Hey, Tuesday! 🙂
I’m off to a body burst workout this morning, and I feel like I’m finally getting into the swing of things again. A new gym was just built near my house, and I really enjoy it! It reminds me of the gym I was obsessed with back in Atlanta. I find myself excited about classes, and so inspired to keep going. Before I head out, I wanted to share my weekly recap. My dad and I are finishing up some building projects later this afternoon that I am so excited about.
I can’t believe it is 60 degrees out right now! The high will be 70, and it feels like fall outside 🙂 Don’t worry, I’m not going to start cooking pumpkin muffins and buying Bath & Body Works candles.
I finished up writing my last recap post on Tuesday morning. It was rainy and muggy all day. I felt bad for the pups because they had little walks, so when it stopped, I drove them out to my parents to play in the backyard. Before I left, I had vanilla Greek yogurt, strawberries, and trail mix. I had trail mix leftover from the Friday night movie theater treats 🙂
I decided to make a green juice before driving out to my parent’s house. My juice had kale, spinach, lime, one small green apple, lemon, a lot of ginger, cucumber, carrots, wheatgrass, and celery.
While the pups were out playing in the backyard, I went on a three-mile run. I needed a cardio recovery after Monday’s workout. Cardio helps relieve the soreness by increasing circulation. When I first start new fitness routines, I get the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) like woah. I was so sore on Tuesday that it actually felt like I had giant boobs and a huge butt while running. I could feel the soreness in my chest from weight lifting, and it just inspired me to keep going back to the gym. It’s been almost two weeks, and now I don’t get that pain. It’s crazy how fast you can train your body. I do not see any body changes yet, but I can MOST DEFINITELY feel it. I feel like I can breathe better, and my mood and energy levels have changed since taking that 40-day hiatus.
On Wednesday morning, I grabbed a half a bagel and ran out the door to head to Pilates. I haven’t done much pilates, but I was excited to take the class. The entire 60-minute class was spent on the floor, so I was happy about that! So many leg lifts, ab focus, and stretching exercises. It was exactly what I needed. This class was a great recovery workout. I still got a great sweat/burn, but it wasn’t high intensity.
After Pilates, I was in serious need of coffee. I had a tall non-fat latte with two shots of espresso. Lattes are actually great for post workout because of the protein and carbs in the milk. Larabar sent me these new Fruits & Greens bars. I have been wondering how they tasted after seeing them at CVS. I was shocked at how much I liked them. I ended up buying an entire box of them off of Amazon. I like them better than the original Larabars. They are around 130 calories, and if you like dried fruit, you’ll love them! The pineapple kale cashew is my favorite flavor 🙂
Later on for lunch, I made eggs (1 egg +3 egg whites) with a side of fresh fruit.
My dinner was so random but tasty. I had leftover steak stir fry on top of romaine lettuce with cottage cheese and ginger sesame dressing.
I ended up swimming 60 laps with my mom in the pool on Wednesday night. We alternated back and forth.
My morning routine is the same. I wake up, walk one dog 1.5 miles around the block, walk the other 1.5 miles around the block, feed them, make coffee, and reply to blog comments while watching the news. I like it when Kyle is here because we walk the dogs together and that saves me some time in the morning. If my classes are early morning, I make sure to get up so I can fit in my two-hour routine. I feel like my entire day is off if I don’t get that time.
After coffee on Thursday, I had a pre-workout snack/breakfast. English muffin with cream cheese and raspberry jelly. I usually don’t eat too heavy before a circuit workout. Something with carbs for energy and a little protein for muscle repair! I’ll usually have a protein shake afterwards. I have found that that works best for me.
This class kicked my butt! My arms and abs were jello when I left. I have found a love for circuit training again, and I think the classes help motivate me.
For lunch, I had an omelete (2 eggs + 2 egg whites) and ground 99% fat free turkey.
I spent the rest of the day working, and catching up on housework.
Kyle and I were going to pick up Chipotle for dinner, but we realized that we had all the ingredients to make chicken enchiladas, so we did that instead.
I could eat these forever because they’re so good and easy to make. I don’t know why it took me so long to try an enchilada. I made the same recipe for the stuffed bell pepper enchiladas but used tortillas this time. The recipe is right here!:) We made a side of sweet potato fries seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, and minced onion.
Kyle and I took the boys for a super long walk on Thursday night and then started a new show. Meighan recommended A Handmaid’s Tale, and we can’t stop watching. It is just incredible. It’s a Hulu series, and if you need a new binge show…start it! The plot is so unique and different.
I woke up early Friday morning to go on a walk with Kyle and the pups, fit in more work, and then head to bootcamp calss with Meighan. They’re the most intense workouts of the week! I had overnight oats for breakfast, and I can’t wait to share more about the oats on tomorrow!
Since I’ve been changing up my workouts (and fitting in my walking challenge), I wanted to do a before picture. I’m not weighing myself anymore, or worrying about a “number.” I feel like I’m happier and my days don’t revolve around that number when the scale is locked away. I highly recommend saying adios! If you want to see progress, take pictures, or measure yourself. So, yes, I’m sharing my before picture! I’m just hoping to get a bit more defined! I’m giving myself four months to hit some of my goals 🙂 I am happy with my body, and I love my body now, but it’s OK to want to make changes! I have them written down on a piece of paper, and I’ve shared them with Meighan, and she’s holding me to them!
