Ending 2015 Strong!

Whew. The holidays are over, which means the hustle and bustle are done and the exhaustion has set in. My little man has been dealing with some kind of sinus infection/croup since last week, so that added to the stress a bit, but we had a great Christmas! It was a lot of fun to see my son get so excited about his gifts and be so loved by his family. 

I have to admit that I enjoyed the holidays a little too much! I kept up with my workouts pretty well, but I let it go a bit with my nutrition. Some sweet tea here, a donut there. But, I am only up 2 lbs, which is much lower than my normal holiday gain, so I’m happy about that. Plus, all the new clothes I got for Christmas are a size small and they FIT! I usually feel really fluffy and pudgy in new clothes, so I was really excited when I tried on my new clothes and felt awesome and confident.

I got the new Beachbody Hammer and Chisel workout program for Christmas, and started it yesterday. I was going to wait until January 4th to begin, but I knew that I needed something structured to end the year strong and not be lax with my nutrition. It uses the same basic eating plan that I follow for 21 Day Fix, so it isn’t a huge adjustment there, but the workouts are totally different and definitely a higher level of intensity. I am 2 days in and feeling sore and awesome! I am very determined and committed to doing the full 60 days (!!!) 100% and have an awesome transformation!

To get off to a great start, I planned every single bite of food for this week, not just dinner. I know that it won’t go totally to plan, but I am confident in my ability to order the appropriate foods out to eat, and I can always bring food with me! The workouts are scheduled for me, too, which makes it a breeze to know what to do each day!

Here is my eating plan for the week:

Breakfasts: half a sprouted grain English muffin with egg and lemon garlic sauce and sliced red pepper

Snack 1 (post workout): vegan chocolate Shakeology with ice, natural peanut butter, and banana

Lunches: Tuna salad with artichokes and olives in lettuce cups

Snack 2: either avocado with balsamic vinegar or baby carrots with hummus

Dinners–

Monday–Baked cod with spiced black beans and sautéed kale

Tuesday–Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday–leftover soup

Thursday–out with family (I haven’t decided if I’m being hardcore and bringing my own food or not)

Friday–Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Saturday–Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

You’ll notice that I am eating a lot of the same thing all week. I am all about keeping it simple! No shame in that game.

Fitness Schedule:

Monday: Chisel Balance

Tuesday: Hammer Plyometrics

Wednesday: Iso Strength Chisel

Thursday: off

Friday: Iso Speed Hammer

Saturday: Chisel Endurance

I will be sharing sneak peeks of the workouts on my Facebook page, so make sure you follow my coach page to see what Hammer and Chisel is like! Www.facebook.com/whitneyweavercoach

How are you ending 2015 strong?

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Derby City Date Night: Mesh

A few weeks ago, we went to dinner and a show to see Wicked, which is probably the best show in the history of shows. It’s so good!

  

For dinner, we went to a newish restaurant off of Brownsboro Road–Mesh. The restaurant itself is perfect for a date night: soft lighting, nice table settings, a fancy feel without being pretentious, and really good food.

We started off with the bread and butter appetizer with local artisan bread and real butter topped with sea salt. It was delicious! The portions were more than enough for two people–I just wanted more butter! 

  
 
The Bread Man opted for a bone-in pork chop with apple slaw and a sweet potato side…that I’m honestly still not quite sure exactly what it was! It was crunchy and delicious, though. He loved his meal and found it to be more than enough food.

   

I got a sandwich with country ham and a triple-cream cream cheese spread with sliced apples and fries. It was so delicious and so rich! I could hardly eat half of my portion. 

  
  

Our service was quick and very friendly. We had a great dinner and will certainly go back in the future!

Disclaimer: The opinions share in this post are mine and mine alone. I have not been compensated for this review. 

Busy Mom Shortcuts: Healthy Foods

Christmas is almost here!  We are less than a week away from the holiday, which means that school is on winter break and I get two weeks to spend with my husband and son with no worrying about grading or lesson planning!  Woo hoo!

