I thought I’d bring back recap posts where I share my workouts and meals from the week. I like reading these kinds of posts from others, so I thought I’d start sharing mine again too.
Not all of the group fitness classes were running at my gym this past week due to the holidays, so I got in classes when I could, and did my usual elliptical cardio on the other days.
Group Power class was a go on Sunday morning so I signed up and took advantage of someone else leading the class and telling me what to do so I didn’t have to figure it out for myself.
I took it a bit easier because of all the Christmas food and not doing my usual workouts. It honestly felt okay not pushing myself to the max. It was a good reminder that I don’t have to put in 100% effort during every single workout.
I went for a walk in Bowmont with my dad Monday morning. It was the perfect active rest day. Walking in Bowmont used to be an almost daily thing a few years ago, but it’s slowly been happening less and less often. I really enjoyed my walk on Monday so I’m committing to getting to Bowmont more often in 2020.
I was back at the gym on New Year’s Eve for my last workout of 2020. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical doing steady state cardio and then did my cool down on the track to bring down my heart rate.
I started off 2020 at the gym for another elliptical workout. I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and really focused on keeping my pace a bit higher than I usually do. I ended my time on the elliptical still feeling like I could have gone for longer despite the increased intensity, so that was a nice surprise.
During my cool down on the track I caught up with one of the trainers that I did my internship with when I was doing my personal training diploma. Because we were so busy talking my cool down ended up being 20 minutes instead of my usual 10.
I was back to the strength training on Thursday. I took a Group Power class. (If you’re new to Group Power, you can check out all the details and what to expect from a class here.) It was a great class as usual and I left a sweaty mess.
My workout yesterday was another Group Power class. We did the October 2019 release. There’s a new release coming for January, so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’ll be like.
Today is going to be a rest day.
I have to preface this by saying that even though I didn’t share much of the treats that I’ve been eating over the holidays, there have been a lot of them. It’s hard to resist them when you see them every time you’re in the kitchen. To be honest, I’m okay with eating more of that stuff than usual over the holidays. Two weeks isn’t going to undo all of the healthy eating that I do the other 50 weeks of the year. It’s all about balance.
I used the Instant Pot this week to cook up some frozen broccoli florets for the first time. It was super easy and they turned out perfectly. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to think to make broccoli in it.
I paired the broccoli with 1.5 chicken burgers and some coleslaw. The chicken burgers were also really easy to cook up on the stove. They have a ton of protein and are low in fat. With some ketchup, mustard, and relish on top they’re really good too.
Following the experiment with the broccoli, I thought I’d try carrots in the Instant Pot the next day. They also turned out really great and didn’t take much time or effort other than peeling and cutting them into coins.
One lunch this week was tuna mixed with some mayo, coleslaw, and a couple hard boiled egg whites with paprika sprinkled on them. It definitely wasn’t the fanciest meal, but it did the trick.
My boyfriend told me about a Greek omelette he made the other day. It sounded good so I decided to make Greek scrambled eggs. I added feta cheese and black olives to the eggs once they were about half cooked. It turned out to be really tasty. I paired the eggs with a slice of rye toast with margarine and some more coleslaw.
These egg whites are super handy when I’m cooking. The whites are packed with protein with none of the fat that’s found in the yolks. I like to have a carton in the fridge so that it’s there when I want to use it.
As mentioned above, we still have a ton of Christmas treats. Some of it like the cookies have gone into the freezer so that they can be eaten later on down the road. Some of it like the nuts and chocolate are okay to be eaten in a few weeks.
I didn’t think that I’d gone too crazy with the Christmas baking this year, but apparently I did. I’ll need to make less than I think I’ll need next year when I’m planning my holiday baking.
What was your favorite workout of the past week? Your favorite meal? Tell me about them in the comments below.