Fitness Accountability

We have just over 2 months before our anticipated transfer date and I plan on spending these next 60+ days getting back in shape. I am not upset with where I am now physcially but would like to tone up and feel stronger. Life can get in the way and unfortunately I am not always the best at carving out time for myself to get to the gym/fitness class/etc or if I have managed to schedule the time, it’s one of the first things to go when other things start to creep in. Thankfully we are at point where the weather is nicer and it stays light longer so I can fit in some pool workouts early in the morning or after work. To help with accountability, I’ve made a calendar for the next month and will print it out and hang it on the bathroom mirror. Hoping that between planning the workouts will help keep me on track (the same way meal planning does). Here is what it looks like:

Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat 
5/24
1hr cardio
5/25
Thigh circuit 
5/26 
Arm circuit
5/27
Slow Flow 
5/28 
Thigh circuit
5/29
30 min swim 
5/30
1hr cardio
5/31
Yoga Zin
6/1
Thigh circuit
6/2
Off day 
6/3
Slow Flow
6/4
Thigh circuit 
6/5
30 min swim 
6/6
Arm circuit
6/7 
Yoga Zin
6/8
Thigh circuit 
6/9
30 min swim
6/10
Off day
6/11
Thigh circuit
6/12
Arm circuit
6/13
1hr cardio 
6/14
Yoga Zin
6/15
Thigh circuit 
6/16 
Off day
6/17
Slow Flow   
6/18
Thigh circuit
6/19
Arm circuit
6/20
1hr cardio

1 hr Cardio – I will more than likely split this up into a 30 minute run and 30 minute swim but am leaving myself the option. 

Thigh Circuit – Found on Pinterest. The workout is here

Arms Circuit – Another one found on Pinterest. It is from Women’s Health magazine and can be found here

Yoga Zin – This is a restorative yoga class offered by a studio near my house. It really focuses on stretching and relaxation and    while I was unsure if I was going to enjoy it when I first heard about it, I’ve found it to be my favorite class they offer. 

Slow Flow – The same studio I take the Yoga Zin class at offers this class as well. It is a beginner’s yoga class.   

 

What are your favorite workouts? Anyone want to join in on the monthly fitness challenge?

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

We are usually a chicken enchilada household but when I was browsing Pinterest, I found a few recipes using a variety of veggies instead of meats or beans. They sounded good to me but I knew I would need to add some sort of kick for my husband. I’ve made these a couple of times and each time it’s a little different but here is a general idea.

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Ingredients (*I try to use as much organic as I can; I noted below what I used.)
Corn or Wheat tortillas (I used non-GMO corn tortillas this time)
8 oz organic tomato sauce
8 oz organic chicken broth
cumin
Himalayan salt
3 sweet potatoes
2 cloves garlic diced
1/2 large sweet onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
3 handfuls organic spinach
18 oz organic black beans
1 jar salsa (we usually use Cowboy Caviar from Trader Joe’s or Mrs. Renfroe’s Chipotle Corn Salsa)
shredded Mexican cheese
sour cream

*I usually make these as enchiladas but this time I layered the ingredients because the corn tortillas were too small to roll up easily.

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1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake the sweet potatoes for 1 hr. Wait until there is about 20 minutes left on the timer and then start the below.

2) Saute the garlic and onions. Add a dash of cumin to the veggies. Then add in the peppers and add a pinch of salt and another dash of cumin. Finally add in the spinach.

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3) Put the tomato sauce and chicken broth into a saucepan with about 1 teaspoon of cumin. Simmer on low.

4) Add in the black beans and half jar of salsa to the pan with the veggies. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

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5) Take the sweet potatoes and scoop out the insides. You can either dice them into cubes or smash them. Keep the oven on because you will be putting the dish in soon.

5) Place 1 layer of the tortillas into the bottom of the glass dish. Drizzle the sauce onto the tortillas. Layer on the veggie mixture and the sweet potatoes. Top with the sauce and some cheese and then add another layer of the tortillas. One you get to the last layer of tortillas, top with some of the sauce, the remainder of the salsa, and a little more of the cheese.

