Meals For Week 1 of a New Year

Hi guys!

It’s my first day back to work and I just got done with my early morning gym session. I wanted to take the time to share the meals I’ve planned on cooking through out the week before I get engulfed in teacher stuff and forget to.

My mason jar lunch pick of the week is Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette


I haven’t made this yet so I have a hodgepodge of healthy stuff sitting in random containers in my purse as we speak.

The dinners I plan on making through out the week are:

Chicken veggie stir fry w/ brown rice


(I don’t use a recipe for my stir fry… I just make it. But you can use this link if you want to.)

Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili


(Minus the chips 😉 )

Grilled Chicken w/ Purple cauliflower rice w/ scallions and roasted asparagus

(No picture I just made that up)

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats


I’ve got to hurry I have a meeting in 20 minutes BUT I have to share some good news and some bad news with you…

Good news is I’m not as fat as I thought I was because the pounds are already falling off.

The bad news is I cheated yesterday. Brent and I had money left over on a gift certificate to an awesome microbrewery near by. They have awesome Texas Brisket Tacos… the Cowboys were playing… I’m from Texas… just sayin.

The good news is that prior to the microbrewery I had gone to the gym and worked out. Plus I had gone to the movies to see Unbroken with Bridget SANS SNACKS. We didn’t even sneak anything in. (Well technically I did sneak in Kind bars because they were in my purse but we didn’t eat them so it doesn’t count.

More good news… we don’t have anymore gift cards taunting us to cheat anymore.

I just had to get that off of my chest. I did and now I feel better… Now I better hurry up and go to work!

P.S. There are probably typos because I’m in such a rush. Don’t judge me!

Have a great day everyone!!!

Being Organized Isn’t As Cool As I Thought It Would Be

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Do you have any idea how many posts I’ve written on this blog dedicated to getting my shit together?

A lot. 

This is because I am constantly on a mission to be better than I am. To be perfectly honest with you, sometimes I just suck at all things life related. I have this idea in my head that if only I were a bit more organized than all of my problems would magically be solved and all of my anxiety would cease to exist.

With this in mind, I woke up super early this morning, brewed myself a nice cup of coffee and settled down with all of my planning materials to plan out meals and workouts for the coming week…


Then I got bored and ended up reading this blog post that wants to help you have a more organized home in just 4 weeks. With visions of perfection dancing in my head I quickly moved on to this other blog post she wrote about creating a routine. It didn’t take me long to feel completely inadequate. You see, perfection isn’t my forte…

So, when Brent suggested I put aside my planning materials and take the girls sledding instead, I gladly ditched what I was doing in order to partake in some old fashioned family fun.

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After we got home and put Penelope down for her nap I finally settled down to plan out my meals and workouts for the next week. As I said in my previous post, I’m using this week as a dress rehearsal for the weeks ahead. For the next 16 weeks I will be completing my student teaching. This means that in order to accomplish everything I have laid out before me I have to be organized (even if I think it makes me a boring person). I’m hoping as the weeks progress this ritual of planning everything out ahead of time will become easier because it took me forever to decide what I wanted to eat and what kind of workouts I wanted to do.

So, here it goes… my attempt at being way more organized than I actually am.

Workout Schedule:

I haven’t lifted weights in nearly a month due to sickness and the holidays so I’ve decided to take it easy focusing on three movements back squat, push press and deadlift. 

Monday– (4 a.m.) 3 x 5 back squat, 15 min HIIT treadmill session, 30 min elliptical

Tuesday– yoga

Wednesday– 3 x 5 push press, 3 mile run jog

Thursday– yoga

Friday– 3 x 5 deadlift, 15 min HIIT treadmill session, 30 min elliptical

Saturday– off

Sunday– off

There’s a lot of yoga and cardio mixed in there this week because it helps me clear my mind. I’ve cried no less than 3 times today about my days as a stay-at-home mom being over. I caught myself sniffing Penelope’s head more times than I would like to admit because I’m super sad about not being able to have as much time with her as I’ve become accustomed to. (If you are a working mother and you kind of want to punch me in the face that’s okay.)

