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Meal Prep & Workouts for the Week: Feb. 9-15

Happy Monday, my friends! How was the weekend?

Bobby was out of town for a ski trip, so I decided to play it very low key. Some errands were accomplished, lots of Netflix watched (I’m working my way through Pretty Little Liars and a long list of documentaries), a much-needed nap was taken, a little LSW studying here and there and of course, my typical Sunday meal prep.

The snow is finally melting a bit and I no longer feel the need to duck under the “Caution: Ice Falling” signs on Michigan Avenue. Now it’s more like a drip of ice cold water down your back every once in a while. Saturday was particularly beautiful with sun streaming through my windows and temps in the 40s!

Flowers in the sun

The forecast on Sunday was a little less than desirable, so I spent the day meal preppin’, plowing through some laundry and getting things in line for the week ahead.

MEAL PREP

meal prep list

Snacks:

Energy Oat balls2

Dinners:

Yoga at home

Workouts:

  • Monday: 40-minute cardio + lower body strength training
  • Tuesday: 20-minute cardio + yoga
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt via Crunch Live
  • Thursday: rest/foam rolling
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + upper body strength training
  • Saturday: rest/foam rolling
  • Sunday: 20-minute cardio, stretch

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Questions for you: 

  • Are you into Netflix? Hulu? Amazon Prime? What shows are you watching?
  • Do you workout on the weekends?

Have a great day!

xo,
Lizzie

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Thoughts on a Thursday

Good morning!

Your regular reading has been a little different this week as I slowly acclimate to my new work schedule. Thanks for sticking with me! Any full-time workers + bloggers out there? I would love to hear your secrets. I thought I would keep today’s post more true to form, a little tangential and more about what’s going on in my world. Sound good?

WORKOUT + BREAKFAST

Yesterday I just could not wake up. I snoozed a couple of times before turning off my alarm and stumbling out of bed. Transitioning from a couple months of not having a schedule to working a busy full-time job is not pretty, ya’ll. I am so fortunate to have this new position; honestly, it feels like a dream. However, the schedule is a little wonky and will take some time getting used to. Most of my days start at noon and end closer to 8 or 9 p.m. Sometimes they will be longer like 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. I am most definitely not complaining though. Like with anything, my body and mind will adjust in time!

I started my tired morning with 20-minutes on the treadmill following a modified version of this routine.

20 Minute Treadmill Workout

If you’re looking for a quick calorie burn, this PopSugar interval workout does not disappoint. It was challenging, but it was also over quick enough to even notice. I also completed a 10-minute yoga video (<– I actually do not recommend this video. It was a little slow and the instructor is kind of annoying!) in the group exercise room alongside two meathead-like men who were grunting and panting the whole time. It felt a little awkward and I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Ha! I guess it’s my fault for trying to follow a yoga video outside the comforts of my living room.

Fortunately, I had prepped a bowl of oats the night before and they were waiting for me patiently in the fridge. Otherwise, I might have eaten my arm for breakfast.

Overnight Oats

Old fashioned oats, almond milk, plain greek yogurt, truvia and chia seeds mixed together and left to sit overnight. In the morning, I added honey, walnuts and craisins. 

A couple more thoughts about this week…

  • My meals have been monotonous, rushed and probably not the most balanced. However, my weekend meal prep has literally saved me this week. I might have eaten the same things, but they kept me from devouring microwaved popcorn for every meal.

Eats from the Week

  • Getting fitness out of the way in the morning has been key to feeling productive. Since I don’t have my evenings anymore, the morning hours are my time to get thangs done.
  • Speaking of fitness, on Sunday I took quite the embarrassing photo. It’s on my Twitter feed and you’ll just have to go there because I can’t find the actual photo to post. I wasn’t paying attention to how I was dressed myself (mindfulness, anyone?) and ended up in all pink. Um…
  • Coffee really is my bff. I have a sleep shirt with that saying plastered on the front and Bobby loves to make fun of it.

Coffee in bed

I don’t have time for a filter, so just ignore my dark circles, beautiful hair and the fact that I’m typing this from bed, mmmkay?

