Workout Week in Review

by Lisa on Sunday: Oct 04, 2015

It’s been a long, crazy week, but I can certainly look back and say that I did well with my workouts. In fact, I haven’t been this consistent in recent memory. This week was a complete restart of the 21 Day Fix, so my workouts revolved around that particular plan. Next week I’m going to attempt to add in a few other things for variety, while still staying with the daily Fix workouts.

Here’s what the week looked like:


21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio: This workout in particular always kicks my butt. I think it has something to do with the surrenders at the beginning. They are no joke and the whole workout always makes my heart pump like crazy.


21 Day Fix Upper Fix: The hardest part of this workout for me is the pushups immediately followed by a plank. Those are two exercises I need to work on quite a bit!


21 Day Fix Lower Fix: So many lunges! This is a really effective lower body workout, and I hope I’m a little stronger in this area next week.


21 Day Fix Cardio Fix: This one is a pure cardio workout. Just when I think the day 1 workout is as hard as my heart is going to pump this week, the regular cardio hits, and it’s even more insane.


21 Day Fix Pilates: I worked from home on this day, and for some reason when I’m out of my normal routine, I find it even harder to get myself to do a workout. However, I did and this Pilates workout is great and comes at just the right time to give the rest of my muscles a rest.


21 Day Fix Dirty 30: I think this is actually my favorite of the fix workouts. It’s challenging, but seems a little more manageable than the other workouts.


The workout hasn’t happened yet, but on the agenda is the “active rest day” which includes the 21DF yoga DVD. D has actually expressed interest in doing this workout with me, so that will be fun.

I feel like every single one of my muscles got a good workout in this week. I have a love/hate relationship with this plan because the workouts are so hard, and I generally tend to gravitate toward more “fun” workouts like Zumba. However, I can’t argue with the results I get when I do these workouts. I’m going to stick with it next week and see if any of the days feel at all easier than they did last week.


What does your current workout schedule look like?

Friday Bulletpoints

by Lisa on Friday: Oct 02, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Here’s what’s been going on here lately, in Friday bulletpoint format:

  • My workout plan for the week is so far going great! When I was writing that post last weekend, it was something of a spur of the moment decision to give the 21 Day Fix another try this week, but I’m so glad I did. I’ll be writing more about that in my weekly workout wrapup this weekend.
  • As I’m sure you’ve noticed by the massive amount of blog posts out there on this topic, fall is here! I’m not usually a huge fan of fall because it means winter is right around the corner (it often starts to snow in October here), but I do enjoy changing seasons and the Halloween spirit of October.
  • Speaking of which, D and I have begun our yearly tradition of watching as many horror movies as possible in the month of October. We actually started toward the end of September and we’ve been making our way through the Saw series, the Halloween series, the Sleepaway Camp series and many others.
  • Wedding planning is now well underway. We attended a mock wedding at our wedding venue last week. I know what you’re thinking: a mock wedding? What’s that? Well, it ended up being a really great way for us to taste all the food and get a sense of how things would flow on the big day. It was a ton of fun and really got us motivated to start figuring out some vendors and plans.
  • Work this week has been STRESSFUL and very busy. It looks like it’s going to stay that way for a while, but I’m very happy that I was still able to stay productive outside of work this week. This weekend will be time for relaxation and trying to catch up and get ahead on some other to-dos so next week doesn’t get as crazy.
  • Also on the agenda for the weekend: blog maintenance! After the redesign I did earlier this year, I wanted to continue making tweaks, doing some code maintenance and adding pages. Time to get moving on that one.
  • Don’t forget to follow Lisa the Vegetarian on Twitter for updates!


What are your plans for the weekend?

Are you welcoming fall or dreading winter like me?

Disney World Planning Tips – Part 2

by Lisa on Wednesday: Sep 30, 2015

In case you missed it, check out part 1 of my Disney World trip planning series.

