded a carrot, chopped a green pepper, diced a tomato, and drained some black beans and low-sodium corn kernels.

Throw it all together with some green leafy lettuce, and VOILA!! Dinner is served!Pin It

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for keeping it real! I'm with you - somedays I so do not wanna exercise, but if I actually follow thru and do it, I always feel better afterwards!