Tuesday.

I really like Tuesday’s. I’m off a lot on Tuesdays but now I have a permanent class at The Fitness Guru at 7:30 every Tuesday and I look forward to it so much! It will be awesome to go get my sweat on early and then have the rest of most Tuesday’s to do what I want (like hopefully teach more!). Anyways, Tuesday’s are pretty swell and Monday’s are usually noooot. I forced John to come with me to Trader Joe’s last night because I NEEDED to get some healthy foods into my fridge and more importantly, my body. I reviewed one of my favorite blogger’s recipes that are always my go-to when I need some inspiration to clean up my diet and to do so with foods I don’t always eat. Her blog is PowerCakes and definitely go over there and look at some of her recipes, old and new. I grabbed what I needed and headed home to do a late meal prep for the rest of the week. I made her AWESOME and protein packed tuna cakes to put on some kale salads. Recipe is here but I will type it for ya since I changed up the cheese because my belly hates lactose and all.

  • 1 can of albacore tuna (in water)
  • 1/2 an ounce of goat cheese (1/8 of a cup)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • Garlic powder/salt to taste- i also threw in some Mrs. Dash

Mix all of it together and scoop onto a sprayed pan to form 3-4 “burgers” if you will. I have to cook them on each side for 4-5 minutes so they hold up. I tossed them on some kale that I put in a container and shook with olive oil and garlic powder. This is the key to eating kale because I have HATED it before because it was way too sharp to eat. Let it sit in olive oil and it will become softer! I also pan fried some brussels sprouts and today I added some avocado and salt.

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Yum.

I add salt to some of my food because I am a big time salty sweat-er. Like after every workout I have streaks across my face and chest so I make sure to replenish it (without overdoing it) otherwise I feel weak and headachey.

This morning’s spin class was amazing and we all worked so hard! I started with a 1 mile treadmill run since it’s all I had time for, and then we kicked butt in spin. The bikes at The Fitness Guru are so awesome. They are hooked up to a small generator attached to the front of each bike and you adjust your resistance electronically, not with the resistance knob. It tells you your total wattage for the class and we have a TV screen that shows how many batteries we charge during a class, too! I have heard to hit above 100 is pretty gnarly, so I feel really proud!!

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That was after my class so don’t think I had the resistance on 0 ๐Ÿ˜‰ The wattage is based on speed (RPM’s) and resistance so I end up burning close to 700 calories during a class and that’s just teaching! So amazing.

And one more amazing fitness feat in my life. I bit the bullet and signed up for monthly payments to get my CPT through NASM!

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I am excited and nervous because the information you study is SO scientific and thorough! I’m not sure the exact direction I want to go with because I don’t think I want to be a full-time trainer, but NASM offers a weight loss/nutrition certification to go along with this and I am planning to get that as well. I’d ideally love to combine both while still teaching and my ultimate goal is to be a motivational speaker. Woo hoo!

One last thing! I had this for dinner/dessert last night because I was meal prepping for over an hour and it was 10 PM and this sounded amazing since I roasted a couple sweet potatoes.

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Topped with coconut oil, coconut oil peanut butter, cinnamon and raisins. This will also be my snack in a couple of hours, minus the raisins because I forgot them. Oof. ๐Ÿ˜€

How is your Tuesday?!?!

Don’t Make Me Laugh.

I am in so much pain right now. A good pain, but a strong one. I worked out with Brenda on Saturday morning, meaning I let her train me and I have never been in so much pain DURING a workout or after. Even after 4+ hours of cycling last week, she beat me to a pulp. More on that later, but let’s discuss the delicious food I’ve had since we talked last!

Backtracking to last week, I was so exhausted from my 3 spin classes in 24 hours that I took Wednesday and Thursday off to rest. Wednesday night my brother came down to the city so we met up in Brooklyn for pizza and froyo/Shake Shack. Grimaldi’s for pizza of course, 2 pies for the 3 of us. Demolished.

Pie 1 of 2.
Pie 1 of 2.
My 2 favorite guys in the world!
My 2 favorite guys in the world!

On the way back to my brother’s car we passed Orange Leaf and since I was on an antibiotic last week, I figured I HAD to get my yogurt intake for the day. Right?!

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Sadly I barely made a dent into it. I wasn’t crazy full from the pizza but my appetite just isn’t as raging since I’ve been running less. Even tons of Spin doesn’t make me as hungry as running! Anyone else?! The boys got Shake Shack shakes and John literally ordered a double burger too. After 6 pieces of pizza. No words.

