Five Ways to Put Your Garden Zucchini to Good Use

 

 

This was our first year really putting an effort into our home garden. We have planted a few things here and there in the past, but this year we got serious. We did some research, planned things out and spent countless hours planting, weeding, and watering. As the summer goes on we are finally starting to reap the benefits of our hard work! Most of our plants are doing really well. And besides a rabbit taking out all of our lettuce and most of our beans, I think we are doing pretty great for first timers. Our garden zucchini has done especially well, so much so I am trying to come up with new ways to use them!

Want a full run down of all we planted this year? Head on over here to get all the details! At about this point in the season we are over run with garden zucchini and the six plants we have are showing no signs of slowing down! Even if you only have one zucchini plant you are more than likely going to have more than you know what to do with! I mean we have eaten garden zucchini with dinner every night for the past two weeks, and sometimes I am even sneaking it into breakfast and lunch as well!

So if you are like me and need some new ideas on how to get the most out of your produce, I’m you girl! I am going to share with you five of my favorite ways to use zucchini that you may not have thought of! Exciting, I know! Only us country girls will actually get excited about a new idea on how to use a vegetable. But when you are growing you own food and putting tons of time and effort into it you want nothing to go to waste!

 

 

1. Grill!

OK this one may not be very new or inventive, but it is definitely a favorite in our house. And there are so many different directions you can go with flavor here. Some of my favorites are a simple fresh minced garlic and olive oil, garlic with lemon and pepper, or pesto. And there is just something that screams summer about cooking anything on the grill. Check out this week’s Meal Plan Monday for an awesome grilled zucchini recipe!

 

2. Bake!

And by bake I mean in bread form! Wonderful, warm, delicious zucchini bread! As a mom we try to sneak vegetables into EVERYTHING! This is a great way to get the veggies in while they think they are having dessert. We are mostly gluten free in our home so check out my go-to recipes for Gluten Free and Paleo Zucchini Bread… one of them even contains chocolate!!

Paleo Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Paleo Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

 

 

 

3. Zoodle!!

I actually made noodles last night for dinner and my kiddos did not even know the difference! Now the are good eaters, but they are even getting sick of zucchini lately. So noodles were an awesome change in pace! Top with your favorite tomato sauce, pesto, or even just butter for a delicious meal. So do yourself a favor and get yourself a spiral slicer and treat yourself to some Zoodles!

 

4. Pickle!

Who doesn’t love a good pickle? And Zucchini Pickles?!?! That’s right folks cucumbers aren’t the only garden veggies you should be pickling this summer! Zucchini works just as well and tastes freaking delicious! Dilly, tangy, garlicy, sweet… all taste great! Bread and butter are my favorite, but check out some of my other go to recipes below! I am not a huge fan of tons of added sugar, so these recipes have little sugar or give options for sugar substitutions!

Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles

Sweet and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Dill Zucchini Pickles

 

5. Freeze!!

If you are growing your own zucchini at some point in the season you will have had your fill. And let me tell ya we are reaching that point soon over here. And I have heard that zucchini plants will continue to produce until killed either by disease or frost, and if that’s true there could be a few more zucchini filled weeks in my future! That means its time to get to freezing, or to sharing some of the fruit of your labor with family and friends. Now I get a little greedy and like to have my freezer stocked before I just give some of my hard work away! Freezing is a wonderful way to preserve your fresh veggies for use over the winter!

My favorite method is slicing, blanching, shocking in ice water, drying, freezing on a baking sheet then transferring to vacuum seal bags. Then when I can use in soups, stir fry, fajitas and so much more all winter! I already have enough frozen for about 8 to 10 meals but I am planning on doing much more. Shredding squeezing out all excess water and freezing is also another option. This would be great for zucchini break, tossing into meat loaves or casseroles as well. So many options!

 

 

Hopefully this list gives you a few new ideas to help you put all your garden zucchini to good use! Feel free to leave me a comment with your favorite ways you use your abundance of garden zucchini. I am always looking for new ideas! Thanks for reading!

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Meal Plan Monday including Two of My Favorite Zucchini recipes!

Hello!! It has been way way too long since you all have heard from me! I guess we have gotten a little caught up in all the excitement that summer brings! But I finally got my shit together to update you all on our happenings and share some of the wonderful recipes we have been cooking up around here lately!

We have been busy. Busy, busy checking things off our summer bucket list! Now I am not one to sit still for very long and with the extra freedom and longer days of summer we have been taking full advantage of all our time together! Hikes, swimming, amusement parks, drive ins, live music in the park… we have been having so much fun! Add all of that fun to the work of keeping up with our tiny farm and working jobs outside of the home and that doesn’t leave much extra time in the day! But I am back and so happy to reconnect with you all!

