So my husband and I went to Chicago again. We went for the pizza because I didn't REALLY get any last time. So the first night, we ordered the Malnati's pizza and spinach salad from Lou Malnatis. (I forgot to take a photo because I was too excited to eat it.) Sadly, some might say, I only had one small slice of this pie made with a butter crust but it's a good thing. I certainly did not need anymore and I'm glad my body was quick to figure out that dairy DEFINITELY doesn't agree with me. I was in pain for some time...anyhow, here's out I ate the full Saturday we were there:
Breakfast at Yolk
- Scramble with broccoli, tomatoes, asparagus, and avocado and some home fries
- Banana Blue Crunch Cakes (I didn't eat all of these, lol)
Light Lunch at the Protein Bar
- Superfood Vegan (salad with kale, tofu, pepitos, etc.) (This was a great "fast food" restaurant. They want to prove fast food can be healthy too.)
Amazing Shared Dinner at Sable Kitchen and Bar
- Deviled Eggs: truffle oil, black trumpet mushrooms
- Brussels Sprouts & Farm Apple Salad: pork belly croutons, pecorino romano, smoked almonds, brown butter vinaigrette
- New England Lobster Roll: Maine lobster, toasted roll
- Pozole Rojo: smoked pork belly, hominy, avocado, cilantro, crispy tortillas, ancho chili-pork broth
- Fresh Michigan Apple Cake: whiskey maple cream sauce, maple ice cream, candied bacon
Other than food, we walked around a lot in comfortable shoes.
Well, I'm three weeks out from the shoot and my nutrition coach tells me I need to eat super clean unlike how I have been eating. Eeeek. We'll see if I come in any different in 3 weeks, but I guess if I'm not as lean as I was hoping, I can always bank on the fact that I'm way stronger now and that's exactly what my body will look like.
Banana Blue Crunch Cakes
Brussel Sprout Salad
I had my makeup done for me for fun
Me, Chris Spealler, a friend
So I have less than 6 weeks until my photo shoot and wow, I don't feel at all prepared! I noticed I don't really look much different from week to week and that makes sense. My nutrition coach and I haven't done a whole lot of tweaking as of yet because it takes a while to learn someone's eating habits. I've also been eating in a way to support the training I do (i.e. I eat when I'm hungry and working out a lot makes me hungry) AND I'll admit, I like to have a good time with my friends after working out on a Friday night. It's what we do at least once a month. We workout hard and then go out for some dinner (usually a loaded salad) and drinks (preferred carb) in our workout clothes. It's probably gross, but we're not out to impress anyone. This last time, we actually went bowling too. Fun group, huh?
Anyhow, back to the progress. I'm afraid to scale back any food right now for the sake of leaning out since my husband and I will be doing a CrossFit competition as a team this coming weekend. (My upcoming competition was Fun News #1 and I'm sure I'll post plenty about it.) But at the very least, I can cut out alcohol. At least looking at the weekly photos of mine, I can feel good knowing I stay relatively lean without thinking about it. That was a goal for this year! So, yay!
6 weeks out
Speaking of my body's progress, here's Fun News #2: I've been approached twice now about my body this past week and of course, they were men taking notice. The first time, "Have you been working out? Your shoulders look bigger." I can't believe I was actually happy about that. I smiled when I used to want to cry about it. "Hell yeah, I've been working out." The second time, someone was fine tuning my lifting technique while I was holding a bar on my shoulders, "Wow, you do look more muscular." I'm afraid to say, I was a little skeptical about all this notice, but hey, I'm getting stronger and apparently, it shows.
Lastly, Fun News #3: I met Chris Spealler this weekend! He's one of the top CrossFit athletes. I had the opportunity to listen to his lecture on certain movements and he also coached me in gymnastic movements, since he's a pro at them. It was so awesome!
