Today I’m sharing a recap of my workouts and eats this week.
As usual for Saturdays here on Get Fit Fiona, I’m sharing a recap of my workouts and meals. I had a pretty good week in terms of workouts, including an upper body strength workout. I ended up only needing to make two meals this week that I had for lunches and dinners. Both we pretty easy to make and delicious, which was a bonus.
I started off my week with a workout on YouTube. I decided to go with a Jessica Smith one. I love that her workouts require little to no equipment and are super easy to do at home. I slept in longer than I was planning on, so I thought that an at home workout would be quicker than heading to the gym. In 50 minutes I had completed my workout and I was on with my day. I love when her dog Peanut makes a guest appearance. He’s so cute!
I took Monday off as a rest day.
I headed to the gym on Tuesday to get in some cardio on the elliptical. I decided to do intervals so it made the time fly by. I’m not quite sure what it is about intervals that makes the time go by so fast, but it sure does. Does anyone else experience that too or is it just me? Both my warm up and cool down were doing a few laps of the track.
When I hit up the gym on Wednesday I did a quick upper body strength workout. It included rows, lat pulldowns, rows, bench press, and overhead presses. It had been awhile since I’d last done a good upper body workout, so it felt pretty good. Rows always make me feel so strong, so it’s nice to be able to get a bit of a confidence boost.
I took my second rest day of the week on Thursday. I didn’t sleep very well the night before, so I was grateful to be able to sleep in a bit and skip the gym. I don’t know what it is, but I tend to get one of those sleepless nights about once a week for the last little while.
I returned to the gym on Friday and did some steady state cardio on the elliptical. This workout definitely didn’t go by as quick as my intervals earlier in the week. I definitely felt every single minute of the 45 minutes that I was on the elliptical. Thankfully I had a few good podcasts to listen to while I was on the elliptical (Lore and Tanis). If you’re at all into spooky stories and the creepy, I would recommend both of them. As a cool down I did a few laps of the track at a walk.
My plan for today is to take a group fitness class at the gym. Classes have sort of become a habit on Saturdays. I find it tough otherwise to motivate myself to get a workout done at the gym on my own. Knowing that other people will be doing the workout with me and having the instructor pushing me help so much.
Slow cooker Italian chicken and peppers
I ended up getting both of this week’s recipes from the Budget Bytes blog. She shares affordable and delicious recipes. I Have yet to try one that hasn’t been amazing.
The slow cooker Italian chicken and peppers were pretty easy to make. The only prep work I had to do was chop up 4 bell peppers (the recipe only called for 3, but I had 4 in the fridge so I thought I’d add in the extra one) and onion. Then I put all of that into the slow cooker along with a couple chicken breasts, some seasoning, and a jar of marina sauce and that was it. I put the slow cooker on low for 8 hours and by the time it was done it smelled really good. The chicken literally fell apart while I was taking it out of the slow cooker so it was perfect.
I tried it both in a sandwich and as pasta and it was delicious both ways. Mine ended up a bit more liquidy than I was expecting, so I would suggest a bread or bun that’s a bit more sturdy – like multi grain or a kaiser.
Chorizo sweet potato skillet
This was another recipe that required minimal prep time. Besides some chopping, it came together pretty quickly. The chorizo sweet potato skillet did take about half an hour to simmer on the stove, but that time was pretty hands off.
I wasn’t able to find chorizo sausage at my local grocery store, so I subbed in some Italian sausage and it still turned out pretty good. I think that the chorizo sausage would just add a bit of a kick in terms of spice level.
The only thing I’d change is to add a bit more chicken broth next time. I think the sweet potatoes ended up absorbing some of the liquid meant for the rice, so some of the rice on the very top didn’t absorb quite enough liquid while it was simmering.
Both of these recipes made more than I was expecting, so they were more than enough food for the week for me. I had them for both lunches and dinners.
What was your favorite workout from the past week? Favorite meal you made?