Summer vacation has officially started today for my girls. I am certainly happy that I don’t need to worry about rushed mornings, homework, packing lunches, and everything else that goes along with the busy school year. Not to mention, I am looking forward to swimming at my parent’s house, lazy days at the cabin, vacations, and all kinds of summer fun. However, I would be lying if I did not admit to being just a touch nervous. Now that I work from home I am trying to figure out a schedule that is going to work for my family while also keeping me productive. I get easily distracted and have not mastered the art of writing 1000 word posts while kids are screaming in my ear. I wish.
I felt like I had a great schedule going back in May but then I got slammed with the flu and now summer vacation is here. Always something, right? Anyway, I can’t complain because I truly could not ask for a better life. I absolutely love working from home so instead of complaining I am going to figure out a solution because, at the end of the day, work needs to get done.
Now I don’t know about you but testing recipes and writing out blog posts is much easier when I have this kind of view.
This is my parent’s country cabin. As soon as the kids got out of school we packed up and hightailed it out of the city to enjoy some country life for a few days. My office will be located here for the next couple days. I get relaxed just looking at this picture.
Okay, lets get to my weigh in.
I really hate to report a weight gain this week. Ugh! Are you just as sick of seeing the same numbers as me? Seriously, I feel so out of whack this last month. I did get in a few good power walks around the neighborhood this past week and some strength training but obviously not enough. Most days I did not eat past 7:00pm and I tracked some of my food but…obviously not enough. I talked a month or so about the importance of consistency in weight loss. I think I need to go back and read that because it is so very true. To lose weight and keep it off I need to consistently keep healthy habits a priority – not when I feel like it or because I am busy. It needs to be a priority every single day. Those are my lessons learned for the week.
Let’s move onto my exercise schedule this week.
Like I said we are at my family’s cabin for a few days so I don’t have access to my treadmill. So when I am here I will take some walks/hikes around the land. I meant to bring my exercise bands with me but you guessed it…I forgot them. But that doesn’t mean all is lost. I can still do some modified pushups, lounges, squats, and crunches. That is going to be the plan. When I get home later in the week I will get back to my regular exercise routine.
Weekly Meal Plan
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Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal – new recipe
- I brought all my smoothie ingredients with me to the cabin and my Vitamix so gold star for me! Yay! Another food prep task I did before I left was wash, cut up, and froze all the romaine, swiss chard, and boo choy I got in my farm share. I know you might be thinking freezing romaine is a little odd but it’s just going into a smoothie frozen so it will be fine. I also cut up some cucumbers and froze those too for smoothies. Again, they are going in my smoothies so they will work out great.
- Baked oatmeal cups will be made tomorrow.
Greek Quinoa Salad with Kale – new recipe
Tuna Pasta Salad (no mayo) – new recipe
- Both of these recipes will be made tomorrow.
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
Grilled Veggie Naan Pizzas
- Meatballs will go into the slow cooker in the morning
- chicken will be marinated tomorrow.
- The rest of the dinners will be made the night we eat.
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