  • Since I’m really great at transitioning, speaking of Bobby… I arrived home late on Tuesday night and he had dinner waiting for me! How awesome is that? This isn’t even a #humblebrag. It was like the nicest, most needed gesture ever.

Chicken fajitas

I had the above serving of chicken fajitas x2.

  • Valentine’s Day is next weekend. Excuse me? How is that even possible? It’s one of my favorite holidays and I really need to get my *shat* together.
  • I forgot how much I love business casual clothes. I find work outfits to be the easiest to put together. Now if I had to wear “nice” jeans everyday I would end up in leggings and sweaters.

Work Wear

  • Since I know how much you love cat pictures, I will leave you with this one. He’s also had a long week.

tired baxter

Questions for you:

  • What is your work schedule like?
  • Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What do you do? <– When I was single, I once hosted an all-girls party and my teeny tiny apartment. We had a blast!

xo,

Lizzie

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Clean Eating Tomato & White Bean Soup

Tomato White Bean Soup final

You guys, I spent yeeeeears feeling very ambivalent towards soup. If I ordered soup at a restaurant, I never felt like I was actually eating since there is no chewing involved. I would enjoy a small cup of the hot liquid for an appetizer, but the idea of eating a bowl for my main meal seemed very unappealing.

Enter Chicago winter. My fifth to be exact. They are long. They are dark. And they are cold.

To counteract the dreary season, I’ve started experimenting with various soup recipes. From white chicken chili to roasted cauliflower white cheddar bisque, I like to think I’ve expanded my palette in just a few short months. I am officially a soup convert! I’ve also been on a major kick of doubling recipes and freezing most of it in pre-portioned containers. Talk about convenience on a hectic weeknight.

I made this tomato & white bean soup for the first time a few weeks ago.

Tomato and White Bean Soup 2

Tomato white bean soup

I love how the tomato paste and cannellini beans give it such a hearty texture.

Tomato white bean soup pot

I try to eat pretty clean throughout the week and save my indulgences for thai takeout and candy on the weekends, so this soup is perfect for an easy weekday meal.

White Bean tomato soup with bread

CLEAN EATING TOMATO & WHITE BEAN SOUP

Serves 4

*modified from MyRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 15-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper

1. Warm oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in tomato paste and beans. Pour in broth, season with salt and pepper, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

3. Remove soup from heat and allow to cool slightly (approximately 10 minutes). Working in batches, carefully puree soup in a blender on the “pulse” setting about 5x. It should be thick, but still a bit chunky. Return soup to pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. If soup is too thick, thin with additional broth. Wait for soup to cool if freezing it.

Tomato White Bean Soup final

Enjoy!

xo,

Lizzie

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Meal Prep & Workouts for the Week: Feb. 1-7

Hello Monday!

It’s been a while since this girl was up at the crack of dawn to start her work day. I’ve officially had over six weeks of zero obligations since school ended in December. It has been so stress-free and invigorating to be able to run errands in the middle of the day and sleep as late as I want; however, my down time has also been monotonous and draining. At some point, you run out of things to fill your day, ya know? While I genuinely enjoyed my last stretch of free time for God knows how long, today marks a new chapter: day one at my new job!

I don’t start until noon, so I’m excited to have the morning off to workout, to spend some extra time getting ready (but let’s be real, I picked out my outfit two weeks ago), read blogs and the news, and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Speaking of news, have you heard about the Chicago blizzard? From the Chicago Tribune website:

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Form the time we woke up, the snow did not stop. The last time I measured at 4 p.m. yesterday, we had over twelve inches! Crazy stuff. There was no way we were braving the elements for the Superbowl, so we stayed home and just simply chilled out in our cozy clothes. It was a lovely little Sunday.

What did you end up doing for Superbowl? Were you homebound because of the snow?

As per usual around here on Mondays, I’m sharing my tentative dinner and fitness plans for the week. I know the first week at my job will be busy and possibly include some later nights, so I made sure to prep enough stuff for both of us to grab in a pinch (read: hangry).

