Getting Back on Track After 2 Long Weekends

To say I’ve had an out of the ordinary couple of weeks/weekends would be an understatement!

Going to Utah for a weekend definitely threw off my mojo, even if we were eating healthy and exercising most of the weekend. I struggled to get back into the swing of things at work last week, and did one workout on Tuesday that put me out of commission for several days.

Fast forward past dodgeball playoffs on Thursday…

Oh hay look, it’s the girls of our team. Aren’t we sassy?

Ahem, moving on… :-)

Memorial Day weekend was of course full of drinks and I had some great food in San Francisco. I did get in a few walks and bike rides, but I have felt pretty sluggish these past few days at work. So yesterday instead of working I put together a rough food and exercise plan for the week!

Yes…I’m posting my weekly plan on Wednesday. Whatevaaaaa, I do what I want.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like meal planning. Weekend food prep is awesome, since it means I have easy ingredients available for any meal I want. But I don’t like sticking to a set meal plan because I tend to like eating what I want when I want it. Giving in to food cravings is the only way to stifle them, friends!

So here’s what I came up with as far as food goes. The important part was planning lunches, because I’m hoping to work out most days at lunch this week, so I need to have something I can prep in the morning or night before.

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{as far as breakfast goes…I have enough Muesli Fusion and Hemp Protein Muffins to last me the week!}

Tuesday: Lunch – rice/avocado/turkey sausage. Dinner – some kind of veggie sandwich
Wednesday: Lunch – rice/avocado/veggies/tortilla. Dinner – sprouted whole grain pasta {from the BLEND swag bag, of course} & mom’s meat sauce!
Thursday: Lunch– sausage & pepper sandwich. Dinner– chicken + oven fries + veggies from Farmer’s Market
Friday: Lunch– wing it…aka probably frozen burrito. DinnerConcerts in the Park…aka probably food trucks & beer.

I’m trying to stay away from dairy and alcohol {already botched the alcohol part, since I had to try a few sips of T-Man’s wine last night. Oops!} this week because I noticed dairy was giving me digestive issues last week. And wouldn’t we all be better off drinking less?

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So far, so good on Tuesday’s meals! I devoured this veggie sandwich with roasted bell peppers, zucchini and hummus last night. Not pictured is the corn on the cob (!!!) I had on the side. I’m sooo excited for corn season!

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One of my new favorite breakfasts: Overnight oats with Muesli Fusion An-Ox, unsweetened plain almond milk, and chia seeds. The An-Ox blend includes goji berries, cacao nibs, dried bluebs, and walnuts. It has so much texture and no added sugar…perfect for this lazy girl who doesn’t want to have to add a bunch of ingredients herself ;-).

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Normally, I work out 3 times per week and have dodgeball on Thursdays. This week, we don’t have dodgeball so I’m going to aim for 4 workouts in 4 days, taking care not to overdo it or do the same thing two days in a row.

Tuesday: Easy workout to ease my way back into things- elliptical + abs!
Wednesday: The high temp is only 84 [as opposed to 90 and 97 Thursday and Friday] so I will try for my first run in 2 weeks.
Thursday: Some kind of gym workout! Last week I tried Christina’s Bikini Season Workout and it kicked my butt – I was sore for like 3 days afterward and I only made it 1.5 times through the workout! I want to incorporate more CrossFit-type stuff (burpees, squats, mountain climbers, etc) into my routine because it’s such good cardio AND muscular training.
Friday: Rest if I’m sore, easy elliptical + abs again if I’m not!

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Workouts have been extra bright with my pink shoelaces from Becky :)

This is the workout I tried last week {minus the kettle bells, since my gym doesn’t have them} that totally kicked my butt…in the best way possible!

And this is how I looked after going through the routine…ONCE. {took me about 10 minutes}

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If you can’t tell, that is fear in my eyes of what would happen were I to actually do that workout over and over for 40 minutes. I would prooobably barf. Clearly, given how out of shape I felt while doing this workout, I need to expand my workouts beyond running and elliptical/abs/weight lifting!

I’m actually proud to announce that during my “easy workout” yesterday, I followed up my 25 mins of elliptical intervals by randomly doing a 1 min 30 sec plank! That’s the longest I’ve ever done, and 30 seconds closer to my New Years Resolution of holding a 2 minute plank! Holla.

So on that note, I’m off to go get changed for lunch and my run! It’s only 73 degrees outside now…I don’t think I’ll be getting many runs in in comings weeks, as the high isn’t supposed to dip back below 90 for at least 10 days. Yikes!

Do you plan out your workouts for the week?

How do you get back into the swing of things after a long weekend?

Aaand another question: any recommendations of similar workouts to the one above?

15 thoughts on “Getting Back on Track After 2 Long Weekends

  1. Ugh, I am struggling to get back on the healthy bandwagon after being thrown off by a holiday weekend and Utah! I did just sign up for a Diet Bet (like it or not…) and I know it’ll get me back on track. I need to earn some extra $$ for a plane ticket and some wine tastings that I’ll apparently be participating in come July 😉

    • Diet Bet?! Nice. I would totally do that, except I don’t want to lose any weight! I need a Diet Bet for my alcohol “cleanse”….. I have had at least half a drink 2 out of 3 nights this week hahaha.

  2. I feel you on the sluggish thing. Ugh- I have not been into the whole healthy eating thing lately. It’s feeling pretty overrated right now. Must be the finals stress.

    Taking a break from alcohol is a good idea. You need to revive your liver so it’s ready for Napa/SF!

  3. I make it a habit to exercise 6 days a week in the morning no excuses. If I find myself letting an excuse take over I just go into robot mode and try and not think about it and just get on with it :)

    I’ve not drunk all of May to try and be a bit healthier after so many full on weekends in April of indulging.

    • Wow, in the morning no less! I used to love working out in the morning in college before class, and I felt so great afterwards…I prefer working out at lunch now though, it is also nice to break up my day :)

  4. Definitely feeling the need to get back on track after a crazy few weeks — planning on roasting up some beets today to toss with quinoa, eat on sandwiches/salads, etc! Thanks for the inspiration — found the blog on FB and quickly became a big fan!

  5. I am just starting to get into a workout routine for the first time in my LIFE and it is slow goings. Half hour at the gym weekday mornings. No clue what I’m doing. What the heck is a burpee? Haha. I figure I’ll stick to the circuit and elliptical until I feel more confident.

    • You’ve gotta start somewhere! I started off at the gym with elliptical + crunches in college. And you don’t even wanna know what a burpee is…it’s the worst/best exercise ever. Best for you, but worst because they’re killer! lol

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