I think our favorite trip so far this summer was last week when we spent the day at Hershey Park! We looove it there and had such a fun time this year! If you are ever in Pennsylvania plan a trip and don’t forget to hit up Chocolate World and the Great American Chocolate Tour! You learn all about how their chocolate is made! Always the most favorite part of our trip and you get a free candy bar! So fun and what isn’t there to love about a place that smells like chocolate!

Ooook enough about how busy we are and on to what we have been eating! On the meal front we have been keeping things super simple and seasonal over here! Our garden has been doing much better than we expected so we have been reaping the benefits of lots of fresh produce! Mostly green beans, zucchini, kohlrabi and cucumbers for right now, but so much more is coming soon! Grilled meats, veggies, salads and potatoes have been our staples! I do have a couple of delicious recipes to share with you this week that hopefully you can add into your summer meal rotation! I am also sharing with you two of my favorite ways to eat zucchini if you have an over abundance like we do! 

Check out these awesome recipes and clink the link and head over to the original posts to find them! Let me know what you you and what you all are loving to eat this time of year!

Recipes

 

  1. Greek Bowl with Meatballs– OMG this recipe was amazing! We subbed rice for the couscous and it was all delicious! Follow the link to Our Life Tastes Good and make this recipe! Your family and your taste buds will scream with delight!
  2. Paleo General Tso’s Chicken– I work weekends and I have been doing a pretty good job at batch cooking on Fridays so the fridge is stocked while I’m at work. This past Friday I made this delicious recipe from Ancestral Nutrition! Way better than takeout with the bonus of knowing exactly what you are eating! This was a huge hit with the whole family. I served it with rice and broccoli.
  3. Baked Parmesan Zucchini– This recipe from Damn Delicious has been the best side dish to all of our grilled meats lately! Easy and tasty, just the way I like it!
  4. Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini– Another great recipe from Damn Delicious and another great accompaniment for any summertime dinner!
  5. Kohlrabi, Potato and Sausage Hash- I can’t even include a recipe for this because I literally just threw things together. Sautéed some fresh picked, peeled and diced Kohlrabi from our garden with diced potatoes and some diced Mango Jalapeño Sausage in a skillet in everything was tender and cooked through. I served it as a main dish one night with a salad and ate it as a side the next night! So good!

 

 

So there is a little wrap up of what we have been eating lately and what has been keeping us busy! Stay tuned for more of our shenanigans! Hopefully you all are having a great summer and making amazing memories with you family! Take time to disconnect and really enjoy the quality time you have, I cannot stress how important that has become to us! Please feel to share your favorite summer activities and recipes with me, I would love to hear all that you have going on!

 

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Workout Wednesday

You guys… these last two weeks have been jam packed! With all of the end of the school year activities, the end of the T-Ball season, and an end of the year dance recital we have been been literally running from one thing to the next! So that means workouts have been squeezed in whenever time allowed. And if a workout didn’t get done, that’s ok because it’s life! Right?!? I got to sit back and be such a proud momma this week and that’s what is really most important.

But now it is officially summer in our house! So yay to slower days full of fun in the sun! We have a huge list of activities planned for the summer and are ready to start checking things off! I am looking forward to getting in lots of hikes and spending tons of time at the pool! It’s going to be an electronic free summer over here!

Anyways! I am combining the last two weeks of workouts in this post because I didn’t get a workout post up last week! I have been focusing on building my strength and toning my problem areas which are my abs and arms!  OK hopefully these workouts give you a little motivation to help you along in your fitness journey. Leave me a comment with your thoughts on the workouts and your favorite at home workouts ! I’d love to hear from you!

 

Monday

MURPH

Memorial Day Murph is an awesome tradition followed by hundreds of Crossfit gyms around the country. The hubby and I went to our local gym to complete the workout in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy who lost his life while defending ours, as well as all of the other members of the Armed Forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Workout:

1 Mile Run

100 Pull Ups

200 Push Ups

300 Squats

1 Mile Run

  • I partitioned the pull-ups, push-ups and squats by 5-10-15 and did that 20 times
  • I also scaled the pull-ups by doing jumping pull-ups

Time: 57:23

 

Tuesday

A much needed rest day after Murph.

 

Wednesday

Spin at Sweat Like a Girl

Workout:

21-15-9

Box Jump, Wall Ball, Toes to bar

With an 800 M run between each round

Time: 27:10

 

So, so sore from Murph so pretty slow to with lots of stretching before and after!

 

Thursday

Still sooooo sore! So no lifting today!

But got this great workout in with a little kiddos on a bike and a baby in the jogger!

Workout:

2 mile run

33 burpees

2 mile run

33 push-ups

2 mile run

33 squats

Time: I didn’t even time this one, we had lots of stops to look at chipmunks, ducks, horses, and to throw stones in the creek!

