You’re already at the gym… walk a little!

Hi everyone,

I am SORE!  And I can’t figure out which workout this week it’s from.  Love that.

Tonight’s Workout

1.  Elliptical Session at the Y

  • Minutes 1 – 3:  Light warmup
  • Minutes 3 – 6:  Faster jog
  • Minutes 6 – 10:  Tabata Intervals.  I wrote about these in my last bootcamp post.  I did a sprint pace for 20 seconds, jog for 10 seconds and repeated that interval 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.
  • Minutes 10 – 12:  Recovery, jog forward
  • Minutes 12 – 15:  Switch to backwards mode.  I did 30 seconds fast, 30 seconds light and repeated that interval 3 times for a total of 3 minutes.
  • Minute 15 – 16:  Switch to forward mode, fast jog for 1 minute
  • Minutes 16 – 20:  Repeat the Tabata Intervals from minutes 6 – 10.
  • Minutes 20 – 22:  Recovery, jog forward
  • Minutes 23 – 25:  Repeat the backwards intervals from minutes 12 – 15.
  • Minutes 25 – 30:  5 minute cooldown / stretching

2.  Kix class at CBC.  ROCKIN’ playlist tonight.  In case you guys have missed it, tonight is the last chance to enter for my free giveaway to win a free Kickboxing class at Corpbasics.  If you haven’t entered yet, give it a shot!  I am announcing the winner tomorrow morning.

Tonight’s Pet Peeve

When Fitness & Feta first started, one of my first posts was about Gym Characters.  You know, those stereotypes you see at the gym all the time?  Well tonight I’d like to share another little “gym character” pet peeve.  Wanna know what drives me up a wall?  Watching people drive around in circles looking for a parking spot right next to the door of the gym instead of just pulling into a spot that is WIDE open but further away from the gym entrance.  This actually bothers me regardless of where it happens (the mall, a restaurant, etc.) but HELLO!  You are at the gym.  The place you are supposedly at to work out… to burn more calories… to stay fit?  Will it really kill you to park in a spot that requires you to walk 100 more feet before you get on a machine?  I actually try to park further away from the entrance no matter where I am – the extra calories you burn each time do add up eventually!  Just a little trick.  C’mon people.  Stop being so lazy.

Tonight’s Food Post

Since I’m home so late from the gym, I didn’t have time to make an interesting dinner to write about in detail, so I’m opting to write about last night’s instead.   Tim and I took advantage of the beauty of leftovers after our respective workouts.  Over the weekend we made maple-peach glazed pork tenderloin.  We had tried this one over the summer and loved it, so we went with it again.  The leftovers were really tasty and we combined it with some homemade applesauce – made by accident when trying to prepare the shredded apple with skin ingredient for the apple streusel muffins I brought to the Cape with me this weekend.  For a side, we whipped up a new quinoa recipe that I found in one of my favorite blogs – the pumpkin quinoa recipe can be found at fANNEtastic Food.  Thanks Anne for posting this – it certainly made for a great new side dish, and with a pumpkin flavor no less.  Anyone else really obsessed with pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING right now?!  Seems like the entire blog world is – and that’s a good thing for finding so many new recipes to try!

I used a lot of the ingredients that I stalked up on in my grocery run to Trader Joe’s on Monday.

And then I just followed Anne’s directions!  The recipe was super easy, was tasty (although I think next time I’ll add in a little more pumpkin), and now I have a bunch of leftovers.  Excellent.  I had some of my leftovers tonight alongside my leftover Naked Pizza from the weekend.

Question of the Day:  What are your gym pet peeves?!

Time to face-plant!  6am class comes way too soon.  Goodnight!

Yummy Weekend Meals

I have a love/hate relationship with Sunday nights.  Love them but hate the thought of work in the morning.  I think I probably share that feeling with most.

This weekend was one of the first “free” weekends I’ve had all summer.  I’ve just been so busy, so it was nice to finally feel like I had some spontaneity!

I loved all the meals I ate this weekend.

Friday Night Dinner

Happy 26th Birthday, Baka!

Finally got to see my friends from home!  We ate at Border Cafe in Harvard Square for Baka’s birthday.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist a few frozen margaritas, so I ordered the Mesquite Grilled Salmon Salad for my meal to make up for some calories.  It was a mesquite wood fired, lime-soy glazed, fresh salmon fillet, over field greens with a citrus vinaigrette.  Definitely one of the healthier options on the menu and it didn’t fill me up to the point of needing to V-Neck it (term from college that my girlfriends and I use to describe feeling so full you need to unbutton your pants).  The rest of the night took us to the Charlie’s Kitchen Beer Garden and Hong Kong.

Saturday Morning Brunch

Saturday morning Timmy made me a veggie omelet for brunch.  He sauteed the mushrooms, pepper, onions with olive oil, basil, and pepper, and then added these to the eggs and tomatoes.  Yum!

Perfect meal before a day spent at the Mirabella North End Pool with friends.


Saturday Dinner

Tim and I tried a new recipe from the Bobby Flay grill book I gave Tim for his birthday.  The maple-peach glazed pork tenderloin was super easy for a low key Saturday night.  And the flavoring was amazing!

Ingredients:  3/4 cup peach preserves, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 tablespoon chile powder, 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, salt and pepper, 1.5 pounds pork tenderloin, and 2 tablesoons canola oil.

Steps:

1.  Whisk together the preserves, syrup, juice, chile powder, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.  Let sit for 15 minutes before using.

  2.  Heat the grill to high.  Start any sides so they are timed appropriately.

We went with a quinoa / brown rice blend and some grilled summer squash!

3.  Brush the tenderloin with the oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill until golden brown and slightly charred on all sides (12-15 minutes).  Brush with some of the peach glaze during the last 5 minutes of grilling.

We had some fun with the camera while waiting for the pork to cook:

4.  Remove from the grill and brush with the remaining glaze.

Voila!


Sunday Dinner

I spent another day in the sun today, this time at Nahant Beach.  I was happy to get some time with my brother, cousin, and goddaughter.  How cute is she!

Tonight I had some things I wanted to get done, and I didn’t feel like cooking another meal, so I ordered from Naked Pizza.  It’s one of my new favorite places to order from because it’s pizza that’s good for you.  For real!  Plus, I had a BuyWithMe deal so I only had to pay $8.  Love love love a good coupon 🙂

The Sonoran: Onion, chicken, fire roasted red peppers, and mushrooms.

Time for bed.  I’m excited to be back to my normal workout routine after being on the road last week.  I’m teaching three classes this week and will be able to make it back to CBC and take Liz’s class.  Excited!