Beautiful Sunday!

I’m really not one to complain about weather – like my dad, I follow the forecast pretty meticulously and plan my outfits accordingly – but we’ve had a LOT of rainy days here lately. Thankfully most haven’t affected my commute or any plans, but when all you see on the 10-day forecast are little cloud emblems, it kinda takes a toll! But yesterday and today have been positively GORGEOUS. Sunny, lightly breezy, kinda bridging that gap between cool and warm…oh just picture perfect. It’s so lovely to see sunshine!

I started the day with my favorite high-intensity interval training (HITT) class. This is one that I haven’t been able to attend in recent weeks with my neck strain, so I was thrilled to be able to come back. I love this class because it’s a blend of cardio and strength and never gets boring. The instructor picks a bunch of exercises and you do each one for 8 rounds, with 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. If you’re lucky, the first few rounds will go by somewhat quickly, but by round 4 or 5 you’re really feeling it. Today we started with some really intense exercises – ones incorporating lots of jumps and squats and weights and the step – and we did a set involving burpees, which was one of those exercises I was so worried about doing as I’m recovering from my little setback. But everything went really well and I was more or less able to get back into the weights I typically use (rather than going lighter). I hope I’m good and sore tomorrow!

When I got back I finished up my cooking for the week. I typically meal plan on Friday afternoons or on Saturdays and figure out what lunches and dinners will complement each other – aiming for a good blend of proteins and fats, with fewer carbs. This week I’ll be feasting on baked shrimp with feta cheese and tomatoes with some rice for dinner, and a chicken/blueberry/bulgur salad for my lunches (well…it’s supposed to be pasta but despite it being on my grocery list I forgot to purchase it, so my bag of bulgur came to the rescue!). What I like about this combo is that I get protein from two different sources (chicken is great but if I have it for both lunch and dinner I quickly tire of it) and it was easy to tweak both recipes to cutback on the rice and bulgur portions. Plus they were both super easy to make – I cook somewhat often but I have zero flair for it, so the easier the recipe, the better!

Tomorrow should be a rest day for me but if I feel antsy I might try to get a walk in or something, esp if it’s beautiful again like it is today. I’m still a little concerned over how challenging my dopey 5-mile run was yesterday, so for my runs this week I’ll focus on keeping up my speed. I don’t want to have to default to the 12-minute mile group but it’s reassuring to know it’s there if I need it.

That’s all I’ve got! Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. 🙂

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