Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hello, October!

AHHH, it's officially Fall! I love that chill in the air in the mornings this time of year! I've had the overwhelming urge to bake and eat lots of baked goods, so that's always a challenge of fall. :) I have stuck to mostly-healthy things so far though!

My goal to eat less for supper is going pretty well. This week, I am also adding a goal to be more mindful of my food on the weekends. I usually all-out cheat on Friday nights and eat whatever I want. I plan to keep that tradition, but try to stay more on track Saturday and Sunday.

Workouts for the week were good! I'm back on a yoga challenge for October, and I have missed it so! Here's what I did:

Monday was Turbo, per usual, but it was Launch/Neon Party day at Refinery, so I had a blast wearing neon and team-teaching with Colleen! We launched Round 57, which is SUPER intense, and SO fun! One of my faves ever, I think! Such a relief, b/c I haven't cared for the last few Rounds before this one. Woot!

Here's a pic of my ponytail flying. haha! 
Tuesday I was SORE from Turbo, and I taught PiYo after work.  I added a fun little balance track to the end of the Lesson, since we had time, and that really added to the challenge! I <3 PiYo. 


I wore my Body Angel Activewear Pink  Heart capris, Charcoal and Parks Pink No Limits Tank from Lulu, and my Pink Shell Forme Jacket for to-and-from. LOVE these crops!!
Yoga pose for the day was tripod headstand. I just love these. :)
Wednesday I dragged my booty up early to run. I ran 3, and my pace was 10:16/mile, which is super fast for me, especially at 5:30am. :)

After work, I taught PiYo again, and again added a balance track into the mix. Legs were dead after these workouts! 
I wore my plum crops from AE, and my new Angel Wing Cool Racer Back from Lulu. Pose for the day was Crow. 
Thursday I had a settlement conference for work in a county 3 hours away, which lasted forever, and by the time I got home, I was exhausted, so I just rested
Friday I had planned to run, but was just too tired to get up that morning. Another day of rest
Here's what I wore for my client meeting. Dress is from Stitch Fix and I absolutely love it!

Saturday was PiYo! After two days off, I was in desperate need of a good sweat! Great class, and awesome workout!



I wore my Body Angel Activewear capris again, and my Pink Shell Cool Racer Back, and caught up on my yoga poses! I decided to do 2 challenges this month, so I had lots to catch up on! (From top: Bridge, Baby Grasshopper, Pyramid, and Supported Headstand.)
Sunday I went to Power Yoga with Nicky at Refinery. I just love yoga on Sundays! Felt strong, skinny, and graceful afterwards. :)


  I swore my Raspberry Glo Clam Diggers and my charcoal and Paris Pink No Limits tank. Poses are Half Boat Pose and Side Plank.
Monday (yesterday) I taught Turbo again! We did the same mix from Round 57, except I swapped out Finale for Recovery... it isn't much of a Recovery b/c I still felt like I was dying by the end! :) After dinner, I worked on my yoga poses for the day!

I wore my Sea Check Plum Speed shorts, and my charcoal and Paris Pink No Limits tank! Love this combo!
Today (Tuesday) I got up at 5 (YAY!) and ran 3 miles. It was chilly, so I had to wear long sleeves, but it was AWESOME! A great run, and I loved curling up with my hot coffee, and then a hot shower afterwards!

I wore my black Zella capris and my Mellow Lemon Rise and Shine Pullover from Lulu. I adore this pullover. It's so soft and cozy!
Here's my plan for the rest of the week:
Tuesday: PiYo after work
Wednesday: PiYo
Thursday: Turbo Kick and yoga
Friday: Run + yoga, or rest
Saturday: PiYo
Sunday: Run + yoga, or rest

I will also do the daily poses from the two yoga challenges I am following. Thursday and Friday or Sunday, I plan to do a longer yoga practice. 

Meals for the week! I was planning to stick with my Shakeology-in-the-afternoon plan, but I keep forgetting to make my egg muffins so I have been having my Shake for breakfast so far this week. Hopefully I will get those made tonight! 

