Weekend in Review July 16 2018

Friday

It ended up being really hot on Friday evening. I was sweating just sitting on the couch and doing absolutely nothing. Needless to say, it was pretty miserable. Air conditioning isn't something that homes are generally built with here in Calgary, so when it's hot outside, it's usually hot inside too. I didn't feel like doing anything, so I ended up just watching TV. I actually started watching Unsolved on Netflix.

I'm now a few episodes in and I'm enjoying it. It has a great soundtrack – I'm sure it's been ages since I've heard some of those songs. The actor that plays Detective Poole looked very familiar to me, but I wasn't able to figure out where I'd seen him before. I finally googled it and I found out that he also played William in Westworld. Apparently I didn't recognize him without his white cowboy hat.

Saturday

I started  off the day at the grocery store. I got there early and was able to avoid most of the crowds. They had strawberries on sale, so I decided to take advantage. They were really good and only lasted 36 hours. They were quite possibly the best $3 I spent while I was there.

Groceries

I made these pork and peanut dragon noodles for lunch. I got the recipe for it from Budget Bytes, which is a go to resource for me when I'm looking for recipes. I've made them before, and they turned out just as delicious as before. They're also great as leftovers. I think that they end up getting a bit milder the longer they stay in the fridge.

I decided to head over to a thrift store on Saturday afternoon to see if I could find any good deals. I ended up getting this Fossil tote bag for a really great price. It looks like its hardly been used as there's no wear on it. While I don't always find things when I go thrifting, it's definitely fun when I do.

Fossil Tote

My laptop fits in it (just barely), so I have a feeling it'll become my go to bag to use when I need to take my computer with me somewhere. On the way home from shopping I decided to stop at Starbucks and get something to drink.

Passion Tea Lemonade

I went with my usual hot weather drink – a passion tea lemonade. I'm not a coffee drinker (I don't like the smell or taste), so this tea and lemonade combo is perfect for me. Do you always go with something with coffee at Starbucks or something else?

Sunday

Sunday morning I stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and the grocery store to get a few things. I popped into Tim Horton's before I went home to get coffees for my parents and get a couple donuts. I went with a maple one with cream inside. So tasty and so bad for me at the same time.

Maple Donut

I finished up some laundry on Sunday afternoon and got some blogging done before spending some time reading Lilac Girls (affiliate link). While I'm not too far into Lilac Girls yet, I'm liking it so far. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, so when I saw that it takes place during WWII I was pretty sure that I'd like it.

Now that you know what I did, what was the highlight of your weekend?

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Friday Favorites July 13 2018

Just like most Fridays here on Get Fit Fiona, I'm sharing some of my favorite things from the past week.

Friday Favorites

 

Growers Clementine and Pineapple Cider

Clementine Pineapple Cider

If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me here @getfitfiona), you'll know that I discovered a new to me cider. Growers Clementine and Pineapple Cider is seriously delicious without being too sweet. If you're a cider fan like I am, buy a can of it if you happen to see it. My boyfriend isn't a huge fan of cider, but even he liked it. Speaking of alcohol, if you're not using Untapped to keep track of your favorite drinks, you need to get on there.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder

I've had The Child Finder on hold at my library for awhile, and last week I was finally able to borrow it. I got an ebook copy of it with the Libby app, which I've really liked using. The Child Finder (affiliate link) was hard to put down every time I started reading. It's been awhile since I last read a mystery, and I forgot how much I enjoy them. I'm pretty sure someone recommended it to me, but I can't remember who.

Gym Membership

Elliptical

I've really been loving my gym more than usual lately. Back in January another location opened up close by, so now I can pick from the two locations that are within a 10 minute drive when I want to go workout. This week I've been changing it up between the two locations, and it's been kind of fun going more often to the newer one. It still has that new gym feeling to it (it doesn't smell like a gym yet!), and it's a treat to get to use the new equipment too.

I also realized that it's been a year since I joined. I was using the gym at my university right up until I graduated at the end of June 2017, and then on July 1st I joined at the YMCA. It's crazy how fast that year has gone. It really does feel like it's flown by.

Moleskin

Moleskin

While this might be kind of a strange thing to see on my list of Friday Favorites, it's been a lifesaver over the last few weeks.

I have a spot on the back of my ankle on my left leg that my shoes have been rubbing over the last little while. I'm not sure what it is that's changed, but something definitely has and I've been getting blisters there. I've tried wearing different shoes, but the hot spot just keep coming back. You don't realize how much such a little thing can hurt until you have a blister! I'm hoping that wearing moleskin for another week or so will help it go away for good.

