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MIMM: Staying In.

Good morning and happy Monday! Hope yours has started out marvelously Winking smile

Thanks to the Diva herself for her fabulous weekly linkup!

So, I had a quiet weekend. Lots of relaxing and hanging around with Eric – exactly what I was hoping for! Last weekend was busy and we’re back in London next weekend, so I was all too happy to keep this one quiet and (mostly) confined to our apartment.

Friday night started off with a tasty dinner of homemade “fried” chicken (skinless chicken drumsticks breaded in cornflake crumbs), sweet potato fries, and salad.

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I found myself with a froyo craving and it was pretty nice out, so we took a walk down to Yogurty’s (A few days ago, Amanda was talking about those sorts of cravings where you’d run someone over that got between you and the desired food. Yea, it was one of THOSE cravings).

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In the mix:

  • a combo of cookies and cream, snickers, and birthday cake froyo
  • frosted animal crackers
  • yogurt covered pretzels
  • s’mores topping (!!!!) – definitely a new one, and of course I went a tad nuts with it.
  • caramel truffles

And then we managed to stumble across a random fair. Kind of surprising – I thought fairs were a fall thing?

It made for a nice walk, anyways.
Side note: how awkward is it to be a couple walking past all the carnival games when there isn’t a lot of people around? I’m pretty sure every single one of them tried to play off the “win the lady a prize!” thing. I’m pretty sure I could never do that job. That’s some intense sales pitches right there.

Saturday was shopping…so much shopping. April-June is pretty crazy around here, birthday/holiday wise. In a time period of about 7 weeks, I have 4 birthdays to buy for, plus Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Insane.

I usually don’t cook Saturday nights, so when Eric requested Harvey’s for dinner, I went with it.

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That would be a veggie burger with everything, onion rings and a diet Coke. Yup, I eat fast food sometimes. It’s obviously not something I would eat all the time (or even more than once every couple of months) but once in a while, it’s fine. And Harvey’s actually does a pretty decent veggie burger, whole wheat bun and all. It used to be something I was absolutely terrified of and would not touch, but now I’m fine with it.

It’s interesting how healthy living bloggers are fine with decadent desserts and sweet potato fries once in a while, but fast food seems to be completely demonized. Just something I’ve noticed!

Sunday

Sunday involved so tasty snacking:

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So I was powering through those all afternoon. They are awesome – definitely reminded me of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Right down to the orange powder that gets everywhere afterwards.

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And some homemade applesauce. I swear, I will never buy commercial applesauce again. Just does.not.compare.

And I spent some time doing a bit of blog work behind the scenes. I’ve got some exciting changes and announcements for Better With Sprinkles coming up soon – so keep an eye out Winking smile

And I put that applesauce to good use for dinner – pork chops with applesauce, quinoa, and green beans.

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Yes, that pork chop is massive. And yes, I dominated it. Open-mouthed smile

So the weekend for me was basically: relaxing, reading, eating, shopping, and couple time. Absolutely what I needed – an easy weekend smushed in between two busy ones. Now I’m feeling charged and ready to go for the week ahead. Sometimes, you just really need a simple weekend at home!

Hope your day is fabulous!

<— Do you have a certain couple of months that are just full of celebrations? Everyone in my family is born between April-June, and I’m over in October. Awkward.

<— Fast food: once a week, once in a while, only in emergencies? 

<— What did you do this weekend? Best thing you ate? I’d say the froyo, of course.

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Weekly Eats and Workouts: 4/28.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We’ve been blessed in these parts with some fantastic weather, so I’ve been sure to take advantage.

But of course, popping in with the weekly groceries, the meal plan, and the workouts!

Produce

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  • baby carrots
  • romaine
  • blueberries
  • Gala apples
  • red peppers
  • green beans
  • a red onion that escaped pictures

Proteins/Dairy

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  • shaved roast beef
  • Oikos 2% plain
  • provolone (I needed cheese but was feeling bored of cheddar and mozzarella. I don’t get provolone too often, so I figured it would be a nice change)
  • tuna (woot sale!)
  • butter
  • egg whites
  • pork chops
  • turkey sausage

Grains and Frozen

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  • whole wheat sausage buns
  • whole wheat english muffins
  • frozen meals (boyfriend lunches…I realize that the top one is probably aimed at people half is age, but what can I say…I’m a sucker for cute marketing)
  • brown rice crackers
  • Triscuits

