Today I’m recapping my week of workouts and meals.

Workouts

I took it easy this week for my workouts because I managed to do something to my should last week. It wasn’t anything serious, but it was definitely sore and I didn’t want to make it worse. As a result I only did one strength training workout this week. I did get in a bunch of cardio though.

Sunday

I kept it low key to start off the week and just went for a walk.

Monday

I took my rest day on Monday.

Tuesday

I finally made it back to the gym on Tuesday morning and got in a cardio workout. I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical for some steady state cardio and then spent 10 minutes cooling down on the track.

I really pushed myself and felt so good – I felt like I could have kept going but I had to be mindful of my time because I had to get back.

Wednesday

I went for another walk on Wednesday. I’m all about enjoying the time I have outside before it’s gets cold and snowy for months on end. I’m not ready for winter yet.

Thursday

I made it back to the gym again for another cardio session on the elliptical. This was another shorter workout because I had to meet my dad and brother for breakfast.

Because I knew it was going to be a shorter gym session I worked harder than I usually do. I went with a higher resistance on the elliptical than I usually do and went faster. I actually felt pretty good considering I was working harder than I usually do.

Friday

My first and only strength training workout of the week happened on Friday morning.

Since it was my first strength workout after my shoulder being sore, I made sure to be gentle on my shoulder and use lighter weights for any upper body movements than I usually would have. I’m very grateful that my shoulder felt fine through out the workout, but I’m still glad that I took it easy. You don’t realize how much you use a body part until it hurts!

Saturday

My plan for today is to get in one last cardio workout on the elliptical before the week ends.

Meals

I had a couple meals of pulled pork this week. I needed a break from chicken, which I’ve been eating a lot of lately. It was an Instant Pot recipe so it was super quick and easy to make but still full of lots of flavor.

I was actually planning on putting some barbecue sauce on it, but it ended up being really tasty just with the spices and seasoning that the recipe called for. I paired it with some feta cheese and coleslaw.

Mac and cheese

This was another Instant Pot recipe and it also turned out really good. The recipe called for 3 and a half cups of cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan), so I was pretty sure that it would be tasty.

Honestly the hardest part was shredding the cheese, but once I got the Instant Pot going it was a pretty easy recipe to make. It also made a ton so that there were a lot of leftovers which I wasn’t upset about at all.

It was too snowy on the back deck to barbecue, but I did cook up some smokies this week on the stove top. They were low fat ones and I was surprised that they were as good as they were – if I hadn’t have read the label and known that I wouldn’t have noticed a difference in taste.

I added some feta cheese, jerky, an egg white, and some coleslaw to round out the meal. Getting in more protein was definitely tough in the beginning, but it’s been getting easier lately. I’m finding the kinds of protein that I enjoy eating.

I cooked up a couple veggie burgers this week as well. I would have liked to cook them on the barbecue too, but once again it’s hard to do that when the barbecue is covered in snow. I think I might have to admit that barbecuing season is over for this year.

Another staple for me to get in a bunch of protein with a minimal amount of fat is tuna. It’s easy to make plus it’s a super affordable protein.

Hard boiled egg whites have also been a staple for me when it comes to getting in a bit more protein. It’s another one that’s high in protein and if you skip the yolks also low in fat. I usually pop half a dozen in the Instant Pot at a time and then store them in the fridge until I’m ready to eat one of two at a time. They’re really easy to grab as a snack between meals or just pump up the protein of a meal.

What was your favorite workout of the week? Favorite meal?

Weekly Workouts + Meals: Cardio and Mac and Cheese

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