Before I get into my workouts and meals, I want to share a quick update about my knees. Like I mentioned last week, I decided to lower the intensity of my workouts. My knees were achy and the lateral side of my right knee hurt sometimes. It’s still a bit sore, but definitely feeling better. I’m going to continue with less intense workouts and more rest days. I’m hoping that with icing it a couple times a day that will be all that I need to do.

Sunday

I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 10 minute cool down on the track.

It was the perfect sweaty cardio workout that I needed to start off my week. My knee actually felt really good so I was pretty happy about that.

Monday

I took the early morning rise and shine yoga class at Yoga in Bowness to start off my day. There’s something about getting a woekout in first thing in the morning – whether it’s my usual gym workout of yoga – that just feels so good. I think it has to do with starting my day off on a positive, healthy note, and doing something good for myself.

I was back at the yoga studio in the evening for a yin class. I really like the teacher who does these classes. She is so great at suggesting modifications if they’re needed and just encouraging us to be present on our mats when there are so many other things that we could be doing.

Tuesday

I was back at the gym on Tuesday for another cardio workout. I spent 30 minutes doing steady state cardio on the elliptical before I hopped onto the track to walk for 10 minutes for my cool down.

I was planning to take a yoga nidra class in the evening, but I didn’t have it together enough to make dinner in time, so I skipped yoga. I’ll have to plan better next week, because I really do enjoy nidra classes.

Wednesday

For my workout on Wednesday I did a really similar workout to the one I did the day before. I did 35 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical and then did a 5 minute cool down on the track.

Thursday

I went to a yin a restore yoga class at Yoga in Bowness. It’s probably my favorite class on the schedule there. I always leave class feeling amazing. The teacher is always so good at setting a great tone for the class and encouraging us to use all the props to get as comfortable as possible.

Friday

I took a rest day. I was planning on doing to the gym on Friday, but my knee was telling me to take a rest day. I listened and I’m glad that I did. There’s no point to pushing it when that will only make it worse.

Saturday

I’ll most likely take a yin class at Yoga in Bowness in the morning. The Yoga Shala is having an open house and a free yoga nidra class, so I’m going to check that out in the afternoon.

I got groceries on Monday morning and had planned to make Hawaiian pineapple chicken, barbecued hamburgers and chicken burgers, and Instant Pot tacos.

Most of my breakfasts this week were either protein smoothies or just straight up protein powder in water. For the smoothies I add yogurt and frozen fruit (my go to recipe is here).

I’m really loving the protein powder and water combo for when I’m out and I know I’ll get hungry and need something to keep me going.

We barbecued some hamburgers, and they were just as good as leftovers as they were the night that we cooked them. I paired the burgers with salad and Doritos (that I was craving like crazy).

My dad made this Instant Pot Hawaiian pineapple chicken one night. It sounded really good, but I found it to be quite sweet. It had barbecue sauce, pineapple (obviously), and brown sugar, so it was definitely loaded with sugar.

I kind of think that you could leave out the brown sugar all together and it would probably still taste sweet enough. I’m still debating if I want to try this recipe again with less sugar in it next time.

One day for lunch I made some hard boiled eggs and added some salad to it. It was a super easy lunch to make and kept me satisfied until dinner time.

I sauteed a couple pork chops one night for dinner this week. I’m all about making sure there’s leftovers, so I ate one that night and had two leftover for lunches.

I paired it with a salad and some feta cheese. I’ve been buying salad kits lately because they’re so convenient. They come with the greens, dressing, and usually something crunchy to add to the salad too. My favorites so far are Asian/sesame ones and the Mediterranean blends.

So I thought I bought chicken burgers at the grocery store, but when I took them out of the freezer to cook up this week I saw that they were turkey burgers instead. Whoops. While I definitely still like the chicken burgers more, the turkey ones were better than I was expecting.

I wasn’t feeling a bun with my turkey burger, so instead I just toasted a piece of multi grain bread to go with it instead. Once again I added some salad on the side to make sure that I got in some veggies.

Are you currently dealing with an injury? Favorite meal you made this week?

Weekly Workouts + Food: Sore Knee Edition

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