Inspiration board #3

by Kim on October 6, 2014

Happy Monday!

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.

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Give me ALLLL the pumpkin beers.

Oh, and it was cold. Cold enough for baby’s first bear-ears winter hat.

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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.

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(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!

weekly inspiration board

To eat:

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).

Other go-to’s:

–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?

To do:

This 30-minute bodyweight AMRAP workout from Pumps & Iron

Bodyweght AMRAP

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?

Ideas…

–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.

To think:

7 Strange Questions that Help You Find Your Life Purpose

I loved this. And I think I’m kinda sorta on the right rack, life-wise…

Weekly challenge!

This one’s meant to be done first thing in the morning, to power you up for the day.

Sorry about Saturday…

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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!

You can find previous inspiration boards here and here.

Have a great week!

xo

Kim

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Giselle October 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Love your Monday posts :-)
I can’t go a day without having some sort of fresh veggie. My favorites are carrot sticks (can’t stand baby carrots) with cherub tomatoes. Something about those tomatoes are so addicting! I especially like them when eaten with celery. The combo is perfect in my opinion :-)
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Katie @ running4cupcakes October 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Amen sister to quick easy meals. Love eggs and anything in the crockpot!!
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Amanda October 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I really love these posts! I haven’t been as successful at sticking with the challenges you put up, but I’ve been very successful at sticking with the weekly goals I’ve set for myself, so I’m going to consider that a win. :-) This week’s goal…less time on facebook! Specifically at work…I’m going to limit myself to logging-in once in the morning, at lunch, and before I head home.
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Katie October 6, 2014 at 11:42 am

I’ve also been guilty of writing a list and putting “meat” it generally means circling and figuring out what sounds good.
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Rosey Rebecca October 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

Excuse me, don’t you mean GLUTEN beer? Ahem. Twitter code words don’t apply on the blog, I see. ;-)

I was really into meal planning for about a month and then I fell off the wagon. I even had cute grocery list templates with vegetables on them.
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Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West October 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

That’s great you are moving forward with the Les Mills training. You won’t regret it! We don’t have BODYFLOW in San Francisco, and I miss taking it. Happy Monday!
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Julie @ Run Away Freckles October 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

I didn’t do your challenge last week but I think I will go back and do it this week and then follow along. It looks great!
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