March 2013 Foodie Penpal Reveal

Hello!  Time to share my Foodie Penpal reveal.  Here are the goodies that Laura sent my way last month:

march foodie penpal

Sidenote:  Can anyone spot a Tim in the background?

  • Mississippi Mud Brownie Mix from Ala Carte Alice, a shop that offers “gourmet gifts for all occasions.”  Can’t wait to bake up a batch!  Chocolate with marshmallows, pecans, and chocolate chips?  Yum.
  • Delta Bred Cheese Straws.  In her note, Laura said these are a staple at all her get-togethers.  Tim wanted to open them last week, but I said not until I take a picture.  I suspect we’ll break into these this week for sure!
  • Captain Rodney’s Sweet & Spicy Pepper Glaze.  I’m excited because I am slowly learning to like spicy foods.  Besides Tim sneaking crushed red pepper flakes into our meals, I really have tried to be better about the amount of spice I can handle.  Last week in Atlanta I ordered some chili for lunch along with my turkey sandwich one day, and I could handle the kick!  Hopefully I’ll be able to handle this glaze too.  🙂

Are you interested in joining Foodie Penpals next month?  Here are some more details:

 

Foodie Penpal

 

–> On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.  It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

–> You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail.

–> On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

–> The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items, or even homemade treats!  The spending limit is $15.  The box must also include something written.  This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe… use your imagination!

–> You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

–> Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers.  If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received.  If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

–> Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only.

If this sounds fun to you, just CLICK HERE and fill out the form to participate!  Remember anyone can participate whether you are a blogger or not, which is one of my favorite parts of this program. 

Thank you, Laura, for my fun treats this month!

Weekly Workouts

Morning, friends.  Let’s get this week started on the right foot.  Let’s talk Weekly Workouts!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

…on the road version!

Courtyard Marriott Gym

Sunday
Day before my trip, at the Y:  20 minutes of cycle sprints on the Spin bike, followed by 6 rounds of upper body Tabata work.

Sunday Workout

Monday
After we arrived at the hotel and did some work from our rooms:  40 minutes of longer cardio intervals on the elliptical, followed by some core work.  Focused on standing obliques and planks!

Tuesday
Morning workout before heading to the office:  20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill, followed by 4 rounds of lower body Tabata work.

Wednesday
Workout after the office & before dinner:  1 mile warmup on the treadmill, followed by a deck of cards workout that got me some weird looks from fellow hotel gym goers!

Deck of Cards Workout

Thursday
Workout after the office & before dinner:  10 minute warmup on the elliptical, followed by a countdown circuit and 1 round of an abs focused Tabata.

Hotel Countdown Workout

Friday
Off / rest day!

Saturday
2 mile run outside with Tim, followed by some ab work and some practice rounds of April Arms as I was designing this week’s challenges.  I originally wanted to go to Monique’s Kickboxing class, but it was too nice out and I just couldn’t get myself there in time.  I promise I’ll be there soon, Monique!

This Week’s Workouts

This week kicks off both Round 5 of Best Body Bootcamp, and Week 1 of my April Arms Challenge, so I have lots of fun workout plans in store for me!  If you are a regular class attendee of mine AND also doing BBB, pay attention because I will not be teaching the workouts from the BBB plan in the order they are listed in Tina’s spreadsheet.

  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday:  3-2-1 cardio intervals + pyramid pushups
  • Tuesday:  Returning to Two A Day for an hour of Kickboxing with Liz, then teaching my class with Workout C (unilateral training).  I’ll likely do the Tuesday Triceps from the Arms Challenge in my class.
  • Wednesday:  Off OR steady state + Biceps Blast
  • Thursday:  Teaching my class with BBB Workout A + Tabata Thursday
  • Friday:  25 minutes cardio + Friday Five
  • Saturday: BBB Strength Workout B + cardio of some sort??

I have it planned out, but of course — subject to change depending how my body is feeling and how the week is going.

You tell me:  How were your workouts last week?  What’s on the agenda for this week?  Anyone playing any good April Fool’s jokes today?

April Arms folks — hope you guys are rocking those pyramid pushups to start Day 1 off right!