Sunday Stuff and Weekly Workouts

Monday, must you come so soon?  Wah.

Yesterday’s quilting session at Shannon‘s apartment was very fun!  She had a little Panini bar set out for Missy and I, and I brought over a salad.  She also made butterscotch blondies, which were unreal.  Love me some cheat day.

Panini Bar

We spent the afternoon catching up while cutting up all our Providence College t-shirts.  All my squares are ready to go, and we ordered the black sweatshirt fabric online.  Shannon also taught me how to use her sewing machine.  I have a long way to go, but I’m excited for our next session.  Shannon’s a good teacher, and it’s nice to do something different!

Missy Sewing

Me Sewing

After the quilting bee was over, I spent too much money dilly dallied in Target and then stopped by Slesh’s to give her and Will the biggest hug ever, a card, and see the ring!  I got all the details on their wonderful engagement weekend, then came home and did my usual Sunday night food prep for the week ahead.

Sunday Night Food Prep

Pictured:

  • Low-fat cottage cheese with blueberries, slivered almonds, and cinnamon (my go to workday breakfast)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Unsalted cashews
  • Sliced oranges (STILL leftover from the Spin A Thon)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Paleo banana walnut muffins (Dawn’s recipe!)
  • Beef stew in the crock pot

Crock Pot Beef Stew

I love feeling ready for the week!  Anyone else as crazy as me and prep this much stuff ahead of time?  It helps!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Sunday
Hour of power at Prana Power Yoga with Slesh

yoga 2

Monday
Took Monique‘s Dynamax class

Dynamax Workout

Tuesday
Two A Day – took Liz’s Kickboxing class, then taught a very sweaty class with a Best Body Bootcamp workout

Wednesday
Off day

Thursday
Taught my morning class with another sweaty Best Body Bootcamp workout

Sweat

Friday
Off day

Saturday
Burpee date with Ashley!

Annex

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off day
  • Monday:  Cardio + abs after work
  • Tuesday:  Liz’s Kickboxing + teaching a bodyweight class.  My class is being featured this week as part of Boston Moves for Health free fitness offerings, so for any Boston readers — come on by and take my class!  That would make me a happy instructor.
  • Wednesday:  Off day
  • Thursday:  Teaching my morning class.  Requests for class format?!
  • Friday:  Workout TBD
  • Saturday:  Deck of cards!

What did you guys do this weekend?  Anything fun?  How did your workouts go last week?  What’s in store for this week? 

One other thing I want to mention is that on Wednesday evening, the Oak Square Y is hosting a healthy eating workshop.  It’s at 6:30pm with a certified health and wellness coach who will be raffling off free wellness coaching sessions during the event.  If you are interested or want more details, shoot me an email at akaralekas@gmail.com.  I’d love to have more people sign up!

Healthy Eating

Have a great start to the week, everyone!

Weekend So Far

Good morning!

First things first – my bestie got engaged this weekend!  A huge congrats to Slesh and Will.  My heart is so happy for the two of them.  Party time!  Yaaaaaayyyy.

Despite Tim leaving me all by my lonesome to go skiing, it’s been a pretty good weekend so far.  Friday night was a much-needed gym friends night out.  One of the instructors plays in a band, so the rest of us gym gals decided to head into the city to see them play.  We started the night with dinner at Brownstone.  We shared two flat breads among the table, and I ordered a salmon entrée that consisted of seared Atlantic salmon with strawberry BBQ sauce, sweet mashed potatoes, and asparagus.  So good!  I also enjoyed a tasty blueberry cocktail.

Friday Night

I felt it necessary to include a selfie in my Friday night pictures because I rarely put on clothes that aren’t either a) the same work clothes over and over, or b) gym outfits.  I love my Limited shirt!

After dinner we headed on over to the Beehive.  Our group of ten pretended to be classy while Amy’s band totally rocked it.  It was fun to do something different and see Amy in her element playing the keyboard on stage.

Beehive

Fun night!  But then again, it always is with the gym ladies.

Saturday began at the Y for a burpee workout date with Ashley.

120 Burpees

Ooof.  This was the final workout to complete Best Body Bootcamp Round 4, so we really wanted to do it.  It was the same workout I did last week with Kaylin and Ash, but I could definitely feel myself progress.  I didn’t have to drop weights on the step ups > bicep curls > overhead presses.  And I did most of the plank > pushup > rows on my feet with the heavier weight, thanks to Ashley’s genius idea of just turning the weights so palms face in.  Who knew!  As expected, I was a sweaty mess by the end.

