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Dead lifts and tofu = nofu

Hello from Rainville.  It has been so wet this week!

We are supposed to get a big warm up later in the week and I am sure the garden is going to go gangbusters after all this rain!  This weather meant indoor running today.  I don’t like running in the rain (or doing much in the rain, really).  So, hopped on to the gym and did my requisite 4 miles.  I really should start doing some speed work, as we have a race coming up in April.  I know my time has slowed since last fall.

After running, I came back to absolutely no coffee in the house ready to go.  That is complete panic!  John forgot to mention to me that he used the last bit yesterday afternoon for lattes, or I would have roasted some up last night.  So, that was what I was doing instead of eating – roasting coffee in the popcorn popper :mad:   Although, it does not get any fresher than that!

I made a different topping for my protein waffles today:

This is 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries, 1 tsp of honey, cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of FF ricotta cheese all mashed together and heated up.  It was quite good and a nice change from blueberries.

Went to an old standby for lunch:

This is a chicken sandwich with laughing cow and some strawberry jam!  I love this combo.  However, I found out that the Arnold Sandwich thins now are now made with sucralose (I am positive they were not before).  Yuck!!!!

I want to show you all how lifting heavy does not make you bulky.  I did dead lifts at 95# yesterday (and they were hard).  Check out the tiny lady doing 100# dead lifts (a million of them) and making it look like snap.  Strong does not equal bulky!  This is a full deadlift.  Sometimes called sumo, I think.  Different than stiff/straight leg dead lift.  Probably the 2nd best full body exercise next to  barbell squats.

I bet she felt those the next day….

Afternoon snack was a little protein powder and fluff pudding. New PP today sweetened with Stevia. It’s pretty strong stuff!  I thought I took a picture, but I guess I didn’t.  :oops:

I finished up work early today!  Yay!  Love those days, especially after a rough day yesterday.

Dinner time involved something new for me:

I had the brilliant idea that this would taste good if pan sauteed with some ginger sesame sauce.  My plate:

With roasted sweet potato chips and brussel sprouts.

2 things were eaten off that plate and I will give you 2 guesses.  Somebody swapped out  a can of tuna for the tofu to get the protein because I didn’t feel like getting anything else ready.  Epic fail on the tofu.  It wasn’t the taste so much (there wasn’t any), but the texture was just awful, awful, awful.  Mushy and gelatinous in the middle.  And this was the firm stuff!  I may try blending the rest up in a shake or something to not waste it, but never again.

After dinner, John and I hit the town for a little shopping.  John needs shoes.  Didn’t score on any foot wear, but we did stop for some R&R:

Tall decaf latte with a shot of protein.  I didn’t realize Starbies still did the protein shot, so I asked – and they did!  Go me!

Hopefully tomorrow will be a biking to bagel day if the rain stops overnight.

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30 comments to Dead lifts and tofu = nofu

  • It was rainy yesterday, but not today. I failed to set my alarm last night and missed my ride to work and had to walk. The great part of that was seeing all the crocuses peeking up out of the ground. I love crocuses!

    When I finished work it was so nice and sunny that my BF and I went down to the waterfront and walked two miles.

    Tofu = nofu…I couldn’t agree more.

    Loved the other food pics though…and your hilarious “I don’t think so” face.
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Tomorrow is Market Day =-.

  • You might try to make scrambled “eggs” with that tofu–I think it’s pretty easy, and doesn’t taste too bad–there are a lot of recipes online.
    .-= Laura (G.G.)´s last blog ..Boxing and Tire Flips? Who, Me? =-.

  • I don’t know if there is that much difference, or if people cook it longer or what, but one of the dishes that Vicky makes that I love is edamame and tofu. She grills the tofu, I think. It tastes almost like chicken to me, and the texture is almost like chicken tenders. I asked, and she uses extra firm tofu.

