Hurricane, Smurricane (and Weekly Workouts)

Monday morning + Monday morning with a hurricane = Ooof.

I would just like to say that as someone who goes grocery shopping weekly on Sundays, it is extremely irritating slash amusing to be doing your regular shopping routine while everyone else in the world freaks about the imminent hurricane.  Literally watched people smacking into each other with their carriages, arguing about what aisle things are in, and getting so frustrated while stocking up on things to last a lifetime.  Unless, of course, their power goes out in which case all that perishable food you just loaded into their cart is going to well, PERISH, in the case of a power outage.

I think storms bring out the worst in people.  Seriously.  So dumb.  Anyone else experience this yesterday?

Weekend

This was the first year that I didn’t have any set Halloween plans or parties to go to.  And I didn’t really care about that?  I’m sure if I really did I could have put in a little more effort, but I felt very apathetic about it this year.  Plus I’ll be dressing up for Two A Day Tuesday classes tomorrow (Sandy better not mess with Two A Day Halloween!!) so I just didn’t really care.

Tim and I also had a billion family plans this weekend.  Friday night we went out to dinner at The Local in Newton with his sister and cousin, then for some drinks at The Cherry Tree.  Saturday I picked up my car at the shop and squeezed in a Saturday workout before heading to Tim’s cousin’s 13th birthday party.  Then yesterday we went out to brunch at Wilson’s Diner, did things around the apartment, then headed to my parents’ house for dinner with my aunt for her birthday.

I was also a bad blogger and took only one picture the entire weekend, of my mom and aunt last night.

Happy Birthday, Auntie Tina!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week was Week 1 of Best Body Bootcamp Session 3.  Out of fairness to Tina and her program, I am not going to give you all the specifics of her workouts, but this was our general “plan” for last week:

And then this is how I got crafty and adapted to my own schedule:

  • Sunday:  Whatever exercise I squeezed in at the Health Fair last week (running around all morning + 10 minutes Kickboxing demo + 10 minutes of Zumba).  I still considered this my “off day.”
  • Monday:  Acted as my Tuesday in the plan above.  I taught an hour-long cycle class and then did a plank challenge with myself.  Held a plank for four minutes!
  • Tuesday:  Acted as my Friday in the plan above.  Instead of intervals, I took Liz’s Kickboxing class.  Then I taught Workout C in my Circuit class, and threw in cardio intervals between each move.
  • Wednesday:  I combined days — used this as a cardio day but instead of doing 40 minutes of steady cardio, I did the Intervals B workout on the treadmill (25 minute workout can be found here!) and then did another plank challenge.  Held a plank for four minutes and thirty seconds this time!
  • Thursday:  Taught Workout A in my Circuit class, again throwing cardio intervals between each move.
  • Friday:  Acted as my cardio of choice day — I taught Cardio & Core in the morning.
  • Saturday:  Combined days again.  I did the Intervals A workout from Monday (25 minutes on the elliptical) with Workout B from Wednesday.

Not confusing at all, right?!?!

This Week’s Workouts

This week is considered Phase II of the program and still follows the above plan.  Here’s what I’m banking on this week:

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  TBD — the hurricane is seriously screwing with my workout plans!  Some kind of at home workout?  Braving the storm to get to the gym?  My at home weights are too light for me now, but I’m determined to get activity in.
  • Tuesday:  Halloween style Two A Day Tuesday!  Taking Liz’s Kickboxing class, then probably teaching Workout B in Circuit class.  FYI to anyone who wears a costume and takes our classes tomorrow night you will get a prize!  Please don’t let Liz and I be the only ones dressed in costumes!
  • Wednesday:  Morning cardio workout + plank challenge so I can enjoy Halloween at night.
  • Thursday: Teaching Circuit C in my Circuit class.
  • Friday:  Cardio workout + plank challenge.
  • Saturday:  TBD… I’m heading up to NH for the weekend, so will depend on what time I leave!  Otherwise, an off day.