Friday:

Time: 34:33

Weight: 35lb Kettlebell

Saturday:

Rest Day!!

Sunday:

3 mile hike with the Family

 

Monday:

Spin at Sweat Like a Girl

Time: 27:42 for the workout portion, I did not time the Ab work

Weight: 65 lbs

 

Tuesday:

10 Minute AMRAP

8 Toes to Bar

8 DB Thrusters

12 DB Walking Lunges

Time: 4 rounds + 4 Toes to Bar

Weight: 15 lb Dumbbells

 

Arms:

3 x (15 front raises, 15 bent over row, 15 overhead press)

3 x (7 bottom to half bicep curls, 7 half to full bicep curls, 7 full bicep curls)

3 x (15 tricep dips, 15 skull crushers, 15 overhead tricep extension)

 

Abs:

4 x ( 30 V-Up, 30 bicycles, 30 flutter kicks, 30 russian twists)

 

Wednesday:

Rest Day!!

 

Thursday:

Dumbbell Diva class at Sweat Like a Girl.

At Home Workout:

10 Minute EMOM

8 dumbbell bent over row

8 dumbbell hang clean

8 dumbbell push press

Weight: 20 lb dumbbells

 

50-40-30-20-10

Kettlebell Swings

Push Up

Squat

Ab Mat Sit-Up

 

Time: 23:26

 

Friday:

Rest Day!

 

Saturday:

800 M Run

21-18-15-12-9-6-3

Burpees

Thrusters

800 M Run

Time: 36:44

Weight: 55 lbs

 

Sunday:

Another rest day!

 

 

So these last two weeks may have had a few more rest day’s than I would have liked, but one has to adapt to life! I feel proud of myself for getting in as much as I did and will keep moving forward on my journey to a stronger me! Hope this gives you some inspiration! Please share your favorite workouts with me!

 

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Workout Wednesday

No joke I am still sore from Monday’s Murph! Check out yesterday’s post for some of my tips on how to combat the sore here! For those of you who are familiar with Crossfit, you know what I am talking about!! I will explain all about that workout in next weekend’s edition of Workout Wednesday. But here is my round up of workouts from last week! I feel like I’m slowly getting stronger and leaner with each passing week. Hopefully these give you a little inspiration on your own fitness journey!

 

 

Workouts

 

Monday

Spin Class at Sweat Like a Girl

At Home:

4x ( 10 Romanian Dead Lift + 10 KB Row + 10 KB Swing)

3x (9 second push ups)

*3 count down, 3 count hold at the bottom, 3 count up- So Hard!!

 

Tuesday

2x (800 m run,10 burpees, 20 kb swing, 10 goblet squat, 20 overhead walking lunges, 800 m run, 10 overhead walking lunges, 20 goblet squats, 10 kb swing, 20 burpees)

Time: 49:53

Weight: 35 lb KB for swings and goblet squat, two 15 lb dumbbells for Overhead walking lunges

 

My Favorite Arm Circuit!! 

3x (15 front arm raises, 15 bent over row, 15 overhead press)

3x (7 bottom to 1/2 bicep curl, 7 1/2 to full bicep curl, full bicep curls)

3x (15 tricep dips, 15 Skull Crushers, 15 Overhead Tricep Extension)

Time: I didn’t time it!

Weight: 12 lb dumbbells for front raise and bicep curls, 15 lb dumbbells for rows and overhead press, one 15 lb dumbbell for skull crushers and tricep extensions

 

Abs:

4x  (30 V ups, 60 bicycles, 30 weighted sit up, 60 flutter kicks, 30 toe touches, 60 mountain climbers)

 

Wednesday

Spin at Sweat like a Girl

At Home:

“Jenny”

20 Minute AMRAP

20 Overhead Squat

20 Back Squat

400 M Run

 

Time: 3+40 (3 full rounds plus 20 OH squat and 20 back squats)

Weight: 15 lb bar for OH squats (these are my LEAST favorite exercise and our 45 lb bar was way too heavy, so I wold rather go for good form then do them crappy because I’m worried about the weight.) 45 lb bar for back squats

 

“Grace”

30 Clean + Jerk for time

Time: 3:28

Weight: 55 lb

*the last time I did Grace was a few months ago and I did 45 lbs and a time of 3:00

 

Thursday

“Kelly”

5x (400 m run, 30 box jump, 30 wall ball)

Time: 28:38

 

Abs:

30 bicycles, 30 V-up, 30 mountain climbers, 60 second plank, 20 crunches, 30 vertical leg crunches, 30 Russian Twist, 60 second plank, 30 oblique crunches, 30 mountain climbers, 30 bicycles, 60 second plank, 30 leg raises, 30 mountain climbers

Friday

Rest Day!!