When I went to the pharmacy to get some moleskin, I couldn't find it, so I asked an employee where I would find it. She had no idea what moleskin was. Am I weird for thinking that moleskin is a common thing? Do you know what it is?

What's a favorite of yours from the past week? Share it in the comments below. 

Full Body Circuit Workout

In today's post I'm sharing a full body circuit workout.

This full body circuit workout is perfect of those days when you don't want to focus on just one part of your body. You'll perform each exercise for 30 seconds before resting for 30 seconds and them moving onto the next exercise. I've included the side planks twice, so perform it on the left side the first time after the dumbbell squats, and on the right side after the donkey kicks. Once you reach the side plank at the end of the circuit, rest as much as you need before repeating the whole thing again. Complete the circuit for a total of 3 or 4 times for a complete workout. Below the graphic I've added descriptions of all the workouts just in case you're not sure of any of them. For more workouts check out my workouts page.

Because this workout is timed, a Gymboss Interval Timer (affiliate link) can be helpful. Once I set it I don't have to touch it again and I can just focus on my workout. If you're doing this workout at home, I also like these dumbbells (affiliate link) from Amazon.

Full Body Circuit Workout

Chest press

With a dumbbell in each hand, lay down on a bench or the floor. Your upper arm should be at a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly over your elbows. Move the dumbbells up while they come above your chest. With control move them back down to the starting position.

Dumbbell deadlift

With a dumbbell in each hand. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly bend forward at the hips, letting your arms hang down and keeping your back straight. Using your glutes, lift your torso back up to the starting standing position.

Crunches

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feel flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Slowly lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Make sure your neck stays in a neutral position. The upper back should be moving, not the neck. Slowly lay back down on the floor.

Overhead press

Stand with your feet hip width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. With your upper arms in a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly above your elbows, lift your hands straight up so that your arms are straight above your head. Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position.

Dumbbell squats

With feet hip width apart and dumbbells in your hands at your sides, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees and ankles. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, again using your glutes to propel yourself.

Side plank

To perform a side plank, lay on your side with your elbow beneath your shoulder and your forearm on the ground. With your top foot stacked on top of your bottom foot, lift your hips off the floor so that your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet are in a straight line. Hold and then repeat on the other side.

Bicep curls

Start with the feet hip width apart, and back in a neutral position. With a dumbbell in each hand, keep your elbows in close to your side and raise the dumbbell upwards. Movement should be at the elbow, not the wrist. Lower the dumbbell with a controlled movement, not allowing gravity to take over.

Donkey kicks

Get on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Keeping your knee bent, lift your left leg so that your knee is parallel to the floor and the bottom of your foot is parallel to the ceiling. Lower you leg back down and repeat with the right leg.

If you try out this workout, let me know how you like it!

As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed for you. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog, I appreciate it!

My 2018 Goals So Far

Today I'm sharing how my goals for 2018 are going so far. I like to check in on my goals a few times to make sure that I'm staying on track. 

My 2018 Goals So Far

 

If you want to check out my original post from back in January, you can find it here. It's hard to believe that 2018 is already half over – it's flying by. I had 8 goals that I wanted to achieve this year, which I categorized into personal, fitness, and professional.

Personal

Read 24 books

I'm well on my way to surpassing this goal! I'm currently at 17 books read – I only have to read 7 more this year, which will be super easy to do. I'm willing to bet that I'll exceed this goal by at least a few books.

Be in bed by 9:30 4 nights per week

So far in 2018 I've been pretty good at this goal. It's easy to go to bed early when my alarm goes off at 5 am so that I can be at the gym at 5:30 am when they open. Plus I'm tired earlier because I'm up so early. I'd say that I average 4 nights per week – some nights it's 5 and others it's only 3. I'd like to make this a more consistent thing though for the rest of the year.

Save money

I have to admit that I've been pretty good at putting a percentage of every single paycheck into my savings. I do it right away once I've deposited it into my bank account. If I don't see it in my checking then I won't be tempted to spend it. It starts to add up and it actually feels pretty good to see my savings grow. It also gives me piece of mind to know that I have some extra cash if I need it. It makes a big difference in my stress levels.

Fitness

Run a 5K race

For the moment this goal is on hold. I've been struggling with plantar fasciitis the first half of the year, and I'm finally at a place where I can workout 4 or 5 times per week doing low impact cardio (it's why I use the elliptical so much). I'm rolling my feet out several times per day to keep the plantar fasciitis at bay. I know that if I start running it'll get worse and I won't be able to workout at all – even low impact workouts on the elliptical. It's just not worth being hurt and hobbling around. Maybe in a few months I'll give it another go.

