Weekly Workouts and Recipes



I took my first rest day of the week on Sunday.



My workout on Monday was some steady state cardio on the elliptical. I warmed up by walking for 5 minutes on the track, followed by 35 minutes on the elliptical. I ended up listening to a couple really interested Planet Money podcasts, so the workout went by in a flash. After I finished on the elliptical, my cool down was walking 5 more minutes on the track. It was a pretty quick and simple workout, but it got the job done.


I didn’t sleep very well Monday night, so I decided to sleep in instead of go to the gym on Tuesday morning. I got an extra 30 minutes of sleep and did an upper body workout at home. I did 12 reps of 4 sets of each of the following exercises:

  • bench press
  • bent over row
  • overhead press
  • lateral raise
  • bicep curl
  • tricep kickback

I was left sweaty and glad that even though I didn’t make it to the gym, I still got in a great workout.


The plantar fasciitis in my right foot started acting up, so I took an unplanned rest day on Wednesday.


I ended up deciding to take another unplanned rest day because my foot was still hurting. I find that if I try to ignore it and continue to do cardio, it just gets worse. I’ve been rolling out the bottom of my foot with a golf ball and doing stretching to try to help.


Rest day.


Since a group fitness class has been my tradition for awhile now on Saturday mornings, I’m thinking do doing either Zumba or Body Pump later today, but I haven’t decided yet. Thankfully my foot is feeling a bit better today, though it’s still not 100% yet. I’m hoping that today’s workout doesn’t make it any worse.


Beef stroganoff

I once again used my go to recipe for the beef stroganoff. Even though the recipe doesn’t call for mushrooms, I add them anyways, because I feel like it’s not beef stroganoff unless there’s mushrooms in it. Although I have a few options for what to serve the beef stroganoff over, I usually go with egg noodles, like I did this week.

Noodle Bowl

Noodle bowl

I ended up finding a noodle bowl kit at the grocery store, and I thought I’d give it a try. It turned out to be pretty tasty and really easy to make as well.  Since the beef and vegetables came chopped, all I had to do was put them in the pan to cook. The sauce was also pre-made so I didn’t have to mess with that either. In less than 15 minutes I had a delicious dinner and another serving leftover for lunch the next day. If I see one of these at the grocery store again, I’ll most likely pick one up. It was simple to make and tasted really good.

One pot chili pasta

I absolutely love this recipe from Budget Bytes. It’s loaded with protein from the ground beef and two kinds of beans. It’s relatively easy to make, and only involves some chopping of a couple cloves of garlic and an onion and rinsing the beans. It does take 30 minutes to simmer once everything is in the pot, but besides stirring it a few times, it’s pretty hands off at that point. It makes a ton of chili, so it’s perfect to make early in the week and have the leftovers for lunch.

What was your favorite workout this week? Favorite meal?

Weekly Workouts and Recipes April 8 to 14 2018