Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/18}

Hey there!! Is it just is, or is everyone's life just extremely busy lately? I knew we had a lot of stuff coming up, but holy man! I feel like I can't keep up!! My eating has suffered a good bit this week, but I'm pretty happy that I was still able to stick with my workouts, even if I really wanted to go back to bed. Ha!!

We are just leaving Edisto beach this morning after spending a beautiful weekend down here. The mosquitoes were awful, but we didn't let them scare away the fun that we had! I finally got to meet another woman that was in the FB pregnancy group that I joined when I was preggers with Camden. It took us a few years, but we finally got our families together. The kids had so much fun and Addison is already asking when we can see them again. So sweet!

It's going to be yet ANOTHER busy week, but here is what we have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Brinner
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Dinner for my sister's birthday.
Friday - Dinner Out
Saturday - Grilled Chicken

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 21 DFX ABC Extreme
Wednesday - 21 DFX Power Strength Extreme & Cardio Fix Extreme
Thursday - 21 DFX Plyo Fix Extreme
Friday - 21 DFX Yoga Fix Extreme
Saturday - 10 mile run

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Ours will be busy, but also a lot of fun!

So long for today...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/11ish}

Hey there!
We just got off the ship and are headed home and back to reality. Apparently, I have to start cooking our meals again (and won't be getting tea time or nightly turn down service either). So, let's get this week's meal plan figured out.

We are going camping next weekend, so it will be quick and easy for a couple of days. But I'm planning to keep it under control this week before that.

Here's what I have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Cruisin'
Monday - Grilled Pork Chops
Tuesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday - Baked Swai
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Saturday - Grilled Chicken

Fitness Recap:
Yes, I'm pretty proud that I still got some workouts in on the ship. They weren't major calorie torches, but at least it was still a little bit of activity!

Sunday - 3.5 mile run
Monday - 5 mile run
Tuesday - 21 DFX Lower Fix
Wednesday - 21 DFX Upper Fix
Thursday - 21 DFX Dirty 30
Friday - 3 mile treadmill run (on ship)
Saturday - Rest

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/4}

Happy September everyone!! Can you believe that the Summer months are already over?! And we're already seeing posts about Pumpkin Spiced everything. Crazy!! September is the start of a pretty busy time for us. We are booked every weekend now until the middle of September. Throw in my half marathon training and I have a feeling that life will be pretty hectic for a while! The fun starts this week when TC and I leave for a cruise (sans kiddos) on Thursday.
I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. We are really looking forward to spending the time together though. TC's cousin and his wife are going with us, too, which makes it even more fun!

This week will be pretty abbreviated because of the cruise, but here is what I have planned:

Menu Plan
Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Dinner at my sister's house
Tuesday - Baked Swai
Wednesday - Leftovers or Brinner
Thursday - Cruisin'
Friday - Cruisin'
Saturday - Cruisin'

Fitness Recap:

I finally finished Body Revolution this week. This is the second time I've tried to do it but the first time I go through all 12 weeks. I'm planning to get in a couple of more runs this weekend and do a few days of 21 DF before we leave for the cruise.

Sunday - 3.5 mile run
Monday - JM Body Revoution Workout 11
Tuesday - JM Body Revoution Workout 12
Wednesday - PiYo Sweat
Thursday - JM Body Revoution Workout 11
Friday - JM Body Revoution Workout 12
Saturday - 9 mile run

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend!so long for today...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {8/28}

Hey there!! How has your weekend been? We've had a busy but very nice one so far. Last night I was able to catch up with an old high school friend that loves a couple of hours away. It was so nice to get together, but I was up way past my bedtime and didn't sleep very well. Needless to say, this morning's run took everything I had!

My cleanse is kicking off Monday morning. I'm trying to prepare for it with meal planning/food prep and mentally as well. Clean eating is definitely worth it, but not always easy! Having everything planned out and prepped ahead of time is something I've found to be key to success!!

