Eggs Diablo

It’s been a completely lazy Labor Day weekend around here. No exciting plans, but a relaxing and needed three days. Completing my fitness goals was a complete flop though, despite the extra time off work. I did get some good workouts in, but I’ve realized I gave myself too many goals, which is overwhelming. So this week I’m going to focus on a max of two vs. spreading myself too thin.

I did get a good breakfast in with the extra day to sleep late, or I guess you could say brunch since I enjoyed it in the afternoon with a glass of red wine. Eggs Diablo. This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. Simple to put together yet rich-sounding and easily customizable. And a great way to use leftover spaghetti sauce. This is my adapted recipe from Italian: the Essence of Mediterranean Cuisine by Carla Capalbo.

2 cups prepared spaghetti sauce, homemade or jarred, with meat or meatless
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 eggs
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine spaghetti sauce and red pepper in a shallow, flameproof dish or pot. Break the eggs, one at a time, and slip them into the dish, in one layer, on top of the spaghetti sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and basil. Sprinkle cheese on top of eggs and bake until eggs are just set – about 15 minutes.

Serve immediately with a side of garlic or crusty French bread.

Fitness goals for the week – 9/3/12
Go to 2 yoga classes – 1-60 minute class
Walk/run 7 miles

Last week’s progress – 8/27/12
A complete bust! I’m not even going to bother reporting on the progress. But I did successfully end the week without buying or going out to breakfast or lunch once this week, which was both healthy and money-saving so something to be celebrated in itself.


Progressions and Fitness Challenges

Photo courtesy of Getty Images: the boat pose – a spine-strengthening position performed in the fire/wood progression.

I didn’t meet my goal to go to yoga both days this weekend, but I did get up this morning and go to the fire/wood progression. And it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be to get re-acclimated to the 98 degree temp. I’m definitely not as strong as I used to be and nowhere near as flexible, but I’ll get there. A very fashionable friend of mine cleaned out her closet recently and gave me first pick before she dropped them off to donate. They’re all a little tight which has been great motivation to work out and eat right this week since I got some really great new pieces that I want to wear soon.

But that’s not my only motivation right now. I want to look good in pictures and be fit enough to endure hours upon hours of sightseeing in my upcoming trip to Paris! I leave in less than one month from today and will be there for a full week with a friend from college. And knowing this friend, I’ll need to build up some stamina in order to keep up with her. So in addition to my regular workouts, I added in this mini workout the past couple of days to tone everything just a bit more.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Text added with PicMonkey.

I’ve been seeing this mini workout floating around Pinterest with the tip to do one round every day before you shower so it quickly becomes part of your routine. Seems like sage advice though I didn’t incorporate these moves in that way – it’s better to do what works for you. Either way, it only takes about 10 minutes and you’ll definitely feel it towards the end.

And to keep the momentum going, my fitness challenges for the upcoming week:

Fitness challenges – w/o 8/27/12
Drink 8 glasses of water every day
Go to 3 yoga classes
Run 10 miles
Walk dogs 1 mile every weekday morning

Wish me luck.