I haven’t done a weekly recap post in a while but if you want the condensed version of the past month or so, it’s been this: work, gym, tutor, repeat. But here’s a more detailed review of last week:
The Week in Review
A couple of weeks ago, I said I wanted to stop counting calories but in retrospect, I think I just really wanted to eat more leftover cake at that particular moment and was trying to justify it as good for my mental health. Sometimes I need to remind myself that there’s a difference between depravation and common sense (depravation = not having any cake at your mom’s 60th birthday party; common sense = stopping yourself after the first ginormous slice)
All kidding aside, I’ve decided that I’d like to lose the weight I gained while training for my half-marathon and I’m finally motivated to do something about it. For the past two weeks, I’ve been making an effort to eat better and track my calories. In an ideal world, I would be able to eat whatever I want and just burn it off through exercise (hence the title of my blog) but in reality, I know I look and feel my best when I eat healthy most of the time and am conscientious about what I eat.
And of course, I’ve been staying active because while I sometimes lose my motivation to eat healthy, my love of exercise remains constant. Here’s what last week looked like:
Sunday – went out for a 5 kilometre run before work (yep, I had to work on Sunday… fun times!). The weather was crisp but pleasant and the fall scenery was gorgeous. I wish I had more opportunities to go out for morning runs these days (for the record, I don’t count 6 a.m. as “morning” because it still looks and feels like the middle of the night).
Monday - Body Pump
Tuesday – Body Attack
Wednesday – Body Pump
Thursday – RPM. We did the new release and I just wasn’t feeling it. The music is blah and when it comes to RPM, it’s all about the music for me.
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Body Pump
This morning, I did the new Body Step release and it is radically different from previous releases.
Instructors now have the option of replacing the party and quick step tracks with a boot camp style Athletic Circuit. I’ll admit that while the party and quick step tracks are lots of fun, they aren’t exactly challenging; you definitely get a lot more bang for your buck with the circuit track. I also really like the music in this release. I don’t do Body Step very much these days so this was a nice way to shake up my routine a little.
The Week Ahead
My exercise schedule will look almost identical to last week’s so my focus this week is going to be on diet. In particular, I need to get back into cooking. I’ve been slacking in the kitchen lately and letting my mom do most of the work (sorry mom!). To reverse this trend, I found two new recipes from Fitness magazine (one of my favourite sources for healthy recipes): Beef Stir-Fry with Avocado Salad and Lemon Thyme Chicken with Sauteed Vegetables. Sometimes, all it takes is the right recipe to get you excited about cooking again
Where do you find healthy recipes?
Anyone tried the new Body Step release? Thoughts?