Good morning! How’s everyone doing with their Monday so far? I’m not gonna lie…I was kinda sad to see Monday come back so soon. There was plenty of low-key fun, good food, and good news this weekend, and I didn’t want to see it end. Here’s the lowdown…
- Your Neighborhood Party Animals
- A Reliable Standby
- Good Beer, Good Food, Great Company
- The Most Unique Brunch Item I’ve Ever Seen
What were the highlights of your weekend??
Last Night’s Dinner
I told you all last night that I had a feeling dinner was going to be super simple…
Well, it doesn’t get much simpler than a bowl of cereal, now does it?
I honestly wasn’t craving a whole lot of anything, but you can never go wrong with a bowl of cereal – especially when it’s made with three kinds of cereal, banana slices, and PB2 on top.
This morning officially kicked off phase 3 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp! She emailed our workouts to us over the weekend, and I’d been SUPER excited to get started ever since. It’s so nice to have a workout you actually look forward to, isn’t it?
Phase 3 of bootcamp is definitely kicking things up a notch, focusing on strength, power, and functional training. We have four days of weights (YAY!), broken up into a split routine of “push” muscle groups and “pull” muscle groups:
- Push muscle groups = quads, chest, triceps, anterior deltoids
- Pull muscle groups = hamstrings/gluetes, back, biceps, rear deltoids
Today’s workout consisted of 30 minute sprint/hill intervals on the treadmill + a “push” workout. My intervals on the treadmill pretty much, well, sucked. I started out strong, but my asthma kicked in and I wound up having to complete the rest of them with a power walk. Not a huge deal (still worked up quite a set), but just frustrating when that happens.
The “push” supersets, on the other hand, were awesome and actually incorporated another type of training that I had yet to try for myself, Pyramids. With the pyramid system, you increase (or decrease) your weight with each set; today’s workout used the “light-to-heavy” system, which looked something like this:
- Set 1 = 15 reps, light weight
- Set 2 = 10 reps, moderate weight
- Set 3 = 6-8 reps, heavy weight
This system of working out is great because you’re challenging your muscles differently the entire time. The only downside can be having to find three sets of weights/dumbbells for certain exercises. Overall, I was definitely a fan.
Has anyone else ever tried this system of working out? What did ya think?
By the time I got home, it was time to fuel up.
Coffee + a batch of Mixed Berry French Toast Oatmeal.
Topped with some Love Grown Foods granola and a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup.
Always a winner. Always.
Before signing off for the morning, I have to give a quick shout out…
Today is a very special day for a very special person, who I like to refer to as “Aunt Kelly.” Aunt Kelly (better known as Kelly Olexa) is the mastermind behind FitFluential, and she has seriously got to be one of the most hardworking, driven, and inspirational women I have ever met. She never ceases to amaze me, whether it’s with her super informational (and humorous) vlogs, or her wealth of knowledge on social media. I have learned SO much from her, and through FitFluential, she has provided me with opportunities that I’m sure I would have never had otherwise.
So today is Kelly’s birthday, and because she is such an amazing gal and I think so highly of her, I’m sending her a virtual birthday gift with two of her favorite things:
Hunky Ryan Reynolds & some Starbucks. Happy Birthday, Kel!
And since you’re all sharing in this virtual birthday gift as well, I hope Mr. Reynolds has gotten your day off to a good start. Happy Monday to YOU.