Sunday Morning in Cleveland Circle

This morning I woke up early and tried a new delicious concoction of mine for breakfast:

  • Plain Chobani Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Sliced white peaches
  • Scoop of almond butter

Mixed all together, this tastes great!

I then packed a bag and ventured toward Cleveland Circle, specifically the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.  My original intentions were to just go for a walk and then lay out a little, but I ended up doing a full blown outdoor workout.

I began with one walking loop around the reservoir (about 1.5 miles).  It was a pretty path, so I  snapped a lot of photos for you guys!

I then upped my pace and did another 1.5 mile loop, this time jogging.  No pictures from this time around.  I can’t remember the last time I went for an actual run outside, so I was proud that I could do the whole 1.5 without stopping.

Then I got all bootcampish on myself.  I did two of the superset combos I had my bootcamp class do on Thursday.  And I did some stairs in between sets.  So the workout became:

Set 1

  • 60 seconds forward lunges (using the step for a little incline)
  • 60 seconds jump squats
  • 60 seconds stair run

Set 2

  • 60 seconds plie squats
  • 60 seconds jumping jacks
  • 60 seconds stair run

Then I repeated sets 1 and 2 but lowered the time to 40 seconds each.  The stairs were really tough.

Set 3 concentrated on outer thigh and obliques:

  • Side leg lift on right side, with oblique dip at same time.  2 sets of 8, and 8 pulses.
  • 60 seconds of side to side oblique twists
  • Side leg lift combo on the left side
  • 60 seconds of side to side oblique twists

Set 4 finished up abs:

  • Sitting, heels on ground in front.  Lower and lift for 3 sets of 8.  Then lift feet off ground and do seated rotations 3 sets of 8.
  • Hold feet off ground in front, extend legs and lean back, then crunch up for 3 sets of 8.
  • Finished with regular crunches with my feet in the air.

My beach towel made a nice substitute for an ab mat.  And doing ab work with the sun shining through the trees is way cooler than being at the gym.

After my workout I was hoping to jump in the Reilly swimming pool but it was closed!  I was so bummed because I really wanted some sun time this weekend.  Instead I brought my beach chair out to the field and set up there, all sweaty, and read for a bit.  After about an hour it got really cloudy, so I headed home.  Now I’m going to make the delicious shrimp salad I had for lunch on Friday, run some errands, and head to Jeff & Jill’s BBQ.

Question of the day:  What’s your favorite outdoor workout?

Hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend!

Weekend Update


…was my work from home day.  Love work from home days because when I eliminate getting ready and commute time, I have more time for blogging, mid-day workouts, and getting things done around the house.

Most people would probably say more time for sleep.

But I’m just a huge loser and okay with it.

On my lunch break, I made a return to yoga.  Since I’ve been subbing so many classes lately, I have been on a yoga hiatus.   I actually can’t even remember the last time I went to yoga class before Friday, so I was a bit nervous that I’d be really off during class.  I went to Prana for Hour of Power, and to my surprise I wasn’t as “out of it” as I anticipated.  By the end of class I was dripping as usual, but on Friday the instructor didn’t even turn on the heat since it was 99 degrees in the room when we started.  I tend to like Hour of Power classes better than the regular All Levels classes because I like more of a vinyasa style yoga where there is more flow and steady movement through the poses rather than holding the poses for long periods of time, which I think is more of a Bikram style.  Just my preference!  Plus the instructors usually pack more moves into Hour of Power than they do during a regular 90 minute class so sometimes I feel like I get more out of it.

Friday’s meals consisted of:

  • Afternoon Snack:  Peach
  • Dinner:  Not that healthy!  I went to a BBQ at our friends place and ate a cheeseburger, pasta salad, and a lot of goldfish.  I was OK with it 🙂


…was pretty much spent in Cleveland Circle.  After a lazy morning, Tim and I ventured over to Cityside with Katrina and Geoff.  We spent the afternoon hanging out on the roofdeck for lunch and beers for the boys / mimosas for the girls.  I ordered the turkey and artichoke panini which was thinly sliced smoked turkey pressed with artichokes, roasted red peppers, parmesan and mozzarella cheese on a panini roll.  Instead of fries, I substituted a side salad.

On our walk back to the apartment, we passed Chill and of course had to stop in for some dessert!  If you’ve never tried Chill, you MUST.  Their frozen yogurt is low calorie and prepared daily.  The flavors are also made with real fruit that are pureed right there on site.   They also have a huge choice of toppings for the frozen yogurt, regular ice cream, frozen drinks, and coffee and tea.

I went with original flavor yogurt, topped with strawberries, mango, and kiwi.

Tim also chose original yogurt, but topped his with white chocolate chips, kiwi, and pineapple.

Trina went with strawberry flavored yogurt with banana.

Geoff was too cool for yogurt and went with ice cream instead!

After Saturday’s Chill stop, I’m only five punches away on my frequent buyer card to getting a free yogurt.  If you know me, you can only guess how excited that makes me.  🙂

Saturday night was Slesh’s birthday celebration.  We headed to Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square.  I don’t regret the beers I drank, but I do regret the late night pizza fest in my kitchen when we got home.  Ugh.  Dancing in the bar counts as a workout and could make up for that, right?!  Oh well.  It was a fun night.

Check out our lips & staches:

We do take normal pictures too.


…was another lazy morning.  In the afternoon we had Tim’s little cousin’s birthday party.  I actually skipped breakfast which I NEVER do and really do not recommend doing because it’s so bad for you, but I honestly was so full from the pizza the night before that I waited until we got to the cookout to eat.  I was disappointed that there weren’t a lot of healthy options there.  I had some meatballs and a stuffed shell and a little turkey sandwich.  Tonight Tim and I are going to make big salads for dinner since Saturday night and the BBQ today did not consist of the healthiest eating.

Question of the Day: What do you do if you want to make healthy choices but the venue you are at doesn’t have anything that you would normally select? 

I’m off to clean my room and pack for Colorado – away for work this week until Friday.  Good thing Colleen and I already planned out our workouts for the week.  You all can expect some healthy living on the road updates from Boulder while I’m away!