Musings from the Grocery Store

I did not post a weekly grub recipe this week, because, to be honest, our meal plan was pretty lame. Sometimes that happens and it’s totally OK. Last week I realized our freezer was overflowing with all the food I have been saving and we were sent home with a ton of delicious leftovers from family shindigs. Instead of buying a bunch of new food and likely freezing some of it, I challenged myself to cook mainly from our freezer and leftovers this week. This meant that we didn’t really have a plan and I was going to just cook our meals on a whim.

So are you interested to hear how it’s going? Well, last night I found a container of chicken pot pie filling hiding in the black hole freezer and got excited to make a chicken a semi-fresh chicken pot pie. I took it out and placed it on the counter to kick start the thawing process. I went on a walk and got rained on with pollen (hello lovely springtime allergies), which meant I passed out on the couch around 9 pm. I had so many intentions to write this post, read a chapter in my book, stretch, brush my teeth and wash my face. Instead, the pollen gods took over and I did not accomplish any of those things (Kevin thought my breath smelled really fresh this morning). Needless to say, that also meant the chicken pot pie filling sat out on the counter all night. Epic fail. I put in the fridge then questioned my judgement about an hour later and threw it out. As easy as going to the Farmer’s Market and grabbing a quick bite sounded tonight, I am not giving up and will be eating a delicious bacon, onion and spinach omelet soon.

I have a story for you. So the other day I was in the grocery store perusing the cracker options, and had the following conversation with another shopper:

Woman whose personal space I was probably invading as I reached for a box of crackers- “You look really fit. How do you do it?”

Me- “Thanks! I move.”

Woman, with an unsatisfied look on her face- “Don’t tell me you are one of those moms that say they have great arms from lifting their babies.”

Me- “No, I am not a mom, thank you. I just move a lot. I walked here, for example. I bike and swim. I lift weights frequently. I just like exercising.”

Now bored with me woman- “Well I just don’t like exercising at all.

And she walked away as I thought to myself, “Crap! I should have told her about my blog!”

I’m not going to lie, I knew my reply would irk her which is partially why I said it. I’ve been in this industry long enough to know that people don’t want you to tell them something simple. They want the latest secret or some complicated story. What people don’t realize is that everyone is different. Something that works for me, may not work for you. We are completely unique people with individual needs. However, I love talking about tips and strategies to live a healthier and more balanced life. I also realize that people enjoy learning about how other people try to maintain their health and wellness, so let me indulge you in a few strategies that work well for me. Something might spark your interest or maybe you’ll think I’m nuts. Either way, just remember we all have our own personalities and needs, so do what works and feels good for you.

  • Resist the urge to plop on the couch after work. I know, I know…it’s the best feeling in the world. There are so many days that I come home wiped out from a crazy ass day and the couch looks so inviting. I’ve learned though (through lots of trial and error) that it just makes it worst. Once I’m there, it takes a lot of convincing to get me up and active again. However, if I move right after work, then I get a new found sense of energy (unless there’s a boatload of pollen in the air). Sometimes I may only walk for 10 minutes, but it’s exactly what I need to rejuvenate myself.
  • Make ½ your plate fruits and veggies. I plan on writing a post about this little tidbit at some point, so consider this a sneak preview. I try to put fruits and veggies on my plate before anything else, so there is plenty of space to fill up. More often than not, I also eat my veggies first. Kevin usually stares at me in disbelief as I munch on something green while he devours everything but the veggies first. I like to do this, because it means that I won’t be too full for veggies after the other food.

  • Shift your mindset. It can be really easy to go along with the negative thoughts that go through our head through the day, be it work-rage, a traffic filled commute, or you just feel blah. You might think, “I feel so tired and crappy, I can’t work out.” Instead, try thinking “I feel so tired a crappy, but I bet exercising would help me feel better.” Our mindset has a ton of power to influence our behaviors, but we also have the power to change it.

 

What’s Your Why?

