Weekly Workouts November 11 to 17 2018

Today I'm sharing a recap of my workouts.

I haven't posted one of these workout recaps in a long year, so I thought I'd write one up. I love hearing what other people are doing in terms of workouts, so I figure other people like to read about my workouts too. 

Sunday

I did a steady state cardio workout on the elliptical. I spent 25 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 5 minute cool down of walking on the track. It wasn't a very exciting workout, but I worked hard and that's just what I needed. 

Monday

I did an at home yoga practice for my workout on Monday. I was craving yoga but not the class/social component, so I figured doing some yoga at home was the perfect solution. I ended up practicing for 45 minutes. Does anyone else have trouble doing savasana at home? I usually don't last for more than a minute or two before I get antsy, but when I'm in a class at a studio it never feels long enough. Am I the only one or does anyone else have that problem too? 

Tuesday

When I got to the gym on Tuesday morning I decided to do another cardio workout on the elliptical. I really pushed myself during this workout to get my heart rate up. I was pretty successful because it was up around 85% of my max. I did my cool down on the track as usual.

Wednesday

I did my rest day on Wednesday. 

Thursday

I did another workout at the gym on Thursday – on the elliptical once again. I did my warm up on the elliptical (I start out slow and gradually increase my pace to my workout level by the end of five minutes), spent 35 minutes doing steady state cardio, and then spent 10 minutes walking the track for my cool down. 

Friday

We did a yoga practice at yoga teacher training last night. I was a sweaty mess by the time I was done. I was very happy to take a shower when I got home and then get into bed. I always find these Friday nights of yoga teacher training long. 

Saturday

I'm expecting another two yoga practices today at yoga teacher training to round out my workouts this week (I'm writing this post Saturday morning before I go to YTT). It's going to be a busy day. 

What was your favorite workout this week? Share it in the comments below. 

Friday Favorites November 16 2018

Another week is done. I feel like time seems to pass even faster the closer we get to the holidays. I think it has to do with the longer nights and colder weather.Does it feel like time is flying for anyone else? 

This was a pretty good week for me. Between meeting my boyfriend's new puppy, to celebrating my birthday on Wednesday, and having lunch with my mom and brother this morning, it was just a really nice week. 

Before I share some of my favorite things. I thought I'd recap my workout yesterday morning. I got to the gym bright and early (well technically it was still dark when I got there and only starting to get light when I left) to get in my last cardio workout of the week. 

I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical.My cool down was walking on the track to bring my heart rate down. I listened to one of my 80's workout playlists to keep me entertained (search for getfitfiona on Spotify to follow and get access to all of my workout playlists). 

I have a question for you guys. When I'm on the elliptical I keep my hands on the handles that move with my feet, not the inner handles that are stationary. Which ones do you use? I find that I feel more balanced when I use the ones that move. Having my legs moving but my arms stationary feels kind of weird for me. Which ones do you prefer?

And now onto some of my favorite things of the past week.

Puppies

As I mentioned above, there's no way that I could write a Friday Favorites post and not include this little guy on it – he's my boyfriend's puppy. He is so adorable and has seriously the softest fur. His ears and belly are particularly soft. All I want to do is cuddle him, but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't like that 24/7. 

He's still getting used to being away from his mom and littler mates, but I think he's starting to get the hang of things away from them. I'm definitely enjoying all the perks of a puppy without having to worry about any of the not so fun stuff like cleaning up accidents. 

Lindt chocolates with hazelnuts

I got this box of chocolates from my boyfriend for my birthday. Lindt's are my absolute favorite, so he figured that I'd be happy with these – he was right! I had never tried the ones with the hazelnuts before, but it turns out that they're delicious. Really, was there every any real doubt that they'd be good? I'll definitely be buying these again. 

Birthday texts and messages

There's nothing quite like getting happy birthday messages from your favorite people – both family and friends. I got cards, texts, and emails – needless to say I'm feeling very loved right now. It's a good reminder of how many great people I have in my life and how lucky I am.

