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Happy Belated Valentine’s Day everyone!
Did you spoil your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? I truthfully love Valentine’s Day because it gives my husband and I a good excuse to go out for dinner… sans kiddos 😀 This year hubby knocked my socks off. While he was away on a business trip in Chicago, he called and reserved us a table at a fine dining restaurant in our town (Allison’s). He surprised me and told me about it on Friday morning when he got back from his trip. Best.husband.ever!
Our dinner was AH-mazing! I started with the beet salad with candied pecans, then had the lobster tail with filet mignon, steamed veggies and rice, followed by chocolate dipped strawberries with raspberries and blueberries – it was delicious and I definitely ate a rainbow of awesome veggies and fruit!
This is also our Family Day weekend in Ontario. Today is a day off from school, work etc for us to spend with our families doing fun activities. My oldest daughter’s hockey team rented the ice at the hockey arena for an hour and all the families got together and played some pick-up hockey. The girls had a blast!
As for myself, this past week saw me finally return to running!!! I may never know what happened to my back or why I was in so much pain for a week. I went to the Chiro on Tuesday and he wouldn’t treat me because the x-rays of my SI joint weren’t clear. The x-rays of the rest of my back showed a scoliosis but he wouldn’t treat that without me getting more x-rays. I’m supposed to go to my family Dr for them, but it seems pointless because I’m completely pain-free.
I was feeling quite down because I thought that I couldn’t run or anything until I got more x-rays and started my treatments. By Thursday morning I was feeling better and I knew that a good workout would make me feel better so Thursday morning I packed up my running gear and brought it in to work with me. I was hoping that my co-worker had her stuff too. I ran 5.5k at lunch with her on Thursday, did my kettlebell workout on Friday morning with my co-worker (we carpooled to work together), cycled for 90 min on my own Saturday morning at home, and ran for 82 min on the dreadmill on Sunday. After telling me to go to my family Dr for more x-rays the Chiro tried to sell me an extensive “wellness” package. Since I haven’t even experienced a single treatment I declined the offer. He made me prepay for my treatment on Tuesday, but didn’t treat me, so he said he would apply that payment to my next visit… I’ll be going in to ask for my money back. There might very well be a muscle imbalance, but I sure don’t trust this guy and would rather find myself a different Chiro or Athletic Therapist etc. I asked for strengthening exercises to do in the mean time and he wouldn’t give me any.
90 min on the bike.
This week my workout plan is to run more and get back to lifting weights. Hubby will go back to Chicago, but it’s an “easy” week for the kids sports – I only have to take them to activities one night!
Monday: 60 min ride + kettlebells
Tuesday: 5.5k run at lunch
Wednesday: 60 min ride + kettlebells
Thursday: 5.5k run at lunch
Friday: 10k run
Saturday: 90 min ride
Sunday: 20k run
Meal planning…. Last week I was pretty good and stuck with most of our meal plans. I had my green juice for breakfast every day and it really helped to kick-start the day. This week I plan to continue that. Here’s our meal plan:
Monday: Whole wheat pasta with meat sauce. I’ll be sneaking in some veggies that I’ll puree in the blender (spinach, kale, carrots, celery and parsley).
Tuesday: Spanish rice in lettuce wraps.
Wednesday: Easy skillet chicken parmesan (perhaps with spiralized zucchini wich I have recently learned is called zoodles).
Thursday: Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas with spinach salad
Friday: Hubby is back home and we’ve been going out for a family dinner.
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Have an active and healthy week!
What’s on your fitness and meal plan for this week?
What did you do for Valentine’s Day?
Did you have a good weekend?