I have the best friends and I'm so grateful. Earlier in the week my friend V sent me an email that was one of those chain ones, but it was pretty cool. Basically in a nutshell it was an appreciation of your friends and how they fill different parts of your life but they're all equally important. The more I thought about this, the more I realized it was true...one of my oldest friends (as in we met in the sixth grade!) D and I are bootcamp buddies, and I always appreciate how she keeps me on track when it comes to our workouts. This week we were chatting about our workout schedules and we committed to each other that we'd do everything that we had scheduled this past week...and we did! Having a workout partner is so great because it keeps you accountable to someone...every night before bootcamp we text each other to check in that we're going, and it helps me to get out of bed at 5am when it's sideways raining or freezing cold out because I know she's waiting there for me. We've already set the same goal for next week - bring it on!
Sunday: rest day
Rest day...and I definitely needed it. It was a busy weekend with my BFF R coming to town and us testing many amazing whiskies at the Victoria Whisky Festival on Saturday night. Whisky, men in kilts and haggis tarts...what's not to love?! Ha! We've been going to this festival for the past five years, and this year we made a pact that we would get past five tables without getting hammered and actually remember some of the whiskies we liked. It was a bit painful as we had to pour out some whiskies (yes, I poured out perfectly good whisky!!) but I did find a few new ones that I really liked and are on the "to buy" list.
Monday: bootcamp a.m./PISE lower body strength training p.m.
First double day of the week! Morning bootcamp was hundreds interspersed with running...luckily most of the exercises we did for the hundreds were upper body, so my legs were relatively fresh for the evening strength class. This week we actually used weights for the exercises, and again I could tell I was going to be pretty sore. Thankfully my lower body is relatively strong due to all the bootcamp classes and running so it wasn't as bad as it could have been...but not gonna lie, it was still pretty bad. The one new thing that we did this week was box jumps...now these things strike almost as much fear in my heart as chin ups or the dreaded flexed arm hang because I'm always scared that I'm going to trip and smash all my teeth out or something and...well, I kinda like my teeth. I was pretty apprehensive but Josh was so nice and encouraging that I got off the ledge and did it. I didn't jump terribly high, but whatevs man. I did it.
Yay! First yoga session of the year...and it was exactly what was needed to ease some of the soreness in my legs from the night before. I truly love yoga...it's so relaxing, and at one point we were lying down on the bolsters and I could have just gone to sleep right then and there.
Wednesday: bootcamp a.m./PISE upper body strength training p.m.
Second double day of the week! Morning bootcamp was brutally hard...Jason is the toughest instructor I've ever had and he was in fine form that morning. After our warm up he took us to a nearby hill and made us sprint up ten times as fast as we could, and then we had to run up that mofo hill backwards ten times. My legs were already screaming from Monday's class so it was pretty much torture. As if that wasn't bad enough, we then had to go back and do a billion pushups, tricep dips, split squats and sit ups. OK, maybe not a billion, but it sure felt like it...and I was silly and wasn't really thinking that I should save something in my arms for later...oh le sigh. Live and learn.
Friday: 30 mins HIIT stationery bike
OK I admit....I was supposed to do another bootcamp class but D wasn't going so I decided to work out at home. What? I still worked out, right?
Saturday: 10K run
Last workout for the week! Hubs and I headed out in the morning and overall, the run was pretty good...I didn't feel overly tired this week but it was probably the carrot at the end of the stick that was keeping us going. It was Hubs' birthday this week so we were heading out for an afternoon movie (Zero Dark Thirty - fantastic movie...I was on the edge of my seat the whole time) and dinner at Vis a Vis, a local wine bar that has small plates and charcuterie (deelish - the gnocchi is to die for!).
This week I did a lunch hour cooking class on Thai food with my coworker J, so I'm going to make the pad thai and a red thai chicken curry that we did in class as well as a chicken stew with mashed garlic cloves. Hubs is seriously loving this new year's resolution. Ha!
Food was bang on this week with the exception of Wednesday...it was Hubs' birthday, but we weren't celebrating until Saturday but we couldn't not do a little something, right? So we had cupcakes and chocolate cake that night. I say that on your birthday, calories don't count...am I right? Ha! Anyways, other than that food was good this week and I made sure to get lots of protein and eat enough to keep my energy up through all the workouts.
That's it, that's all.