- On the NYC Subway, after the Kascade concert
Since I finally have a stable gym membership I decided to really kick start
my workout routine. I have created a Summer Slimmer
workout routine…I know, I know, cheesy name…..
It is a 3-day split routine – I love 3 day splits. I have split it into agonist and antagonist muscle groups; I have also thrown in a bunch of abdominal exercises. I did this because I find myself skipping out on ab exercises because they are simply gruelling – and I am usually tried and lazy after weight training.
Most of the exercises are supersets of 12 reps and 3 sets, and 20 minutes HIIT will always be followed after weight training, with the only exception of the Leg day. I say this because my legs are pretty fatigued after squatting and pressing heavy weights, so instead, I will either do a spinning class a few hours later, or I will do some sort of low intensity steady state cardio, like walking, or any form of book cardio.
BACK & CHEST
Close Grip Lat Pull: 3 X 12 reps @ 60lbs/70lbs/70lbs
Chest Dips: 2 X 12 reps @ Pin 10/Pin 9
1 X 8 reps @ Pin 9
One Arm & One Leg Balance Bent Over Bench Row: 3 X 12 reps @ 25 lbs
Dumbbell Pull Over: 11 reps/10 reps/7 reps @ 30 lbs
Assisted Pull Up: 8 reps @ Pin 14/8 reps @ Pin 15/10 reps @ Pin 16
Seated Wide Grip Incline Cable Row: 3 X 12 reps @ 50 lbs
Lying Dumbbell Pec Flyes: 3 X 12 reps @ 15 lbs
Followed by HIIT on the Treadmill – 30 second sprints @ 8.0 and 30 second walks @ 4.0 for a total of 20 minutes. The last 5 minutes I sprinted at 7.5 because I thought I would die if I continued running at 8.0.
I came home exhausted, jumped into the showered, and relaxed before getting ready for the KASKADE CONCERT
I saw Kaskade live in Toronto in 2008, and it was one of the best live DJ concerts I had ever been to. I love house music but the problem is that electro music isn’t always the best live. I feel like DJs just don’t rip it up as good as they do on a CD; however, Kaskade and Axwell are 2 DJs that I think are totally unreal live!
Manaal’s friend had free tickets and was nice enough to give them to us, so we trekked out to Coney Island and danced our butts off! It was so awesome! The concert took place on a Basebell diamond in Brooklyn; it took us about 50 minutes by subway.
We got pretty close to the stage, but I couldn’t bare to be in the midst of the mosh pit, so I moved back a bit where I had room to dance freely.
The subway ride back was super fun! It was a subway filled with people from the concert, and Amaani and I still couldn’t stop dancing – the concert was too short!
The next day was a recovery day from the night before. We ended up going out to a club in the city and Amaani and I woke up earlier than we anticipated. Basically it was a day of relaxation and gluttony.We ate whatever came our way – it was disgusting, but also incredible !
CHEESY TILAPIA STUFFED EGGPLANT
The first time I made this recipe was in my tiny studio apartment in Toronto – probably one of the first things I ever cooked by myself, for myself; however, instead of using shrimp and fresh basil, I used tilapia and pureed basil.
Holy MOLY, it was DARN GOOD!
This is what you need:
1.5 Large Eggplants
1/4 cup Pureed Basil
3 Tilapia Fish, chopped into small pieces
3/4 cup Partly Skimmed Shredded White Cheese
1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 tablespoon Pureed Garlic
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 tablespoon Dried Oregano
1/4 cup chopped onions
Salt to taste
This is what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise. Make perpendicular slices in the flesh, and scoop out the flesh – leaving about a 1/4 inch from the shell (this was the hardest and most annoying part).
Put the scooped out flesh in a bowl and set aside.
Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in the empty shells.
Place the empty eggplant shells in the oven while you prep the other stuff.
In a pan heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic. Before the onions get brown mix in the eggplant flesh. Allow the eggplant to soften.
Add the pureed basil, oregano, and salt.
Keep mixing ingredients up in the pan.
Add cheese and breadcrumbs. Save some to sprinkle on the top.
Remove eggplant shells from the oven, and scoop cheesy fish and eggplant into the shells.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese and panko breadcrumbs.
Place in oven for about 30 minutes.
We placed chopped Portobello mushrooms on top just before putting them in the oven to cook !
This recipe serves 3 in my opinion (6 in Amaani’s).
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