Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Dark-of-Night Drive-way Workout and Spinach Fritatta

The Great and Powerful Oz was out of town yesterday which means that I couldn't meet Team Shortstack at the gym.  Elizabeth being the giver that she is decided to come over for a driveway workout.  She also decided to get creative with our workout, and I was a direct benefactor of her research.

We are sharing it with you because it was an awesome workout, and anyone can do it at home.  All you need is a light to medium set of weights and a towel . . . oh, and a long drive way or a couple of blocks of pavement.  We did the whole thing in the front yard . . . under the morning stars.

First up was an arm/ab blast that Elizabeth found on Pinterest. You can find it here at

Basically, you do four arm moves while in the plank position - with no break in between exercises.   We used and 8 and 10 pound weights.   It's a double whammy since you are working your arms and your abs at the same time.  We did one set, and then we ran to the end of my driveway (almost 1/8 of a mile). 

We ran pretty quick since it was darker than dark, and we were a little concerned that we were going to run into a skunk, a snake, or some other kind of unwelcome creature by the pond.

She had planted some heavier weights (20 pounds each) at the end of the drive.  We stopped there and did one set of bicep curls and watched the cars go by. 

Then we turned around and high-tailed it back up the driveway to the house, and repeated the whole thing all over again.

Next up was some more abs (summer is here, folks). 


We laid out some towels on the grass and set up an interval time on our iphone ("advanced interval timer" - its free) for a five minute set. 

The interval timer beeped every 30 seconds, and we changed exercises at every beep.  We did crunches, hollow holds, leg extensions, heels to the heavens, mason twists, etc . . .

After five minutes, we ran back down the driveway, and used the heavy weights to do some over-head tricep presses.


Then we repeated the abs/drive-way run a second time.  At the end of all of this, we were only at about 45 minutes for our workout.  So, we finished it off with 3 minutes of burpees.

(If I keep telling myself this, maybe I'll start to believe it)

And then, we threw up and passed out on the driveway while the sun came up.  Just kidding.  Sort of.

It was a great 50 minute workout.  I think the weights at the end of the driveway are entirely optional . . . or really, the whole workout is entirely optional.  If you'd rather drink margaritas and eat nachos today (since its Cinco de Mayo), I won't blame you one little bit.

After we did our workout, I ate a piece of spinach frittata that my mom, JoMomma, made for me.  If you think my plate looks like a happy face, it was on purpose. Because I am a happy girl.

I also ate two "Oatmeal Banana Mooffie Fiber Bombs" - a recipe that I have been working on perfecting.  They aren't quite a muffin but not quite a cookie either . . . and, thus, a "mooffie."   Recipe coming soon.

The spinach fritatta was very good and relatively sugar-free; so, I'm going to share that recipe with you.  Right now.

JoMomma's Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

  1/2 - 10 oz package frozed chopped spinach
  1 whole large egg and 5-6 egg whites (or 4 whole eggs if you want to fatten it up)
  1 cup fat free ricotta (or part skim if you want to fatten it up)
  3/4 cup shredded parmesan
  3/4 cup chopped portobello mushrooms
  1/2 cup finely chopped green onions (mostly tops)
  1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  salt and pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Thaw and squeeze the chopped spinach.  Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until well mixed.  Spray two 9-inch pie pans with cooking spray and fill each with half of the egg-spinach mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and set.  Let cool for 20 minutes. 

Obviously, you can half the recipe if you don't want to make two frittatas.

Nutritional Info:  
  Serving Size:  1/6 of a pie plate


I need to reorganize this website a bit.  So, I will reposting the recipes from our recipes page tomorrow so that I can better link to them.  Blogging is hard.

Have a great weekend,


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an Ass-n-Abs kinda workout. If I ever owned a gym, that's what I'd name it because when it comes down to it, that's what we all are working on. :) Happy Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby day!