In the interest of staying on track with my goals, I’m going to start posting a week in review every Friday, reflecting back on my progress for the week.
Monday – Nada. Driving home from a mini-vacation in the Hamptons wiped me out and I needed a breather!
Tuesday – T-BarRe-Xtreme at Studio Poise. A combination of cardio, barre, and TRX strength exercises – an awesome cross-training class. I belly flopped out of a TRX plank at one point… guess I need to practice those.
Wednesday – Pound & Flow, the newest addition to the SP schedule! 20 minutes of Pound to get your heart rate up, followed by 40 minutes of power flow vinyasa yoga. My shoulders have been really tight lately (I was in a car accident a few weeks ago and the seat belt really did a number on me) so I really needed to spend some quality time in down dog to start loosening them up!
Thursday – Nothing But Leg, again at SP. This is my FAVORITE strength class to help build up the muscles I use in running, and man, Alison put me through the paces yesterday. I’m going to miss this when it changes to a new, earlier time slot next month!
Friday – Pilates Reformer at Oceanside Pilates. I have fallen in love with the reformer to help me stretch and loosen up. It has helped my hip more than anything else. Unfortunately this class is ending after Labor Day, so I’ll need to find another reformer studio near me that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg – any suggestions?!
You may have noticed a lack of running on here. Tomorrow morning’s 4 miler is going to be the first time I’ve laced up my sneakers since my injury six weeks ago. I’m going to take it slow, and will probably end up run/walking the entire route. The good news is that my BostonFIT coach picked an out-and-back route so if I really feel like 4 miles is too much, it’s easy enough for me to turn around sooner than scheduled.
I spent last weekend in the Hamptons with some awesome friends, and while it was a blast, it was definitely not the healthiest of weekends. Beer for breakfast, anyone? I’m also going to be jetting off to San Francisco next weekend for Outside Lands, and while that trip will also feature some SoulCycle classes for #balance, I also plan on drinking as many micheladas as I can get my hands on (WHY IS THAT NOT A THING ON THE EAST COAST?!). I had exactly ten days between the trips, so I preordered the Advocare Herbal Refresh before leaving for the Hamptons, and it was waiting for me when I got home.
I started it on Tuesday, and it’s a really simple program to follow. Eat as clean as possible (and while I’ve been great during the day, I have definitely slipped up at dinner a few times this week… oops) and follow the program. The program contains daily supplements – a probiotic that you take in the morning, and an herbal cleanse that you take in the evening. It also comes with a powdered fiber drink that you mix with water and consume immediately prior to breakfast.
The fiber drink has definitely helped me to feel more full throughout the day. I’ve upped my fruit and veggie intake and am also trying to drink a gallon of water every day during this process. I was feeling rough earlier in the week (see “TRX plank belly flop,” above) because of all wear and tear I had put on my body over the weekend. Too much beer, not enough sleep, and I was not feeling great. Today, though, I’m really noticing a difference. It’s been four days and I feel like my energy levels are better, my focus has improved, and best of all, I’m down two pounds (woo!). The refresh is only supposed to be used every 90 days, and I’m not sure I’d make it a regular thing, but for times like this when I really need to hit the reset button on my body during a jam-packed month, it seems like it’s a good tool to keep in my back pocket.
I’m gearing up for the weekend and aiming for balance. I’ve got my four mile run tomorrow morning, and then some friends are joining me for a beach day and a dinner party at my house. I love entertaining so I’m really excited to cook delicious food and catch up with these folks, some of whom I haven’t seen in far too long. Sunday, I’ve got a beach yoga class scheduled in the morning at Carson Beach in South Boston, and I’m planning to take a kayak out on the ocean afterwards if it’s not too hot. There’s a Boating in Boston location right at Carson Beach, and I have a season membership that I’ve yet to use, so I need to get in lots of paddling time before fall!
What are your plans for the weekend?