 

Saturday

“The Don”

Crossfit Hero WOD in honor of U.S. Marine Corporal Donald M. Marler, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, died on June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

For time:
66 Deadlifts
66 Box jump
66 Kettlebell swings
66 Knees to elbows
66 Sit-ups
66 Pull-ups
66 Thrusters
66 Wall ball shots
66 Burpees
66 Double-unders

Time: 59:21

Weight: 85 lb for deadlift, 35 lb for KB swing, Jumping Pull-Ups, 45 lb for thrusters, 10 lb wall ball, singles for double-unders

*This one was rough and my six year old asked me if I was going to cry several times during this WOD, but in honor of Memorial Day weekend I wanted to get in another amazing Hero WOD in addition to Murph.

 

Sunday

Rest Day!!!

 

Ok! Busy week packed full of tons of intense workouts. Posting these workouts for you all helps me to stay accountable to my own fitness routine and my personal goals! Each week and each workout is a step closer to where  I want to be. A stronger, healthier version of myself! Hopefully you find inspiration here and can integrate these into your our journey to healthy! Happy Wednesday!

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Five Ways to Combat Post Workout Muscle Soreness

Who else is dealing with post Murph soreness problems today?!? I mean I can barely lift my arms! Ouch! If you have no idea what I am talking about then consider yourself lucky! Or not?! I feel so honored to be able to push my body to its limit to honor all those who lost their lives so we can have our Freedom. But the pain that comes the day after such an intense workout is awful. Scroll down to see my top Five Tips to help ease muscle soreness post workout! Have no clue what Murph is or have never heard of crossfit?? No worries! These tips can be applied to the soreness you feel after any type of workout! But curious about The Memorial Day Murph?  Find the workout and the meaning behind it here!

After over 15 years as a competitive athlete and a number of years as a Registered Nurse I have come to realize our bodies are truly amazing things. When you push your body to its limit and exercise intensely you will end up causing micro-tears in your muscle tissue. Now when these tears heal you end up building bigger and stronger muscles as a result.  But during this healing process you are bound to experience some soreness in your muscles. Exercise Physiologists refer to the gradual increase in discomfort one experiences in the 24-48 hours after activity as DOMS or “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.”  And it is totally normal but uncomfortable part of how the body builds muscle. Read on to see how you can help ease the pain.

Five Ways to Combat Post Workout Muscle Soreness

 

1. MOVE!

Ok. I know the last thing you want to do today is move those sore muscles. But light stretching, gentle massage and/or foam rolling promotes blood flow to the sore areas. And studies show that increased blood flow brings in more of the nutrients these muscles need to heal. It also increases range of motion and helps make the tissue more elastic. All these things can help to ease your pain and speed up the recovery process!

2. HEAT!

Doesn’t a soak in a nice warm tub sound amazing right about now? Heat helps to increase circulation as well and helps to relax and heal those muscles in the same ways we just talked about. Add some Epsom salts to that bath for an added bonus! Epsom Salts are made up of Magnesium Sulfate, and magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer. As salts these compounds can help draw out excess fluids in the muscles and decrease inflammation and swelling.

No bathtub? A hot shower or heating pad can help too!

3. HYDRATE!

Rehydration is an extremely important aspect of recovery after any workout. And despite what all the big sports drink companies want you to think WATER is actually the best choice! Drinking plenty of water helps to flush toxins out of your body and speed up recovery.

4. EAT!

Especially protein. Foods high in protein give our muscles the building blocks they need to repair themselves. So pack in the protein!!

5. COLD!

The exposure to cold can help to combat muscle soreness by constricting blood flow to the muscles. Cold therapy can also help by helping to flush waste products from the muscles and decrease inflammation and tissue breakdown. Try an ice bath or alternating hot and cold in the shower for an added bonus!

So that rounds our my top five tips for dealing with the post workout soreness! After many many years as a competitive swimmer I have learned a thing or two and can apply that to the type of workouts I am getting done today!

Now a day of rest after an intense training session isn’t a bad idea either, but be sure to move those muscles a little. Try implementing any or all of these things to help ease your pain. But remember the pain is only temporary and you will come out stronger! Leave me a comment with you top tips for workout recovery and your thoughts on the Memorial Day Murph! Thanks for reading!!

 

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Spring Garden Line Up

So we finally have all of our seedlings in the ground! And if you have been following me at all you know that this is slightly a big deal for me. I am good at lots of things, but keeping plants alive is not one of them. We currently have some kind of green plant hanging in our kitchen that I just noticed today is starting to turn brown. I’m chalking that up to the fact that I have been focusing all of my plant energy towards the garden. Watering that sucker has just slipped my mind! I did give it a good water today.  So hopefully that will bring that little guy right back to life, fingers crossed!

