Just another Manic Monday…
That song always reminds me of college and sorority recruitment & I always seem to hear it on the craziest of Mondays. So here is to foreshadowing (as I wrote this Sunday night) to a not-so-manic-monday!
How was your weekend??? Ours was wonderful, as I mentioned yesterday we had a pretty relaxing weekend but it seemed filled to the brim! So what better way to start the week than with Katie and sharing all the marvelousness that took place!
As Always Thank You Katie.
Friday night we went out with two of my coworkers for a few drinks. We hardly ever go out on Friday nights and rarely hit up bars, so it was a really nice change of pace to have a few drinks with another couple. I feel like we have lived in Rockford, for forever, but we have really only lived here 9 months and are JUST starting to meet people who have similar interests as us. YAY to making friends!!! 🙂
Saturday started off a bit slowwwwww. But after a while we made our way to the gym. I have made a new goal for myself to start running more and more. Last week I jumped on the treadmill each day & did different distances at a very manageable pace, so I don’t get hurt or get discouraged.
I wanted to do a longer run but also knew the GPP workout of the day was going to be rather cardio taxing. SO I ran 1/2 mile, walked 1/4mile, ran 1/2 mile at a bit faster pace, walked 1/4 mile and finished with running a 1/2 mile at a faster pace again.
All in all it took me about 20 minutes to complete this 2 mile circuit but I felt great and my legs/feet/calves have not started to yell at me!
if you do not know an exercise listed above PLEASE comment or email me and I would be happy to help! There is a YouTube video for most of the exercises on the GPP website, however not grouped in this order.
I continued my workout with GPP, but decided to change it up a bit, resulting in an Allison workout with a side of GPP. It was really fun to incorporate some of my favorite GPP moves into a workout. I felt like I was able to program something for myself again, which I haven’t done in a while since following the GPP programming but continued to get the benefits of a killer Saturday workout!
After the gym we were both ravenous and I was definitely craving a hearty healthy salad that I didn’t have to make. We went to a local restaurant that is similar in nature to a Panera bread and both got awesome lunches.
Brent got the Ahi Tuna sandwich medium rare with a side of black bean salad. It had avocado and lots of other veggies and looked awesome!
I got the Ahi Tuna salad cooked medium, it had asparagus, apricots, cucumbers, and the perfectly cooked Tuna. I had never ordered Ahi Tuna on a salad before so got it cooked a little more than I know is “recommended” but I wanted to go on the safe side rather than be sorry. I think next time I would get it cooked rare though. The salad was GREAT and definitely satisfying after a hard workout.
We then made our way to Runners Image, so I could get new running shoes. AHH I LOVE NEW SHOES!!! But this experience at RI definitely deserves its own post, PLUS I want to tell you about the shoes after I was able to do a full workout in them. SO… More on this tomorrow!
We then hit the grocery store and spent the evening watching the Olympics and being lazy bums.
Sunday we woke up & went to church. After church we were both hungry and I was wanting some smoked salmon from SAMS. So we went with hopes that we would get to hit up sample Sunday. Sadly there were only a couple samples out but we did get some Salmon, which ended up pairing perfectly with our Sunday experiment!
Brent said “I want to Poach an egg.” I’ve never had poached eggs before but we googled directions and got to poaching. After two failed eggs, one resulting in starting completely over, and the other being undercooked we got the hang of it and were poaching machines! For our eggs I sliced up 2 sweet potatoes and baked them on a drying rack so they would cook on both sides.
Look who even got in on making a pretty plate for the picture!!! I told him “you know I want to take a picture right?” And he said “YUP!” and got to work making his plate gorgeous!
YUM!!!!! the eggs, and potatoes with the salmon on top were AMAZING!!!
After a nice sunday nap, I got to food prepping. This included roasted brussel sprouts, brussel/kale/carrot slaw, mini spinach turkey sliders, and then stuffed chicken breasts that we made for dinner.
These stuffed chicken breasts were the second experiment of the day and they were amazing!! Two successful experiments definitely calls for a #winning Sunday. We stuffed our chicken with spinach, onion, bell pepper and then half of the breasts got a feta/spinach mixture and the other half got a goat cheese/spinach mixture. BOTH were great!!! I will definitely be making these again!
We finished the night with some movies and relaxation! AHH what a Wonderful weekend!!!
Hope your Monday is manic-less!
Are you a runner? Any tips on working into running?
Do you get overly excited for new shoes too?? I swear I am the pickiest workout shoe buyer!
What kitchen experiments have you WON at lately?