Was that enough about working out and CrossFit? Can you tell I'm obsessed? :) Well, I think it's safe to say 4-5 weeks of little to no drinks and treats will help with this leaning out process. (Fingers crossed I do it since I only have about 6 weeks left!) People say all the time, if you make fitness and healthy eating part of your everyday life, you don't have to take drastic measures to tighten up a little for a bikini vacation or a photo shoot, in my case. Plus, I've been wrapping my head around the fact that, I don't look like I did a year ago and I don't think I'll ever look like that again with all these fitness goals I have in mind. My stronger body looks like what I've become in that photo to the right and all I can do is be happy about it. I found, being happy with yourself is much easier to do when your fitness goals revolve around performance rather than vanity. I think we all really knew that but if you're always stressed about how you look, give performance driven goals a shot. I'd also like to tell you one last secret, for those of you still listening. I weighed in at 150lbs the other week when I took my physical fitness test (the only reason I was on a scale at all). Again, happy to say, I don't care (which is why I'm not afraid to tell you all)! That's approximately 15 pounds more than a year ago when I was at my leanest on stage. So add water weight, add way more muscle, and add the healthy fat I needed and 15 pounds sounds about right. Right? So if you happen to be one of those girls who doesn't fit the light/normal weight mold for your height and body shape, don't worry. There are many of us out there who are exactly the same. Well that was more than I was planning to share. So I think, I'll stop there. :)
Well, there's not much new with me except that we're just busy (just like everyone is busy). My new workout routines are kicking my butt, to the point of not being able to walk right for the next week! But it's so fun and hopefully, it helps me grow as an athlete.My nutrition coach is in the middle of learning my current eating habits, which is very important if you feel you need help making it better. I mean, I don't want someone to tell me what to eat meal to meal, day in and day out. Who does? If anything, I think she'll work with my current habits and eventually tweak, which is exactly how I want it. I enjoy my 3 main meals with snacks as needed. Currently, my favorite meals include "cheesy" amaranth, which is made with nutritional yeast and a little bit of daiya. My other favorite meal is sauteed kale on top of sesame and soy seasoned rice with beans! YUM! But back to my main thought: this works for my life and I can enjoy a meal with my husband. Plus, I completely believe that your body basically knows what it wants and when it wants it as long as you're willing to listen. Some days, I NEED carbs and other days, I just need a detoxifying broth soup to get over all the wine I drank the night before! And again, while I do believe in listening to your body, I just feel I personally need the added help of my coach given the goal I have come December. (And I decided to be sneaky and add my progress picture to this post regardless of how weird it's placement may be in a recipe post. It's below for those who read here regularly.)
Anyways....I was in the mood for onion jam for some weird reason. After waiting the hours it took to make this, I ate it on top of some sauteed veggies and it was glorious!
- 4 T olive oil
- 6 large onions, diced
- 2/3 c sugar (or organic cane sugar if that's important to you)
- 1/3 c balsamic
- 1/2 c red wine
- 1/3 c maple syrup
- 1 t oregano, dried
- 1 t salt
- 1/2 t pepper
- 1 head roasted garlic, smashed into a paste
In a large pot, saute the olive oil and onions on medium high until the onions have sweated out. After this, set the stove to medium low until it's brown and caramelized. This took me some hours. So watch a movie while you're watching the pot. Be sure to stir the onions occasionally.
After the onions caramelize, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low until the mixture reaches the gel point. Leena describes this in her post
as I've also adapted her recipe.
Pour the mixture into very clean quarter pint jars, add the lids, and boil for 10 minutes. I must have had large onions because my recipe made 9 quarter pint jars. Refrigerate anything you don't can or eat it right away. This stuff is AMAZING! Eat it on soup, as a sandwich spread, as a pasta or burger topper, or on anything that needs a little sweet and savory. I will for sure be giving these away as gifts this year!
So two important things happened over the weekend. It was a VERY long weekend!
First, my husband and I had family visit and while there's no legit excuse that can be made for the amount of wine I drank, I know I need no excuse. Family was in town. We ate pretty well, played plenty of cribbage, worked out hard, drank a bit, and had fun! We even managed making a large bonfire spending most of our evening outside! Love doing that and laughing all night long.
I also realized, I've finally gotten to a point where I'm happy with how I look and feel while not really having to think too much about food or splurging on beverages now and again. I love working out and I love my food!
CrossFit girls (I'm Miss pink pants!)