Breakfast
Egg muffins and toast.
Lunch
Chicken salad with lettuce; chips; apple
Salad with turkey burger, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and homemade ranch; chips; apple
Supper:
Maize Mexican takeout
Soup and grilled turkey sandwiches
Crock pot chicken with rice pilaf and green beans
Pot pies with salad


So far, so good this week! Already looking forward to the weekend! How's your week going? Are you staying on track? 

Happy Tuesday!
xoxo,
Juile

Monday, September 30, 2013

Egg "Muffins" Recipe

I got this recipe from Pinterest, and modified it a little. I've seen it many many other places, and perhaps you've already been making these, but I just LOVE them, so I wanted to share!



Egg Muffins

Ingredients:
6 eggs
Chopped green onion, to taste
1 Morning Star sausage patty
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray, or place muffin cups in muffin tin.
3. Whisk eggs together thoroughly with salt and pepper.
4. Microwave sausage patty for about 30 seconds, until thawed. Cut into smaller pieces.
5. Stir sausage pieces, green onion, and cheddar cheese into egg mixture.
6. Pour 1/3 cup of the mixture into each muffin tin.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes,  until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
8. Remove from muffin tins right away. Store in the refrigerator.

You could mix really whatever toppings you like in these. Veggies, cheese, onion, meats-- the possibilities are endless! This is just the combo of ingredients I had on hand, and they were yummy, so I stuck with that!

Hope you like them! :)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wine + Blogging. :)

Happy Sunday, fitness friends! I'm enjoying a glass of wine while I write this, so that makes me happy. :)

Did you have a good week? Hope you got some time to relax and recharge this weekend! I had a busy beginning of weekend, followed by a relaxing Saturday/Sunday. I was out of town for a conference Thursday night and Friday night, so those were busy days, but the rest of the weekend was pretty low key. I have to admit that partly b/c of the conference, I ate pretty horribly the last few days. I also felt pretty horrible b/c of it. I am sure a few vodka/sodas didn't help either. ;)

 Cheers!
I was mostly back on track today-- had some pizza for dinner, but also had salad, and otherwise feeling good. Tomorrow is a new day!
My workouts for the week were pretty good, though I missed a couple. Here's what I did:

Monday and Tuesday are in last week's blog!

Wednesday I taught PiYo at the Y. I was feeling really tired and not up for a Tabata on Wednesday as planned, so I just stuck with PiYo.  Trust me, it was plenty. :)

I wore my Pinkelicious Practice Freely tank and my new sea check plum Speed Shorts. These were not the best for PiYo but they were new and SO stinkin' cute, I could not resist! 
 
Thursday, I had a sub for Turbo, since I was traveling right after work, so I got up early (SO didn't wanna!) and ran 2.5 miles. I just love early morning runs, followed by a hot cup of coffee, and a muffin or toast. Heaven! :)

 I wore the sea check Speeds again (don't judge me) with my black short-sleeved Swiftly.

Friday I rested

Saturday I rested/napped a LOT.

Sunday (today) I got up around 8 and went for a 3-mile run. Perfect weather! My legs were tired and my ankles hurt a bit, but once I got in a rhythm, it went by fast! 

I wore my Pretty Pink Speed Shorts and my black short-sleeve Swiftly.

This afternoon was the Launch at the Y, so I went and taught 30 minutes of PiYo and 30 minutes of Turbo. I had planned to do a little lifting in between there, since I missed Thursday, but it didn't work out. Next week it is! :) It was GREAT introducing some newbies to Turbo and PiYo! Hopefully I got 'em hooked! :)

All in all, a great week of workouts, though my arms are craving a good lift! 

Here's my plan for next week:

Monday: Turbo Round 57 at Refinery-- Launch Day! Team teaching, high energy, and lots of neon!
Tuesday: 4-mile run, PiYo at Refinery.
Wednesday: 8-minute Tabata workout, PiYo at the Y.
Thursday: Early morning lift, Turbo Kick at the Y (all of Round 57!)
Friday: Rest. (or swap with Sunday)
Saturday: PiYo at the Y, some solo yoga practice.
Sunday: TBD-- mostly likely 4-mile run and yoga. (or swap with Friday)

I am really struggling with overeating at supper time, so this week, I am trying something new. Here's what I have planned for meals:

Breakfasts will be egg muffins (recipe tomorrow!)  and pumpkin muffin/toast/banana bread/whichever carb I feel like. 

