Good morning! Based on my half marathon training plan I showed you yesterday, Strength & HIIT were on the workout plan for yesterday. Here is an Upper Body & Abs workout routine for you.


Here are the moves for you to see!

If you don’t have a stability ball, tuck each knee one time to your chest before doing a pushup. On a stability ball you will roll your knees in one time and then roll the ball back into plank and do a push-up. That’s one rep.

For the High Plank Jack & Low Plank Jack here is a link of Bob Harper teaching it on Youtube. High Plank Jacks will be 30 seconds of jumping jacks while holding your body in high plank (on palms). Low Plank Jacks will be 30 seconds of jumping jacks while holding your body in low plank (on forearms). Bob Harper Video Link

I followed up this Upper Body & Core Workout with a HIIT workout. You can find out more about this training here. But simply you will do one exercise for 20 seconds working at your MAX instensity and then rest for 10 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. When you get to the end of the 4 exercises, repeat 1x. It’s only 4:00 and you will be breathless! You can repeat 2-3 times for up to 12:00 minutes of intense cardio.



Here are my meal plans for the week.

  • Monday- Zucchini with Quinoa Stuffing
  • Tuesday- Thai Red Chicken Curry + Rice & Broccolli
  • Wednesday- Maple Glazed Salmon + Mashed Sweet Potatoes + Green Beans
  • Thursday- Leftovers
  • Friday- Eggplant, Tomato & Pesto Whole Wheat Pizza
  • Saturday- Out to Eat

I will share my recipes throughout the week as I cook them!

Dinner last night was so delicious. I guess you could call this a Meatless Monday recipe. I however can’t take credit for the recipe. While browsing the Real Simple website yesterday, I came across this Stuffed Zucchini recipe. You can find ingredients and steps at the link.

My battery was completely dead on my Nikon last night so I had to make due with my Iphone for pictures.

Make sure to slice your Zucchini right down the middle so there is enough of a “boat” for the stuffing.

I saved my scooped out Zucchini to add to a stir fry later! Don’t waste that goodness!

I altered mine by using Red Quinoa, skipping the almonds and adding salt. I also diced up tomatoes instead of using cherry tomatoes. I had a ton of the mixture left over so you really don’t need a whole can of beans or a 1/2 cup of Quinoa.

Remember to add extra Parmesan before baking these babies! (Super blurry pic!)

I was a little nervous about my husband liking this recipe but he kept saying over and over how good it was. I loved them! Plus they are full of protein from the Quinoa and beans. You can substitute Couscous or rice for the Quinoa as well and it would taste just as great! I definitely want to experiment with some different stuffing for the Zucchini. I hope you try them, you won’t be dissapointed!

Have you ever made stuffed Zucchini? Do you like stuffed vegetables and if so what’s your favorite vegetable to stuff?