Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Funday!

Hello, fitness friends! I fell off the blogging wagon, yet again! But I'm back, and hoping to stay more consistent by mixing up topics! For today, I'll share with you my recap for the week, how my goals for the year are going, and my plan for the next week!

So, since we last chatted, I definitely chubbed up a little over the holidays. After my family vacation to Florida for Christmas, I buckled down, started counting calories again, and have been working hard to feel better in my clothes. I never set a real weightloss goal as far as pounds, but my clothes were feeling tight, so my goal has been just to feel back to my "normal" self. So far, so good! Clothes that were tight even before are feeling looser and better!

I have to be careful not to get obsessive with calorie-counting. My tendency is to be a little OCD about it, but I think I've been managing it pretty well, and staying balanced, while also staying on track with my goals. I'm using an app called Lose It! that has a huge database of foods so it's really easy to just plug in what I ate and keep track that way. I found that when I wasn't counting calories, I was just eating with reckless abandon, like everything was calorie-free. ;)

Everyone's calorie needs are different, but for my plan to lose some weight, and with my pretty intense workouts, my calorie budget each day is right around 2,200. This has been fairly easy to stick to, especially since I have one or two "cheat" meals per week, that I don't worry about counting.

Onto the week in review! My workout schedule is largely the same as it has always been, since my teaching schedule hasn't changed. I do try to mix things up with yoga, and I've been running more, as well as some cycling to give my joints a break.

Monday, I did TurboKick! This workout will ALWAYS kick my butt. Plateau schmateau, this class evolves so much, my body never gets used to it. :) I'm also still doing yoga challenges, so there's a little of that each day as well!

 I wore my Classic Stripe Speed shorts and my Zing Pink No Limits tank!

Tuesday I taught PiYo. I had a long day of driving and depositions on Tuesday, so it felt SO good to move my body in this class after 5 hours in the car and 3 hours sitting in deps! We just started a new Lesson, so the muscle confusion makes the class super challenging! 

I wore my hot pink capris from Esty.com, and my Pink Shell striped Free to Be tank!

Wednesday I did a 30-minute power yoga class from YogaGlo during my lunch break, which was nonstop flow, and absolutely amazing. I love doing yoga at lunch!

After work was PiYo again. My arms were sooo tired at the end of this. Maybe did too many sun salutations in one day. ;) Getting stronger! 

Thursday I rested, and took a half day off work to get my hair done. Check it out, I made a huge change, and I LOVE it!


Friday was a GORGEOUS day, so I went for a 4 mile run at lunch. It was VERY windy, and the route is VERY hilly, so it was super challenging, BUT, also my fastest run ever! I couldn't believe my average pace when I was done! It pays to push myself! 
Ready to run!



Saturday I taught my usual 8am PiYo, and usually that's all I do on Saturdays, but it was another beautiful day, so I decided I wanted to go for a short run. I felt so good running, I ended up going a mile further than I planned (3.25 total). :)

I wore my camo shorts from Fabletcis, and my Zing Pink Cool Racer Back tank from Lulu.




Today is my "do whatever I want" workout day, so I went to the gym for a treadmill interval run (45 minutes including warmup and cool down) and did just a bit of yoga at home. The run was AWESOME, and I ended up going almost five miles total. It felt great!

For my run, I wore my Pink Shell Chase Me skirt, and a super soft tee from Express.

Yoga outfit: same tee, plus these BEAUUUUUUTIFUL Wunder Under Pants from Lulu. Love them so much!
Meals for the week are no-brainer, since I signed up for Hello Fresh, weekly meal/grocery delivery! I can't wait to try this week's meals! Here are a couple I made last week:

Asian inspired noodles with chicken and peppers.

Mushroom quesadillas with guacamole.

So far, I am a HUGE fan of this program! Easy, reasonably priced, and delicious! If you are interested in trying Hello Fresh, enter coupon code JMPAGP at checkout to save $20 on your first box!

For lunches, I will have a couple of salad with grilled chicken days, and leftovers!

Here's my workout plan for next week!

Monday: Yoga at lunch + Turbo after work.
Tuesday: Run at lunch (b/c it's supposed to be SO nice, I can't resist!) + PiYo after work.
Wednesday: PiYo.
Thursday: Rest.
Friday: Run + Yoga
Saturday: PiYo
Sunday: TBD!

I am so glad to be back to blogging! I'll be back later in the week with some more of your requested topics!

See you soon!

xoxo,
Julie




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