TGIF

The high of my week was I taught my very first TRX class at lunch yesterday! I had a whopping four participants (two of which were other instructors) but it was super fun and I got great feedback. I also did some practice teaching at an ‘Abs & Buns’ class on Tuesday evening that had more like 20 participants and it was also super fun! I know I’m really going to enjoy teaching fitness classes :)

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The low of my week was no real low’s this week. It’s been a pretty good week. I am feeling a little tired and burnt out right now because work is super busy but that’s what vacation is for. T-minus 6 sleeps until we leave!

The book I’m reading right now is I just started reading ‘Americanah’ the other night. I’m only about 20 pages in but so far I like it. I also picked up ‘Big Little Lies’ at the library yesterday, which I think will make a great beach read for our vacation.

For my workouts, I completed: 

  • Saturday – 1 hour hot hatha yoga class
  • Sunday - 5 mile/8 km run + 45 minute bootcamp class
  • Monday - 45 minute HIIT class at lunch
  • Tuesday - Taught a 40 minute Abs & Buns class in the evening
  • Wednesday - Group RX at lunch + a 3.1 mile/5 km trail run in the evening
  • Thursday - Taught a 40-minute TRX class at lunch + a 75-minute hot flow yoga class in the evening
And today is a much needed REST DAY!
 
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The best money I spent was last Friday after work I finally went swimsuit shopping (I have been putting it off for months!) and I actually had a really wonderful experience. First I went to Target and that wasn’t a great experience but then I went to La Vie en Rose in the mall and ended up walking out with three swimsuits! The salesperson was so so helpful. At $170 for three swimsuits they definitely were not cheap, but I think the good quality and the fact that I felt really good and comfortable in all of them makes it worth it. Plus I haven’t bought a new swimsuit since 2010 so I think I was due.

My plans this weekend include we have a busy weekend ahead of us! Tomorrow I will go for a run in the morning and then I’m getting a manicure and pedicure in the afternoon and we’re going to Eric’s coworkers for dinner. Sunday morning we’ll do our morning gym date and then I think Eric is going golfing and I might go to yoga. Sunday afternoon we have baseball practice with our ball team. Also we have a bunch of family in town this weekend, four of my younger cousins are visiting for their spring break, so all our extra time will likely be spent hanging out with them! And I would also like to start doing a bit of packing for our trip. 

What book are you reading right now and what workouts did you complete last week? 

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What I’m reading, watching and listening to

Happy Thursday! It’s been a busy week and I spent way too much time last night trying to download some music to play when I’m teaching TRX so you get a quick post today about some of the content I’ve been consuming recently!

Reading…

Station eleven

I just finished Station Eleven last night. It’s actually only the second book I managed to finish in March! I think I read so much in January and February I burnt myself out on it a little bit. Anyways, Station Eleven was a really, really awesome book. It wasn’t quite like anything I’ve ever read before but Emily St. John Mandel is an amazing author and I felt like all the characters jumped off the page. I was super sad when it ended. I love dystopian novels and it also qualifies for the ‘Sci Fi’ category in the Read Harder challenge. The next book I’m picking up is Americanah.

Watching…

FNL

Friday Night Lights still. I’m about halfway through the third season now. Still loving this show so much! Everytime Eric catches me watching it he’s like “still watching your show about high school drama hey?” and yes, it’s about high school kids and there is lots of drama, but it’s just so good. The character development is awesome and the characters are so likeable. I can’t completely explain it but I’m obsessed.

We also recently watched a few episodes of Broadchurch on Netflix. We’re about halfway through the first season now and I’m intrigued. It’s a British show about a murder in a small town.

Oh and I got all the recent episodes of Suits from my coworker so I need to start catching up on that asap! I was going through major Harvey and Mike withdrawals for awhile there.

Listening to…

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So many podcasts. I actually have about four hours of driving ahead of me on Friday for meetings in Kelowna and I can’t wait to listen to ALL the podcasts during my drive! I currently regularly listen to Happier, Jess Lively, Book Riot, Jillian Michaels and Dear Sugar.