    Yesterday I checked out deadlifts on youtube, and found out that I do stiff leg dead lifts, which I am sure are easier than those ones that almost look like a squat to me. The stiff leg ones were demonstrated by the 6 time winner of Mr. Olympia, so I guess its okay if I do them LOL!
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Flower Show =-.

  • See, that look on your face is exactly how I feel about tofu.
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Downtown Derby 5K Recap! =-.

  • It’s beautiful and sunny here in central Oklahoma, but it’s supposed to rain on Saturday. NOT GOOD – that is my race day for my first 5K!!! I don’t want to reschedule…I just want to get it over with now. LOL

    I tried tofu once. I agree with you on that one. Um..not so great.

  • Sad you hated the tofu. I have never eaten it plain but I like it in stir fry.

    The weather here is really rainy too. The weekend is supposed to be lovely though… I am super excited for a lone bike ride and soaking up the sun with my sister in law for her 30th birthday.

  • Rainy yesterday but today was a beautiful day. Man that tiny woman is fit! 50 lifts in 1:14 wow!
    .-= John´s last blog ..Back Once Again =-.

  • Miz

    ahhh the Arnold.
    we missed this year but have gone since the VERY FIRST ONE!
    it is the best people watching ever.
    bar none happy
    .-= Miz´s last blog ..Thoughts from Fitbloggin10. =-.

  • I’ve had the same experiences with tofu! In an effort to eat less meat, I’ve done a bit of experimenting…and it’s all been awful.
    .-= Blimpy Christian´s last blog .. =-.

  • Try making Pad Thai or Hot and Sour Soup with your tofu, it is absolutely delicious in spicy Asian food. Other than that, I can’t choke it down.

    About the Arnold Sandwich Thins…I bought them last summer and was shocked to find sucralose as an ingredient. I blogged about it http://lovetoeathatetoexercise.blogspot.com/2009/07/label-reading-refresher.html and wrote to the company but got no reply. I just don’t understand why they need to put artificial sweeteners in bread products. It’s ridiculous. It really prompted me to start making my own bread. I use raw honey or organic sugar to feed the yeast and I know everything else that goes into each loaf. I slice it really thin so two slices equal the calories of just one.
    .-= Andra´s last blog ..Food Shopping and Menus =-.

  • Flo

    I don’t like mushy tofu, but I like it when it’s cooked like this.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/How_to_Cook_Tofu_Like_the_Pros

    The dry frying makes all the difference in the world.

    And, yes, it’s been rainy here for days and days. Ready to build an ark!

  • Those are some deadlifts! I got tired just watching! happy Not a fan of tofu texture either!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Maintaining Weight at Middle Age & Beyond =-.

  • Ari

    Not rainy here–we’ve actually been having a lovely, real spring (after our lovely, real winter–are these what real seasons are like???).

    I’m not a fan of tofu, mostly because of the texture. Same reason I don’t like mushrooms or eggplant.
    .-= Ari´s last blog ..Before, After, and Maintenance =-.

  • It was rainy and yucky all last weekend, but Monday through today it has been sunny and beautiful. I will definitely be getting outside for another lovely spring play in the park with my puppy, and maybe a job after that.

    Those deadlifts were great, at first I thought “I could probably do a few deadlifts at 100lbs, so what?” Then she did 60, and I shut up.
    .-= Mallory´s last blog ..#77. Watch the Sunset =-.

  • It is terribly rainy here too! It does put a real damper on my mood. I love your protein waffles, as always. And I’m sorry to hear about the tofu fail. I just love the pillowy texture, but I can understand its blandness! Happy Wednesday, Lori!
    .-= Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com´s last blog ..Springtime Sweetcakes =-.

  • That girl is impressive! Wow.

    Protein shot in coffee?! Brilliant! I must try this.

    I’ve tried to cook tofu a couple of time and just fail miserably each time. Oh well. Some things were not meant to be.

    It is not raining here. We’ve had the wettest winter that I can remember. It has been beautiful and sunny lately. So happy. I need the vitamin D. happy Hope your sunshine comes back soon. I’ve seen picture of the flooding on the east side. Yikes!

