Weekly Moves and Grooves III

Hey!

How has your weekend been going? Boston is soaking up some extra sunshine with the temperature in the high 70s today, despite the jacket weather on Friday. We’ll take what we can get before the winter comes to swallow us.

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Anyway, here’s how the moves have been lookin’ this week!

Sunday

5 min. row warmup + leg workout

3 sets of each:

For the step ups, I used a barbell at first, but then I switched to two 20# dumbbells, and uh…my forearms were burning more than my legs. If you know me in person, you know that my wrists are tiny (runs in the family), and my forearm strength is slim to none. I read up on this article about grip strength, and I am determined to build up my flimsy grip!

I also had to break up my last set of pistol squats into 6 on the right leg (weaker leg), 10 on the left, and then the last 4 on the right. Ooooof.

Monday

Rest

Besides sprinting to catch a bus. 😉

Tuesday

Stadium-burpee workout (inspired by Hilary’s Dirty Burpee Workout)

  • 3 sets of stairs (1 set=all the way from the bottom to the top and back down)
  • 16 burpees
  • 2 ½  sets of stairs
  • 12 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 8 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 4 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 16 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 12 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 8 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 4 burpees

Ho.ly. LUNGS. And legs. I swear, the height of the steps increases as you go up on that second half stairs.

 

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I was going to do the original dirty burpee workout that involves running 400m between burpees, but the men’s lacrosse team was practicing on the field. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be on the track (…and I also didn’t want to be doing burpees RIGHT THERE in front of them), so I opted for the stairs.

Good and bad idea.

 Wednesday

Quick circuit workout in the dorm

I did this one from Zuzka that was 4 rounds for time of:

  • 10 burpees
  • 15 jump lunges
  • 20 push ups
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 40 air squats

I finished in a little under 17 minutes, and wow, this is a lot harder than it looks! I was kinda sorta dripping sweat afterwards.

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Thursday

Rest/Yoga

We did crow pose in yoga!

Friday

10 min. adaptive motion trainer + 8 min. ab tabata + upper body weights + lots o’ walking

For the upper body weights, I don’t remember exactly what I did, but I know it included:

Saturday

Jump rope circuit workout from Peanut Butter Fingers 

With 15 seconds of rest in between exercises instead of 30. I did it out by the Charles River again because the weather was absolutely perfect yesterday! I’m definitely trying to take advantage of the fresh air before it starts to freeze my nose hairs.

I’m hoping to have a few more posts for you guys this week thanks to some pre-scheduling done this weekend. But for now, have a lovely Sunday!

So tell me:

What was your favorite workout this week?

Do you like to work out outside?

 

Weekend Confessions III

Hey there!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends, whether you were celebrating the red, white, and blue or catching up on rest and relaxation! My weekend was very relaxing, but I also had a blast with my friends and family. So blessed!

MiMM

Joining Katie‘s marvelous Monday!

I have so much to say about my weekend, so I’m gonna do it confession style {third edition}:

Confession #1:

On the night when we were supposed to have fireworks(the night before 4th of July), Daliza and I wanted soft serve ice cream so badly, but the nasty thunderstorm was preventing us from going to get some. So we pouted and nearly cried like 4-year-olds…

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…until it stopped raining.

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Score.

We’re adults, I promise.

Confession #2:

I spend a good 20+ minutes each day working on my handstand. I shall stick the dang thing. Right, Amanda?

Confession #3:

My moves have been walking, Pilates, and yoga recently. Because slower workouts just need to happen right now.

Confession #4:

I left Ben at home on 4th of July to go to a graduation party. He had just arrived from Boston for the holiday weekend, so I picked him up, brought him home, and left him there. I made him pasta salad and he napped, so he was alright. He also went over to his friend’s house, so it’s not like I completely abandoned him. 😉

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Confession #5:

Italian families are so FUN. Michael had his graduation/his mom’s birthday party on the 4th, and it was a blast. Not only was the food amazing (*ahem* an Oreo+Reese’s ice cream cake— holla), but the company was even better. We played Loaded Questions of course (thanks for lending it to us, Veronica!).

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Also, watching the World Cup with his family was craaaaazy. In a good way!

Confession #6:

I was so hyper on sugar when I got home from the graduation party (ice cream + cookies=Alison is off the walls). It was too dark to walk outside and I wasn’t really feeling yoga, so I literally walked up and down my stairs for a good 20 minutes. I prayed while I was at it, because…I’m insane for walking up and down my stairs at 11 PM why not?

Confession #7:

This weekend was the first time I went to the pool this summer. I went because the kids I babysit wanted me to join them and their parents. My skin doesn’t like chlorine, so I didn’t want to go at first, but I caved (their little faces!!!) and went. It was fun! And COLD. Next time, I won’t go when the sun is setting.

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I just didn’t put my head underwater because a) I would have been extra cold; b) I still had makeup on— don’t wanna scare people looking like a raccoon.

Confession #8:

My parents are like teenagers updating their social media pages. 

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It’s okay, they needed to post real time updates for their anniversary celebration!

Confession #9:

The food at the restaurant we went to for their anniversary was pretty terrible. My gargantuan crab cake had lots of fillers and no flavor. Dad’s “blood orange mascarpone cheesecake” was rubbery. Mom’s “panna cotta” was curdled. The food was clearly not fresh, which was a bummer.

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Blood orange mascarpone cheesecake was actually just a funky rainbow sherbet sponge

#firstworldproblems

Oh well. Ya win some, ya lose some.

Confession #10:

I turned into a huge sports fan this weekend. All the World Cup and Wimbledon excitement has me yelling at the television like my dad. I do usually like watching tennis, but this is a once-every-four-years occurrence when it comes to soccer.

I know, I’m a fake fan.

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I definitely have so many more confessions, but I think ten is quite enough, huh? So despite the gnarly food at that restaurant, this weekend was absolutely splendid!

Hope you all have a marvelous day!

So tell me:

How did you celebrate 4th of July?

Have you gone swimming this summer?

Have you ever eaten food at a restaurant that was just nasty?