The whole brown thumb part of myself is a little hard for me to digest. Someone with big dreams of becoming a homesteader should be able to keep a house plant alive! And growing our own fruits and vegetables would be a huuuugge step towards the self sustainability I’m after, right?? But you have start somewhere and learn along the way!

Soooo getting everything in the ground is a huge milestone for us! Now keeping everything alive and growing strong is the goal! Hopefully our baskets will be over flowing with delicious fruits and veggies in the next few months. And I can put my new pressure canner to good use!

We are kinda flying by the seat of our pants here and really have no idea what we are doing, so say a little prayer for us and send any and all gardening tips you have my way! Our biggest challenge so far has been our crappy soil. We technically live in the “Slate Belt” region of Pennsylvania. And that became totally evident when we started tilling our garden space. Sooooo much slate and sooo many rocks. Maybe raised beds would have been a better idea but hopefully over the years the soil will get better and better.

We are also keeping our garden as organic as possible and are steering clear of pesticides and fertilizers. But I have already noticed some critters have been chomping on some of plants. Any tips for natural pest reducers and fertilizers would be greatly appreciated, please leave me a comment!

OK so here is the rundown of most of what we planted this year or that has come back from last year. A bunch of fruits and a whole lot of veggies!  Let’s start with fruits…

We planted a bunch of strawberry plants last year and much to my surprise they ended up coming back beautifully this year. The patch needs a little weeding, but that’s somewhere on the to do list. We have already got a few delicious berries and have tons more that will be ripe soon. Except some little jerk creature seems to love my fruit as well.

We also have blueberries and raspberries that are coming in pretty strong! Our property has hundreds of wild black raspberry bushes and we also planted some red raspberry bushes of our own. So hopefully soon we will be up to our necks in berries!

A tiny orchard has always been something we wanted when we moved to this property. So when we first moved in we planted peach, pear and apple trees. We got a few small peaches last year and have some teeny pears and peaches coming in this year! So exciting!

OK now for the veggie line up… We planted lettuce and beets in some extra containers we had lying around as well as in the ground in the garden. The container plants are looking AMAZING! The garden plants are coming along as well! We planted a different type of lettuce in the garden and it is just starting to sprout!

We planted a ridiculous number of tomato plants, as well as bell peppers and jalapeños! So hopefully I will be able to make lots and lots of salsa, tomato sauce and bruschetta in the coming months! Garlic and onions are starting to come up as well!

Butternut squash, zucchini, cauliflower, kohl rabi and beans are among some of the other things we have growing. I also have a good variety of herbs growing in some planters as well. So I will hopefully have a delicious variety of healthy veggies to choose from when meal planning!

Potatoes also seem to be growing strong as well. After a good amount of research we decided planting them in pots would be our best bet. Hopefully we get a great harvest from these beautiful plants!!

 

So that is pretty much the rundown of what we have growing plant wise around this place this Spring. I’m excited and hopeful that all our hard work will pay off this year. I will keep you updated on ur progress over the next few months. What is everyone else growing?? Leave me a comment with your favorite things to grow and any gardening tips you can share!

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Workout Wednesday

Hope hump day is treating everyone well! These last few weeks of school for the kids are always crazy busy. Which always makes it harder for me to get motivated to work out or find the time to work out for that matter. Buuutttt I have goals…  and I’m the only way I am going to get to where I want to be is to make the time for myself.

For me that means fitting workouts in whenever I can! During nap time or getting a workout in after the kids go to bed is what I have to do. Ooorrr even barricading my one year old in the garage with some toys and the radio playing! That way I can get a workout done in the driveway, while she plays and dances her heart out and the big kids run around the front yard! My neighbors, husband and kiddos may all think I’m crazy, but working out calms me and keeps me sane. And every workout I finish puts me closer to my goals. This is really the only time I have all day to actually work on myself and it’s empowering!

For all the crazy, busy moms out there who think there is no way I have time to workout, get creative! Workout in your living room where you can monitor the kids while they play. Take everyone out in the backyard and get to it! Take a half hour before the kids get up, during nap time, or after they go to bed! Squeeze in the time when you can and you will be that much closer to your goal.

Here are my workouts from the last week. I didn’t get to the gym as much as I would like, because life happens.  But I made up for it with my other workouts at home. Hopefully these bring you some inspiration! Leave me a comment with your favorite at home workouts!

 

 

Workouts

 

Monday

Spin Class at Sweat Like a Girl

At Home Workout:

2x ( 400m Run + 5 man makers + 10 DB curl+ 20 DB Deadlift + 30 single arm DB snatch, 15 each

arm + 40 overhead lunge, 20 each leg + 50 DB swing)

Weight: 15 lb DB’s

Time: 32:42

  • I originally planned on doing this series 4 times through but it took foooorever and I had to pick up a kid at school, so I got in as much as I could!! And it was really hard so I may have been slightly happy I didn’t have enough time!

