I still love these boxes for packing my lunches. My turkey/veggie meatloaf and grilled corn feels like decadent comfort food to me. The veggies were super fresh and crunchy. The cherries were the perfect "dessert".
I traded my regular chicken breast out for some spinach/feta chicken sausage. I found these two flavors at Aldi. I am hopping the one with the cranberries won't be too sweet. I am planning to alternate the chicken breast and the sausage. The sausage is a bit higher in calories and definitely has more sodium.
I have been working on snacks that make me feel better physically than my beloved chips. I saved a little of my veggies and cherries from lunch and had them later in the afternoon with a super cold bottle of water. Truth be told this did not happen for every snack...there were some chips, but in very limited portions.
I know I have talked about most of these foods/dishes before. When I am eating healthy I tend to lean on some core go-to meals. Eating healthy does take more planning, so these foods have become my version of convenience foods. This weekend I hope to spend a little time working on finding a few recipes to mix things up.
What I did:
Double Light abs workout
For some reason, we mostly got video of this particular workout. At first, I was disappointed to not have more pictures, but then watching the videos I was able to see how much harder I am working. I am especially proud of how hard I am fighting to go beyond what I think I can do.
Accordion crunches - This exercise works the obliques (read, love handles) by bringing the knees and elbows together while sitting on the hip. You will notice the extra towel under my hip. I would think with the padding I had this would not be an issue, but my hip bone needed a little extra cushion.
Fitness Blender video
One of the ladies in our group challenged us to complete this Fitness Blender video. Fitness Blender offers tons of free videos on their website. I have tried them in the past, but it has been awhile. This one is a low impact beginner cardio workout, but they offer all sorts of exercises at all levels. I am very impressed and who doesn't like free? They do also offer pre-arranged workout packages (set up on a calendar) that you can by for nominal fees. On a side note, I love my Chromecast. I can send the video from my computer straight to my tv where I have room to move.
I enjoyed this workout (well, as much as I do enjoy workouts that are challenging). As I have mentioned, I am not the most coordinated, so a couple of the moves I had to modify or replace. One min particular, was a modified plank where you had to reach back and touch your toes while in the blank position. That was not happening. I replaced it with a previous exercise. I liked how they incorporate a little preview of what was coming up for each section. I need an extra second to wrap my head around the moves.
Mary for turning me on to these videos. Fitness Blender was created by Kelli and Daniel Segars. This article is an interesting read about how they started and continue to build their fitness "empire". In this particular video, Kelli is demonstrating the workout and Daniel is narrating. It tickled me a little when Daniel said if you can't go as fast as Kelli that's fine, but if you can go faster that is fantastic. It reminded me of watching Ina Garten when she says, as she frequently does, something like...
3.9 mile evening walk with my friend.
It has been a long time since we walked together - we used to do it regularly and I have missed her.
This morning my glutes are especially sore, so I have high hopes that big ol' muscle is doing some major fat burning :)
Any fun plans for the weekend? I am planning to hit a big neighborhood yard sale not far from us. Our big event, will be going to an airshow to see the Thunderbirds perform.