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.
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.
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.
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.
I took a rest day on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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!
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?