As we established in a previous post, I grew up in the middle of nowhere. Since we lived far from town, we didn’t go out to do many activities. I don’t remember going to the movies, out to eat, etc. Instead, we played outside and created our own enjoyment. The countryside was literally our playground and as long as we told our parents generally where we were going and were home by dark, we were free to roam. This meant that I moved a lot as a kid. I didn’t consider it exercise- it was just what I did for fun.

Sports were also a fun way to exercise as an adolescent. Sure, sometimes I prayed for a lightening storm so I wouldn’t have to go to swim practice, but for the most part, I enjoyed every minute of this “exercise.” Practice and games were part of my life. Sports took up the majority of my free time, so they  became my social life as well. Some of my best memories are from times when I was active and constantly moving my body. Also, my motivation to work harder was linked to my performance, not my appearance. I didn’t run longer or lift heavier weights so I could change my body. I worked harder, so I could make it to the fifth set in a volleyball game and still have the energy I had in the first set.

Once competitive sports were over for good though, my “why” was lost. I didn’t have games to prepare for anymore, so I wasn’t going to spend multiple hours practicing. I always loved being active, so I decided to join a gym. I believe this is when my “why” changed. Rather than moving for performance, I was now moving for appearance. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed exercising but the fun was taken out of it and I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons. All of the sudden I became obsessed with the calorie count on the treadmill and would wonder how other women at the gym made their bodies look a certain way. I was 17 years old. This is not healthy behavior for any age, but particularly not for a teenager.

Unfortunately, college only magnified this problem. The gym was full of young adults of all shapes and sizes, but mainly dudes with deeply ripped tanks or girls in tiny spandex shorts. The gym was where I became exposed to the idea of working off the calories before drinking (so healthy!) and exercising only because some silly (although super important at the time) event was approaching. Although I hate to admit it, I did fall for this mindset. I became obsessed. I knew this wasn’t me though and I needed my “why” back again.

After college I began signing up for a variety races, from short running races to sprint triathlons, to 200 mile relay races. I finally felt like I had a “why” again. Getting up before the sun to run wasn’t dreadful anymore, because I had something to actually accomplish (besides the ever desirable goal for stellar abs). Every time I would run farther or swim faster, I was secretly extremely proud of myself. I loved it and was addicted to the endorphins. In fact, I was so addicted that I failed to listen to my body telling me to stop. My brain would say, “No, I can do another mile. I can make it to 13 miles today!” My knees, on the other hand, were screaming at me, begging me to stop. One day, I was driving down the road and saw a girl running with two knee straps on and KT tape all over her legs. It was like a slap in the face as I thought, holy shit that’s going to be me if I don’t stop.  

So I stopped. Was it easy? No, not at all. Some people will find this pathetic, but it was probably one of the harder things I have done in my life. I envied people I saw running as I could barely walk a mile without pain. Luckily though, I had the running police, aka Kevin, to make sure I remembered why I wasn’t lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement. I honestly don’t think that I would have been able to do it without him.

I had to dig really deep to find my why again. Sure, I still enjoyed moving for the most part, but I deeply missed that sense of accomplishment that came from finishing a race. Luckily though, a light bulb turned on and I finally understood that I needed to take care of my body if I wanted to continue to move it for the rest of my life. I needed to move my body in a variety of ways to keep it healthy and injury free. Therefore, I started moving in new ways and changing my exercise schedule. I listened to my body. I changed my “why”.

Now, I move my body in all sorts of ways for many different reasons:

  • I go to yoga to stretch my body, release the tension in my hips and feel amazing for the rest of the day. Do I have to do it? No, but I do it weekly, because I enjoy the feeling.
  • I walk to enjoy nature, soak up some vitamin D, listen to an audiobook and explore new places.
  • I lift weights to be strong, so I don’t have to rely on other people to lift things for me. If I want to arrange furniture in our house and Kevin isn’t home, you better believe I’m gonna go ahead and move that furniture (unless I can’t reach it, height is always an issue).
  • I swim to allow myself time to think and reconnect with an activity from my childhood that I enjoy doing.
  • I run to remind myself how great it feels to move my body quickly. Then I stop after a couple miles, because I know that’s all my body can handle.
  • I do burpies, because I can.
  • I go to group fitness classes to meet new people, learn new exercises and leave with a smile on my face.

