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!

Weekend, Weekly Workouts, Weekly Goals

Hello, Monday.

Weekend

This weekend I:

Got to meet the folks behind Fiorella’s and sample lots and lots of delicious food…

Fell in love with a new brewski…

Drank said brewskis and munched on Tim’s Super Awesome Spinach Artichoke Dip (sans mayo, I thought it was just as tasty!) while hanging out on the porch with our friends Baka and Esk…

Went to the sweatiest Hour of Power yoga class of all time…

Made these bad boys

Consumed way too many liquid calories at the “Blendah Bendah…”

And had a MUCH needed rainy Sunday… perfect excuse for a day off from working out, blogging, and doing much of anything.  I slept in, spent a lot of time on the couch watching The Wire (anyone else watch The Wire?  Thoughts?), and I also watched the Olympics.  I love watching gymnastics and synchronized diving, but they both give me anxiety to watch.  These athletes are not only amazing for being so fit and awesome at what they do, but how the heck do they not (visibly) shake and tremble as they’re standing at the end of of the diving board on their tiptoes or getting up on the balance beam?!  So crazy to me.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

I had a stellar exercise week last week, thanks to Week 1 of Best Body Bootcamp!  Here’s what my week ended up looking like in fitness:

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  BBB Workout 1 (20 minutes 60/60 HIIT cardio on the elliptical + upper body supersets), then taught this core workout in my Core Strength class
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day Tuesday!  Took 1 hour of Kickboxing, then taught BBB Workout 2 (lower body supersets)  in my Circuit class along with an upper body pyramid and some ab work
  • Wednesday:  BBB Workout 3 (this 45 minute elliptical interval workout plus 3 rounds of the ab circuit)
  • Thursday:  BBB Workout 4 (20 minutes steady cardio on the elliptical, then taught the total body supersets in my Circuit class)
  • Friday:  Taught Cardio & Core class (20 minutes Cutz/20 minutes Kix/20 minutes floor work)
  • Saturday:  Went to the sweatiest hour of power class at Prana Power Yoga I’ve ever been to

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  One of BBB Week 2’s superset workouts + 20 minutes 60/60 HIIT cardio + teaching Core Strength
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day Tuesday!  1 hour of Kickboxing, then teaching one of BBB Week 2’s superset workouts in Circuit
  • Wednesday:  TBD… I have PT in the morning, but I may cancel.  Definitely doing another 45 minute cardio interval workout either way!
  • Thursday:  20 minutes steady state cardio + teaching the third BBB Week 3’s superset workout in Circuit
  • Friday:  Teaching 6am Cardio & Core class again
  • Saturday:  Off or TBD

Weekly Goals

Last week my weekly goals were to drink more water and to do my hip stretches every day.

I did do my hip stretches every day and my hip is feeling good.  I drank more water for sure Monday and Tuesday, but then started to slack off a bit.  I think I’ll try to focus on both again as a joint goal 1, but this week I’m adding on to get more sleep.  Last week I literally got 6 hours of sleep each night and I was paying for it by the time Friday came around.  Getting enough sleep is definitely something I never do — maybe even my UNhealthiest habit.

What did you guys do this weekend?  What’s your favorite event to watch in the Olympics?  How did last week’s workouts go and what’s the plan for this week?  Any health and fitness goals you’d like to make for yourselves this week?

Have a fab Monday!

Weekly Workouts

Morning!

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.  To recap mine:

Friday
I had a great time with my gym friends at a taco bar.


Saturday
I slept in, baked some cookies, tried but failed at apartment hunting, grabbed lunch with Tim at Cafenation (got the same thing I did when I went with my mom), then celebrated Kerri’s 30th birthday.  Kerri’s parents threw her a fun fiesta at their house, and we had a great time seeing a lot of our work friends.  Happy Birthday, Kerri!


Sunday
I slept in (two days in a row?!? apparently my body needed it), went to “Hour of Power” at Prana for some much-needed yoga time (I hadn’t been in FOREVER), then spent the day getting some things done, relaxing, and packing for another business trip this week.

What did you guys do this weekend?  Were you able to squeeze in any workouts?

Here’s my weekly workout recap and planning:

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  20 Minute Core Strength (500 Ab Challenge)
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day Tuesday – took Liz’s Kickboxing and taught my Circuit Class, both of which were fiesta style!
  • Wednesday:  Two A Day Wednesday – took Erin’s Cutz followed by Andy’s Kix at CBC
  • Thursday:  Taught my Circuit
  • Friday:  Taught 1 hour spin
  • Saturday:  Off

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Hour of power heat yoga (check!)
  • Monday:  Morning workout of my own before heading to Arkansas
  • Tuesday:  Off (already know it’s going to be a long day on the road)
  • Wednesday:  Morning workout of my own before being on site for the day
  • Thursday:  Off
  • Friday:  Workout of my own at some point while working from home
  • Saturday:  Either kickboxing at the Y, or Cutz/Kix at CBC (depends on how much sleep I get Friday night!)

What’s on your workout agenda this week?  Do my weekly recaps and plans help motivate you?

Have a good one!