15/20’s Leg Rage

Hey guys! I’m bringing you a killer workout today! Which is then brought to you by a very crappy day at work. So benefits all around. Yay.

Well to begin the day, I was yelled at by my boss. A no-no whenever someone talks to me. Do not yell at me and I will be calm and peaceful with you.. Yell at me, I will treat you how you treat me right back. Point established? Yes. So 8 a.m. get yelled at while having a “professional” conversation discussing my status at work. Benefits, insurance.. the whole nine yards. Mind you, whenever I get really really angry, I cry. Which sucks because it’s like I’m not weak, I just have a problem controlling my anger and so I cry so I don’t beat the crap out of you kind of thing. Make sense? I hope so. haha. Well what was supposed to be a five minute meeting turned into like twenty five minutes. Right before lunch rush. Who the heck talks to someone right before a huge rush?! Especially in that manor.. Ruined my whole day. But I somehow managed to get myself together and stay in a semi-non angry mood the rest of the day. Just kind of depressed. Lame.

It seems like I’m always picked on or pointed out the most for stupid crap. I blame it mostly on the fact that I am a Female who is 19 years old and working in a kitchen. See the problem? I’m a very young female working on a line. You never see that. But here I am trying to make my career choice happen. I will be a chef, and I will be respected! I’ll respect you if you respect me! That’s how it should go at least. The Golden Rule right?

 

Okay, So enough about the terrible day. On to this awesome workout! I came up with this workout a long time ago. Just a forewarning when I’m angry or frustrated I tend to go a little overboard with my workouts. Just to let it all out. This is particularly going to target the legs, thighs butt.. whatever you want to refer to the lower half of your body as workout wise haha. I call it 15/20’s because 80% of this workout involves repetitions of 15 or 20. Makes it easier to remember. And Leg Rage because it focuses on legs and I was in rage mode. Moving on! Get that Metal music playing and start this workout! :)

 

Workout:

—-stretch, foam roll, stretch—- DO IT!

Started with a 2 mile run. Moderate pace.

50 standing squats

20 side leg raises (Right) — lay on your side and keep your leg straight, raise up and down.

20 side leg raises (Left)

20 in and out raised squeezes — lay flat on your back, raise your hips and move your legs in and out, squeeze your butt.

20 L-raised small presses (Left) — elbows propping you up, L shape leg and raise. Do small upwards presses with leg.

20 L-raised small presses (Right)

15 Straight leg reverse up and over bent leg (Left) — elbows propping you up, straight leg up and down the up and across other leg.

15 Straight leg reverse up and over bent leg  (Right)

15 Push-ups

15 Tricep dips

50 Knee-raised crunches — hold legs up at a 90 degree angle and do normal crunches.

Finish with stretching, foam rolling again!

— Feel free to add or deviate from this workout. You can add weights on your legs if you wanted to! You can repeat as many times as you want to, I did it once and I was dead. Then again I have a kneed injury so I’m taking it easy. Remember as you’re doing these leg exercises to keep your core tight. Go slow if you need to, focus on technique rather than speed. It’s not about how many reps you do, it’s about how well you do them.  If you have any questions at all feel free to ask. I know some of these exercises you may be like What in the world does that mean? well I’m here to help! Don’t be afraid to ask! :)

I hope you enjoy this workout!

-April

 

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Day. Made. In 3…2…1…

Hello!

I’ll cut right to the chase… with a cliche! ;)

Today started out as a super retarded day at work. Someone called in, someone was out because of a serious cut to the finger…. So picture this. Three people on the line, and you have five stations to take care of… see the problem?

Well it is not too big of a problem because this seems to happen a lot. But its okay! We did it and it was semi-fun! Everything starts getting crazy because you’re having to run here and there and then mid prep you’re called to go take some retarded OSHA Blood-borne Pathogen test… A test that seemed to NEVER end! Which you know, it obviously did otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing this.. ;) After that finally back onto prepping for the day. I have about 25 minutes left before rush hits and then I remember I completely forgot to marinade the chicken for my special… Are you freaking kidding me?! — I really did say that, out loud. Maybe a little louder than I should have, but I could not believe I forgot to do that. I even had it on my prep list for the day. So rush rush rush got that marinade ready and the chicken in! BOOM! I win! All before rush hit. End of story… well end of prep. Lunch rush hits and it was interesting as always.

kale special

My special! As I promised in my post with the recipe. Here is what it looked like all pretty and almost perfect!

morning

 

Sunrise on the way to work this morning. I know its not safe taking pictures and driving, but I couldn’t resist not taking a picture. Isn’t it beautiful?!

Here is where the day gets so much more interesting and fun and exciting and any other way to describe being happy feeling… SO, when I finally get a chance to step out for just a second to go to the restroom is when the day got a bajillion times better!!!  In the bathroom stall two girls walk in the room and were talking and the whole time I’m thinking I know that voice..  So I walk out of the stall and OH MY GOSH!!! It was Kylee!!!! I’m pretty sure people heard us out in the cafe, but we were screaming like little girls and hugging and laughing etc. It was awesome. Made my day and it was such a nice surprise! haha She was there being interviewed to play on the weekends in the cafe! How cool is that?! AHH!! It was awesome.

After that wonderful ending to work I then got to go hang out with the kids I nanny for. The little girl and her friend had piano today so it was me and the boy and my cousin came over for a play date! We went to Sonic then the park and drained some energy. Those kids are so goofy. They met some boy at the park and played for a while. And! the little boy they met complimented my lanyard!! He knew who Gravedigger was! WHAT?! I was shocked and proud at the same time and I didn’t even know the boy. When he said Gravedigger was his favorite I was like Oh yeah!!  Then I asked him if he liked the old or new driver and he replied with “The old one, duh!” I wanted to hug that kid. That’s the right answer little boy! Good job!

kids playing

After that, came home. Now here comes the good part…. DINNER! YAY!  I made grilled Balsamic Ginger Pork Chops with roasted Broccoli and Butternut squash with a twist. As always, has to have the April flair on it!

Nutty Vanilla Butternut Squash 

1 Butternut Squash, cut into 1/2″-1″ chunks

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Now starting with those ingredients put them on a baking sheet and toss the squash in olive oil and the salt and pepper.

Roast for about 20-25 minutes.

 

Then

Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Ginger, minced

1 1/2 tsp Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Paste (I always use vanilla bean paste)

1 Cup Hazelnuts (You may use any nut you prefer)

Lemon Juice

Salt/Pepper

 

About 5 minutes before the squash is cooked heat a skillet over medium-high heat with the coconut oil. Add the hazelnuts toss to coat and cook for a few minutes until aromatic.

Add the squash toss to combine.

Add the rest of the ingredients and the lemon juice and seasonings will be to taste.

Then enjoy! :)

 

You will notice that I use Ginger A LOT… and that’s because its good for you!! And it tastes good :)

Anyways, this is probably the best way I have ever had Butternut Squash. Its just the right amount of sweetness you need but its not overpowering at the same time. Soooo good! With the roasted Broccoli, you can’t really go wrong with roasting anything.. I don’t think? As for the Pork Chops, anytime I use Balsamic Vinegar as a marinade I always and I mean ALWAYS grill it. It creates a nice caramelization on the meat and tastes wonderful.

Finished off dinner with some homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies :) … Paleo of course!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know if you change it up or anything!

-April