Our boot camp class was intense, and we were glistening with sweat afterward. We did so many sprints… Felt amazing to get that workout in 🙂 Meighan is a BEAST in class, so she inspires me to work harder. I don’t think I wore makeup once this week, and I’m totally OK with that. I honestly feel like putting makeup on is a chore. I wish I loved it, but I’d rather run ten miles than do it. I feel the same way about hair, and that’s why it’s always lookin’ wild.
I was in the mood to bake muffins on Friday afternoon while watching New Girl, and they turned out so good! You can find the recipe here.
We made one of the Blue Aprons for dinner on Friday night. IT WAS PERFECTION!!! Crispy chicken tenders, roasted potatoes, and veggies with aioli sauce. Blue Apron is an awesome meal kit delivery service.
I headed to the gym at 7 am on Saturday morning for a HIIT class.
We had to do each movement ten times and as many times as we could in seven minutes. After we did the five rounds, we did a deep stretch. Great way to get sweating on Saturday morning 🙂
I met up with Becca on Saturday afternoon to shop. She was looking for new jeans, and I love tagging along!:) Before we started browsing for her jeans, I grabbed a cappuccino! I tried on a lot of things but just walked out of the mall with a blue tank top. I wasn’t impressed with much. I did learn that I’m too old to be wearing H&M jean shorts lol
After walking the mall for a couple of hours, we decided to grab lunch at our favorite spot, Zoe’s Kitchen! I ordered the tossed Greek Salad without dress and no olives. I also ordered a fruit cup for the side.
I was so excited for Saturday night because one of our friends, also Meighan’s roommate, was competing in the Miss North Carolina pageant. I grabbed snacks for the show and a couple of other necessities at The Fresh Market on my way home. I’m sort of obsessed with TFM.
I was so proud of Allison! She was 1st runner-up & nailed everything! She is incredibly talented and smart. Way to go Allison! As you can tell, Kyle loved watching the pageant!
I woke up to Grumples licking my face on Sunday morning. He wanted to jump up on the bed for cuddles. I love him so much! He’s not a cuddly dog, so when he wants to cuddle, you have to take advantage of it. I’ll drop anything for cuddles with him.
I was so excited to try making the three-ingredient pancake recipe in the waffle maker & it worked! Even Kyle loved them! I used the blender to combine one large banana, one tablespoon Swerve, two egg whites, one egg, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. I mixed in blueberries, sprayed the waffle maker, and added the batter. I was so happy they turned out.
After breakfast, I headed to the gym with Kyle! I did my go-to gym solo circuit. This is something that you can do anywhere.
35 Sit-ups (10 left, 15 center,10 right)
25 Dumbbell Bench Presses (5-10lb weights)
^ X 2
30 Left Side Leg Lifts/30 Right Side Leg Lifts
50 Front Arm Circles/50 Back Arm Circles (do not take a break between sets)
30 Left Front Leg Lifts/30 Right Front Leg Lifts
35 Sit-ups (10 left, 15 center,10 right)
10 Jumping Jacks
Repeat Circuit 2X!
Fresh cantaloupe and yogurt post workout 🙂
I spent Saturday organizing and putting away laundry. I also got around to hanging my jewelry organizer up.
I roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and zucchini for dinner.
I know this isn’t the most flattering photo of my food, but it was delicious. I also had five eggwhites for my protein.
*disclaimer* not everything I eat ends up on the blog. With the amount of workouts that I’m participating in, calories are crucial. I don’t take photos of everything I eat, so please do not use this as a “diet” guide. I grab handfuls of cereal, bites out of the ice cream pint for dessert, nuts, and random snacks throughout the day! Kyle and I even made midnight Reeses Peices waffles on Sunday. I have containers filled with fruit that I eat out of randomly, scoops from the peanut butter jar, or sample bites while cooking recipes. I strive to eat healthy, but also intuitively! If I want something, you bet I’ll have it.
After walking the dogs three miles this morning, I had an English muffin with peanut butter and coffee!
Yesterday morning, I headed to a circuit workout. I think the Monday classes are my favorite! I love how she switches up the workouts. I am going to start writing them down as we go, and share them on the blog! My arms are going to be sore in the morning for sure.
I had almond milk mixed with Vanilla Muscle Milk and a Now Cow bar for my post workout breakfast.
The boys and I enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather! It was breezy and 80 yesterday.
They were exhausted after their second round of walks, but how cute! 🙂
As I was heading out the door, I saw a package sitting on my front porch. One of my friends from college sent me the sweetest and most creative package. The box was filled with a couple of summer books that I cannot wait to dive into, coffee, ginger (my fave) candies, a very sweet note, and an affirmation jar. I know this gift took so much thought and so much time to put together. It really brightened up my day. Thank you so much, Hannah! That was one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me.
How cute is this idea? Each one of those folded stars has an affirmation written on it. Just the sweetest.
Last night’s dinner: leftover brussels sprouts, sweet potato fries, grilled burger, and a side salad!
Questions For You!
- Do you enjoy putting makeup on?
- Have you watched The Handmaid’s Tale?
- What is your favorite workout class to attend?