MEAL PREP

meal prep

Snacks:

Side note about the black bean brownies. I subbed a couple of things and used a blender + mixer instead of a food processor. I must have done a few things wrong, because I thought they were awful! I also couldn’t get passed the fact that I was eating chocolate with black beans. Note to self: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 😉

black bean brownies

GuacamoleDinners:

  • SundaySalmon & stir fry veggies
  • Monday: Spaghetti squash with marinara sauce (I made my grandmother’s *infamous* sauce recipe on Saturday, froze a bunch of it, but kept enough in the fridge for this week!)
  • Tuesday: Ground turkey quesadillas
  • Wednesday: Gorgonzola herb baked chicken & roasted broccoli
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: takeout
  • Saturday: TBD

Workouts:

  • Monday: 40-minute cardio + yoga
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio + lower body strength training
  • Wednesday: yoga
  • Thursday: rest/foam rolling
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + upper body strength training
  • Saturday: 20-minute cardio + yoga
  • Sunday: rest/foam rolling

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I’ll leave you with this precious photo of Baxter. All he wanted yesterday were rubs from his dad.

Baxter rubs

Have a great rest of your day!

xo,

Lizzie

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Healthy Superbowl Snacks

There are some seriously mouth watering recipe ideas as you scroll down this post, so I won’t keep you too long. I’ll just give you a quick rundown of my eats lately.

Ye ‘ol standby, overnight oats for breakfast.

Overnight Oats

1/3 cup plain greek yogurt + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup oats + 1.5 stevia packets mixed together and kept in the fridge overnight. Topped with 1/2 banana + walnuts + honey in the morning.

White Bean Tomato Soup

Tomato & white bean soup for lunch with an unpictured piece of homemade oat bread.

Skinny Pad Thai

Lightened up pad thai for dinner.

Are you excited for Superbowl? I’m not going to lie to you, I’m just in it for the food and Katy Perry. I actually had to ask Bobby who will be playing this Sunday. I have no clue yet what our plans are, but it will definitely involve some football-themed treats and a good dip or two (I am a sucker for dips).

While brainstorming the menu for this coming Sunday, where do you think I turned? Pinterest, obviously. I am nothing without Pinterest and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Healthy Superbowl Recipes Final

Mini-Taco-Bowls-Recipe

Buffalo Cauliflower Superbowl Snacks

Baked Blooming Onion

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Skinny Taco Dip

Cauliflower Bread Sticks

Apple Nachos

Broccoli Tots

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Questions for you:

  • What’s the best part of Superbowl for you – the game, the commercials or the halftime show? <– halftime show all the way!
  • What’s your favorite kind of dip? <– I love Mexican dip as long as there are no olives 😉

xo,

Lizzie

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Still Alice, Meal Prep + Workouts for the Week

Hey hey! Welcome to the last week of January, my friends. I wish I knew where the month went.

Before we kick off your regularly scheduled Monday programming, I must share with you the GNO (girls night out) that was had last night. It started with sangria at a local spot, Emilio’s Tapas, followed by a slew of Spanish small plates.

sangria

cheese plate goat cheese hummusAfter dinner, we headed to the movie theater to see Still Alice (a novel that we were assigned to read in grad school). Still Alice, the story of a college professor’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, is one of those narratives that comes along every once in a while. A heart wrenching, poignant, true-to-life depiction of how a deteriorating illness can turn a person into a shell of her former self. The story highlights a significant lesson that life is precious and can change with the snap of a finger.

Now how’s that for starting your Monday?

But honestly, it is a fantastic movie and even better book.

MEAL PREP

Because I am a great procrastinator when it comes to studying for the LSW, I decided to outdo myself with meal prep this week. I always make egg white muffins and some form of chicken for salads, but I added a few more recipes to my arsenal this weekend.

No bake oat balls prep No bake oat balls Tomato white bean soup

Meal Prep Tomato white bean soup pot

Snacks:

Dinners:

Workouts for the Week:

**You can keep up with my fitness now on the new Workout Log!

  • Monday: 20-minute cardio + yoga; foam rolling
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio + strength training (lower body)
  • Wednesday: yoga
  • Thursday: rest/foam rolling
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + strength training (upper body)
  • Saturday: FREE power yoga class @ Nordstrom
  • Sunday: rest/foam rolling

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5 Favorite At-Home Workouts

Hey hey!