Lunches are salads, per usual, with green onion, cherry tomatoes, homemade ranch, toasted walnuts, and either chicken or canned crab meat. Chips and an apple on the side. 

Suppers:
Pot pies with salad
Maize Mexican takeout
"Tapas" at home-- butternut squash risotto, a couple kinds of cheese, grapes, bread with olive oil
Homemade broccoli cheddar soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Snacks will be Shakeology.

I am hoping that by moving my Shakeology to late afternoon, I will be able to finish my classes without feeling STARVING, so hopefully it'll be easier to cut back on calories at supper!

That's my plan, and I'm stickin' to it!

Have a wonderful Monday, all!

xoxo
Julie

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekly Plan!

Hello, fitness friends! Happy Tuesday! It's a beautiful sunny day today, and I am feeling great! I had a great week of workouts last week, and so far this week is off to a pretty good start as well! Here's what I've done since we last chatted:

Monday was Turbo, per usual! These HIIT workouts leave me winded for forever, I swear! Absolutely love this class and their dedication, though!

Tuesday I did PiYo with my lovely Refinery PiYogis. The group this week was pretty small, but that meant we had time to do a little extra WORK! You can see us in action here! :)

Wednesday I had planned to get up and run before work, but I didn't sleep well the night before, so it just didn't happen. I had a long day of driving for work, but I got home a little early and had time to take a nap, and fit in a Tabata workout before my PiYo class at the Y. I was pooped by the end of the night!

I wore my plum American Eagle Performance crops (LOVE!) and my grey striped Free to Be tank.

Thursday I got up early (YAY!) and did a full body lift workout. It was short, but intense. Here's what I did:

Bicep curls with sumo squats-- 15 pound dumbbells
Overhead triceps extension-- 20 pound dumbbell
Reverse lunge with toe tap-- 25 pound dumbbells
Chest flies-- 25 pound dumbbells (this was too heavy, should've just done 20)
Dead lift with row-- 25 pound dumbbells

Next week, I'm going to bump up the 25-pound exercises to 30. I know my muscles can handle that much; the problem is that my hands get tired before my muscles fail. Building up strength there, too, I suppose!

After work, I taught Turbo at the Y. Smaller group this week, and I had some technical difficulties, BUT! we still had a blast and burned several hundred calories. :)

Friday I rested. Much needed.

Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y. This group at 8am on a Saturday just warms my heart. So dedicated, and so energetic, ESPECIALLY for that early in the morning!

I wore my Raspberry Glo Clam Diggers, my grey Power Y tank, and my Pink Shell Forme jacket for to-and-from. Love this outfit!

Sunday I ran 2 miles and went to Power Yoga at Refinery. I have a new headstand variation to work on now-- YAY! Loved this class!


For my run, I wore my Frangipani Parfait Pink Speed shorts, and my black short-sleeved Swiftly.
To run errands, I threw on this cute new pullover I got from Victoria's Secret. So cozy!

 For yoga, I wore my black and Pink Shell Gather and Crow crops, and my Run for Ice Cream tank I got from Honu Yoga.

Monday (yesterday) I Turbo'd as always! I switched things up a little bit this time and we did a shorter HIIT, plus a Finale, and finished with one last Turbo. I'm pretty sure I crawled out the door. :)

 I wore my hot pink Midi shorts from AE, my black No Limits, and my new pullover for to-and-from.
 
This morning (Tuesday) I went for a 4-mile run (GO ME!). I got to go a little later since I didn't have court until later in the morning, so that was kind of nice.  Plus, then I had time for a muffin (or, 2 muffins) and coffee aftewards! The weather this morning was AH-mazing, PERFECT for running! I wasn't even trying to go fast and managed to maintain an average 10:20 mile. Fast for me! :)
 
PiYo after work! 

