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!

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!

Columbus Day Cape Getaway

Good morning everyone!  Happy Wednesday.  Since I had Monday off and used a sick day yesterday for two doctor’s appointments, I’m pumped that it is already Wednesday.

WEEKEND

As I mentioned on Monday, I spent Saturday & Sunday down the Cape with a bunch of friends.  My roommate’s boyfriend Geoff invited us to spend the night at his family’s house in Orleans, dubbed “Camp Rice.”  We really lucked out weather wise – Mother Nature apparently still thinks it’s summer!  We were able to get to the beach both days, hang out outside by the campfire, and really just enjoy being removed from everything.  Literally – we were in the middle of the sand dunes and not much else – which was perfect.  The house was built in 1940, has two rooms (kitchen/living room in 1, and 1 bedroom), no running water, no electricity unless you use a generator, and the bathroom is actually an outhouse in the yard.  It was so fun to “rough it” for the night!

I guess you could call this another No Carb Left Behind weekend of sorts – although we didn’t bring nearly as much food, I ate a lot!  I didn’t document every single meal and snack, so instead I’ll list out what we all consumed this weekend in some shape or form:

  • Mimosas
  • Chips & peach mango salsa
  • Pretzels (I might have dipped these in cream cheese a few times…)
  • Deli sandwiches
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Shipyard Pumpkin beer
  • Coors Light
  • Swedish Fish Vodka and Seltzer Water
  • Apple Streusel Muffins
  • Mini Bagels with cream cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Beer Bread
  • Carrots  & Hummus
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • S’Mores

Whoops.

Some picture highlights:

For the full album of pictures, you can click this link.

WEEK’S WORKOUT PLAN

Monday:  Heat yoga at Prana.  I haven’t been to yoga in so long.  Felt nice to be back, but my shoulder was sore afterwards 😦

Tuesday:  Liz’s Corpbasics Kix class, followed by my Circuit Training class at the Oak Square Y

Wednesday:  Andy’s Kix class at CBC

Thursday:  My morning Circuit Training class

Friday:  Own workout – thinking a lunch time elliptical sesh since I’m working from home.

WEEK’S FOOD

I also went to the grocery store (Trader Joe’s!) to stalk up on healthy food for the next week (hopefully 2).

In my cart:

  • Veggies:  Bok Choy, 1 orange pepper, celery, mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, broccoli
  • Fruit:  2 apples, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, grapes
  • Dairy:  Cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, crumbled goat cheese
  • Nuts:  Raw almonds, California chopped walnuts, halved pecans
  • Snacks:  Multigrain pretzel sticks, TLC Original 7 grain crackers, pumpkin spice granola, 2 Clif Bars, 2 Luna Bars
  • Drinks:  2 bottles raspberry lime seltzer
  • Spices:  Coriander, Ground Cloves
  • Other:  2 boxes Trader Joe’s soup, 1 jar almond butter, 2 cans pumpkin

Question of the Day:  What are you doing to keep healthy this week?

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