Happy Monday… maybe? Ugh. That just sounds wrong. Mondays are no fun. Especially after such fun weekends!
Friday night, Jersey and I wanted to both get out of the house and avoid cooking. Because you know, sometimes, you JUST DON’T WANNA. But we also didn’t want to totally fat out so we researched Yelp a bit for a build-a-salad type joint. And happily, we found Dressed only a few miles from us! We went, amazingly found parking very nearby (a crapshoot in Atlanta) and enjoyed big, honkin’, healthy salads. The only downside? With beverages, the meal (OF SALADS) was over thirty dollars! Sigh… eating healthy really should not be a money racket. Not cool. :/ After dinner, we were at a bit of a loss. Jersey and I are both doing a sort of detox and cutting WAY back on the boozing. So what is there to do on a Friday night in Atlanta when you’re a. not drinking b. there are no good movies out you haven’t seen already and c. trying not to spend a ton of money? Um. Yeah. Not much. We went home and marathon-watched House of Lies, Season 3. <–SO GOOD. And, we are old. Whatevs.
Saturday morning we both slept in. Jersey sleeps longer than I, so I watched The Biggest Loser makeover episode I DVR’d (because he’d stab his own eyes out if I made him watch) (and I may or may not have gotten teary at the reactions SHADDAP) and then I headed to our apartment’s gym. There, I did my new favorite at-home cross-training workout. More on that below! Later that day we met up with Bertie and her husband at Dantanna’s, a fancier sports bar at Lenox Square in Atlanta. We loved that we could actually make reservations and have seats for the NFL playoff games. It was a super fun evening with amazing company, even though I lost my bet with Jersey that the Ravens would beat the Patriots. So now I’m stuck with the dishes all week. (I HATE DOING DISHES!) :/
Sunday, I woke up with energy out the wazoo. I can’t explain it, but I wanted to do everything in the universe and pretty much did. A trip to Target resulted in scoring amazing finds for our entryway: a new coat rack and storage table/console for 20% off. Then I grocery shopped for the week. Once home, I tackled the house: two loads of laundry, tons of de-cluttering, breaking down boxes for recycling, unpacked the suitcase from our Jersey trip (don’t judge), took down the Christmas decor (I said don’t judge) and then when all that was done, I wanted to go for a run. Funny enough, I was terribly sore from the workout I’m about to show you, but knew a run would help loosen me up. I must have either been really cold or really been motivated, because I hit a PR on my fastest mile: 9:47! After my run it was dinner time, so I cooked up a curry-inspired protein bowl for Jersey and I. Ground turkey and my veggie saute with tons of spices: curry powder, red curry paste, a curry base by Patak’s and Frank’s Hot Sriracha sauce? Boom! So much flavor. Too bad I f*ed up the rice I made for Jersey. You’d think marrying an Ecuadorian, I’d learn to make rice well. Nope. I screw it up every. single. time. After dinner I read my current book for a bit until my eyes got droopy, then called it a night.
That was my weekend! And now, I give you Peach’s “Anywhere” 30 Minute Workout!
This workout has become my new favorite for days that fall into these categories:
- I don’t feel like running a bunch of miles.
- I am completely unmotivated to work out but KNOW THAT I NEED TO WORK OUT.
- It’s a semi-rest day or cross-training day.
- Or of course, I’m crunched for time!
I think this workout is great for a few reasons. First, you don’t need a gym membership or equipment. You can walk or run outside and none of the movements require anything other than your own body. Second, it fits perfectly into my goal of moving my ass for 30 minutes, 5x a week. Lastly, it hits just about everything a good workout should – cardio with the running/walking, strength with the body movements – trust me, it’s a quad & ass burner! – and the all-important abs. Planks are deceivingly hard, but so good for your core.
Just remember to stretch before, stretch after and adjust this workout to YOUR endurance level. Walk or run/walk if you can’t do a full mile. Do push-ups on your knees. Start with 1 round (or less) of the body movements if you can’t do more. As you keep doing it, you’ll get stronger and be able to increase your efforts.
What did you do this weekend? Did you watch the NFL playoffs?
What’s your least favorite household chore? What is your go-to 30 minute workout?
Till next time,