It’s Saturday so that means that I’m recapping my workouts and meals from the past week. As you’ll read below I wasn’t feeling 100% this week, so I took it really easy with my workouts. In terms of food I was all about the easy meals and leftovers. Read on the find out all the details.

Workouts

Sunday

My back wasn’t feeling 100% when I woke up on Sunday. I was definitely bummed out by it, but I knew from experience that completely cutting out all activity typically makes me feel worse when my back is acting up.

So I opted for a super easy 20 minute cardio session on the elliptical. I had absolutely no goals in terms of pace or tension, so I just took it incredibly easy.

Thankfully my back wasn’t feeling any worse after my workout, but it also wasn’t feeling any better. I had planned to help out with outdoor yoga, but I ended up not going cause I didn’t want to risk making my back any worse. I would have been doing a ton of modifications, and it would have defeated the purpose of going to demo the poses for the class.

Monday

My back was feeling better on Monday (though still not 100%) so I went to a yin yoga class in the evening. I took lots of modifications and make sure to listen to my back throughout class.

We had a sub and while it was different from the usual Monday night classes that I like so much, it was still a great class. I left feeling really relaxed which was perfect.

Tuesday

I continued to take it easy on Tuesday and opted for another quick cardio workout on the elliptical.

I had downloaded a couple episodes of a new podcast (Spectacular Failures in case you’re curious) so I listened to an episode of that while I was on the elliptical and my workout flew by.

Tuesday night I went to Yoga in Bowness for a restorative nidra yoga class. It’s quickly become a favorite class of mine because the teacher is so great. I once again left class feeling so relaxed and ready to fall asleep when I got home.

Wednesday

I took a rest day on Wednesday.

Thursday

I headed back to the gym after my rest day to get in another cardio workout. I spent 25 minutes on the elliptical before cooling down on the track for 5 minutes

Thursday night I took a yin and restore yoga class. I was clearly all about embracing a week of moving slower and more mindfully thanks to my back.

Friday

I did my last cardio workout of the week on Friday. I once again did 25 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical followed by a 5 minute cool down on the track.

I couldn’t get my wireless earbuds to work, so I wasn’t able to listen to a workout playlist or a podcast while I was working out. At first I was really annoyed, but I actually ended up kind of enjoying it. It was nice to not have to listen to anything other than the sounds of the gym.

Saturday

Today I’ll be going to a yin yoga class. It’s the same teacher that teaches the Monday night classes that I like to go to, and she’ll be back teaching today, so I’m happy about that!

Meals

I’ve been taking advantage of the nice weather lately and have been doing a lot of barbecuing. First off the food always tastes better when it’s barbecued rather than on the stove, and secondly, it means less clean up afterwards since I don’t have to clean an Pan. I’m all about extra flavor and less work!

I had accidentally picked up a box of turkey burgers, thinking that they were chicken burgers. I have to admit that I was disappointed when I got home and started unpacking the groceries and saw my mistake. I was pleasantly surprised though that they were better than I was expecting.

I decided to go bunless for the burger – mostly because we didn’t have any buns even though I thought that we did. I paired the turkey burger patty with half a blueberry muffin and a spinach salad with feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.

I went out with my dad to eat one day this week. We ended up at a pub that we both like. I went with the chicken, brie, and apple sandwich. I swapped out the bun for lettuce and got a side salad to go with the sandwich.

The pink sauce was a raspberry mayo that was amazing! For some reason I thought that it was going to be really sweet, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

I’ve been on a big tuna kick lately. I used to eat tons of it, and then I I sick of it and went a year or two without eating it at all. Apparently tuna tastes good to me again and I’m eating it again.

I mixed some mayo and a spoonful of relish into the tuna and eat it on some crackers. I had a spinach salad for my veggies.

When I went grocery shopping this week I made sure to double check the box when I bought the chicken burgers to make sure that they weren’t turkey burgers.

I grilled up a couple of the chicken burgers (and had the rest of them as leftovers over the next few days). I paired it with a spinach salad with thousand island dressing, some blueberries, beef jerky, and a chunk of cheddar cheese. This was probably my favorite meal of the week.

I also cooked up a batch of hard boiled eggs. I’ve been trying to eat more protein lately, and it’s nothing easier than grabbing an egg or two for a snack.

When I first started to make protein a priority I thought it would be pretty easy, but it’s actually been a bit tougher than I was expecting. I’ve found that what works best for me is to start with a protein (or two) and build my meal around that.

What’s your favorite protein friendly snack?

Weekly Workouts + Meals