So, yeah, now that it’s Wednesday and I’m still in a bit of a funk, I think it might just be one of those weeks.
Everyone has them, right? You just really don’t feel like doing anything. Work, laundry, working out, cooking, etc.
Maybe that means I need a vacation. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Taught a BOSU class.
Ran 3 of the slowest miles in my life later on at home on the treadmill. I was supposed to do 7 miles with 4 of them at tempo pace. That just didn’t happen. It was just one of those days.
Taught a spin class.
Ran 9 miles on the treadmill afterwards. I think it was around average 8:10 pace or so. Slower at the start, then sped up a little each mile. It was tough. I worked hard mentally to just get in the running zone.
Random side note- those stupid calorie counters are so off. I wore my Polar RC3 GPS for my spin class and my run and the calories were still lower than what the treadmill said for my run only. Someone should really fix those for the poor people who rely on them.
Another side note. Yep, my race tag is still hanging tough on my Mizuno Elixirs. I’m going to see how long I can keep it one there.
And thank goodness for treadmills with TVs and Kelly and Michael and The View. That’s what saved me this morning.
So a few things have been going on over here that have needed a little more time and attention.
Yesterday I got to hang out with a close friend who I hadn’t seen in about 6 months. The boys were with us, but I figured we’d still have some quality mom to mom time to catch up and chat.
Things didn’t go quite as planned.
That right there is a toddler tantrum at it’s finest. In public. That’s how he rolls. At least he was wearing a helmet. Ha.
Oh my poor friend.
And this has been happening more often than it should with our other child.
He is supposed to stay in his bed all night. Lately sometime around 3 in the morning he comes in and refuses to go back to his room because he wants to “sleep on the pillows”.
Today is preschool picture day. This morning I finally decided to run a brush through their hair. (First time since school started. Mom of the year over here.)
Obviously we had to take pictures on the way to the car.
Obviously it did not go as smoothly as planned.
Obviously he didn’t see that coming.
I really hope they’re on their best behavior while at school.
So, yeah, things are just not really going as planned this whole week and I’m struggling a bit, but hey that’s okay. You do what you can with what you’ve got, right?
Yesterday, I may not have fit in the run I was supposed to, but I did do quite a few planks both in my BOSU class and afterwards.
Planks are one of the best core strengthening exercises you can do. They strengthen the rectus abdominus (the "six-pack muscles"), transverse abdominus, internal and external obliques, hips, and back. Yep, pretty much all your core muscles.
And, if you do them on a BOSU they’re just that much better.
If you need a modification you can always do planks on your knees and then build up to doing it on your toes.
Side planks are really great too because they target obliques and get more into the lower back. They also help strengthen the shoulders a bit.
You can modify the side plank too by putting your bottom knee on the ground. You can also make it more difficult by lifting your top leg.
Got 3 minutes? Do 1 minute of each plank.
Got 6 minutes? Do 2 minutes of each one or go through twice.
Just do what you can do. Your core will thank you.
My absolute favorite Quest Bars are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor (I like to bake them), but they do have sucralose in them. Sucralose doesn’t bother some people, but others stay away from it. I’ve been doing my best to stay away from it and most other artificial sweeteners ever since the whole STUFT detox thing.
This new Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar is sweetened with stevia and erythritol, NO sucralose.
I got a couple of sample bars send to me to test out so the pressure was on to create something really great.
I did my best.
I made some STUFT Quest Ball Cookies. (You know, because we’re all about STUFT balls here lately.)
I took a Double Chocolate Chunk bar and formed it into two little balls with a thumb hole in each one.
I baked them on parchment paper at 375 convection for 5-6 minutes.
I know, right?
The best protein cookie balls you’ve ever seen (and tasted).
They were a little crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.
So cute. So scrumptious.
So nutty and delicious.
Some people have asked where I buy Quest Bars. I buy them online here (*affiliate link). I’ve compared prices with other online retailers and they’re pretty much the same. Customer service is great from the direct site though and shipping is super speedy. I usually get my order the very next day.
I know they sell Quest Bars at GNC stores though too.
Okay, well, time to get the boys from school. We’re going to attempt to do some fall decorating today. We’ll see if that goes as planned. Something tells me it probably won’t.
Have a good one!
Do you do planks?
Is anyone else in a bit of a funk this week? Or dealing with toddler tantrums?
Have any Quest Bar creations you want to share?