Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekly Wrap - It's Sunny in Hong Kong

We finally had some great weather around here and just in time for the weekend.

Work before play, Saturday was Leg Day! Before heading to the pool to soak up some vitamin D, we hit the fitness center. For my warm-up, I ran for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Normally I would have gone for the mile, but my knee was feeling little wonky, no pain, just off. I used to push through moments like this, but not anymore.

The rest of the workout was the same as last week, except the one-minuters were doubled up and I increased my weights. I could still only do one round of the finishers although this time I did some really slow lunge jumps. No one said they had to be fast, right? I was toast at the end.

One of my favorite things to do after a good and sweaty FASTer Way To Fat Loss workout is relax at the pool. I'm so thankful that our fitness membership gives us access. It's so nice to just change in the locker room and walk outside to this beautiful view. It feels so good to just sit in the water to cool off and then dry in the sun.

We took advantage of the sunny weather again today and took our SUP boards out for a couple of hours. It had been awhile since we had them out. Between rainy days and other workouts in the morning (it is way too hot even for the pool or SUP after lunchtime in my opinion), it just hasn't worked out. Until today. I forget how tall my board really is 10'6". We got our boards on Amazon and brought them to Hong Kong as checked baggage. My exact board is not currently available, but they have this newer version out now.

We paddled out and back and then out again. The second time I went around the corner of the little beach bay area further than I've ever gone before. Then I did a little SUP yoga - my version anyway. It was so peaceful laying there. I could have taken a nap.

After we put our boards away, we walked down to the other end of Tai Pak Beach to check out the Funtastic Summer event that has been set up for the month. For the kids they have big inflatable slides, mini powerboats and a couple of inflatable endurance games (like a mild version of what you would see on Wipeout). For the adults there are deck chairs with umbrellas and a big misting zone. This is provided by the company behind the development of Discovery Bay and it is all free.

The other big highlight of the weekend was making banana protein bars. I mostly make these to have for hiking, but I was in the mood to make them today. I changed the recipe a bit and used almond butter instead of peanut butter. Both ways are good.

Here's how the rest of my week looked:

Monday - Mixing sprints and Tabata

Tuesday - Outdoor HIIT workout

Wednesday - Bodypump ---> and revealing breakthroughs

Thursday - Strength training at-home workout

Friday - Easy run ---> my attempt at a heart rate run

I'm linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!

How was your weekend?
Any big events going on in your neighborhood?
Favorite DIY snack?



  1. That is pretty great to have such a nice pool right at your gym. I love how much you do out on the water. Have a great week

  2. What an awesome week! I love that the pool is so close to the gym. I think all gyms should follow this model, lol.

  3. Ah, I would love to end a tough workout with a dip in a pool like that! Sadly, the best I can hope for is a good shower. I still need to try SUP!

  4. Wow, I also didn't realize how tall SUP's are!
    You have a really nice pool at your fitness center. Is it a roof top pool?

  5. I'd love to have my own SUP! I'd go all the time!

  6. I bet those slow lunges you mentioned were harder than the fast ones! I'm always amazed at how difficult the slow moves actually are because they require a lot more control and balance. I've never tried SUP'ing (is that a word?)....not sure how I'd do. My balance is way better than it used to be, but still pretty pathetic LOL

  7. That is a beautiful pool you have access to at the fitness center! I didn't realize the SUP board was that long. It's huge! I'd really like to try that one day soon. I'm a sucker for any kind of bar or snack made out of oatmeal.

  8. Those bars look so good! The combination of nut butter and banana is always a winner!

  9. How amazing to have access to a pool after a good workout! Water therapy does a body and the mind good!
    With my break, I've been missing seeing what all yall are up too. Glad to see your still enjoying the SUP!
    If I was a kid I'd be in heaven with all those slides!

  10. That pool view is AMAZING - the gym we belong to now is not nearly as nice as our previous gym (with a pool like yours), but I'm happy it has a pool at all! That SUP yoga looks quite lovely and the perfect place for a nap! Thanks for linking up!

  11. That gym pool looks fabulous!


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