April 11th, 2010


Cinnamon french toast

Wholewheat cinnamon french toast dusted with powdered sugar :) Mmmmm

Taking a break from pancakes, we decided to whip up some french toast!

3 small eggs
6 slices of refrigerated wholewheat bread - sliced into triangles
6 tbspn of soy milk
3 tspn of cinnamon powder
1 tspn of sugar

It's really easy -

Soak the slices in the mixture of eggs, cinnamon powder, sugar and soy milk. Pan-fry in a skillet with a few chunks of butter till golden brown. Before serving, sift over a mixture of icing sugar and cinnamon. Top with maple syrup. Viola :)

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Max interval training - Insanity

If the video above doesn't work, click here

I wrote about this a couple of days ago but for some strange reason, the post turned up blank. Anyway, as I am aching from the post-math of the workout, I decided to write about this again.

For the past week or so, since I got back from my three weeks of travels, I haven't been on schedule. But for a good reason. B.T found a new cross-training cardio workout for me so that I could try out the 3+2 training program for my marathon. I watched the videos, saw the amazing physiques of the chicks in the videos and was totally sold. Also, our friends in the States have been on it for awhile but now go to an actual boot camp session weekly and they swear by it. It is also one of the hottest workouts in the U.S right now.

B.T has been on the P90X workout for over a year - part of the Beachbody workout. It helped him for his marathon training but I steered clear of it as it was focused on gym and strength training. He has been doing it at home and at the gym and strangely enough, several have walked up to him to ask what workout he was doing because it looked tough. He has also got some of our friends hooked onto it.

Insanity on the other hand focuses on cardio and strength training. It is a high energy cardio workout that consists of a mixture of core, power cardio, plyometrics and a couple more key circuit workouts which vary for each session. It is part also part of the Beachbody workout but taught by a different instructor - Shaun T, ex track sprinter and dancer. I know the whole Beachbody workout terming sounds very cheesy but this works. You are meant to do it 6 times a week for 60days. However, I am not following the regime and instead doing two sessions of Insanity a week to complement my running and yoga.

So far, it has been brutal.

I have done the fit test and two other Insanity workouts - plyometric and power cardio and my glutes, abs, quads, lower back and all major muscle groups have been hit. The workouts last for just 40 minutes but that includes the warm-ups and warm-downs so the actual workout is a mere 20-25 minutes but it is tiring. I have done power jumps, hurdles, basketball suicide drills, moving push-ups and more. I am still allowing my body to get used to this workout so if I am aching too much, I will actually skip yoga to allow my body to recover. I hope that soon enough, I will be able to do thrice a week of running, twice yoga and twice Insanity. And at the end, be a much stronger and faster runner.

I'll track and share my progress along the way. I hope that I won't bulk up - if I do I'll stop! I am looking forward to even leaner and tighter abs and a well toned overall bod and being a stronger runner.

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Pushing Celestia at BT

Discovering life through sports - John Sweetwood

On the bike leg in one of the many triathlons that John has participated in

John Sweetwood, 40, is a CIO in his day job. Outside of work, this Chicago born and currently based avid athlete, spends his free time cycling, swimming and running, in no particular order.

I first met John, when he was living in Singapore, a couple of years ago at a gym. We used to trade training tips, or rather, he would advise me on my swimming form or give me advice on nutrition and helped fixed my bike before a race. Shortly after, he re-located to Tokyo but we still kept in touch. Often, my emails to him is to either chide him for his lack of blog entries or updates or asking him for training advice.

Most non-competitive athletes would turn to professionals for training advice or use sophisticated gadgets to track progress. I do admit that I fall under that category. John on the other hand, has been engaging in triathlons for more than a decade and constantly experiments to improve his performance. I would say that he is pretty much a self-taught athlete, that has achieved commendable results through his own efforts.

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