As an aside, I spent way too many hours last night googling how to download free music legally! I need to start building up some good playlists for the TRX classes I’m going to be teaching soon. I am so not a music person so it felt a bit overwhelming to me to try and build a playlist. Plus I’m not rich so can’t afford to buy a whole bunch of songs. There must be a legal and free way to do it isn’t there?

And on that note, what is your favourite workout song?

What are you reading, watching and listening to right now? 

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TWATA: How I meal prep

Time for another ‘The World According to Amber’ post :) Read this post to learn more about this new series. Today’s post is about how I meal prep!

Back in January I purchased the 21 Day Fix through Beachbody and I’ve been loosely following the program ever since. I did follow it strictly for the first 21 Days and have continued to meal plan every week for the last 9 weeks or so, but I definitely do not always follow my meal plan to a tee.

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One thing following the program really got me into was full meal planning and preparation. I’ve done a bit of meal planning before by preparing my breakfast ahead of time, making large salads etc. but with this program I literally prepped and portioned out breakfast, snacks and dinner for five full days. It’s a lot of work on the weekends, yes, but it also makes my week days so much better because I don’t have to worry about cooking at the end of a long and busy day.

So how do I do it? The first step, usually on Friday night or Saturday, is to figure out what I’m going to eat for the next week. I try to build the plan around food we already have but we also grocery shop weekly to supplement the stuff we have on hand.

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A recent grocery haul. 

Then usually either Saturday or Sunday afternoon (more often Sunday) I set up in the kitchen and spend approximately two hours getting everything ready. I usually set up my laptop in the kitchen and watch Netflix while I’m doing it and that makes the time fly by! I literally start with one thing at a time, for example portioning out my greek yogurt for the week and then cross it off the meal plan I’ve printed. Then while my oatmeal is cooking I might chop the veggies for my salad and start preparing it. I usually have a few different things on the go at once – it’s really no different than cooking a larger, more complex meal.

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Most weeks for dinner I am cooking a huge batch of chicken or some other kind of protein and then eating it throughout the week on salads or for dinner. At the beginning of the month I made the three ingredient pot roast from Peanut Butter Runner and froze individual portions so it’s easy and quick for me to access. I literally just ate the last portion last night! Freezing things like cooked meats is the best. Lasts for so much longer.

My go-to food lately has been steel cut oats for breakfast (always), mason jar salads for lunch (so awesome!) and taco salad, enchilada’s or taco’s for dinner. I’ve also made this turkey quinoa taco bake several times over the last several weeks. I cannot say enough about how much of an impact meal planning and preparation has had on my life. It’s made it so much easier to eat healthy, made my weeks smoother and more relaxing and it’s also saved money at the grocery store. I know it will be harder to keep up going into the spring and summer as life gets busier but I’m definitely going to try!

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I am obsessed with mason jar salads for lunch! So yummy. The layers for this one are grape tomatoes, peppers, chickpeas, a hard boiled egg, feta and lettuce. I loosely follow this recipe for dressing. 

Eric also does this and preps his own food. Something I’ve mentioned in passing many times (but maybe should write an entire post about) is that unless Eric and I are getting takeout, going out for dinner or it’s a special occasion we don’t eat or cook meals together. Right now Eric goes to the gym every day after work until about 6-6:30pm and has a protein shake right after so doesn’t eat dinner until 8 or later. I on the other hand eat my dinner around 6:30 or 7pm each evening. We also tend to eat really different things. I eat a lot of salads, taco’s, enchilada’s etc. and Eric likes to eat chili, or he makes this black bean spaghetti from Costco and then tops it with chicken or some other protein. Eric is really into getting lots of protein. He also makes and freezes 1 – 2 weeks worth of meals ahead of time. The weekend before last he spent about three hours in the kitchen making chili, shredded bbq chicken, spaghetti squash boats and turkey meatballs.

Honestly, it’s pretty nice having a husband who is completely self-sufficient in the kitchen and cooks for himself. It’s enough work doing my own meal prep! This is probably the number one thing about our relationship that I get weird looks from people when I tell them, but it works for us to eat separate food and at separate times so we will keep doing it as long as it works.

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Do you meal prep? I would love to hear some tips and tricks for meal prepping for two people or a family in the comments as I am just doing it for myself right now! 

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