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    Weekend Recap, Workouts, and Meal Planning for May 22nd

    May 22, 2016

    The weeks are flying by!

    I can’t believe it’s already almost June, and that summer is just about here. The weather in North Carolina has been weird so that has added to the confusion. But this upcoming week looks like it’ll be the first of really warm weather to come. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself. Outdoor workouts are about to get tough.


    Saturday’s original workout plans were thrown for a loop because of the weather. Storms and sogginess meant my Ninja 5k team decided not to go. I changed my plans and decided to do intervals and then some yoga for athletic recovery. Both felt really good for completely different reasons. Every time I do an intervals workout, I dread it because I know it’s going to be hard, but I feel SO good when I’m done! The Yoga for Athletic Recovery class was a nice change of pace from my normal workouts. Tons of stretching of muscles that desperately needed it. I definitely had to force myself to slow down, but it was good and I felt refreshed afterwards. Saturday night was a dinner date with some friends. We had some amazing food which thankfully wasn’t 100% unhealthy, though our dessert was a nice treat… Because it is important to still treat yo’self!


    Sunday started with a bang with a 12.5 mile hilly run through Umstead. A large group of girlfriends set off together but we split up into interval running vs not. It was nice to start the day with so many strong ladies on a mission to get in their last long run before our half in a couple of weeks. After that, playtime, lunch, and naps with the kiddos (ok, quiet time for the toddler, because let’s be honest…). I did an afternoon PiYo class with my coach, Jen. Ramping up my PiYo practice has been awesome as it’s really helping me with the toning, and getting some good stretches in with all of my various injuries and overall tightness. Not only that, but since I’m getting ready for my PiYo Live certification in less than a month (what?!), I want all the practice that I can get of the various moves so that I can transition in to leading a class myself. It’s terrifying and exciting all at once.

    So with that, I’m going to be doing a PiYo challenge group starting in June. It’ll be focused on the PiYo program directly through Beachbody, but I’ll also be offering test classes of PiYo Live as I practice and get ready to teach it on my own. I’ll I ask for is patience in that fact that I have never led a workout class before. But don’t worry, I’m going to practice on my (poor, unsuspecting) husband first before I start leading any other small groups in classes, with the hopes that I’ll eventually be up to full aerobics studio sized groups soon.


    If you’re interested in joining my PiYo challenge group, send me a note and I’ll get you the details! I’ll begin on June 6th, the first Monday in June. You can do a 30 day or the recommended 60 day challenge. It will come with everything you need to do your PiYo practice at home, as well as some other fun perks! So drop me a line! PiYo is a great, low-impact workout. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not challenging! It’s still tough and will have you breaking a sweat (especially with programs aptly named Sweat and Drench). It’s a great program to focus on whole body toning, tightening, and overall resistance training with just yourself and a yoga mat.


    This week I’m plugging away at my Groupons for PBX Pilates Barre Extreme and Sync Cycle. I’m enjoying both of the different workouts but it’s just a challenge sometimes in making it to the classes with an already busy schedule. I’ve been able to make it work but the balance (as with all things in life) has taken some time to sort out. Here’s what last week looked like:

    • Monday: Cycle, PiYo Live
    • Tuesday: PiYo Live practice at home
    • Wednesday: PBX Endurance (ouch), short run, Sync Cycle
    • Thursday: Run, Zumba
    • Friday: Rest
    • Saturday: Intervals, Yoga
    • Sunday: 12 mile run, PiYo Live

    This week has a lot of weeknight plans so meal planning was tricky, but here’s how it looks:

    • Sunday: Homemade enchiladas, rice, beans, corn
    • Monday: Leftovers (I have my last Junior League event/dinner) and we have tons in the fridge
    • Tuesday: Turkey tacos/taco salad
    • Wednesday: Chicken burgers, baked fries
    • Thursday: Soup and sandwiches
    • Friday: Going to a concert with a friend so we’re having arepas while hubby takes the boys out
    • Saturday: Movie date night but the it’s a dinner/movie theatre so we’ll have dinner there.

    So that’s it! Hoping this week is emotionally easier, especially as I have started to disconnect from previous things that were just bringing me down. I’m lucky to have an incredible support system and wonderful group friends that have reached out or been someone to vent/commiserate with. I have a game plan for this week and I’m ready to take it on!

  • Goal Achieved

    April 8, 2016

    Today is a big day. A HUGE day. I hit…

    Today is a big day. A HUGE day. I hit my final weight loss goal. I am officially down 110 lbs. This does not mean…

  • Weekend and Workout Recap

    April 3, 2016

    Action packed weekend, though it seems like that's always the…

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  • Challenge Group: 22 Minute Hard Corps

    March 23, 2016

    With just two months until the local pools open up…

    With just two months until the local pools open up in our area, I’ve decided to crack down on my cardio and toning and really…

  • Weekly schedule and meal planning

    March 6, 2016

    A major key to my success has been weekly meal…

    A major key to my success has been weekly meal and exercise planning. I’ve been planning my workout schedule since around April of last year,…