As I mentioned last time, my fiancee and I just returned from our (somewhat) annual trip to Disney World, and after planning our trip so many times, I decided I wanted to compile all the information I’ve been collecting here on the blog.

Next up:

Dinner Reservations

Do you need to make dinner reservations in advance of your trip? The answer is a resounding YES! It is extremely difficult to walk in to a sit-down restaurant at the parks (and some hotels) and expect to get in. There are some exceptions, but more often than not, you’ll be left scrambling and/or wandering the park looking for any place that will take you. Trust me, I know from personal experience. I’ve found that Magic Kingdom is a prime offender here because there are so few actual sit-down restaurants.


Of course, if sitting down for a meal isn’t a priority, there are tons of quick service places that will always be available, so you won’t starve.

Generally, you are able to book reservations 180 days out. If it’s important to you to eat at a specific restaurant, I would recommend doing so. It takes a lot of pressure off while you’re actually on your trip and you can book everything through the website or the My Disney Experience app (where all your FastPass+ reservations are stored as well).

When looking for places to eat, don’t forget to check out Downtown Disney as well as any of the resort hotels – most of which have very nice restaurants to offer.

What to Pack

There are a few key items that I never go without when on a Disney trip:

  • An umbrella or a poncho.  Florida is a rainy place, and it can go from sunny to pouring at the drop of a hat. I can’t even count how many times we’ve been at a park when the sky just opened up.The first few times, I was without an umbrella/poncho and I got DRENCHED. Now when we go, I make sure to have my small travel umbrella in my purse for the whole trip, while D takes along a hoodie.They do sell ponchos at the parks, but in the event of a sudden storm, you don’t want to be wandering around trying to find one.
  • Sunscreen. This goes without saying. It’s Florida!
  • Comfortable shoes.  This past trip, I took my FitBit with me for the first time. Knowing that we always walk a ton during these trips, I was extremely curious to see what the totals would be.Well, after 8 days (2 of which were travel days), the grand total came out to be 55 miles! Also, it’s important to bring more than one pair of shoes so you can alternate when one pair inevitably starts to bother your feet.
  • Bandaids/Medicine.  Whenever we go on a trip anywhere, I feel like I pack up our entire medicine cabinet to take with me. I like to be prepared for anything – a sore throat, a cold, allergies, bug bites, stomach issues, etc.  I pack all of that up in our suitcases, and for our days at the parks, I make sure I have a subset of those things in my purse (tylenol, advil, tums, etc.) so that we’re covered if something comes up while we’re out.Bandaids are also a must have – see the above note about comfortable shoes :)  It is very possible you’ll end up with blisters from the excessive walking (and sweating), so it’s best to be prepared.
  • Hand sanitizer. So, the first year we went to Disney, the last two days of the trip I had a vicious cold. Two years ago at the end of our trip, D came down with a sore throat and bad cold symptoms.  This year, we made it to the end of our trip fine, but the day we were flying home, D started sneezing and coughing. Two days later, I had caught the same bug.The moral of the story here is: Disney is a germy place.  We bring and use hand sanitizer on every trip, though obviously that’s not always enough.  But anything you can do to ward off the germs is worth trying!

Disney World is such a fun place, and I really believe that if you put the time in to plan and prepare ahead of time, you can fully enjoy all it has to offer while you’re there.


Next in this series, I’ll talk about transportation within Disney, PhotoPass and special events.


Any tips for keeping germs at bay while traveling?

My Current Favorite At-Home Workouts

by Lisa on Sunday: Sep 27, 2015

The big events of the year are now over, and that means one thing: I can now focus a lot more attention on my fitness goals. My wedding is now 9 months away and I have a lot of work to do if I want to look my best in my wedding dress (which I have yet to start shopping for – got to get on that!). I like variety in my workouts to keep me interested, and I definitely get bored if there’s too much repetition in my routine. Lately, I’ve been rotating through several different workouts, and I thought I’d share them with you:

21 Day Fix

21 Day Fix
I picked up the 21 Day Fix last year before we set off for Japan because I was intrigued by the container system, and everyone was raving about it at the time. The workouts are pretty intense and leave me kind of dead afterward, but they do give you results.  The containers force you to do a ton of meal planning, which means I need to be on my game before any given week starts. I haven’t fully completed a 21 day cycle following the instructions exactly, but this is something I want to start during the upcoming week. I will let you know how it goes!