And while I'm basically happy with how I am usually (we all get tagged in photos that make us feel less than great sometimes...), my other important news is, I now have a holistic nutrition coach! I have her for the next 3 months. I know I eat very well especially compared to what's normal in our country, but it's my goal to come in a little tighter for my photo shoot in 9ish weeks. It's always easier to be good (diet-wise) when you know you have to check in with you coach with progress photos. This time, my coach understands I want to keep enough body fat to maintain healthy hormones, I want to be able to maintain a good level of energy during my workouts, and I want to learn how to eat a more balanced diet given that I eat less meat. Honestly, that's probably the biggest reason (next to accountability) that I feel I need guidance. She and I know I don't have very much to lean out for the photo shoot, but I know she'll keep me on track while being considerate of REAL health.
Randomly, a friend asked me to create a meal plan for him. I haven't exactly done it, but that's because I don't think it'll help the root of the problem. He works out a whole lot but he doesn't have the diet down and he understands this. I asked him what he likes and what he doesn't like. I asked him what his diet is like right now. He says he's a fan of burgers, spaghetti, and pizza. Well....not a big deal especially if he's eating whole foods versions of this really, but I guarantee that everyone knows these typical American diet staples aren't going to cut it if you want to get in better shape. So I just gave him a few tips:
- Eat mostly plants.
- Don't eat anything that came out of a package.
- Don't eat added sugars. (Sugar from fruit is fine.)
Try that on for a while and see how your body changes. If you need a food plan, write out all of your favorite healthy meals and add that to your meal plan. Roasted spaghetti squash with marinara and a side of sauteed greens...lettuce wrapped burger with plenty of veggie toppers...baked tortilla pizza with a bunch of vegetables!
"Fried" Rice with roasted veggies
It's really that easy. My personal favorites are vegetable stir fries, "fried" rice (basically a lot of veggies with some rice and seasonings), lettuce wraps, roasted vegetables with anything, and oatmeal with banana, flaxseeds, and walnuts for a little something sweet. I don't know when it happened but I stopped using sweeteners and stevia a long time ago and I don't need it. Anyhow, that's the stuff I like. I'm not always perfect, but I try to follow my three basic rules above and it works well enough to keep me healthy and trim.
As far as becoming leaner...well, I'm working on that now, actually. Remember that photo shoot I mentiond? Well, I just got a nice reminder of how far I have yet to go. Good thing I still have 10ish weeks because the photos from my gym this past week were awesomely awful, lol. My gym had a fun in-house "competition". We all participate in a workout and some one likes to take pictures. I've gotten much better about caring less about those photos, but something in the back of my mind still says, "Whoa...I need to step it up!" and, "Maybe I should start thinking about hair, makeup, and cute clothes for exactly this reason!" REALLY? I'm thinking about makeup? Yeah really, but I probably still will do nothing about it. :-)
Anyhow, below are some of my own accountability photos pre-eating for the day. I think I'm comfortable with this being 10 weeks out from a shoot and I only tell you all this so I actually stay accountable to myself! I'm now back to working out 5-6 days a week (started this last week) and I'm not doing much beyond taking the little food splurges out for a bit or to the best of my ability. Taking these weekly photos should be all I need to figure out if I need to adjust my diet anymore. (No scales here!)
One last point I'd like to make: this time last year, I didn't have festival and holiday treats because of my fitness competition. This year, I've allowed basically anything. Allowing those occasional crap foods in my diet has saved my sanity (because you want to participate with your friends and family) and all around, I'd say I'm a nicer person for it. And again, binge eating became a thing of the past because I didn't say no to a taste or a meal. At the same time, I realize, "Wow! These foods are usually NOT worth eating!" They don't always taste amazing and I always end up with a stomach ache, so I think figuring this out was a great thing. It'll sure make keeping away from "tempting" foods that much easier in the next 10 weeks!
P.S. I learned in class today, that I can do diamond pushups. I had NO idea until today. I wasn't able to do them before! It's amazing how much stronger you become without really realizing it!
10 Weeks Out. No filter accountability photo but also my most flattering angles.
Random photo - new bangs
Well I had certain life goals I was hoping to accomplish by now, but I'm at a point where I have to put them on hold, unfortunately. So what does that mean? I've made some new goals! Well, they aren't exactly new but they certainly keep me motivated and give me a way to focus on positive things. It's a healthy distraction. :-)
- By mid November, I'd like to be able to do a muscle up. I don't know how feasible this is, but I signed up for a crossfit competition with my husband and I'd like to be able to help him out with everything we have to do. I'm really excited we're competing together! I'm also a little flattered he's willing to partner up with me, lol.
