Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week in Review - 6/25

This week was all about YOGA!

After 8 weeks of the Bikini Series, I needed a break from running and regular strength training. I still kept up with the RW Run Streak, but kept each run to 1 mile in order to focus more on yoga.


M - 1 mile run + Healthy Energy Flow (36min)
T - 1 mile run + Power Yoga: Lines, Angles and Loops (49min)
W - 1 mile run + Yoga for Core (and Booty!) (28min)
Th - 1 mile run + Hatha Yoga Happiness: Gratitude (35min)
F - 1 mile run + Compassion Yoga (58min)
Sa - 1 mile run + Power Yoga with Crista Shillington: Up, Down and All Around (1h 13min)
Su - 7 MIN Pre-Run Yoga + 1 mile run + Post-Run Cool Down Yoga + 6-Min Yoga for Hips + Perfect Stretching Routine

I tried to get in some longer yoga videos this week. Saturday's was particularly good. It was really tough and I had to do some modifying, but at the end, I was so happy.

I really love the heat; it's one of the reasons I live in Las Vegas. It's been over 110°F this past week. While I think it feels fabulous, I've been doing my runs before work. The thought of running in the sunshine and heat after work just didn't seem very smart. :-)

Highlights of the Week:

Moon Valley Nursery
I played hooky from work on Friday (pre-approved, of course), and we made a little visit to the Moon Valley Nursery. Jeff had gone earlier in the week to look at their lemon trees and discovered they have a lot of tropical birds, so he wanted me to see some of the wildlife at the nursery. It was really fun!

There was a toucan that was pretty noisy and a ponds full of turtles.

I think there were some koi in the pond as well. :-)

There were quiet a few other birds in cages throughout the nursery. My favorite was Cool Whip.

It was a fun little excursion.

Stanley B Spring Trail
Today, we headed up to Mt Charleston to beat the heat and cross off June's new trail.

I think this is one of my new favorite trails! There were lots of interesting things to look at - trees, caves, bushes, etc. It was a pretty easy trail to navigate with quite a bit of shade (compared to most Vegas trails).

The views were spectacular!

There is a spring at the end, but we didn't make it all the way. Sallie was getting too hot and too tired, so we decided to turn around.

I'll try to write a whole review post on the trail. It's definitely one that we want to do again.

How was your week?
Do you ever just take a break from your regular workouts to focus on one thing?

I'm linking up today with Tricia & Holly for the Weekly Wrap.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week in Review - 6/18

Today marks the end of the Tone It Up Bikini Series. It's hard to believe it's been 8 weeks already! It went by pretty fast. Probably because I was working so hard. :-D

Goal Check-In:
NO Fast Food ✔
Starbucks 1x per week ✔
72 oz of water a day ✔
Stick to the workout plan ✔Well, I did skip one workout this week due to time.
Sub 10:00 min/mile - Current avg pace: 10:24
Lose 10 lbs - ↓ 11.8 lbs

Monday, June 12, 2017

Zucchini Matcha Muffins

Do you love muffins? I know I do!

But they don't tend to fill me up. I can easily scarf down 3-4 normal homemade muffins with my morning coffee. And then need to force myself to stop. the. madness.

I wanted to create a muffin with a little more oomph! aka. protein.

It was about time use up the leftover shredded zucchini in my freezer and I found this recipe on Pinterest that looked like a promising place to start for my concoction.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week in Review - 6/11

I can hardly believe that I just finished week 7 of the Bikini Series! It's gone by so fast, though I will admit that this past week was a little difficult to focus. I'm kind of ready for a break after working so hard.

One more week to go!

But I need to start thinking about what's next, so I'm ready to go when the series comes to an end next Sunday. I definitely want to keep up with strength training but include more yoga. I'm sure I'll come up with something throughout the week.

Goal Check-In:
NO Fast Food ✔
Starbucks 1x per week ✔
72 oz of water a day ✔
Stick to the workout plan ✔
Sub 10:00 min/mile - Current avg pace: 10:27
Lose 10 lbs - ↓ 9.4 lbs

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Portion Control Made Easy

Disclaimer: I received a Precision Digital kitchen scale complimentary from EatSmart Products in exchange for my honest review.

If you read my Week in Review post this past Sunday, you'll know that I recently broke a pretty big weight barrier. So exciting!!

Yes, after six weeks of dedicated hard work during the Bikini Series, I'm starting to see some real progress. I can't give all the credit to working out every day, though.

No, my success is also partly due to watching what I eat and trying to make healthier choices.

I gave up fast food.
I committed to drink at least 72 oz of water a day.
I tracked all my food {most days}.

These small changes helped a lot, but I needed a little more.
Enter EatSmart Scales.