Happy Monday! I had a really awesome weekend because two of my best friends from Connecticut came to visit me that I hadn’t seen in a loooong time! Even though I grew up in CT, my parents moved away when I graduated from college, so I never go back there during holidays or anything and it was SO great to see them. My other best friend from Connecticut, Erika, lives here in the area, but lives out in Arlington, so we ended up doing Friday night in Arlington and Saturday night in DC.
Here’s me and Allison on Friday night:
And Jaci and Erika on Saturday night:
We had two awesome dinners – one at Boulevard Woodgrill on Friday night, and one at Zatinya on Saturday evening. Both dinners evolved into nights out on the town, but you have to go big when friends are visiting, right?
After they get on the road yesterday morning, I had the most productive day Sunday ever. I did laundry, cleaned my entire apartment top to bottom, went through my closet and got rid of a bunch of clothes, did a new-to-me workout DVD, and cooked up a storm. I went grocery shopping on Friday night before they got here to pick up a few things, and decided to try to make it through the week without another trip. I need to work through everything in my fridge before I leave Friday morning for San Antonio and I think I can make it through the week with what I have, so I’m going to try!
Yesterday’s cooking involved whipping up a batch of veggie soup, brown rice, and un-pictured steel cut oats:
I made the simple soup by cooking onion, garlic, celery, and carrots over low heat for 10-15 minutes, then adding spices and water and letting it simmer for 45 minutes. When it was done, I stirred in a few handfuls of fresh spinach and that was it. I had a bowl last night and ended up adding some brown rice to bulk it up a bit and it was delicious! I plan to use the brown rice throughout the week for the taco salads, to add to the soup, and to make veggie fried brown rice later in the week.
Here’s what I came up with for a menu plan:
|Monday||Savory Oats, banana||Sardines w/Wasa Crackers, 1 cup veggie soup, plus Veggies w/ Black Bean Dip||Greek Yogurt w/leftover fruit salad||Tempeh Taco Salad|
|Tuesday||English Muffin w/canadian bacon + cheese, banana||Leftover Tempeh Taco Salad, veggie soup||Veggies w/ Black Bean Dip||Veggie Fried Brown Rice|
|Wednesday||Savory Oats||Leftover veggie fried rice||Greek Yogurt w/mashed banana + brown sugar||Out to Dinner – TBD|
|Thursday||WW Waffles w/PB+Banana||Leftover Tempeh Taco Salad, veggie soup||Greek Yogurt w/frozen pineapple||Omelet w/veggies + cheese plus toast|
And here’s the plan for workouts, aiming for 5 days of working out and 2 days of rest:
- Sunday: No More Trouble Zones (check!)
- Monday: 4 miles
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Speed Work – 7x400s
- Thursday: Cross-Training
- Friday: 8 miles in San Antonio
- Saturday: Rest
This week, I want to really focus on sticking with the plan so I can work my way through everything in my fridge and make some progress on the scale. I have a lot to do before I leave for San Antonio on Friday, so I’m aiming to get most of my workouts done in the morning before work, which is my main goal for the week – get to the gym first thing!
Do you ever do workout DVDs at home? What is your favorite one?
I “love” Jillian Michael’s workout DVDs – they are built on a circuit system and really make me sweat! I have The Shred which is 3 20-minute workouts, and just got No More Trouble Zones on Friday, which is a 40 minute circuit plus warm-up and cool down, and it is INTENSE. It’s a total body workout and the equivalent of doing two levels of the Shred at once in my opinion, but I’m looking for more suggestions!