After a whirlwind of a weekend and a vacation day yesterday, I knew that I had to get back on track with eating healthy and working out. So this morning I woke up bright & early and jogged 5 minutes to the gym for a cross training workout. I began with 20 minutes on the elliptical and then moved on to the following arm toning workout (copied from Pinterest):
*Repeat set 2-3 times
I did the set twice and it turned out to be great workout! I love how it constantly switched up the moves so I never got bored and it was over in no time at all. I’ll definitely be repeating this workout real soon.
While on the elliptical, I read People Style magazine and this little tid bit of an article caught my attention:
Workout meetups are such a good idea! It’s so nice being able to catch up with a friend and get a great workout. Plus, it’s wayyyy cheaper than meeting a friend for dinner and drinks. 😀 I haven’t had one in a while but maybe I’ll try bringing them back! Usually my friends don’t want to run at 5:15 am (I don’t blame them, obviously) and I’m not a fan of running after work when it’s super hot and sunny…… but I do love running in the evening once the weather cools down. So this Fall I’ll have to plan more workout meetups!
I usually eat breakfast at work but I was starving after my workout so I quickly prepared 2 frozen waffles and topped them each with banana slices and drizzled honey.
I had the van’s “power grains – 10g protein” waffles that I recently discovered at the grocery store.
By the way, I had no clue that van’s even made protein waffles!? Maybe these waffles are new?? Either way, they were delicious and I’m very excited to have a new favorite frozen waffle. 😀
Question: Do you like workout meetups?? Do you usually run, go to the gym, yoga, or do something else on your meetups?
I woke up this morning and wasn’t in the mood to run. But since I’m training for a half marathon I figured I should try to stick to my training program and at least get my butt out the door. I knew that once I started my run, I’d end up feeling much better (sometimes the hardest part is just getting out the door.) I also switched up my typical route and ran along the beach towards Dorchester. Such a pretty view! 🙂
About 35 minutes into my run my hip started to really hurt so I ended up walking the last 5 minutes. I feel so much better now that my workout is over with and I can relax for the rest of the day. Run and done!
Last night’s dinner was an oldie but goodie in the Totten/Doyle house. We both wanted seafood for dinner so Mike whipped up a couple of insanely delicious shrimp rolls. I think this meal is actually better than lobster rolls and it’s so easy to make!
Makes 4 servings / prep time is 5 minutes
- 1 lb cooked, peeled shrimp
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons scallions, diced
- 1 teaspoon Frank’s hot sauce
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt and pepper
- 4 hot dog buns
We combined all the ingredients in a medium size bowl. Then scooped the mixture into toasted hot dog buns and chowed down. That’s it – so easy! We also enjoyed a couple of Corona Lights with the meal…. 😀 It’s a perfect summer time dinner.
Mmmm mmmmm! I ended up eating 2 of these since hot dog rolls are pretty small….
Workouts For The Week (adapted from my half marathon training plan)
- Monday: run 40 minutes <— Done
- Tuesday: cross train (elliptical plus strength training)
- Wednesday: run + speed for 50 minutes (might do repeat 200’s & 400’s?)
- Thursday: cross train for 50 minutes
- Friday: off
- Saturday: run – endurance 6 miles
- Sunday: off
Hello, hello! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
Question for ya: Can you eat healthy at a bbq or is it really difficult? For me it’s a challenge. Mike and I attended my neighbor’s BBQ yesterday afternoon and I knew I should go into the party with a game plan (and really stick to it this time!) I usually start off fairly healthy and slowly end up pigging out on anything and everything in sight. This time I was going to practice will power!
Here’s a couple of the rules I tried to follow:
- Drink water and not just beer.
- Take a loop around to check out all the food before digging in.
- Do not stand near a food table!
- Start with veggies and fruits (whenever I start with healthy foods, it’s easier sticking with them).
- Don’t eat crap that I can eat anytime, such as Doritos and tortilla chips.
- 1 dessert, so pick wisely.
- Have protein with my meal.
And surprisingly my game plan worked!! I also reminded myself that a BBQ isn’t all about the food, it’s about hanging-out and catching up with friends and family… 😀
Once again I was craving a cold, tasty smoothie today. I decided to mix it up by adding the dark sweet cherries that we had in the fridge. I also wanted it to be a filling smoothie so I knew a scoop of protein powder as a must. And to make it even better I threw some chocolate shavings to the top of the glass. Perfect-O. 🙂
Dark Cherry, Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Combine the following in the blender:
- 1 cup pitted dark sweet cherries
- 1 frozen medium size banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
**Top the smoothie with chocolate shavings.
This smoothie is loaded with protein and antioxidants! ENJOY!