What’s your “why”?

The Weekly Grub

When I first started this project, I had all these hopes and aspirations for posting at least three times a week, being a boss on social media and having posts planned out weeks in advance. Let’s just say, I was not being real with myself. I have no doubt that I will eventually get there, but having this blog has been a great reminder that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and you have to do what’s best for yourself. You see, I don’t particularly enjoy being on a computer. I’d rather be outside, in the kitchen or reading a book. However, I realize that a computer is a pretty critical component to writing a blog.

Our weather was beautiful last week and the time change meant it was light for hours after work. It’s quite amazing how the time change made me feel so much more energized post work. There was no way that I was going to spend those critical hours sitting on the couch with a computer on my lap. Instead, I went swimming, walked to and from work, ran errands, etc. Eventually, I plopped on the couch around 8:30 or 9, but my body was physically exhausted at that point. While I did feel guilty about not posting last week, I knew that spending time outside was much better for my body and mind. I am going to need to develop a system to figure out how to consistently write posts as lake weather approaches, because it’s safe to say that water-skiing on the lake will take precedence pretty much every time.

We embraced the spring weather and had a lovely weekend outside. After lots of research and ad checking, we finally purchased a grill and are so excited for lots of backyard barbecues. We celebrated on Friday night with some grilled sausages, asparagus and fingerling garlic potato kebabs. Family visited on Saturday and we spent the majority of the day outside walking, playing catch, going to the batting cages and drinking our way around downtown. The rain graced us with it’s presence today, so it inevitably forced me to relax. I am quite enjoying our rainy day though and love having nothing to do (shocking, I know!). We made homemade donuts using refrigerated biscuit dough and they were heavenly. I was pretty skeptical going into it, but the results were amazing and it was so easy. We stuffed some with jelly, nutella or peanut butter and had so much fun creating our own flavor combinations. I highly recommend giving it a shot!

Alright, now on to meal planning. I find that the hardest parts about cooking for two people is that I always make too much or never use all the ingredients required for the recipe. I hardly ever need a whole can of beans, unless I am making a big slow cooker dish. So, what do you do with the leftover ingredients? I’ve found that it helps to keep this in mind when I am meal planning. For example, our Tuesday and Wednesday meals are quite different this week, but use the same ingredients. I hate buying a bunch of herbs and seeing them go to waste, because the recipe only calls for a small amount so i’ll use cilantro and limes for the chicken marinade and for the Chinese chicken salad. Try finding recipes that use the same ingredients in different or similar ways to save money and reduce food waste.

I also plan the meals that I know will make more, like a whole pizza, on Sunday or Monday. That way we can use the leftovers for lunch or in other dinners throughout  the week. I don’t like making larger meals on Thursdays, because our weekend plans vary and sometimes that food will get thrown out. Making larger meals on Sunday or Monday also makes our lunch prep so much easier. I love not having to make lunch everyday and just having Tupperware packed and ready to go for the week. This week Kevin will eat the pizza for lunch pretty much all week. We have a ton of greens to use up, so I will make random salads and just throw leftovers from dinners on top. I’ve embraced the “just throw some stuff in a bowl” mentality and it definitely keeps my meals interesting and easy.

We will be grubbing on the following meals this week:

  • Sunday: Zoodle shrimp scampi
  • Monday: Pancetta, crispy brussell sprouts and mushroom grilled pizza + salad
  • Tuesday: Honey jalapeno grilled chicken + asparagus
  • Wednesday: Chinese chicken salad
  • Thursday: Out (I’m meeting a friend for dinner and Kev leaves for a spring training bachelor party)
  • Friday: Leftovers

PS- The corned beef tacos from last week were a hit! I ended up serving them twice in one week.

