Things I’m Loving Lately: April/May 2013 Edition

I’ve seen a lot of new subscribes to the blog in the last month or so.  If you are a new reader, welcome to my little community.  I hope you will stay for a while, as I love sharing my life and love of food and fitness with all of you!  For you newbies, every month or two I post about some things I’m loving lately, and today seems like a good day to share with you what I haven’t been able to get enough of so far this spring.

Favorite ThingsBarley on salads
It’s kind of hidden beneath all the fruit in this picture, but I seriously am loving the combination of barley on greens lately.  Does anyone else like this combo?  It gives my salads that little extra to keep them from being too boring, and it fills me up.

Barley fruit salad

My new flats
I rarely wear heels anymore (not worth it to my poor bunion), so anytime I can find a pair of comfortable AND cute flats, I’m all for it.  Marshall’s FTW (for the win).  Plus, they are blue.  I’m really branching out.

Flats from Marshalls

Larabar ALT bars
This week I got an unexpected delivery to my doorstep:  the new alternative protein bars by Larabar!
  Larabars are one of my go to choices when it comes to a bar, and they just came out with their first ever bar with added protein.  A lot of other bars use soy or whey protein, but Larabar chose to use an alternative protein source instead, peas!  These are also vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, and non-GMO.  Thank you, Larabar, for my yummy new treats!

Larabar ALT

Jumping rope
You’ve probably seen me mention this in some of my workout posts lately, but I am seriously loving jumping rope (with an actual rope) for cardio workouts.  It’s tough and a calorie torcher!  I’m so glad we have the new ropes at the Y to use in classes.

15 minute jump rope & ab circuit

Thera-Roll textured foam roller
And finally, my latest favorite foam roller.  There are so many different types of foam rollers out there, but this baby is my latest find.  The Thera-Roll is small enough to pack into a bag and carry around, and I’ve used it at work under my desk to roll under the arches of my feet.  Hurts so good!

Thera Roll

What have you guys been loving lately?  Please share!

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!


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!

Weekend + Weekly Workouts

Monday, Monday, Monday.

Meh.  This weekend went by way too fast.  But don’t they all?

Friday night after work I came home and did The 100 Workout that I’ve seen floating around Pinterest since I think the beginning of Pinterest.

This wasn’t a super hard workout but it did the trick for squeezing in 30 minutes of exercise on a day I didn’t feel like doing anything at all.  The 70 leg lifts were the hardest part.  And I ended up on a 15 minute run at the end instead of 10 minutes, not because I was trying to be an overachiever but because I took a wrong turn.

Then I completely counteracted my workout with a pizza from Comella’s and couch time.  Comella’s homemade large pizzas are only $5.  We got a large cheese + meatballs + roasted red pepper + garlic for like $10.  Can’t beat that.

Saturday morning I busted out a 15 minute workout, and then Tim & I spent the day prepping food/desserts in the kitchen for our separate Saturday evening activities.  We started with apple cinnamon protein pancakes for breakfast.  That was for us.

Then while he made a very cheesy mac n cheese, I made a bunch of apple pecan oatmeal cookies and my fav butternut squash dish to bring to my friends’ apartments later.  Both Slesh and Shannon hosted gatherings on the same day, figures!  I went to Slesh & Will’s Oktoberfest from 4-6:30, then headed over to Shannon’s for a fun fall dinner with my friends Matt, Chris, and Baka from home.  We spent the night chatting and drinking wine, and enjoying the meal Shannon put together for us.  Roasted chicken, carrots, rolls, twice baked potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc.  Plus dessert.  Yum.

Both gatherings were so fun!

I crashed at Shannon’s for the night (too much wine!), and the Marshalls I drove by on my way home Sunday morning was calling my name.  I did some shopping and left with a pair of black wedge shoes for work, a skirt for work, a new wallet, some fall themed cupcake decorations, and two pairs of tights.  The woman at checkout said “looks like you hit every department!”  Oops.  Sunday afternoon I spent prepping my outfits and food for the week and working out before doing dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s with the gym gang.  I wrapped up the weekend with some couch time, blog time, and Homeland.  Love that show.

And now I suppose I should focus on the week ahead.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  1 hour Kickboxing + 30 minutes of Butts & Guts
  • Tuesday:  1 hour Kickboxing + taught my Circuit class with a countdown style workout
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday:  Taught Circuit class with a 3-2-1 style workout
  • Friday:  The 100 Workout (pictured above)
  • Saturday:  The “Total Time” workout from this post

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Kickboxing
  • Monday:  Double sesh at CBC
  • Tuesday:  Kickboxing + teaching my Circuit class
  • Wednesday:  Off or light cardio TBD
  • Thursday:  Teaching my Circuit class
  • Friday:  TBD
  • Saturday:  Off or TBD

How was your weekend?  What’s on your workout agenda this week?

Hope the beginning of your week is off to a good start!