- In approximately 12 weeks, I have a photo shoot planned with a friend who has amazing photography skills. I'd like to feel like I'm in great shape for that and it would be nice if for once, my husband and I were both in the best shapes of our lives at the same time :-) because we'll be doing the shoot together. It'll be like the engagement photos we never had plus fitness! Couple shots, in the gym and not. I'm pretty excited for it!
Terrible photos of those pink pants!
So those are the goals that will help me keep focused at the gym and in the kitchen. I find it always helps to have a deadline or a count down to something in order to make sure you're doing well most of the time to reach those goals whether it's a photo shoot, a competition, or a bikini vacation. As far as the gym goes, I've decided to upgrade how often I go to crossfit. I've been holding back on upgrades so now I'm going from 2 crossfit workouts to 4 or 5 a week. So in a sense, my workout goal should take care of itself since it's too fun not to go to crossfit classes and I'll get more muscle up practice. It's a positive for both goals. The countdown should help me stay on track with diet, but I don't want to be overly strict on myself either. Balance and maintaining a healthy body are vital to my sanity, for sure!
Feel free to share any new goals you might have. I hear a couple of my friends are headed to VEGAS for Fitness America! I'm so excited for them! Anyhow, here is the recipe...finally!
- 1 c vegetable stock or water
- 2 T tamari sauce
- 1 T maple
- 2 T tomato sauce
- 1/4 t liquid smoke
- 1 T go chu jang (Korean red pepper paste)
- 1 1/2 c textured vegetable protein
- olive oil or coconut oil
- 8 oz baby portabella mushrooms or whatever mushrooms you like, sliced
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 large red bell pepper (~1/2 c), chopped
- 1/4 c celery, chopped
- 1 small carrot (~1/4 c), grated
- 1 T Italian seasoning
- salt to taste
- 1 T mushroom powder (ground up dried mushroom in a spice grinder)
- 1/2 c rice, cooked
- 1/2 c oats
- 1/4 c flour (add 1 T at a time)
Put all the stock ingredients in a bowl and heat on the stove or in the microwave until warm/hot. Stir in the textured vegetable protein and set aside. (The textured vegetable protein will hydrate.)
In a pan, cook the mushrooms until softened and browned on medium to medium high heat. Pour the mushrooms into a food processor (chopper) and allow it to cool. Add the onions, garlic, bell pepper, and celery to the pan and cook until softened. While this is cooking, pulse the processor until the mushrooms are small bits the size of peas or smaller. Pour this in a bowl and do the same to the cooked vegetables.
Add all the rest of the ingredients to the bowl except for the flour and mix. Add the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is able to stick together to form patties. Form 10-12 patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer. You can cook them in a pan with a little oil or freeze them here.
You can make these as you would a regular burger or cook it up and replace it as the "meat" of your meal with a side of potatoes and rice and vegetables. I added this to a vegetable soup for a little added protein. It's very versatile and I love the texture. I hope you enjoy it too.
Holy poo! My legs are killing me! Firstly, I'm still sore from last Friday's split squat workout. But then we had a front squat, squat cleans, and lunge/pullup workout yesterday. I feel destroyed! Not only do my legs and glutes hurt, but so do my shoulders from the barbell landing on them. We're talking some more bruises here. I'm not complaining....not really :). It was fun even though I'm in pain now. I'm just glad I'm going for a walk/jog with the pups today as my workout and recovery.
I don't actually want to sound critical of the fruititarians out there or the starchivores, but have you ever seen what some of them eat in a day? It's almost amazing to me! I watched this one woman recap her daily food intake on youtube. Each meal was about 10 or so pieces of fruit with freshly squeezed fruit juices. She also ate some lettuce at one point. I guess you'd have to eat that much fruit to make sure you got in enough calories but man! That seems insane to me, but eh, if she's okay with it and it works for her...who's to judge?