 

Tuesday

Rest Day!!

 

Wednesday

Workout:

400m Run – 20 box jumps – 400m Run – 20 toes to bar – 400m Run – 20 air squats – 400m Run – 20 push ups – 400m run – 20 jumping pull ups – 400m run – 20 burpees

Time: 26:57

21-15-9

Thrusters – Slam Ball

Time: 8:38

Weight: 45lbs

 

Thursday

Barre and Dumbell Diva Classes at Sweat Like a Girl!

 

Friday

Warm Up:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Push Ups- Jumping Jacks

Time: 8:20

Workout:

“Bad Karma”

50-40-30-20-10 Barbell Curls

10-20-30-40-50 KB Swings

Do 50 curls then 10 KB swing, 40 curl, 20 KB swing and so on…

Time: 15:40

Weight: I used two 15lb Dumbbells for curls because I only have a 45 lb barbell and I used a 35lb KB

Abs:

4x (30 V-Up, 60 bicycles, 30 weighted sit up, 60 flutter kick, 30 toe touches, 60 mountain climbers, 400m run)

Time: 44:04 (this took forever because I had looottss of baby distractions!!)

 

Saturday

Workout:

4x (10 wall ball, 10 box jump, 5 push press, 10 front squat, 10 kb swing, 5 lunges)

Time: 16:04

Weight: 55lbs for push press, front squat, and lunges 35lb KB

 

Arms:

3x (15 front raises, 15 bent over rows, 15 overhead press)

3x (7 bottom to 1/2 bicep curls, 7 1/2 to full bicep curls, 7 full bicep curls)

3x (15 tricep dips, 15 skull crushers, 15 overhead tricep extensions)

Time: Bahhh I forgot to start the timer!

Weight: 12 lb for front raises, overhead press, and bicep curls 15 lb for rows, skull crushers, and tricep extensions

Abs:

50 knees to chest

 

Sunday

Rest Day!!

 

 

My times are extra long sometimes because I am usually chasing kids, comforting a crying toddler or yelling at a dog, so take that into consideration! Haha! Hopefully you all are able to try out a workout or two! This is just what works for me and I’m only hoping to inspire just one other crazy, busy mom to make time to commit to herself! Taking the time to care for you is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family! Leave me a comment with what you think about the workouts!

 

 

 

 

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Meal Plan Monday and a Bonus Cabbage Roll Skillet Recipe!

These past few weeks I feel like I have gotten soooo lazy in the cooking department! Our meals have gotten seriously simple over here! Between running kiddos to all of their activities and all the chores that need to get done around here I just don’t have time! Now that the weather is nice, cooking has moved down on my priority list! I think most moms can relate, right?!? So I am all about quick, easy and healthy meals I can throw together in a matter of minutes! I think that has been the theme of most of my Meal Plan Monday’s lately! Ahhh lazy mom’s unite!

Also hello warm weather! That makes me want to cook even less! Soooo break out the grill people! That will make your lives soooo much easier this time of year! We have been serving some type of grilled meat, potatoes, veggies and salad on repeat around here… and no one is complaining! When time is really tight and grilling is not a option I have been breaking out the crock pot. And no the crock pot is not only for the fall and winter! Crock pot carnitas has become a weekly staple in our house. And the leftovers have unlimited possibilities… double win!

This week’s edition of Meal Plan Monday is full of eaaassyyy, peasy, healthy meals! We don’t have time to be slaving in the kitchen this time of year! So please leave me a comment with your go to easy meals and let me know what you think of all these delicious recipes! Happy Monday All!! Start your week great!

 

Recipes

  1. One pot meals are a huge time saver in both the cooking and cleaning process! I make a mean cabbage roll skillet with just four ingredients that my family loves! Check out the recipe at the end of this post!
  2. Like I mentioned before Crock Pot Carnitas have been my go to lately! Pile that delicious pork over rice if that’s your thing, or over a huge salad if you are like us! Top with salsa, guac and fresh cilantro to make the perfect meal!! Check out MariaMakes for an amazing recipe that makes tooonns of leftovers!
  3. Ok now this recipe took a little prep but was delicious none the less! I have been meaning to try Sarah’s recipe for Thai Meatball and Egg Drop Soup from her blog A Saucy Kitchen for a long time now. I finally made it last week and I’m in love! So satisfying and full of flavor. Check out the recipe here!
  4. Another easy and satisfying one pot family favorite in our house is steak fajitas! Jessica from Easy Living Today has a great recipe! Find it here!
  5. We are using up the last of my freezer stash of home grown chickens and this Beer Can Chicken recipe from Jo Cooks is AMAZING! So juicy! I did mine in the oven like her recipe and eliminated the brown sugar. But you can also make a mean chicken on the grill as well!
  6. Last recipe for this week is this tasty and family friendly recipe for Sausage Pizza Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from The Paleo Running Momma! Ahhh all adults and kids in our house devoured them all!

