Full Body Strength Workout

Yesterday I was feeling a little down about the fact that spring is still so far away, so I spent a lot of time watching episodes of “Hawaii Life”. As my Mom said, I needed some “warm scenery”! Around 4PM I decided I had been lazy long enough and looked for an On Demand yoga video…but the options were pretty lame. I started two different videos that I just couldn’t get into, so I decided to suck it up, scrape the ice off my car, and head to the gym.

Grabbed some equipment on a whim...

Hoarding all the weights. Oops.

I had no plans in mind except to do some strength training. Since the gym was pretty dead, I had my pick of all the equipment. It really motivated me to get creative! Here’s what I ended up with (I did 15 reps/side of each exercise in each pair…and then moved on to the next pair…but do whatever works best for you!):

full body strength sets

I hopped onto the rowing machine on a whim and totally loved it! My booty was definitely burning less than halfway through. (Fun tip: these rowing machines have an option to turn your workout into a “fishing” game. Try it out – really helps pass time!)

rowing machine

It took me 10 minutes and 30 seconds to finish 2000 meters, so my next goal is to beat that time!

After my workout, I decided to pop into Trader Joe’s for a couple items so I could prepare meals and snacks for the work week. Of course I forgot the one thing I really wanted: lemons. I like to have a steamy mug of hot water with fresh squeezed lemon every morning on my drive to work. (Well…my drive to the train station!) I did find an AWESOME steal: $2.99 for a box of 7 single-serving Keurig cups!

When I got home, I fixed one of my staples: buffalo chicken quinoa. I normally follow this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats, which, I kid you not, is one of my all-time favorite foods. I was a little crunched for time (read: Brendan and I were starving!) so I made the quick version – I boiled the quinoa and then just poured some hot sauce, chicken, and shredded cheddar cheese right into the pot instead of making the sauce separately. I also didn’t broil it to save on time. Much faster and just as delicious! After dinner I packaged up the leftovers for lunches this week, portioned out some snacks (almonds + dried cranberries, as well as some popcorn with herbs and spices), and cooked some hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. We then settled in and watched parts of the GRAMMYs.

My Sunday ended up being much more productive than I thought it would be!

What did you do this weekend? Do you prepare food for the week on Sundays? (If so, what?) Did you watch the GRAMMYs? Thoughts?

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  1. January 27, 2014 / 11:00 pm

    Sounds like a very productive day! I struggle even just to get a meal plan prepped, so I rarely do any prep work. I’d love to be better about this.

    Didn’t do too much over the weekend. Doted on our dog, who had surgery Friday, and tried out our new yoga trapeze. That’s about it.

    • January 28, 2014 / 2:14 am

      A yoga trapeze?! That sounds amazing! I hope your dog is okay! :( Poor guy!

  2. January 28, 2014 / 4:56 am

    Sounds like a great Sunday! I don’t go to the gym :( because when I tried it out with my kiddos, I never could get the time g right and I’m a little cheap, so home it is! But… The fishing game has me intrigued! I also think your dinner sounds amazing and I’m completely impressed by your meal prep. Awesome day!

    • January 28, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      You can get some amazing workouts done at home…even with no equipment! I go to the gym when I can because I get easily distracted at home :) You’ll definitely have to try the fishing game someday!

  3. Beth
    January 31, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    This sounds like a perfect Sunday to me! I wish we lived closer and could do these Sundays together.

    • January 31, 2014 / 8:07 pm

      Me too :(

  4. February 4, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    I have grown to love rowing!!! But it does take a certain mental toughness!

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