We’ve been enjoying some absolutely glorious weather the past few days and are looking forward to a nice weekend home. Well, hopefully not home but out enjoying the sunshine!
Yesterday afternoon we went to visit The Hubby at one of his job sites. He works for a general contractor overseeing projects and at one of them, they had big tractors working this week. So of course we had to go by to see them!
The Love Nugget was in awe! He just kept saying, “Cool dwacto” (tractor in nugget language). He definitely did not want to leave and I think would have sat there all afternoon just watching them drive around.
But… I couldn’t have 🙂 Plus we had a few errands to run before coming home so I could get ready for Happy Hour with my cousin (AKA Auntie Gigi).
We went to a Tapas restaurant that neither of us had been to but had heard great things called Source. It had a really nice outdoor seating area which overlooked a pretty pond and since the weather was so nice, we jumped at the chance to sit and enjoy the weather 🙂
I haven’t had Tapas since the hubby and I went to Spain a few years ago. While these weren’t exactly as authentic as Spanish Tapas, they were still good!
We of course had to start with the Sangria,
Then we shared several small plates which included olives, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Anchovies, Paella Balls, Pomegranate Chevre spread and Crab Tater Tots (unpictured).
Yum! Everything was really good! I was a little hesitant with the anchovies but they were okay… not really my favorite but not bad. We’ll definitely be going back again!
For Fitness Friday today I’m linking up with Katie at Talk Less Say More 🙂
Since I’m finally feeling 100%, it felt great to get back into the swing of things with my weekly workouts. Here’s how my week went,
Saturday – 4 mile treadmill run and Core class
Sunday – Rest
Monday – 3 mile run and Bodypump class
Tuesday – This Cardio Circuit Workout I did at home
Wednesday – Spin and Piyo Class
Thursday – Stroller Strides, outside! The weather was gorgeous!
Friday – Hopefully a nice run outdoors in the gorgeous weather this afternoon 🙂
Lately I’ve started taking Bodypump classes to force myself to lift more weights. I find that if I take a class, I’m more likely to use weights to work every muscle group rather than just working out on my own. So I’ve been going once a week and really trying to stack the weight on to build more muscle. I feel like I’ve been doing great and have definitely seen an increase in the amount of weight I can lift. However, no matter how much weight I put on when we do squats (we use a bar), my lower back kills me. I stand by the mirror and am constantly checking myself but am always aching after we finish. I was talking to my hubby about it and he was showing me the proper way to do squats with a bar. It was interesting because in the class, we are instructed to just get into squat position and I take that as knees aligned with your toes, legs shoulder distance apart and toes facing forward. That’s how we do body weight squats. However, the hubby said to make sure and have your toes pointed outwards slightly so that you are more able to keep your back straight. I of course had to look more into it and found a great step by step guide on the perfect form for squats.
How to Squat
The Squat Setup
- Stand with and even stance. Your feet should be shoulder width apart with your feet facing out at a 30 degree angle.
- Take a big breath. Tense your entire body. Squat.
- Start from the hips – Bend at your hips and sit back into the squat. Imagine you are sitting down on a seat. The hips joint should always bend before your knees.
- Check your knees – Keep your knees out. Your knee joints should be pointing in the same direction as your feet all the way down. If your knee buckle in it normally means that the weight is too heavy.
- Keep your weight back – Keep your weight distributed towards your heel.
- Go all the way down – You should always aim to squat to at least parallel. Meaning, your hip joint needs to be at least parallel with your hip joint. This is incredibly difficult to judge yourself, even with the aid of a mirror. Ask someone else to assess your depth either in the gym or by video taping.
- Think about squatting up – On the way down think about squatting up. This will help to prepare your brain and make the upward movement easier.
- Bounce off the bottom – At the bottom position of the squat your hip muscles should be tight – storing energy. Use this energy to help you bounce out of the bottom of the squat. Ensure that you are bouncing off the hips – not the knees.
- Focus on your glutes – When powering up out of the squat concentrate on squeezing your glutes together.
- Drive your hips up – Most of the power for the squat comes from the hips. Drive the hips in an upward motion. (Source)
I’ll definitely be paying more attention to my form and trying to follow these steps when doing squats from now on 🙂
We are off to gymnastics this morning then hopefully a Dr. Seuss story at the mall to celebrate his birthday!
I always loved celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday when I was teaching. Such a wonderfully creative author and The Love Nugget really enjoys his stories.
Fun fact about Dr. Seuss… Did you know Seuss’ first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times.
Just one more example of famous failures and to never give up!
Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!
Have you tried “real” tapas before? Cured meats, anchovies, etc.?
- Have you taken a Bodypump class before?
- How much do you pay attention to correct form when lifting weights?