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!

Random Things + Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bread

Hey guys.

Some things to mention:

— Did this 40 minute elliptical workout from BBB last night, followed by my ab challenge.  10 burpees > ab ladder > 10 burpees > ab ladder > 10 burpees… phew!  For the cardio work, I ended up increasing the resistance a little more on the last round to 12.  I was sweaty!

— My friend Lindsey at work yesterday told me she joined the Y, and it may have been the highlight of my day.  #gymproblems

— New dress, via Old Navy:

Old Navy Dress

Wasn’t sure how I felt about the horizontal stripes, but I think I can pull them off.  I feel like every single item in the store had horizontal stripes on it when I went shopping last week!

— I’m really bad at twittering.  Seriously though, I’ve been ON twitter for a while now, but never actively using it.  I’m TRYING to use it more to bump the blog numbers and be more involved in this “little” online health & wellness community.  Anyone want to give me a crash course?  Tweet me so I’m forced to learn?  Or at least follow me?  K, thanks.

— Dinner last night:

Meatless Tuscan Baked Zucchini

Made the zucchini boats again, this time with barley.  Love, love, love.  Can’t wait to eat leftovers for lunch today.

Recipe time!

This is a recipe I made so long ago (it feels), but I just haven’t gotten around to posting yet.  I baked this around New Year’s I think, because I was just craving baked bread and wanted to use up the rest of the cranberries from when we made our cranberry pomegranate Christmas punch.  As you probably know, I’m not a bad cook or baker, but I’m not very creative or ‘go with the flow.’  I’m just not good at figuring out what ingredients to just ‘throw together.’  I would say about 90% of the time, I do follow a recipe, and if I post the recipe I do give due credit by linking to where I found the original recipe in the first place.  This recipe, however, I actually did just kind of do!  I had a recipe from a cookbook that I don’t even remember the name of, and I played around with the ingredients to make it my own.  I think this was delicious, if I do say so myself, and Katrina and Slesh tried it when we went over for a dinner date recently.  They gobbled it right up, so I think they liked it too!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bread

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bread


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • A teeny bit of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup cranberries, halved
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk, and applesauce.  Stir into the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the cranberries and chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer to a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  6. Bake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bread

The cranberry and chocolate chips together were mmm, mmm, mmm.  Nom, nom, nom.

Are you on Twitter?  What do you use more, Facebook or Twitter?  Are you someone who tends to follow a recipe or are you more go with the flow when it comes to cooking?

Time for work!

Scenes from the Weekend + Weekly Workouts

And we’re back to another Monday morning.

In case you missed any of my weekend posts:

Oh, and here are some scenes from my weekend:

Red Sox Game…


Beer bucket + the most amazing quesadilla ever at The Lower Depths

A delicious and much-needed iced french vanilla non-fat and no-sugar latte from Treats.  Never tried this place before, I liked!


Corpbasics fundraiser for Reach Out at the Y on Saturday afternoon…


Fun new shorts from Old Navy!  Love, love, love!


Dinner + Snacks + Wine + Friends + Tim’s deck + Tim’s grill….

Beach day of fun!  Constitution Beach near Logan Airport was surprisingly nice…

Finishing “Catching Fire” finally of the Hunger Games series…


And finally, new boxers.  With ICE CREAM on them.  Enough said.


Pretty solid weekend if you ask me!

Let’s kick off this week with my usual recap of last week’s workouts and a plan for this week’s:

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week I still modified a lot of my usual workouts for my hip, but I think I was able to get in a good amount of exercise all things considering…

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  20 minutes steady cardio on the elliptical + 20 minutes Core Strength
  • Tuesday:  20 minutes steady cardio on the spin bike + taught Circuit (did all upper body + abs, modified legs + cardio)
  • Wednesday:  My “How to Pass 35 Minutes on the Elliptical” Workout + these ab moves + lots of stretching/foam rolling
  • Thursday:  Taught Circuit class, did most of the workout!
  • Friday:  Off — treated myself to a sports massage
  • Saturday:  2 hour CBC session for the Y fundraiser — Cutz, Kix, and Floor Work!

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  Some type of cardio + 20 minutes Core Strength
  • Tuesday:  How the hip feels will determine whether I go to Kix versus do cardio of my own.  Either way, I’m teaching Circuit (maybe outside this week?)
  • Wednesday:  Off or TBD
  • Thursday:  Teaching Circuit
  • Friday:  Hour of Power yoga at Prana
  • Saturday:  Off or TBD

How were your weekends?  How were your workouts last week?  Plans for workouts this week?

Enjoy your Monday!