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Meal Prep & Workouts for the Week: Feb. 16-22

Hey hey!

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and weekend. I am just popping in quickly tonight to bring you my fitness and meal/snack plan for the week. I’m taking the day off of blogging tomorrow, but will be back in action on Tuesday to share some fun pics from Valentine’s Day weekend and a go-to recipe as of late. Since we won’t be chatting tomorrow, have a lovely President’s Day, especially if you have it off work/school ūüôā

MEAL PREP

I just was not in the cooking mood today, so meal prep was a little more sparse than usual.

Snacks:

kale salad

Dinners:

I have a few ideas in my head and in the fridge, but wasn’t quite as organized this week. Hey, it happens. Here’s a tentative plan:

  • White bean chicken chili
  • Spaghetti squash with marinara sauce &¬†chicken sausage
  • Salmon, baked carrots & kale Caesar salad with Barefoot Contessa dressing <– made for V-Day and we have leftover dressing and tomatoes!

Workouts:

  • Monday: 40-minute cardio + lower body strength training
  • Tuesday: 20-minute cardio +¬†abs
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt via Crunch Live¬†+ YouTube yoga to = 60 minutes
  • Thursday:¬†30-minute cardio ¬†+ abs
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + upper body strength training
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday:¬†rest

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Question for you:

  • Do you plan out dinners or just wing it?

xo,

Lizzie

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Meal Prep & Workouts for the Week: Feb. 9-15

Happy Monday, my friends! How was the weekend?

Bobby was out of town for a ski trip, so I decided to play it very low key. Some errands were accomplished, lots of Netflix watched (I’m working my way through Pretty Little Liars¬†and a long list of documentaries), a much-needed¬†nap was taken, a little LSW studying here and there and of course, my typical Sunday meal prep.

The snow is finally melting a bit and I no longer feel the need to duck under the “Caution: Ice Falling” signs on Michigan Avenue. Now it’s more like a drip of ice cold water down your back every once in a while. Saturday was particularly beautiful with sun streaming through my windows and temps in the 40s!

Flowers in the sun

The forecast on Sunday was a little less than desirable, so I spent the day meal preppin’, plowing through some¬†laundry and getting things in line for the week ahead.

MEAL PREP

meal prep list

Snacks:

Energy Oat balls2

Dinners:

Yoga at home

Workouts:

  • Monday: 40-minute cardio + lower body strength training
  • Tuesday: 20-minute cardio + yoga
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt via Crunch Live
  • Thursday: rest/foam rolling
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + upper body strength training
  • Saturday: rest/foam rolling
  • Sunday: 20-minute cardio, stretch

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Questions for you: 

  • Are you into Netflix? Hulu? Amazon Prime? What shows are you watching?
  • Do you workout on the weekends?

Have a great day!

xo,
Lizzie

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Thoughts on a Thursday

Good morning!

Your regular reading has been a little different this week as I slowly acclimate to my new work schedule. Thanks for sticking with me! Any full-time workers +¬†bloggers out there? I would love to hear your secrets. I thought I would keep today’s post more true to form, a little tangential and more about what’s going on in my world. Sound good?

WORKOUT + BREAKFAST

Yesterday I just could not wake up. I snoozed a couple of times before turning off my alarm and stumbling out of bed. Transitioning¬†from a couple months of not having a¬†schedule to working a busy full-time job is not pretty, ya’ll. I am so fortunate to have this new position; honestly, it feels like a dream. However, the schedule is a little wonky and will take some time getting used to. Most of my days start at noon and end closer to 8 or 9 p.m. Sometimes they will be longer like 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. I am most definitely not complaining though. Like with anything, my body and mind will adjust in time!

I started my tired morning with 20-minutes on the treadmill following a modified version of this routine.

20 Minute Treadmill Workout

If you’re looking for a quick calorie burn, this PopSugar interval workout does not disappoint. It was challenging, but it was also over quick enough to even notice. I also completed a 10-minute yoga video¬†(<– I actually do not recommend this video. It was a little slow and the instructor is kind of annoying!)¬†in the group exercise room alongside two meathead-like men who were grunting and panting the whole time. It felt a little awkward and I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Ha! I guess it’s my fault for trying to follow a yoga video outside the comforts of my living room.

Fortunately, I had prepped a bowl of oats the night before and they were waiting for me patiently in the fridge. Otherwise, I might have eaten my arm for breakfast.

