Hello there! Happy Thursday! This week is crawling by like a snail for me. I talked about it with Fabio and he said the week feels slow for him too, and I also heard a lady in the elevator complaining because it’s only Thursday. Then in my last meeting everyone was saying how slow the week feels. Maybe it’s the change in the weather? We did have a cold front come through (causing me to break out a cute fall scarf! yay!) so maybe that’s it?
All I know is that this girl is ready for the weekend. Woop woop!
So I have another new workout to share with you all today! As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have a new exercise routine that I trying out that I hope will get me into better shape (because let’s be real, those couple of pounds that crept on while I was in Italy have GOT to go).
Every day I will be alternating between intense cardio (e.g., my two-mile run and Insanity DVD) with strength training (e.g., the workout I will be sharing with you today). I think that by alternating from day to day I will keep myself in good shape without getting bored with either type of workout. And I know they are both important to my health, so I am doing my best to incorporate both. I promise to keep you posted on my progress!
For now though, let me tell you about my strength training workout for this week. Can any of you guess what I did??
I have always heard people talk about how great Body Pump is, but I have never actually had the opportunity to try it. Now that Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp is over, I have some free reign on my workouts and on Tuesday I decided to give Body Pump a try! My gym offers classes at 6 a.m. so I rolled my butt out of bed at 5:30, quickly got ready and ran to the gym in time for the 6 am class (in the dark mind you, and it was raining). Ugh.
Once I got to the gym I perked right up when I saw the energetic instructor. She had great music and a ton of spunk and did a great job explaining all of the tracks to me. It was so much fun!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Body Pump (like I was) here is a brief description:
“BodyPump is a weight-based group-fitness program that is 60 minutes long and contains eight separate muscle-group specific songs or “tracks” along with an opening warm up track and closing cooldown track. The classes are performed to music using free weights-plates, barbells and an aerobic step. Participants choose their weights based on the exercise and their personal goals. Major muscle groups are worked via series of compound and isolation-based exercises including squats, presses, dead lifts. The focus is towards muscle endurance using several repetitions.” –Source
Basically it is just a fun full-body workout that focuses on all of your major muscle groups. It’s not much of a cardio class, although there were a few jumps during one track that had my heart rate pounding and my quads burning. It was great!
Also, I wore my heart rate monitor so I could compare Body Pump to Monday’s cardio workout.
As you can see, my heart rate wasn’t as high and I didn’t burn as many calories, but that’s pretty typical and I wasn’t surprised (especially since nothing gets my heart rate as high as Insanity anyway- oh Sean T I love you and I hate you).
Body Pump is designed to build your strength more than raise your heart rate, and I can definitely say it worked since all week I have been hobbling around with some sore muscles, especially in my back! Yowza!
So there you have it! Looks like Body Pump will be my new Tuesday strength training workout from now on :O)
Ok so I have a super simple recipe for you guys today 🙂 Like, so simple you can hardly even call it a recipe. Basically I just threw a bunch of stuff together and magicallygot food haha but it was delicious so I will share!
It all started the other night when it was dreary out and I made that delicious spicy jambalaya. It was so comforting to have something warm for dinner so I decided I wanted to make something similar for dinner the next night (especially since the forecast called for chilly rain all day. Yuck!) So I did a little Googling and found this yummy soup recipe from Shape.
I loved that it was so easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I planned on making it. The next morning before work I got all the ingredients ready, threw it all in a crock pot, and shut the lid. When I came home, I had soup! So easy!
Here’s how it came together.
First I chopped up one large potato and added it to my crock pot. I left the skins on for added nutrients (and because I am lazy haha) but you can definitely peel them if you want to.
Once you add the broth in, feel free to flavor the soup however you like. The recipe from Shape suggests adding nutmeg, so I sprinkled a little in, but I thought that was kind of weird. Mostly I stuck to salt, pepper, and a little old bay. I think I also tossed some garlic salt in there, but you can add any spices you want. Go crazy!
Once all my ingredients were in the pot I gave it a little stir, set the pot to low heat, and popped the lid on. Then I went work, get stressed out, came home cold and tired, changed into my PJs and opened the lid to inhale the smell of this tasty soup! Awesomeee.
Before serving it out all I had to two was take the chicken out, shred it with two forks, and stir it back into the soup. Then it was time to eat!
I ate mine with a few saltine crackers 🙂
Ok so I am not going to write out the recipe since I basically followed it word for word (minus the nutmeg) from Shape. So if you want the recipe check it out over there, but I pretty much eyeballed the whole thing anyway 🙂
Alright so now I need to know, what are your favorite soup recipes? Do any of them involve the ease of the crockpot?? I have a feeling I am going to become a tad bit obsessed with comforting crock pot meals as the fall season continues. Feel free to share recipes!