I am officially back from vacation and back on the healthy bandwagon. Dylan and I just spent a long weekend in Charleston for my 33rd birthday, and it was nice because 1) 33 is a pointless age, and 2) the weather was in the high 50s/low 60s in Charleston while it was something like two (2!) degrees at home, with that “feels like -18” nonsense. Noooooo thank you. It was a wonderful romantic getaway and we definitely ate and drank our way through our mini-vacaton, and because of that we were ready to get back home and settle into a routine of healthiness. I thankfully avoided that whole ‘January 1st’ resolution buzz; I am a big fan of jumping on the healthy bandwagon, regardless of what day of the year it is. And I totally understand that January 1 is a logical time to press refresh on goals; I want everyone to succeed, I just want to make sure that my usual elliptical at the gym is still open when I get there is all. But because of my January 9 birthday I tend not to get on any bandwagon on the first of the year because let’s be honest – I’m not eating salmon and baby carrots and pretending that there isn’t a BIG glass of wine (or four) in my near future.
Confession. I love to cook but I work full-time and don’t always have the time to make the meals I want to make. Right now is a particularly busy time at work for me, so anything I can do to save time and still cook a delicious and healthy meal is a big WIN in my book.
Happy Tuesday friends! I hope your week started off well. I had pretty healthy weekend of eating, and had a really fun girls night participating in a gingerbread house building competition with some of my favorite friends. I didn’t get much cooking done this weekend, but I planned accordingly and was ready to tackle a week of healthy eating.
Everyone always goes for the salmon, the tuna, the cod, the mahi, but one commonly overlooked fish that tastes fantastic is tilapia. Light and easy, tilapia is a great fish for those who are a little nervous about seafood, or as those people like to say “I don’t like when it tastes fishy.”
It’s Monday. We should all be out of our food coma’s by now and back in our routine’s. It’s never fun coming back from a 3 or 4-day weekend, but before we know it Christmas will be here and we’ll have more time off. In the meantime, we definitely have a solid 2-3 weeks of eating well and exercising that we can get in. I believe in balance. I worked out every day last week (even on Thanksgiving) so I could enjoy both of my Turkey Day meals I went to. And I even lost weight! (I’m not questioning the Thanksgiving gods on that one). Either way, no matter how your turkey day went, every day is a new day to start over!
Happy post Thanksgiving! I hope your holiday and your Black Friday went well (if you’re into that sort of thing, anyway). I prefer to keep my shopping online if I can, particularly at this time of year. The last two weeks have been crazy – my full-time job has been busy, to say the least, and I’ve hit a pretty good groove with my workouts. As a result I’ve been going to bed around 8:30-9pm each night – so old! But I’m getting back in my routine and made these amazing steak tex-mex bowls the other night that I had to share!
Not surprisingly, I’m a meal planner. I have stack of recipes a foot tall I want to try, and every day that I log into any social media account I easily add between two and five new recipes that I can’t wait to try. But even worse than my recipe wishlist, which I fully accept will never be gone, is my pantry of unused items. Ingredients that I just had to have and quickly forgot I own. After going on a kitchen cleaning binge about a month ago and throwing out expired ingredients that I completely forgot about, I made a pledge that I was going to start chipping away at those left-out ingredients and start using them. So as I have been meal planning I have been looking for ways to incorporate recipes I want to try with ingredients I need to use.