My weekend was jam-packed with fun: finding out I got tickets to the “Bethenny” show, birthday celebrations, laying on the grass in Central Park, getting pampered with a mani/pedi, NYC street fairs and my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s–yes, I am a dweeb who considers that fun :-) .
Before the weekend started, I was feeling incredibly cooped up. I needed a break from buildings, apartments, subways, buses and crowds of people. All it took was a huge patch of grass to feel some zen.
Thank goodness for Central Park. I love the Great Lawn. It’s incredible to see so many people doing the same and escaping our busy city for a few hours. There is something so therapeutic about running your fingers through cold, green grass.
The weekend ended with a street fair that was coincidentally in my neighborhood. NYC always has street fairs during the summer months and now that summer is (sadly) coming to an end my boyfriend and I decided to take a stroll down the avenue and get a load of all the funnel cake madness.
Well, one of us got a funnel cake and it was not me (even though I managed to steal one too many bites, oops). I opted for some “healthier” food options: grilled corn and pickles. Mmmm!
The grilled corn tasted just like summer.
And, with Monday being the start of a new week it was time for a much needed workout. My routine today was inspired by New York Fashion Week focusing on the legs with some spurts of cardio in between sets. I always dread “leg day” because it’s so physically exhausting but the toned and lean legs all around me this week are motivating.
Leg Day Routine
1. 5 minute warm-up, cardio of your choice
(I did 2 minute jumping jacks, 2 minute jump rope, 1 minute butt kicks)
2. 1 set 12 reps Barbell Squats
(I use a 20 pound bar)
3. 2 minute cardio: jump rope
4. 1 set 12 reps Romanian Deadlifts
(I use a 20 pound bar)
5. 2 minute jumping jacks
6. 1 set 30 reps walking lunges
(I hold a 5 pound weight in each hand)
7. 1 set 12 reps Seated Leg Curl
(I set the machine on 30 pounds)
8. 1 set 12 reps Leg Extensions
(I set the machine on 40)
**Repeat routine two more times for a total of three sets. Warm up is for first set only.**
I hope you try this workout, let me know if you do and what you thought!