Weekly Eats

Just like Mondays are a great day to focus on the week ahead in fitness, they are also a great time to think about food!  I guess I actually think about food on Saturdays and Sundays instead when I do the meal planning, grocery shopping, and food prep, but you guys know what I mean.

Weekly Eats

Last week breakfast consisted of my go to workday breakfast of cottage cheese with blueberries, slivered almonds, and cinnamon.  On Friday working from home I switched things up and made a chocolate strawberry smoothie.  I made it with protein powder, so it did keep me full.

Chocolate strawberry smoothie

Saturday we had breakfast sandwiches, which were cheesy and delicious.

Egg breakfast sandwich

Our main two lunches last week were avocado egg salad sandwiches (which I enjoyed open-faced)…

Avocado Egg Salad

And more barley + fruit on salad.  Like I mentioned yesterday, I can’t get enough!

Barley fruit salad

Dinners last week consisted of shrimp and veggie stir fry on Monday and Tuesday night…

Shrimp and veggie stir fry

Chicken ravioli skillet on Wednesday…

Chicken Ravioli Skillet

…and portobella pizzas on Thursday.

Portobella pizzas

Friday was a meal out at Jake N Joes for Katrina’s birthday.  I ordered the California chicken club with a side of sweet potato fries, and I also got a garden salad.  Excuse the terrible lighting.

Jake N Joes California Chicken Club

Last minute dinner plans on Saturday called for homemade pizzas.  We made two – one was our favorite chicken burrito pizza, and the other was just mushroom, red pepper, and onion.  Both were tasty!

Pizza

Finally, last week I also made a couple different treats.

These banana oat bars made for a good grab and go snack…

Banana Oat Bars…and I also baked a batch of almond flour chocolate chip cookies over the weekend.  They were so soft and chewy!  One of my best almond flour concoctions yet.

Almond flour chocolate chip cookies

Here’s what we’ve got lined up for the week ahead:

Lunches

Dinners

  • Sunday:  Steak salads
  • Monday:  Barley and veggie stuffed peppers
  • Tuesday:  Leftover stuffed peppers
  • Wednesday:  Spinach and feta stuffed chicken
  • Thursday:  Dinner out for my brother’s birthday
  • Friday:  TBD, likely some type of leftover
  • Saturday:  Dinner will be at my cousin’s graduation party

I also have some bananas not looking so hot, so I’m thinking it’s time to bake something!  Any suggestions for something with both bananas and sweet potato?

Quick snapshot of my Sunday night food prep:

Sunday Night Food Prep

What was the best thing you ate last week?  Worst?  Anyone want to share their meal plan for the week ahead?

Let me know if you guys want the recipes for any of these!  If there’s enough demand, I’ll post them.  🙂

Weekly Workouts

Anyone else sad this weekend is over?  For me, it was one of those weekends that was a perfect mix of friends (celebrated Trina’s birthday on Friday night), family (uncs came over for dinner on Saturday), and fitness (Wellness by the Water retreat on Sunday).

Katrina's 28th Birthday

Trina's 28th Birthday

Pizza and Cookies

Wellness by the Water

It was also one of those weekends that didn’t seem too busy.  I got to sleep in on Saturday, lounge around the apartment, catch up on blog reading, and just do my thing.  Sunday’s wellness retreat was so fun, and I can’t wait to recap my experience for you guys.

But as you know, I like to start the week off with a fitness plan.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Sunday
Active rest:  Walked around Castle Island for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day 2013

Monday
Hit up the Waltham Y for 30 minutes of elliptical intervals + 15 minutes of core work + stretching.

Tuesday
1 hour of Kickboxing, then taught my class.  We focused on pyramid work for legs and shoulders.  The workout included 15 reps of each exercise in the circuit with lighter weights, then 12 reps of each exercise with medium weights, then 8 reps of each with heavy weights.  In between each set of six moves, we did some cardio!  We finished with abs, biceps, and triceps.

Wednesday
Worked out in the gym at work.  I was planning for this to be an off day, but I always pack my gym stuff just in case, and after the day I had, I needed to sweat.  Don’t forget working out is a mental thing too.  I did 30 minutes of elliptical intervals + 15 minutes of core work + stretching.

Thursday
Taught the same pyramid format as I did on Tuesday, only this time focused on upper body (arms, chest, back).   In between each set was cardio and plyo leg work.  We finished with abs!

Friday
Guess my workouts were kind of boring this week because I did another 30 minutes of elliptical work + 15 minutes of a hamstring, glute, abs, and lower back circuit (x2).

plank

Saturday
Complete rest day!

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Wellness by the Water Retreat
  • Monday:  Cardio and core work
  • Tuesday:  Teaching bootcamp at 6:15 (sorry, Liz!) and my interval class at 7:30
  • Wednesday:  Cardio and core work, or active rest
  • Thursday:  Teaching my interval class in the morning
  • Friday: Took the day off from work to kick off Memorial Day Weekend.  Hoping to make this an active rest day and get some kayaking in if the weather is nice!
  • Saturday:  Morning workout TBD, maybe Studio Empower class, maybe kickboxing with Monique, but I’m not sure.

Tell me about your weekend – was it relaxing, busy, or a nice mix of both?  Best workout last week?  Looking forward to any fitness things this week?  Anyone have any requests for class formats this week?

Hope your week is off to a great start!