Weekly Goals

Last week my goals were to focus more on getting 7 hours of sleep each night and to track food on LoseIt.  Some of you asked me why I was trying to track my food and if it is to lose weight.  My answer is NO!  I don’t want to lose any more weight and I am very happy with where I am and how I look.  I actually have NO idea how much I weigh.  My reasons for using LoseIt are more to see the breakdown of carbs/fats/protein I’m getting to make sure it’s enough with all the exercise I do every week.  Also, I love seeing how much more my calorie intake amounts go up when I exercise, not that I recommend abusing that in any way.  It’s all just so interesting to me.

That being said, since using LoseIt isn’t really super important to me and it’s more something I’m interested in, I’m not going to set that as a weekly goal.  I’m keeping my sleep goal again this week, and I am going to REALLY try to have my computer OFF at 9pm… we’ll see how that goes…

Comment away!  Thoughts on the hurricane, tell me what you did this weekend, how did last week’s workouts & goals go, what’s on the agenda this week… tell me anything!

Have a great week, and stay safe everyone!

Right to Business

Another Monday!  We’re flying through August!  It’s already mid-month…?

Let’s get right to business.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  BBB Workout A  + Circuit Intervals (push supersets with 3/1/1 tempo training), plus some extra ab moves
  • Monday:  50 Minute 5/5 Cardio Interval Elliptical Workout
  • Tuesday:  Taught 60 minutes of Kickboxing + Taught BBB Workout C (mini circuit challenge!) in Circuit class, followed by the BBB Core Circuit and two arm exercises.
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday:  MORNING:  Taught BBB Workout B + Circuit Intervals (pull supersets with 3/1/1 tempo training) in Circuit class, followed by the BBB Core Circuit and some floor leg/glute exercises.  EVENING:  Taught Kickboxing + Core.
  • Friday:  30 Minute Progression Intervals on the elliptical
  • Saturday:  Off

This Week’s Workout Plan

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  Returning to CBC!  Perfect Lines + Kix
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day Tuesday = Kix + Teaching Circuit
  • Wednesday:  Teaching Spin
  • Thursday:  Teaching Circuit
  • Friday:  Teaching Spin
  • Saturday:  TBD.  Cutz??

And somehow incorporating bootcamp into the above.  Stay tuned!!

Weekly Goals

They are staying the same!  Don’t want to set so many goals that I don’t reach my goals.  That wouldn’t be very S.M.A.R.T (goals) of me!

  1. Water
  2. Hip Stretches
  3. At least 7 hours sleep a night
  4. Breathe!

Three Links

Here are some links that are definitely worth checking out before you X out of my page, delete your email, or click on “mark as read.”  If you haven’t already, that is.

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  • Alyssa’s post on Lindsay’s blog, entitled “If I Owned A Gym.”  This had me [actually] LOLing.
  • Whitney’s post on a beautiful experience she had during her yoga teacher training.  This had me relating almost to every word – Type A personalities unite!
  • This article that my friend Jess sent me called “25 Things I Know Now That I’m 25.”  Okay, I’m turning 27, but I can still appreciate.  It’s all true.

What are your goals this week??  Let’s start the week off right.  Do share, please!!!

Back later on with some weekend recapping.  Or a recipe.  Or a workout.  Maybe all of the above.  Catch ya then!

Bestie Birthday (and some other things)

And we’re back to another Monday.

Most important things first!  It’s my bestie’s birthday today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SLESH!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day!  🙂

Weekend

We celebrated Slesh’s birthday a few days early on Friday night.  The celebration consisted of dinner at Shay’s Wine Bar, then drinks at Charlie’s Beer Garden and Tommy Doyle’s.

I was super excited because two of my friends from home, Matt and Johnny, joined us out for the night and I haven’t seen them in so long.  I’ve missed my guy friends.  The night was fun, but HOT.  We were dripping sweat the entire night, hence my gross hair in our roomie picture above.  I even took a shower when I got home at 2 in the morning!

I forgot to mention that the celebration also consisted of cupcakes.

I used this recipe for homemade vanilla cupcakes and almond buttercream frosting.  Then add some green food coloring, some M&M’s, and some pretzels… and BAM.  Butterfly cupcakes for a butterfly loving friend.

Saturday was a much needed day of fun with my friend Erin.  Erin and I danced together in college and we haven’t been able to see each other in what feels like SO long.  We spent five hours sitting in our beach chairs at Revere Beach (don’t knock it!) and catching up on life.  After our sun time, we took advantage of Devlin’s patio.

