Monday, December 15, 2014

Doctor Freeze

Yesterday was on point for me and I feel like I am totally back on track.  I really do think the shopping frustration last week and my TOM hormones just made me lose my mind for the week.  Freaking hormones man, I looked in the mirror this morning and my stomach was so flat (well, flat for me) and my face looked slim again.  My mind feels calm and focused again, and I don't feel crazy.  Well at least until next month at the same time.  ;)

Speaking of next month,  I started putting together my fitness goals for January.  I like the idea of doing stuff for 30 days and going on to the next thing and continuing to mix things up.  I wanted to go ahead and put some thought into what I wanted to do and accomplish.  I think I picked some good things, a squat challenge, a plank with a leg lift challenge and dumbbell challenge.  I'm also going to start adding running to the mix because I realized that I have the Shamrock Half in March!  It's like oh yeah, guess I should train for that.  I didn't use an official training plan, I just put together some mileage that sounds right to me.  I'm pretty excited about everything I put together, I really like the results I'm getting from adding even a tiny bit of strength training to my routine, so I really want to do more.  I also like that I've figured out tons of options to where 1) I will never have to enter a gym again and 2) won't have an excuse in the summer since I now have routines that can be done indoors!

I also spent some time yesterday researching ideas for freezer meals.  One of my goals for the rest of this month and next is to really put some effort into making a lot of frozen meals and stashing them in our drop freezer.  I did a little bit of that when I was on my sabbatical at the beginning of the year and it really did make life easier, or at least it did until I ran out of meals lol.  I will admit that Pinterest has been pretty helpful in getting ideas for freezer meals, in fact I found a great site that has ideas for crockpot recipes where you assemble all of the ingredients in bags, freeze them, and then just dump them in the crockpot whenever you intend to cook it!  I spent all day today putting together the meals and stashing them in the freezer.  I did take a break to eat lunch and watch Bold and the Beautiful educational programming, but other than that I was a busy bee!  All the ladies on these sites were bragging that it took them only 2 hours to assemble the meals, but it took me closer to 4 hours.  Admittedly I started out with a messy kitchen and didn't organize myself before I started, which is what took me so long to put all the bags together.  I also did a variety of recipes, but I'm sure if I'd focused on 1 or 2 recipes it would have been faster.  Next time I'm going to do the shopping and vegetable prep one day and then assembly the next day.

Stack o' Meals
Used a pitcher to put the bags in when filling so they didn't tip over.
I am super proud of how many meals I was able to make though, I ended up making 13 bags of a variety of meals!  Definitely made me feel like I'd accomplished something today.  Each bag is 4-6 servings, so that is a crapload of dinners!  And all I'll have to do is pick a bag and dump it in my slow cooker, which sounds really lovely to me.  I was pleasantly surprised when I was entering the recipes in My Fitness Pal yesterday, all of the meals ranged from 250-430ish calories a serving.  That's really pretty good.  Most of them have a lot of vegetables and grains in them, so they're pretty healthy.  This is the site I used (link here) if you are interested.  I know a lot of us are busy folks, but if you have a couple of hours to invest this is definitely worth it. I'm going to make some more meals tomorrow, so I'll have to keep you posted on what else I make!

Due to the meal factory I had going, I wasn't able to squeeze in Richard today (that sounded awful).  I did 7,300 steps so far just from being in the kitchen all day!  I'm taking a little bit of a breather and then am going to do my challenge stuff and my Stomach Formula.  And then I may collapse into a coma, because I am SO tired lol.

Today's Activities:

90 second plank
150 second wall sit (these are starting to majorly suck)
Stomach Formula Day 1

Today's Menu:

Breakfast:  Berry and cranberry protein smoothie
Lunch:  Pimento cheese, Dr. Kracker flatbread, pear
Dinner:  Cabbage casserole (Runs For Cookies recipe) and Rice
Snack:  Popcorn with nutritional yeast

Musical Advent Day 15 - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" by Barenaked Ladies

So I really love Barenaked Ladies, and I love both of those Christmas songs, so having them meshed together in a trio of amazingness is really more than anyone could ask for.  What I do not love is that Sarah McLachlan is in the track, not because I think she has a bad voice, but because she will forever be the lady who brought us the 45 minute really sad "Arms of the Angel" ASPCA commercial.  I mean seriously, I have pulled muscles diving for the remote to change the channel  whenever that thing comes on it because makes me so upset.  I love animals more than people 97% of the time, and I'm all for helping homeless and abused animals but good lord.  Anyway, this is a really great track and at least there are no sad, shivering animals on the video, so enjoy.


  1. Oh girl. I LOVE BNL. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Best concert ever (Oct. of 2013 and I did a mention about the concert on my blog back then too.
    I'm seriously impressed with your meal prep! Going to check those recipes out because it just can't get any easier than that! Kudos!
    Oh you should totally join our little fb motivation group. We have monthly challenges that we pick too. Plus we are super duper awesome and motivational and stuff.

    1. Sweet, yes send me the FB link! I sent you an FB message, but FB told me it was going to put it in your "other" folder and that if I wanted it to go to your inbox that I'd have to pay $1. Um, cannot reveal the bad words I said to FB....

  2. Here's the linky poo to my concert review.

    1. Love this! So jealous, I have never seen them in concert.