Week in Review: May 14-20

Hey y’all! If you read my post last week, you know I was having a bit of a rough time of it. Thankfully, I’ve been feeling much better this week, if a bit overwhelmed by stuff I meant to get done last week haha. But that is how things go, right?!

One thing that helped a lot – This week’s meal prep! It was pretty quick to put together and delicious. Both of which were super important, since I had a lot to get done before the fine arts festival the following weekend (where I’m at RIGHT NOW!!)

Anyways, onward to meal prep and this week’s workouts!!

Meal Prep

healthy-meal-prep3 main meals this week, plus some protein balls and cinnamon bread for the freezer! The next couple of weeks, I’m going to be really short on time, so the freezer being well stocked is essential.

  • Healthy Kung Pao Chicken – Easily one of Draz’s favorite dishes, this one is pretty quick to make too! The most time consuming part of it is trimming the green beans. Which is well worth it, because fresh green beans are delicious!
  • Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans – I love this recipe for a quick filling and delicious meal. I almost always pair it with the Kung Pao Chicken for my preps, since they both use fresh green beans.
    • note – The recipe calls for fresh lemon juice. Now, yes, it does taste a bit better with it fresh. That said, I always use bottled anymore….much quicker and Draz and I still think the dish turns out wonderful!
  • Chicken Vindaloo – This one is definitely more my dish than Draz’s. I usually eat mine with steamed cauliflower rice!
  • Cinnamon Bread – We weren’t out from the last time that I made this, but this recipe freezes great! I didn’t want to worry about running out over the next few weeks, so we now have 3 loaves in the freezer haha.
  • Protein Balls – As always, a great go-to snack for Draz and myself. These have been a staple in our house for over 2 years now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Workouts

This week I had some pretty awesome workouts! And make sure to check out the announcements at the bottom of this post – I have some exciting things coming up for workouts, starting tomorrow!poundfit-ymca-group-exercise

  • Monday – nearly an hour and a half of POUND practice! I’m working on some new songs right now, so this was even more fun and challenging than normal!
  • Tuesday – more POUND, sticking mostly to new songs this time. Tuesdays are my 15-hr work days (between the two jobs), so I didn’t workout for as long – ended up practicing for about 45 minutes
  • Wednesday – More POUND – Are you surprised? Haha I practiced before class and then taught an awesome class!
  • Friday – 16 mile bike ride with Draz for our 4 year anniversary!
  • Saturday – Does set-up for my art festival this weekend count? The unload and set-up process was definitely a workout, so I think I’m counting it!

Struggles

I did okay for most of the week, but I haven’t quite gotten back into “market mindset” yet when it comes to planning my preps. I’ve been doing great at stocking the freezer for those weekends I won’t have as much time to cook, but I didn’t plan ANYTHING to take with me to eat during the weekend art festival. I will need to plan better for future markets. Expect to see more burrito bowls in the future!

Reminders

Locals – POUND events at Jasper start soon! Join my Facebook group to stay up to date on that and so much more!

 

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Week in Review: May 6-13

How is everyone doing this week?! I was pretty busy this week and super thankful for my meal prep! It really helped keep things less stressful. That said, it wasn’t an easy week and I’m sharing some about that on here towards the end of today’s post. but first couple quick announcements!

Announcements

Gixo-on-demandIf you’ve followed my journey for little while, you’ve seen how much I love the Gixo app! It’s one of my favorite ways to workout and it’s getting better all the time! They are constantly improving it and adding new classes. And you can try it for free for 30 days! And if you use my link to do it, I get a little something extra if you decide you love it as much as I do and sign-up! Check it out here!

 

 

 

 

 

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Second announcement is mostly for Iowa locals – I’ve created a Facebook group and page for my POUND classes and events! Right now it just shows my YMCA classes, but there are more events in the works! Plus I have some fun ideas for the group that I can’t wait to put in motion. So I would love it if you join me on there! Check out the group here and the page here!

 

 

 

Meal Prep

This week I tried to keep things super simple since I had a weekend market to handle along with meal prep. Everything turned out delicious!

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  • Healthy Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers – Some of this was packaged with brown rice, the rest I ate with steamed cauliflower rice. This was probably my favorite meal this week!
  • Low- Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole – Always a favorite of Draz’s, I love how quickly this casserole comes together! And it’s super tasty too! One of my favorite dishes with mushrooms
  • Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken – A go-to for quick, easy and healthy in our house, this one was an easy choice for this week!
  • Protein Balls – Draz has a couple of these each day at work and I usually grab them between jobs. They are the perfect snack when I’m on the go, which is most of the time!

Workouts

road-bikeThis week I only got in 3 days of workouts. I was hoping for more, but at least the workouts I got in were pretty great! 2 days of POUND class and practice and one day of bike riding with Draz! We went on a nearly 20-mile ride and it was wonderful!

