NYWD: Sunday, January 12th

Late post!

  • ALL workouts for January 11th on the Blogilates calendar.

Wake-up factor: N/A since I let myself sleep in on the weekends.

Pre-workout factors: 8.

Post-workout factor: 10! When I first started doing the Blogilates videos last year, I couldn’t even finish one without stopping numerous times. Last week, I only had time to do 2 videos at a time, so I was especially proud of myself for being able to check off all 5 videos!

Breakfast: Homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Lunch: Egg scramble bowl with quinoa, sautéed greens, grape tomatoes & hemp hearts.

Parting words: I hadn’t quite planned out what I was going to do today, so I felt very accomplished by the end of it.


NYWD: Thursday, January 16th

  • Day 9 of January strength challenge (50 squats and 30 lunges)

Wake-up factor: 7. I didn’t notice my alarm went off until I felt Graham turn and give my alarm clock (or me!) the laser death eyes.

Pre-workout factors: 6. I didn’t think I’d have time to do anything after feeding the cat and straightening things up in the kitchen, but then found I had just enough time for some daily leg strengthening!

Post-workout factor: 10! Turning the Food Network on for those 10 minutes was fun, and I didn’t feel ANYTHING in my right knee during any of my 50 squats. Big WOOT!

Breakfast: Chia seed pudding with strawberries and pineapple.

Lunch: Salad of baby romaine lettuce, chopped yellow bell pepper, grape tomatoes, hemp hearts and Thai chili tuna.

Parting words: It’s been a pretty good week so far. I had a mini (aka manageable) migraine on Tuesday and Wednesday, and after losing some sleep last week trying to get back in to my morning workout routine, I’ve gotten some good rest and have been able to (mostly) maintain some good eating habits. Tomorrow will be my first boot camp class of this session where I won’t have to leave early to go to work, so I’m looking forward to giving it my all for the whole hour and 15 minutes.

NYWD: Saturday, January 11th

Rest day! Although Graham wanted to do some yoga, so we did a couple of Tara Stiles yoga videos. Good, stretchy times with some good flow and power moves mixed in.

Wake-up factor: 10. I slept in until 9:30 and felt like a million bucks.

Pre- and post-workout factor: N/A

Breakfast: Chocolate peanut butter smoothie (ice, almond milk, 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 banana, 2 tbsp. almond butter, 2 tbsp. hemp protein powder, 1 dash each of cinnamon and vanilla, and 1 tbsp. chia seeds.)

Lunch (or 2nd breakfast): black dark coffee, 2 eggs medium basted, and 1 piece of spelt toast.


NYWD: Thursday, January 9th & Friday, January 10th

Thursday, January 9th (pseudo rest day)

  • Day 6 of January strength challenge (50 squats and 15 lunges)
  • Evening yoga to wind-down and stretch out the soreness

Wake-up factor: 10. I slept in knowing I was only going to do my leg exercises.

Pre-workout & post-workout factors: N/A

Breakfast: Kashi Toasted Berry Cereal with almond milk.

Lunch: Sushi! Tuna gomae and a monkey roll (tuna, scallop and scallions topped with mayo and roe).

Parting words: My evening yoga session was just what I needed!! Focused on backbends and heart opening postures, including Rock Stars (quite apropos since I was listening to Drake.)

Friday, January 10th

  • Boot camp

Wake-up factor: 5. Ugh. Friday? Finally? It’s been a long week.

Pre-workout factor: 8. Let’s do this!!

Post-workout factor: 6. So. Glad. Workout. Is. Done.

Breakfast: Black Americano and a piece of reduced fat banana bread with chocolate chips.

Lunch: Leftover Char Siu (Chinese BBQ) pork with rice noodles.

Parting words:

  • The beginning of boot camp was so rough. I didn’t feel as though as I had any energy. Thankfully, I fared better on our 2nd round of the circuit. By the end of it, though, I was very grateful about having to duck out 10 minutes to prep for my morning meetings.
  • It’s ok that I didn’t do my daily leg exercises as I was running between floors getting ready for meetings this morning–in 4-inch platform peep toe booties.
  • Tomorrow must be a rest day! I broke out a bit, from lack of sleep, I think. I will use Saturday to treat myself and catch up on my sleep, and treat my body to some gentle yoga.

NYWD – Wednesday, January 8th

  • Day 5 of January strength challenge (50 squats and 10 lunges)
  • 40 1-legged hip raises
  • Boot Camp at the Y

Wake-up factor: 8. Let’s get ‘er done!

Pre-workout factor: A shaky 7. My bus was having mechanical issues so we had to switch to a 55-NOT an express. 10 minutes late for class.

Post-workout factor: 10! Cindy was teaching, and was clearly trying to kick our post-holiday asses. And it worked!  Even after coming late and having to leave early to make an early meeting at work, I gave it my all. In fact, I was so in to it that I jumped right up after falling from a step-straddle move. So graceful. (I also promptly removed a riser so my step was more Karen-height.)

Breakfast: Chia seed pudding with canned peach segments.

Lunch: Mixed green salad with chopped orange bell pepper, grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese chunks and homemade white wine vinaigrette.

Parting words: I’m so happy to be back at boot camp! It was full of friendly, familiar (and sweaty!) faces, and kick-ass cardio and strength moves. And I broke in my new Beast Mode lifting gloves. What a difference when holding the weights!