Burrito Bowls...Weekly Weight Update
There are some weeks that are so busy that by the time the week is done you can’t even remember what you did that week. Sometimes those weeks are good and sometimes they are bad. The bad weeks are those that seem to drag on because you have so much to do but you can’t seem to get caught up. The good weeks are those that are busy but productive. This was one of the good busy weeks. One of those weeks that was hardly worth writing about (because nothing spectacular happened even though it was busy) but also one of those weeks that was dominated by a single thing. This week was dominated by our lunch: the burrito bowl.
Every week Rizzo comes up with a meal plan. I’d say that we are pretty unusual in that we have the same thing for an entire week. That means all week we will have the same breakfast (I’ve been having the same Breakfast of Champions for well over a year now), the same lunch, the same snack, and the same dinner for seven days. This week we decided to go with burrito bowls for dinner.
On the surface the don’t sound too life-changingly good. I mean, all I did was combined some jasmine rice, some black beans, some chorizo, some tomatoes, and some cheddar cheese with a single tablespoon of sour cream in my bowl for some additional flavor. Pretty simple, right? At the end of the day all it takes is boiling some water for the rice and browning the chorizo in a pan. But hot damn if they aren’t the tastiest burrito bowls you will ever have in your life.
They key must have been the chorizo. We bought the chorizo from the meat guy at our farmer’s market (Valentine's Country Bakery and Meats) and it is the most delicious sausage that has ever passed my lips. The meat is perfectly seasoned with a mix of spices that must have been combined by Jesus himself. I cut the cases off of the sausage links in order to get a better mixture into the burrito bowl but it didn’t really matter. The lunches were the talk of the week around the Clizzo household. So much so that Rizzo took the burrito bowls for lunch on Thursday and Friday instead of confining the burrito bowl to just dinner. They were pretty darned good.
I didn’t make the time to get in the hard workouts this week that I should have because of scheduling. I got a real hard workout on Tuesday night at OrangeTheory and did do some yard work (I count that as a light workout) on Wednesday afternoon. Rizzo had a meeting on Thursday night and was out of town Friday and Saturday so I was spending time with Cece. I fully intended on getting a run in on the treadmill on Friday night but I just couldn’t bring myself to walk down those stairs and go running. Instead I laid on the couch and watched TV while reading a newspaper and then a magazine. Instead of working out if was being lazy and on Saturday morning I felt super guilty about that so I told myself that no matter what was going on that I would go running while Cece took her Saturday afternoon nap.
Saturday morning was Cece’s first gymnastics class. I was pretty excited to see if she would take to it or not. Wherever we go Cece always wants to walk the “balance beam” which is really just walking on the curb, or the edge of a flower bed, or another other raised barrier that isn’t really meant for walking. She also likes to hang from the monkey bars when we go to the playground (she isn’t tall enough or strong enough to actually do anything other than hang) and she likes to climb up the ladders so it seemed like a good idea to sign up for gymnastics.
Gymnastics worked out great. The class at the community center was packed but the instructors did a great job getting the kids involved and active. I was only to grab a few quick shots since I was actively participating in the exercises with Cece. As you can see below Cece liked going under the crawling bars, monkey crawling across the parallel bars, and sitting on the parachute before playing ring-around-the rosies. What I didn’t get pictures of where Cece’s two favorite things which were (1) hanging from the bars and falling onto the mat below and (2) walking the two giant balance beams. I think we may have a gymnast on our hands.
After a fun Saturday of hanging out with Cece and only getting in about 20 minutes of exercise (I was doing laundry, doing dishes, and in general getting ready for my trip while Cece took a nap) I was glad to settle in for the evening and relax a bit before my early morning trip to Orlando. I had planned ahead for a healthy snack and a delicious beer. September has arrived which means it is time for the pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest beers to get into full swing. It’s a good thing because they are outstanding.
As I write this now I’m sitting at the gate to hop on a plane to Orlando but I made sure to hop on the scale before I left. Despite the fact that I didn’t get in nearly as much exercise as I wanted I was happy to have dropped .6 lbs this week. It wasn’t much but it was good to see that I could still lose some weight by eating reasonably even when I don’t have the opportunity to work out as much as I would like. The brings the current weight down to 206.2 and the total weight loss at 60.8. I’ll have to work hard not to overindulge during my few days in Orlando to make sure I don’t gain this back this week.
Once again, Rizzo has kicked my ass all over the world racking up another 40.8 miles compared to my miserable 33.8 miles. Remember those romantic days when I actually won a week of the Bring It On challenge? Ahhh, those were the days. This gives Rizzo a pretty sizeable lead about halfway through the month of September 93.4 miles to my 83.7 miles. If I hadn’t already checked in I would consider walking to Orlando instead of flying so I could build up some mileage. At least if I walked to Orlando I would have a chance of tying Rizzo this month.