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Weeknight Recap- Monday

14 Nov

If you remember last Monday, I wrote out all my weekly goals and posted them in my weeknight recap so I would be held accountable.  Lets take a look at them and see how I did, shall we?

Last week’s goal list:

  • 5 gym workouts (3 cardio and 2 strength).  I would love to do this Tuesday-Saturday so we don’t have to have such a rushed Sunday morning, but taking both Sundays and Mondays off back to back isn’t my favorite way to break up the weekly workouts.   Well, I got in 4 workouts not 5.  I did two days of cardio and also got my two days of strength in.  I’m only missing one day of cardio. 
  • 3 yoga sessions.  I would actually like to get in more, but with my schedule and pregnancy tiredness, three is more than enough.  Plus I’m making great progress in some of the harder poses so I know three is enough to stretch out my hips and back.  I did get in my three days of yoga.  Yay!
  • 5 dog walks.  Quincy is such a hyper puppy and should be walked everyday.  Not only does he need it, he also deserve it.  But, some days, life gets in the way and he has to settle for playing with his ball indoors.  So I think five is a reasonable goal for his walks.  I wasn’t able to get in five walks, but I did get in four.  I blame the rainy weather we had all day yesterday so not giving the dog a walk on his first birthday.  I hope this doesn’t make me a bad puppy mom?
  • Clean out and reorganize my bathroom vanity.  <— My nesting urge.  I was able to get this done yesterday and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have it done!  I think I threw away 6-7 bags of trash!  I can finally find things again!
  • Replace all our burnt out light bulbs.  I started this last night by ordering a hard to find expensive light bulb for an art niche we have in our house.  I’ve been to every store that sells light bulbs over the past few months and no one carries that type of light in our town.  Now I only have to replace light in three showers and one light outside.  Not so great.  I only replaced the one that I ordered and came in the mail.  I still have four more to go.  Something about bringing the ladder in the house and putting it in three showers just sounds like a lot of work.  Maybe next week, I can finish this project up.
  • Get someone over to look at our fireplace.  Ever since we’ve moved into our house, the fireplace hasn’t worked.  With the holidays coming and company starting to come at the end of the month, I really want the fireplace to work.  Done.  We had a fireplace fix it guy over during the week who fixed the problem for us!  Our fireplace is now working again!
  • Order nursery furniture.  I can’t wait to order it.  It will be one less thing I need to stress over on a daily basis.  Once it is here, I’ll feel even better!  Check!  We ordered everything last Thursday and I’m feeling so good about our purchases!  It feels like there is a big weight lifted from my shoulders.  Now I just need to be patient while I wait for everything to come!
  • Book Quincy’s appointment to get neutered for as soon as possible.  He turns one on Sunday, so he is past due!  Happy birthday little man!  Done!  As we speak he no longer can make babies.  The little man is recovering at the vet right now.  We pick him up at 5pm and I can’t wait to see how out of it he is!
  • My last goal is to finish up my hypnobirthing book.  I love reading it so I don’t think this one will be a problem.  I am excited to already reread it and start making notes and highlighting key items.  Check!  I finished it up on Saturday.  I really loved this method of birthing and like I mentioned can’t wait to go back and reread it and take lots of notes.

In addition to my to do list above, Keith and I also carpet cleaned all rooms in our home except the baby’s room (there was furniture we needed to move).  We also moved all the furniture out of the baby’s room yesterday and reorganized out workout room and turned it into a workout room / fun room.  We still have to rehang a picture and move a mirror and that room will be finished. 

I’d say I did a pretty good job getting so much accomplished in just one week.  I also believe typing and posting my goals was a huge motivating factor in not slacking on them and putting them off.  I didn’t want to  disappoint! 

Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, we are trying to get as much done before the holidays as we can, so once Thanksgiving comes, we can take things slow an just enjoy the season.  Once January hits, we get slammed at work and I’ll also have only a month of pregnancy left so I don’t think I’ll be in the mood to get a whole lot done other than working and house chores. 

So with that being said, here are my new weekly goals:

  • Finish replacing light bulbs (3 inside and 1 outside).
  • Workout 5 days this week (3 cardio days and 2 strength days)
  • Prenatal yoga 3 times.
  • Walk dog.  I’m not sure if he is allowed to walk after his neutering procedure, but I’ll find out tonight and that will determine how many walk he can get).  <—We talked with the vet and no walks for he puppy for at least a week.
  • Cleanout kitchen cabinets and drawers.
  • Cleanout kitchen refrigerator.
  • Make up guest bedroom and get it ready for my Dad.
  • Carpet clean baby’s room
  • Start rereading Hypnobirthing book and taking notes
  • Finish planning Thanksgiving food, find recipes

Nothing too major on my to do list for the week, but there is enough to keep me busy and moving!

 

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Monday-  Leftover Greek inspired pasta and salad
  • Tuesday-  Turkey burgers and salad
  • Wednesday-  Chicken sausage and mac and cheese
  • Thursday-  Chicken, rice and beans
  • Friday- Out to eat or steak and baked potatoes

I’m try to use up things we have in our fridge and pantry if you can’t tell by the random weekly meal plan.  I just hope we stick with it!

 

Workout

Today is a rest day from the gym.

