I feel like I am getting the hang of this early morning workout thing. For the record, I would like to be clear about what constitutes an "early morning" for me. If I'm working out by 7 that's basically the middle of the night. You crazies with your knuckle lights who hit up the streets before the bars close from the night before are my idols.
My biggest problem with waking up and working out straight away (aside from sheer laziness) is that it's COLD. Yeah, yeah...I know I live in Georgia and I need to give it a break. But in the morning it's still cold so I feel the need to bundle up while I walk all of 18 feet from my closet to the room where I workout. I think it's a pretty dang sexy look:
By "sexy" I do mean a little creepy. I don't where my impish face came from but let's blame it on the early morning, shall we? This morning the workout was 35 minutes of spin with intervals whenever the chorus of the song came on. I also did about 25 minutes of upper body and core work. Not my favorite thing in the world but I'm working on it.
Last week I told you about my risotto fail and I decided that I would never again make any menu item that includes the instructions "stir for one hour" ever again. Enter: rice cooker risotto. I was a little nervous that it would all burn but it worked out really well and required less than 5 minutes of effort from me.
I made brown rice in the rice cooker with a giant pile of kale tossed right in there. Instead of water I used chicken broth but kept the broth/rice ratios the same as usual. It took about 40 minutes in the rice cooker and then right before serving I folded in some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese so it could melt and topped the whole thing with some cooked chicken breast. I kid you not - this totally tasted like risotto. And I got to be lazy!
I think it's important you all realize how difficult it is for me to take a decent photo of my dinner. One of my cats is the cutest thing ever but also a total fatty. Seriously - he will eat anything he can get his hands on and will even lick my hands if I eat something sweet. Here he is desperately trying to get in on the risotto action:
For the record, he's my favorite cat. We bond over food.
Have you ever made risotto? Love it or hate it?
Let's say that this was my first successful attempt at making it. And yes, foodies - for the record I'm sure I broke like 8 risotto commandments but it tastes the same to me! I love seafood risotto and when I see it on a menu I pretty much always order it.
What is your normal wakeup time (weekday and weekend)?
It's pretty much the same every single day - 7 am right now. In the summer I wake up earlier and in the winter later. Weekends I might sleep in until 8 unless I have an early long run planned.