I’m coming at ya at little later than usual this morning. We went to dinner with Bobby’s parents last night and by the time we arrived home I just didn’t have it in me to write today’s post. Actually, I lied…I had no clue what to write about today. I was simply uninspired. I’m trying to bore you less and less with just my daily eats and workouts for the day, and provide you with a little more substance (just a little more – don’t get greedy now).

Then it dawned on me.

Ever since I quit ClassPass, I have been looking for ways to maximize my workouts either in our living room or in the building’s gym. There are so many great online, and not to mention FREE, sources for exercise out there. It’s almost not even worth it to join a gym these days (you didn’t hear it from me!).

But first, let’s rewind a little to yesterday.

BREAKFAST & WORKOUT

I spent the morning working on some blog stuff while chowing down on a bowl of vanilla overnight oats. The usual ingredients went in the mix, including 3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt + 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk mixed together and left to sit in the fridge overnight.

breakfast

In the morning, I topped my bowl with a drizzle of honey and walnut pieces.

I had a facial recently and the aesthetician suggested that I add walnuts (great sources of omega-3s) to my daily diet to combat dryness in my skin. Obviously I bought walnuts the next day. I am a sucker for unsolicited beauty advice.

Also, I couldn’t help but show you how much my photography skills are improving. Just look at those colors!

breakfast 2

Not really. I will never be a photographer.

Yesterday was a yoga day, so I spent a few minutes searching Amazon Prime and YouTube for a longer-ish video. My girl Tara Stiles never disappoints, so I went with her 50-minute yoga workout for strength and energy. I’m at the beginner-advanced stage and can never find a video that appeals to my current skill level. This one was perfect. I am a pretty flexible human by nature, but when it comes to any poses related to back flexibility, just forget it.

mat baxie

Recycled photo, but pretty standard procedure for trying to workout in the living room!

LUNCH & DINNER

Lunch was pretty freaking boring, but I feel obligated to show you a photo anyway.

lunch

See, I told you. Sauteed kale + shredded chicken with BBQ sauce + a pear.

We went to dinner at Frankie’s on Michigan Avenue. And because I never want you to actually think that my diet only consists of oatmeal and kale, I must share with you that I had two pieces of pizza and a salad plus pumpkin spiced chocolate chips when I got home.

Balance, people.

5 FAVORITE AT-HOME WORKOUTS

Some of the fitness sources that I turn to on a regular basis are detailed below. Let me know if you try any of these!

5 Fave at Home Workouts final

Jilian

plan2

strength training guide

  • 4. Gina, Julie and Courtney’s blogs. All three gals are NASM certified personal trainers and I have been turning to their blogs for inspiration for many, many years.
  • 5. YogaDownload.com. A hidden gem in my opinion. Search by length, level or style to find the perfect yoga series.

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Questions for you:

  • Where do you find at-home workout ideas? 
  • If you’re a blogger, do you take photos on your phone or do you own a fancy camera?
  • Are you a fan of overnight oats?

xo,

Lizzie

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Review of ClassPass

Happy hump day!

I posted this photo on instagram last night.

diploma

It’s official, I have a Master of Social Work degree! I technically graduated in December, but receiving my diploma in the mail yesterday made it the real deal, especially since I was having a reoccurring nightmare where the school miscalculated my credits and I had to complete another semester. Serious night terror.

WORKOUT + LUNCH

On the social work note, yesterday was productive. I need to take my Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam in the next couple of months, but I have been putting off studying because well, it’s studying. Over lunch at Panera, I created a week-by-week study plan to get myself organized and to combat that overwhelming feeling. I have 1.5 weeks left before I start my job, so best be gettin’ my rear in gear while I have the time.

LSW

At Panera I went with the you-pick-two option of french onion soup and the fuji apple chicken salad sans cheese.

panera

I also had a great workout in the morning to make up for my lack of exercise intensity last week. I completed 40-minutes on the treadmill, mostly walking at different speeds and inclines. I followed up my cardio with some strength training that looked like this:

  • Dumbbell squats: 12 reps x 2
  • Dumbbell stationary lunges: 12 reps
  • Side leg lifts: 12 reps x 2
  • Donkey kicks: 15 reps x 2
  • Flowed through downward dog chaturanga 5x

workout

REVIEW OF CLASSPASS

I purchased a ClassPass membership back in October, right after they launched in Chicago (they were in five cities when I joined; now are in 22 – crazy stuff!). See if they’re in your city. If you haven’t heard of ClassPass, it is a monthly membership to thousands of boutique fitness classes, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts and more. For $79-$99 (depending on city; I paid $99 in Chicago), members get unlimited access to studios in the ClassPass network, but members can only visit the same studio up to 3 times per month.