Eats

Eats from the day looked like this:

  • Breakfast-  1 cup of coffee with cream, 1/2 grapefruit and an Ezekiel English muffin with egg and cheese
  • AM Snack-  Banana and Cliff Mojo bar
  • Lunch-  Greek yogurt with almond butter, honey and chia seeds
  • PM Snack-  Whey protein shake and chips with Greek yogurt dip
  • Dinner-  Salad and Greek inspired pasta
  • Late Snack-  Candy cane green tea 

I only ate half my pasta and let Keith finish the rest.  I just wasn’t that hungry tonight after I finished my salad.

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Poor Quincy…he is miserable in his cone

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That is it from me tonight.  I feel the need to go snuggle my sedated pup!  I’ll be back in the morning with a post on the pressures of being a pregnant personal trainer.

See you guys in the morning!

-Kjirsten

 

Questions:

  • When you commit to doing something out loud / on paper do you hold yourself more accountable for getting the task done?
  • Do you weekly meal plan?  If so what does your week look like?
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Recipe Monday: Updated Pizza Crust Recipe & Greek Inspired Pasta

14 Nov

Good morning and happy Monday to you all!  I hope you all took advantage of the weekend and spent your time with family and friends having fun!

Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe

In yesterday’s weekend recap post, I wrote about Keith and I making homemade pizza on Friday night.  Before I share our recipe we love so much, I want to let you guys know that it is super easy and quick to make you own pizza dough!  It is not scary and it tastes so amazing!  Here is our new updated recipe that is almost identical to our old crusty pizza dough recipe with just a few minor tweaks.

Updated Crusty Pizza Dough

(adapted from the Kitchen Aid Mixer Recipe Collection)

  • Prep Time:  1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time:  15 – 18 minutes
  • Servings:  Makes one thick crust pizza or two thin crust pizzas

Ingredients

  • 1 Packet Yeast

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, crushed

  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 3 teaspoons Olive Oil

  • 3 (possibly 3 1/2) cups of flour, plus enough to lightly dust the bottom of a baking sheet

Directions

1.  In your Kitchen Aid mixer bowl, dissolve the yeast in one cup of warm water (approximately 10 minutes).  Add in the salt, garlic powder, rosemary, oregano, crushed red peppers, black pepper, olive oil and 2 1/2 cups of flour.  Mix using the dough hook for one minute of setting 2.  Add in the rest of the flour (1/2 cup) and mix for another 2 minutes on setting 2 until the dough is stuck on the dough hook and fully mixed (or longer if needed). 

*If you need to add more flour go ahead and do so until your dough looks like dough, or if you need, you can add in extra olive oil and water if you dough has too much flour. 

2.  Place the dough in a greased bowl and make sure to coat the dough on all sides.  Place a towel over the bowl and let the dough sit for one hour or until it has doubled in size (I like sticking it in the oven). 

3.  Grease the bottom of a pizza pan and lightly sprinkle on flour.  Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and begin making your crust.  Bake pizza at 450 degrees for 15 minutes for thin crust and 15-18 minutes if making only one pizza.

*If you want a crisper crust, bake the crust by itself for 3 minutes (thin crust) or 5 minutes (thick crust).

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Greek Inspired Pasta

Last night for dinner, I wanted to use up some ingredients we had on hand I didn’t want going bad.  Enter Greek Inspired Pasta.  If you regularly read my blog, you already know my husband and I are huge fans of pasta and eat it on average twice a week for dinner.  I love it because it is so easy to make and there are always leftovers for dinner the following night as well.  That makes my life easy.

While taking account of what needed to be ate, I decided we would make a Greek inspired pasta that would include black olives (leftover from pizza night), roasted red bell peppers (that have been in the fridge for a month now), and a box of frozen spinach I bought last week (I love this stuff).  I immediately thought of Greek flavors with these three ingredients as my starting flavors of the pasta.

Fast forward to tonight and what we have is an awesome Greek pasta recipe that is stock full of vegetables and protein and is sure to please the palate of the pickiest eater.

Greek Inspired Pasta

  • Prep Time:  15 Minutes
  • Cook Time:  20 Minutes
  • Servings:  4-6 (depending on how hungry you are and what else you are serving with the pasta)

Ingredients

  • 5 servings of whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 box frozen spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus an additional tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (more or less depending on your love of garlic)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 4 spinach chicken sausages
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

1.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook spaghetti according to package.

2.  Chop the onion, bell pepper, chicken sausages, black olives and roasted red bell peppers and set aside.

3.  In a skillet on medium heat, add in 2tbsp olive oil and garlic.  Once the oil is hot and the garlic starts cooking, add in the onion and green bell pepper.  Once you see the vegetables starting to soften, add in the chicken sausages.  Turn off the heat and let sit until the pasta is minutes away from being ready.

4.  Once the pasta is minutes away from being fully cooked, turn the heat back on the skillet and add in the black olives, roasted red bell peppers and parmesan cheese.  You may want to add in 1tbsp olive oil if your mixture is looking dry (remember this is going to be the sauce of your pasta)

5.  Before draining the pasta, add in 2-3 tablespoons of starch water to the vegetable and chicken sausage mixture.  Drain pasta and serve vegetable mixture over top!

Enjoy!

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Questions:

  • Are you a fan of black olives?
  • Do you like Greek flavors?
  • Do you buy or make your own pizza dough?