Questions for you:

  1. What’s on your meal plan this week?
  2. Are you enjoying the time change? Did it change your routine as well?

 

Bouncing Back after a Boozy Weekend

Yes I know, I missed the usual Weekly Grub post. You see, we had a wonderful trip to San Diego, which means I was wiped out yesterday. We arrived around midnight on Thursday and decided to head out for a drink. I was already up two hours past my bedtime, so what harm could another hour do? We usually aren’t out that late at night, so I’d forgotten how loud music is at that hour… especially when you’re sober. I just sat there sipping on my beer wondering how all these people could function at work on Friday. I felt like I was at least 50 years old and not just because I was in my nicest grey sweats.

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On Friday, our friends had an amazing wedding full of family, friends, food, delicious drinks and love. They asked me to be their day of wedding coordinator, so how could I resist the opportunity to make lists and organize? Granted I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I think it went off without a hitch! The officiant did come up to me before the ceremony and asked for the marriage license, at which point I looked at her like she spoke another language. I think  at that point she got the hint that I wasn’t actually a full time wedding coordinator and didn’t have it all together. One of my favorite parts about coordinating the wedding was being on my feet all day. After working in restaurants for years, I really miss that feeling and go crazy sitting at a desk all day.

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My handsome lifetime wedding date.

Since I was thinking about the wedding so much, I didn’t really plan much for us to do all day on Saturday. Literally all day- we didn’t fly out till 9pm. Kevin was secretly very happy about this lack of planning on my part. We didn’t have a car and were in Pacific Beach, so we just decided to walk, eat and drink at all of our favorite places. Once again, Kevin was very happy. I felt slightly guilty for not planning activities, then quickly realized that we were doing what many Pacific Beach residents typically do every Saturday. Eventually I embraced it and had an amazing time visiting friends, eating delicious fish tacos and pizza, and visiting our favorite bars. At this point, you shouldn’t be wondering why we were dead on Sunday.

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Yes, I took a screen shot of all the steps I got from wedding coordinating.

After a day of rest, moving and eating nutritious foods, I feel back to normal! In the past, a weekend of indulging in food, alcohol and not a ton of exercise really would have bummed me out. I probably would have felt guilty and overanalyzed my choices. It was stupid. What’s the point of beating yourself up over a couple days of breaking out of your normal routine? I know that the majority of the time, I make healthful choices. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, move my body frequently, get plenty of sleep and drink enough water. Therefore, a couple days of pretending like I’m 21 years old again with a super fast metabolism and superhero resistance to hangovers, isn’t gonna kill me in the long run. Yeah sure, I feel like crap for a day but it doesn’t take much to feel good again as long as I do the right things. Sometimes I just need to remind myself to live a little and not worry about everything. After many years of trial and error, I’ve learned a few tips that help me bounce back after an indulgent weekend.

  • Make yourself sweat. Move anyway you want, just try to sweat. Yes, working out when you feel like crap sounds like the worst thing in the world. The thought of even getting off the couch seems like the equivalent of climbing Half Dome. Resist the urge to click on another episode and move your body. I promise you’ll feel better.
  • Get some fresh air and Vitamin D, if possible. It’ll make you feel alive again.
  • Eat some fruits and veggies. For many years I thought the cure to a long night out was a big, greasy breakfast (hello Big Bear Diner!). Truth be told? It just makes me feel worse. Revitalize your body with some vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies and make another healthful choice after that.
  • Drink water- lots and lots of water. Screw the drought, chug that H2O.
  • Don’t tell yourself you won’t do that again. You likely will, so don’t set yourself up for failure. Just make a healthful decision, maybe eat a salad or two and move on. Life keeps going.

Since I know this is the best part of your week, here is the our meal plan 😉

Do you have tips for bouncing back after a boozy weekend? As long as you don’t say “to drink less”, I’d love for you to leave a comment below!