Here's what I have planned for the rest of the week:

Monday: Turbo HIIT
Tuesday: 3-4 mile run, PiYo
Wednesday: Tabata workout (8mins), PiYo
Thursday: Early morning run (3 miles)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: run/yoga/TBD
Sunday: LAUNCH at the Y (30 mins PiYo/30 mins Turbo), full-body lift.

Meals are pretty much the same as always this week. I am focusing my plan on eating LESS for SUPPER. I am STARVING by the time I get home from the gym, so i need to work on exercising a little more self control at that point! Otherwise, sticking with the usual!:)



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tabata!

So my new workout obsession... just might be Tabata. It may be too soon to tell, but so far, I'm loving it!

Basically, a Tabata workout is 4 (YES, FOUR!) minutes long-- you do 20 seconds as HARD as you can go, then 10 seconds of rest, and repeat til you've hit 4 minutes. I was extremely skeptical of this at first-- how can 4 minutes be long enough? I was also very confused... Do you do it alone? Do you mix it in with other cardio? Do you do more than one? I got a lot of conflicting answers, but basically I think it's plenty to do 4 minutes, but you can do more if you so choose. The trick to this workout is that you have to GO for those 20 seconds. I mean, by the end, you should feel like you're going to die.

(You can read more information here.)

Here's an idea of some of the moves you might do:

You'd want to also be sure to warm up and cool down/stretch.

Here's what I did yesterday:

Warmup: Jumping Jacks for about 1.5 minutes

Tabata:
0:00-0:20-- Squat jacks
0:20-0:30-- Rest
0:30-0:50-- High knees
0:50-1:00-- Rest
1:00-1:20-- Burpees
1:20-1:30-- Rest
1:30-1:50-- Tuck jumps
1:50-2:00-- Rest
2:00-4:00-- Repeat above

2 minutes active rest-- walking around/trying not to die. ;)

Then I repeated the same Tabata one more time.

Um... yeah. 8 minutes was PLENTY. I was gasping/wheezing/feeling like I had never done cardio before.

me.^


What an awesome way to squeeze in some cardio, right?!



Anyone can do 4 minutes! #noexcuses!

Try it, and let me know what you thought!
xoxo,
Julie


Monday, September 16, 2013

Workout Schedule and Meal Plan

Happy Monday, fitness friends! How is your Monday going? Mine seems to be passing very slowly, but I guess it's just one of THOSE days! Anyway, I'm back to post my workout schedule and meal plan, and create some accountability for myself (and you if you want it!) I want to add in a Tabata workout or two, and get back into more of a yoga routine, so I'm trying to fit that in!

Monday (today) I will teach my Turbo HIIT class. Just in review, this class is 45 minutes long. The format is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) so we typically warmup for 5 minutes or so, then do 2-2.5 minute high intensity drills ("Turbos") followed by 1.5-2 minutes of recovery, repeated 5 more times. This takes up about 30 minutes or so. Then we finish with about 5 minutes of core work, cool down, stretch, and done! It's one of my fave classes, and HIIT workouts are so great!

I would like to do some yoga this evening after Turbo, but just a pose or two-- I will likely practice a couple of headstands. :)

Tuesday I will get up early to run 3-4 miles, depending on how I feel. Then PiYo after work, and hopefully a bike ride with Rowan!

Wednesday is also PiYo day. I'd also like to practice Crow and Side Crow.

Thursday, if I feel up to it, I'll do a lifting workout in the morning, and then Turbo Kick after work.

Friday-- rest!

Saturday is PiYo, plus a Tabata or two.

Sunday is TBA. Options are running, biking, yoga (for sure some kinda yoga), weights, T25... we shall see!

Here are the meals I have planned:

Lunches are salads with some combo of boiled eggs, feta, local grape tomatoes, green onions, sunflower seeds, "bacos," grapes, and homemade ranch dressing. I'll also have a serving of chips or popcorn and a honey crisp apple (mmmm!)

Suppers I have planned:
--> Maize Mexican takeout
--> Grilled cheese and soup with baked fries
--> Spaghetti with garlic bread and salad
--> Baked chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and cauliflower or corn

This time of year I really start craving chili, so I will make some of that later in the week or over the weekend!

