{MIMM} Busy Days

Ah, Monday, we meet again.  I'm ready for busy Mondays this fall - but more on that in a bit.

We definitely had a busy Saturday this weekend!

I taught Group Ride at 7:30 am, and then worked at the gym until noon.  It was HOT outside, and I was tired and probably dehydrated, so a double drink order at Starbucks was needed.

Tall iced skinny vanilla latte and Evolution Fresh Super Green juice

Tall iced skinny vanilla latte and Evolution Fresh Super Green juice

And then it was time to pack up and head to Harper's Ferry, WV for our good friends' wedding!  The weather, unfortunately, did not cooperate and it started raining on our drive from Harper's Ferry, where we were staying, to the winery in Virginia where the wedding was held.  It was interesting to drive through MD, WV, and VA in just a few miles!  Though the weather forced the ceremony inside, there was still a lovely view and we had a great time drinking wine, eating barbecue and donuts (YUM), playing trivia, and celebrating with the bride and groom! 

Today is the first day of my new fall schedule of teaching indoor cycling in the evenings, so it's going to be a long and busy day!  We will definitely have to be good at cooking a large dinner on Sunday evenings or preparing a meal in the crockpot so dinner is ready to go when I get home.  This week, it's chili, which is a good choice for the fall-like weather that is FINALLY starting to arrive.  I think it's ALMOST Pumpkin Spice Latte time. :) 

And all that, my friends, is marvelous

Anything new with you?




September Goals + Fall into Fall Pyramid Workout

Hello friends!  Happy September!  It certainly does not feel like September/almost fall outside in Baltimore this week!  It's so weird because we had such a moderate late summer (my husband told me it didn't hit 90 at all in August.....until the day after he told me, the last day of August, OF COURSE).  I hope this heat wave does not stick around much longer.

My "Fall into Fall" workout doesn't seem quite as appropriate now, but I'm sharing it anyways.  

I thought it would be fun to count down the reps of each exercise.  Complete 12 reps of each exercise listed, and then 10, until you complete 2.  Then perform the plank finisher.

I also wanted to share my September Goals, both fitness and life in general.

September Goals

1.  Learn bike repair and purchase my own tools

For my first triathlon, I didn't learn how to do any emergency bike repairs, or purchase any flat supplies, mostly because I was so nervous about even completing the biking portion in general.  I thought it would be too much going on in my anxious mind.  I know, I know bad triathlete.  Now that I'm getting more comfortable on the bike, and want to go on longer rides, it is time to learn the basics of bike repair.

2.  Finish reviewing my NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) textbook and start my Fitness Nutrition Specialization (FNS)

Earlier this summer I decided to re-read my NASM CPT course materials from when I became certified last July as a refresher.  Once I complete this, I will begin my FNS online course, which I'm pretty excited about.  I'll be sure to keep you all updated on what I learn throughout the course!

3.  Eat out less during the weekend

We've gotten into a bad habit lately of eating too many meals out during the weekend, whether it be Subway or another sandwich shop and then out to dinner, late night pizza, or dinner out both Friday and Saturday evenings.  Obviously, eating out during the weekend is perfectly acceptable, especially since we don't eat out hardly at all during the week.  But, I still need to do a better job of keeping healthy staples in the house for Saturday dinners or Sunday lunches.  

4.   Kick piriformis syndrome in the butt (ha!) and get serious about strengthening my core/lower body

Ugh, it's baacckkkkk.  Piriformis syndrome has reared its ugly head in the last week or so, and I'm trying to remain calm. I don't think I really struggled with this at all while I was training for my triathlon (groin strain and some minor knee pain were my main issues), but in the 2 or so weeks since, I've been having increasing issues.  This time, at least I know what it is, so I've been taking a running hiatus for the past week and stretching/foam rolling.

When it is gone (and it will calm down), I have to get more serious about strengthening my core plus lower body to avoid this and other muscular imbalance injuries.  My problem before was weak glutes, so I'm sure that's at least a contributing factor.

Anyone else have September goals?  Ready for fall?

{MIMM} My Weekend was Spent Biking and Eating

Good afternoon, and Happy Labor day!  I'm spending mine catching up on blogging and reviewing my NASM CPT textbook.  

We started our weekend off on Friday with sushi for dinner, and then an early bedtime for me, as I teach a 7:30 am indoor cycling class on Saturdays.

Sunday I wanted to bike to Fort McHenry from downtown, which isn't a very long bike ride (9 miles or so, roundtrip), but does involve riding through busy St. Paul/Light Streets before we headed into Locust Point where there is a designated bike lane leading to the fort.   It was a nice ride, hot, but there was a breeze, especially on the loop around Fort McHenry.  We even got to witness a cannon going off, which was way louder than we were both expecting.  I still need to work on confidence around cars and speed in general.

Then it was time for our traditional Sunday Funday activity of margaritas and sharing a burrito bowl and chips/salsa at Taco Fiesta, before picking up groceries at Whole Foods.


Sunday evening it was Victor's turn to cook dinner, which turned out wonderfully.  He made eggplant parmesan, and I think he is now the official Italian chef of the family (he also does spaghetti).  And, now we have leftovers for the week!  Yes, even less cooking for me to do!

We shared the bread and the wine. :)

We shared the bread and the wine. :)

Isn't that marvelous?

Linking up with Katie from Healthy Diva Life for the first time!  :)

How did you spend your weekend?