Veggie Egg Dump Skillet

For the majority of my life, I despised eggs in all shapes and forms. Deviled eggs were the bane of my existence; I hated being anywhere near them. I thought scrambled eggs resembled vomit and egg yolks creeped me out (are those little baby chickens or what?). The only way I consumed eggs was in raw cookie dough or brownie batter and man I did have my fair share of that. My grandma was the breakfast sandwich queen and always made them for everyone before we went out for a day of water skiing out on the boat. Since she is an amazing grandma, she always made me a special one with a big S on the foil so no one else would eat it. Guess what my sandwich consisted of? Loads of bacon smashed between a buttery english muffin. I’m not gonna lie, it was extremely delicious and I would probably devour one right now. (I found out later that Kevin also made this meal for himself in college.)

My taste buds did eventually evolve though…mainly because the omelette bar really expanded your options at the Dining Commons freshman year. If you didn’t get the omelette bar, your other options were the cereal bar or some really gross oatmeal. This was also during my health nut phase though, so I was all about the egg whites. Egg yolks and fat? Gross. I hadn’t expanded my knowledge and learned that the dietary recommendations shouldn’t always be trusted. I also hadn’t experienced the deliciousness of a fresh, buttery egg yolk.

During college I was lucky enough to live in Italy for a semester. You would think my most memorable food experience there was pasta, pizza or anything full of delicious carbs. Nope. It was the eggs. I remember going to the grocery store to buy eggs and being extremely confused as to why they weren’t refrigerated and why you could only buy ½ dozen containers. Despite the fact I am part Irish, I decided to trust the Italians and tried their odd room temperature brown eggs. I distinctly remember cracking the shell and revealing a deep orange, huge egg yolk. At this point, I was only consuming scrambled eggs (the runny yolk still freaked me out) and these scrambled eggs were the most amazing eggs I ever tasted in my life. The fact that I enjoyed these eggs (with delicious, sizzling pancetta) more than chocolate filled croissants from the cafe down the street, must help you understand how amazing these eggs were. I still dream about them.

After years of subsisting on massive bowls of oatmeal with all the toppins’ for breakfast, I am now an egg girl. Shockingly, I even like fried eggs with runny yolks (this is a recent development). This change was motivated by my desire to start my day with veggies at breakfast. Yes, I could blend them up into a smoothie but the last time I checked, blending cauliflower, mushrooms and broccoli together is gross and Kevin would n’t love it ff blender got up when I did on the weekend. Also, an egg and veggie loaded breakfast keeps me nice and full until lunch. Therefore, eggs in all forms piled high with veggies is now my new favorite breakfast food. I enjoy frittatas, egg bakes, hard boiled eggs, scrambles, and my most recent favorite- fried eggs cooked into sauteed veggies.

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Veggie egg dump skillet with leftover potatoes and cauliflower. It doesn’t look pretty, but your taste buds will think otherwise.

This dish is so incredibly easy that I’m shocked it took me this long to discover it. These days I usually make a big veggie and egg dish on Sunday to enjoy all week long. However, meal prep didn’t happen a few weeks ago, so Monday morning included me actually having to make breakfast instead of just reheating something. I had a bunch of kale that I needed to use, so I chopped it up thin and threw it in a skillet. I figured it would be a great nest for some fried eggs and of course Parmesan cheese and avocado made it complete. The kale gets nice and crispy while the eggs cook into it, making it so delicious. I’m happy to report that I now love the runny, buttery yolk and pretty much lick it off the plate. I’ve made it just about every morning for the last couple weeks. It’s so versatile, so I usually add some leftovers from dinner. This dish doesn’t require much work, so I can usually do my make-up while it cooks. I’ll take that as a win.

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Veggie egg dump skillet with leftover pork and mushrooms

Veggie Dump Egg Skillet

You’ll notice that this recipe is very general and doesn’t really have precise measurements. That’s on purpose. Just play with it and make it your own! Do what looks, tastes and feels good to you.