Planned Meals

I didn’t do any of the prepping that I will be required once student teaching starts because, quite frankly, I didn’t have to. 

MondayChicken Harvest Soup

Tuesday– New Year’s Eve Dinner (That means I’ll be having lobster tails if Whole Foods has them on sale like they did last year.)

WednesdayKale Fried Rice with pan seared chicken

ThursdaySpaghetti Squash Lasagna with meat sauce

Friday– rotisserie chicken with balsamic roasted butternut squash and onions with couscous (Just drizzle veggies with olive oil and balsamic vinegar add salt and pepper and roast at 400 30-40 minutes.)

Here are a few salads I want to try for lunch to see if they would be good for packing and taking to school with me later on.

Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing

Moroccan Salad with Cilantro Orange Dressing

Lacinato Kale Salad

Okay, I’m tired now. According to my schedule I needed to be in bed forty-five minutes ago in order to ensure I had a full seven hours of sleep before heading out to the gym. Plus, I kind of want to take a shower and wash all of this nerdiness off of me. I feel like I need to do something reckless in order to regain my street cred… I might just live on the wild side and not even edit this post. What do you think of that Type A’ers?!

I’ll check in with you later to let you know if I actually crawled out of bed on time 😉

Mommy Dearest

I don’t know about you but when I get home from vacation I get in the mood to clean my house and organize.


Organization and I have a love/hate relationship. I love being organized I just hate doing the actual organizing. I function much better if I’ve got structure but the rebel in me can’t stand it. If I’m not organized I feel like a slob, if I’m too organized I feel like I’m not cool enough to hang out with myself… I’ve got standards, I can only hang out with the cool kids. No nerds allowed.

We left Bridget in St. Louis for a few days longer to be spoiled by her aunts and uncles. I’ve missed her like crazy so it was the perfect time to tackle the black hole that her room had become. For the past few months every time I walked past it I could feel my inner “Mommy Dearest” bubbling up. I thought for the sake of our mental health… both her’s and mine. It would be best if I stayed away and left the cleaning to her.

Needless to say she was simply too overwhelmed to do it right. I couldn’t take it anymore and took care of it while she was gone. This was best so that I wouldn’t yell at her when I found a moldy peanut butter and jelly sandwich under her bed or when I found that experimental grape that was almost a raisin.

raisenIs it a grape or a raisin?

This was a two day project because Brent was at work and Penelope wasn’t allowed in the hazard area until I got a better hold on it. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was halfway through and it was really bugging me to leave it unfinished(which is weird because I’m the queen of unfinished business). After it was all said and done 7 trash bags were sent to Goodwill and 4 were sent to the trash.

Here is the before…

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and the after…

mommy dearest2Aren’t you glad your mom didn’t write a blog when you were growing up?

In true nerdy fashion I have compiled a chore list to help her stay on track throughout the summer. I have to stay on top of her about it. I do NOT want this child to be like me when she grows up!

She’s flying in tomorrow with her Uncle Bryce and her cousin Ruby. I’ve got the meals tentatively planned and some fun activities waiting to be called upon.

Here are a few of the recipes I plan on making while they are here…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins


Honey Mustard Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

kabobs(with cauliflower rice)

Caprese Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Reduction


Prosciutto, Melon and Spinach Salad

melon salad

Roasted Apricots With Mascarpone and Blackberry Drizzled With Honey

roasted apricots

(This link was a dead end but it sounds pretty self explanitory.)

Summer Chicken Wraps


That’s just a few ideas I have in my arsinal. I’ve got a few cocktail/mocktail ideas as well. I can’t wait for them to get here. We could go downtown Denver and stroll around possibly stopping by the Market for a Cuppa…


We can go to the reservoir nearby and see the hot air balloons launch off, or go to the farmer’s market on Sunday by the Tattered Cover and I think there is a carnival that is going to be going on nearby during this weekend as well. The options are endless I just can’t wait for them to get here!