And white sangria…

And salads…. (with yummy champagne dressing!)

And pizza….

Totally hit the spot and was a nice way to wrap up our day together!

Since I took Saturday off from working out and was asleep by midnight on Saturday night, I decided to hit the gym bright and early on Sunday morning.  The gym was nice and empty, which made it easy to do Workout 1 on this week’s bootcamp agenda.  Workout 1 had circuit intervals which consisted of:

  • 5 minute warmup on a cardio machine
  • Four sets of two alternating strength moves
  • 5 minutes on a cardio machine
  • Four sets of the next two alternating strength moves
  • 5 minutes on a cardio machine
  • Four sets of the last two alternating strength moves
  • 5 minute cooldown on a cardio machine

Definitely glad the gym was empty for this because it made it much easier to hop on and off an elliptical between my strength sets.

I also incorporated a few ab moves and lots of hip stretching at the end of my workout.  After my gym sesh, I hit the beach again and spent some time with my brother, cousin, and goddaughter.  Slesh came along too.  It rained a few times while we were there, but the sun was out the whole time so the rain actually felt good because it was so hot.

Sunday night Tim was back from mamping (man camping) so we caught up on our weekends and spent some quality time together.  He’s already away again for work today, but I’m glad we had an evening in between his trips to see each other.  Absence (but not too much of it) makes the heart grow fonder!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts
Last week was Week 2 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp program.  Here’s how I worked it into my weekly workouts:

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  20 minutes of 60/60 HIIT Cardio + Workout B (lower body supersets) + taught my last Core Strength class
  • Tuesday:  For my 20 minutes of steady cardio as prescribed in the plan I did 60 minutes of Kickboxing, then I taught Workout C (total body supersets) in my Circuit Training class + some extra moves at the end of class in the extra time.
  • Wednesday:  Cardio day.  Did this 45 minute interval workout on the elliptical, but this week I increased the duration of my intensity periods from 3 minutes to 5 minutes.  I definitely felt the difference but felt great afterwards!  I finished up with 3 rounds of the Core circuit.
  • Thursday:  Taught Workout A (upper body supersets) in my Circuit Training class + some lower body and ab moves.  Sadly I didn’t make it to the gym at 5:30am this week to get in 20 minutes of steady cardio first.
  • Friday:  Taught Cardio & Core:  20 minutes of Cutz, 20 minutes of Kix, 20 minutes of Floor Work (including the BBB Core circuit).
  • Saturday:  Off

This Week’s Workouts
This week begins Week 3 of BBB and also Phase II which concentrates more on tempo training instead of supersets.  This strength training concept focuses on using slow and controlled counts to target different parts of the movement in each exercise.

  • Sunday:  Workout A + Circuit Intervals (check!)
  • Monday:  5/5 Cardio Intervals + Core
  • Tuesday:  Teaching Kickboxing for Liz, then teaching Workout B in Circuit.  Planning on doing a lot of cardio interval blasts in between the sets, but we definitely won’t be able to hop on and off machines like I did yesterday.
  • Wednesday:  Progression Intervals + Core (OR maybe I’ll take Cutz class at CBC instead)
  • Thursday:  Teaching Workout C (this is going to be a fun one for class!!!), and also teaching Kickboxing at night.
  • Friday:  TBD
  • Saturday:  Off

You guys will definitely want to come to Circuit class this week because I am totally rocking a 90’s hip hop playlist.  We’re gonna bust a move!  (Spoiler alert).

Weekly Goals

Each week I want to continue with my previous week’s goals (so far it’s been to drink more water, do my hip stretches every day, and to get more sleep); however this week I want to really focus more on mental health than anything else.  As I’ve alluded to, last week was just not the best week for me mentally.  This week I am really going to try and focus on sticking to what I believe in without feelings of guilt afterward (anyone else struggle with this in any aspect of their lives?), and I also want to work on just breathing when I feel myself getting worked up.

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Tell me about your weekend, your workouts last week, your workout plan this week, or your weekly goals for this week! 

Have a rockin’ Monday, everyone.  🙂