Thursday, January 19, 2017

Future Ballerina?

(not me, ha!)


It has been awhile since we last talked, although I can’t say much has happened. Right now we have a pretty solid routine of work, play, dinner, bed.


(Change that to 8:00 and this would be completely accurate.)

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Ina has been really into playing ballet. Yesterday she changed into her play leotard, she asked me to introduce her (Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, tonight, for your viewing pleasure, you have the rare chance of witnessing Ina Mae Kendrick as she performs her magnificent ballet, along with her side kick, Cora Lee!), and then we found some ballet music on YouTube. We added in some props (the broomstick and some toilet paper to trail behind her) and both she and Cora were easily entertained for an hour.

I suppose it is time to sign her up for some classes. 

We had this soup for dinner last night, which was pretty hearty, and the whole family loved it. 

A few other meals lately:

Lentils, roasted veggies, ground beef, tahini sauce, and sriracha. So good.

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Banana oatmeal pancake almond butter sandwhich:

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Salad with roasted potatoes and green beans and the Mediterranean chicken kabobs from Costco (so $$ but so good!). 

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And, full disclosure, we had pizza and wings for dinner on Tuesday. It was a day and the thought of going to the kitchen to make dinner made me want to sit on the couch. So that is what I did. Ha! 

Yesterday I took a mid week rest day because my back was pretty stiff, but Tuesday’s workout at Fitness Tiger KC was a good one:

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  • 17:06 AMRAP
    • 1 Turkish Get up (15# DB)
    • 17 sumo deadlift high pulls (35# KB)
    • 1 Turkish get up
    • 17 bent over rows  (35# KB, this may have been too heavy)
  • $100
    • 100 alternate DB snatches (20#/30#)
    • 100 KB swings (35#)
    • 100 plank jacks
    • 100 skaters

Whoo, was I sweating by the end of this. I started snatches out with a 20#, but before I got to the half way point a 30# was handed to me. This workout wore. me. out. 

Have a lovely day! <3

Monday, January 16, 2017

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Good Monday morning to you.

I hope you had a great weekend. Ours’ included a whole bunch of relaxing, but started with a workout on Friday morning at FitnessTiger KC:

  • The Liz
    • Donkey kicks and sit ups
    • 50-40-30-20-10
  • Happy Birthday Liz 19:64 partner AMRAP
    • 53 goblet squats (40#)
    • 53 tuck jumps
    • 53 frogger burpees
    • 53 good mornings
    • 53 hand clap push ups
  • Circuit x 2 40 on /20 off
    • jump rope
    • Thor hold
    • legs only bike
    • bosu ball battle rope
    • knees to elbows (or, in my case, knee ups)
    • glute bridge on balance ball

We spent the weekend waiting for bad icy weather that never really came, which is good. Sunday morning Ina announced that she wanted to thank God that our power still worked. I agreed.

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Cora has a new schedule of waking up at 5 am, so she helped me make pancakes on Sunday morning. If you are looking for a healthy pancake recipe (gluten free, no added sugar) this is it.

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Even though the weather stayed good, we pretended it wasn’t by staying in most of the weekend, with the exception of church on Sunday morning/afternoon. Dan brought home a lot of wood from his grandma’s house and we had a fire in the fireplace all weekend long, which was just so cozy. I started one of my new library books (Pretty Girls), and really didn’t get much else done because of it. 

I will pay for weekend inactivity today and the rest of this week, but it felt great to just sit.

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Here is our meal plan for the week:

I hope you have a great week! <3

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ice Storm Prep

Good morning and Happy Friday!

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Kansas City is hunkering down for a weekend ice storm. All the school are already cancelled! I stopped by the store yesterday to pick up a few things and they were out of all the staples. The milk and bread we can do without, but we need eggs! Ha! 

After work and before dinner we stopped by the library. In case the power goes out I want to be prepared to have no forms of electrical entertainment. Our town’s library moved to a new location and this was our first time visiting the new space, which was so beautiful. They have huge glass windows and as we were walking up, Ina gasped and said, “Wow…look at all those books!"

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We broke it in well by accidentally knocking a few things over, lots of loud talking, and a Cora melt down because I wouldn’t let her keep the Pete the Cat doll. 

The horror. 

Dinner was quickly thrown together but actually delicious. Spiced chicken legs with sweet potato fries and salad with EVOO, white wine vinegar, sea salt, and pepper.