Overnight Oats

Old fashioned oats, almond milk, plain greek yogurt, truvia and chia seeds mixed together and left to sit overnight. In the morning, I added honey, walnuts and craisins. 

A couple more thoughts about this week…

  • My meals have been monotonous, rushed and probably not the most balanced. However, my weekend meal prep has literally saved me this week. I might have eaten the same things, but they kept me from devouring¬†microwaved popcorn for every meal.

Eats from the Week

  • Getting fitness out of the way in the morning has been key¬†to feeling productive. Since I don’t have my evenings anymore, the morning hours are my time to get thangs done.
  • Speaking of fitness, on Sunday I took quite the embarrassing photo. It’s on my Twitter feed and you’ll just have to go there because I can’t find the actual photo to post.¬†I wasn’t paying attention to how I was dressed myself (mindfulness, anyone?) and ended up in all pink. Um…
  • Coffee really is my bff. I have a sleep shirt with that saying plastered on the front and Bobby loves to make fun of it.

Coffee in bed

I don’t have time for a filter, so just ignore my dark circles, beautiful hair and the fact that I’m typing this from bed, mmmkay?

  • Since I’m really great at transitioning, speaking of Bobby… I arrived home late on Tuesday night and he had dinner waiting for me! How awesome is that? This isn’t even a #humblebrag. It was like the nicest, most needed gesture ever.

Chicken fajitas

I had the above serving of chicken fajitas x2.

  • Valentine’s Day is next weekend. Excuse me? How is that even possible? It’s one of my favorite holidays and I really need to get my *shat*¬†together.
  • I forgot how much I love business casual clothes. I find work outfits to be the easiest to put together. Now if I had to wear “nice” jeans everyday I would end up in leggings and sweaters.

Work Wear

  • Since I know how much you love cat pictures, I will leave you with this one. He’s also had a long week.

tired baxter

Questions for you:

  • What is your work schedule like?
  • Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What do you do? <– When I was single, I once hosted an all-girls party and my teeny tiny apartment. We had a blast!

xo,

Lizzie

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Meal Prep & Workouts for the Week: Feb. 1-7

Hello Monday!

It’s been a while since this girl was up at the crack of dawn to start her work day. I’ve officially had over six weeks of zero obligations since school ended in December. It has been so stress-free and invigorating¬†to be able to run errands in the middle of the day and sleep as late as I want; however, my down time has also been monotonous and draining. At some point, you run out of things to fill your day, ya know? While I genuinely enjoyed my¬†last stretch¬†of free time for God knows how long, today marks a new chapter: day one at my new job!

I don’t start until noon, so I’m excited to have the morning off¬†to workout, to spend some extra time getting ready (but let’s be real, I picked out my outfit two weeks ago), read blogs and the news, and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Speaking of news, have you heard about the Chicago blizzard? From the Chicago Tribune website:

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 8.27.43 PM

Form the time we woke up, the snow did not stop. The last time I measured at 4 p.m. yesterday, we had over twelve inches! Crazy stuff. There was no way we were braving the elements for the Superbowl, so we stayed home and just simply chilled out in our cozy clothes. It was a lovely little Sunday.

What did you end up doing for Superbowl? Were you homebound because of the snow?

As per usual around here on Mondays, I’m sharing my tentative dinner and fitness plans for the week. I know the first week at my job will¬†be busy and possibly include some later nights, so I made sure to prep enough stuff for both of us to grab in a pinch (read: hangry).

MEAL PREP

meal prep

Snacks:

Side note about the black bean brownies. I subbed a couple of things and used a blender +¬†mixer instead of a food processor. I must have done a few things wrong, because I thought they were awful! I also couldn’t get passed the fact that I was eating chocolate with black beans. Note to self: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. ūüėČ

black bean brownies

GuacamoleDinners:

  • Sunday:¬†Salmon¬†& stir fry veggies
  • Monday: Spaghetti squash with¬†marinara sauce (I made my grandmother’s *infamous* sauce recipe on Saturday, froze a bunch of it, but kept¬†enough¬†in the fridge for this week!)
  • Tuesday: Ground turkey quesadillas
  • Wednesday:¬†Gorgonzola herb baked chicken & roasted broccoli
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: takeout
  • Saturday: TBD

Workouts:

  • Monday: 40-minute cardio + yoga
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio + lower body strength training
  • Wednesday: yoga
  • Thursday: rest/foam rolling
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + upper body strength training
  • Saturday: 20-minute cardio + yoga
  • Sunday: rest/foam rolling

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I’ll leave you with this precious photo of Baxter. All he wanted yesterday were rubs from his dad.

