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Lemon Spinach and Chicken Salad; Pain??? Gain??? — 28 Comments

  1. “Muscle work is as important as cardio work for fitness.
    Muscle work is more important than cardio work for weight control/loss.
    Muscle work is more important than cardio work for keeping bones strong/aging gracefully.”
    Amen!
    I too read while doing cardio – the only thing that makes it bearable for me 🙂
    I’m waiting now for my dh to finish his weight training exercises so then I can do mine. I think it helps to have a partner to encourage/inspire you when you are working out. He reads all the stuff first teaches me – my own personal weight trainer 🙂 If it wasn’t for his encouragement lo these 5 or so years – I don’t know how much I’d weigh.
    You just can’t coast along living a sedentary life. Doesn’t work. It pains me greatly to think I’ll need to do this every day of my life – but I’m also thankful I have the health right now to be able to do it every day.

  2. I can relate on the trying to keep in shape. I do a cardio workout at school with a friend, but my muscle work is sadly lacking. I’ve been having fleeting thoughts of joining a gym, but usually that thought is followed with “how would I fit it in?”
    Your chicken and spinach sounds like a delicious meal. Especially love the sound of the spinach with the warm lemony dressing.

  3. Since I retired a month ago, I’ve been walking each day – when you live near the top of a very steep hill, you get both cardio and muscle work just by spilling down the hill for a cup of coffee and struggling back up! But, I can’t complain when my walk includes visits with the neighborhood dogs and cats and glimpses of the San Francisco bay along the way.

  4. Wow, I can certainly relate. My good friend and I are just getting back to exercising after the winter (no excuse like snow for not exercising) and I’ve been so sore. I know exactly how you feel. My lower back has been especially bad. We get up at 5 most mornings and do a very brisk and hilly walk of about 3 miles. It’s nice to get it out of the way so early in the day, but I’m whipped at night. And honestly, outside of having a harder butt, I can’t tell the difference, so we remind ourselves it’s good for our hearts…

  5. Edi, yeah, I know! That every day for the rest of my life but is daunting. But it’s such a habit for me now I don’t feel right unless I exercise.
    Wendy, thanks… I have to admit there was a point I was wishing I was a guy… so I didn’t have to sit to p…
    Kalyn, that’s really it, isn’t it? Always so much to do!
    Pam, I always had stong legs living in Andorra. 45 steps to my office up a spiral staircase and walks in the mountains took care of it nicely!
    Ruth, I need one too, weeding!!!!
    kellypea, walking is great exercise – esp. in the hills…but it doesn’t do anything for the upper body – as I know only too well!

  6. A friend is trying to talk me into Nordic walking, and I may actually try it. After I walk in a 5k in June, that is. Bought my pedometer today, and will start – tomorrow.
    I am sore just reading this, too!

  7. I’m feeling quite unhealthy recently myself. I’m far too lazy for the exercise but I guess I’ll have to start…
    Still, a great idea for something which at least sounds healthy!

  8. Too funny, Katie!
    Today I looked at my treadmill and said, soon… very soon. The free weights have been sitting on the floor beside the treadmill all winter, gathering dust.
    My fingers get a great work out – they can type qwertyuiop in record time! Soon …

  9. Oh this chicken and Spinach recipe looks really yummy!!! I consider gardening part of my exercising. And if it ever stops snowing I can get busy doing my exercise.

  10. I’ve had an extremely lazy winter here…I need to get back into it. The Grand Plan includes three days of running and two/three days of weights.
    Sounds good on paper, right? Now…about implementing the plan…
    Heidi

  11. Oh, I can relate. Now that the snow and ice area gone, I walk up and down my driveway, which is on a hill, a couple of times a day. When the huffing and puffing stops, I know I’m back in shape!

  12. This sounds exactly like my recent efforts, I am exercising twice a day at the moment trying to shed all the blogging weight! Your salad looks delicious, really fresh.