What was a favorite of yours from the past week? Anyone else have a November birthday too?

Books Every Yoga Teacher Should Read

Today I'm sharing some books that every yoga teacher should read. 

I've divided the books into categories. I know how overwhelming it can be when you're looking for books about yoga, so I thought that would help you find exactly what you're looking for. 

Philosophy

Light on Yoga by B K S Iyengar

Light on Yoga (affiliate link)  is one of those books that's considered a classic in the yoga world. I have yet to read it (I'm trying to find someone to borrow it from), but its' required reading for lots of yoga teacher trainings. It was also recommended to me by a few people. 

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This book was recommended to me by one of the instructors of my yoga teacher training. He said that's it's one of the foundational texts of yoga. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (affiliate link) is another one of those books that I'm going to borrow from a friend.  

The Bhagavad Gita

I had heard of this book before I started yoga teacher training, but I had no idea what it was about. One of the other instructors at my yoga teacher training said that it's about a warrior learning from his mentor. She highly recommended we read The Bhagavad Gita (affiliate link) as well. 

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach

How Yoga Works Book

A yoga teacher friend of mine lent me this book a couple summers ago when I asked her for advice on yoga teacher training. She told me that How Yoga Works (affiliate link) was one of her favorite books about yoga. It was the first time that I was learning about yoga philosophy. The concepts were explained really clearly which was nice for me since I was brand new to yogic philosophy.

Anatomy

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

I've seen this book on the reading lists for lots of yoga teacher trainings. I had a quick look through it at the library and it looks like another great anatomy book for yoga teachers. 

The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long

This is the anatomy book that I'm using for my yoga teacher training. The instructor who is an orthopedic surgeon only has good things to say about it, so I'm inclined to believe her since anatomy is what she does on a daily basis. It's goes into detail on the major muscles and discusses the origins, insertions, antagonists, synergists, and actions of each one. This book (affiliate link) also shows how muscles are used in poses, which is helpful when you're trying to visualize it. 

Teaching

Teaching Yoga: Essential Techniques and Foundations by Mark Stephens

In looking for books to read about teaching, I came across this one again and again. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it's on my list to read. I've heard really good things about it and that Teaching Yoga (affiliate link) focuses more on the teaching aspect of yoga rather than the anatomy or poses. 

Ashtanga

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga by Kino MacGregor

This was the very first book about yoga that I bought. At the time I was really into ashtanga and was following Kino on social media. If you're into ashtanga this is definitely the book for you. The first half of the book covers some yoga basics, and the second half breaks down all the poses of the primary series. The Power of Ashtanga Yoga (affiliate link) is my go to resource for my ashtanga practices. 

Ashtanga Yoga by David Swenson

This is another essential book if you teach or even practice ashtanga yoga. David Swenson has a great sense of humor that really comes through in this book (affiliate book). David provides modifications to poses, which is great for those of us with injuries. It's one of those books that I know I'll reference again and again. 

Are you a yoga teacher? What's a favorite yoga book of yours?

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36th Birthday

Before I get into the real topic of this blog post, I wanted to share about my workout yesterday. 

I almost didn't go to the gym. I didn't sleep very well (I was wide awake at midnight) and felt pretty tired when my alarm went off at 5:30 am. It took some time and a lot of motivation, but I finally got up and dressed, ate a piece of toast with peanut butter, and went to the gym.

Of course it was one of those workouts where I felt amazing after, and I'm so glad that I got to the gym. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and other than a 5 minute warm up at the beginning, I pushed myself hard. I knew that it would be worth it in the end. 

I was thoroughly tired by the time I cooled down by walking the track, but I'm glad that I got it done. I might have gotten an extra hour of sleep if I had skipped the gym, but instead I did something that was good for my body. 

And now onto the birthday part of the post! 

Another year is over and I'm 365 years older! I turn 36 today. That feels so old. Over the past few weeks I'eve realized how old some of my favorite things are.