Friday I was off from job #1 but job #2 I had at 6:00 PM so I got to sleep in a little and then busted out 1 of my finals. My class Friday night was so great again! I am loving teaching cycling SO SO much and right now since I’m just subbing I have no classes scheduled this week and I’m so sad. Hoping someone will need a sub!

1.5 mile treadmill run first then class!
1.5 mile treadmill run first then class!

After class I went back home to finish another final and get to bed relatively early for my morning session with Brenda!

Saturday morning was so beautiful and I was so grateful to be off from work to enjoy it. Saturdays have a great feel to them when you don’t have to be stuck at a desk all day! I ran 3 miles first to warm-up and then Brenda put me through absolute torture. It looked like this:

  • 1500 meter row in 6 minutes. Broken into 500 meters in 2 mins, rest, then repeat 2 more times. I was almost in tears halfway through minute 1.
  • TRX squats (20), TRX bodyweight rows (10) , tuck jump to squat thrust x 15— repeat this circuit twice. The bodyweight rows were INSANELY hard!
  • Assisted pull-ups w/ a band. In a nutshell, I could basically not even do 1 WITH the band. Hardest thing ever, great thing to work towards!
  • 3 sets of 10 lat pulldowns w/ 72 pounds (random weight but on a machine)
  • Ab circuit: full sit up w/ legs on the ground (pilates move) on the way back bring your legs back and then reach up to touch toes x 15; feet in TRX strap, bring legs to chest then pike x5, feet in TRX strap, brings legs to chest then spread legs apart x10

Sorry if my descriptions are weird, not sure of proper names just yet! All I can say is that besides my shoulders/lats/forearms/every inch of my arms being insanely sore, my abs have NEVER felt sore from a workout before. I wanted to punch her in her face, naturally. It hurts so bad to laugh, cough and sit up. I will definitely be repeating this circuit on my own!! She is AMAZING at what she does. If you are in the NYC area and want her info to get training with her, let me know!!!!

No better way to start a weekend than sweating with your best friend. The rest of Saturday was spent brunching with John at Grey Dog, of course. Afterwards we got coffee and walked around for a few hours, before deciding to go home and just relax since it was pretty cold out. I got pretty wild and made a big bowl of chicken noodle soup and ate it in bed. Have you ever heard of such a wild Saturday night?!

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By the way, Progresso chicken noodle is really good.

I also had a few bites of a chocolate chip cookie dough Questbar after. After 3 bites I realized I could NOT bare the taste of it anymore. Over the summer I loved them, but I was also still using a lot of artificial sweeteners. Now that I eat mainly real food and only really use stevia in my coffee in the morning and that’s it, it tasted awful to me. It also upset my stomach within minutes. Not knocking but all in all they are a pretty fake food and I will not be ever buying them again!

Sunday morning I woke up planning to run 8-9 miles. I woke up exhausted, sore beyond words, and nothing in the world sounded better than going back to sleep and just spending the morning in bed with John. Something we never get to do! It felt amazing and I felt no regrets. I have 2 races this weekend and haven’t been running much at all, but I have no worries. I’m enjoying the rest of the year before I get serious again with training and it feelsย good!ย After snuggling for a few hours, we made our way to brunch at Brindle Room. A weekend with my 2 favorite brunch spots is THE BEST. We were ready to gnaw our arms off by the time we got there since it was 1:30 and we hadn’t eaten anything yet. He got his burger and fries, I had my favorite smoked pork hash and for “dessert” we split the banana challah french toast with nutella and fruit. YUM.

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my cute date
my cute date

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To avoid the food coma we were about to slip into, we walked around for quite awhile and did some shopping at Marshall’s. I got a new really big pot to make chili in, fleece lined leggings to run in, Nike training gloves (my hands get SO sweaty when I lift and hurt) and Nike dri-fit slight compression socks. I live and breathe for Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, dudes.

It started to snow around 4:30 so we made our way home and did a huge load of laundry. Our bag weighed probably 30 pounds and we have to lug it 2 blocks so we counted that as our workout. We worked up our appetite for dinner finally around 8:30 and got 2 human-sized pieces of pizza. $3 each. Can you seriously beat that?!

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(Don’t worry- I peeled off my cheese. Sigh ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

Ha! So big
Ha! So big

Not the best pizza ever but good for being so cheap and huge.

And the weekend ended with setting up our first ever NYC Christmas tree that my roommate decorated so beautifully!

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So there ya have it. A solid week of workouts and not-so-healthy food. That’s what weekends are for!