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Weekend Workout & Weekly Meal Plan

Posted Jan 13 2014 9:25am
I am pooped! What a busy weekend but oh how accomplished I feel :) Shall we turn back the clock? Sure! Why not!

7:30 a.m. - Wake up time! Mr Franky-Frank is whining and has decided that he's slept enough. Even though Frank the pug is a year and a half old, we still crate him at night and when we leave the house. A pug, at least ours, will get into what we like to call pug trouble when he's left alone for too long.

After letting him out, I made a pot of coffee and settled on the couch to watch the morning news and surf the Net a little. I like waking up slowly in the morning. I like sipping a cup of coffee while reading Facebook updates and reading my favourite blogs before the busy hustle and bustle of the day starts.

But! There was no busy hustle and bustle to be had because we were Saturday :)  I did have 2 back-to-back classes at the gym scheduled and I was sooooo anxious to start.

Class # 1 - CORE
So what exactly is a core class anyways. I was asking myself that ever since I saw my gym's new winter schedule. In a nut shell… a core class is an abs class. That's it, that's all. 30 Minutes of abs and core exercises. If I don't have abs of steel by the summer…

I already work my abs twice a week when I workout freely in the gym but doing the exercises in a class and following the teacher… Wow! Exercises varied from the plank, side plank, crunches, spiderman and superman. Yes, our friendly super-heroes where there too!

Class # 2 - ZUMBA
Right away following the core class was Zumba. Now this I had already done before because I had attended a Zumbathon. I figured that I would get a good workout but in my little head, I thought I was an expert and knew how to do all those fancy moves. HA HA HA!!!! I am so funny! :)

Yeah right… I had a workout alright! And following those latin dance moves. Oh my goodness! I didn't follow all the steps but I'm sure I'll get them more and more as the class goes on. Yes I'm going back!

At this point, it's 11:00 a.m. Two classes at the gym done and half of the day still left :)  I felt good and surprisingly I wasn't too hungry even though I burned like a gazillion calories (more like 600 calories in Zumba alone). The rest of my Saturday was spent cleaning the house and then hubby made a yummy dinner for us.

Sunday. Ahhh Sunday. Thinking of Sunday brings a smile to my face :)  Late on Saturday I decided to join a hatha yoga class at the gym on Sunday mornings. I called ahead to reserve my place.

Oh my goodness… Thinking of yoga simply brings a smile to my face :)  What a wonderful way to end a week of workouts, of pushing my body to its limit, aaand after a week of work. Yoga allowed me to stretch every muscle in my body and get rid of some of the kinks that I had in hips and back. If you're not familiar with this type of yoga, basically it's stretching and deep breathing which focuses on physical and mental strength building exercises and postures. And the last 5 minutes are reserved for relaxation. We're late Sunday and I'm already anxious for next week! And just to say… Next Saturday is my birthday and I'm still going to the gym to attend these classes. Just got to show!

I had a wonderful weekend filled with exercise!

Once I got back from the gym, I prepare our weekly meal plan and then Ms K and I went to do the groceries.

Weekly Meal Plan
[monday] shepherd's pie [tuesday] asian beef with garlic bok choy from Apple of my Eye [wednesday] fajitas [thursday] spaghetti [friday] whatever you can find in the fridge!

Evenings in the week ahead are going to be busy so in order to help out, I did some preparing. I cut up veggies and put them in a container with some water for our lunches. I also made spaghetti sauce, the shepherd's pie for tomorrow night, and I made a celery potato soup for lunches.

I found the recipe by browsing the Net and stumbled across the blog Eating Real, Being Real in Nova Scotia . The recipe is simple, has whole foods ingredients, and is super tasty!

Celery Potato Soup
Ingredients:1 tbsp oil1 onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced1 head celery, chopped coarsely2 potatoes, diced4 cups chicken or vegetable brothsalt and pepperHeat oil in a large pot over medium heat. When oil is hot add the onion, celery and garlic and saute until soft. Add the potatoes and broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
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