Friday Friday Friday, we made it! I was a little worried that I was going to wake up as a zombie like yesterday, but thankfully I felt motivated to head to Unite this morning.
For the cardio portion I opted for the bike, since after Wednesday’s workout, I’m trying to reduce the amount of impact on my legs. I found the strength portion pretty challenging this morning for two reasons:
- Although we were doing low #’s of reps (5 max), we were using heavy weights.
- Our circuits were composed of only two exercises, with little-to-no rest in between sets, meaning our muscles didn’t have much recovery time!
- If we didn’t get through 5 sets of each circuit during the allotted time, we had to do burpees before the next circuit! (And we all love burpees 😉 )
As someone who is better at cardio than strength, I’ve really enjoyed how Unite pushes me in both areas. I’m learning a lot, improving, and have yet to do the same workout twice, which keeps it interesting!
And now, here’s what’s on my Favourite’s list this week!
Spotify “Browse” Playlists
I know I raved about Spotify Premium in last week’s Friday Favourite’s post, but I’ve since had the chance to explore it a bit more. One of my favourite features of the program? The “Browse” section!
I love how Spotify gives me at least 10 pre-made lists based on the time of day. This has allowed me to branch out a lot more, and discover new artists, genres, and songs. A couple of the playlists I’ve been listening to the most are:
- Young, Wild and Free
- Summer Chill
- Mood Booster
- Wake Up Happy
- Classic Road Trip Songs
Grains aren’t usually a staple of my diet, since I tend to find most carby products (bread, rice and potatoes, mainly) quite bland and boring. However, lately I’ve found myself craving whole grains, and have started incorporating them more into my meals. A few of the grains I’ve been enjoying lately:
- Whole Grain Crackers
- Brown Rice Cakes
I’ve been doin’ this snack the savoury way, by modifying a childhood combo of mine: rice cakes + melted cheese.
My slightly more grown up version of this includes any combination of white bean basil hummus, sliced turkey, and avocado.
- Whole Wheat Bagel thins
- Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
Red quinoa’s only popped up about 1949302 times on the blog so far, so no surprise here. My latest favourite way to enjoy the funny looking grain is as pictured above, as Cheesy Quinoa Broccoli.
GoLean Crunch + Cashew Butter
It tastes like a cookie. But creamy. And crunchy.
This has been poppin’ up at my place as a post-dinner treat, often consumed when I’m reading some really
boring fun articles.
Workout Shorts/Capris with Zippered Pockets
Got credit card cards, keys, or cash to hold while you run? A lot of athletic apparel companies like Lululemon are sewing zippered pockets on to the backs of their workout bottoms for this exact purpose.
Although I keep my credit cards/ID in my phone case, I’ve been using a good old fashioned key whilst living in Philadelphia (<- guys, I just said “whilst”. let’s all stop and laugh for a sec), and have been storing it in the back pocket of my shorts. If I didn’t have that pocket, I would probably have to tie my key onto my shoelaces or something, since I don’t have a wrist wallet.
80’s Movies on Netflix
I’ve dabbled in the Documentary section (Freaky Eaters), become addicted to a couple of series (Orange is the New Black), and am now expanding my horizons on Netflix once again. My latest discovery? 80’s movies!
Who doesn’t love a young, teenage Patrick Dempsey?
Or Matthew Broderick, aka Ferris Bueller.
- The Breakfast Club
- Adventures in Babysitting (I’ve seen bits of it before, but have yet to watch the whole thing)
- Say Anything
Hopefully I can find some time to check these off my list by the end of the summer. I’m feeling pretty confident in my movie-watching ability lately, so finding time shouldn’t be too much of a problem 😀