Welcome to another week my friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to rock this week. Can you believe Thursday is the first day of Fall and Summer will officially be over? I always say it, but crazy how fast times flies. Today I’m linking up with Meghan and Katie to share all of my weekend highlights. But before I get to talking about the weekend don’t forget to enter the Quest Bars Giveaway I’m running on Fridays previous post. I will choose and notify a winner tomorrow!
Saturday morning was the perfect weather for an outdoor run so I couldn’t resist. I did about four miles, which is a lot for me and then went to go inside the house and do some yoga and stretching when I realized my husband had left for work and must have accidentally locked the door. UH! I was locked out without my phone! Luckily our community has a little gym that I walked over to. I got some water and waited for someone to show up so I could borrow their phone. Within minutes a neighbor was there to save me. I walked a few miles on the treadmill until one of Tom’s coaches came with the key. Not the greatest start to my Saturday morning, but I ran/walked plenty of miles!
Saturday Food and Football
The rest of Saturday was pretty much taken up with cleaning, meal prep, a nice walk with the dog, and watching football (mostly Alabama and Ohio State) and having this delicious meal of French Dip Sandwiches with this homemade French Bread. And as a side I thinly sliced potatoes with a mandoline and made Old Bay seasoned baked Potato Chips. I shared my first photo of this process on my Instagram Stories. One of our favorite local restaurants Red Oak Bistro serves Old Bay chips with their sandwiches so I thought it would be an easy side to try at home. If I’m not getting recipe ideas from Pinterest I love getting inspiration from other restaurants.
Last weekend I didn’t share any highlights because the weekend was pretty low key. But I’ve been enjoying cooking some football themed meals every Saturday since college football season started. Last weekend we grilled some wings and I made Cheesy Pretzel Twists and roasted brussels sprouts. Needless to say planning and eating Saturday dinners has been fun! Who wants to come over this coming weekend?!? Not sure what’s on the menu yet, but I’m sure it’ll be something delicious!
On Sunday I woke up early and headed into DC to meet my sister and her friend Manny for our first Soul Cycle class. They were giving away free classes this week to first time riders and we all had only ever been to Flywheel, so we definitely took advantage of the offer.
If you have never been to a Flywheel (read my review here) or a Soul Cycle class they are so much more than any typically spin class you may have attended before. I was never a huge fan of spin until I discovered these studios. It’s not a fitness class, it’s more like an experience. First of all you get to borrow spin shoes for the class, which I love because my feet are always falling out of the straps in any other spin bike.
The 14th Street Soul Cycle Studio staff were very warm and welcoming in getting us set up and giving us a quick tour. I love the locker rooms in these studios. Clean showers, changing areas, bags for dirty clothes, hairspray, deodorant, hair ties, gum, you name it, they have it waiting for you.
The actual class we took was 45 minutes long. The instructor burns candles in the room and the majority of the class the lights are turned completely off. The music is loud, the instructor is motivating, and you are dripping sweat about two songs in, I seriously just LOVE this feeling! At Soul Cycle we did a lot more dancing and moving on the bike which was fun for an early Sunday morning class, when I usually wouldn’t be working out at all or be doing some light yoga. At Flywheel, a typical class is much more competitive with the torque board and your rankings.
Tank, Crop Leggings, Sports Bra,
I was surprised by how different the class focuses are between Soul Cycle and Flywheel, I can honestly say I love them both and can’t choose a favorite. I would however attend a certain class depending on my mood. If i’m feeling competitive and that I want to push myself the hardest I would go Flywheel. However at certain points in the week the motivation and soul searching is exactly what I need from Soul Cycle. So needless to say I will definitely be back for more, these classes are so addicting and I love that I can make it into a little social outing with my sister or DC friends.
After a sweaty spin session we walked down the street for Brunch at Busboys and Poets. We had been there a few times before and knew the food was fresh and delicious. I ordered something new, the Sweet Potato Hash that came with brown rice, kale, onions, sweet potatoes, and a poached egg. Not pictured is the side of turkey sausage I ordered, because well protein! I ate every last bite and wished I could have taken the cute little skillet with me.
After brunch we headed to the Nike Factory Store where I found a new pair of capris and a shirt for work that were on clearance, SCORE!
Then for dinner we grilled one of our usuals, Italian Chicken because I’ll use it for salads and Tom’s lunches throughout the week. We also had corn on the cob and Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad. I am clearly still a tad in denial that Summer is almost over because we then ended the weekend on a sweet note with some ice cream. Twist with all the sprinkles. But in my defense it was sunny and 80 some degrees outside. And I crave ice cream all year round 😉
Hope you all have a wonderful week! Check out other Weekend Highlights Here.
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