Hi there! New Jersey is having a very dreary start to the week, weather-wise. But I’m super excited because I have Wednesday to Friday off work, and the weather is supposed to be really nice towards the end of the week! Yay for accidentally good planning!
My weekend was unexpectedly quiet. We had plans to go up to my sister-in-law’s parents’ lake house, but cancelled last minute because of the rain. We didn’t want to just be trapped in a cabin all weekend with an eight year old and a five year old running amuck. But we made do!
Friday afternoon, I had lunch with Pat’s sister. She’s a nurse and was attending a class at the hospital that is located right next to the courthouse where I work, so we met up during her lunch break. We decided on a local place called Tacoria. I had the Mission burritos with steak. I was super full after, but the food was really delicious.
After work, I went to the gym. I decided not to take class on Friday and, instead, I worked on my own. I practiced rope climbs and power cleans first. I have faith that I will make it all the way up the rope one day. I worked up to a 115 lb power clean, which isn’t quite my best ever, but I thought it was pretty good considering I had taken a break from Crossfit when I started my intuitive eating journey and essentially had to start from basics when I joined my new gym and they told me my technique was off.
After working on skills, I created a workout for myself:
Deadlifts @ 115 lbs
Wall balls w/ a 20 lb ball
Assault bike calories
(It’s exactly what it sounds like–you do 10 of each exercise, then 8, then 6, then 4, then 2)
The workout was challenging (especially the wall balls), but it wasn’t too bad.
I was pretty disappointed we weren’t going to the lake house, so Pat and I decided to make the best of our Friday night. We ordered in pepperoni pizza and watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, so this was a great way to cheer me up.
Saturday morning, I headed to the gym again. We were doing a memorial workout in honor of my friend Sara’s brother, Bobby.
2001 meter row
7 rounds of:
7 front squats (for me @ 65 lbs)
21 ab-mat sit-ups
As I type this, I still feel those sit-ups. Ouch. Although the workout was tough, I was happy I could be there for Sara. Her brother passed away in 2001 very suddenly (he was 27 years old), and I think she was really happy to be able to do something in honor of him all these years later.
After the workout, I talked to Sara for a little while, and then headed home. I immediately hopped in the shower because that workout was so sweaty, and I felt gross. Pat and I took Brooks for a walk, and then we got ready to go to my brother’s for a barbecue with my parents.
After the barbecue, we had planned to go to the movies, but we were both inexplicably tired (literally from a day of doing nothing–I blame the weather), so we headed home. A little later in the night, we ordered some Turkish food. I had a red lentil soup, and some lamb gyro with brown rice and salad. It was amazing. I love the flavors and, unlike some other gyro platters that I’ve had, the meat didn’t feel too greasy. Everything was very fresh and tasted great.
On Sunday, I started my day with an 8am class at my gym called “Move and Flow,” which combines a short and intense conditioning workout with a yoga class. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve sweat that much in my entire life. My yoga mat was drenched. Sorry, that was gross. But it is what it is haha.
The conditioning part of the workout looked like this:
12 minutes AMRAP (as many rounds as possible):
7 kettlebell swings (25 lbs)
7 kettlebell thrusters (25 lbs)
5 leg lifts over kettlebell (this is an ab/core workout–every round, we added 5 more of these)
I made it through about 8 rounds. After this, we did a half hour yoga session. At the end, the instructor rubbed some essential oils into our foreheads. I felt bad that she had to touch my very sweaty forehead, but after class, we were all joking that it felt like a hot yoga class in that room.
I got home and showered, and had a very lazy Sunday morning which included coffee and a few episodes of The Office. When we finally decided that we had to venture out for food, Pat and I took Brooks for a walk, and then headed over to Over Easy in Marlboro, which has become one of our favorite brunch spots. I had a coffee with milk and a salmon benedict (with poached salmon rather than smoked, which I thought was different). It was a special, and it was really delicious.
After brunch, we headed over to Whole Foods. We did some food shopping for the week, and each got a La Croix. I tried the Peach-Pear flavor, which I’ve never had before. It tasted a lot like pear, and I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite secrets to saving money is getting things from the bulk section instead of buying full bags of stuff. Even if you end up with a full bag, it’s cheaper than you would otherwise get it.
This week, we got steel cut oats, chia seeds, goji berries, sour cherries, and pumpkin seeds for our breakfast oats. I also picked up some red quinoa and brown rice. We spent some time at my apartment, reading and playing Splendor, one of my favorite games. After that, we headed over to Pat’s parents’ house because I really wanted to grill my food for the week, rather than bake it.
I used an entire bottle of TessaMae’s organic lemon garlic marinade on some chicken drumsticks that were on sale for a ridiculously low price and grilled those for about 30 minutes, turning the drumsticks every 5 minutes. I also grilled some zucchini, yellow squash, and red, yellow, and orange peppers that had been tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper. A simple meal, but delicious. For lunch, I’m pairing it with hot guacamole (from the Whole Foods prepared section), eggplant salad (from my sister-in-law’s fridge), some raw greens, and a few multi-grain and flaxseed crackers.
Sunday was Day 12 of meditation for me. I’ll be doing a post about how my meditation challenge is going, but spoiler alert: I am loving it. I want to do this every day forever.