Week 2 of Rehab

So, this week, we “ramped up” the rehab. Here’s how it went down:

Tuesday: Amy, my PT, had me first, so we did the treadmill—3.0 miles an hour, almost back to my “baseline” of 3.2/3.3 pre-heart insanity. Yay! Only 22 minutes, but we’re working on it.

Then we did core and leg work. Crunches, a plank like move when I raise and lower myself onto my toes while resting on my elbows (holy crap!), and then 10 bridges (which I love. My back is actually quite flexible, thank you).

Then some leg stuff with weights, which was awesome. It was a fantastic workout.

Today: Therapeutic rec—we went through my schedule to see what my day is like. Next week we’ll build on this to see where I can put in more dedicated activity. Then the psychology part, which was with my normal doc, so that was nice.

Then Amy had me again—we did the stair climb machine today. I did over 2000 steps, which means I went “higher” than the Space Needle, the Eiffel Tower, and the Empire State Building. Go me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Amy says next time we’re shooting for the Sears Tower. (Which I think is like 2300). She increased the workload after about 5 minutes, and had me incrementally increase my pace, too, so this wasn’t pansy stuff. Then we did arm and core strengthening. Wow. Shoulder and chest flies kill me. ๐Ÿ˜›

Now I am going to make myself a lovely stir-fry. ๐Ÿ™‚ I deserve it.

Emily Cooks: Paula’s spicy chicken breasts

When I was at OSUMC, I got to watch TV. Real TV. Food Network! Hallmark Channel! TLC! (What Not To Wear!!!) And since I watched a lot of Food Network, I wrote down the recipes I liked, then emailed them to myself the next day from my dad’s laptop.

This is a Paula Deen/Deen brothers recipe I really liked. I made it on Monday. It is super-fast and the topping is really easy to halve! I made two chicken breasts—one for dinner, one for lunch.

This is spicy! But you could probably reduce the spices if you’re not into heat.

Roasted Spicy Mayonnaise Chicken Breasts

Serves four

1/2 c. mayo (I used light, no problems)

2 lemons, zest finely grated

2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. celery seeds OR dill (What I used. I love dill!)

1 tsp. salt, plus additional for seasoning.

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning

Pinch cayenne pepper/chili powder

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Whisk all ingredients (except the chicken!) into a small bowl. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange chicken on prepared baking sheet. Slather the mayo mixture over the chicken. Bake until juices run clear when the chicken is pricked with a fork, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to serving platter and serve hot!

Reblogging because I am on my Love Never Dies kick this week…and he originated the role of the Phantom in that one. Also sung the Phantom in POTO.

RAMIN KARIMLOO as THE PHANTOM (ERIK)ย