    I need to see if you have a video on how to do the barbell squats. Still intimidates me. I’ll have to add doing those as a goal for April. happy
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Sneakin’ in the Veggies =-.

  • I don’t mind running in the rain. But not in the cold rain.

    I don’t mind tofu cut up small in soups but not by itself.

  • today it is rainy! not happy-want the sunshine back happy
    your protein waffles look great!
    .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Greek Eats and a Bike Race =-.

  • Bummer about the tofu! I just love the stuff…raw, fried, baked, any style! Maybe next time (if there is a next time!), try letting it dry out a little and drain it on a paper towel. I think many bloggers “press” it between two books to get all the liquid out. Baking it is the best way I have found to really dry it out. Hope it’s better next time happy
    .-= Lara (Thinspired)´s last blog ..Mystery Solved! =-.

  • michelle

    So bummed about the sucralose in the Thins … my oldest daughter loves them for her lunch sandwiches and I don’t give artificial sweeteners to my kids sad

  • Heckyes it’s rainy here!! It hasn’t stopped! On the bright side, the long weekend is going to be gorgeous and sunny, so I guess I’ll take it.

    I have to remember to link to this post on my blog tonight – I LOVE that deadlift video. Girl is lifting mad weight and looking quite lady-like doing it winking I also concur that deadlifts are #2 to squats.

    I’m sure you’ve already got tons of suggestions on the tofu – but I have more! Cutting it into cubes will give more crunchy area, and less space inside to be mushy (if that makes sense). I don’t like eating it as is, it’s always best mixed in with veggies or a stir-fry. Best way, imo, is crumbled up with scrambled eggs. The taste/texture fuses brilliantly with eggs.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Strength Training at Home =-.

  • It is nice and sunny and beautiful here. THat girl in the video must be so strong! Wow! I’m thinking about joining a little gym in town to get strength training.

    I’ve never had tofu, I’ll have to try it but I’m a little worried!
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..Weigh In Day!!!! big grin =-.

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  • I wonder if your tofu had gone bad? I think firm tofu is supposed to stay firm all the way through…I mean, it’s still kind of mushy, but it’s not supposed to be gelatinous. Then again, I like the texture of things like eggplant and soft tofu and chia seeds in coffee, so maybe I’m not the best judge of texture ick.

    We’re still getting rain! Which, in California, is good, because otherwise everything would be brown by now.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update, 3/31/10 =-.

  • yowza, that gal is incredible! i am all about lifting heavy happy
    .-= janetha´s last blog ..power hour. =-.

  • Loving the look of that waffle topper, not to mention the tofu. I haven’t tried that product yet, but will be keeping an eye out for it!

  • MB

    Do you do your deadlifts with your hands facing opposite ways the way the girl in the video does it? Is there a reason to do it like that instead of having your hands facing the same way?

    We are flooded out here in Mass. from the record breaking rain over the past month. I’m looking forward to drying out this weekend. The temps are supposed to be in the 70s. WooHoo!
    .-= MB´s last blog ..Muscle Soreness or Injury? =-.

  • Tofu is a funny thing. Most people love it fried. You have to remember a few things:
    1. Drain it and wrap it in clean paper towel a couple of times to get the moisture out.
    2. Slice it or cube it then pat it dry, gently again to get any additional mosture out.
    3. When adding sauce/flavor, it will take on the flavor of what ever you add, but use a lot.

    So, if you do the above, it won’t be mushy in the middle. Cut your slices thinner. Also, try adding BBQ sauce to it and having it in a sammy.
    If you don’t want to buy it again, next time you’re out at a nice restaurant, if you see a fried tofu appetizer, go for it. Guaranteed you’ll like it.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..CEimB Miso Glazed Cod =-.

  • Another thing you might try is tempeh. It has a much firmer texture.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update, 3/31/10 =-.

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