At the time, I was bored with my exercise routine and finding it hard to stay motivated. I knew that I’d enjoyed group fitness classes in the past and was looking for a way to fill my free time. I loved so many aspects of my ClassPass experience, but ended up canceling my membership at the end of December.

class pass review final

Here is more about my experience broken down into pros and cons:

PROS

  • Diversity of classes. There are so many studios signed on to ClassPass. Every class (except one) that I’d tried in the city was a part of the membership service when I signed on in October. Between cycling at Fly Wheel, barre at The Barre Code and yoga at Exhale, my weekly workouts were ever-changing. I’d planned to try aerial yoga and reformer pilates, but never got around to it before my package was up.
  • The price. Most boutique fitness classes in a city like Chicago are $20-$25 per class. With ClassPass’ monthly fee of $99, each class is a steal as long as you take at least five classes per month (I averaged 8 per month).
  • Cancellation policy. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but always, always check the contract before you sign up with a gym. ClassPass makes it easy to cancel whenever you want and the process was seamless for me.
  • Ease of use. At every studio I visited, they treated me like a paying client and were familiar with the sign in process for ClassPass users (it can differ from regular studio clients). This is crucial when you’re new to a studio and feeling a bit intimidated.
  • App for iPhone. Right when I ended my subscription, they came out with an app. Argh! I tested in briefly and it seems pretty user friendly, similar to the ClassPass website.

CONS

  • Location. Depending on where you live in your city, the location of certain ClassPass studios might not be ideal. I live in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago and at the time of my cancellation, there were only three studios within a 10-minute walk from my apartment (in Chicago, you avoid driving if something is walking distance). My two favorite studios, however, were 15-20 minutes away. I don’t mind walking, but that tacks on 30-40 minutes to a workout and would not be feasible for me once I start my job.
  • Cancellation fee. One of the biggest gripes most people seem to have with ClassPass is the $20 cancellation fee. Even worse? If you cancel a class <24 hours before it starts, you’ll be hit with that fee. So basically, if you come down with the flu or are stuck at work or just change your mind about which class you want to take, they’ll make you fork over $20. I did hear that ClassPass is looking to change this and give users a larger window to cancel (like 4-8 hours)…but it hasn’t happened yet.
  • Hard to focus on a goal. In terms of fitness, I thrive when I’m working towards a goal. At different times in the past, I’ve worked towards a half-marathon, a weight loss number, or completing an entire group exercise class. With ClassPass, I found it impossible to focus on a fitness goal. I’d hit a personal best in a favorite spin class, left to try again only two more times that month.
  • Limited class times. ClassPass worked for me for a while because I was able to attend class at any time of the day. 9:30 a.m. yoga? Sure! 2:15 p.m. dance cardio? Got nothing else to do! There are far fewer “peak” class options and they fill up fast. I realized I would get too frustrated with booking a class once I start working again.

Overall, ClassPass is a revolutionary concept and is ideal for those that a) love group classes, and b) get bored easily. It helped me to narrow in on the types of workouts that I enjoy most (spin, yoga and strength training). Now that I’ve figured out how to stay motivated, I’ll likely stick to online/streaming/DVD workouts and the apartment gym. If you’re curious in the least bit, definitely give ClassPass a try!

Liked this review? I also tried Crunch Live a few weeks back if you want to read my take on the online fitness platform. 

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Questions for you:

  • Have you tried ClassPass?
  • What is your favorite group fitness class?

xo,

Lizzie

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Meal Planning & Workouts for the Week

I’ve had my fair share of kitchen disasters and last night was no exception. I’d planned to bake some panko breaded chicken legs: I placed the frozen meat in the refrigerator to thaw on Saturday afternoon, prepped all my ingredients around dinner time yesterday and realized the chicken was still quite frozen. I ran it under room temp water for 20 minutes, but it was still way too solid for the recipe. Bobby and I were starving and wouldn’t have eaten until 9 p.m. if we’d waited for the chicken to thaw.