  • Sixteen Stone by Bush was my absolute favorite album from when I was a teenager. It was released in 1994 – 24 years ago. 
  • ER, my all time favorite show that I watched from junior high all the way through until after I graduated from university also debuted in 1994.
    I moved to Calgary with my family 23 years ago.
  • I graduated from high school 17 years ago. 
  • I finished my bachelors of Health Sciences degree 12 years ago.
  • My first blog post here on Get Fit Fiona was 7 years ago. Check out my very first post here

How is it possible that all those things happened so long ago? It makes me feel so old to think back, but at the same time it doesn't feel like all that long ago. The years go by so quickly now. 

This year's birthday celebrations were pretty low key. I saw my boyfriend on Saturday night. He had brought home a new bulldog puppy the day before, so I was really looking forward to meeting him and giving him belly rubs. He;s even cuter in person if that's possible.

When my boyfriend had asked earlier what I wanted for my birthday I said nothing, but he ended up surprising me with a box of my absolute favorite chocolates. I can pretty much guarantee that they won't last for long. 

Tonight I'm having a birthday dinner with my family. Indian food is my favorite (hello samosas, butter chicken, paneer pakora, naan, and poppadoms) so we're going to order take out. It should be delicious. 

35 was pretty great, but I'm so excited about what 36 will bring. I'm hoping it'll be just as good as 35 if not better. 

Weekend Recap November 13 2018

I hope you all had a good weekend. I took full advantage of the long weekend. I feel like I was good at getting things done while also having some fun too. 

Friday

My weekend started off a bit early because I went out for lunch with my dad. We went to a local pub. The Mad Rose, where I got a chicken sandwich with cranberry mayo and brie cheese. It was delicious! There's something about the combination of chicken/cranberry/brie that's just so good. I had a caesar salad on the side and a Strongbow cider. 

Saturday

I started off my Saturday morning by getting some blog work done. It felt really good to cross some things off my to do list.

After lunch I headed over to my boyfriend's place to meet his new bulldog puppy. He's so cute! There were a lot of cuddles and belly rubs that happened. 

For dinner we made homemade pizza. Besides the basic tomato sauce and cheese, we also put pepperoni, black olives, sun dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts on the pizza. Why has it taken me this long to put artichoke hearts on pizza? They were so good! I meant to take a photo but by the time I remembered the pizza was all gone. 

Sunday

I was up bright and early on Sunday morning to get to the gym. When I looked out the window it was snowing, so it took a bit of extra motivation to get myself out the door and into the cold and snowy weather. 

Once I got to the gym I spent 25 minutes on the elliptical for some steady state cardio. It felt really good to get moving and sweat. It wasn't a very long workout, but it was just what I needed.

While I was on the elliptical I listened to part 1 of the UFO episode of the Unexplained Mysteries podcast. While I'm still not sold on if UFO's are real, it was really interesting to learn about the history of sightings that started in the 1940's and 1950's. 

I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from the gym to pick up a few things that I needed to make stir fry beef noodles for lunch. As usual for recipes that I get from Budget Bytes, it turned out delicious. I made a few modifications including using fettuccine instead of rice noodles because that's what I had in my pantry. 

 I spend the rest of the day doing laundry and getting some things done around the house. I was pretty productive so it felt good to be able to start the week feeling like I was ahead of the game.

After dinner I decided to watch a movie on Netflix. I decided on Due Date I really liked Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover trilogy, so I thought I'd like Due Date too. I was in luck because Due Date was really similar to The Hangover movies. It was one of those silly movies that makes you laugh, and that's exactly what I wanted.

Monday

I had to get some errands done on Monday morning. Monday was a stat holiday here in Canada because Remembrance Day fell on Sunday this year.

I spent the afternoon reading The 19th Wife (affiliate link) by David Ebershoff. For the last year or two I've been taking full advantage of the fact that my library offers ebooks. I can download them from home and then return them from my phone, which means that I don't even have to set foot in the library. 

What was the highlight of your weekend? 

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