Have a great week, and post your workout below for accountability! I got you! :)

xoxo
Julie

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Funday!

I just love Sundays! This Sunday was so enjoyable, I wish I could rewind and do it all over again! I didn't do anything exciting-- just a great, relaxing but productive way to end the weekend and start Monday. I slept in til about 8:30, and since it is SO CRAZY nice out, I went for a run right away, and then did my first Tabata workout afterwards (more about that later). Grocery shopped, went to power yoga, watched TV, drank coffee, snuggled with kitties, watched (or, "watched") a little football, had Thai food-- just a lot of fun today! :)

So I had a fantastic week of workouts this past week! Here's what I did:

Monday: Turbo HIIT workout! This class has really grown in the past few weeks, and the energy is awesome! I feel like I can jump higher than in other classes. :)

Tuesday I got up and went for a run. I was only planning to go 3 miles, but I felt good, so I ended up going 4. I just LOVE running when it's cooler outside!

After work I taught PiYo at Refinery. We just started Lesson 28, so it's all new and kicks my BOOTY. Left a hot mess!

Wednesday I had PiYo again, at the Y this time. It's so funny how two classes can feel so different. Totally different vibe at each, and I love them both for different reasons! We had so much fun with this Lesson on Wednesday. I had some new people in class, and I think I got them hooked! ;)

Thursday I (somehow) got up early to do a little lifting workout before work. I made up my own and tried to minimize rest. Here's what I did:

Bicep curl with sumo squat
Dead lift with row
Single-leg lunge with a foot tap (puts all the weight on one leg as you come up)
Bench press
Overhead triceps extension

I did 10-12 reps, 3 sets of each. 

After work I taught Turbo Kick at the Y. This is a new class, and it's longer, so we do a more traditional Turbo class. So far, it's going well! We've had 10-15 people each class, and I hope they are becoming Turbo addicts. ;)

I wore my new Love Red Run:Racer shorts from Lulu, and my black Power Y.

Friday morning I woke up stiff and sore. I had thought maybe I'd workout Friday and rest Sunday but that was not happening. Much-needed rest day!

Saturday I taught my 8am PiYo class at the Y.  Love this dedicated early-morning crew! Love starting my weekend off with a kick-butt workout, too! I had noodle-legs walking down the stairs afterwards!


I wore these awesome new crops I got from Body Angel Activewear. They are SO cute, right?! They are also super stretchy, light as air, and stayed put pretty much throughout my class! LOVE them! I paired them with my Pink Shell Free to Be tank.

Today, as I mentioned earlier, I got up and went for a run a little before 9. I had planned to go 3 miles, but my ankles were mysteriously hurty, so I just ended up going 2. Then I decided to try my very first Tabata workout, thanks to some tips from my FB fitness fam! I did the workout below, except I swapped out the jumping jacks for burpees.


10 seconds is not very long to rest! WHEW!


This afternoon, I went to Power Yoga, which was SUPER tough today-- I will definitely be sore tomorrow. However, I got the closest to doing Side Crow as I ever have! 

I haven't been able to stop eating this today:
FREAKING. DELICIOUS! 
 
Next week's plan looks very similar to this week's-- I'll post it and my meal plan for the week tomorrow!
Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful Monday tomorrow!

xoxo
Julie



Monday, July 29, 2013

Is This Really July? {+ Catching Up!}

Happy Monday, friends! I've been slacking on blogging, which is odd b/c I so enjoy it! I guess I just haven't had much of interest to say the last couple weeks!

This weather we've had here in Illinois for the last week or so has been UNBELIEVABLE! Can it really be the end of July! Blue skies, perfect temps-- makes it hard to focus on work when I just want to go outside!

Speaking of hard to focus, I have Florida vacation coming up at the end of next week, so for the next two weeks, I am focusing my diet/nutrition on clean eating and maximizing my workouts. I don't want to lose weight, just want to feel sleek and toned when I get in a bathing suit! I'm going to also REALLY work on drinking more water everyday! There's no better way to beat the bloat!