Zumba: Exhilarate
I’ve loved Zumba for a good long while now. The love affair started four years ago when I was given the very first Zumba game for the Wii as a birthday present. My collection of Zumba Wii games expanded rapidly over the years, and recently, I was taking an in-person Zumba class at a nearby gym.  The in-class workout was amazing and barely felt like working out. Just in the past few months, I also invested in a Zumba DVD set, which is great for when I just want to zone out and dance. I especially love that they included a 20 minute “Rush” workout in this set, because that means even if I’m extremely pressed for time (as I often am), I can still do something.



This isn’t a new workout, but it is new to me. I had been reading several bloggers rave about TurboFire for years, and when looking for something new to add to the routine, I decided to give this a try.  I found a good deal for a DVD set used on Amazon, and the first time I put it on, I knew it was going to become one of my favorites. The workout is a kickboxing cardio style workout with some HIIT and strength thrown in. It’s actually very similar to a class I had taken at my old gym which I did not enjoy – the instructors and music were terrible – but this version is so much fun.  After doing a TurboFire DVD, I really feel as though I got in a quality workout.


And those are my workouts of the moment! Starting this week, I’m going to attempt kicking off a full round of the 21 Day Fix, and throw in a couple of other supplementary workouts from the other two categories.



What are some of your favorite workouts to do at home?

Our Adventures in Disney

by Lisa on Friday: Sep 18, 2015

As I mentioned in my last post, D and I just got back from Disney World, and we had an amazing time.  The thing that always brings us back to Disney is just the pure magic of the experience.  They do such a good job there of immersing you in another world, between the music, the atmosphere and the decorations.

We began our trip bright and early on Saturday the 5th to get to the airport. My dad is always nice enough to drive us to the airport on our travel days. We were in line for security by 8AM and touching down in Florda by 12:30.  The week leading up to the trip was stressful, and as always, the morning of travel is never very fun, but once you get to Florida, everything just seems easier and happier. This vacation came at just the right time for both of us. The year has been hectic!

We always start our day 1 at Disney at Magic Kingdom. I just couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. There’s nothing that says “You’re in Disney” more than seeing the castle and visiting Tomorrowland (my favorite).  We did a few rides, met a few characters and by the time we settled in for dinner, all the stresses of real life had melted away.

We had some great meal while we were there:

Via Napoli at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot

Via Napoli - White Lasagna

The Rose and Crown at the UK Pavilion at Epcot

Rose and Crown - Vegetable Cottage Pie

Tony’s Town Square Tavern in Magic Kingdom

Tony's Town Square - Pasta Primavera

Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios

Mama Melrose - appetizer

Mama Melrose - penne vodka

Tokyo Dining at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

Epcot - Japan


And we even met up with a few friends at Downtown Disney during our last night of the trip.


This year, our two favorite rides had to be Soarin’


and Test Track.

Test Track

It was our first time doing both, and the anticipation was worth it.  Both typically have very long lines and high-demand fast passes. We will definitely be doing both again when we go back!

It did rain for several days at the beginning of the trip, but luckily I came prepared with my travel umbrella, D’s hoodie and a jacket for myself.  The rain tapered off after Monday, but the heat and humidity were a KILLER.  Despite thorough sunscreening, I did get a small sunburn one day, but it was nothing terrible. We did get to see some really cool thunder storms while we were there too.

The week went by extremely fast and we will definitely be back in the next year or two.


What is your favorite vacation destination?