If you are new to my blog, I want to reiterate the point that the reason why I started this blog was to provide working/busy individuals with an idea of how to prioritize fitness (whether it be through exercise or nutrition or both). In each post, I try to highlight ways that my husband and I work together to squeeze in quick workouts and even make quick healthy dinners during the week. We by no means deprive ourselves and we certainly don’t feel like we have let ourselves go. We work hard, but we play just as hard. That will never change.
With that said, I wanted to talk about food a little bit before I posted my Monday morning workout. We typically grab brunch after my Sunday Flywheel class. This weekend was no exception. We chose to go to Toast, since we had not been there in a while. I got the “Runner Omelette” (sub brie cheese for mozzarella). It is made with egg whites and stuffed with white meat turkey and roasted veggies. I added some turkey bacon to the side, but the meal also came with a side of fruit and wheat toast (yum!).
- One bag red potatoes
- One green pepper diced
- One yellow onion diced
- One jalapeno diced
- Caribbean jerk seasoning
- Sea Salt
- Olive Oil
Total cook time is about thirty minutes. See directions below:
- Dice potatoes into small pieces (as seen in the picture). Boil potatoes until they are soft.
- While the potatoes are boiling, cover the inside of a large skillet with olive oil. Cook onion, pepper, and jalapeno over medium-high heat.
- Once potatoes are cooked, drain them before mixing the potatoes into the large skillet with the vegetables.
- Add Caribbean jerk seasoning and sea salt to taste.
- Cook potatoes and vegetables for 10 minutes. Cool before serving.
My daughter napped while we cooked. I love this picture! She goes so hard all the time.
Monday Morning Workout
I was moving slow this morning. My husband and I worked shifts with my daughter last night. I have no idea what is causing her to be uncomfortable in the middle of the night, but I am sure that we will find out in the next few days (upon one of several scenarios: a tooth breaks through, she gets and ear infection, etc.). With that said, I still managed to get up this morning, however, I felt like I was moving in slow motion. My workout was almost entirely strength and core and utilized dumbbells and body weight.
I completed an active warm up in my driveway. By active, I mean I spent three minutes jogging/running up and down my driveway, before doing some side shuffles, imperial walkers, jumping jacks, and body weight squats.
The workout consisted of three parts: cardio strength circuit, full body weight circuit, and body weight circuit. Complete each circuit entirely before moving on to the next.
Cardio Strength Circuit – I performed an “11” circuit here using one dumbbell (you could also use a kettlebell). Start by doing 10 kettlebell swings, followed by 1 burpee. Next do 9 kettlebell swings, and 2 burpees. Continue decreasing your kettle swings by 1 and increasing your burpees by 1 after each set until you get to 1 kettle bell swing and 10 burpees. You will be breathless.
Full Body Weight Circuit – Complete the following exercises sequentially, repeating the circuit three times before moving to the next circuit. Use your dumbbells (or kettlebell for each exercise).
- Upright Rows x10
- Steps Ups x10 each leg
- Bicep Curls x10 each arm, isolated.
- Squats x10
- Side Plank Hip Raise w/dumbbell on side x10 each side.
Body Weight Circuit – Drop the weights and focus on some body weight exercises to finish up. Complete the following exercises sequentially, repeating the circuit three times.
- Tricep Dips x10
- Squat Jumps w/one foot elevated on step x10 each side
- Mountain Climbers x10 each leg
- Clam Digs x10 each side