Morning guys! How was your weekend?
We did something long overdue (IMO) on Saturday—pulled the trigger on a Costco membership! We jumped on a Living Social deal, and I’m excited to see what all the buzz is about.
Of course, we did our first shopping trip at NOON on a SATURDAY, with two kids, so I didn’t get a ton of time to browse, but I did manage to grab a few staples:
Mason was beside himself with joy running down the mega-wide aisles. What is it with toddler boys and wide open spaces?
The rest of the weekend was super low-key. Just lots of time with my boyz, <3
(Yes, boyz. I stand by it.)
Here’s some inspiration for your week!
It’s tempting to put a bunch of tasty desserts here, because people tend to go crazy over desserts (myself included). But really, who’s sitting around like, “ughhh, I just need some dessert inspiration. My poor family is always stuck with these same lame cookies, every dang day.”
What most of us need help with is DINNER. And a lot of us are interested in dinners with the golden trifecta: easy, healthy, tasty (bonus: cheap!).
Here are three new-to-me recipes that made the cut this week!
I always forget about tuna, but WHY? It’s so cheap and healthy!
(Because goat cheese)
—This crunchless ab workout (PLEASE tell me you accidentally read “crochless” lol)
You better bet my postpartum jelly belly and I will be checking that out this week!
It might feel tedious to use a single dumbbell for some moves, like the floor press, because can’t you get through the workout faster by doing both arms at the same time??
With most single-sided exercises, the extra benefit you’re getting is the balance challenge it’s introducing. And where there’s balance work, there are lots of extra, often-neglected muscles getting called into action. (More active muscles = more calorie burn!)
Single-sided work is also often a great way to demand more from the core. (See a few sentences ago re: jelly belly…)
I recently heard the act of giving compliments described as “the gateway drug to joy.”
(This shot from the park over the weekend seemed appropriate—lol)
In my experience, that’s so true—for reasons I can’t fully explain, complimenting people is such a huge mood booster. It might be the other person getting complimented, but the complimenter actually gets just as much, if not more, out of the exchange.
I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling confident, I’m more likely to give compliments. When I’m feeling insecure, I’m less likely to—as if pointing out something positive about someone else just draws more attention to the fact that I don’t measure up (or so I think).
It’s too bad, too, because I’ve also found that giving compliments also boosts my confidence. If only I could get myself to do it more when I needed it most!
This week, think about your compliment habits. How often do you compliment people? Is it only when you’re in an especially rad mood? (Thoughts on bringing “rad” back??) Do you only compliment people you’re comfortable with, like close friends and family? (Or is it the reverse: you forget to compliment those closest to you?)
–Next time you’re feeling low, go out of your way to compliment 2-3 people. See how it affects your mood.
–Do you ever notice something you admire about someone else, but hold back your compliment out of insecurity? Next time you recognize that happening, go for the compliment and see what happens.
–Try complimenting a few strangers this week, if the opportunity arises. (Appropriate compliments, of course. And no faking!)
Push-ups and planks—they was like peas and carrots.
Feel free to break up the push-ups, as long as you hit the total by the end of the day!
And if you REALLY love push-ups and planks, try this waterfall workout!
Claim it! What’s something you’re going to do to make this week awesome?
I decided to try writing down my food this week. My eating is so sporadic right now, thanks to busy mom life, that I keep getting to the end of the day and having NO idea if I’ve eaten too much/too little, whether I’ve gotten enough protein/too many carbs, etc.
Hope I can keep it up! (Any tips for me??)
If you did last week’s challenge, let me know how it went in the comments!
If you missed last week’s inspiration board and challenge, check them out here.