Enter Jersey Mikes to the rescue!

jersey mikes

Turkey and provolone (I ended up taking off the top pieces of bread) + jalapeno chips

The plus side of the whole thing? Dinner will be prepped and ready for tomorrow night. I’d consider it just a mini-disaster.

Anyway, how was your weekend? I hope it was exactly what you needed, whether relaxing, social, productive, low key or something else. Ours was a combo of the above and also included some downright tasty meals.

On Friday night I decided to conquer a cooking fear of mine: steak. I guess it was the possibility of grossly under or overcooking red meat that always turned me off. I was feeling ballsy and went with the Barefoot Contessa mustard-marinated flank steak. Thanks to my cousin Laura for text-coaching me through the entire process!

fri dinner

I ended my meal with a vanilla mug cake topped with sprinkles. It was everything.

mug cake

Saturday started with a heaping bowl of overnight oats. I combined 3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt + 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1 tsp chia seeds, topped with walnuts.

ooats

Bobby had some work to finish in the morning so I spent a few hours reading Unbroken. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, it’s one of the best, if not the best, books I have ever read.

We wanted to head out for lunch and were both in the mood for salad/sandwich fare. We walked a few blocks to Timothy O’Tooles, a neighborhood sports bar that has become a go-to for us. I realize this picture does not appear appetizing (particularly since I’d already dug into it before I remembered to snap a pic), but they have fantastic french onion soup. I also had the starter version of their michigan avenue salad.

french onion soup

I guess this was the weekend of eating out for us because we ended up at brunch on Sunday morning (I must have been taken against my will 😉 ).

lizzie brunch2

I ordered two scrambled eggs, toast and hash browns.

brunch

The rest of the weekend was spent spring January cleaning. I cleaned out our storage unit, organized files and re-organized the coat closet. One of my resolutions is to live a little more clutter-free. So far, so good!

organize

MEAL PREP & WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK

Despite Sunday’s dinner disaster, I managed to prep some items for the week including crockpot shredded chicken (for salads and lunches) and a batch of egg muffins. I also outlined our tentative dinner plans:

  • Monday: crispy mustard-roasted chicken, brown rice and veggie
  • Tuesday: ground turkey tacos
  • Wednesday: spaghetti squash and meatballs
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: out
  • Saturday: leftovers/takeout
  • Sunday: TBD

Last week was a little sparse in the exercise department, so I hope to make up for it this week. Here is my tentative plan:

  • Monday: foam rolling
  • Tuesday: 40-minute cardio; lower body strength training
  • Wednesday: yoga; foam rolling
  • Thursday: 40-minute cardio; upper body strength training
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 20-minute cardio; yoga
  • Sunday: foam rolling

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Questions for you:

  • Do you have a cooking fear? Grilling terrifies me. I hate fire, so maybe that’s why!
  • Do you plan out your workouts and/or meals? 

xo,

Lizzie

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Favorite Finds Friday {1/16}

Typing 1/16 in the above title just does not feel right. How on earth is it January 16th already?! Bless me.

How was your Thursday night? I made a new-to-me soup that was out of this world and we tried to watch a movie that was made before 2000. You see, I have an issue with “old” movies. They do not hold my attention – I can’t help it!

Here are some of my Favorite Finds from the week. I’d love to hear some of yours in the comments section.

  • Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup. Bobby and I will be fighting over these leftovers! This soup is one of the best I’ve ever tasted and is a tasty take on Panera’s broccoli cheddar.

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  • My new purse notebook. I always carry a writing pad in my bag for when those earth shattering ideas comes to me (they haven’t come yet, FYI). I bought this miniature beauty at a junky jewelry store in Naples.

notebook

  • Simple dinners. Usually our go-to on busy weeknights, this salmon + brown rice + brussels combo really hit the spot after a week of wine and chocolate.

healthy dinner

xo,

Lizzie

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