Ingredients

  • A couple handfuls of kale or spinach
  • ½ cup mushrooms, asparagus or any vegetable that sounds delicious
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add ½ of the oil.
  2. Add veggies and saute until nearly cooked to your liking. I find that it helps to cover the pan to expedite the process (do not add the salt and pepper at this point or you will get watery eggs)
  3. Spread the veggies evenly in the skillet and add the other half of the oil.
  4. Crack the eggs over the veggies, cover the pan and cook until the eggs are cooked the way you like them.
  5. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast to start your day strong!

Questions for you:

  1. How is your week going?
  2. Do you have any intense feelings or memories related to eggs? (or maybe I’m the only crazy one…)

The Weekly Grub

Monday is on the horizon and the Sunday Scaries have officially started to kick in. We had another eventful and restful weekend filled with lots of rain! On Saturday we traveled to the bay area to take our nephew to Bass Pro Shops. We were supposed to go to the zoo, but the weather had different plans for us. Live animals and taxidermy animals are pretty similar right? This was our first outing with a toddler and I am proud to report that we didn’t lose him. Actually, everything went really smoothly and we had a ton of fun! For those of you that are wondering, no this does not mean we are planning to have kids anytime soon. Today started with a long walk, meal prepping, cookie making and relaxing. Now we are hunkered down, ready to welcome the next storm with french onion soup, salad and wine.

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Slow cooker caramelized onions ready to be turned into french onion soup

 

I believe, hands down, the hardest part about meal planning is deciding what to make. There are countless options and Pinterest is turning me into the most indecisive person in the world. “Oh that looks yummy! But wait, look at that recipe!” Given that I immensely enjoy cooking, it’s no surprise that I also like reading about cooking techniques, recipes, the newest trends, basically the whole shebang. This means, however, that my inbox is constantly full of emails with the subject line “MAKE THIS.” For a while, I tried to make multiple new recipes a week, but that turned out to be exhausting and expensive.

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Cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches

The exhaustion part didn’t irritate me as much as the price of constantly trying new recipes with different ingredients. You see, I’m quite the frugal grocery shopper. I shop the ads and try to buy only what is on sale. This doesn’t mean I don’t care about the quality of what I’m purchasing. It’s actually quite the opposite. I use the ads to inform me about what high quality food I can afford that week, then plan my meals with those ingredients, instead of letting a recipe dictate what I’m purchasing. We all know how that 10+ ingredient recipes can really add up on the grocery bill. Therefore, I make a list of what’s on sale then use that to guide my recipe search, so I know I only have to buy what’s on sale.

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Uncle Kev and his pal

I should also note that most of the time I don’t use recipes. When I first started cooking I relied heavily on recipes, but have since learned to just do what feels and tastes good. I will look for inspiration, but usually end up making something that fits our needs and tastes. If it’s my first try making a certain recipe, like the mojo cuban pork we are trying out this week, then I look at some recipes. However, I find that I enjoy the experience most when I don’t use recipes and just let my creativity take the lead.

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Goat cheese and fruit salad

On the other hand, not using recipes also makes it really easy to get in a rut. As much as we love roasted vegetables and meat, I don’t want to make it night after night. Therefore, I find that trying 1-2 new recipes a week is a good balance for me. I usually try to schedule these meals on nights that I know we don’t have much going on in case it takes longer than expected.

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Fitting in some movement between storms

A final idea to make your meal planning easier is a method we frequently try- theme nights! Last December and January, when the winter weather began, we began doing a Tuesday Night Soup of the week. I would keep my eye out for soup recipes throughout the week, or we would simply make a soup we were craving. If you’re new to meal planning or in a recipe rut, I highly recommend setting a theme for each night to cut down the time it will take to decide what to make. Once you know what type of dish you’re making, you can look for recipes that use whatever ingredients are on sale that week. For example:

  • Sunday: Pasta
  • Monday: Meatless
  • Tuesday: Tacos
  • Wednesday: Salad
  • Thursday: Stir fry

Now, for what I know you’re really interested in- this week’s grub:

  • Sunday: Slow cooker french onion soup & salad
  • Monday: Cuban mojo marinated pork with roasted beets and carrots
  • Tuesday: Salad with leftover pork, mango, cucumber, goat cheese and onions
  • Wednesday: Pesto baked salmon and asparagus
  • Thursday: Leftovers (we have a late night flight to San Diego for a wedding for two amazing people and lots of fish tacos)

Do you have any strategies that help you find recipes? Do you have a specific search engine that you use? I’d love to hear what works for you!

