Life Lately – Fitness, Food and Fun

Well, well, well. Remember me?

Yeah, it’s been a while. I have noticed lately, though, that many of my Boston blogger friends have taken a bit of a step back– is there something in the water this time of year?

Anyway, every time I take one of these mini breaks from writing, eventually I realize that it was necessary, but now it’s also necessary to begin writing again. Was there anything big and exciting that has kept me away? Nope, just life (sorry to disappoint).

I’ve just been grooving along in life, riding the stress roller coaster at work (aren’t we all?), and taking my time away from work to do a couple things:

  1. Enjoy life with my husband and friends
  2. Be a lazy sloth

Take your guess on which I’ve been doing at any given moment, but it feels like my brain just needed a break from going going going.

So now I’m back and ready to go again! In this time away from the blog though, don’t worry, I’ve continued to eat some really delicious foods and have kept up with some killer workouts that I will keep you updated on as well. so for a glimpse into my radio silence, keep reading.

Food lately:

My food game lately has been STRONG. I’ve been going a little kale crazy and making massaged kale salads each week for lunches — I’ve been mixing up the add-ins, but have a few go-to’s that I have repeated a few times. Now that the weather is turning, though, it might be time for some hot cooked lunches, but I don’t see these salads going away for good any time soon. It is just SO easy to prepare and “massage” a bunch or two of kale at the beginning of the week, and add in my toppings as I go along. Unlike other greens, kale stands up over time even when already dressed, so it makes a great base to prep at the beginning of the week. Each morning I can just grab a salad and go — saving some serious time on those mornings that I just can’t get going!

Salad

A little mediterranean inspiration.. Kale, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, hummus and falafel 

Salad2

A refreshing summer salad! Kale, bulgur, goat cheese, peaches, pecans 

I’ve also tried some great new snacks lately. My work day often leaves me stealing bites of food in between patients, (sometimes in between sentences), and I rarely have time to sit down and eat without interruption. Because of this, grab and go foods are essential for me during the week, so I’m always on the lookout for something new!

BricksBar

These Bricks bars are amazing. Will picked them up a couple of weeks ago, and I was very skeptical at first. I mean, a bar made of meat? What am I, an animal? I’ll tell you though, it was love at first bite, and it doesn’t hurt that this turkey one tastes like Thanksgiving dinner in a bar. Seem weird? Yeah, but don’t knock it til ya try it. And if you’re in need of some quality protein without turning to sugary bars full of soy, this is a great choice!

88acres

I’ve been wanting to try these 88 Acres bars for a while now, since they’re local to Boston. My favorite flavor out of these three was the Chocolate Sea Salt, but all of them were delicious! I highly recommend these if you see them in the bar section of your local grocery store or market.

Another thing we’ve been making a lot of? Acai bowls — I just can’t get enough. Although something tells me that I’ll be craving these a little less with the cold weather that has arrived!

acaibowl

My fave toppings for these are bananas, berries, granola, and of course peanut butter! 

Training Lately:

Training lately has been a huge mash up of whatever I feel like at the moment. I’ve been running a lot of hills, am back to running stadiums here and there, and have been getting myself on the spin bike at least once per week. I’ve also been in the weight room, although not as much as I would like, getting in about 2 full body lifts each week. My big lifts have definitely all gone down a little bit, but I’m trying to maintain strength right now instead of build it, due to my schedule. My schedule lately has looked a little bit like the following, with some changes depending on what else I have going on on any given day:

Sunday – Rest, Run or Hill Repeats

Monday – Spin workout (on my own, not a spin class) followed by upper body lift or full body lift (this is not a super heavy day)

Tuesday – Run bootcamp in the morning, possibly do the workout with the ladies

Wednesday -Stadiums or full body lift

Thursday – Bootcamp again, possibly do some of the workout with the ladies

Friday – Full body lift

Saturday – Off

Because I run bootcamp on Tuesday and Thursday, unless I do the workout with my ladies, these days could end up being additional days off. It’s all been a little bit all over the place, and as I said, I’m not able to get into the weight room as much as I would like to. With winter right around the corner though, I’m sure I’ll be in there more and outside less, so I’m sure things will be shifting again very very soon!

I’ve also had a few fun and totally random fitness days lately — an awesome day of stand up paddle boarding and a lovely hike in Maine a few weekends ago. Sometimes these types of fitness days are my favorite — just getting out of the gym, having fun and enjoying nature, all while getting a killer workout! Can’t beat it.

hike

Hiking in central Maine on the Appalachian Trail 

SUPSUP2

Because when you’re SUPing…why not do a few pushups? 

Life in General Lately:

I really can’t complain, life is pretty great. When I’m not at work, Will and I have been going out to eat a lot, enjoying the beautiful weather lately, and just enjoying time together when we can since we’re both so busy right now. We also have a trip to California coming up for  a wedding, so that will be nice to get one more weekend of sunshine before New England really goes into hibernation mode!

I’m still running bootcamp, which I am so happy about and am feeling very lucky that I was able to extend this class into fall with some amazing ladies who have been working incredibly hard. Our last day of bootcamp until the spring will be October 15, and while I’m sad it will be ending, it’s been a great run for my first year. The hope is to start up again in May, so if you’re in the Boston area and are looking for an outdoor workout group, stay tuned for the return of Rondeau Group Fitness once Boston has thawed from what will hopefully be a fairly mild winter.  (fingers crossed!)

So that’s it for me. What have you all been up to lately? What are some new snacks you’ve tried lately? How did you enjoy the last few weekends of warm weather before the cold?

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6 thoughts on “Life Lately – Fitness, Food and Fun

  1. Glad to see you back Steph!

    Isn’t SUPing fun? I found it a lot easier than I expected (or maybe I just used a really stable board lol). I wish it was something I could do more often!

    That bar sounds so bizzare, but you can’t really go wrong with something that tastes like Thanksgiving dinner. Speaking of which, that’s next weekend for us! I need to start browsing some dessert ideas. Apple or pumpkin, that is the question…

    • Thanks Chels! You’re right — SUP is really not that hard, as long as you’re on still water, I think there’s a pretty low chance of falling off, maybe that’s why I love it so much 🙂 And Happy early Thanksgiving! Whatever you make, I know it will be delicious!

  2. Welcome back 🙂 Thanks for catching us up on your life! Kale is a huge staple in our house, but I have to say that I don’t make enough raw kale salads- next week I need to try it! I feel like my life has been a bit out of control lately and totally off schedule, but I’m proud of myself for not stressing about it since I know things will settle down soon enough. I am trying to focus on embracing what’s in front of me now and understanding that everything I like about my ‘routine’ (food, gym, blogging, etc.) will all be there when things die down 🙂

  3. Dude, SUP is so much fun! I kept trying to find time to jam it into my schedule over the summer, because I always have so much fun when I go do it.

    Hey, that falafel – did you make it yourself? If so, do you have a recipe?

    • Ahh I know I LOVE SUP. We only get out once or twice per summer, but it is so great. As for the falafel — I buy that at Whole Foods. It’s not the best, but it’s an easy add in for my lunch. I need to try to make my own one of these days though!

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