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Yesterday started with a great workout at Fitness Tiger KC):

  • Warm up tabata
    • superman
    • reverse snow angels
  • 30/30 circuit x 4 (or 3 in my case because I had to leave early)
    • banded overhead press
    • side t row (25#)
    • Turkish get up (25#)
    • ring push ups
    • ball slams (30#)
    • thrusters (With our new bar! -pictured below)
    • Feet over ball
    • Plate ground to overhead
    • ERG

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This circuit was so fun because there were a few new exercises in it. Using the bar for thrusters was a fun/new challenge and I was surprised I could actually do the ring push ups with my feet on the box. 

I hope you all stay safe and warm this weekend. <3

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Our Evening Routine

Yesterday we had our typical evening routine:

Dance party/play time. Our Amazon Fire Stick allows easy access to YouTube on our TV. Multiple music videos inspired Ina to get fully dressed up for her performance. At some point the horse joined in. 

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Dinner: last night we had a favorite: slow cooker picadillo with brown rice and a cucumber/tomato/red onion salad. 

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So good. 

Clean up: I am trying to encourage everyone to pick up their stuff before we go upstairs. I have been setting the oven timer for 5 minutes and it is amazing how much stuff can be picked up and put away in 5 minutes. It is also amazing how much more calm I feel before bed and when I wake up if the house is semi-picked up. 

Bath: Now that Cora is old enough to hold her own in the water, I am more free to go about my bedtime routine (wash face, brush teeth, lay out my gym clothes, etc.) In the winter I let them stay in there for at least 30 minutes and they love it. 

Story Time: Cora has a new love for The Pout Pout Fish which brings back so many memories of Ina loving it. I need to master my voices again. 

Lights out at 8:15. This allows for plenty of sleep before my 4:35 alarm. 

I am so looking forward to the sun being out longer. I forget every year how much energy I get from simple daylight. 

Wednesday’s Workout (at Fitness Tiger KC):

  • 4 minute AMRAP x 4
    • First two: add two reps each round
      • 4 single arm chest press (25#/30#)
      • 4 kb swings (40#)
    • Last two (2 35# KB) add two reps each round
      • 8 split squats each leg (ouch, ouch, ouch)
      • 8 single arm rows
  • Team AMRAP; single person descending hang
    • 2 push ups
    • 20 twist mountain climbers
    • 3 dive bombers
    • 30 flutter kicks
    • 4 body weight turkish get ups
    • 40 jumpking jacks

I had to leave 10 minutes early again, so I felt a little guilty missing out on the last few minutes of the AMRAP, but even the 10 minutes I did complete had me out of breath. And those split squats…I am going to feel that for a week. Ha!

I hope you have a wonderful day! <3

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What I Ate Wednesday

Good morning! 

I thought I would go back to old school blogging and list everything I ate yesterday. But first, the day started out with an awesome workout at Fitness Tiger KC. 

  • 20/15/10/5
    • push press (30# KB)
    • jumping lunges
    • hallow rocks
    • double bicep curls (25# DB)
  • Tony Buy Your Wife a Battery (This is why I am thankful Dan doesn’t go to my gym. Ha!) 20 sec work/15 sec rest x 3
    • 25# low sled push
    • slosh pipe hold with squat
    • assault bike
    • ab wheel
    • sand bag fire man carry
    • sand bag bent over row
    • ring hold (I didn’t fall!)
    • box jump

I love the circuit workouts and I particularly love the 20 seconds of work. You really do feel like you can give it your all for 20 seconds. 

Back to food: 

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  • Breakfast: coconut banana pecan steel cut oats (leftover from the weekend)
  • Lunch: leftovers from the night before’s easy dinner of pepper pork with cabbage and brown rice
  • Snack: cucumber
  • Snack #2: fruit with Cora (plus a few handfuls of tortilla chips)
  • Dinner: chicken thighs with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts (all thrown in the pressure cooker) + sautéed greens
  • Drinks: lots of water, two cups of coffee with Nutpods creamer, and one can of grapefruit soda water. 

Thoughts: this was a weird day in that I didn’t have any eggs! I usually eat at least two per day and because of this my protein may have been a little low. Also, looking back, I think I should have added a few more greens in the first portion of my day. Always room for improvement. 

Yesterday Dan and I had marriage counseling and then I had an evening teleconference with a client in Australia, so bedtime came up awfully quick. We tried to include Cora is last night’s Harry Potter chapter, but she kept on sitting on my head, which isn’t conducive to reading. Ha!

Today is supposed to be a high of 60, so we might be able to go to the park before it gets dark! 

Have a good one! <3

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Easiest Meal Ever

Good morning! 

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(They have developed a love for singing/screaming in the bath. I try to stay a safe distance away.)