Quick & Easy Workout Template

How is your week going? Everything is running pretty smoothly over here. In fact, most of our days have been really smooth lately. I realized last Friday that I am feeling very content with life and it was kind of a weird feeling. It’s not that I am always miserable, but I often look into the future or think about our next big move. However, I can honestly say that I am really happy where I am at. I enjoy my job a lot and see myself in the position for the at least a few years, I love where we live, and I am so glad we get to be surrounded by family and friends. I gotta say, after years of being unsure and always contemplating where I’d end up, this is a wonderful feeling.

One of my favorite parts about going to group exercise classes is that I don’t have to create the workout or think about it before. I just show up and sweat. Since the gym I go to mainly focuses on the college age population, there aren’t very many early morning classes. Therefore, I’ve gotten really good at working out on my own, but that also means I am constantly creating new workouts. Sometimes I enjoy it, sometimes it makes me want to stay in bed.

I want to share a circuit training template that I continue to fall back on again and again. I’m warning you, it’s super simple. It’s so simple, in fact, that you might wonder why I am even sharing it with you. Sometimes simple is best though and you just need someone else to show you the light.

Basically, you perform 10 exercises for 1 minute each. Your rest between exercises can range from 10-60 seconds based on how intense you want the workout to be. Once you complete all 10 exercises you can move onto another round, hold a plank or wall sit for a given amount of time, jump rope, rest, whatever you want!  If you’re short on time, you can just perform 1 round then fit in another later in the day. In fact, did you know that performing 3- 10 minute blocks of exercise is just as effective as 1- 30 minute block of exercise? Research says so, I promise.

Sometimes I do cardio based exercises, sometimes I do only muscle strengthening exercises and other times I mix it up. It really just depends on how my body is feeling and what I want from the workout. That’s the best part about making your own workout- you can mix it up and do whatever you feel like! Here are a couple of my favorite workouts using this template:

Body Weight Cardio

1 minute each exercise/rest 15 seconds between exercises/rest 1 minute between rounds Repeat 3X

  1. Jumping Jacks
  2. High Knees
    1. Modification: go slower and don’t jump
  3. Plank Jacks
    1. Modification: step your feet out instead of jumping
  4. Bicycle
  5. Burpies
    1. Modification: Don’t include a push-up
  6. Swimming Supermans
  7. Jump Squats
    1. Modification: Instead of jumping, rise to your toes for a calf raise at the top of the squat
  8. Mountain Climbers
  9. Skaters
    1. Modification: Let your back foot touch the ground and step instead of hop
  10. Suicide Pushups
    1. Modification: Do on your knees (make sure to keep your hips low and core engaged)

Total Body Strength Training

You will need dumbbells or DB as I refer to them below. Since you are performing this exercise for a full minute, it shouldn’t be the heaviest weight you can lift. It should be challenging, but don’t compromise your form. If you feel like you aren’t engaging your core, it feels painful or you are jerking your arms around, stop and take a break.

1 minute each exercise/rest 30-45 seconds between exercises/rest 1-2 minutes between rounds. Repeat 3X

  1. DB Thrusters
  2. DB Renegade rows
  3. DB Goblet squat
  4. DB Chest press with glute bridge
  5. DB Single arm row (switch arms halfway through)
  6. DB Overhead tricep extension
  7. DB Russian twists
  8. DB Curl to press
  9. DB Upright row with sumo squat
  10. DB Single leg deadlift (switch legs halfway through)

Not sure what some exercises are? YouTube to the rescue!

I’d love to know what you think if you try it!