06/2/14
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food and fitness week 13

Hello! How was your weekend? We did some of this…

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And this…

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And this too (breakfast out – see sleepy face).

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It was a great but sleepy weekend for me. Zoe’s decided against sleeping, but more on that coming up in her 3 month update this week. Also, I have a part two to my slimming down post coming up too. :)

Today let’s take a peek back at last week’s dinners and workouts. I hope my meal plan offers some inspiration and ideas to others out there!

Food

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Monday: greek lemon chicken and bean rice bowls (recipe coming next week!)

Tuesday: quesadillas with leftover chicken/pinto beans, cheese and fresh greek salsa + strawberries

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Wednesday: salmon, sweet potato fries, cauliflower cream cheese mash, crusty bread and vanilla bean ice cream with berries for dessert <– Hunter’s bday dinner

Thursday: chicken cordon bleu (last ones from the freezer, must prep more!), roasted potatoes and oranges

Friday: bbq’d spicy italian chicken sausage, millet and grilled carrots

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Saturday: Hawaiian pineapple beef burgers, baked beans and grilled yellow squash

Sunday: bbq’d teriyaki chicken, brown/white jasmine rice, grilled green bell peppers, carrots and onions + fresh apricots

We ate really well all last week. It was a big treat having salmon midweek and my cooking was made easy by so much bbqing.

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I prep, then Jacob cooks. Backyard eating is my faaaaav.  Doesn’t everything taste better off the BBQ?

Fitness

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With the holiday and appointments I had a couple less classes. I also didn’t end to getting my sprints in on Friday like I has planned, but oh well. This Friday I will!

Monday: taught body pump

Tuesday: rest day, but we picked strawberries!

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Wednesday: taught body combat

Thursday: taught body pump + sculpt and tone

Friday: taught fitness yoga

Saturday: rest

Sunday: rest

Truth be told, I was actually thankful for the lighter week.  When I get less sleep it’s so much harder on me to put in extra workouts.  The holiday and appointments were a blessing in disguise!

What was your favorite part of the weekend?  Is it feeling like summer where you’re at?  I LOVE this sunshine!

Heather

05/29/14
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my secret to slimming down

This morning I posted the following picture and caption to instagram.

Slowly fitting back into more of my clothes and I’m quite excited to have these snake skin pants back in my life.

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No lie, I was super excited to rock those snake skin pants again during body pump this morning.  They’re just so fun!  But mostly, I’m excited to be fitting back into more of my wardrobe.  Some women have a baby and are instantly back into their pre-pregnancy pants.  I am not one of them.  I’m still not near fitting in the majority of my pre-pregnancy pants, but I’m headed there, and it makes me excited.  I wore a pair of jeans earlier this week that had been uncomfortable around the waist, but now they are fitting much better, yay!

So then I started thinking, I’ve probably lost some weight, cool.  So I hop on the scale and it still read the same number as it did a month after Zoe was born.  No biggie.  The scale isn’t what matters, the way my clothes fit and how I feel is what counts.  That’s why the title of this post is ‘my secret to slimming down’, not ‘my secret to losing weight’.

So much of the time we get so stuck on the number, and the number is really just that, a number.  It’s not a mood.  It’s not the most important thing in the world.  It’s just a digit.

Okay, onto my secret… which is not a real secret.

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Strength training!

I am a firm believer in strength training for women.  And I’m not talking about 3-5 pound dumbbells.  They can be a starting point for many, but not somewhere to stay.  No, I mean lifting weights that are tough and challenging.  Sometimes I like to tell my classes that challenge creates change.  And it’s so true!  You have to work for what you want to achieve.  Lift heavier weights.  It might be tough.  It might hurt a little (or a lot).  And that’s okay, because it’s only temporary.  The more muscle you create, from lifting heavy weights, will turn you into a fat burning machine.  Maybe you don’t see a drop on the scale right away, but your pants might begin to fit a little better.  And in my book that’s way better than any number on the scale.

Thoughts?  Agree/disagree?  Please share!

Heather

05/12/14
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that runner’s high

Are you a runner? I am… or was… or will be again? I could confidently say I was one before Hunter was born. I even ran until about 6 months into my pregnancy. Then I never got back into it… and two years passed.  Yeah, I would run here and there, I’d go out and run some sprints, I’d even take Hunter on some runs with me but I never felt like a runner again.  Like I couldn’t claim it to the world.  I didn’t get that drive back to run again.

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Then, like I mentioned in my last post, I went running over the weekend.  It was my first run in a very, very long time.  Almost a year would be my guess.  I was fun, because I was with a friend, but not easy.  I wanted to stop so many times (and would have if I was alone!) but kept going.  The talking distracted me, but also made me feel like I was huffing and puffing for air.  Zoe came along for the run in the stroller, and many times I had my friend push it so I could try to catch my breath.  I told her it’d make her a stronger runner. Hey, it is the truth.

It was a hard 3.6 miles, but in the end, so worth it.  I came home with that feeling.  That runner’s high.  I was cheerful, energized and talking away at Jacob like my brother Josh talks (he likes to talk… a lot ;) ).  I was ready to take on the day!  The day after my body had something else to say (holy ache and  soreness!), but that was just temporary.  I can feel that I’m going to need another run.  Another push.  Another challenge.  Another rewarding feeling afterwards.  And I can’t wait for it.

So, are you a runner? Do you get the runner’s high? 

Heather