Baxter rubs

Have a great rest of your day!

xo,

Lizzie

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40-Minute Treadmill Walking for Beginners

Yesterday was one of the best days ever.

Whole Foods opened in our neighborhood! While this may not be¬†news to some, the ‘hood has been void of a major grocery store for over a year now.¬†Chicago is a very walkable town and to have to¬†drive¬†to buy groceries is just a travesty. I’ve been counting down the days until I could spend my whole paycheck on organic chia seeds and $8 cold pressed juices. ūüėČ

Like the strange person that I am, I woke up early to stand in line with 499 of my closest friends.

Whole Foods line

We were all vying to be one of the first 500 people into the store so that we could snag complimentary gift cards. They were handed out at random and ranged in value from $5 to $25, with one lone gift card worth $500. I, of course, was the lucky recipient of a $5 card. Ha! But hey, it was still a fun hour or so spent in line. I made some new friends and tried a number of samples that were passed around.

Whole Foods Samples

Some sort of cookie bar & locally brewed coffee

I also came away with a green juice. A bit too much cayenne for my taste, but I already know I’ll be a frequent visiter to the juice bar. I love a good fresh juice, but absolutely hate to clean my juicer. Who’s with me? Such a pain!

Whole Foods green juice

Also, if you can’t find me, I’ll be¬†here…

Whole Foods Cookie island

Drowning in icing and sprinkles. Most people drink after a stressful day? I eat cookies.

We even went back to Whole Foods for¬†dinner to take advantage of the 50% off hot bar. It was a freaking mad house and I was so overwhelmed that I just shoved random items into my cardboard boxes. Don’t ask me what’s in there. I don’t know.

Whole Foods Hot Bar

Now, to switch gears a bit,¬†let’s talk fitness. When the cold temps sweep into Chicago, I feel the need to take my workouts indoors. You guys already know I’m a big fan of at-home workouts, but I also turn to the treadmill¬†to vary my routine a bit. I’m not much of a runner and never have been. I ran a half-marathon once in college, kind of enjoyed training, but also never felt those runner endorphins people talk about (leading me to think they are a myth!).

I am however, a big fan of power walking. If I set the incline and speed at just the right levels, I see a major calorie burn on my polar watch and really feel my heart pumping. I could never walk at the same speed or incline throughout the duration of a treadmill session. I would die of boredom before I found out if Adnan Syed is guilty! (any Serial fans out there?). Interval training has become integral to my consistency with cardio.

This 40-minute treadmill walking workout is perfect for beginning exercisers or anyone who is looking for a moderate calorie burn. It’s something I turn to at least once a week on the days that I use our building’s gym.

*Please remember that I am not a personal trainer or a doctor and am just sharing what works for my personal fitness level. Always listen to your body and check with a professional before starting any exercise program.

40-minute treadmill walking beginners

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Questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite ingredient to put in fresh juice? <– I love carrots for the flavor and color.
  • What’s your go-to form of cardio? <– Spin class for me. I miss Fly Wheel!

xo,

Lizzie

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Introducing the Workout Log

Just popping in today with a rare Sunday appearance. For my fellow Chicagoans, I hope you’re still in your PJs (like me) and staying out of the sideways wind and snow.

I’ve been updating the blog this weekend and wanted to direct you to the new Workout Log page. You can follow along while I keep myself accountable to exercise. I’m always striving for that healthy balance and hope to inspire you to do the same.

workout log final

I’ll see you in the morning! Have a great night. ‚̧

xo,
Lizzie

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5 Favorite At-Home Workouts

Hey hey!

I’m coming at ya at little later than usual this morning. We went to dinner with Bobby’s parents last night and by the time we arrived home I just didn’t have it in me to write today’s post. Actually, I lied…I had no clue what to write about today. I was simply uninspired. I’m trying to bore you less and less with just my daily eats and workouts for the day, and provide you with a little more substance (just a¬†little more – don’t get greedy now).

Then it dawned on me.