 

 

 

 

Struggles

Now for the part I’ve been struggling with (pardon the pun)….My goal is to always be honest on here and not make it seem like things are better than they are. But how honest? So, I’m just going to lay it out here. Maybe it will strike a cord with you.

In many ways, this was a good week. First market of the season went well, some exciting things are happening. I got in some workouts, didn’t get sick, etc….But depression doesn’t care if you SHOULD be having a good week. Most of the week I felt creatively and emotionally drained, more than a little down and just de-motivated. During this time, I made a couple really bad eating choices, but I’m trying not to feel too bad about them. A couple of days of bad eating don’t mean I’m failing, just that I stumbled a bit.

Thankfully, this was not a serious bout of depression. In some ways, I struggle to even name it depression, because I’ve suffered much worse and much longer bouts in years past. But that is really the only thing I can call it. I seem to be coming out of it now and my energy is coming back a bit. I’m still struggling with motivation and focus, but I think I’m past the worst of it for now.

A bit about Depression

I went back and forth with whether I should share this one here, but I think it’s important to acknowledge. Sometimes we just feel bad. There doesn’t have to be a reason that we can point to, some event that MADE us feel that way. Everything could be going wonderfully and we still feel horrible. Sometimes, like this bout, these feelings don’t last for long. Other times, they may. You may even need help in dealing with them, either through therapy or medication.

I’ve used both in the past and I’m pretty sure they saved my life.

The point of me sharing this on here? I want to encourage all of you to give yourself some understanding and compassion if you need it. And, even more importantly, if you need help in dealing with your depression (or something else), please get it. There is no shame in getting help, no shame in taking medication.

To find somewhere in your area to get help, you can go to this website.

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Week in Review: April 29-May 5

Oh my gosh, y’all….These past couple of weeks have been crazy and amazing! Sadly, I missed posting last week, but I was super focused on getting ready for my store launch for my jewelry (It went great and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here)! But I’m back this week and I have a DELICIOUS meal prep to share. Plus some exciting upcoming stuff for any of you readers who are local 🙂

Last Week

bike-ride-high-trestle-trailOk, since I missed the post last week, here is a super-quick overview. Workouts were better than the previous couple of weeks. I even went on a group bike ride with my Women on Adventures group!! It was so much fun! I got to see some friends and make some new ones. Plus, I may have snagged Draz’s new fat bike for the ride….I’m kind of in love with it and I really want one for myself!

Have you ridden one before? What did you think?

 

 

 

 

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Last week’s meal prep included – More Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice, Shredded Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese (x2 to freeze one, eat one), Cinnamon Bread, Breakfast Burritos, One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet (all of this was frozen as burritos), and Chickpea and Potato Curry 

It was a bigger meal prep this week as I get geared up for market season starting – which was this weekend! Having extra food prepped is the way that I’m able to keep up with everything going on right now, so this helped out a lot!

Meal Prep

Now on to this week’s meal prep!! I had a shop launch last weekend (when this was made) and I’m getting ready for another one in a couple of weeks. So this week’s meal prep was focused on FAST and HEALTHY. I made some more Cinnamon Bread to freeze, which is always good!

Along with that, I made:

  • One Pot Tomato and Basil Tortellini Soup – I added in some spinach and kale to this at the end and it was delicious!
  • One Pot Creamy Garlic and Noodles – I made quite a bit of chicken to go with this, since I wanted the pasta to be more of a side to go along with the chicken. I also used unsweetened plain almond milk instead of milk and added in some sauted onion when I cooked the garlic. At the end, I added in some chopped up broccoli. Overall, I was pretty happy with this recipe, though I will add more garlic next time. We like things pretty  garlic-y here haha
  • Crockpot Sausage and Peppers – As always, I made this with Italian Turkey Sausage. Quick to put together and so tasty!

Workouts

I’m still not getting in quite as many workouts in as I would like, but I did make it 4 times this week! Pretty much all of it was practicing and teaching Pound, but that is a GREAT workout! Along with Pound, I found out that loading/setting-up and tearing down my new jewelry displays for market is quite the workout all on it’s own haha!

And this is where the exciting news for the locals comes in!! I will be doing some Pound events in Des Moines starting in July! It’s super exciting and is going to be so fun, so keep an eye out for more details. I will be releasing more info soon!

Struggles

As always, I had to fight my stress eating impulses a lot this week. Most of the time, I did pretty well at keeping myself from buying junk, but there were was one day after work that included too many donuts! It’s always a struggle, especially when you work at a store that sells food.

So that is me this week! I hope you are enjoying the new post format and getting to see a bit more of what I’m up to on a week-to-week basis!

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