Inspiration board #6

by Kim on November 3, 2014

Hey guys! It’s inspo board time!

But first, a few pics from the weekend…

–For the first time ever, we actually RAN OUT of candy on Halloween and had to close up shop early. Oops.


(The Annie’s were actually the first to go!)

It’s too bad, because I had planned on us going to a candy trade-in party at a local clinic on Saturday. We had nothing to give!

–As you all know, the day after Halloween = CHRISTMAS! I’m one of the people who loves that trend, so I was thrilled to see that Starbucks already started serving drinks in their festive red cups.


–Also on Saturday: I hit my creativity quota for the day with this DIY diaper box turned “train station/dual helipad with a road on the roof and random inexplicable ramps.”


Complete with wall graffiti, courtesy of Google images.

–I love love LOVE the rare occasions when Mason does this:


–Oh look! A tired-eyed baby, resisting his nap as usual.


We’re struuuuggling with the whole daytime sleep thing right now. But I’ll spare you the details. Let’s get on to the inspiration!

To eat

Squeaky clean beef bourgignon

Julia Childs goes paleo!

beef bourgignon

Savory chicken casserole

The creaminess comes from mashed squash and coconut cream—I’m intrigued!

chicken casserole

Italian wonderpot

This one-pot wonder has been floating around the web for over a year…maybe it’s time for me to finally try it!

italian wonderpot

To do

Gina’s Barre/HIIT combo workout

What an awesome combo!

Barre Hiit

Our gym is hopefully getting barre classes at some point, and I’m so pumped to take and/or teach them!

–Check whether you’re using heavy enough weights.

One idea: find the heaviest dumbbells you can do 3 reps of and cut that weight in half. So if I can do 3 reps with 30 pound weights, I should be using 15’s on a standard 12 reps/3 sets cycle.

To think

A few weekends ago, our family was on a 3-hour road trip. I looked back at Mason and thought: isn’t it crazy that every time he gets into a car, he has no idea how long he’ll be there? A five minute trip to the grocery store and a 4-hour trip to Grandma’s both start the exact same way (plus or minus a ton of stuff in the trunk).

For some reason, it always amazes me that he doesn’t seem to care. He looks out the window, he dances to the radio, he watches episodes of Mickey on the tablet.

I mean, yeah, he’s a toddler…but can you imagine not knowing something like that, ever? It would drive me insane.

I think we’re all generally a little too obsessed with destinations in life. We’re not comfortable not knowing where we’re going, and we want to know exactly how long it’ll take to get there. If it ends up taking longer, or we get rerouted, we’re completely flustered and upset. The world’s out to get us again.

And sometimes, if the road looks too long from where we’re standing, we’re not motivated to even start. It’s way easier to just stay home.

This is exactly why we have phrases like “see where the road takes us” and “enjoy the ride.”

Maybe we don’t always need to know where we’re going. Maybe we should stop trying to see the destination from here, and just look out the window.

Maybe we’ll end up somewhere even better than we thought?

Weekly challenge

Weights and reps aren’t the only variables you can mess around with in strength training. There’s also tempo—aka how fast you lift and lower, and whether you hang out for any length of time in between.

That’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

fit challenge #6

Whether you do this challenge or not, I highly recommend playing around with tempo sometime, just to see how it affects you.

How does it feel to rise up out of a squat super slowly vs. bursting up in one count? Which tempo do you like the best? What’s the most challenging?


Have a great week!



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Sarah @ Sweet Miles November 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

That makes sense, about it being so much tougher to hold a squat or rise slowly. I noticed this really being the case in yoga, where every move is very slow and calculated, as opposed to running when it’s all very fast and quick bursts. And that chicken casserole looks delicious!! YUM!
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Kim November 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I hear that about yoga–you feel like you’re not doing much, but somehow you’re ON FIRE! :)


Caitlyn November 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the thoughts about “enjoying the ride”. It’s something that I’m struggling with at the moment and your reminder is just what I needed to hear. I especially like how you said “Maybe we’ll end up somewhere even better than we thought”. It’s such a great idea and I’m hoping to remind myself of it when I’m struggling with living in the moment and just going with the flow. Thanks again for your wonderful weekly Inspiration Boards – I’ve really been enjoying them! :)


Kim November 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

So glad to hear that, Caitlyn! :)


Giselle November 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Oh I love this post! I always love your posts but this one definitely speaks to me. Mainly your “think about it.” Focusing on enjoying the ride and not worrying about the future has been such a struggle for me this past year. I’m finally getting to a point where I’m spending more time enjoying life now rather than worrying about what I had planned it would be. No, I don’t have the second child I had hoped to have at this point but I do have a pretty awesome life that I’m extremely grateful for :-) Thanks for the reminder!
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Kim November 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

xoxo :)

I think it’s a struggle for all of us. We can’t help making plans–especially we women :) –even though we know we don’t technically have full control of our lives.


Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I would go for the Annie’s first too ;)
I like switching up squats with the 3 count down, 1 up sometimes!
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Katie @ running4cupcakes November 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

Ok I selfishly need you to try that one-pot wonder and let me know how it turns out because it has been on my to-make list for for-ev-er! And I totally agree about the car ride – Luke is the same way – craziness.
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Kim November 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

For you, Katie, I’ll do it! :)


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