Week in Review: April 16 – 22

Y’all, it feels SO good to be back at blogging again! I’m excited to share this week’s meal prep with you, so let’s get to it!

Enjoy!

Meal Prep

weekly-meal-prep-healthyThis week’s meal prep included a couple favorites and a new dish! The new recipe was Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken and it was delicious! The only main change I made was I subbed out the zucchini with celery, since Draz isn’t a fan of it. It was so good y’all! Just absolutely delicious!

The other two dishes I made were:

  1. One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole – Easily our favorite dish of the week, this is some serious comfort food.
  2. Healthy Baked Chicken Sausage and Peppers – I love this recipe, though I think I like it more than Draz does. It also freezes well, which makes it a great option to double and freeze the extra!

This week’s meals were a little heavy on the rice, but that is the downside when you are trying to focus on super budget-friendly. I am going to try to make that a little more balanced this week. I would love to hear some of your favorite budget-friendly recipes that don’t have rice!

Workouts

This week was another of lower volume workouts. I did a POUND practice on Wednesday, followed by teaching POUND a little while later. On Friday, I tried my first Gixo class that was Camera On and I loved it! Getting immediate feedback on my form and corrections when needed was wonderful!

So, not as many workouts as I would have hoped, but still better than nothing! Hopefully next week I can make it to 3-4 instead of 2.

Struggles

This week included a lot more struggles than I really want to admit. I’ve been pretty stressed with some things going on business-wise and it’s led to me making more poor eating decisions than normal. I do well with not buying junk when I’m grocery shopping, but when you work at a grocery store….well, it’s really hard to not make poor decisions on impulse on bad nights sometimes. But it’s something I’m always working on. And getting more workouts in will help with the stress levels as well.

So, that was my week in review! Nothing too terribly exciting, but not a bad week overall.

If you struggle with stress eating, I would love to hear how you deal with it! Please leave a comment with your thoughts below!

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Week in Review: April 9 – 15

Ok y’all, I’m super excited to start this new series! For now, this is will be replacing my weekly meal prep posts….who knows?! You might like them even more than those posts! This new series will be a little less in depth on the meal prep side of things, but I think you will still get a lot out of them!

But this won’t just be an overview of what I meal prepped each week. This series will also include a run-down of my workouts for the week and any struggles I had! In many ways, this will be going back to the more transparent posts that I did when I first started blogging. I’m kind of excited to hear what you think of them, so please be sure to let me know!

Enjoy!

Meal Prep

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For this week’s meal prep, I kept things as simple as possible! Breakfast burritos for the freezer and 3 main dishes!

  1. Deconstructed Pizza Casserole – a household favorite! Super quick to make and surprisingly filling portions.
  2. Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans – another favorite that I repeat pretty regularly. To use up some ingredients we had on hand, I used canned green beans and bottled lemon juice. While not as good as the original recipe, it was still pretty damn good! I would modify it again like that if needed.
  3. Ok, this last one was VERY loosely based off of this One Dish Ranch Chicken Veggie Bake, mostly to maximize some ingredients I had on hand. Once I started making it, I realized I was also out of ranch seasoning, so that is where the “very loosely” part comes in hahaha. It was ok, but I would love to make the recipe as it is and see how good it is!

Our favorite for the week was the Pizza Casserole, to no one’s surprise 🙂

Monday

No workout on Monday…I know, “Never Miss a Monday” but I was on a roll in my studio, so I decided to stick with that, given the deadlines I have coming up.

Tuesday

Gixo-on-demandI finally got to try Gixo’s On Demand classes! I had a little under 20 minutes when I got to the gym from my main job before I was on lifeguard duty. Just enough time for a 15 minute class! It wasn’t quite the same as their live classes, but still wonderful. I got to try a new coach too, since Mary Beth usually coaches at a time I can’t take classes. Overall, a good experience and definitely something to use when I only have a short amount of time.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

group-exercise-instructor-POUNDFitWednesday was all about POUND! I did some POUND practice before my class, then taught it a half hour later! According to my Fitbit, I did over an hour of working out and I definitely felt it! Plus my class did an awesome time bringing the noise! They really seem to be getting more comfortable with POUND and getting loud!

 

 

 

Thursday

Another day spent working on jewelry when I got home! No workout for me :-/

Friday

Ok, y’all, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I had all the intentions in the world to work out after I got off of work at the gym…until I stepped of a step wrong and hurt my ankle (you may have seen me icing it on Instagram). It’s doing better now though, so I will be back to it.

Saturday

Resting the ankle and working in the studio.

Sunday

Meal prep and working in the studio some more! I think y’all are going to love next week’s meal prep, so stay tuned! You can head on over to my Instagram and check out the Stories for a preview and behind-the-scenes as I make our meal prep 🙂

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this week went, even if I didn’t get in as many workouts as I would have liked.

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Flexibility in Life, Fitness and Blogging

Hey y’all!! I know it’s been a bit since I’ve blogged, but I haven’t forgotten about you! Things have just been developing here at a more rapid pace than I anticipated! But I just had somewhat of a revelation and I think I’m going to be blogging a lot more frequently now!

Recently I realized that my meal preps had been changing a lot. When I first started prepping, I would make more involved recipes, snacks, etc. It took more time, but it wasn’t a big deal to me! I didn’t have many time constraints and I LOVE cooking, so it worked out well.

Fast forward to now…the focus of my planning for meal preps is how fast can I make them (along with healthy and budget-friendly). I make more slow cooker and one-dish meals, less snacks and just less complicated recipes overall. It was a startling change to realize!

When I realized this a week ago, I thought “That would make a great blog post! I could talk about how to change your preps to fit your life!” I was so excited, but I also felt bad because of how infrequently I was blogging. My time has gotten to the point where I am working from when I wake up to when I fall asleep more days than not and my lack of writing on here the past couple of months had me a bit apprehensive about starting up again….my thoughts focused on “But what if I can’t keep posting and I have to stop again for 2 more months?”

But today I had a realization! Here I was, wanting to write to you about being flexible. About being willing to change as your schedule and demands change. But I wasn’t willing to do the same when it came to the blog! I was stuck in this mentality that if I couldn’t do my normal blog posts then I couldn’t blog at all.

My “average” weekly meal prep post can take up to 5-6 hours….and that is just not time I have available right now. But why can’t I change how I’m doing things to fit my schedule now instead of just stopping all together?! Wouldn’t it be better to share what’s are going on, the meals I’m prepping, and all the other things I’ve always shared with you, than to just disappear? Once I realized this, it was like this huge pressure and weight was just lifted!

We can all get stuck in the way we are doing things. It’s easy to not realize changes that can be made to make things work better for you! Even while I thought I was being flexible, I was still stuck in my routine and way of thinking. Realizing this has allowed me to bring blogging back into my life and that is awesome!

So I’m making some changes to what I’m posting from now on and you should be hearing from me much more often! I can’t promise that I will be posting every week right now, but it will be close. So stay tuned for more posts in the future, starting this coming weekend!

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