Ever since I quit ClassPass, I have been looking for ways to maximize my workouts either in our living room or in the building’s¬†gym. There are so many great online, and not to mention FREE, sources for exercise out there. It’s almost not even worth it to join a gym these days (you didn’t hear it from me!).

But first, let’s rewind a little to yesterday.

BREAKFAST & WORKOUT

I spent the morning working on some blog stuff while chowing down on a bowl of vanilla overnight oats. The usual ingredients went in the mix, including 3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt + 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk mixed together and left to sit in the fridge overnight.

breakfast

In the morning, I topped my bowl with a drizzle of honey and walnut pieces.

I had a facial recently and the aesthetician suggested that I add walnuts (great sources of omega-3s) to my daily diet to combat dryness in my skin. Obviously I bought walnuts the next day. I am a sucker for unsolicited beauty advice.

Also, I couldn’t help but show you how much my photography skills are improving. Just look at those colors!

breakfast 2

Not really. I will never be a photographer.

Yesterday was a yoga day, so I spent a few minutes searching Amazon Prime and YouTube for a longer-ish video. My girl Tara Stiles never disappoints, so I went with her 50-minute yoga workout for strength and energy.¬†I’m at the beginner-advanced stage¬†and can never find a video that appeals to my current skill level. This one was perfect. I am a pretty flexible human by nature, but when it comes to any poses related to back flexibility, just forget it.

mat baxie

Recycled photo, but pretty standard procedure for trying to workout in the living room!

LUNCH & DINNER

Lunch was pretty freaking boring, but I feel obligated to show you a photo anyway.

lunch

See, I told you. Sauteed kale + shredded chicken with BBQ sauce + a pear.

We went to dinner at Frankie’s on Michigan Avenue. And because I never want you to actually think that my diet only consists of oatmeal and kale, I must share with you that I had two pieces of pizza and a salad plus pumpkin spiced chocolate chips when I got home.

Balance, people.

5 FAVORITE AT-HOME WORKOUTS

Some of the fitness sources that I turn to on a regular basis are detailed below. Let me know if you try any of these!

5 Fave at Home Workouts final

Jilian

plan2

strength training guide

  • 4. Gina, Julie and Courtney’s blogs.¬†All three gals are NASM certified personal trainers and I have been turning to their blogs for inspiration for many, many years.
  • 5.¬†YogaDownload.com. A hidden gem in my opinion. Search by length, level or style to find the perfect yoga series.

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Questions for you:

  • Where do you find at-home workout ideas?¬†
  • If you’re a blogger, do you take photos on your phone or do you own a fancy camera?
  • Are you a fan of overnight oats?

xo,

Lizzie

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Review of ClassPass

Happy hump day!

I posted this photo on instagram last night.

diploma

It’s official, I have a Master of Social Work degree! I technically graduated in December, but receiving my diploma in the mail yesterday made it the real deal, especially since I was having a reoccurring nightmare where the school miscalculated my credits and I had to complete another semester. Serious night terror.

WORKOUT + LUNCH

On the social work note, yesterday was productive. I need to take my Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam in the next couple of months, but I have been putting off studying because well, it’s studying. Over lunch at Panera, I created a week-by-week study plan to get myself organized and to combat that overwhelming feeling. I have 1.5 weeks left before I start my job, so best be gettin’ my rear in gear while I have the time.

LSW

At Panera I went with the you-pick-two option of french onion soup and the fuji apple chicken salad sans cheese.

panera

I also had a great workout in the morning to make up for my lack of exercise intensity last week. I completed 40-minutes on the treadmill, mostly walking at different speeds and inclines. I followed up my cardio with some strength training that looked like this:

  • Dumbbell squats: 12 reps x 2
  • Dumbbell stationary lunges: 12 reps
  • Side leg lifts: 12 reps x 2
  • Donkey kicks: 15 reps x 2
  • Flowed through downward dog chaturanga 5x

workout

REVIEW OF CLASSPASS

I purchased a ClassPass membership back in October, right after they launched in Chicago (they were in five cities when I joined; now are in 22 – crazy stuff!). See if they’re in your city.¬†If you haven’t heard of ClassPass, it is a monthly membership to thousands of boutique fitness classes, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts and more. For $79-$99 (depending on city; I paid $99 in Chicago), members get unlimited access to studios in the ClassPass network, but members can only visit the same studio up to 3 times per month.