Meal prep 3 meals per week

I'm doing really good with the meal planning and prepping this year. Saturday mornings I plan what I'm going to make for the week, make a shopping list after I've checked the fridge and pantry to see what I already have, and then head to the grocery store. I find that I only put what I really need on my shopping list when I know what meals I'll be making. And if I have a list I'm much more likely to stick to healthy choices instead of getting tempted by things that aren't good choices for me. I'm hoping that I'll be able to carry this momentum through to the end of the year.

At least 2 strength training workouts per week

I definitely haven't been very good at this goal so far in 2018. I've probably averaged a couple strength training workouts each month, and that's it. I really need to kick my strength training up a notch. I've really been into cardio, but I need to push myself to do the workouts that I know are good for me, but I don't necessarily enjoy as much. I know that there's a Body Pump class on Saturday mornings that I've been to before and really enjoy. Maybe I need to make that a weekly thing and then do another strength workout on my own once a week.

Professional

Grow my blog

I'm pretty excited to say that I have seen growth over the last 6 months – both in terms of traffic and in my writing. I'm still working hard at this though because I haven't grown my blog as much as I would like yet. I've been working on some things behind the scenes in 2018 so I'm hoping to have a few products for sale in the next few months. I'm really excited about this and I”ll be sure to share when I make them available!

Attend 2 fitness industry conferences

I love to learn, and part of that for me is continuing to learn about fitness. I was planning on going to 2 fitness conferences this year. One was back in May, and unfortunately it conflicted with an event I'd already committed to, so I wasn't able to go. The other one I had my eye on is in Kananaskis, just an hour west of Calgary in the mountains in October. I checked out the registration page and it's out of my budget for me right out. I just can't swing it financially this year, so I'm hoping to be able to save up some money to put towards it for 2019 instead. I'm a bit bummed out that I won't be able to make this goal a reality in 2018, but I'm even more motivated to make sure I do it in 2019 instead.

Now that you know how my goals are going, how are your 2018 goals coming along? Share in the comments below. 

Weekly Workouts July 1 to 7 2018

Today I'm sharing my workouts and recipes from last week.

Weekly Workouts and Recipes July 1 to 7 2018

Sunday

Rest day.

Monday

My first workout of the week started on the elliptical, moved to the treadmill, and ended on the track. I did 5 minutes on the elliptical for my warm up. I then got on a treadmill and did some speed walking for 30 minutes. I wanted to make sure to get my heart rate up. I'm pretty sure that this was my first time on the treadmill since I started going to this gym a year ago. I was thinking about it while I was on the treadmill and I was pretty surprised. Clearly my favorite form of cardio is the elliptical if it's taken me a year to get on a treadmill. I spent 5 minutes cooling down on the track to end my workout.

Tuesday

I warmed up on the elliptical and then stayed on it until my cool down 35 minutes later. My workout on Tuesday was steady state cardio. I then did a cool down on the track for 7 minutes. I recently re-downloaded Pokemon Go (I played it a few years ago) and my gym actually has a bunch of Pokemon related stuff at it, so I'll play it while I'm walking the track during my cool downs.

Wednesday

For my workout on Wednesday, I started out doing my warm up on the elliptical. I then cranked up the intensity and went at it for 30 minutes. I'm not sure what it was exactly, but I was in the zone and ready to work hard. It was probably my toughest workout in awhile, but it definitely didn't feel like it while I was in the middle of the workout. I then spent 10 minutes cooling down on the track to bring my heart rate back down.

Thursday

Once again on Thursday, I did my warm up and main part of my workout on the elliptical. I warmed up for 5 minutes and then did some steady state cardio for 35 minutes. I then headed over to the track to walk for 10 minutes for my cool down.

Friday

My last workout of the week was once again on the elliptical. I warmed up for 5 minutes before doing some intervals. I did my cool down on the track again (while playing Pokemon Go) for 5 minutes.

Saturday

I took my second rest day of the week on Saturday. Recently I've been on a 10,000 step streak, and I wanted to make sure that I continued it, even if I wasn't going to be at the gym. Luckily I managed to hit just over 10,000 steps.

Recipes

This week I made two main recipes for lunches and dinners. The first was Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles that I had made a couple weeks before. It was so good that I wanted to make it again. I still had some of the ingredients from making it before like the peanuts and noodles, so it was a great recipe to include this week because it was easy on the budget. It turned out delicious again and I have a feeling that it'll become a staple in my recipe rotation.

Stir Fry Beef Noodles

The second recipe I made last week was Stir Fry Beef Noodles. I switched up this recipe a bit and used fettuccine instead of the rice noodles because that's what I had in my pantry. I think it still turned out pretty good, and the flavor was spot on. This is another one that I think I'll be making on a regular basis.

What was your favorite workout of the past week? Best meal?