how i (mostly) paleo meal plan

 

I have a weird love for meal planning and grocery shopping. Every week on Sunday or Monday I sit down and write out a menu for the week and build our grocery shopping list off of that.

I grocery shop once or sometimes twice a week and it really helps me to stay focused. Going to the store without a list means I’ll come home with $40 worth of snacks and maybe a pound of ground beef. Not so good for the budget.

I still try to follow a mostly paleo diet but lately I’ve been experimenting with adding in more carbs in the form of starchy veggies, rice and gluten free bread. Carbs are necessary for building muscle and I’ve realized recently that I was eating too low carb and probably not getting enough calories. This podcast was part of my inspiration/motivation if you’re curious.

So here is our plan for the week. I try to leave one “tbd” wild card day in there because we’ll end up eating out or with family at least one night a week. I also shuffle things around if I don’t feel like cooking a particular meal or forget to take meat out of the freezer (happens all the time!).

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Here are links to the recipes I’m using this week:

Sweet and Sour Chicken love this!

Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry new

Warm Chickpea Salad new and mostly to use up some chickpeas i bought a while back

Kale Caesar soooo good and pretty easy. i leave out the croutons.

 

 

my favorite fitness youtubes

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I’ve been trying my hardest to fit in exercise and it’s tough but so worth it when I can make it happen. My goal is to do something three days a week. Two days a week my daughter has daycare and the first thing I do after dropping her off is get my booty to the gym for some weights or cardio. The rest of the week I am at home trying to bust something out during nap time or after the bedtime routine. When I’m fitting it in at home I love to have some guidance from someone who knows what they’re doing. Below are my favorite YouTube channels. I get bored easily so I like to switch between them to keep it interesting! Any others that I should check out?

BodyFit by Amy – This is probably my favorite. She has lots of quick workouts that are all really easy to follow. I like that she uses kettlebells and weights to up the difficulty.

Fitness Blender – Tons of videos and I love that there are a lot of targeted workouts for arm, abs, core, etc. They’re also options for longer workouts if you’re in the mood for more.

Neghar Fonooni – Love her style and her workouts are usually no joke.

Yoga with Adriene – I haven’t done a ton of her videos yet but I like that there are lots of foundational yoga tutorials as well as a variety of lengths and yoga for almost anything you could need it for…bedtime, morning, anxiety, productivity, etc.

2015 in review

 

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This is definitely one of those better late than never posts. This has been sitting in drafts for quite some time so I thought it was about time to hit publish.

I set a whole bunch of to-dos/resolutions/goals/whatever you wanna call them at the beginning of last year and I was surprised to look back and see that I accomplished most of them! This was a challenging but good year for me. A year for a lot of change and can I say “healing” without sounding too woo-woo? I finally started to feel like me again (not the old me but the NEW mama me, if that makes sense).

I think I’ll set some goals like this again for 2016 because there is definitely some sort of magic to writing them down. First, here is how I did in 2015.

grow a veggie garden – CHECK It was a bit of a fail because I planted it in the shade but there were things growing! – mostly weeds! – but hey, I tried.

lift weights again – HALF CHECK Towards the end of 2015 I finally started lifting some weights again consistently and I’m loving it. I hope to continue that habit into 2016.

decorate our dining area, mud room and guest bedroom – CHECK We finally (after debating for most of the year) decided on a print to buy for our dining room. If that’s all we had accomplished I’d still count this as a win. Decorating is a true test for our marriage.:)

double (at least) sales in my etsy shop – FAIL I decided to close up shop so that I can focus on other things. I wasn’t putting in the effort and wasn’t excited about it so I think it’s ok to let it go.

go on family trips (arizona, eastern washington, etc.) – CHECK We had a lot of fun going on trips this year. I especially loved going to Arizona…ahhh sunshine.

explore my creative interests (calligraphy, graphic design, painting, sewing, screen printing – to name a few) – CHECK I took on a small job that leaned heavily on improving my graphic design skills, whipped up some curtains and did a few mini painting challenges. I loved all of it.

take bailey on mini adventures (zoo, swimming, library, etc.) – CHECK We did all of the above plus more. It’s definitely work to get out and do things but our days are so much better for it.

shop the farmer’s markets this summer – FAIL We just didn’t make it there that often.

celebrate my 30th (YIKES) in style – CHECK I went with a group of friends on a mini brewpub crawl and went to a Sounders game.  Laid back and so much fun.

yoga – CHECK I went to hot yoga at least a couple times a month and did a little yoga here and there at home. I still love it and I want to do even more in 2016.

make a 2015 family yearbook – CHECK I finally finished it this month. Again, better late then never!

get outside (the beach! hiking! for walks!) – CHECK CHECK and CHECK. It is so essential for me and my daughter to get outside every day. It keeps us sane. It’s hard to do in Seattle in the winter but we have gear for every type of weather and I’m determined.

swing a kettle bell every day – FAIL hahaha. Yeah that whole thing lasted about a month and a half. I realized that I wasn’t enjoying it and I was tossing in a few swings here and there without warming up just to check off the box which isn’t safe with a heavy kettle bell so I bailed on this one. I’ll find better ways to fit this in.

buy and wear pajamas that don’t feel frumpy – CHECK I got a few pairs of new pajamas which I think is the first time I’ve ever bought real pajamas. I’ve always worn exercise clothes or old tee shirts so it felt really nice to have something specifically for bed. I’m all about pajamas now.

bryr clogs

I never would have thought of myself as a clog kinda girl but look at these things. Sexy, right? Is it just me? Can a clog be sexy? If there is such a thing as a sexy clog, these are them.

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Not only are they beautiful, they are hand made in SanFrancisco by an ex design director who up and decided to start her own business. Rad.  bryr2

Someday a pair of these will be mine.

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