Monday, April 10, 2017

Real life comparison...

Morning, all!  What a beauuuuuutiful weekend we had around here in NJ.  Even I, the lover of Fall & Winter, HAD to get myself out for a sunshine walk on Sunday afternoon.  It feels like it's taken a lonnnnggg string of cold and WINDY (GEEZE, NJ was WINDY this winter!) days to arrive here...but we made it!
I took this photo from my vantage point of sitting and meditating under this tree when my walk was winding down.

And no, I don't know who I am anymore I never thought that above statement would ever be uttered out of my mouth😊  I don't know what just happened😉

And in ALSO "never thought I'd say this news":  I completed my VERY FIRST WORKSHOP this weekend!  I still can't even believe THAT happened.  I worked hard on the presentation, but it was really the people in the room coming together to share their own journeys that made it incredibly special.  I can't wait to see what's next to come😊
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And thanks to my friend Michelle for sneaking in this photo of me mid-shop😉 here we are on Monday and I DID manage to document some of our meals this week.  ...which I thought would be HILARIOUS to see next to the 'styled' photos that bloggers (unlike myself) do INCREDIBLY well.  Despite having gone to FILM SCHOOL, I still can't wrap my head around the photography skills that produce those beautiful photos.  INSTEAD, what I'm REALLY good at, is a peek at REAL LIFE😉  So I thought it would be kinda funny to show you MY photos next to those beautiful Pinterest worthy ones😉  AND showing you how I balanced my week.

Monday:  Chinese Five Spice Ground Turkey Zucchini Noodles

Chinese Five Spice Ground Turkey Zucchini Noodles - this is a low carb version of a popular Chinese noodle dish. Delicious and very satisfying! ~  
LOVEEEEEEEDDD this recipe.  It took UNDER 15 minutes...and that's including spiralizing the noodles!  How can you argue with that??

Tuesday:  Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower Baked Potatoes with Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce
stuffed potatoes with butternut cheese sauce I  
Let's not even get into discussing the differences of these 2 photos😉  What we CAN discuss is realizing that we had an ABSURD amount of butternut squash that I had stashed in the freezer during the Fall months last year.  To the tune of, like, FOUR bags😉  So I thought I'd put at least TWO of those bags to work this week.  One in this recipe above, which we LOVEDDDD.  And two...

Wednesday:  Gnocchi with Squash & Kale + salad of my old photos.  AND one of our favorite dishes that I forget too often.  I had another plan for dinner that involved quinoa and Brussels sprouts...but if Scott was going to eat an EXCESS of butternut squash for dinner, he was putting the veto on that plan and opted for this gnocchi dish instead.  I'm OK with this.  (plus:  lunch leftovers were JAMMIN!)

Thursday:  Crunchy Stuffed Buffalo Chicken + sweet potato + salad
Crunchy Stuffed Buffalo Chicken with Ranch Roasted Potatoes #glutenfree |
No "Donna photo" here, as I was just too excited to try this one out (but rest assured, mine looked NOTHING like that photo😉)  But that didn't even matter as this chicken was SOOOO delicious.  Definitely our best dinner of the week.

Friday:  Dinner at Caffe Aldo Lamberti
"Mood lighting" photo alert😉 I went out with a couple friends on Friday, who both also enjoy my love of sharing ALLLLL the food around😉  So we all got to dig into the appetizers of antipasti, calamari & Caesar salad and dinner of seafood risotto and some of the best gnocchi I've EVER had.  All accompanied by live trumpet Jazz, which was pretty sweet.

No photo as I was trying to slice up meatballs to cool before my 1 year old could yank them off my plate while they were still steaming hot😉  That child LOVES herself some meatballs!  (see also:  genes😉)

A recipe from the other cookbook I got this Christmas this year:  Skinnytaste:  Fast & Slow.  Only problem was I was ready for dinner before 5pm because the damn slow cooker just smelled SOOOOOOO good.  And the tacos with the bright & healthy cucumber/carrot slaw did NOT disappoint.

OTHER treats & eats this week

Which Scott has been requesting for at least 400 months and I finally got it done for him😉

Crisped corn tortillas + mashed avocado + crisped white beans
THIS was the start of this breakfast and it's evolved just slightly since.  I just throw the tortillas over an open flame on the stove grates to char.  The white beans go in a dry pan to heat and crisp.  And the mashed avocado is the delicious glue that holds it all together.  5 minutes to a SUPER filing & healthy breakfast you can LOVEEEEEE.

Flaxseed pancake
Here's another one I ate a bunch of times last week for either breakfast or lunch.  I used this recipe, sans the sweetener (it's not really needed since top it with peanut butter and a small drizzle of maple)

Mediterranean Quinoa Cups
You guys KNOW I've been loving ALL the Quinoa cups lately and this was my own take.  I combined 2 egg whites & 1 egg.  Sundried tomatoes, quinoa, shredded zucchini & onion, feta, chopped chickpeas and a dollop of hummus in a bowl.  Mixed it up, filled it in muffin cups and baked.  Those stayed together perfectly.  The WEIRD moment came when I added chopped kalamata olives to mine (Scott's not a fan) and they alllll crumbled apart when I took them out of the pan.  NO CLUE why the olives = destruction, buttttt it was still worth tossing it into a bowl and giving it a spin in the microwave for 1 minute.  Waste not/want not.  

Andddd all the exercise to pull it all together:

Monday:  Jillian Michaels:  30 day shred level 2
So I decided this week I was going to alternate walking/cardio days with 'muscle workouts' and I started here.  I SORTA hated life all through this 25 minute workout...BUT IT'S 25 MINUTES.  Sometime ya just gotta get it done😉

Tuesday:  Taught gentle & vinyasa yoga + 2 mile walk  Here & Here
I'm obsessed with that version of the "Walk Away the Pounds" series because it's the simple/quick one I can just do and get done.  I'll usually hold 4 or 8 pound weights on & off throughout the walk if I want a little extra 'burn.'

Wednesday:  Taught 3 gentle classes + Tone it Up Sancastle workout
So for some reason I had THIS sandcastle workout in my mind and despite my searching on Tone it up, I could NOT find it.  Sooooo....I found this girl's video where she does the workout and I just followed along...all while watching the new episode of Real Housewives of NY😉  (hashtag:  My Real Life😉)

Thursday:  Taught Hatha & gentle + same 2 mile walk as above

Friday:  Taught gentle + 20-25 minutes of dance & weights

Saturday:  Tone it up Bikini Body Workout

Sunday:  3 mile walk around the park

So that's about it for the day!  Hope you have a good Monday and I WILL be back on Wednesday to talk about a mental block we all get into on our healthy lifestyle journey.

Have a great day!

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