Miscellaneous

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  • Popchips in ranch and nacho cheese (yesssss. I’ve been craving popchips for a while, but holding off until I had an excuse to go to Bulk Barn, because they have the best flavours. I haven’t tried any of their tortilla chip varieties, so I’m excited!)
  • Zevia (hello, 6 for $5 sale)
  • all natural crunchy peanut butter (I am officially on the crunchy peanut butter bandwagon. so good).
  • Digestive enzymes (I’m going to post an update on my digestive issues soon, but I will tell you this: those things have been miraculous)
  • hummus
  • icing sugar (I’ve got some baking to do in the coming week!)

Meal_Plan

  • Saturday: takeout
  • Sunday: pork chops with homemade applesauce, quinoa and green beans
  • Monday: tuna melts, veggies
  • Tuesday: Jessica’s chicken cheesesteaks
  • Wednesday: pizza
  • Thursday: turkey sausages on a bun, salad
  • Friday: chicken breasts, baked fries and salad

The Workouts

And as for what happened with last week’s workouts:

  • Sunday: off
  • Monday: gym for a chest and triceps workouts
  • Tuesday: legs workout
  • Wednesday: shoulders and core
  • Thursday: off
  • Friday: back and biceps + a couple of walks throughout the day
  • Saturday: shopping (absolutely counts as a workout – I was gone and on my feet for about 4 1/2 hours. I actually want to wear a pedometer at some point and see how many miles I get in on a shopping day like that)

Have a great day!

<— Are you drawn in by pretty marketing schemes? The package is shiny?! I’m sold.

<— Best hummus flavour? I was feeling spicy this week, but my two favourites would have to be caramelized onion and sweet potato.


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Weekly Eats and Workouts: 4/21.

Good morning! I hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend so far. Mine has been busy, so minus a couple of errands today is going to be all about relaxing for me. But of course, I popped in today to share the groceries, the meal plan for the coming week, and the workouts that I did last week.

First up, eats for the week:

Produce

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  • asparagus
  • a bag of discounted bananas (I’m hoping on weather warm enough to give me smoothie cravings. But considering that it was 3 degrees and snowing yesterday…maybe not)
  • blueberries
  • “sassy baby blend” – how can you not buy it, with a name like that? The blend includes baby greens, spinach, arugula, mizuna, and radicchio
  • baby carrots

Proteins/Dairy

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  • sour cream
  • cream cheese
  • 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • ground chicken
  • ground turkey
  • salmon
  • eggs
  • chicken drumsticks

Frozen

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  • frozen meals & chicken strips (boy lunches)
  • frozen pizza – always good to keep one of those in the fridge for “I don’t want to cook” sort of nights.

Miscellaneous

Apparently, my camera ate this picture (or…I forgot to take it) but it included:

  • toothpaste
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • taco kit (can you tell I’m planning tacos this week?)
  • english muffins
  • olive oil spray
  • plum sauce
  • almond milk
  • pineapple curry salad dressing (I know, I bought prepared salad dressing. But doesn’t that flavour sound amazing)?
  • marinara sauce

Meal_Plan

(yes, I absolutely spent some time playing around with PicMonkey)

  • Saturday: out
  • Sunday: ground chicken tacos
  • Monday: salmon, quinoa and bacon-wrapped asparagus
  • Tuesday: turkey burgers and salad
  • Wednesday: french toast (mmm…breakfast for dinner)
  • Thursday: homemade gnocchi with marinara sauce
  • Friday: ‘fried’ chicken drumsticks and veggies

Last Week’s Workouts:

  • Sunday: gym for an upper body workout
  • Monday: 3.4 mile run. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for it. And I got a little further, going a little bit faster than I did the week before. Yay!
  • Tuesday: lower body workout
  • Wednesday: off
  • Thursday: upper body
  • Friday: a ‘built-in’ exercise sort of day. I did all my errand running in the morning, walked back and forth to school twice, and helped set up for Saturday’s conference.
  • Saturday: I had my conference followed by a social, so when I got home I had no desire to do anything except lay on the couch. So…that’s what I did Open-mouthed smile

Talk to you tomorrow!

<— Do you buy prepared salad dressings, or do you make your own? I usually stick with olive oil/vinegar combinations, but that one just sounded awesome.

<— How were your workouts this week?