Weekend Things + Weekly Workouts

Good morning, friends.  Can you believe that it’s Thanksgiving week already?  Seriously, where has November even gone? 

A couple of things from my weekend:

Friday night Katrina and Geoff came over for dinner.  Tim and I put together a little pizza party at the last-minute, since it was a last-minute decision to get together.

One pizza was this chicken burrito pizza, and the other was a random veggie assortment (mushrooms, red pepp, artichoke).  They were both good, but the chicken burrito takes the cake.  Hands down.

Saturday morning Tim & I headed to the gym for a little sweat sesh.  I did 25 minutes on the elliptical that first consisted of a 5 minute warmup at resistance 6.  Then I did five rounds forward of 30 seconds fast at resistance 8, 30 seconds sprinting at resistance 10, and a 30 second recovery back at resistance 6.  Then I repeated the same five rounds, but going backward.  Finished up with a little cooldown, and I kept the incline at 10 the whole time.  After my cardio, I busted out some strength stuff that I adapted from Best Body Bootcamp.

Did each strength move as a ladder format (5 reps, 6 reps, 7 reps, 8 reps, 9 reps, 10 reps) and threw in 10 burpees between each strength move.  I finished up with three rounds of an ab circuit (flutter kicks, Russian twists, scissors) and called it a day.

The rest of my Saturday was spent doing errands and cleaning, and then Saturday night was dinner with my family at Redbones in Somerville to celebrate my sister’s birthday.  Not a huge BBQ fan, but I tried to keep it as healthy as possible.  Ordered wood grilled chicken with a side salad.  It came with mashed potatoes, but I only ate a few bites.  Bad blogger = no pictures.

Finally, Sunday Tim and I hosted again!  This time it was a little “Friendsgiving.”

Unfortunately not all the friends we wanted to be there could make it, but we had a great time with Slesh & Will and Mastro & Steve.  More on Friendsgiving later.

For now, Weekly Workouts!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Horizontal Conditioning at Boston Mania
  • Monday:  Off to rest my body after the fitness convention all weekend
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day!  Liz’s Kickboxing, then taught the isometric hold workout from Best Body Bootcamp in my Circuit class
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday:  Taught a ladder workout from BBB  in Circuit class
  • Friday:  Short home workout
  • Saturday:  See above!  Elliptical, strength, core

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:   Cardio & Core with Emily (finally made it to this Sunday class, yay!)
  • Monday:  Something TBD on my own, then teaching Dynamax
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day!  Liz’s Kickboxing, then teaching my Circuit
  • Wednesday:  Subbing Spin in the morning.  6 AM folks, come ride!
  • Thursday: Teaching “Turkey Trim & Tone” before Thanksgiving Feast
  • Friday:  Off or TBD
  • Saturday:  Off or TBD

I purposely agreed to teach so many classes this week because I know motivation can wane during holiday season.  I would love to see some familiar faces in class this week.  I am also planning to make an “Idols” playlist for Thanksgiving morning.  MJ, Madonna, Whitney, Janet, etc.  Does anybody have any suggestions for any rockin’ songs to use?

How do holidays affect your workouts?  What’s your workout plan for Thanksgiving week? 

Hope everyone’s Monday is off to a great start.

Overdue Restaurant Post: Zaftigs, Uncommon Grounds, and Redbones

When I started Fitness & Feta, I worried I would run out of things to write about.  I also worried about not having time to write, not keeping up with frequent updates, and having my blog become just another thing that fell to the wayside.

I quickly realized that this wouldn’t be the case.  Now that I’m dedicated to writing about things I feel passionately about, I just can’t keep up!  Not only do I have a huge list of potential topics I can blog about and reader requests, but new ideas find their way into my brain everyday.  It’s hard to keep up with them all, nevermind maintain my regular workout, food, and restaurant posts.  I’m even finding that I have pictures out there of meals eaten or made that aren’t associated to any posts yet!

Today I’m using this post to catch up on three restaurants that I took pictures of my food at, but just ran out of time to write about!

Zaftigs

The Friday after Thanksgiving, Tim & I had a lunch date in Coolidge Corner before he left me to party in Long Island the rest of the weekend.  If you haven’t tried Zaftigs yet, I highly recommend it.  Zaftigs is a Jewish delicatessen that serves breakfast (all day), lunch, and dinner.  I love the menu for their wide variety of options and the atmosphere for something different.  I’ve never been for breakfast or dinner, but have grabbed lunch there many times.  Zaftigs does sometimes have a wait, and the service isn’t outstanding, but in my opinion is worth it for trying something new off their diverse menu.  There is plenty of parking nearby and Coolidge Corner is a super cute area for walking around to burn off lunch!

The day after Thanksgiving was a day for craving greens, so I opted for a salad.  I forgot to mention that another reason I love Zaftigs is that they have FOURTEEN salads on the menu.  Score!

I went with the Salmon & Roasted Corn salad which had field greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, black beans, and a lemon vinaigrette.  I also asked them to add avocado to the mix.  The salmon here wasn’t to die for, but it was what I was craving at the time and my meal hit the spot.  Not sure I would get this particular salad again, but hey there’s 13 others to try.

I also really enjoy the little bagel crisps & dip they serve in lieu of bread.

Zaftigs is a must try!

Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds is a cute little restaurant in Watertown that I went to recently with my family to celebrate my mom’s birthday.  They specialize in breakfast and lunch, but boast that they also make the best lattes and cappucinos around.  I guess that is fitting for a place called Uncommon Grounds – I love the creative name!  I’ve been here before a few times, and it’s never disappointed me.  Their egg scrambles are huge, I can never decide whether I want breakfast or lunch, and true to form I usually end up getting the same thing every time.

Two scrambled eggs, dry whole wheat toast, and a fruit salad that I like to substitute for home fries.

Delish!

Redbones

I saved the unhealthiest for last!  Redbones is a restaurant located in the heart of Davis Square that serves authentic Southern food / BBQ.  I don’t eat BBQ very often, but I’ve heard such raving reviews of Redbones that when I saw a Groupon for it I bought it so I could try it out for a discounted price.  The inside is pretty fun, with cool pictures, signs, and paraphernalia on the walls.

Their menu is stacked full of BBQ options (aka Tim’s heaven) – ribs, chili, pulled pork, jerk beef, cornbread… the list goes on.  They offer a lot of combination items too, which is what I chose.  My meal consisted of pulled pork, wood grilled chicken, black beans, and coleslaw.

The food was good, and certainly lasted for two extra leftover meals beyond just what I could eat at the restaurant (pulled pork salad for lunch, and wood grilled chicken on a wheat wrap for dinner!)  but I think I was a bit disappointed.  Tim thinks it’s because we heard so many people raving about it that it didn’t seem as good as we were expecting.  I did enjoy my meal, don’t get me wrong, but Tim says the BBQ options at Jim’s Deli in Brighton is better.  At least his brisket was!

I did enjoy looking at the 24 microbrews they had on tap and indulging in their original sin cider.  If I go back to Redbones it will be for a drink and app rather than a full meal.

Question of the Day:  What are your recommendations for cute lunch places, new breakfast joints, and BBQ?  Comment please!

And then go check out my updated Bars & Restaurants Page!  These three have been added.