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Feel-Better French Toast

November 7, 2011

Flat Abs November is off to a painful start.

It hurts to walk, laugh, and get up from my current lying down position on the couch.

Either my muscles are way more out of shape than I’d anticipated, or I put together one heck of a workout. In any case, I’ll share it with you so you can try it out as well.

I did 5 different exercises, and then repeated all five for two full sets:

  1. With a bosu ball (or stability ball), get into the plank position (on your hands, not elbows) and hold on to the sides of the bosu platform (or place your hands on top of the ball) and hold plank for 30-45 seconds.
  2. Switch positions so that your feet are on the platform (or ball) and your arms are on the floor. Hold for 30-45 seconds.
  3. Lie on your back and twist to one side like you’re doing a side crunch. Hold for 10 seconds, switch the other side for 10 more seconds, then repeat both sides. Then come up to boat pose and hold the pose for 30 seconds. Repeat this entire exercise once more.
  4. Hold a medicine ball or weighted plate and get into boat pose. Twist your upper body from side to side, allowing the ball/plate to touch the ground on each side. Once on each side is one rep. Do 15.
  5. Lie on your back with your hands at your side or under your butt. Bring your legs up so they’re straight and at a 90 degree angle with your body. Slowly lower them for a count of 10 seconds until they’re a few inches above the ground. Hold them at that point for another 10 seconds. That’s one. Do 5.
I also did some reps on the lat pulldown machine and got a little overzealous with the leg press machine– which left me with sore arms, thighs and butt. Yeah, today has not been pleasant.

But you know what makes even the sorest of muscles feel better? (Other than a heat pack, a stretch, a massage, or… you know, other practical things.)

French toast.

And rather than ruin all the hard work I just accomplished at the gym, I slimmed it way down.

Instead of using thick bread that packs on a few hundred calories, I used my Sara Lee bread that has 45 calories per slice. That meant I could have three slices instead of two, I reasoned.

After soaking the slices in an egg wash consisting of egg, vanilla, and skim milk, I browned the slices in a skillet for a couple of minutes on each side. I made sure that the center was warm enough so I wasn’t eating raw egg (no sense in making my abdominal region hurt any worse), but not so much that the center isn’t soft like custard. Mmmmm 🙂

Right before placing the bread into the skillet, make sure you sprinkle on a little cinnamon and sugar, too!

I felt the French toast was sweet enough with the sprinkling of sugar, so instead of topping it with syrup I topped it with almond butter and blackberry preserves. That way it’s not just bread for breakfast, but some healthy fats to boot!

So after that workout– and after that breakfast– I’d say Flat Abs November is off to a heck of a start.

What about you… any good workouts that left you feeling the burn the next day?




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