Weekly Recap: Is This Thing On?

It seems weird to do a recap when you seemingly can't go anywhere, right? Well, here we are, folks! Surprisingly, I felt like I didn't do anything all week, but that turns out to be false. I actually had a pretty productive week, and while I didn't do as much cardio as usual, I did manage to get in more strength training and recovery than usual.


  • I went for a 14-mile social distancing bike ride with friends. Since I'm still fairly new to carb cycling, I really underestimated my need for additional calories - especially carbs - for my high cardio days. Unfortunately, I got very lightheaded and dizzy during the ride. Whomp whomp.
  • Sunday was Mother's Day, so I played Mother's Day fairy and dropped off surprise flower delivers for the moms in my immediate family. It was really nice seeing everyone in real life for the first time in months, even if only from a distance. 
  • Sundays are also my meal prep days. I've been getting so much better at prepping quickly and efficiently, and have been using a number of tips and hacks to get the job done. One of my biggest hacks is my Instant Pot! So amazing for thawing and cooking meat, awesome for cooking steel cut oats in a fraction of the time, and it's a great multi-tasker! I definitely recommend looking into them if you don't own one already!


  • I almost left this off the list as I was putting this post together! I passed my TRX Suspension Training certification! I now have an at-home system (I used to use it at my gym) and the tools to teach myself and other people. 
  • Adina Crawford led a live yoga class for DMV Fitness Fam. It had cardio, a great flow, and some sweet hamstring release. I was really surprised by how flexible I was during this class! I was able to touch my head to my knees during forward fold, for example, and I have no idea if/when the last time I was able to achieve this. It felt incredible! 
  • After yoga, I took the one-mile challenge I was tagged in from Fit Approach (aka Sweat Pink). I ran one mile in my neighborhood, then tagged 10 of my friends to do the same. I have a sneaking suspicion none of the participated... 😑


 Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. EST, I teach a HIIT workout on Facebook Live. During my last workout, I incorporated some barre moves into the workout, which was fun! It caused me to take the skills I just learned through my certification, and get creative with it. My triceps and biceps were definitely feeling the burn, but it was a great addition to my HIIT workouts, and my viewers seemed to enjoy it!

These workouts are usually 30 minutes, but I chose to add 15 minutes to last week's workout to include more core plus the barre element. It didn't actually make it feel longer than my regular workouts, which was surprising to me!


On Wednesdays, Tikima and I have started hosting virtual happy hours on Instagram. After each happy hour, she leads a 30-minute workout, which is a surprise workout each week. This week, we did a lower-body HIIT workout, which was great! Watch last week's video here!


I know that I did something on Thursday besides work... I just can't remember what it was...😬 Maybe I time-traveled to Friday?


  • Carb cycling on The Sweat Fearlessly Podcast. I published a new mini-episode about my current experience with carb cycling. If you're interested in learning more and getting your own customized plan, I cannot recommend my friend De of Faith Fueled Mom enough! I definitely recommend contacting her for her consultation.
  • Major bummer. So... my goal on Friday was to take a half-day and go out for a long hike and some fresh air. I figured I would stop working once John finished working for the day, and he didn't finish working until... about 6:00 pm. Major bummer. I think he continued working after that, maybe until 7-ish, and I just gave up on the hike for the day. It's tough when you make a plan to take some time for your mental health, and the plans get derailed. Next time, I 'm just going to pick a place and go hiking on my own. During the quarantine, it's easy to make excuses to work all the time. You're technically always at work unless you set strict boundaries for yourself. Admittedly, I have had many periods during this quarantine where I have been horrible at setting boundaries, but I've gotten better over time (I hope!)
  • The order is... lifted? The Governor lifted the stay-at-home order, with it officially going into effect at 5:00 p.m. Our county remains under stay-at-home orders because we have the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state, and the number of confirmed cases hasn't really dropped recently. I'm not sure how much longer we're going to be staying at home, but I'm truly fortunate that I have a place to shelter safely, I have a job, and I have enough food to eat. 


I went for a social distancing 8-ish-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail with two of my friends. It was an absolutely perfect day in Maryland, and the hike was challenging but fun. We had some great conversations, captured some great photos, and breathed in some fantastic fresh air. This part of the Appalachian Trail features a 1-mile climb near the start of the trailhead, and it is a doozy! We definitely got a great workout! 


  • I went on my bi-weekly grocery run. It was fun because weeks 3-4 of my carb cycling plan are pretty different from weeks 1-2. I get to eat different proteins and fruits, and I get to eat more food! John joined me this time, and it made it a heck of a lot faster! 
  • Sunday nights are for recording the Fit Black Queens Podcast and meal prepping. It's a great way for me to wind down and get prepared to start the new week out in a well-rested way. 
I'm looking forward to a fun-filled week this week! Yes, I still have to work a bazillion hours, but I have another hike planned for this weekend, some extra cardio during the week, and a long weekend to look forward to. What are you guys up to this week?

Fun fact: This week I'm linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down again! I missed this linkup, so I'm glad I could participate this week!

Cheers to an awesome week ahead, friends! 


  1. Hey, welcome back!!!! Always great to see you ;-) I love all the hiking you mentioned. I don't have much opportunity (or places LOL) to do that, so I'm jealous. I did the 1-mile relay for Sweatpink,too, but I don't think many of my tagged gals did. Oh well, it still was fun!

  2. Great to have you back in the link up! So I also signed up for the TRX training in June. It's been a while since I used mine and it will be fun to get a refresher and start using it again. I am dying to get on my outdoor bike but it's just too crowded on the trail for me. I need to find some neighborhood roads to ride on but oh so hilly! The carb cycling is tricky for sure I never seem to have figured that out either

  3. Looks like a well rounded week! so nice that you are close to the AT. Some days are like your Thursday... what the heck did I do? LOL!

  4. I would love to do a day hike on the AT! I love reading about thru hikers (although I have no desire to thru hike).

    I don't really work right now, just teach Yoga a little -- never get certified right before your Dad dies and a pandemic moves in! But before that I did work from home -- yup, you gotta set hours for yourself. Even so, it's easy to get sucked into things!