I’m not posting my meal plan this week because there isn’t much point–the meals we will be eating at home are repeats from last week, and half of the week we will be eating with family for Christmas celebrations.

During weeks like this, it seems like even though vacation weeks are supposed to mean slowing down and relaxing, it’s as busy as ever. It is so important to have go-to healthy foods that are quick and easy. Busy moms don’t have time to do a lot of prepping and cooking!  I wanted to share a few of my favorite shortcut healthy foods to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

  1.  Pre-cut veggies: my grocery sells pre-cut celery, jicama, and carrot sticks in the produce section.  Between these and bags of baby carrots and pre-cut broccoli, I have easily portable snacks to take to work.  I usually take hummus to pair a healthy fat with the veggies to help keep me satiated.
  2. Beef or turkey jerky: although jerky is not the “cleanest” food in the world, it is a quick and easy protein snack for me.  I read the labels before I buy it to look for the lowest sugar count; some flavors/brands have as much as 12g per serving and as little as 2g.  Read your labels and limit portions to make sure you aren’t accidentally consuming too much sugar!
  3. Frozen, pre-cooked, diced grilled chicken: this is a recent find from the frozen food section that I’m really excited about!  Grilled chicken is a great healthy snack, but I don’t have time to cook grilled chicken just for a snack!  Buying it precooked makes it a quick reheat situation for my protein snacks or a quick meal with some veggies.
  4. Instant steel cut oatmeal: Steel cut oatmeal is a better option that regular oatmeal because it is lower on the glycemic index, but I personally don’t have time to cook them the old fashioned way.  I buy 100-calorie packs of flavored steel cut oats that take 2-3 minutes to cook.  That’s a little controversial because with the added sugar and flavoring it’s not really clean eating, but it’s better than the fried chicken bagel or doughnut that used to be my “quick” breakfast!
  5. Cheese sticks: I have started buying sharp cheddar cheese sticks and I love them!  Sometimes cheese sticks are very processed and don’t have a lot of flavor; sharp cheddar gives a lot of flavor, so I feel satisfied eating a smaller amount.  I can get some healthy fat from a cheese stick, and that snack tides me over without affecting my health goals!

When you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re a mom, a dad, a student, or whatever your life circumstances are, it’s essential to find healthy shortcuts that work for you to make your life easier!  If you aren’t prepared, you will give in to temptation a lot more often.  Keep your eyes open at your grocery store to find these shortcuts for yourself!

What is your favorite healthy shortcut?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Meal Plan and Fitness Schedule December 13-19

I’m back! I took a hiatus for a couple of weeks to spend time with my family over Thanksgiving and then because I’ve been sick! I had Hand Foot and Mouth after the holiday and then a cold. I have been exhausted and eating poorly, which hasn’t helped my health. But, I’m ready to end the year stronger than I started!

Breakfasts–Roasted veggie breakfast burritos

Lunches–Mexican Chicken Soup

Sunday–Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Monday–Garlic Butter Chicken with Brussels sprouts

Tuesday–out for a Christmas party

Wednesday–Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken with veggies

Thursday–Steak Fajitas

Friday–Chicken Fried Quinoa

Saturday–leftovers
My workouts have suffered over the past couple weeks because of my sicknesses. It’s been really hard to stay energized and get everything done during my day feeling sick, so I’ve been giving myself a break and not worrying about missing the workouts. I’ve been working really hard lately, and I think it’s necessary to give your body a break sometimes. However, I haven’t been eating well on top of not working out consistently, and that has resulted in low energy, some depression symptoms returning, and bloat. No, thanks! I want to get back into my workouts, but I’m keeping my plans tentative pending my illnesses that seem to just keep coming!

Sunday–walk 3 miles/maybe a jog

Monday–Total Body Cardio

Tuesday–Upper Body

Wednesday–Lower Body

Thursday–Pilates

Friday–3 mile run

Saturday–Dirty 30

I keep reminding myself that a year ago, I was uncomfortable and unhappy. Even though I’m not fully on my game, I have come so far and I’m proud!

What are you doing in the next two weeks to end the year stronger than you started?