 

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully you will find a meal or two your family will love in this bunch! Don’t be shy to leave me a comment with what you think!

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Paleo Cabbage Roll Skillet
Remember those homey cabbage rolls Grandma spent hours making?! Well here is my lazy mom interpretation! It only takes four ingredients to make this one pot, satisfying, comfort food!
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  1. Brown ground beef in your skillet
  2. Once beef is browned add sliced cabbage, tomato juice, and salt to skillet
  3. Cover and cook on medium heat until cabbage is tender. About 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!!
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Workout Wednesday

Getting back in shape after having kids is freaking hard, let’s be serious. Not all of us have personal trainers, chefs and nannies that give us the time and resources needed to bounce back at the drop of a hat. For us ordinary moms it’s takes a great deal of planning and plain old hard work. Lot’s and lot’s of hard work.

I had my third little rugrat almost a year and a half ago. And finally over the past few months I feel that I am getting back to my old self. I’m not surprised it has taken me this long. It always takes me about a year to get into the swing of things again after I have a baby. That just seems to be the pattern for me. No matter how determined I am to get back into the workout and eating healthy routine, life never let’s that happen until after that year mark. Weird?!? I think that’s just life’s way of forcing me to slow down and enjoy all of the amazingness of that first year. It’s incredible how fast these tiny creatures can grow and I enjoy sucking up every moment!

But now that my littlest little has turned one it’s game on. Her birthday was in December and after a Disney trip late January I finally felt motivated to start putting more of a focus on me. Diet is always the hardest thing for me to change. Now we eat pretty well generally, but everyone slips off the healthy bandwagon sometimes. And as you all know the Whole 30 is my favorite way to get back on track. We ended up doing a Whole 50ish starting in March and this jump started getting me back on the healthy train. I lost about 12 lbs and that was major motivation for me to get back to my probably shape!

Exercise is something that I have always enjoyed. A good sweat session can put anyone in a better mood! After spending over half my life as an athlete I find comfort in a good workout routine. I enjoy running, swimming and spinning but I fell in love with Crossfit a few years ago when we were living in Texas. That style of workout is something that works for me. I feel strong, motivated, and pretty badass after completing a workout. The downside to Crossfit is that most boxes are super expensive! Worth every penny, but a little out of our budget right now. So thanks to a hand me down weight set from my Dad and a bunch of other equipment we have assembled over the years I have been getting in some pretty intense and awesome workouts at home.

There are millions of moms out there who are looking to get into shape, but most don’t know where to start. The workout planning process is enjoyable for me so I’m starting a weekly blog post summing up my workouts. Hoping to give you all a little inspiration and to help me stay accountable! I have a long way to go to get to where I want, but I am invested in this journey to a stronger, fitter, healthier and happier me.

Check out my workouts from the last week below. Included are the weights I used and the time each workout took to complete. I have not been lifting very heavy yet… I am slowly building back up and have been focusing on my form. In addition to my home workouts I also belong to an amazing, super motivating, all women’s gym close to my house. Local friends do yourself a favor and check out Sweat Like a Girl! Their Spin classes, Pilates, and Group fitness classes are so fun and really push me out of my comfort zone. So I try to add three or four classes weekly into my routine. So I noted what classes I attended each day. I also try to add one or two rest days in a week or I burn myself out!!

Hopefully this gives you all some motivation for find your inner bad ass and take charge of your health!

Workouts

 

Monday May 8, 2017

Warm Up:

800 M Run

10 Squat Cleans

10 Push Press

45lb Bar for both

For Time:

4 times through-

20 alternating Dumbbell Snatches (25lb Dumbbell)

10 burpees

10 Box Jumps (24 in box)

10 Knees to Chest

Time: 15:07

Abs:

4 times through-

30 Med Ball Russian Twist

10 V-Up

30 Flutter Kicks

1 Min. Plank

 

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Pilates and Sweat Camp Classes at Sweat Like a Girl

At home workout:

The Arm Workout on the Bottom is kinda hard to read but it is a favorite of mine

3 sets of 15 front raises, 15 bent over rows, and 15 overhead press

3 sets of 7 bottom to 1/2 bicep curls, 7 1/2 to full bicep curls, and 7 full bicep curls followed by

3 sets of 15 tricep dips, 15 skull crushers and 15 overhead tricep extension

*Be prepared to have trouble lifting your arms for the rest of the day!!

