Weekend Catch Up

I read a book yesterday. No, like an entire book. I tried to step away, I really did, but the mystery had me wrapped around its tiny little finger. That’s not the worst of it. This book was by the same author who wrote THE BOOK THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED because of the worst ending ever no ending whatsoever. Thankfully, the author decided to conclude this one, and it wasn’t terrible. This is why I shouldn’t read/watch anything. I become so absorbed I don’t want to do anything else. Granted, I did do a few other things of the workout variety, but I need to learn how to step away and let anticipation build. I guess I am just one impatient girl. Maybe Meditation will work?

Anyways, the book was The Secret Place by Tana French and I very much enjoyed the suspense and mystery. The characters had great development and I actually cared about them, rather than just caring about how the mystery would be solved. Right now, I’ve got a few books on Mindfulness and Meditation in my queue, but I am aiming to read a book a day week.

I think the last time I checked in was on Thursday, so we have a lot to chat about. Let’s catch up, shall we?

Thursday morning, I got things rolling with a bowl of peanut buttery oats. I topped the goodness with a spoonful of jam and toasted coconut.

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For lunch,  I went with a slice of leftover pepper pizza and a big salad I put together. I actually had a dream last night that my salad won this major salad competition and if we’re being honest, that would totally happen. My salads are often the envy of everyone who sees them.

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I got things moving with a strength workout using dumbbells and a quick series of planks. After, I went on a casual 8 mile walk with my friend Molly where we stopped for dinner in-between, so I wasn’t too worried about cardio.

This burger was amazing! It was topped with some cheese, bacon, onion rings, and honey barbecue sauce. I shared some of the rings with my friend Molly because they were huge and I am not that big a fan of onions, but everything was delicious. It came with a few potato chips and a side of beans.

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Somehow, Friday and Saturday got thrown together and I only have a few pictures of the meals I enjoyed. I can tell you that on Friday, I had a nice rest day, save for a brief walk I enjoyed just to stretch my legs. My workout on Saturday included a killer body strength workout and a swim.

On one of the days for breakfast, I made myself another smoothie. I tossed together some oats, peanut butter, banana , cashew milk, and ice to create something akin to a healthy, delicious milk shake. It was seriously so good and I will be making it again for sure!

Another day had to have been these scrambled eggs because I have photographic evidence that they existed. A little bit of toast and some fruit that did not make it into the picture completed the meal.

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Lunches included this huge salad with chicken and my current weird obsession- hot dogs. The hot dog must have been on Saturday because I wanted something quick post-workout and before dinner with friends.

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For dinner on Friday, I had um, more hot dogs, though I guess this would have happened before the other hot dog…I’m trying to confuse you so that you don’t judge me for my hot dog loving habits. It’s not my healthiest choice, but I’m not participating in any kind of eating contest, so I think I’m safe for now.

Saturday’s dinner was super special because the core four from college were finally able to reunite to celebrate Katie’s birthday. It came a month and four days late, but I think she appreciated it all the same.

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We started off with Sangria at Katie’s then made our way further into the city to make our reservation in the North End. Things were crazy busy, which is understandable, but we weren’t seated until an hour later, which screams bad customer service. Once we finally did sit, we had to wait along time for our food to arrive, but once it did, it was delicious! I selected the chicken parm with homemade ziti. SO good. You’ll forgive me for not having the time to snap a picture before diving in because we were all so hungry!

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I was up early on Sunday for work, but I somehow had enough time to make pancakes. When I’m motivated for pancakes, I can wake myself up! Oh, I should probably mention that I am now working again…in a gym! This is the perfect way for me to gain experience within a gym culture, while studying for my personal training certificate. So far, it’s been great!

Lunch was a huge stir fry: chopped veggies, grilled chicken, buckwheat noodles, thai peanut sauce. A colorful and tasty delight!

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I went out for a run that felt great while I was moving, then left my stomach aching after. I’m not sure what my deal is and it doesn’t happen consistently, but it has never really happened before these past few months. I think I have to start paying more attention to what I am eating and how much water I am drinking beforehand.

For dinner, I still wasn’t feeling great, but I knew I needed to eat. Once I did, I started to feel better, which is something. It’s strange though because I’ve tried to eat salads or meals with a ton of veggies post-run, but with my stomach issue, those only make it worse. I went with a safe, but far less healthy alternative in a frozen pizza. It hit the spot to fill my stomach at least.

Now into the week, I started my days with scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and fruit. Simple at its finest.

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I started my week of workouts with some strength training. I’m mixing things up a lot starting this week, so there will be new workouts to post, but I ran through each exercise six times at eight reps, upping my weight as I went. The circuit of sorts included bench presses, leg presses, cable shoulder pull downs, cable shoulder raises, deadlifts, shoulder presses, squat presses, rows, tricep extensions, and bicep curls. After, I ran through a core circuit: leg raises, step ups, kneeling kickbacks, grasshoppers, elevated hip lifts, flutter kicks, alternating ankle grabs, hundreds, Russian twists, and planks. For a hit of cardio, I jump roped using the Tabata method (20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest) for five minutes, then rode the bike for 15 minutes.

After finishing up, I was ready for lunch. I went with more hot dogs, but I think I have met my quota on these for awhile. The biggest draw for me are the toasted buns. To be fair, I also had a huge salad. See, vegetables don’t usually turn me off during a workout, which is why I am so concerned with my running issues of late.

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For dinner, we grilled up burgers and served them with broccoli and homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s very hard to resist my mom’s macaroni and cheese even when it’s hot out!

And moving onto this morning, we are now all caught up! For breakfast, I enjoyed peanut butter on toast and a plain Greek yogurt with grapes.

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Overall, it wasn’t my healthiest week of eating, but I’m back on track!

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