Here Comes the Snow!

Blizzard Nemo

Did you guys know that it’s going to snow today?  Oh wait, I already knew that thanks to each one of my Facebook friends who has decided to enlighten me with pictures of weather reports, temperature gauges, and status updates.  Thank goodness for them, otherwise I would have been so out of the loop.

Ooof.

I started my day off today with a pre-blizzard workout at the Y.  I forced myself (and Tim) to get out of bed and to the gym where I busted out a 40 minute cardio workout on the elliptical.  I followed the same template from Best Body Bootcamp that I used for my treadmill workout on Monday.  Here’s what each of the workouts ended up looking like:

40 Minute Treadmill Workout

40 minute treadmill workout

40 Minute Elliptical Workout

40 Minute Elliptical Workout

The treadmill was definitely harder, so I added five extra minutes of sprints for the elliptical this morning and challenged myself with higher resistance toward the end.  Both workouts were good and sweaty!  You guys can adapt these to your own fitness levels – don’t forget that every machine will be different too, depending on the brand.

Breakfast today was a nice mix of scrambled eggs, ham, and salsa.  With coffee.

Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Salsa

For our Superbowl party on Sunday, we cooked up a ham and made a couple different homemade salsas.  We had so much leftover, so we’ve tried to eat as many meals with ham and salsa as possible.

Cod with pineapple salsa, farro, and garlic spinach:

Cod with pineapple salsa

Ground turkey lettuce wrap “tacos,” including salsa:

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos

We also had ham, cheese, and salsa sandwiches one night but they were ugly so I didn’t take a picture.  And I’ve been munching on Triscuits and salsa… or celery and salsa… for my snacks this week.  Ham and salsa overload, for sure!

I’m so thankful that I can work from home today.  I really needed the extra non-commute and lunch time to quickly clean the apartment, write this blog post, and throw some laundry in.  And even though stupid Nemo ruined all my hard work planning the Spin A Thon for the Y and got in the way of Erica’s Boston visit, I’m kind of excited to be snowed in.  We have tons of food in the apartment, and lots of beer and wine to keep us occupied tonight.

To all my readers from the Northeast, I hope you all stay warm and safe today and through the weekend!  If you are looking for at home workout options (which I know some of you are, per your requests!), here are a few suggestions:

Walking Plank

Being snowed in — love it or hate it?  What’s keeping you occupied during this storm?

I’m off to eat the quinoa with mushrooms, kale, and sweet potatoes that I prepped for lunch last night, then continue my work day.  Catch ya later, friends!

 

Last “Weekly Workouts” Post of 2012

Good morning, friends.  Can you believe it’s the last day of 2012?  At least the world didn’t end, right?  I am thankful I took the day off from work to have an extra day to relax and just get some things done before ringing in 2013 with our friends tonight.  This weekend’s social life included my work holiday party on Friday night at Julia’s house and going out for dinner and drinks with our friends Pete and Andrea on Saturday night, but other than that I’ve been in a crazy must-organize-my-life mode.  I cleaned out my entire closet and dresser and have two full bags of clothes to donate.  I organized my entire desk and threw away an entire bag of trash.  Like, what was IN there?  I also did five loads of laundry, re-organized the kitchen, organized my personal and Y email accounts, and pre-wrote a few new blog posts.  Probably sounds like zero fun at all, but I feel happy and refreshed accomplishing as much as I did.

Organized Closet

Out with the old, in with the new.  I’m ready for 2013!

I know that I’ve bombarded you all with tons of holiday party updates over the last few days.  It probably seems like I haven’t made any time for fitness at all, but that’s not true!  I actually did really well with making my workouts a priority last week.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Sunday:  Off

Monday:  Taught Cycle class

Tuesday:  Off for Christmas Day

Wednesday:  Inspired by this post from Jen, I rocked a 30 minute treadmill interval workout.

25 minute treadmill interval workout

I know the routine here says 25 minutes, but I just did one extra round so the workout totaled 30 minutes with the 5 minute cool down.  I also did this core strength circuit three times through:

Core Strength Stability Ball Circuit

Thursday:  Taught a resistance band circuit workout in my 6am class, per Jen’s request!

resistance band circuit workout

Friday:  Did this 40 minute elliptical workout.

40 Minute Elliptical Increase Challenge

Saturday:  20 minute treadmill sprints + the upper body Tabata workout from the last round of Best Body Bootcamp.

20 minute treadmill sprints

For the sprints, I did my first 5 rounds at an 8.0 sprint with a 6.5 recovery pace.  For the second 5, I did an 8.5 sprint with a 7 recovery pace.  Phew!

This Week’s Workouts

I’m not too sure yet with this week has in store.  Last week I felt really good not thinking about my workouts too much and just DOING them or deciding right before I went to the gym what I was going to do.  That’s not always easy for me with my schedule though.  Sorry for not a ton of detail below, but we will see!

  • Sunday:  Home workout
  • Monday:  TBD
  • Tuesday:  New Year’s Day “secret” sweat sesh with my gym friends.  I can’t wait!
  • Wednesday:  TBD after work
  • Thursday:  Teaching Sculpt at 6am.  Any requests?
  • Friday: Most likely off?
  • Saturday:  Morning workout TBD

I hope my Weekly Workouts posts have helped motivate you each week, whether it be to help keep yourself accountable, help you plan, help you get new ideas, or whatever.  I know they definitely help me, and I plan to continue writing them into the new year.  If you have any suggestions on ways I can make them better for you as readers, let me know.

How are you ringing in 2013 tonight?

I’m off to enjoy the last day of this year!