You guys, I have to tell you about the easiest meal I just made that the whole family loved. I didn’t take a picture because I am the worst blogger ever, but it isn’t that pretty to look at anyways. My aunt made it over Christmas, so I wanted to try it again.

Yesterday morning I put a few small slits in a pork roast and stuffed it with minced garlic. Then I put it in the slow cooker and covered it with a jar of sliced pepperoncini peppers (juice included) and set on low for ~10 hours. 

Thirty minutes before it was time to eat I shredded the pork and let it sit with the juice, then sautéed a head of cabbage and made some brown rice.

Bam. I was in the kitchen maybe 10 minutes total and created a meal that everyone ate. Cora was bite for bite with me and even had seconds, Ina cleaned her plate, which is a rarity these days, and Dan said he was looking forward to leftovers for lunch. Ha! Let me know if you give it a try. 

Other things that have been going on:

- Dan has been trying to teach me to play chess. I am not doing well so far, but I am blaming that on the small children distracting me.

- We finished the first Harry Potter book last night and Ina (and Dan) immediately asked to start the second one. This makes my heart so happy.

-Our little sugar/gluten fast (and dairy for me too!) is still going strong. 

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Having a smoothie (banana, almond butter, almond milk, spinach/kale/chard blend) on my way home really helps to tame my early evening snacky tendencies. 

- When it gets dark so early and is so cold outside, our routine is dinner, bath, bed. There isn’t much else to report. Ha! 

Sunday was a rest day, even though my gym is doing stretching and mobility on Sundays, which I want to try! 

Monday’s Workout (by Fitness Tiger KC):

  • Warm-up: 15# DB
    • 10 halos
    • 10 cossack squat, each side
  • Chipper (30# KB); every 1:15 stop to do pull ups/10 sit ups
    • 10 snatches
    • 20 push ups
    • 30 goblet squats
    • 40 cleans
    • 50 swings
    • 40 lunges with rotation
    • 30 diamond push ups
    • 20 goblet squats
    • 10 snatches
  • Tabata: 3 rounds
    • Snatches (25# KB)
    • Squats
    • Jumping Jacks

I really want to do a pull up and I am really, really, far away from actually being able to do a pull up. It is like my muscles just don’t listen to me. Ha! I had to leave early for Dan to leave the house and finished the jumping jacks tabata at home. Proof below: 

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Have a good day! <3

Sunday, January 8, 2017

This Week's Plan


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Cora and I are writing from the couch…because she has been awake since 4 am…because…I have no idea. Her diaper is clean and she doesn’t appear sick. She is just, well, awake. So after 2 hours of trying to go back to sleep, we decided to give up and sit in front of the computer. 

All typos are her fault. 

I hope you have had a great weekend! Our’s has been very low key. Granny came to visit on Friday, which has been such a treat, Dan picked up Chpotle for dinner and we vegged. 

I worked on Saturday morning and then we loaded up the car to visit Target and Costco. Costco on a Saturday with two children is not for the faint of heart.

By the time we arrived home we were so worn out the only thing we could do was unload our treasures and watch a movie (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original). Ina and Cora both loved it. 

Today we have church and then one last family Christmas get together. Here is our meal plan for the week:

  • Sunday: Dan’s in charge
  • Monday: slow cooker pork roast with pepperoncini  peppers, cabbage, and roasted potatoes
  • Tuesday: avocado salmon, rice, salad
  • Wednesday: picadillo with brown rice and roasted vegetables
  • Thursday: pressure cooker experiment: artichoke chicken
  • Friday: leftovers/out to eat
  • Saturday: piri piri chicken 
  • snacks: hb eggs, raw veggies with tahini sauce, homemade larabars 
  • lunches: wholesome lentil protein bowls

Friday’s Workout (by Fitness Tiger KC):

  • The Darkening: 30 seconds each x 2
    • jump rope
    • flutter kicks
    • jumping jacks
    • mountain climbers
  • The Storm Fitness Test: one minute each x 2
    • push ups
    • squats
    • frog sit ups
    • pull up bar hang (or pull ups)
  • The Wreckage Recoverability Test: 3 rounds for time
    • 50 high knees
    • 50 butt kicks
    • 10 kettle bell swings (40/45)
    • 10 burpees
    • 10 kettle bell swings
    • 10 burpees
    • 10 kettle bell swings
    • 50 high knees
    • 50 butt kicks

Take aways: I have lots of room for improvement with push ups and pull ups/hang. I recover OK, but I was cashed out with those burpees. At the end I didn’t know if I was going to puke or cry because it was over. 

I am resting over the weekend and getting ready for a good workout week.

Have a great day! <3

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