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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Quick & Delicious Meal Prep!

Hey y’all!! Can you believe it’s September already!? I know I can’t. We are heading towards fall so quickly, and it’s more important than ever to be getting those healthy habits in place. One of those habits for me is meal prep! You all know just how much I depend on meal prep to get through my week and this week was no exception.

In fact, it was even more important this week in many ways! Not only am I taking part in this awesome September fitness challenge, but I have an all weekend market for my jewelry at a local winery. So having all of our food ready to go was the only way I was going to stay on track.

Of course, it worked great! I was able to have a healthy meal and snacks at the market yesterday and have more ready for today. The September challenge started off wonderfully too! (See more details on how you can join in at the bottom of this post)

Enjoy!

Get your week set up right with this quick and delicious meal prep!

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I have really been changing up my snacks lately and this week was no exception. Grapes and chunks of grilled chicken are one of my new go-to’s, sometimes with piece of string cheese. Celery with peanut butter are another favorite.

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The new one this week – this mock “tuna salad” to use as a dip with some lower calorie crackers! I really like how it turned out, but the recipe stills needs some work. Basically, I combined tuna with cottage cheese, some seasonings and couple other ingredients. Pretty quick and simple, and a great tasty snack!

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This is another week where Draz’s and my foods were pretty much separate. For Draz, Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken and Broccoli and Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili! There were enough of each that I got a couple of servings though 🙂 These are some of my favorites for healthy meals that I can throw together quickly!

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My dishes included Cauliflower Chowder and Low Carb Burrito Bowls! One thing I love about the burrito bowls is that they are eaten cold. Since I had the market this weekend, I wanted to make sure I had food I could take and eat there easily! This time around, I got pre-packaged avocado and put a container of each in with the rest of the ingredients. I LOVE this method! It worked great and I didn’t have to worry about how well the avocado would hold up throughout the week. I will definitely be doing that again.

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You might be noticing that a couple of the containers look a little different than normal. I am testing out a Six Pack Fitness meal bag and those are the containers that go in it! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on how they work later on!

For the Cauliflower Chowder, I do a few things different than the recipe. At the end of the cooking, I ladle out a couple of cups of the soup, making sure to get some big chunks of cauliflower. That goes in the blender and is blended until mostly smooth. That goes back into the soup. It really helps thicken it up to the consistency I like! Along with that, I substitute the following ingredients:

  • grapeseed oil instead of butter
  • turkey bacon instead of regular bacon
  • unsweetened almond milk instead of 2%

That’s it for this week’s meal prep! Want to give my main dishes a try? Get your grocery list here!

Want to join in on the #AssOffTheCouch September fitness challenge?! It’s not too late! Registration doesn’t close until September 5th! Not only is it a great way to get moving more, but there will be tons of awesome prizes! You can register here and you can use the code 7022smus to get 30% off of your registration, making it only $11.90! That is only 0.40 a day to get motivational emails and be a part of an awesome community that will help keep you going!

Have you tried any new snacks lately? What are your favorite healthy snacks? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Life is a Series of Sprints

Last month I had the honor of hearing Todd Durkin speak a couple of times at IdeaWorld. Now, I’ve talked a couple of times about my experiences at the conference already here on the blog. But I’ve had this really on my mind and I want to share it with you!

What if life isn't a marathon? What if, instead, it's a series of sprints? Are you ready to sprint with me!?

“Life is not a marathon. Life is a series of sprints and recoveries.”

This was something said by Todd Durkin during his keynote address to BlogFest. It resonated with me then and has been on my mind ever since. I can get caught up in the marathon mentality pretty easily. There is always more I should be doing and I just have to keep working at it, right?! Sound familiar?

This mentality has been something I’ve struggled with for a long time, but the past couple of years have really highlighted it. And I will be honest…I think it’s at least part of the reason that I have had so many health issues the past year. I always want to push harder, longer, do more. So when I got back from the conference, all that energy wanted to go into working more, even has I said that I was going to try to stay more balanced!

Well, my plans for the past month and all I wanted to work on and do kinda fell apart. My body had other plans, leading to me getting sick twice within 3 weeks and just overall struggling to keep up with my basic responsibilities! But as I’ve been recovering, this idea of sprints and recoveries really has just been repeating in my head. In the past, any time that I have been sick or unable to make progress for a while, I have gotten overwhelmed and stressed with the idea of all the things I wasn’t doing.

But what if I view this time as a recovery? What if instead of getting stressed and overwhelmed, I view it as time to get ready for that next hard sprint?

So this is what I’m trying to do now. To be kinder to myself and hopefully view things with more understanding. Life isn’t a marathon….I don’t always have to be ON and neither do you! So if this resonates with you…if this is something that you have struggled with too, I hope this helps you make that mentality shift.

Are you ready for your next sprint?!

If you want to join in with me on this next sprint, one way to do that is by joining on on the #AssOffTheCouch September Challenge from Couch to Active! There will be a ton of awesome prizes being given out and it will be a lot of fun! The challenge starts September 1st (TOMORROW) so don’t wait! Use the code 7022smus to get 30% off your registration, bringing the price down to $11.90! Register here

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