I only found the above information because I actually research most all popular diets or "ways of life". From simply eating clean, paleo, vegetarian, fruititarian, vegan, low carb, high carb, etc, etc. They all basically have the same thing in common; they eat clean food or in other words, they eat real food. Some are pickier about where their protein comes from or whether or not their produce is organic or local. It's amazing that there are advocates for each and every diet out there and it makes sense. If you were originally eating a SAD diet with junk food and you transition to any of those clean diets, you're at least now cutting the junk and eating real food even if you pay no attention to macros or whether or not you eat animals. So by default, you're going to see better results, right? The abundance of information makes it very difficult to know which is best, but I guess the truth is, it's varying. What's best for me might not be best for you. I still don't quite know what's best for me, but I continue to learn more and more about myself. I hope you can challenge yourself to figuring out what's best for you because there will be many people out there with plenty of opinions on what's best for you.
It seems to me that consciously eating works best for me. I mean, I still make ahead meals for convenience, but there are days, I don't want to finish lunch. It's too much or I'm STARVING after eating everything I packed myself for work. There are those days, I crave watermelon. I guess I just need natures Gatorade but it seems smart that I'm more in tuned with my body: figuring out what it needs and how much of it is satisfying. If there's one thing I seldom do anymore, it's binge eat. And I think that's because I tend to feed myself with nourishing foods without always thinking, "Oh no, I know I'm craving brown rice right now, but it's dinner time and I'm not allowed." Instead, I just have what I need and I eat no more. It's easier that way.
Well those were my very random thoughts for the day. What are your opinions on the popular diets out there?
P.S. Many of the awesome athletes at my crossfit box don't eat paleo, just FYI.
P.P.S. Have you seen this
? It's eye opening without being overly gruesome. It's a very toned down version of "Food Inc." I hope society starts to open their eyes to the issues of commercial farming. I'm thrilled that organics and local food is growing in popularity.
- 1 spaghetti squash, roasted
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 small onions, cut into quarters and sliced thinly
- 1.5 cups white beans (mine were re-hydrated dried beans
- 1/2 t each chili powder, paprika, and pepper
- salt to taste
- sprinkle of garlic powder and Italian herbs
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- ~9 eggs
- Optional toppings (avocado, hot sauce, etc.)
Roast the spaghetti squash and cool. Scrap the contents into a sieve over a bowl. Let this sit while preparing the other ingredients.
On medium, slowly caramelize the onions in the olive oil. When the onions are sufficiently brown for you, add the white beans and seasonings. Let the beans come to heat and brown a little. When this is done, add the spinach and allow it to wilt. Stir to combine evenly. After, combine the strained spaghetti squash and the contents of the pan and mix.Cooking the eggs in a pan:
In the same pan over medium to medium high heat, spray the pan with oil. Form rounds in the pan with the spaghetti squash mixture. (I fit 3 in my pan.) crack an egg into each hole, cover the pan, and cook until your eggs are done to your preference. (Do not try moving the baskets until the egg is cooked otherwise it may fall apart.)Cooking the eggs in the oven:
In a baking pan (I used a 13"x9" glass dish with my remaining mixture), I poured my spaghetti squash mix in and made 6 holes. I cracked an egg into each whole and baked in a 400 degree oven until the eggs were cooked. Start with 25 minutes and check your eggs.
Initially, I made this for my lunches for the week, but it was a great snack in the afternoon and obviously, a perfect breakfast! It's got the protein, carbs, and fat I need to feel good! I think you'll love it!
I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! I know I did! Can you believe it's September?! Is anyone else excited? I mean, it's hot and muggy out right now, but soon enough, we'll have crisp and cool air to accompany the farmers market, corn mazes, and pumpkin picking! I just LOVE the harvest season!
Anyhow, remember way back when I made CrossFit goals
? Here they are again:
- Master the overhead squat. STATUS - I can do them, but still not very well. I'll give myself this, however. We don't practice this much and I don't practice it on my own very much.
- Pull off 10 kipping pull ups in a row. STATUS - I can do this! I can do 4 strict chin ups in a row (when I feel good) and 1 strict regular pull up. I'm working on the butterfly technique now and it's coming along!
