workout wednesday // break a sweat

Is it already Wednesday? We’re just scootin right along this week.

After two weeks off off from pilates classes at Bodybar, I’ve been sucked back in. My sister was in town for a week and we were going to do a pilates class at the gym, but the class ended up being full so we went with plan b – a reformer class at Bodybar.

Since I did pilates Monday I figured yesterday should be a cardio day.
I was a bit boring and didn’t feel too creative so I just hopped on the treadmill and ended up completing this workout:

break a sweat

I got warm really quickly and was super sweaty in under 10 mins. I feel like I’m starting to like running a tad more than I used to, but I still don’t love it. Hence the short intervals.

I also added the pace/speed I used yesterday at the bottom for reference, but everyone has their own pace I’m sure.

Don’t forget to break a sweat today, whether it be a walk, run, fitness class, or your favorite heart pumping activity. Have a fab day!

flywheel + LYFE kitchen.

Another weekend in the books. Hope you had a good one!
I’ve kind of been massively lacking on sleep for weeks, so I was hoping to catch a few extra z’s this weekend, but it didn’t exactly go as planned.

Saturday morning I had a work thing, then Sunday morning I technically could have slept in, but I opted to go to a morning spin class instead. I knew I had a busy day ahead and wouldn’t be able to get in a workout otherwise.

When my alarm went off Sunday morning I was so tempted to turn off the alarm and snuggle under my sheets and continue sleeping, but I had already signed up for a class at Flywheel and it was too late to back out without getting charged as a no show. That is actually one of the reason why I choose to go these types of classes sometimes. I can’t back out.

flywheelBut of course I’m happy I made the decision to go. Yesterdays class was quite intense and it left me red as a tomato, but full of energy and ready to take on the day.

flywheel

I find that I always make better decisions throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning. Plus the later the day gets the less likely it is that I will get that workout in.

I didn’t exactly do the best job at taking pictures this weekend. I have a grand total of five. One of which I deleted by accident, but is actually up on my instagram. My other two photos are from my late lunch at Lyfe Kitchen on Saturday. Lyfe stands for ‘love your food everyday’ and is a casual eatery that supports local farms and promotes sustainability.

lyfe cafe

They had a pretty good looking menu and after a couple indecisive minutes, we opted for the Barrumundi Noodle bowl (sustainably raised seabass with soba noodles, mushrooms, scallions, edamame, in kimchi broth) and Thai Curry Bowl with Tofu (broccoli, eggplant, peppers, peas, whole grain wheatberries, thai basil). lyfe cafeBoth were quite good, but nothing was really outstanding. If I had to choose from these types of ‘health-cautious’ restaurants (especially these types that make it a point to cater to vegans, vegetarians, & gluten free eaters) in the Dallas area, I’d say I’m a bigger fan of True Foods Kitchen. Although I do have to give Lyfe some massive props for offering free sparkling water on tap. That was a nice addition. I also haven’t tried Lyfe’s breakfast/brunch menu so that could turn the tables a bit. I should make a note to try that soon because their breakfast menu seems like it would be right up my alley.

Now that I think about it, I guess I could have tried to go to sleep earlier on Saturday night, but I got sucked into watching the movie, The Impossible. I wasn’t planning to watch it, but it was on and the more I watched the more I got sucked into it. If you haven’t seen it, its based off a true story of a family that was in Thailand during the time of the horrific Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 that killed nearly 230,000 people. It’s a remarkable story of survival and shines a light on the destruction Thailand endured during that time.

I realize that is not the best way to wrap up this post, but I’ve got to run. I hate when I’m running behind on Mondays since the weeks only just started. Hope your Mondays are off to a good start!

this week // 07.18.14

TGIF!
Who else is ready for the weekend??

I craved absolutely nothing this week I had the hardest time figuring out what to eat for lunch and dinner.

Breakfast is alway pretty easy. I’m quite happy with a morning round stuffed with coconut butter or a mix of muesli + yogurt + almond milk + sliced bananas.

apple cinnamon morning round with coconut butter muesli and yogurt and almond milk

It was also apparently colorful skirts all this week, which if you know me is fairly unlike me. I’m usually pretty muted and stray towards navy blues, whites, & blacks. I’m just not that colorful.

And guess what? – lunch was not a salad. Major shocker given that I’ve been eating them for the past 3 or 4 weeks nonstop. Well I actually had a salad for lunch one day this week and once for dinner, but otherwise they were  pretty much non-existent this week.

salad

I moved on to…

strawberry banana kale smoothieSmooooothies!

Still green, but something different. After paying an arm an a leg for that above smoothie (all it was was strawberries, banana, and kale) I decided to make my own.

I was kind of skeptical to make my smoothies ahead of time, but they actually still taste great the next day. I just blended together 3/4 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 5 frozen cherries, 5 frozen peach slices, a handful spinach, 2 heaping spoonfuls of 2% greek yogurt and blended until smooth.

banana cherry peach spinach smoothieI stored it in an airtight glass jar overnight. The next morning I transported it over a half hour without refrigeration before putting it into the fridge and drinking it a few hours later.banana cherry peach spinach smoothieThere was no separation and it was still smooth and creamy. Now I know I can make smoothies ahead of time! Total game changer.

I also tried a new to me kombucha this week, Buddha’s Brew.

buddahs brew kombucha

I only bought it because my favorite holy kombucha was all sold out. It was good, but not as good as holy kombucha. Honestly I didn’t even know what cascade, citra, and palisades were before I bought this. And I’m still not sure I do.

In case you can’t already see, I’ve really been into liquids this week. I wonder if I’m dehydrated or something. Come to think of it, I was really lacking in my water intake the past few weeks. Anyways, my favorite dinner this week was the cioppino I picked up from Whole Foods one night.

cioppino

I just couldn’t figure out what to eat and the only thing that sounded even slightly appealing was cioppino. Its one of my favorite foods. This wasn’t exactly a true cioppino, but it was still pretty darn tasty.

Ok, I’m off to grab my premade smoothie for today – frozen cherries, frozen strawbs, extremely ripe banana, baby spinach, almond milk, & yogurt – then I’m out the door. Hope everyone has a fun (and relaxing) weekend!!