Our house has been bustling with activity this week. I have had a crazy week at school and am just glad to be done with it!
Can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost a week.. oops! Things got super busy around here this weekend so I will just hit some of the highlights 🙂
Friday- Interval Run 2 min easy / 1 min hard x5
Saturday- Swimming workout with my husband! 100m easy / 50 m kick / 50 m easy / 16x25m hard with 5 sec rest / 200 m cool down (800m total)
Sunday – 3.5 mile run at the park.. this was supposed to be at least 5 miles but I was too sleep deprived from working floor set the night before that it just wasn’t going to happen..
Monday – 10 min bike warm up / NROLFW (New Rules of Lifting for Women) Workout 1A / 10 min elliptical cool down
Tuesday – Tempo run!
I made the worlds most delicious chocolate chip cookies this weekend!
They were the most deliciously perfect cookies I’ve ever had.. the secret ingredient was CORNSTARCH!
It made the cookies have that soft/fluffy texture that I love. I will definitely be making them again! I will pass along the recipe 🙂
I also made some lasagna to eat over the weekend. You can never go wrong with pasta in this house.. I did marry an Italian 😉
I finished the book “Blackberry Winter” by Sarah Jio in less then 24 hours this weekend! It was such a quick easy read and I would recommend it to anyone. I will do a full review in a later post, but it was such a good read I had to put in something here too!
I have seen a lot about this lifting plan online so I figured I would incorporate it into my workout schedule. I have been looking to add some strength training in the mix, and this seemed like a good fit! It is about a 6 month program total and it is divided into 7 stages. The first stage is 16 workouts total so it will last about 6 weeks of 3 workouts a week. I did Workout 1A on monday and I can definitely feel it today! You basically start doing a set of A exercises and a set of B exercises then as the weeks progress you increase the weight and decrease the reps. Sounds like a plan to me! I have never been on a legitimate strength plan before, so I will be interested to see how my body responds.
Those were some of the highlights of the weekend. I am really looking forward to the Army 1st Cavalry Ball on Valentine’s Day, Thursday! I will definitely post pics and do a blog just for that but here is a picture of the dress I will be wearing:
I am so excited to get all dressed up and have a night out. This is the first Valentine’s Day we have actually got to spend together the past four years. It is long over due and we can’t wait!
Today hasn’t been bad for a Tuesday. I started off the day with a great run this morning! I have a hard time pushing my pace when I run. I tend to have the same pace whether I’m running a 5k or a Half Marathon! This year I really want to step my running up to the next level, so I’m trying to push my pace below 10:00 min miles on shorter runs. My “comfortable” pace is around 11:30, so 10:00 is a big difference for me!
This morning on my schedule I had a tempo run:
1/2 mile warm-up
2 mile at Tempo
1/2 mile cool down
I wasn’t too sure how it would go, but I gave it my best effort. I ended up surprising myself!
Its hard to get my true splits because I changed paces at the 1/2 mile mark.. but I was so proud of my second mile, 9:56!! As I was watching my watch, I was able to keep my Tempo race right around 10:00, so I would say I had a successful run!
After my run, took a shower and made breakfast. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day..
Today I had 2 scrambled eggs, whole grain toast with strawberry jam, and a strawberry banana oatmeal smoothie!
Mondays always seem to creep up on me! I had such a fun weekend with my husband that I was NOT ready to go back to class today. I had to hit the snooze button three times before I could drag myself out of bed.
How ’bout that Super Bowl last night?! Jordan and I went to a friends who just moved into a new house! It was so fun to just veg out on the couch and stuff our faces with wings and other goodies. The couple who hosted the party ordered BBQ wings from pluckers, and everyone else who came brought side dishes and/or desserts. I made our favorite Salsa Dip! The recipe is from Jordan’s mom and we just love it. It’s so simple you just can’t go wrong!
2 blocks Cream Cheese
16 oz jar of your favorite Salsa
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Let the cream cheese blocks sit out to soften to room temperature. Combine the cream cheese and salsa in a bowl and mix with a blender until the consistency is even. Spread the dip into a pie plate and top with cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and any other topping you would like. Refrigerate for an hour to let it get solid again. Serve with Tortilla Chips!
This dip is a favorite in our family and everyone at the party loved it too! I also made cake balls dipped in chocolate for the first time ever! I used vanilla cake and vanilla icing dipped in milk chocolate. Then I decorated the tops with the laces like a football 🙂 They were so yummy I kept snacking on them while I was making them and they were a hit at the party!
The game wasn’t really my main interest during the party, but I LOVED the halftime show by Beyoncé! When I was growing up, Destiny’s Child was one of my favorite groups. It was so fun seeing them reunite on stage for the show. Beyoncé rocked it and I loved every minute of it!
Well I guess I better start working on that homework that is calling my name!
What was your favorite part of Beyoncé’s half time show?