- Get away from the 6 meals a day/bodybuilding eating habits. I'm looking to create more ease in my life. STATUS - This has been achieved for the most part. I plan on 3 meals a day and snack on stuff if I'm hungry.
- Continue stepping away from actions and thoughts based on vanity. STATUS - I've noticed very clearly, my direction with CrossFit and just normal eating (still very healthy) have been my main focus. I don't exercise or eat to look a certain way anymore. I do what I do because I like it and because it keeps me healthy inside and out/mentally and physically. I also had kind of an "ah ha" moment while my in-laws were visiting last week and it was this fact: I feel pretty great about myself. I don't know if it's a fluke like having a good hair day, but I feel good about my body, which is a huge thing for me. I mean, I tore apart a deck with handtools, deadlifted large pieces of deck, and hauled it over to our scrap pile on the other side of my lawn. How awesome is that? I also went shopping with mom-in-law. I don't know if you've noticed in these recent photos, but I have thighs and a bum now. So basically, I like to wear leggings or spandexy workout pants. Well, I finally found a pair of jeans that fit the waist, butt, thighs, and calves! (You'd be surprised how many jeans I can't fit into just because my calves don't fit!) But that along with some non-workout clothes made me feel pretty awesome. (Now if I could just as easily find nice shirts that fit my arms but are small enough for my waist...) Usually, I dread the disgusting mirror in changing rooms but I was happy this time! The best part about it is I've done nothing to purposely "fix" my body with diet and exercise. It really is a mind set change and I've come to appreciate my strong and healthy body. I do what I do because I want to be healthy for my family, to enjoy my life, and not be limited because I didn't take care of myself. I'm sure there will still be bad days from time to time, but right now, I'm doing good over here.
- Bonus: I created another goal during all of this and it was to be able to do handstand walks and handstand push ups (kipping). Status: check and check! :)
- New goal: butterfly pull ups and 1 muscle up (I keep practicing the motion but it's difficult!)
Also, remember when I did the paleo cleanse? Here's what I learned about myself:
- Sometimes I have issues with nightshades...SOMETIMES. But I can't live without tomatoes and peppers. They are staying!
- Eggs and I are friends.
- Dairy is not my friend. So basically I've cut out yogurt and cheese, which were the only dairy products I was consuming. I actually don't drink the whey protein shakes anymore either. I'll have the occasional treat out with friends/family at the great frozen Greek yogurt place or something, but unless it's worth it, I'm not having it.
- I can handle beans/legumes. I don't know if it's a Korean thing or not (I'm half btw), but things like rice, beans, and soy were part of my diet growing up and I never had issues. You know what I didn't eat much of growing up? Dairy, lol.
- Gluten gives me slight issues, but not significant. I like to eat bread because it's delicious, but as far as starches go, I might still opt for something other than grains simply because that other thing might be more nutrient dense, like sweet potatoes.
- I learned that I can't and shouldn't eat a low carb diet. This is specific to me. I think it's also a little more specific to women and athletes, but the paleo cleanse or just eating paleo by nature, tends to mean lower carbs and higher fat. My body doesn't like it very much and that's totally okay. My husband can handle the lower carbs better than I can, but because of his body type, he can basically eat as many carbs as he wants.
- Lately, I've been eating less meat. It's not because I'm becoming vegan or vegetarian (not that there's anything wrong with that and not that it couldn't be an option in the future), but I just want to eat less meat. When we eat meat, it's almost always organic, but meat, to me, is tricky. Sources are always a little questionable and I know most producers do things to animals to fatten them up (among other things) and I'm not sure if that's a good thing for us. I don't know...I'm still doing a bunch of research, but either way, I only eat meat at dinner most nights or it's "sprinkled in" in broths or within a stirfry that is mostly vegetable based. So basically, breakfast, lunch, and snacks look vegetarian. Dinner is always up in the air but one thing is for sure, the fact that I eat vegetables and a lot of them has not changed one bit!
Yes, the changing room with the jeans that fit!
Hi all! Sorry for my lack of posting last week but the in-laws were in town all week and we kept BUSY! Normally, one might make vacations or visitors an excuse to not keep active and stay healthy but that’s so not the case with our family. I think our family understands how important it is for us to eat well and keep active. Here’s what we did.