I plan on eating fairly healthy but I have a feeling I’m going to have to run like Forest Gump to get back to where I was before vacation. I still haven’t weighed myself… I figured ignorance is bliss at this point. But we shall see…

Planning Ahead

It is officially Spring Break!

Yet, there seems to be so much snow outside of our back door that Scout felt compelled to pee on the deck instead of wading through it to get to our yard. He didn’t feel bad about it until he got caught, typical boy.


This is his guilty face.

Needless to say, today was not a good day to go running outside. Which was a shame because Bridget has really gotten into running with me lately. As a reward she gets to buy a new song for her Ipod every time she runs a mile.

Today she went with me to the gym instead. Bridget hasn’t stepped foot into this gym since she was in kindergarten and it was the first time she actually got to use the equipment.


She’s still at that phase where she wants to be like me. Poor girl. She’s gotten into working out and eating healthy lately and she has even started a blog about fashion and preteen girl stuff. We keep the link private because I would hate to have to jack a fool up for messing with my kid. Sorry, I tend to channel Mr. T when I think of cyber creepers. “I pity the fool!”

After our workout we headed over to Whole Foods for a quick lunch.

post workout lunch

Bridget got a beef bison dog with homemade chips, Penelope ate a few samples from the store, and I ate spicy tuna and kale salad.

I tend to workout before lunch and when I get home I’m usually starving so I decided today would be a great day to get a few things prepared in advance for these occasions. I have a few favorite food blogs but the blogs I go to most for healthy recipes are Skinnytaste and Iowa Girl Eats. Every time I think it sucks to eat healthy  I’ll log on and see something delicious that they’ve posted and I’m reminded of how yummy fresh food can be.

When it started to dump snow on Saturday I pulled a bunch of meat out of the freezer so that I would have food on hand in case of a blizzard. I’m not from around these parts and when it snows my inner Texan tends to get carried away.

Guess what…

I survived yet another snow storm and now I have a ton of meat to cook before it all goes bad.

So here’s the plan.

1. Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting


Bridget was really excited about the idea of piping the potato “frosting” with our cupcake decorator that we bought for birthdays. I will have to pass on the potato part if I were to choose to eat this for dinner because of the Ten Week Challenge but I can indulge in a bit of potatoey goodness post workout.


This recipe sneaks in a little shredded zucchini in it too!

2. Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken


After eating Kelly’s Chicken Cali Stir Fry I’ve been all about the sesame flavors. I even bought some more cauliflower to make more “rice” to serve with this.

3. Kale Fried Rice


I have made this before and it is SO YUMMY! I usually eat it with chicken and it’s great to have sitting in the fridge because it just gets better the longer it sits. I make it with brown Jasmine rice. (Once again this will be a lunch meal for me.)

I’m so glad to be able to have fruit and rice and potatoes again! I only went 5 days without but it was long enough to change my perspective and switch up my mindset when it comes to carbohydrates. I definitely need them but I don’t need them with every meal.

I celebrated my success Friday night by having my wine club… er book club over for a meeting. It was my free day so I partook in the wine drinking. As part of the Ten Week Challenge I’m not supposed to have alcohol or coffee (lattes). I only get one free meal and during that time I have to choose between the two.

I was getting into the habit of drinking one or two sugary coffee drinks a day and then ending my night with some wine. The amount of sugar and empty calories I was consuming wreaked havoc on my weight loss during the month of February.

Even though my back deck is covered in snow and pee, I can feel the warmer weather inching its way closer. I can’t wait for summer to arrive and I am really looking forward to feeling good in my skin when it gets here.

Here’s to hot summer nights, dancing in farmer’s markets and skinny legs!