At the time, I was bored with my exercise routine and finding it hard to stay motivated. I knew that I’d enjoyed group fitness classes in the past and was looking for a way to fill my free time. I loved so many aspects of my ClassPass experience, but ended up canceling my membership at the end of December.

class pass review final

Here is more about my experience broken down into pros and cons:

PROS

  • Diversity of classes. There are¬†so¬†many studios signed on to ClassPass. Every class (except one) that I’d tried in the city was a part of the membership service when I signed on in October. Between cycling at Fly Wheel, barre at The Barre Code and yoga at Exhale, my weekly workouts were ever-changing. I’d planned to try aerial yoga and reformer pilates, but never got around to it before my package was up.
  • The price. Most boutique fitness classes in a city like Chicago are $20-$25 per class. With ClassPass’ monthly fee of $99, each class is a steal as long as you take at least five classes per month (I averaged 8 per month).
  • Cancellation policy. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but always, always check the contract before you sign up with a gym. ClassPass makes it easy to cancel whenever you want and the process was seamless for me.
  • Ease of use. At every studio I visited, they treated me like a paying client and were familiar with the sign in process for ClassPass users (it can differ from regular studio clients). This is crucial when you’re new to a studio and feeling a bit intimidated.
  • App for iPhone. Right when I ended my subscription, they came out with an app. Argh! I tested in briefly and it seems pretty user friendly, similar to the ClassPass website.

CONS

  • Location. Depending on where you live in your city, the location of certain ClassPass studios might not be ideal. I¬†live in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago and at the time of my cancellation, there were only three studios within a 10-minute walk from my apartment (in Chicago, you avoid driving if something is walking distance). My two favorite studios, however, were 15-20 minutes away. I don’t mind walking, but that tacks on 30-40 minutes to a workout and would not be feasible for me once I start my job.
  • Cancellation fee. One of the biggest gripes most people seem to have with ClassPass is the $20 cancellation fee. Even worse? If you cancel a class <24 hours before it starts, you’ll be hit with that fee. So basically, if you come down with the flu or are stuck at work or just change your mind about which class you want to take, they’ll make you fork over $20. I did hear that ClassPass is looking to change this and give users a larger window to cancel (like 4-8 hours)…but it hasn’t happened yet.
  • Hard to focus on a goal.¬†In terms of fitness, I thrive when I’m working towards a goal. At different¬†times in the past, I’ve worked towards a half-marathon, a weight loss number, or¬†completing an entire group exercise class. With ClassPass, I found it impossible to focus on a fitness goal. I’d hit a personal best¬†in a favorite spin class, left to¬†try again only two more times that month.
  • Limited class times. ClassPass worked for me for a while because I was able to attend class at any time of the day. 9:30 a.m. yoga? Sure! 2:15 p.m. dance cardio? Got nothing else to do! There are far fewer “peak” class options and they fill up fast. I realized I would get too frustrated with booking a class once I start working again.

Overall, ClassPass is a revolutionary concept and is¬†ideal for those that a) love group classes, and b) get bored easily. It helped me to narrow in on the types of workouts that I enjoy most (spin, yoga and strength training). Now that I’ve figured out how to stay motivated, I’ll likely stick to online/streaming/DVD workouts and the apartment gym. If you’re curious in the least bit, definitely give ClassPass a try!

Liked this review? I also tried Crunch Live a few weeks back if you want to read my take on the online fitness platform. 

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Questions for you:

  • Have you tried ClassPass?
  • What is your favorite¬†group fitness class?

xo,

Lizzie

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Meal Planning & Workouts for the Week

I’ve had my fair share of kitchen disasters and last night was no exception. I’d planned to bake¬†some panko¬†breaded chicken legs: I placed the frozen meat in the refrigerator to thaw on Saturday afternoon, prepped all my ingredients around dinner time¬†yesterday and¬†realized the chicken was still quite frozen. I ran it under room temp water for 20 minutes, but it was still way too solid for the recipe. Bobby and I were starving and wouldn’t have eaten until 9 p.m. if we’d waited for¬†the chicken to¬†thaw.

Enter Jersey Mikes to the rescue!

jersey mikes

Turkey and provolone (I ended up taking off the top pieces of bread) + jalapeno chips

The plus side of the whole thing? Dinner will be prepped and ready for tomorrow night. I’d consider it just a mini-disaster.