  13. No pain no gain is what they always say. I need to do some sculpturing myself, but I am the worst self motivator.The chicken salad sounds perfect for the lighter fair we need in the summer months to get those abs of steel:D

  14. Hi KatieZ, I had taken a 4 week break from marathon training while traveling to Belgium, France, Ohio and North Carolina in March. I think this post has motivated me to get back on the training wagon, and maybe eat a little healthier too 🙂

  15. Oh, GOOD for You! Isn’t it nice finding an exercise like Lunges where you KNOW that it’s going to be effective? My gym class trainer forces us to do them every time, and I just (success!) got to a point where I stopped getting sore…which means I need to up the weights (sigh, back to waddling instead of walking!). The rainbow in the clouds is that, with muscles in better shape (literally!), I don’t feel the constant guilty pangs to diet… which means more freedom to be creative with food!
    Keep it up, I’ll be cheering you on!

  16. Mimi, a pedometer! That should be fun. I’m not familiar with Nordic walking…do they walk differently then the rest of us???
    I tried race-walking once….that’s weird!
    Scott, It really is a rather grim thought, isn’t it! But if I don’t exercise I have to diet and that’s even more grim….
    Christine, one can read on a treadmill…I know….
    Pat, SOME gardening is exercise…hoeing, yes, on my knees weeding…not so much.
    Heidi, aren’t plans wonderful? If only some one else could do the implementation.
    Lydian, good aerobic exercise… where we live is sooooo flat!
    Helen, twice a day would be better for me….same reasons….
    Val, I’d be happy with abs of aluminum…
    Lannae, marathon training? That should be a good incentive.. The most I can do here is the mushroom walk – picking, not exercise…

  17. Neen, I actually carry weights and do arm lifts at the same time…when I’ve had a week or so of getting the legs right. Mulit-tasking, as always!

  18. In my younger days, Ha! I spent 2 nights a week at an aerobic class and Saturdays biking and climbing massive hills in Ohio. Then when summer arrived we also would bike 18 miles one night a week besides the aerobic workout…now I have to PUSH myself to get on the bike and head out for a few miles! What went askew, besides my butt!
    That chicken sounds great! Never tried the brown sugar for a coating on chicken. I have for a marinade for fish that uses brown sugar and it makes such a nice coating! I must try this!
    I am so glad to hear that you are starting to enjoy SPRING!!!!!

  19. I get my strength training in, I love pilates and Yoga and do it several times a week but I have issues when it comes to cardio…unless running after a 2 and 4 year old counts. Now that it is warm (we got up to 60 today, I am sure we will have snow next week) I did get a bike ride in, about 4 miles.
    The food looks great as always!

  20. Wow girl! You are a killer when exercising!!! And that spa menu was like eating nothing… no wonder your clothes wouldn’t fit you anymore!!!
    If there’s a good salad to eat like yours, don’t bother about the spa menu 😀

  21. Deb, we’ve got to get the bikes dusted off… 20 miles is a nice ride, but not when there is so much weeding to do.
    Shayne, I was really into Pilates a few years ago, then cracked my tailbone and couldn’t sit/do it for about 6 months…which is now several years…
    Laurie, thanks, now if only I would listen to me.
    Thanks, poetryman
    Nuria, I may have exagerated just the teeniest bit… The food was actually very good – just not much!

  22. Aaahhhh Thanks for letting me know that! You know, it’s hard for me to get ironic comments, I’m not that smart… yet ;-). Even in Spanish sometimes I don’t get them, lol!!!

  23. I remember exercise! One of those things I ought to be doing…I’ve been saying any day now for a few years…maybe tomorrow…lol
    The lemon chicken looks really good!

  24. Nuria, I tend to be very ironic/sarcastic… and sometimes just a bit too subtle – I forget people can’t see me rolling my eyes….
    Mike, well, at least you’re still thinking about it… that counts for something (no clue what, though)