Randomness from the week…

Hello, everyone.  I’m back to share some tidbits from my week that I haven’t had the chance to post about yet.

Randomness!!

—>  My workout playlist for this week, some good new songs on here, at least new to me!  I really love Adele’s “Right as Rain” for a catchy cooldown / leave in a good mood song.

—>  My parents’ 35th wedding anniversary.  Happy 35 to Chuck and Georgia!

—> I signed up for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  It starts on Monday and runs for 8 weeks.  That’s 8 week’s of workout material and a chance to get to know new people in the healthy living community.  I really loved the personalized training plan I won from Tina a while ago, so I’m excited to get some new ideas and be challenged!  Not sure if I’ll be able to do every single workout religiously with my current teaching schedule, but I’m sure I can get creative!  Plus, Jen signed up too.  🙂

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—> Tuesday night?  Not my best Two A Day in the world.  First of all, Christine kicked my bee-hind in Kickboxing.  Holy cardio focused playlist.  I was sweating so bad.  Then the Circuit workout I planned wasn’t the best I’ve ever done, and you could just tell I was tired and coming out of vacation mode.  Sorry guys, they can’t all be winners.  How I felt after class:

—> Thursday morning?  A better Circuit class…. station themed!!  We did three different rounds of 5 stations each.  1 minute at each station.  As you can see, the five stations I set up were:  Steps, Bosus, Bands, Medicine Balls, Stability Balls.

In between each round (not in between each station) we did cardio blasts.  Had about 15 mins remaining at the end, asked the class what they wanted to work extra on.  Someone yelled butt, someone yelled abs.  Ensue:  Ab & Butt Tabata work.

—> Had my first *real* personal training client at the gym last night.  Super fun!  She worked hard and sweat hard.  Throwing a question out there.  If I were to offer personalized/customized workout plans for a very cheap rate via Fitness & Feta, would any of you be interested?  I’m considering.

—> Thursday night I came home to my roomie Slesh cooking moussaka!  If you guys are like what?  Moose caca?  (My Big Fat Greek Wedding anyone?) just know that moussaka is one of my all time favorite Greek dishes!  This is great timing because a Y member approached me the other night and told me she reads my blog but is wondering why I don’t post more Greek recipes.  Well, generally they are not the healthiest of meals, but also they take HOURS to make.  Well last night Slesh used a recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple for a primal moussaka.  (If you missed Slesh’s guest post on her experiences with primal eating, check it out here!)  Anyways, she let me have a piece for dinner and it did NOT disappoint.  Hooray for a healthier made Greek dish, and double hooray for not having to throw together dinner at 9:30 last night.  Thanks, Slesh!

—>  My sweet treat of the week?  A handful of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate covered almonds.  Yummah.

—> Started some new reading material.  “The Condition” is about a girl who has Turner’s syndrome and how it affects the entire family.  Only read a couple of chapters last night before bed…. so far, so good.

—>  One of my health and fitness goals this week was to try a new recipe.  Not sure how many of you read Fitnessista, but if you do you are probably familiar with her infamous breakfast cookie.  Like I tweeted this morning, I am pretty sure I am the only healthy living blogger out there that HADN’T tried her breakfast cookie recipe yet.  Well last night I put it together, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and this morning I got to enjoy quite the nice treat for breakfast!  Like Gina says, it’s definitely “something worth waking up for!”  My mix-ins?  Mashed banana, shredded coconut, and raisins.  Seriously guys, you must click on the link and try this out.  I had with a scoop of plain Greek yogurt with blueberries and strawberries and I stayed full ALL morning.

That’s about it!!!  Oh yeah, and I’m finally cleared to talk about career changes since I got an official transfer date yesterday.  Separate post on that coming soon!

Any randomness you’d like to share from your weeks?  What’s up for the weekend?

Tonight we’re having a belated bday celebration for Bridget, and tomorrow night is a belated bday for Tim’s sister.  Lots of belated bday stuff!  My days are open and free though, which is thrilling.  Have a great weekend, all!

I’m Back! Weekly Workouts and Some Other Stuff

Well, hello there.  Long time, no see!

I am back from all my time off!  I spent the past seven days relaxing down the Cape.  Spent quite a lot of time like this:

Pretty awesome.

Prior to the Cape, I spent a few days in Boston following July 4th just enjoying some time with no work or class teaching.  I haven’t been in the office since July 2nd and I haven’t been at the Y since July 3rd.  It was pretty rough being back at work today — especially since I’m jumping right back in with my 14 hour Mondays!  Today is my official start to my new Group Exercise Coordinator position at the Y too.

Anyways, I had a wonderful time and hope that you guys enjoyed all the wonderful guest posts that I had lined up for you while I was gone.  In case you missed any of them, here’s a recap:

A big thank you to Caitlin, Katie from K.E.P.T You Fit, Jamie, Jen from nutcaseinpoint, Jen R, Kristen from Be Fit With Kristen, Kate, Jess, and Abby from Back At Square Zero for keeping Fitness & Feta up and running in my absence!  You ladies are wonderful!  Also, in case you missed it, Fitness & Feta celebrated its 1st birthday last Thursday!  Happy birthday to my blog — click over to this post to check it out.