Since I'm behind, I'm just going to give you a recap of my past week or so!

Last Monday was Turbo, and we did this 45-minute class as a true HIIT workout, with 6 Turbos, and a 1-minute-ish easier cardio section in between each one. It makes the class go by SO fast! We had a pretty big group, and everyone worked so hard! They were great sports about my insistence on high-fives all around after each Turbo, too. ;) So. Much. Fun.

Tuesday I got up early and did T25 Speed 1.0 workout. I don't think I've told you about this workout yet, have I? It's FANTASTIC! 25 minutes of moderate to high intensity, and it gets the job done! I was a sweaty mess afterwards!

I wore my Gap side-tie shorts, and my Nimbus Stripe Track and Train shirt!
 
Tuesday after work was PiYo at Refinery. We're doing a new Lesson, and it's KILLER. There was no mic in the Studio on this day, so that made my teaching feel pretty "off," but it was still a great workout, and the class was super patient. Thanks, guys! ;)

I wore my Raspberry Glo Lite Clam Digger crops, and my Seaside Dot Deep Breath tank. Love how these crops look like they're glowing in this pic! :)

Wednesday I taught PiYo at the Y. Same Lesson, but with a mic, so that was way better. :) A good friend who just got post-baby clearance to workout again made her triumphant return to PiYo so that was exciting and super fun! Great workout!

I wore my Frond Gather and Crow crops, and my Pinkelicious Run: A Mile a Minute tank! So bright! :)
Thursday I rested.

Friday I got up early with the intention of just doing T25 Ab Intervals. (KILLER core workout-- loved it!) After I finished, though, my energy was still high, and I felt I could use some more cardio, so I did Total Body Circuit, which is, in my opinion, the hardest of this month's workouts. I was POOPED by the end. Slurped down some Results and Recovery Formula, and took forEVER to quit sweating so I could get ready for work!

I wore my Pinkelicious Run: A Mile A Minute tank again, and my Frangipani Parfait Pink Run: Speed Shorts! Love this combo. :)

Saturday I got up early and ran before PiYo. Only two miles, but my legs were still tired from Friday's workout, so two was plenty! It was a GORGEOUS morning, and the temperature was perfection! 

Saturday's PiYo class at the Y was absolutely amazing. We had a FULL house-- 28 people, which is a tight squeeze, but everyone was friendly and willing to make room. I so appreciate these PiYogis and their high energy and smiling, hard-working faces! Such a great workout, and such a fun class!

  


I didn't get a pic of my workout outfit, but here's what I wore for my running about, and to post my daily yoga pose. Shorts are from Express, top is from Abercrombie and Fitch. One of my favorite summer outfits!

Sunday I had intended to do T25 Cardio or maybe some lifting, but I was traveling, and it just didn't work out. So I rested again instead. 

Here's my workout schedule for the upcoming week:

Monday: Turbo HIIT workout (45 minutes).
Tuesday: Early morning T25 workout OR run + PiYo.
Wednesday: Early morning T25 workout OR run (depends on Tuesday) + PiYo.
Thursday: Upper body lift + TurboKick (60 minutes)
Friday: Rest.
Saturday: Early morning run + PiYo.
Sunday: T25? Lift? Run? TBD!

I'm pretty excited about this week's workouts! I wasn't planning to run hardly at all once I started T25, but these amazing temperatures in the morning are too good to pass up!

Here's my meal plan for the upcoming week as well:
Lunches:
Salads with:
  • Garlic seasoned ground organic turkey
  • Organic feta
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Fake bacon bits
  • Homemade Ranch
Chips and salsa or hummus
Apple

Suppers:
Chicken breast with herbs, rice pilaf, and spahgetti squash
Pasta with marinara, garlic bread
Breakfast-for-dinner (scrambled eggs, baked hash browns, toast or waffles)
Tacos with Quorn meatless grounds

The good news is I have all my food prep for lunches done, so grabbing my salads will be easy peasy in the mornings! :)

I'd love to hear your plan for the upcoming week as well! What are you workouts? What are you eating?