 

Wednesday 5/10/17

21-18-15-12-9-6-3

Thrusters

Wall Ball

400 M run between each Round

Time: 36:56

Weight: 45lbs

 

Thursday 5/11/17

Barre and Dumb Bell Classes at Sweat Like a Girl!

 

Friday 5/12/17

“Ivan the Terrible”

50-40-30-20-10

Lunges

Push-Ups

Sit Ups

90 second Jump Rope To start each round

Time: 26:01

Followed by my favorite Arm workout described on Tuesday 5/9 (I do this several times a week!!)

Then Abs:

4 times through 30 bicycles, 15 V-Up, 30 Flutter Kicks, 15 Leg Raises, 1 Minute Plank

 

Saturday 5/13/17

 

Sunday 5/14/17

Rest day!!!!

 

OK friends there you have it! Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for intense, kick butt at home workouts! We all have to start somewhere! Come back and check on my progress over the next few months! And please leave me a comment telling me what you think of these workouts!

 

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Meal Plan Monday

Hi all! Happy Monday! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Things were good over here. I worked Saturday and then Sunday I got to spend the day at the ball field! My oldest started T-ball last week and yesterday was Opening Day. Such an exciting day for all of us, but especially for her! This is our first go around with kids sports and as a former athlete I could’t be more proud to see how much fun she is having! And let’s be honest the most important thing about T-ball is having fun, both kids and parents! We adults had a few good laughs watching todays game. For anyone who has watched a group of 5 and 6 year olds learn to play you know what I mean!

Tuesday Night Tball Practice Views

Ok back to the whole point of this post! Food! We recently decided to step into the reintroduction phase of our Whole 30 after close to 5o days on the program. To be honest we feel our best when we stick very closely to the guidelines of the Whole 30. After this being our fourth go around we know for sure that gluten and dairy make us feel like crap. So we plan of avoiding those things in our daily lives. So really mostly all of our meals last week were Whole 30 approved.

We did end up eating out twice last week, which is pretty unheard of for us. But we were able to stick to foods that make us feel good and not deprived! One afternoon was lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s, at our little man’s request. I got the salad bar and stuck to all Whole 30 approved items and topped it with Balsamic and Olive oil and I paired that with a burger. Delicious and it didn’t make me feel like crap! And yesterday after T ball we enjoyed a family dinner our with my parents at a local spot. Hubby and I both had Cobb Salad’s topped with oil and vinegar. No complaints from either of us, but we do get so much criticism from everyone else about why we are still on this “diet.” Lifestyle change is how I describe it, but everyone still thinks we are crazy! Oh well!

Up next you can find the rest of the meals we had for the week. Clink the links to find the full recipes, cook them and ENJOY! I bad at taking food pictures this week…. Sorry! So enjoy the one picture I did take!

Meals

  1. Last Monday I ended up pulling two of our home grown chickens our of the freezer and roasted them. Check out the Whole 30 cookbook for an amazingly easy recipe for Roasted Chicken! 1/2 of one we ate that night with baked potatoes and roasted carrots. With the leftover I made this amazing Buffalo Chicken Dip, that we enjoyed with sliced veggies. As well as a simple chicken salad with shredded chicken, homemade mayo, grapes, onions and pickles. Then I saved all the bones and made a ridiculous amount of Homemade Chicken Stock to restock my freezer stash. All delicious and Whole 30 approved.
  2. Homemade Stuffed Mushrooms were also on our menu last week. No recipe for this one. Just cooked some sausage, peppers, onions and some Italian spices together and stuffed all that goodness into some preroasted mushroom and enjoyed with a big salad on the side.
  3. I got some country style pork ribs at Costco for a good price last week so I followed this recipe from Mama Schquigs, just substituting homemade Whole 30 BBQ for the sauce she used. I cooked up some sautéed cabbage and potatoes and green beans for our sides. Delish, and made tons of leftovers!
  4. With T-ball practices this week our evenings were slightly rushed so we ended up having Brinner, breakfast for dinner, twice this week. Nothing fancy here, one night was a egg scramble with shredded sweet potatoes and chicken apple sausage. The other night the hubs just made the kids some “dippy”, sunny side up, eggs and served it with leftover cabbage and potatoes. Quick and easy.

    This is a pic of the same scramble but obviously not from last week… notice the snow, lol!

Leftovers consisted of the rest of our meals for the week, so it was a rather unexciting food week here! With the weather getting nicer I find we have so much more to do outside that I am wanting to spend less and less time in the kitchen. So I imagine I will have lots of grilling recipes and get it done quick things to share over the next few weeks! Hope you week is off to a great start, thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment with some of your favorite quick and easy family meals, I am always looking for something new!

 

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