The Accountant's Garden

Scheduled non-accounting weeks: April 10-14, 2017 June 12-16, 2017 July 24-28, 2017

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Baby Boot Camp: 75 minute class

Running: 1/8 mile, 1/8 mile, 1/8 mile, 3/8 mile w/walking squats (16 each side), 1/16 mile, 1/16 mile, 1/4 mile up hill & down, 1/4 mile, 1/8 mile, 1/8 mile

Strength exercises: calf raises (16-16-16); front lunges->side lunges->reverse lunges (16 each left & right, run, right: front, side, and reverse lunges (try to keep foot off ground in between - 16) then hold & pulse for 8 then stationary lunges (8). Repeat on the left; wall sit, with bicep curls, together then alternating (16) followed by heel lifts (16) and toe taps (8) then 30 seconds; pull-downs w/resistance (16 together-16 right side only-16 left side only-8 both arms-hold & pulse for 8-4 both arms); 20 push ups; 20 tricep dips; 10 push ups on 3-count; 10 push ups hold 3 count at bottom; 10 regular tricep dips; 10 tricep dips with bridge; tricep presses with resistance band (16 plus hold-pulse); side steps; rows (16)-rows w/squat (16)-row on each right & left with slight twist (16); crunches-tabletop (16)->double crunches (16)->crunches-tabletop-alternating leg press (16); oblique crunches->double oblique crunch (16 and 8, both sides); side plank & center plank

Summary & favorites: 1 5/8 mile run; lunge combination; rows & squats; wall sit with bicep curls; tabletop crunch combination

Friday, February 27, 2009

I recently read that a way to motivate yourself to exercise was to post on your blog about your day's exercise "accomplishments." Neat.

Running: 2.0 miles to school with Elizabeth and Helen in stroller
Running: 2.0 miles home with Helen in stroller
Hiking: Approx. 4 miles with Helen in backpack
Strength: 3 sets of 25 squats (2 with resistance bands) plus 10 squats at end with 2 second pause-lift-pause at bottom.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another "Bird Walk" - this time at the Martinez Regional Shoreline. This is an easy walk, with flat, gravel-paved trails through marsh and along the shoreline of the Carquinez Strait. We didn't see a huge amount of birds, but there were a few. One of the interesting points on this walk was the decomposing hull of the schooner Forester.

This wasn't too interesting for the girls, but it made for a good picture. They found it more interesting to pretend to be Herons, peering into a pool, searching for tadpoles and small fish.

Later, we looped around the duck pond and I had to explain several times why we couldn't feed the ducks (like the other people were doing). The other people left. I felt bad, but that's probably better for the birds, anyhow.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Sunday Chef makes...

Vegetarian Lasagne with ground beef substitute and spinach. I make four at a time, using bread pans to hold about 2.5 servings - just the right amount for our family. Here's what you need:

1 package no boil lasagne
2 jars marinara sauce
1 7-ounce container ricotta cheese
1 8-ounce brick of mozzarella cheese (or one 8-ounce package of shredded mozzarella)
1 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed
12 ounces of ground beef substitute
non-stick cooking spray (for the pans)

Step 1: Combine the chopped spinach and the ricotta cheese. Shred the cheese if not done.
Step 2: Place 1/4 cup of the marinara sauce of the bottom of each pan (grease first)
Step 3: Layer 1 noodle, a large dollop of the spinach-ricotta mixture, and an handful of meat substitute
Step 4: Add 1/4 cup marinara sauce, then 1 noodle to each pan
Step 5: Place a dollop of the spinach-ricotta mixture on the noodles, then sprinkle with a bit of the shredded mozzarella
Step 6: 1/4 cup of marinara sauce, 1 noodle, the remainder of the spinach-ricotta, and the rest of the meat substitute
Step 7: Place the last noodle on top of each, then cover with the remaining marinara sauce and mozzarella. Cover with foil.

Cooking instructions:
  • fresh: approximately 45 minutes
  • frozen: approximately 1 hour
  • if larger size, i.e. 9x9 pan, add 15 minutes to cooking time