Anyway, how was your weekend? I hope it was exactly what you needed, whether relaxing, social, productive, low key or something else. Ours was a combo of the above and also included some downright tasty meals.

On Friday night I decided to conquer a cooking fear of mine: steak. I guess it was the possibility of grossly under or overcooking red meat that always turned me off. I was feeling ballsy and went with the Barefoot Contessa mustard-marinated flank steak. Thanks to my cousin Laura for text-coaching me through the entire process!

fri dinner

I ended my meal with a vanilla mug cake topped with sprinkles. It was everything.

mug cake

Saturday started with a heaping bowl of overnight oats. I combined 3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt + 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1 tsp chia seeds, topped with walnuts.

ooats

Bobby had some work to finish in the morning so I spent a few hours reading Unbroken. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, it’s one of the best, if not the¬†best,¬†books I have ever read.

We wanted to head out for lunch and were both in the mood for salad/sandwich fare. We walked a few blocks to Timothy O’Tooles, a neighborhood sports bar that has become a go-to for us. I realize this picture does not appear appetizing (particularly since I’d already dug into it before I remembered to snap a pic), but they have fantastic french onion soup. I also had the starter version of their michigan avenue salad.

french onion soup

I guess this was the weekend of eating out for us because we ended up at brunch on Sunday morning (I must have been taken against my will ūüėČ ).

lizzie brunch2

I ordered two scrambled eggs, toast and hash browns.

brunch

The rest of the weekend was spent spring January cleaning. I cleaned out our storage unit, organized files and re-organized the coat closet. One of my resolutions is to live a little more clutter-free. So far, so good!

organize

MEAL PREP & WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK

Despite Sunday’s dinner disaster, I managed to prep some items for the week including crockpot shredded chicken (for salads and lunches) and a batch of egg muffins. I also outlined our tentative dinner plans:

  • Monday: crispy mustard-roasted chicken, brown rice and veggie
  • Tuesday: ground turkey tacos
  • Wednesday: spaghetti squash and meatballs
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: out
  • Saturday: leftovers/takeout
  • Sunday: TBD

Last week was a little sparse in the exercise department, so I hope to make up for it this week. Here is my tentative plan:

  • Monday:¬†foam rolling
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio; lower body strength training
  • Wednesday: yoga; foam rolling
  • Thursday: 40-minute cardio; upper body strength training
  • Friday:¬†rest
  • Saturday: 20-minute cardio; yoga
  • Sunday:¬†foam rolling

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Questions for you:

  • Do you have a cooking fear?¬†Grilling terrifies me. I hate fire, so maybe that’s why!
  • Do you plan out your workouts and/or meals?¬†

xo,

Lizzie

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Last Day in Paradise + Workouts for the Week

Good morning!

In a few hours I will be en route back to Chicago. I’m dealing with the roller coaster of emotions one typically feels as¬†vacation comes to an end; I am sad to leave my mom and the beautiful weather, but excited to reunite with my boys and return to a routine.

We laid¬†in the sun, shopped ’til we dropped, ate some fantastic meals and spent a whole day at the spa. My time in Naples was the perfect 7-day retreat. Instead of giving you a full recap, I thought I’d share a few¬†of my favorite photos from the trip.

jen laura on walk

chocholates

3 girls

jen ellie

liz gill beach

beach

gill ellie

wine

sunset

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK

I love vacation more than the next person, but always have a hard time sticking to an exercise routine. Over one week, my workouts included three days of two long walks (4-5 miles) and one 25-minute treadmill walk/run. Not too shabby for vacation I guess. I always look forward to returning to my regular schedule upon arrival in Chicago.

This week I plan to focus on cardio with some yoga and strength training mixed in. I’m no longer a member of Class Pass (more on that later this week), so I’ll be sticking to our building’s gym and online workouts. Here is a tentative schedule:

  • Monday: off
  • Tuesday: off
  • Wednesday: 40-minute treadmill walk/run + lower body strength training
  • Thursday: 40-minute cardio
  • Friday: yoga
  • Saturday: 40-minute walk/run + upper body strength training
  • Sunday: off

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Questions for you:

  • What’s the best trip¬†you’ve ever taken?
  • Do you exercise while on vacation?

xo,

Lizzie

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