This week-end was the Berkshire Bride’s Wedding Expo and the second year my salon participated in the event. All of Saturday was spent talking to potential bridal clients. It was so much fun to meet so many happy and overwhelmed brides. I was so tired by the end of the day and I thought for sure that I was going to lose my voice. When I got home I took a little nap and felt completely energized so I cleaned the house. The power of nap is an amazing thing! Matt and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and got margaritas and some delicious spicy food.
Sunday morning was spent doing updos for the expo’s runway show. It was like bridal hair boot-camp! I don’t think we had more than 20 minutes to spend on each hairdo. It was super fun to be allowed to do whatever I wanted but the time constraint was a bit of a crutch. I was overall happy with the looks I created.
I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work with all of these beautiful women in a room filled with bridal gowns and cocktail dresses. It was the fastest two hours I’ve ever spent working on hair.
Today was my triumphant return to the gym!!! I am so happy to have gotten my butt back there and lift some weights and do some running intervals. I had planned on starting the Body for Life training plan last Sunday and then I woke up with a nasty cold that kept me down almost all week. I’m not surprised that I got sick since I’ve been eating a lot of junk food and getting very little sleep. I feel so sluggish and heavy and all my clothes are tight and uncomfortable and it’s just making me so motivated to get back to my healthier ways. I feel amazing today and more like myself than I have in the past 6 months. I’m really going to try hard to track my work-outs and progress throughout the next year. I’m also back to meal planning for the week.
Sunday- Roasted chicken and caramelized parsnips
Monday- Matt’s choice (yay I don’t have to cook!!!)
Wednesday- Jambalaya Casserole
Thursday- leftover casserole (it better come out good if we’re eating it 2 days in a row :p)
Friday- Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken
What did you do this week-end? Did you get back to the gym or do any speed hairdos?
Another week come and gone so quickly. The holiday parties are in full force, I have 2 just this week. I love celebrating but I am a little anxious to be around all the temptation. My party strategy is to eat my daily servings of fruits and vegetables through out the day and drink more water than I normally do. I stick to a 2 drink maximum. I’m going to “taste” everything that looks good to me. I don’t like feeling deprived and sometimes it’s more of my curiosity of how the food will taste that sticks in my head and I become obsessive about eating it. I’ve also got my healthy rainbow challenge to keep me on track.
Monday~ Mustache Party (I’ve already packed myself a really colorful lunch!)
Tuesday~Creamy Chicken Sauce over Spaghetti Squash with peas and mushrooms
Wednesday~Italian Chicken Sausage and White Bean Bake
Thursday~ Steak with onions and mushrooms
Friday~Chicken Enchilada Soup
Saturday~Denim and Diamonds Party (Still need to figure out what I want to bring!)
Sunday~ Vegetable Soup
I’m also going to pick up as many different fruits and vegetables to snack on.
Monday~ Abs and Back Circuit
Tuesday~Arms and Leg Circuit
Friday~Abs and Back Circuit
Saturday~ Arms and Leg Circuit
Sunday~ Wallpapering the Dining Room
I’m trying a different approach this week. I’ve written up two different circuit workouts. If I do the 2 rounds of the circuits with a quick warm-up and cool-down they each take about 20 minutes. I am by no means a personal trainer. I just choose moves that I can do but are still difficult. You know, the ones that you love to hate. I’m going to try really hard to do this first thing in the morning, that way my workout is over and done with before I’ve even had my coffee. I’m not really a morning person so this plan could be doomed to fail.
Abs and Back Circuit
20 reverse alternating toe touches
10 sets of airplanes
Windmill 5# 10 each side
Rows 10# 15 each side
Arms and Leg Circuit
25# kettlebell swings 25
20 alternating lunges with bi-cep curls
hold a wall squat while doing 20 overhead presses
10 pushups on medicine ball
20 straight leg bench dips
I’m planning on having a really healthy and fit week. I wish you one as well!
I’m finally done with my Thanksgiving leftovers, except for a few slices of pumpkin pie that I’m savoring every bite of. After all my indulgences over the past week I’m looking forward to simple and healthy meals this week.