Weekly Workouts

Last week I didn’t post my weekly workouts while away, so you guys get a two-week summary of my vacation workouts today!

Workouts from July 4th week:

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  20 minutes of HIIT cardio on the elliptical + taught Core Strength with this class
  • Tuesday:  Taught Kickboxing (subbed for Liz’s class), then taught an outdoor bootcamp class for Circuit
  • Wednesday:  15 minutes of backyard bootcamp during our 4th of July cookout
  • Thursday:  90 minutes of kayaking + my Jack, Jump, ‘N Crunch Workout
  • Friday:  Off
  • Saturday:  Erin’s Cutz class at CBC, followed by 45 minutes of Kix with Sue

Workouts from Cape Vacation week:

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday: Random circuit work in the yard that looked like this:  Upper Body Tabata Move, then lower body glute strengthening move, then 30 seconds of cardio intervals.  I did 6 rounds of random exercises.
  • Tuesday:  Did another one of the combinations from the “Six Moves, Four Workouts” in last month’s issue of Women’s Health.  Same moves as the 15 min backyard bootcamp above, but this time you see how long it takes you to do 12 reps of each move, 5 rounds total.  Will post soon!
  • Wednesday:  20 minutes of Kickboxing in the yard + this Circuit
  • Thursday:  Off
  • Friday:  Off
  • Saturday:  20 minutes of Kickboxing in the yard + another combo of “Six Moves, Four Workouts” + concentration curls + rear delt flies + 3 different standing abs exercises + 1 minute plank

Not too shabby for being in vacation mode, eh?  Although I’m bummed my vacation is over, I am excited to be back to my normal “schedule” of workouts.  Here’s what’s up for this week:

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday: Some type of cardio + teaching 20 minutes Core Strength
  • Tuesday:  Back to Two A Day — Kix and teaching Circuit
  • Wednesday:  Physical therapy sweat sesh in the am, probably won’t do anything at night because I have a double on Thursday, if anything maybe yoga?
  • Thursday:  Teaching 6am Circuit, also teaching 6:30pm Kickboxing + Core
  • Friday:  Off or TBD
  • Saturday: Off or TBD

Humor

Just had to share the following, sent to me by my lovely gym friends last week!

From Jen:

From Jess:

From Ashley:

Thanks guys!

Links

I didn’t get to do all that much blog reading while I was away, since I did try to unplug as much as possible.  I did scroll through my Google Reader app during some of our day trips in the car, and read a few posts here and there, but mainly I starred the links that looked interesting to me so I could come back and read them this week.  Not gonna lie, everything else I marked as read so I wouldn’t have massive amounts of unread blogs in my reader this week.

For today, I thought it might be fun to share the ones I starred in case they sound interesting to you guys too.

Enjoy 🙂

For now, I’m off to the Y — hope nobody forgot who I am, it feels so long since I’ve stepped foot in there!

What’s everyone been up to?  Tell me something fun that I’ve missed!

Have a great night!

Unimportant Things + Starred Links

Hello, friends!

Haven’t been blogging as much this week, still trying to get caught up on life.  For now, I’ll catch you guys up on what I’ve been doing, quickly.  Really, it’s not that interesting….

Wednesday

— Got served at physical therapy.
— Got fantastic news at work (still being secretive, people.  In due time…)
— Hit a crapload of traffic driving from Canton to CBC.
— Made it just in time for Cutz.  Ended class with 360 ab pulses.  Yes, 360.  Nobody is ever allowed to moan and groan in my class when I do the ab ladder.  Ever.  Again.

Thursday

— Taught Circuit.  Holy full class!!!

Here’s the workout:  Warmup, Stability Ball Cardio, Sweaty Stability Ball Circuit, Hop Combo, Repeat Circuit, Floor Work, Cooldown/Stretch.  All outlined below, take and use in pieces or all together for your own workouts, and let me know if you need further explanations on any of these moves!

— After Circuit, 9-5 at work.  Anything I want to say about it I shouldn’t on my public blog.  So I won’t.  Even that is too much.  Moving on.
— After work, made a giant tuna and avocado salad wrap and headed to the mall with Trina.  Needed to do a bunch of returns because I panicked about how much money I spent in Colorado last weekend and thought that if I returned some clothes I recently purchased it would make me feel better.  But then I bought underwear.  And ran into Ashley and Bethany in Forever 21!  That was random.

Friday

— Just got in from teaching Cardio & Core at 6am this morning.  20 minutes Cutz, 20 minutes Kix, 20 minutes floor work.  Boom.  Workout done.

— Iced coffee made.  And this is where I’ll be planted all day, working from home.

— On today’s agenda, besides work items:  clean the bathroom, pay bills, meet with the new health and wellness director at the Y, maybe see an apartment later, and a grill date tonight.

Starred Links

Gotta run, but I’ll  leave you guys with some links of possible interest.  These are links I’ve starred in my Google Reader over the past couple weeks.  Thought you guys might like them too.  Enjoy!

What have you guys been up to the last couple of days?  Any links you would like to share?

Happy Friday!