Workout Day 59!

Did my best today despite a small injury set-back.

P90X – Legs and Back
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 80 Minutes

My workout started strong.  I was burning the legs good and working the back hard.  I chose to use our heavy stretch band today in place of the chin-up bar.  My arms were a bit sore this morning and I also wanted to isolate my back a bit more.  So I put the stretch band in the door like we always do and proceeded to workout.  I made it through 4 full cycles of the back exercises.  I was feeling strong and on the 5th one I went back a little farther for more intensity.  On the 3rd rep, the band somehow came loose from the door and like a sling shot, belted me in the chest. Ow!  It knocked me flat on my ass.  The band locks into the door with a small weight piece and it was that piece that came flying at me.  Needless to say, I have a massive bruise and welts on my chest.  I had to stop working out and apply some ice.  After about 10 minutes, I actually tried finishing my workout.  Yes I am crazy.  I couldn’t do everything.  It was causing more swelling.  So I finished up the calves and stretched out and I had to skip the abs today.  I iced more after I finished and I am still in pain now.  I don’t care about the pain as much as I am frustrated with having to stop my workout early.  At least I still got in about 40 minutes of solid legs and back work, but I am still frustrated.  Nothing gets me down more than injury but I must stay positive.  I will rest up and ice a little more today, but you can bet your ass I will be back at it tomorrow morning!

Workout Day 58!

I used Yoga & Plyometrics at my photo shoot today!  What?!  First things first…

P90X – Yoga X
Total Time = 98 Minutes

I had a beautiful yoga practice this morning… even though I had to wrap it up quickly and get ready to go.  Therefore I am blogging now instead.  More on that in a minute.  During Yoga today I was feeling the most flexible that I have since beginning P90X.  Also, I usually dread the first half of the workout and cannot wait until the 2nd half begins.  But today it didn’t seem all that bad.  It is still hard, but I flowed through it much better and with less frustration.  Overall I am feeling great around my entire body and actually looking forward to the next yoga practice.

Now on to the other stuff.  I received a call this morning and was booked to model promo photos for the upcoming film “Rock of Ages”.  When I wrapped up my yoga, I immediately had to get myself in full rock n’ roll hair, make-up, and wardrobe and head down to the studio in Venice.  We shot all kinds of cool body part inserts, rockstar hero poses with a guitar, jamming out and flying all over the studio, etc.  For the rockstar pose, I had to spread my legs as wide as possible and was able to do so thanks to yoga this morning.  I even said to the photographer that it was good I had practiced yoga before coming in.  I was practically in a triangle pose! haha.  Then they wanted shots of me jumping with the guitar like I was on stage.  So, I pulled out the Rockstar hops from the Plyometrics workout!  They were amazed at how high I was able to get and loved the pics!  I guess these workouts are paying off in more ways than one!  🙂  Anyway… the raw pics look rad!  I can’t wait to see what they turn them into… possibly will be movie posters, billboards, etc. Wish I could share the photos now but I must wait until they come out. So stay tuned!  And have a beautiful evening.

 

Healthy Salad Recipe!

I’ve been a bit slacking in the sharing of recipes and such, so I figured to get on track with this one, especially since I have already been asked for the recipe!

What’s interesting about this, is that the ‘recipe’ can have a million variables.  The best thing about making a salad like this is that you can use so many different combinations of veggies to suit your tastes… depending on what you buy or just what happens to be in the fridge.  The guidelines with my recipe is that it must be all plant based, high in protein and nutrients, organic and clean, and lean and mean. haha.  Ok yummy too!

Having said that, here are the ingredients that I used:
* ALL Organic
– Herb Mix Salad
– Spinach
– Kale
– Cucumbers
– Sugar Plum Tomatoes
– Mushrooms
– Onions
– Green Pepper
– Shredded Carrots
– Garbanzo Beans
– Kidney Beans
– Raw Sunflower Seeds
– Ground Hemp seed
– 1 package of firm tofu
– 1 avocado
– Seasoning and/or salad dressing of your choice

First I sliced the tofu into small cubes and then sauteed them in coconut oil.  I didn’t use any seasoning.  The tofu is an optional ingredient.  Sometimes I will use it and sometimes I will not.  I prepare it separately, however, and leave it on the side so that it may be added or not.  After it was cooked, I placed it in a bowl and put it in the fridge to cool off.  I served it on the side, but wanted it to be the same temperature as the salad.

