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March 2, 2015

Menu & Motivational Monday

We had such a fun filled weekend! O and I spent Saturday morning exploring Curioddessey with our friends and Saturday night Keith and I had a date night and drinks with friends. Sunday morning we headed up to The Presidio with my mom and sister to have a little picnic at Picnic in the Park and gorge ourselves on food truck wonderfulness. It was a gorgeous sunny and warm day -- perfect for celebrating!

the best fried chicken from Wing Wing & snowballs from Skylite Snowballs

zeppoles with all their amazing dipping sauces

And today we're back to life, back to reality...

Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making healthy food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: Haven't weighed in yet this morning, but I'm hoping I'm still down another 1/2 a pound like I was when I weighed myself Friday morning.

Highlight of last week: The weekend! It was a great one!

Challenge of last week: Nap time snacking. My MIL bought Cadburry chocolate eggs and it has been rough trying to avoid them during naps.

Workouts: 4! This was a great week for workouts. I did two traditional gym workouts, and since I was free both days while O was in school I did workouts then too. I didn't want want to drive all he way to our gym from O's school and then back again (it pretty much takes the whole time) I decided to try something new. On Tuesday I drove to the track near our house and did some cross training and then on Thursday I did Jillian Michaels at home. These options were so great because I still had time to shower at home and do a couple tasks before picking O up again.

Lessons I learned this week: Fitting in a workout, even if it's short, feels so much better than just skipping it!

Here's what's on our dinner menu this week: 

We're repeating the Greek Burgers again this week because we liked them SO much!  

What are your plans for the week? 

February 27, 2015

Hey, Friday!

Yay it's Friday! While it's been a great week, filled with playing at the park, workouts and school, we're ready for the weekend ahead!

/ one / When you can't shop the only thing you want to do is SHOP. I've kept to my promise, which doesn't say a ton about me, because it's only been little more than a week, but here are 5 things that have caught my eye in last 10 days that I have not bought, but sure wanted too.


IN other news...

/ two / Most mornings I make a smoothie for breakfast because 1. it is the easiest thing to throw together for myself 2. it's healthier than bacon and eggs, which is what I really want.

My go-to smoothie this week has been the Chocolate PB Banana:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 banana
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
8 oz almond milk (I buy the Pure kind without all the junk in it)
1 handful ice cubes

/ three / Earlier this week I shared 8 Things to Always Keep in Your Gym Bag and 8 Meatless Meals for Lent. I guess 8 was a magic number for me this week.

/ four / I bought O this adorable shirt for St. Patrick's Day from The Blue Envelope. I usually go with an applique shirt, but once I saw this I thought it would be perfect!

/ five / We had the Greek Turkey Burgers that were on our menu this week, and they were fantastic and I want you to know how highly I recommend them! Keith and I agreed they were even better the next day on their own with no bun, etc.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Today I'm linking up with...

Friday Favorites at Momfessionals
Oh, Hey Friday at September F A R M
  High Five for Friday at Bright on a Budget
Friday Favorites at The Diary of a Real Housewife
Five on Friday at Hello! Happiness//A.Liz Adventures//Carolina Charm//The Good Life Blog
Friday Favorites at Housewife Glamour
Friday Favorites at Meet @ the Barre

February 26, 2015

8 Great Meatless Meals for Lent

It's the second week of Lent and I'm already tired of leaning on cheese pizza for dinner on Friday nights, although we've only had to do it once, I have it planned for this week too. I think two weeks of that will be enough for us, so I've done a little brainstorming and Pinteresting to find some filling, healthy, nutritious and delicious meatless meals.

Thought I'd share since I always seem to find myself stumped for what to serve for dinner on Fridays during Lent!

Are you abstaining from meat on Fridays? What's your plan for this week?

February 24, 2015

8 Things I Always Keep in My Gym Bag

I'm an over packer by nature. I always want to be prepared for anything / everything wherever we go, but after a few years of lugging my things and O's to the gym 3-4 days a week I've learned to dial it down a bit and now I just pack the essentials

AND, when you're lacking the motivation to go to the gym all you need is a good excuse to convince you to skip it, and not being prepared is as good an excuse as an! That's why I try to keep a gym bag packed with all the things I need for the gym (bedsides the clothes I'll wear) so I can just get dressed, grab our bags and go!

water bottle - Of course there are water fountains the gym, but I like to hydrate on my way to and home from a workout. Plus it's nice to have water at the ready when you're sweating it out on a cardio machine or in a class. My favorite is the Camelbak Eddy since it makes it easy to hydrate without having to twist open a bottle.

change of clothes - One of my biggest motivators for going to the gym is knowing I get to shower in peace after my workout. I always keep a fresh, comfortable outfit in my bag, along with the obvious essentials, including socks so I can just wear my gym shoes home and keep my bag light. 

armband + head phones - To me, working out without music is so boring, and close to torture. Having a great playlist (like this one) and my headphones ensures I'll get a great workout, and my armband keeps me from having to fuss with it while I'm busy with weights. 

hair ties + headband - On more than one occasion my hair tie has broken on the way to the gym or during a workout. I'll never understand women who can exercise with their hair down, I'm not one of them. I always keep extras floating around in my bag.

plastic bag - Our gym supplies plastic bags for members to use to keep wet or sweaty clothes contained and from contaminating the other things in your bag. I try to use just one for the week and reuse it.

flip flops - You don't want to know what kind of gross stuff lurks around in public showers and locker rooms. Think of all the feet... Enough said. I just use a cheap pair of Old Navy rubber ones that were given out at a co-workers wedding.

make-up + shower essentials - I'm not too high maintenance when it comes to day-to-day make-up, so I keep a set of my basics in my bag at all times. I keep a pressed powder, BB cream, eyelash curler, mascara and lip gloss in my bag along with moisturizer, deodorant and a razor. Our gym provides shaving cream, body lotion, shower gel and shampoo + conditioner, so I don't have to worry about those.

post workout snack - I'm usually hungry after a workout, and since I workout between breakfast and lunch I need something to keep me from binging on chips when we get home, so I always pack something to hold me over until lunchtime. I keep a small package of almonds and a bar (loving Larabars still) in my bag.

What are your gym essentials?

February 23, 2015

Motivational & Menu Monday

Last week was a bit of a doozy when it came to workouts -- I only made it to the gym twice. It's not really that I felt tired, but my body did. My muscles were just exhausted and spent and my knees felt weak so squats and lunges felt unstable. Enough excuses though, today marks he beginning of a new week!

Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making healthy food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: Weight stayed the same. Glad I didn't gain anything after missing some workouts!

Highlight of last week: The beautiful sunny weather we've been having here in California -- nothing is a greater motivator to spend more time outside! Also, I bought Better'n Peanut Butter at Trader Joe's instead of PB2 just to try something different and it is really good -- I recommend it!

Challenge of last week: Getting to the gym (see below). Maybe I need to find some workouts I can do at home? Do you have an favorites?

Workouts: 2, Monday and Wednesday. Thursday I took the time when O was in school to get things done at home, and then that night O had a fever, so we couldn't go on Friday. Friday morning I was really wishing I had gone Thursday during school. 

Lessons I learned this week: Again, keeping my gym bag packed and ready to go greatly increases the chance I'll make it to the gym. Later this week I'll show you what I keep in it!

Here's what's on our dinner menu this week: 

monday - Greek Turkey Burgers on Sandwich Thins with Sweet Potato Fries
wednesday - Pesto Meatballs with Roast Sweet Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli
friday -Take-out Costco Cheese Pizza + Salad
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