Monday~ Leftover French Onion Soup and Mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Tuesday~ Salmon, Broccoli and Cheese (for Matt), Roasted Brussels Sprouts (for me) and Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad
Wednesday~ Herbed Chicken and leftover Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad
Thursday~ Cheesy Garlic Chicken and Vegetable Medley
Friday~Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Saturday~ Salon Christmas Party!
Sunday~ Butternut Squash Soup
Last week was interesting for fitness. It felt very hit or miss. I didn’t do anything Monday. Tuesday night’s kickboxing class was great. I even got a compliment on my pivoting while punching. Wednesday, which I thought I would be dead tired, I ended up doing some pilates. My back started to hurt really bad when I got home from class on Tuesday night and it was still bothering me Wednesday night. I was hoping that some pilates would help stretch it out and ease some of the tension I was feeling there. It totally did the trick! I felt so much better when I was done! I’ve been intending on practicing pilates for weeks now and somehow I just haven’t ended up doing it. I’m hopeful that my love has been re-ignited.
I finished my little push up challenge on Thanksgiving. I am so proud of myself for sticking with it! For the most part it was pretty simple. I would break up the push ups throughout the day. The days where I waited to do them until I got home from work were kind of rough. Matt was really helpful. He was the form police and kept reminding me to keep my butt down. What I liked most about this challenge was how much fitness was on my mind. Whenever I found myself waiting this challenge would pop into my mind and I would get down and do a set. I could really feel all the different muscles I was using by the last set each day. It’s amazing how little time you need to get an effective workout in. It’s really gotten me thinking on how I’ve been approaching my workouts.
Tuesday~ Kickboxing ❤
Wednesday~ Zumba and Toning ❤ ❤ (missed this so much last week)
Thursday~ Kickboxing (fingers crossed Matt goes with me again)
Saturday~ Dancing with my work ladies
Sunday~ Dress shopping with some of my bridesmaids
I’m still trying to decide what I want to do for next fitness challenge. Any ideas?
This week was a breeze to meal plan. I was sipping my coffee one morning brainstorming ideas of what to make when I thought to myself, “What have I been meaning to make that I haven’t yet?” And then meal after meal popped into my head. If only every thing in life was that easy!
Monday: Left over Corn Chowder and Whole Wheat Bread
Tuesday: Quinoa Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Sauce
Wednesday:Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta
Thursday: Habanero and Strawberry Jam Chicken with Baked Sweet Potatoes
Friday: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Pear
Saturday: Date Night Out with My Man
Sunday: Beef Barley Soup
I am so excited for this menu! I’ve got the corn chowder simmering away right now and I just took the bread out of the oven. It smells divine in my house.
So last week I included my fitness plans for the week. I didn’t stick to the plan 100% but I liked the idea of creating an exercise schedule. I think I was a little over zealous in the beginning of the week and didn’t take into account how much physical work I would be doing. I had the week off from week so I de-cluttered every single room in the house. It was hard work and I’m so happy that I did it but I was exhausted by Thursday night. So I’m learning from my mistake and really thinking out how I’m spending my time the entire week and how to best fit my exercise in so I’m left energized instead of exhausted.
Monday: Zumba and Toning
Tuesday: Windsor Pilates (so sad I can’t make it to kickboxing due to my work schedule)
Wednesday: Zumba double dose and Toning
Thursday: Rest Day
Saturday: Gym time! Whole Body circuit and HIIT on the treadmill.
I also came across this great core workout in the latest issue (Nov. 2012) of Oxygen that I want to do a few times this week as well. Fingers crossed that I stick to my plan!
Sorry I’m a day late. I have this week off of work so I’m de-cluttering the whole house and we’re having a tag sale this week-end. So yeah I’ve been busy to say the least. When I’m not working I find it even harder to have structure with my food. Instead of eating every 3-4 hours I completely forget to eat and all of a sudden it’s dinner time. So fingers crossed that I stick with my plan.
