I wanted to stop by this morning to share a random post with you guys peppered with scenes from the week and other randomness. It’s a hodgepodge post and includes a smattering of food, fitness and fun.
Heeere we go!
Scenes From The Week
- Monday’s Cardio Workout
From a fitness standpoint, my week started out with a bang at Burn Boot Camp. A cardio workout was on the agenda and I know enough by now to never expect an easy workout on cardio days! The workout was a partner-style workout that will sound crazy-confusing when I try to type it out and explain it, but I will do my best.
First, one person did the orange exercise in each pair while the other person did the exercise in purple before they switched. After 10 reps of the orange exercise, the partners would flip-flop and then the second person would do 10 reps of the orange exercise before they switched back again and did 9 reps, then 8 reps… all the way down to one. (The partner doing the purple exercise didn’t count anything and would just do the purple exercise until the partner completing the orange exercise was done with the prescribed number of reps. I hope this makes sense!) Once all 10 reps of the orange exercise were completed by both partners, we headed outside for a 3-minute run around the building. It was awesomely sweaty and the workout passed by SO fast. It was definitely one of my favorite BBC cardio workouts to date. Loved this one!
- Strawberry Smoothie That Tasted Like A Milkshake
I’m not sure how it happened, but late Tuesday morning, I made a strawberry smoothie that came out tasting more like a milkshake. It was wonderful! I think the key was using over-ripe frozen strawberries that were extra sweet. (I froze a bunch of berries that were about to go bad a few weeks ago.) The smoothie wasn’t anything fancy – just a combination of Greek yogurt, Fairlife whole milk, a frozen banana, frozen strawberries and a drizzle of honey – but MAN, it was good!
- Gymboree = Chase’s Happy Place
Last week, my friend Carrie and I took our two little ones to a Gymboree class for the first time. Unsure what to expect, I went in hoping for the best but could not have been more impressed. You guys, Chase LOVED it. He was SO engaged and I knew immediately that we had to sign up for regular classes.
(The bubbles absolutely blew his mind.)
Every class ends with parachute time on the floor (yes, the awesome parachutes you may remember from gym class of yore) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Chase’s eyes get bigger! He squealed his little head off and smiled so big. We’ve since been back twice and Chase is all about it. Plus, I love the way the class incorporates both mental and physical challenges for babies in a very fun way.
- Sadie Not-So-Passive Aggressively Demanding More Attention
When Chase and I arrived home from Gymboree on Wednesday, this sight greeted me the moment I walked through the door. Someone clearly felt a little neglected while we were away. The rain all week put a serious damper on Sadie’s evening walks and I think this was her way of telling me that scrapping her evening walk is unacceptable.
Ryan and I dug into this dish for dinner last night. I dog-eared the recipe in Clean Eating magazine and though I made a couple of changes (I used sesame oil in place of the coconut oil, ground beef in place of the sirloin and added extra fresh ginger and soy sauce), we thought this dinner was fantastic! I loved the fresh citrus flavor and it felt great to get a lot of vegetables in my belly at the end of the day since my lunch was lunch was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a KIND bar on the fly. I will definitely be making this dish again soon!
- Packing Up Maternity Clothes
A while ago, I put a bunch of my maternity clothes in a pile to store away but never got around to actually moving that pile until this week. Better late than never, right? And is it weird that one of the first thoughts I had when I packed up some of my maternity clothes was just how much I used to sweat in them? I was such a sweaty beast and could never cool down. (Ryan said I finally understood what it felt like to be him on a daily basis.) Oh the joys of a summer pregnancy!
And speaking of pregnancy…
- 38 Weeks Pregnant Bump Pic
During my pregnancy, I shared weekly pregnancy updates on the blog. Well, I never got to share my 38-week update because Chase decided to arrive early so a 38-week recap never happened. I realized this the other day when the one of the belly pictures came up during the scrolling slideshow screensaver I have on my desktop. It still blows my mind that Chase was actually in there and born only a couple days after this picture was taken!
- Chocolate Fairlife Milk Tastes Like Childhood
I’ve been buying Fairlife whole milk to use in my coffee for months now after my brother-in-law raved about it (it’s so creamy but somehow lower in sugar and higher in protein than regular milk), but for some reason I never thought to try their chocolate milk until this week. Well, my friends, it is wonderful and tastes like childhood in the best possible way. I chugged the entire bottle in the parking lot of Target and the only reason the bottle made it home was so I could photograph it for you guys without getting run over by a car. As a kid, I loved making my own chocolate milk with chocolate syrup and this milk took me back to the good ol’ days.
Questions of the Morning
- What was the best thing you ate this week?
- What was the best workout you did this week?
- What is one thing that made you laugh out loud this week?
Best thing I ate: Dark chocolate squares dipped in crunchy peanut butter.
Best workout I did: Monday’s BBC cardio workout.
One thing that made me laugh out loud: Chase giggling at me when I pretended to eat his fingers.