Hi party people – how was the weekend? For me – too short, as always. We were super busy, and as a whole I was kinda low energy. I’m thinking it’s because I drank *a lot* less water last week than is typical for me. On a “normal” day (what does that even mean for me anymore? haha) I drink probably 10-12 servings of water without even thinking about it. If there’s a bottle or glass of water in front of me, I usually chug it down and refill it in no time. The new location I’m traveling to for work is known for bad drinking water and related health issues (according to people from within the client that have traveled there for work in the past). I was kind of sketched out by that and as a result, drank almost *no* water the entire time I was in the hotel. By this weekend, I was dragging and could tell I was generally parched. It made Turbo super hard but I still did *almost* all my workouts this week (check out the workout tracker).
Not only was I kinda doggin’ it all weekend, but fall weather has officially arrived in Minneapolis. Usually, I cling to summer until the fall equinox (which happens to fall right around my birthday each year – which is coming up on Thursday this year ) but I’m making the call – it’s fall in the Midwest. Today was actually kind of icky:
To cheer up the apartment, this happened – truly marking fall as official:
Thanks for the yummy candle, Grandma
I have also decided to bid farewell to a favorite breakfast for this season – adios breakfast cookie dough cereal. Don’t worry oats – we’ll meet again soon. It’s time for warm oatmeal (The Keurig was hanging out this weekend because we are *totally out* of coffee. We usually make coffee in a regular coffee maker since we each have at least 2 cups, but we are out of regular coffee… and are now completely out of K-cups except for Eggnog flavored! Lack of coffee = an urgent matter in this house, haha.)
Yummy food I ate this weekend:
Spicy black bean veggie burger with garden vegetable hummus and provolone. Mmmmm.
A new recipe – spinach, mushroom and feta stuffed chicken breast. I made this yesterday after we got home from watching the Badgers kick butt over a few cocktails with friends downtown. Go Bucky The meal was actually pretty easy, and it was a hit! I sautéed spinach, mushrooms, onions and a serious spoonful of minced garlic in extra virgin olive oil:
Mixed the veggies with a generous hunk of crumbled feta:
Wrapped two tenderized chicken breasts around the mixture using toothpick and baked for 45 minutes at 400*, with red potato wedges flavored with Trader Joe’s 21 Spice Salute cooking at the same time:
We also cooked up some pan-crusted garlic broccoli. Delish.
Tonight, I cooked up some lasagna sized-for-one for B, with ground beef and lots of veggies. Since I’ll be gone all week, I made his meat-friendly and munched on whole wheat noodles with a veggie bonanza and sauce left over from layering the lasagna:
I foresee a “If I Can Cook, You Can” soon with all the details on my mini lasagna
And now… we are lazing on the couch with full bellies, prepping for another whirlwind work week starting tomorrow. My flight is at 7AM – I’m off to finish packing up my carry-on and get some snackage ready for a long travel day. I keep forgetting it’s my birthday week – maybe I should pack a birthday crown for Thursday? Have a great Monday!
A productive way to spend 20 or 30 minutes this week – as you guys know, I’ve been working my way through the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I recently finished the chapter on “Begin with the End in Mind”, which suggests you examine the roles you take on in your life, the values that you seek to live your life by, and use these concepts to develop short-term and long-term goals for yourself. I did some personal goal-setting this weekend using this tool on the Franklin Covey website: Personal Mission Statement Builder. It walks you through expressing your core values as a “mission statement” that you can refer back to and keep in the back of your mind as you make decisions and set goals throughout life. Try it out – it’s a better way to spend 30 minutes than watching that episode of the Kardashians… again. Well.. that’s a close call, but take my word for it