Have a great week!
xoxo
Julie

Monday, July 8, 2013

Holiday Recap and Catching Up!

Happy Monday, fitness friends! Is anyone else feeling sluggish from a lil too much celebrating this weekend? I had a 4-day weekend (wonderful!) and also my birthday on Saturday so I did quite a bit of indulging and napping. ;) I don't feel too bad today, trying to keep myself hydrated, and looking forward to some cardio tonight!

I missed a week of blogging, so rather than trying to go back and remember, I'm just going to pretend I didn't forget it. :)

Here's what last week looked like:

Monday I went straight to the gym after work to get in a quick upper body lift. I didn't really have enough time once I got there, but I squeezed it in, and finished with pullups after Turbo. I probably didn't do the reps as slowly as I should have, though. However, I am feeling stronger, and I think my guns are showing it. ;)

After that was Turbo! I decided to throw it back to Round 32 again, but I decided last minute, and didn't have time to review sufficiently (should've waited a week), so I felt a little like I didn't know what I was doing... hate that! Also, the microphone in the studio was broken. Not broken like, it didn't work, but broken like, physically broken. It was flopping around hitting me in the face while I tried to do some plyo jumps. Very distracting. Hopefully, my class didn't notice my "off" feeling, and I was still super sweaty after class, and felt better about Monday, as I always do. :)

 
I wore my Seaside Dot Deep Breath Tank, and my Pinkelicious Speed Shorts.
 
Tuesday I woke up sore and stiff, so I slept in, and didn't run as planned. I did teach PiYo at Refinery after work. Our last week doing Lesson 26! It was a big class, lots of energy, and super fun! I kept waiting for this Lesson to get easier or for my body to get "used" to it, but it never happened. Love that!

I wore my black and Pink Shell Gather and Crow crops, and a stripey tank from Gap.

Wednesday I ran 2 miles, and then taught PiYo at the Y. Again, last week of the Lesson, and since I was already (still) sore from Monday and Tuesday, I questioned whether I'd make it through a few times. ;) The class was small because of the holiday but everyone worked super hard, and we finished strong with Lesson 26!

I wore my Frangipani Parfait Pink Speed Shorts, and my Pinkelicious Run: A Mile a Minute tank.

Thursday, the 4th of July, I taught a special "mash-up" class at Refinery. I team taught with 4(!) other instructors, and we did 30 minutes of Turbo, and 30 minutes of Zumba. We had a huge turnout-- I think 22 people-- and the energy was CRAZY high! Music was thumping, and we went hard. I hadn't done Zumba for a long while, and really enjoyed, and was surprised at the intensity of a few of the tracks! I was a hot mess afterwards! Perfect way to start a holiday weekend! :)

Friday I rested.

Saturday was my birthday, and I taught my morning PiYo class at the Y. These guys are so awesome. When I arrived, they sang "happy birthday" to me! So sweet, and I'm sure my face was BEET red... I didn't know what to do with my hands. ;) We had an awesome class, did an extra Vinyasa track (owie!) and I was pretty sure I was gonna be able to push up from chatarunga a few times. ;) It was a great way to start my birthday!

I wore my NEW Raspberry Glo Clam Diggers (LOVE!) and my Pink Shell stripe Free to Be tank. Best birthday outfit ever!

Sunday I had planned to do a full-body lift, but it was the last day of my staycation, and I was heading down to see my mom, so I decided to just take another day off. It felt good. :)

This week's workout plan:
Monday: Turbo-- new/old Round, lots of Turbo's planned! plus a lil yoga.
Tuesday: Early morning run (got a new lulu shirt to wear!), PiYo at Refinery (New Lesson!)
Wednesday: Upper body lift, PiYo at the Y.
Thursday: run, a lil yoga.
Friday: Rest.
Saturday: PiYo at the Y, yoga at home.
Sunday: Full body lift, maybe some cardio.