Annex

The rest of Saturday afternoon involved lots of errands, including a stop at the 40% friends and family event at the New Balance Factory store.  I am always on the hunt for sneakers that don’t bother my feet, and after a very long conversation with a very helpful and patient employee, I decided to buy the 997 cross-trainer.

New Balance Cross Trainers

I am going to trial them in class next week and see how they feel.  I still don’t feel 100% convinced that they were the right choice, but we’ll see.  Again I will plea to you readers, does anyone know a good cross training sneaker with a wider forefoot/toe box?  I swear they don’t exist!

To make sure my time in NB wasn’t a waste (in case I return the shoes), I bought a tank top for good measure.

NB Tank

The rest of my Saturday was spent doing lots of things around the house, meeting my parents for pizza and salad at Stone Hearth Pizza, and relaxing <— yes, relaxing!

I’m off to do a couple of productive things, then I’m heading over to my friend Shannon‘s apartment for the afternoon.  She is teaching me how to make a quilt out of all my old Providence College t-shirts that I don’t wear anymore but don’t want to throw away.  I’m not very crafty in this sense, so we’ll see how it goes!

How are your weekends going so far?

Last Week Through Instagram + Weekly Workouts

Do you follow me on Instagram yet?  If not, you should.  Now that I actually understand how to use it, it’s easier to remember what I did what I ate all week.

Last Week Through Instagram

Instagram Food

  1. Sunday food prep
  2. Healthier eggplant parm
  3. Baked banana pecan oatmeal
  4. Greek inspired quinoa
  5. Chobani dessert bite from my sample package
  6. Grilled cod with lemon, in our new grill basket
  7. Zucchini lasagna (no pasta!)
  8. Chicken salad sandwich
  9. Wedding cake from Gina & Greg’s wedding

Some other pics…

Two new dresses!  First (Ralph Lauren) to wear to the wedding, second (Collective Concepts) to wear to the Y reception downtown.  Both via Marshalls!

Two Dresses

The Oak Square Y crew at the awards reception last week… I love this team!  Don’t we clean up nicely?

Oak Square Reception

And a couple sweaty pics to finish it off.  OLD Old Navy bottoms, NEW lulu top!

Lulu

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts
I feel like I didn’t have a ton of “oomph” in my workouts at the beginning of the week, but by the end of the week I was killin’ it!

  • Sunday:  At home workout!  20 minutes of Kickboxing + Best Body Bootcamp Workout A
  • Monday:  Off
  • Tuesday:  No Two A Day for me because of the reception, so I snuck in a morning workout.  Did 40 minutes of longer intervals on the elliptical, followed by a mini strength circuit:  Stability ball woodchop squats, stability ball decline pushup + jackknife combo, triceps dips, and stability ball crunches – twice through.
  • Wednesday:  Christine’s Cardio Cutz class
  • Thursday:  Taught BBB Workout B in my 6am class.
  • Friday:  25 minutes of treadmill sprints + plank series (2 minute regular plank + 30 second side plank right + 10 side plank hip dips right + 2 minute regular plank + 30 second side plank left + 10 side plank hip dips left) + a lot of stretching.
  • Saturday:  BBB Workout C, which required friends to feel motivated to do it!  The workout involved “double ladders,” which meant doing one total body strength move for 10 reps + 2 burpees.  Then the strength move again for 8 + 4 burpees.  So you go down the ladder for strength, up for burpees.  By the end of our session we had done two different ladders twice.  Which meant 120 burpees total and sweat dripping out of places I didn’t even know existed.

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Hot yoga — felt so good to be on the mat again…
  • Monday:  Cardio machine + plank work
  • Tuesday:  Back to Two A Day!  Taking Liz’s Kickboxing and teaching BBB Workout B (but maybe with some different exercises to switch things up)
  • Wednesday:  Off or TBD
  • Thursday:  Teaching BBB Workout A
  • Friday:  Off or TBD
  • Saturday:  Repeating the crazy burpee workout again.  Dare I try for three rounds instead of two?!

We’ll see…

Are you on Instagram?  What were your workouts like last week?  What’s on the workout agenda this week?

It’s Monday, so set your intentions for the week now.  Make a goal for yourself, decide how you are going to get out of your comfort zone this week.  Then have a great day!