Welcome to a new week, my friends! And for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week, hopefully it’s a short few days of work for you with good plans on the horizon.
I’m pretty relaxed right now. I’ve been enjoying some leisure time hanging out with my parents in Florida since Wednesday evening of last week, and it’s been just what I needed. The days have been fairly similar, looking much like this: Sleep in until about 8 a.m. (which is 5 a.m. for my body still on West Coast time), work on the computer from the bed, have breakfast, take a long walk, go out for lunch with my Mom, hit up one to two stores for some shopping, come home, work on the computer, eat dinner, watch TV, go to sleep, and repeat it all over again.
Shown above, we’ve got a post-lunch date shot, as well as a picture of the 35 seconds that Rudy (yes, a boy dog), let me put a bow in his hair. And finally, thought you should see all of the options I had to choose from when getting a manicure the other day. I went with deep purple, and it’s okay.
So far the highlights of my visit have included a lunch with my dear friend Kristen, (whom I’ve known and been friends with since I was about eight years-old), as well as introducing Rudy to my parents, who are definitely enjoying his company. And the delicious and healthy meals I’ve been eating, combined with nightly desserts and wine, have been just the icing on the cake. A perfect balance, if you ask me.
I’ve enjoyed a great mixture of these home-cooked and chain-restaurant eats shown above over the past few days. I’ve already been to First Watch (veggie omelet), Panera (lentil and quinoa broth bowl) and even Applebee’s (cedar grilled salmon and potatoes) — finding great meals at all of them.
Getting hooked on podcasts
Rather than jumping into my full-fledged workouts, I’m taking it easy this break and just being sure to do some movement each day. Because I knew I planned to head out each day for a long walk, I decided to do a little research on podcasts and somehow stumbled on The Model Health Show by Shawn Stevenson. I had never listened to a podcast until last week and am totally hooked! Not only does Shawn have the best radio voice that I’ve ever heard, he also interviews super interesting guests about all topics related to health, wellness, fitness and life. I can’t believe how fast listening to this type of audio program makes the time pass. If you’ve got time on the treadmill, during your commute or walking your dog, I highly suggest you check out these free shows. I’ve finished three full hours so far and will be getting into another one today.
My weekly fitness and workout recap
Switching gears a bit, every Monday, to start the week off right, I like to take a look at my most recent week of workouts to stay accountable.
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday: Took a 45-minute barre class at FlyBarre Walnut Creek
- Wednesday: Rest and travel day
- Thursday: Went on a 45-minute walk, did a 15-minute upper-body resistance band workout
- Friday: Went on a 45-minute walk, did a 15-minute lower-body resistance band workout
- Saturday: Went on a 45-minute walk, did a 15-minute upper-body resistance band workout
- Sunday: Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week was incredibly light for me compared to my usual line-up of fitness, but it did include some beneficial walking, resistance work, a barre class, as well as one high-intensity session with BODYATTACK. I’d say the best part about this past week of fitness has been walking. Now that I live outside the City, I don’t take as many steps as I used to and boy I’ve missed it. Simply putting one foot in front of the other in the open air is the best!
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
This past week didn’t include any real weight training, outside of some very short and simple resistance sessions, so I’m definitely in need of some heavier lifting. However, I had already planned for last week and this one to be a little bit lighter due to my travel. While I don’t want to be totally inactive, I’m not stressing myself to do hard-core workouts right now and putting most of my attention on enjoying my time in Florida.
That’s all I’ve got for you my friends! Have a great day! (P.S. Thanks to Meghan for hosting today’s “Week in Review” link-up.)Podcasts, #fitness and food pictures. Check this out ... #WeeklyWorkouts Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
Do you ever listen to podcasts?
What’s your workout plan for the week?