Saturday, September 22, 2012

Forgotten Recipes, Soccer, & A Party

I said last weekend that most of our time these days is spent playing soccer, swimming, and going to parties. Well, and then there is school and work of course.

Like a typical weekend, there was soccer and a party. I realized that I much prefer a daytime game/practice on the weekend compared to the evening practices. While it’s nice and warm here during the day, it gets quite chilly in the evenings. Last week, I wasn’t prepared and couldn’t wait to have some warm tea as soon as we got home.

Soccer fun
Birthday party

In an effort to mix our meals up a bit, I went through my recipe page and selected recipes I haven’t made in a while for this week’s menu:

Meal 1: Stuffed Zucchini with Mushrooms, Brown Rice & Tomatoes
Meal 2: Tomato, lentil, cilantro salad & grilled cheese sandwiches
Meal 3: Barley soup
Meal 4: Mini burgers with Mushroom Pepper Cheese sauce
Meal 5: Refrigerator finds/leftovers

Workouts have been a challenge lately. With the kid involved in sports a lot, it’s hard to find time for my own workouts. Plus, early morning workouts don’t fit into my schedule anymore, and they used to be my “insurance” to get my workouts in. But I’m determined to make my workouts a priority as I feel so much better when I work out. I have found that it works best if I get two longer workouts in on the weekend (sometimes I even do two workouts on one day on the weekends; for example a barre class and a hike, or an upper body weights workout and a hike). Here are my goals for this week:
  • 1 heavier weights workout
  • 1 HIIT workout
  • 2 barre classes
  • 1 long hike
We’ll see how it’ll go.

Questions: What’s on your menu this week? How do you make time for workouts when life gets busier than usual? 

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. Greta:
    The picture soccer practice fun is very beautiful.
    I have lot of red pumpkins in my garden and this week i`ll try differt meals with pumpkin.
    By us the nights are also very cold and I drink also different warm tea.

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    1. Enjoy your pumpkin meals! And good tea is wonderful! Stay warm!

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  2. I am spoiled now since I haven't been working the past two years. Before that, I got up at 5am to fit my workouts in. It was hard but I got used to it. I'm so with you on the weekend sports. Have a great day!!

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    1. I used to take 6 a.m. classes, but sadly they don't fit into my schedule anymore...

      Have a great week!

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  3. Your weekly menu sounds great, as always. Lots of mushrooms! I love it.

    Life can definitely get in the way of a workout, but I guess the only way I can always fit them in is by having to say "no" to other (possible more fun things?) at times.....it stinks, but it's a good thing in the en.d

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    1. Yes, we love mushrooms! :)

      And you are right, it's all about priorities...


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  4. Yep, I remember those chilly nights! When my step-son played football the first couple games we were wearing shorts - by the end we were wearing full winter coats and hats!

    Love your menu, looks delicious. I have a potato soup on the menu, beef stroganoff and Chicago style deep dish pizza! Good luck on getting the workouts in Andrea! :D

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    1. Your menus sounds great! And the football snack you made Tony looked AMAZING!

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  5. Workouts have been tough for me lately, too. I think I'm going to make it a goal to workout in the mornings 2 days a week this winter. I seem to make this goal every year, but it really is what makes the most sense. 9pm workouts just can't go on!! :) I can't believe the kid is playing soccer! They grow up so fast! :)

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    1. Yes, 9 p.m. workouts are tough... And, yes, they do grow up very, very fast...

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  6. My menu for this week is paleo diet: meat and vegetables and fruits. I prioritize my workouts over everything but work. I'd rather get in my lifting then my social life. It is easier for me though cause I don't have any kids yet.

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    1. Sounds like things are going very well for you! And, yes, kids make things a bit more challenging... :)

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  7. It is challenging when things get busy! I exercise before anyone else gets up - that seems to work for me. I love those beautiful flowers!

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    1. Early morning workouts are also good because they get done! :)

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  8. I wonder how can I keep my workout when having to take care of a newborn.i think it's mportant to plan for it and make it happen as other important things I. life, like eating, sleeping, taking shower, etc, I hope what I have in theory can be put in practice! :)

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    1. You'll do great!

      I find actually the school years most challenging when it comes to my own schedule (workouts, friends, etc.) because kids often need rides, there are practices to watch, etc.

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  9. We did some cooking ahead over the weekend,turkey burgers,chicken, pork chops, salad fixins, oven roasted veggies and fruit salad. A butternut squash is still waiting to be roasted and turned into soup so it's an easy week of heat and eat!

    I have long and short outdoor walking routes as well as short or longer weight resistance work outs. I figure that any amount of time spent working out is better than no time.

    I try not to get hung up feeling guilty if I miss a day. It's what we do consistently not occasionally that makes the difference.

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    1. I love all the precooking you did!

      So true about working out consistently, even if just for a little bit. I'll have to take my short DVD workouts out and fit them into my day!

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  10. Great menu this week! I think I'll have to try the mini-burgers myself :) Love the pic of the kid playing soccer! (I almost wrote "the toddler" - time is going by so fast!)

    Making time for workouts has always been a priority until the past month - now job searching is taking precedence! I still try to squeeze in several workouts a week, and throw in at least one HIIT day like you to maximize workout time. It's not easy!

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    1. Yes, time goes by soooo fast...

      It's tough to fit it all in when things get busy... Good luck with the job search!

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  11. I'm on my actual real life computer and not my phone so I thought I'd pop in to say hi! I love that you put refridgeratorfinds/leftovers on your planning! I do that all the time. Like I said on FB I've been horrible about planning lately and it is showing in our budget. :-( I MUST get back to it!

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    1. Hi Jenn!!!! :)

      Yes, planning does help with the budget... Hope you are having a great time wherever you are right now!

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  12. Love the photo of your son playing soccer! I'm with you on day vs. night games, only it's been so hot here lately,it hasn't even been cooling off at night, which is unusual. Finding time to workout is always a challenge, but here's an idea...Iast week I took my daughter to soccer practiice and ended up staying to watch, which I did, but I also did a run/walk around the field while she was practicing. Maybe something to think about :-)

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    1. Yes, I have been thinking about getting some exercise in while at practice! Thanks for the suggestion!

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