Here's what I have planned for this week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Monday - Turkey Crockpot Chili
Tuesday - Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Wednesday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Chicken & Cabbage Stir Fry
Saturday - Kebab-a-palozza

Fitness Recap:
Since TC ended up having to work yesterday, my long run day turned into a short run day with a jogging stroller. We had such a good time figuring out all the colors we were seeing. So fun!
Sunday - 3.52 mile run
Monday - JM Body Revolution Workout 11
Tuesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 12
Wednesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 11
Thursday - JM Body Revolution Workout 12
Friday - 3.1 mile run
Saturday - 8.11 mile run

I hope you all have a great week!
So long for today...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Last year, after Addison came home from her first day of school, she asked me if we could make cookies. It had been a pretty hectic day for all of us, so, I thought she had a pretty good idea. I called them "We all survived the first day of school" cookies. 

So, when the first day of school came this year, I made sure to have all the ingredients on hand to make cookies again. I think this is a great tradition to start and hope to carry it on with Addison and (sooner than I'd like) Camden. I'm sure the day will come that one or both of them will be too "cool" to make "We all survived the first day of school" cookies with mom. When that day comes, I may drown my sorrows by eating all of the cookies. But until it does, I will just eat a couple of them and enjoy the memories that I'm making with my kids.

Here's the recipe:


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Combine flour and baking soda and set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and pudding mix.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mixture until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Roll into 1″ balls and place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

I hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!

So long for today...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {8/21}

Well, we survived the first week of school! It honestly wasn't that terrible of a week, but the homework hasn't started and neither have Addison's dance classes. I know things will get a bit more hectic once those are added into the mix. I also have jump into coordinating a Color 5k race in my town that is coming in December. I'm really excited about it, but know that things will be crazy for a while. I guess I thought life wasn't crazy enough already!!

Here is what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - One Pot Chili Mac n Cheese
Monday - Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff
Tuesday - Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Grilled Chicken

Fitness Recap:
I had the best run today that I've had in a long time. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but it just felt great. My pace was a little slower, but my distance was over 7 miles. So happy about this!

Sunday - 3.1 mile run
Monday - JM Body Revolution Workout 9
Tuesday - JM Body Revolution Workout 10
Wednesday - JM Body Revolution Cardio 3
Thursday - JM Body Revolution Workout 9
Friday - JM Body Revolution Workout 10
Saturday - 7.32 mile run

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slow Cooker Dinners for Busy Weeknights

So, the school year has started. We have two days under our belt. It's been a bit of an adjustment for me. Not only because it means I have to drive the whole way across town and back every morning, but the doors to school open 15 minutes later this year. This is a problem for me and made me have to adjust my workday. I no longer get off work at 4:30 every day :-( which means I don't have as much time after work to cook dinner and have it ready for TC, who now gets home about 5-10 minutes after I do. 

I've decided that the slow cooker will become my new best friend! The only problem I'm having with the recipes I'm finding is that most of them have cream of something soup in them. Here's the thing, I love cream of sodium soup as much as the next gal, but it's definitely not considered to be "cleanse-friendly."  I'm gearing up for another cleanse the end of the month and am prepared to have nothing but success! So, what I've done is put together these recipes to have in one convenient place to refer to once the meal planning and prep start for that cleanse.

Some of these might need to be slightly modified or I will make my own homemade version of an ingredient, but I think they can all fit in with the cleanse.

Seasoned Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans from The Magical Slow Cooker

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas from Southern Living Yankee

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken from Gimme Some Oven

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Southern Living Yankee

Red Beans and Rice in the Slow Cooker from A Pinch of Healthy

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings

Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Southern Living Yankee

Healthy Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili from A Spicy Perspective

This is a pretty good start. I'm going to continue looking so I have a good lost to work with and choose from. We don't want those picky eaters getting bored with dinners!

So long for today...