Then I washed and sliced all of the veggies.  I added the herb mix, kale, and spinach to my big ‘ole salad bowl and mixed them up a bit.  I then got a little artistic as I do sometimes with food and began placing the sliced veggies in a circular pattern and then distributed the diced veggies all around.  You may make your own design.  🙂  After that, I spread the kidney and garbanzo beans around.  Lastly, I sprinkled the sunflower seeds and a few spoons of the hemp seed around the top.  That’s it!  Once we served the salad in bowls and added our dressings of choice, I added the sliced avocado on top.  And as far as dressings, you may use whatever suits your fancy.  I go with a homemade dressing that I make on the spot.  I first add oregano, basil, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and a dash of salt (optional on the salt).  I then drizzle a little olive oil on top along with apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, and sometimes a balsamic vinegar, and then I finish it off with a little fresh lemon juice.

This is delicious and of course nutritious.  Aside from the obvious benefits of eating all of those veggies, the beans are a great source of fiber and protein, the sunflower seeds and avocado provide healthy fats, and the hemp seed is loaded with protein and omega 3!  The tofu, if you so desire to use it, will provide even more protein.  But my feelings on tofu is that it should be used sparingly in your diet… a little is great, but too much can have negative effects.

What’s great about this meal, is that you can eat as much of it as you want!  Feel free to fill up, cuz this will provide you with everything you need and it will burn off quick.  I recommend making a BIG salad so that you can save the leftovers for a quick and healthy lunch or snack the next day.

Enjoy!

Workout Day 57!

That was probably the best overall workout I have had thus far in the program!

P90X – Shoulders and Arms
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 81 Minutes

Wow… that was rad!  I am feeling pumped, ripped, and rocked!  Happy Monday!  I got up early, had my protein shake and coffee, got a little work done, and then hit it hard.  This workout hasn’t been on the schedule for almost 6 weeks.  I forgot how awesome it was.  It is non-stop shoulders, biceps, and triceps.  I used heavier resistance bands and dumbbells today and pushed myself to failure every time.  I felt very strong and fired up.  My arms and shoulders feel like jello now!  Then it was Abs.  I will also say that I was able to keep up more and push harder during abs than any other time.  Ab Ripper X is still a beast but I found myself taking less breaks and able to go harder with each rep.

I am expecting to be sore tomorrow! lol.  Time now to eat and get back to work.  Tonight I have a 3 hour rehearsal with one of my bands.  I guess 3 hours of drumming can be considered workout number 2. 🙂  Have a great day!!!

Workout Day 56!

You know it’s gonna be a good Sunday when you hit the Plyo before noon!

P90X – Plyometrics
Total Time = 64 Minutes

Rockin’ Rollin the Plyometrics today and I am feeling rad!  I got a pretty early start for a Sunday… got a little work done and then hit the Plyo workout.  This workout still is and will probably always be a beast.  But today I was able to push it harder, jump higher, and overall tackle this workout better than ever before.  My heart was pumpin’ and I was sweating all over the place.  I burned a ton of calories and I actually have a lot of energy right now.  I think Mary and I may do a little hike this afternoon as well to get some fresh air and some good ‘ole vitamin D.  I hope you all are having an amazing weekend.  Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

Workout Day 55!

Back to the weights!

P90X – Chest and Back
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total time = 74 minutes

It felt good getting back to this today.  My chest is toast!  The pull-ups were a little hard today as I felt like dead weight. lol.  But I powered through it.  Getting back in the groove and feeling good.  On with the day!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Yesterday I no blog…

… I was fried.  It was an amazing day though.  For those reading my blog who don’t happen to be connected to me via facebook or twitter… I had booked a national commercial for Comcast and we shot all day yesterday at Ontario Airport.  By the way, if you would like to see some behind the scenes photos and stay in touch with the news, connect with me!  www.facebook.com/justinjsandler and www.twitter.com/justinsandler

I had to be up at 5am yesterday and got home in the evening.  There was no working out yesterday for me… it was a well deserved break.  Plus, I had taken a day off on Thursday as well cuz my body was begging for it.  The good news is that I feel great today.  I am well rested and my arm feels much better.  It was hurting the other day, so I’m glad I gave it a break.  Today we are back to the weights and I am stoked to hit it!  Gonna do that in a few.  So today, I shall blog twice.  Gonna work out now.  Be back in a bit with my workout blog!  🙂