Hello! Vanessa and I are excited to be blogging again! For a couple weeks, we’ve been planning our comeback and we have a great line-up of posts coming soon for you to enjoy 🙂 Our focus will still be exercise, nutrition, and healthy living, with occasional product reviews and DIYs. There’s a lot to look forward to!
I am now a Certified Personal Trainer with AAAI/ISMA, so many of my posts will be exercise related. Here’s what my workouts looked like last week–every few weeks I change the splits for weight lifting to keep my body guessing, and I try to incorporate yoga/pilates/stretching 2-3 times a week (on top of daily stretching at home).
Mon: AMRAP 12 + Lower body weight lifting
Tues: Plyometrics + HIIT (body weight)
Wed: Upper body weight lifting + pool cardio class
Fri: Full body HIIT (weight lifting)
Sat: Running (intervals)
I loved my workout structure last week! The intensity level was high, but I got plenty of rest in between workouts because they were so varied. This week’s plan is similar, with 2 yoga classes and no pool.
This weekend was a nice break from the routine…Saturday morning after work my boyfriend (I’ll use his initials, GH, from now on) and I went to Clearwater to pick up his new car (!!!), and went back to his house for dinner (and test drives) with friends.
Sunday, while GH was at work, I was sleeping in! Once I got up, I had a lovely detox foot soak (with Epsom salts, and doTERRA essential oils of Melaleuca, Lemon, and Frankincense) and spent some time reading and journaling.
GH and I did our weekly meal planning and went grocery shopping when he got home (Sunday Prepday!). Proper planning really does prevent poor performance…we only have good meals throughout the week if we plan ahead of time! This prevents us from getting bored with eating the same things all the time, and saves time and money because we only buy what we need on grocery day (in theory…). Here’s what we got this week:
The orange container on the right is rice milk. At my house we drink almond milk, but when I’m at GH’s I love having rice milk to change it up a little bit. It’s great in coffee!
This goat cheese is my favorite right now! It’s creamy, easy to spread, and perfectly salted. And it’s on sale at Whole Foods!
I had a little time to kill between groceries and a friend’s birthday dinner in the evening, so I planned workouts for the week, painted my nails, and read a little more of Pagan Christianity…I highly recommend this to anyone who wonders how and why church traditions strayed so far from the guidelines given in the New Testament. It’s kind of a hot topic with me so I won’t say too much about it here, but this book has been eye opening for me!
Here’s what I ended up with for this week, plus cardio intervals not pictured on the next page.
I love Rimmel London nail polish…it doesn’t take more than 2-3 coats, it dries super fast, and it’s very affordable.
We went to Macaroni Grill for the surprise birthday dinner, and tried a couple new appetizers…Mac N Cheese Bites with Truffle Sauce and Prosciutto and Mozzarella. Mmmm!
For dinner I had the mushroom and goat cheese flatbread (I can’t say no to goat cheese!) but it was WAY bigger than I expected. Leftovers today for lunch were not bad at all 😉
My weekend lasted a bit longer than usual, since I don’t go to work until 4pm today (yay!!). This morning I did some long overdue cleaning inside and out of my car. See the orange paint on the bottom? That’s been there since last year. Someone dropped a paint can while driving and it splattered all over the turning lane moments before I got there. I was mad!! I used doTERRA’s OnGuard Concentrated Cleaner (mixed with water in a spray bottle); a soft scrub I made with baking soda, castile soap, and doTERRA’s lemon essential oil; and a TON of elbow grease to get the majority of the paint off. My wrist and fingers were cramping after about 1 1/2 hours of scrubbing so I decided to finish it later. I am SO happy that it is this clean!
Here’s a look at the freshly vacuumed and cleaned inside. GH will be happy–he recently had to drive my car for the first time in months, and let’s say our standards of clean are VERY different where cars are concerned!
My little brother Clayton sat outside with me while I cleaned, and he found a super small lizard. I’ll leave you with this adorable picture until next time 🙂