I’m finally done with my Thanksgiving leftovers, except for a few slices of pumpkin pie that I’m savoring every bite of. After all my indulgences over the past week I’m looking forward to simple and healthy meals this week.
Monday~ Leftover French Onion Soup and Mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Tuesday~ Salmon, Broccoli and Cheese (for Matt), Roasted Brussels Sprouts (for me) and Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad
Wednesday~ Herbed Chicken and leftover Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad
Thursday~ Cheesy Garlic Chicken and Vegetable Medley
Friday~Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Saturday~ Salon Christmas Party!
Sunday~ Butternut Squash Soup
Last week was interesting for fitness. It felt very hit or miss. I didn’t do anything Monday. Tuesday night’s kickboxing class was great. I even got a compliment on my pivoting while punching. Wednesday, which I thought I would be dead tired, I ended up doing some pilates. My back started to hurt really bad when I got home from class on Tuesday night and it was still bothering me Wednesday night. I was hoping that some pilates would help stretch it out and ease some of the tension I was feeling there. It totally did the trick! I felt so much better when I was done! I’ve been intending on practicing pilates for weeks now and somehow I just haven’t ended up doing it. I’m hopeful that my love has been re-ignited.
I finished my little push up challenge on Thanksgiving. I am so proud of myself for sticking with it! For the most part it was pretty simple. I would break up the push ups throughout the day. The days where I waited to do them until I got home from work were kind of rough. Matt was really helpful. He was the form police and kept reminding me to keep my butt down. What I liked most about this challenge was how much fitness was on my mind. Whenever I found myself waiting this challenge would pop into my mind and I would get down and do a set. I could really feel all the different muscles I was using by the last set each day. It’s amazing how little time you need to get an effective workout in. It’s really gotten me thinking on how I’ve been approaching my workouts.
Tuesday~ Kickboxing ❤
Wednesday~ Zumba and Toning ❤ ❤ (missed this so much last week)
Thursday~ Kickboxing (fingers crossed Matt goes with me again)
Saturday~ Dancing with my work ladies
Sunday~ Dress shopping with some of my bridesmaids
I’m still trying to decide what I want to do for next fitness challenge. Any ideas?
I started the day with a short walk with the monkey dog. I’m pretty sure we were being followed by a flock of birds. Once we got home I banged out 25 pushups at once. Yeah I’m pretty psyched that I could do that many at one time!
I did another set of 25 in the break room of the salon after I ate my lunch. Pretty psyched that no one saw me doing them.
Tonight I went to kickboxing with Matt! Guess what!? I was psyched that Matt came with me. It was such a great class, more focused on boxing than it usually is. We spared for a minute and a half and I didn’t pass out. It’s scary how much I like punching people. When we got home a banged out two more sets of 25 push ups before eating dinner. My body is definitely feeling the burn. Hurts so good!
I’m having an off day, the kind of day where it feels like nothing I do is what I should be doing. I’m second guessing everything and just in a complete and total funk. I can’t even decide what I feel like eating for lunch. (Good thing I’ve already planned my dinners ) 😉
I just got back from my kickboxing class and it was a really good class but for some reason I just wasn’t that into it tonight. We had more time on the bags and did lots of ab work, which I would normally love, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s a good thing that you pay for the class at the beginning or else I might have sneaked out.
I did have one really incredible moment today, I taught my six year old nephew how to tie his shoe. We were getting ready to leave and I noticed that he was trying to slip his still tied shoes on his feet. That’s when he told me that he didn’t know how to tie them. Well I stopped what I was doing and we sat down on the kitchen floor and he got a lesson. He picked it up right away and was SO excited! Which made my heart melt. He is such a good kid.
So that kind of got me thinking. What have I wanted to be able to do but just haven’t stopped and attempted it? So, so many things! One little challenge that I’ve been thinking about off and on is a push up challenge. The challenge is to do 1000 push ups in 10 days. So I jumped in, or down really. I’m going to do a quick check in every day to hold me accountable. I thought it might be fun and maybe some of you would like to join in?
If you had told me this morning that I would be feeling happier doing 100 push ups I would have called you crazy but I am. Maybe it’s the endorphins you get from exercising or maybe I’m just happy to be trying something that’s supposed to be challenging. Whatever it is, I feel better.
This week was a breeze to meal plan. I was sipping my coffee one morning brainstorming ideas of what to make when I thought to myself, “What have I been meaning to make that I haven’t yet?” And then meal after meal popped into my head. If only every thing in life was that easy!
Monday: Left over Corn Chowder and Whole Wheat Bread
Tuesday: Quinoa Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Sauce
Wednesday:Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta
Thursday: Habanero and Strawberry Jam Chicken with Baked Sweet Potatoes
Friday: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Pear
Saturday: Date Night Out with My Man
Sunday: Beef Barley Soup
I am so excited for this menu! I’ve got the corn chowder simmering away right now and I just took the bread out of the oven. It smells divine in my house.
So last week I included my fitness plans for the week. I didn’t stick to the plan 100% but I liked the idea of creating an exercise schedule. I think I was a little over zealous in the beginning of the week and didn’t take into account how much physical work I would be doing. I had the week off from week so I de-cluttered every single room in the house. It was hard work and I’m so happy that I did it but I was exhausted by Thursday night. So I’m learning from my mistake and really thinking out how I’m spending my time the entire week and how to best fit my exercise in so I’m left energized instead of exhausted.
Monday: Zumba and Toning
Tuesday: Windsor Pilates (so sad I can’t make it to kickboxing due to my work schedule)
Wednesday: Zumba double dose and Toning
Thursday: Rest Day
Saturday: Gym time! Whole Body circuit and HIIT on the treadmill.
I also came across this great core workout in the latest issue (Nov. 2012) of Oxygen that I want to do a few times this week as well. Fingers crossed that I stick to my plan!