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6) Bake for 20 minutes on 350. Serve with sour cream.

Enjoy!

What’s for dinner?

Good morning! We are headed to church and then to run some errands (including grocery shopping) before going to the pool this afternoon. I’m trying to do better planning out our dinners each week and for the first time in a few weeks, neither of us has work travel or events in the evening. Here is what the menu looks like this week:

Sunday – Grilled chicken sandiwches with avocado and grilled onions, side salad

Monday – Crockpot whole chicken with roasted vegetables

Tuesday – Chicken pesto flatbread

Wednesday – Gluten-free cinnamon and banana pancakes (I really wanted to do breakfast for dinner one night this week).

Thursday – Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas

Friday -Steak and grilled zucchini, peppers, and onions

Saturday – Smoked chicken, sweet potatoes, and salad

Hope everyone has a great Sunday. What’s on your menu this week?

The Empty Room

When we were looking to purchase a house, we wanted a safe neighborhood, good school zone, to be close to various activities, and 3 bedrooms – one for us, one for a guest room, and one that would be used as an office until it could become a nursery. We found a house we loved (which also had a den for a man-cave) and were excited when we were able to close pretty quickly. Once we moved in, we set-up the main living areas, our bedroom and the guest room. The office really just became the catch-all. We did put our desk in there but other than that it was boxes that we were waiting to unpack, items we wanted to sell in the neirghborhood garage sale, and all the random things we tossed in when people were coming over last minute and we didn’t have time to clean – please tell me we’re not the only people who do this!

It’s been almost 3 years since we bought our house and the ’empty room’ is the reminder that we have not been able to turn it into a nursery and all the heartache that is associated with it. We have justified not doing anything with it because we had other projects we wanted to complete at the house that took priority and I guess we did not think we would be in this position when we moved in. We are now done with all of the projects and it’s now the only thing left to complete.

While we are pursuing treatment and are going to continue to pray that it works, we are also going to start working on turning that room into a usable space. I’m looking for a daybed and unique piece of furniture that I can refinish. The way I see it, we’ll either be stopping the project because of a positive HPT (and what could be better than that!) or I will have a space in the house to pray, read, and reflect that can also be used for extra space when family and friends come visit.

Does anyone else have an ’empty room’? Or had one and converted it to something else?

P.S. I have found out that blogging is a small world and how supportive it really is. Thanks to you know who for your kind words and I look forward to meeting more of you ladies!

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Two weeks, Three holidays

Two weeks – I knew it had been awhile since my last post but I did not realize it had been so long. I had started a post about rugs – thrilling right? 😉 I’ll have to finish that one later.

I’d like to say the delay in posting was because of an intense travel schedule with work and busy weekends – which is true – but it is also because I did not want to think about the approaching Mother’s Day and deciding our next steps. The big “knock on the door” came when our fertility clinic has called about 10 days ahead of the holiday to check-in because we said that we wanted to cycle this summer. I appreciate all they do and the attention they give, but was caught off guard by the fact that if we want a mid to late summer transfer, I’d have to start meds in the coming weeks. I realized I had about a week to figure out if there was a chance at having a hail mary cycle – it was now and I’d find out just a few days before Mother’s Day. Unfortunately it was not meant to be.


Three holidays
– This Mother’s Day marked the 3rd time the holiday has come and gone since we started trying to have a baby. In that time we’ve had 4 treatment cycles and countless regular cycles that did not work.

Each year comes another series of articles on whether women who do not have children are selfish or do not understand unconditional love or some other notion. But so few speak to the quiet struggle of infertility, adoption, being a step-parent, etc and how it can be handled in a public forum. This article really spoke to me – as a woman who lost her mom at 4, it is hard to struggle with infertility because it feels like both ends of the stick are short, for lack of a better phrase. I am thankful for supportive friends and even more thankful for an icredible MIL. She is truly a blessing and I cherish the girl days we have.

imageThe hydrangeas are in honor of my mom. 

So here is to the next 364 days…I pray that you will find peace and joy in the next year through each of your own journey’s.