9:00am: Breakfast- Dark Chocolate Chunk KIND bar
I love these all-natural bars just as much as my beloved Larabars (the Honey Coconut is TODIEFOR!) and they are great for on the run breakfasts or snacks. I had to 'grab & go' breakfast yesterday too since Katie was grabbing my hand to go play down in our playroom before 9amJ hahahahaha No languishing over the stove to make pancakes for me yesterdayJ
Starting making it with a 1-to-1 tablespoon ration of Apple Cider Vinegar & pineapple juice. Hey, any LESS shot to take is A-OK by me! Followed by that juice chaser and it is a health benefit you can nail in under 30 secondsJ
11:00am: 1/2 grapefruit with 1/2 packet of Stevia
Ummmm...that knife looks very foreboding in that picture, but I've gotten quite a bit more proficient in slicing grapefruit segments thanks to that little guyJ
12:30pm: Lunch- 2 leftover corn lettuce wraps & sauteed zucchini
Thank God for 2 minutes in the microwave because, despite that mid-morning grapefruit, I was pretty STARVING by the time lunch rolled around. Thankfully this lunch came together in under 5 minutes, thanks to leftovers. After housing these, downing some water and keeping myself busy, these kept me full the rest of the afternoon.
4:00pm: Snack- 1 Mango Coconut bite
Our last three from the recipe got divided up by Katie, Scott & myself. I already can't wait to try a new recipe for these little bites next week! They are a great 'sweet tooth satisfy-er" in the afternoons.
6:00pm: Dinner- Kale salad with Maple Almond Vinaigrette
How this salad isn't a weekly staple, I have no idea. Well, I have one idea: it DOES require a little more prep work than normal. Chopping the kale, slivering the brussel sprouts, caramelizing some shallots...but oh, is it worth it. It is SO worth it. If you're not a fan of kale: TRY THIS SALAD. You will be a believer in the raw, green stuff...
Think we'll be adding more kale salads to our weekly menu, not only because they are beyond fabulous for you and blah, blah, blah...but they are HONESTLY Katie's favorite dinner. I know. I know! you are proclaiming me a liar at this moment, but she will just sit & slowly pick her way through this, polishing off her entire plate. And here's the most important part: She does so...QUIETLY. That child didn't make ONE PEEP last night while we ate...which is...rare these daysJ I always feed her whatever we're having, but for some nights, the (non too subtle) squeal of "DOWWWWN!" come a little more quickly than othersJ And if kale salad is the "Katie-whisperer", well then I'll freakin take it! More motivating for us on many levelsJ
Workout: "Tone it up" Sandcastle Workout
I told you the weather wasn't very encouraging yesterday and I just was NOT feeling the gym yesterday (it happens). But I knew I still wanted to do SOMETHING, but didn't feel like going too crazy and this little FIFTEEN MINUTE (yes, that's 1-5) totally hit the spot for the night. Just enough to feel like I got some toning work in (those 4 little moves, of working double muscle groups, will wear you out FAST!) and despite the short time, was still better than NOTHING...which is what probably would have happened if I had SWORN to myself I was going to workout for an hour when I really just didn't feel like it. SOMETHING is ALWAYS better than nothing!
Not to mention, it would have been WAY to easy to just COMPLETELY blow off ANY workout in favor of plopping myself on the couch with my latest obsession...
...at least I got in my little workout in and felt justified spending the rest of the evening with the TV OFF and plowing through this read. If you LOVED Moriarty's "The Husband's Secret" (and if you haven't read that: Stop reading this RIGHT NOW and GO GET IT!), you'll love this one too. A page turner with a little hint of sinister hidden beneath the surface of each chapter. (ps-Scott works out on Monday & Thursday nights. I wasn't forcing him to stare at me while I readingJ)
And speaking of Scott, he has lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks! I....have NOT lost that muchJ He's worked really hard and I'm super proud of him, but us women are just a little slower going on the scaleJ hahahahahahaha I'm still VERY happy of the 'healthier (and delicious!) choices' from this week and that gives us motivation going into the HOLIDAY WEEKEND! CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT????????????? You can just never get over how fast time flies. So of course we have picnic food to enjoy PLUS a fun little 'Jersey foodie road trip' planned (somewhat of a Memorial weekend traditionJ) So I'm just gonna try to take my own damn advice as best I can, eat those two 'funner meals' mindfully and stay in the 'healthy' game the rest of the time. You gotta live & love...but we just gotta be more mindful about it when you're trying to keep the scale on your sideJ hahahahaha
Have a WONDERFUL weekend and I know I'll have some goodies to show you come Monday/Tuesday (we'll see how soon I get back on hereJ) ENJOY!