This weekend FLEW by. (Is anyone ever like “this weekend dragged”?)
On Saturday, we had some friends in town to go to a beer tasting festival. We’d originally locked down a babysitter, but Mason ended up getting sick, so Brent and I just split time at the fest.
Give me ALLLL the pumpkin beers.
Oh, and it was cold. Cold enough for baby’s first bear-ears winter hat.
The tag said 0-9 months, but clearly it’s much more 9 than 0…
I’m horrified to have to tell you this, but: there were some definite snowflakes flying on Saturday. Ugh, the S word. Back (already) to torture me for another 6 months!
Sunday was lazy and awesome. My crowning achievement of the day: getting some bro pics.
(What are they looking at??)
I also got to go to a BodyFlow class, even though I technically don’t have a gym membership. The group exercise coordinator at the gym I’m hoping to teach at invited me to check out the new release (the one that I’ll be training on in two weeks). It went ok (I was being “watched” to make sure my form wasn’t too atrocious), although the core track absolutely murdered me. Definitely still some work to do in the post-baby ab department.
Moving on…here’s some inspo for your week!
Every once in awhile, when I get stressed about meal planning, I have to remind myself: it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
I get on Pinterest and see these fancy, amazing meals (fancy in my book = more than 10 minutes of work), I start plucking things for my weekly menu, and suddenly, my grocery list is a mile long, we’re eating at 8 PM every night, and I’m super resentful about the chore of cooking.
Lately, I’ve been focusing on getting back to the basics. Easy meals with outrageously short ingredient lists.
Like plain old chicken thighs, seasoned with nothing but S&P, slow baked at 275 for 3 hours and then broiled for 15 minutes. Beef in the crock pot. Quiche, with eggs + cheese and any combination of mix-ins (we’ve done ground beef + green chilies and spinach + bacon).
–Chicken stuffed with Laughing Cow cheese wedges (or spinach + sun-dried tomatoes, or basil + goat cheese…)
–Chicken marinated in Italian dressing
–Easy fish tacos (frozen fish, shredded lettuce mixed with rice vinegar, tarter sauce, tortillas)
–Stir fry (meat/tofu + frozen veggies + sauce – we love TJ’s)
–Egg burritos (scrambled eggs, salsa, veggies, etc.)
–Burgers (I like mine naked, aka bunless, with all the fixings)
–Tacos/taco salad (a good dinner/next day leftover lunch combo)
I’ve been putting “meat (?)” on my grocery list lately—meaning, just grab something and I’ll cook it in the simplest way possible. Pair it with some steamed veggies (I’m a big fan of the frozen steamer bags) and it’s a meal.
Do you ever feel like you’re over-complicating dinner?
—This 30-minute bodyweight AMRAP workout from Pumps & Iron
Some unique ideas in this workout—I’m excited to try it!
–Make one healthy substitution for the week. Just something small, and just for this week.
What’s a habit you have that kind of nags you, or a switch you’ve been wanting to make?
–Natural peanut butter (only ingredients: peanuts and maybe some salt) instead of regular
–Raw veggies for afternoon snacks
–Tea instead of a latte
–Coconut oil instead of your usual fat choice
–Dark chocolate (70%+ cocoa) instead of milk chocolate
–Stevia/honey/maple syrup instead of artificial sweeteners
–Fruit instead of dessert
I’m doing the raw veggies for snacks. I NEVER want raw veggies for a snack, but I find that once I’m a few baby carrots in, they’re actually pretty tasty.
I loved this. And I think I’m kinda sorta on the right rack, life-wise…
This one’s meant to be done first thing in the morning, to power you up for the day.
Sorry about Saturday…
Claim it! What’s something you’re going to do to make this week awesome?
My goal is to work out every day this week. Need to get back into a regular routine!
If you did last week’s challenge, let me know how it went in the comments!
Have a great week!