I'm excited to get back on track with my eating this week. I didn't eat terribly over the long weekend but had a couple desserts, and just a little more overall than what I'm used to. It felt SO good to have my Shakeology for breakfast this morning, and a salad with a handful of chips and an apple for lunch! (I know, I'm so predictable.) :)

Meals:
Lunches are per usual. :)
Suppers will be:
-- "Meat"loaf with mashed potatoes and broccoli
-- Maize Mexican takeout (I usually have fish or chicken tacos, no cheese)
-- Grilled cheese and soup
-- Herbed chicken with rice pilaf and green beans

Here's a pic of my day "after" the 4th of July outfit. I kept it festive since my blue shorts didn't arrive in time to wear on the 4th. :)

And a pic of me and Rowan at the fireworks:




I hope you all had a lovely holiday, and a great week ahead! Remember to plan your meals, and schedule your workouts!

Cheers!
Xoxo,
Julie

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Quick Recap!

Hello again, fitness friends! I am going to write a quick recap of my week, and plan for next week, but I'll be back tomorrow with another blog on a subject close to my heart-- standby for that!

Here's what I did this week:

Monday was 45-minute Turbo HIIT at Refinery! We did six, yes SIX Turbo's in this class! It was crazy sweaty fun! :) Such troopers, they are! <3

Tuesday I taught PiYo at Refinery. My legs were sore from all the Turbo's! We also changed up the Lesson a bit, which made a HUGE difference as far as the burn! I loved it!


I forgot to take pic of my outfit, but here are my yoga poses in my Express sweater and linen shorts. :)
 
Wednesday morning I got up early and went for a 2.5 mile run. Wowza, my legs were tired! I was planning for 3 miles, but 2.5 kicked my sore booty! :)
After work, I taught PiYo at the Y. I had this fantastic/devious idea to double up on our core sections. We took a vote, and went for it! It was cuh-RAZY! My abs loved me. ;)



I wore my Power Purple Gather and Crow Crops and my Paris Pink and Charcoal No Limits Tank.
 
Thursday I went straight to the gym after work and did some upper body weights. The program I'm following is great b/c each lifting workout only takes 20-30 minutes, depending on how long i rest in between sets! 
 
After lifting I taught Turbo! I had a small but SUPER energetic and fun group! Awesome class! 
 
I wore my classic stripe Speed Shorts and my Pinkeicious Run: A Mile a Minute Tank.
 
Friday I rested. I was VERY SORE from Wednesday and Thursday.
 
Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y at 8am! I had a pretty big class, and I got to introduce a friend to PiYo for the first time which is always fun!!! We doubled up on core again-- loved it!

I wore my gap side tie shorts, and my new seaside dot Deep Breath tank from Lulu. Love this outfit! 
 
Sunday is MY workout day, so I look forward to planning it each week! Today I did a R.I.P.P.E.D. class, and then did an upper body lifting workout. I used the pull-up assist machine for the first time, which was great! (They were VERY assisted pull-ups, hahaha!) My arms were so tired afterwards, I could barely wash my hair! :) Fantastic workout!
 


I wore my frangipani parfait pink Speed Shorts and my black No Limits tank! Sweaty pic alert!
 

Here's my plan for next week!

Monday: 45 minute Turbo HIIT, lil yoga practice
Tuesday: Early morning run, PiYo at Refinery, little bit 'o' yoga
Wednesday: possibly lower body lift, PiYo at the Y
Thursday: subbing for BodyStep with Turbo, upper body lift
Friday: rest
Saturday: PiYo at the Y, yoga at home
Sunday: TBD! 

Meals for the week:
 
Lunches will be salads with some combo (but not all at once) of:
--crab meat
--ground turkey
--hard boiled eggs
--grapes
--strawberries
--cherry tomatoes
--sunflower seeds
--homemade ranch
--raspberry viniagrette
--feta

Dinners:
--chicken with lemon and herbs; mashed potatoes; broccoli
--tacos with Quorn meatless grounds
--Mexican takeout
--Quorn "chik'n" patty sandwiches; baked fries; soup
 
I'll be doing my meal prep tomorrow since I am eating lunch on the road tomorrow and can't take it with me! I'm planning to go to St. Louis Bread Company and get a salad there since I can't make my own. :)
 
I'm off to bed-- talk to you all tomorrow!
 
XOXO,
Julie