Monday- Leftover salsa verde from last Friday
Tuesday- Meatloaf made from the pepper stuffing
Wednesday- Rotisserie chicken made in the crock pot & roasted vegetables
Thursday- Curried chicken salad
Friday-Steak with mushrooms and onions
Saturday- going out to eat
Sunday- Corn Chowder
I’ve decided to also add my fitness schedule in with the my weekly meal plans. My hope is that if I write it on here then I’ll actually get it done.
Monday- Zumba in them am and pm
Tuesday-Kickboxing and Winsor Pilates dvd
Wednesday- Zumba in the am (also in the pm with toning if we don’t do our engagement photos!)
Thursday- Winsor Pilates dvd
Friday- circuit training and HIIT at the gym
Saturday- day off
Sunday- hike (weather permitting)
I’m also hoping to take Punky for long walks every day as long as the weather is nice. It has been gorgeous here, in the 60s. Which is heaven from the temps of 20s over night last week. Brrr!
Have you guys set up your meal and fitness plans for the week? Do you find that you stick to them?
I’ve decided to start sharing my weekly meal plan here on the blog. I cannot tell you how much this has helped me stay on track. I have a sort of formula that I use. This has made it really easy to come up with what I want to make.
Monday and Thursday nights Matt cooks. I usually pick out a meal that he’s really good at cooking. Ex. steak with sauteed mushrooms and onions.
Tuesday nights I have the most amount of time so that’s when I make a more elaborate meal.
Wednesdays I try to make something ahead of time that Matt can throw in the oven while I’m at Zumba or that we can reheat when I get home.
Fridays both Matt and I work late so I like to make something in the slow cooker. Nothing beats coming home to the smell of dinner cooking and minimal dishes to wash.
Saturday we usually we go out.
Sundays we do soup.
So that’s my little “formula”. It’s worked really well for me when I’m making up the meal plan for the week. There’s something about looking for specific recipes that makes it easier for me.
So here’s what I’ve come up with for this week.
Monday- leftover tomato bisque soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
Tuesday- sweet potato Shepherd’s Pie
Thursday- Beef Satay (I make the peanut sauce the day before)
Friday-Salsa Verde Chicken with rice
Sunday is Matt’s birthday and I’m not sure yet what we’ll be doing.
And now I need to go grab a snack because all this food talk has gotten me hungry! Do you guys have any good tips for deciding on what to make for dinner or you more the “wing” it type?
Yesterday I shared that I’ve started to meal plan for the week. This has been working really well for me. I don’t know about you but I hate having to come up with what to make for dinner. I think about it randomly all day long. When I should be doing other things I’m thinking about what I have in my fridge, in pantry and what I can come up with. I’ve found that my mind doesn’t really wonder anymore because I’ve got it planned. I’m also doing less mindless eating because I have snacks planned out as well. So it’s working really well for me.
One of the foods that I keep on hand for breakfast is eggs. I never liked eggs growing up. I started eating them as an adult only because I was avoiding carbs in the morning and needed protein. I still didn’t like them. So I began to dress them up with salsa and cheese and I was able to eat them. It wasn’t until one of my clients brought me in some fresh eggs that I actually started to like them.Now these eggs are incredible! So much flavor and an almost creamy taste. And so colorful! The yolks are the most vibrant yellow. But I still can’t eat the same thing over and over without getting tired of it. So the other morning I was rushing to get ready for work and make breakfast and get to work on time. I didn’t have much food in my fridge and in a split second I come up with pizza eggs.
They’re super simple to make and taste just like pizza. And they’re quick!
makes one serving
2 Farm fresh eggs
fresh baby spinach
shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper
1. Heat a small skillet on medium heat and melt a Tablespoon of clarified butter in it.
2. Add your eggs to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add spinach to the pan. Spread pizza sauce over cooking eggs. Sprinkle eggs and spinach with garlic powder and dried oregano. Top with cheese and cook 1 more minute.
Feel free to add other toppings like fresh veggies. (I would probably sauté them for a few minutes before cooking the eggs.) This breakfast fits perfectly in the all 3 phases of the South Beach Diet and is carb free. These eggs kept me full until lunchtime. Which is huge because I usually need a small snack to keep my blood sugar even which helps me stay in a good mood. Hungry Mandi= Mean Mindi
I hope you give this recipe a try and please let me know what you think!