Sunday – Long day/short trip canoeing – we grilled dinner and had a lot of fresh salsa! We had a lot of sun today. I also preprepped a bunch of food for the week!
Monday – We pull apart an old nasty deck using mauls, saws, crowbars, and barrels. All those lifts I have perfected at CrossFit came into play at this point. Since it was a long day full of chores, we went out to an Asian fusion restaurant for dinner and had sushi appetizer and I had part of my bibimbap for dinner. Then we splurged and I got a delicious chocolate frozen Greek yogurt with berries and coconut flakes.
Tuesday – The boys started building on the deck, mom-in-law cleared out a ton of brush, and I organized things in our basement. We stayed very busy. I also cooked up some new dishes included Primal Cravings Eggplant Gratin as well as sautéed green beans from our garden dusted in crushed walnuts. We had to eat our big meal at lunch because my volleyball game was during normal dinner time!
Garden tomato and cucumber salad
Snacks made ahead of time and stored in fridge for the week
Chickpea Dal I made ahead of time for lunch
Eggplant Gratin recipe from Primal Cravings and sauteed garden green beans
Wednesday – Mom-in-law and I went to a CrossFit class as helping out with the deck became a crowd with the 4 of us. The boys stayed very busy with it and they’ve gotten so much done by this point! For meals, I made a fridge dump of a dish. We had antelope sausage, a ton of veggies, and already cooked quinoa. That was tasty. I also made everyone a sandwich made with hummus, avocado, a home grown heirloom tomato, greens, and mustard…SO good. I’m probably getting a little too creative in the kitchen, but our parents are handling my cooking very well. Then they cooked us dinner. Dad made his famous fish (he bakes it now) and mom made something a little too dairy for me, her corn chowder. So I had a small bowl and it was delicious as always.
Thursday – Finally! A break from chores! We went out and played 9 holes of golf in this warm weather, whoa! It was definitely tiring. Lunch ended up being all the leftovers. I refused to go out to lunch after golfing and for dinner. We had antelope steaks, grilled corn, and sautéed vegetables. Who wants to eat out anyways with that dinner lined up?
Friday – We walked a LOT around a museum until lunch at Chipotle. I went vegetarian this time around with black beans, brown rice, veggies, and guac on my salad. Later that night, we went out to a Reds baseball game. Dinner was at Bobby's Burger Palace. I had their Miami burger, which was a pressed burger with pickles, mustard, and ham on my burger. The sweet potato fries I shared with my husband came with a honey mustard horseradish sauce...YUM!
Saturday – I invited a girl friend to go shopping with mom-in-law and me while the guys played golf (I was jealous of that!) and we also attended a taste of Blue Ash – FINALLY, I’m getting my fair food fix! (Maybe not as healthy but we didn’t get anything fried, lol.) I never ended up eating any for 4th of July like I had planned so this works out perfectly! Last year this time, the parents were here for the same fair-ish event and I was sooooo stressed about what I could eat, what I couldn’t eat, and how much…uck! It was awful and I was stressed. These days, it’s easier to maintain a healthy relationship with food because when nothing is off limits, I tend to gravitate towards healthy food anyhow…just not competitor clean and plain…ya know? So I shared lamb curry, a German pretzel, frozen custard with caramel, a steak sandwich, and some other little bites here or there. Kenny Loggins was playing that night and he sure did play Foot Loose and Danger Zone. :)
Sunday – I made a vegetable/leftovers scramble for breakfast with small toast with hummus on top. Lunch was leftover Chipotle salad. Dinner was made by mom-in-law. She made goulash with rice instead of pasta. As far as activities go, we chilled out considering all the walking we did these past couple of days. Then mom and I got my weekly grocery shopping in and also did a little shopping for some clothes by the store near my grocery store. I can’t believe my attitude towards my body (I'll write more on this later). Maybe it’s kind of like a good hair day versus bad hair day kind of thing, but I actually liked my body. I was happy and I hope I continue to feel this way about myself.
Anyhow, wasn't that a lot?! My husband and I prioritize our time with family which is why I was MIA. How do you handle visitors or visiting new places? I feel like I relaxed my workouts, but we stayed so active with chores and walking that we didn't need a class to keep our butts in shape. Love stay-casions!