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Meal Prep & Workouts for the Week: Feb. 16-22

Hey hey!

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and weekend. I am just popping in quickly tonight to bring you my fitness and meal/snack plan for the week. I’m taking the day off of blogging tomorrow, but will be back in action on Tuesday to share some fun pics from Valentine’s Day weekend and a go-to recipe as of late. Since we won’t be chatting tomorrow, have a lovely President’s Day, especially if you have it off work/school ūüôā

MEAL PREP

I just was not in the cooking mood today, so meal prep was a little more sparse than usual.

Snacks:

kale salad

Dinners:

I have a few ideas in my head and in the fridge, but wasn’t quite as organized this week. Hey, it happens. Here’s a tentative plan:

  • White bean chicken chili
  • Spaghetti squash with marinara sauce &¬†chicken sausage
  • Salmon, baked carrots & kale Caesar salad with Barefoot Contessa dressing <– made for V-Day and we have leftover dressing and tomatoes!

Workouts:

  • Monday: 40-minute cardio + lower body strength training
  • Tuesday: 20-minute cardio +¬†abs
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt via Crunch Live¬†+ YouTube yoga to = 60 minutes
  • Thursday:¬†30-minute cardio ¬†+ abs
  • Friday: 40-minute cardio + upper body strength training
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday:¬†rest

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Question for you:

  • Do you plan out dinners or just wing it?

xo,

Lizzie

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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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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. ūüėČ

black bean brownies

GuacamoleDinners:

  • Sunday:¬†Salmon¬†& 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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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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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 ūüėČ ).

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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Wheels Up, Chicago!

Good morning!

I am headed to the sunny beaches of Florida here in a few hours! This trip really snuck up on me – I can’t believe I get to escape 7-degree Chicago for 82-degrees Naples. It feels like a dream ūüôā

I just finished 40-minutes of intervals on the treadmill (I’m writing this post in advance, so fingers crossed I woke up to workout!)¬†and am about to shower before hailing a cab to the airport.

LAST NIGHT

I actually ordered Jimmy Johns for myself for dinner, but let’s pretend for a second that last night was Sunday. I threw together a stir fry with chicken, frozen peas, chopped onion, chopped yellow pepper, garlic and broccolini served over brown rice.

stirfry

For the sauce, I whisked together:

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar

We¬†loved this¬†meal, albeit it was a wee bit too hot for me (I’d half the red pepper flakes next time). Stir frys are such a quick and healthy meal. Consider this one added to the weekly dinner rotation.

I also prepped some meals and snacks for Bobby to have throughout the week: egg white muffins and protein breakfast cookies.

egg whites

b cookies

The Bachelor premiere kept us up way too late. I swear, I’ve been watching the ABC¬†franchise for half my life and it sucks me in every freaking time. A three-hour premiere¬†– sheesh! The highlight of the night however, was a special little boy’s¬†fourth birthday. Once his annual wet can of food was opened there was no turning back. This was the best photo I could get. Action shot!

bdy

Happy Birthday, Baxter!

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I’m not posting any workouts for the week¬†today. Since I’ll be on vacation, exercise will be a little more relaxed – lots of walks, maybe some YouTube yoga or a group exercise class at the local gym.

xo,

Lizzie

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