Healthy in 2019: Week Three
Happy Sunday, friends! How did the week treat you? Did it snow where you are? Are you staying healthy?
If you follow me on Instagram, you know we were out of school for illness on Friday—that’s right, so many kids were out sick that they canceled school to sanitize the buildings. That sent me into a bit of a tailspin and I cleaned my house top to bottom for 5 hours on Friday, including scrubbing the grout between the tiles in my shower. Maybe I’m a bit of a germaphobe?
Anyway, on to week three of a healthy 2019. I will be honest, I didn’t meet my exercise goals this week. In fact, my amount of exercise was so pitiful that I’m just going to sum it up here rather than break down each individual day.
I walked George every single day, rain, freeze, or shine, so I am proud of that. I also completed two of Fitness Carli’s workouts: the upper body workout and the lower body workout. I am still loving her workouts—they are perfect if you’re wanting to avoid joining a gym, and her lower body days are killerrrrrrrrr (but in a good way).
I didn’t get to her core workout this week, but I’m going to do that one today. I also didn’t run at all. The weather simply hasn’t been safe this week. The sidewalks have been icy on my walks with George, and I’m just too nervous about injuring myself on a run. So, I’m reallllllllly hoping I can squeeze in at least one run this week. We are supposed to have another week of freezing temps and snow, so we will see. I’m not going to beat myself up too much if it doesn’t happen—I will at the very least keep doing my Fitness Carli workouts and walk George.
Food Highlights of the Week
I am, however, proud of my eating this week. I continued with my healthy meals, aside from one fun meal out with friends on Friday, and I honestly think eating healthy along with consistent exercise has help me to not get sick amongst all the illness at school.
I made my favorite soup that I made up a few years ago. It’s full of vitamins, flavor, and it’s so filling. Micah jokes it’s more of a stew than a soup.
Dinner: Cilantro Lime Chicken Soup
2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
1 32 oz. chicken stock
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 can petite diced tomatoes with chilies
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can corn drained
2 tbsp hot sauce (I like Cholula)
1 bunch cilantro chopped
2 tsp garlic salt
salt and black pepper to taste
Cook and shred the chicken. Add the chicken stock, cans of tomatoes with juice, beans, and corn to a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Squeeze in the juice of three limes and add in the hot sauce, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Stir. Add in the chicken, stir, and reduce to a low boil for 15-20 minutes. Add in chopped cilantro and allow the soup to simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
Serve with sliced avocado and multigrain tortilla chips.
Breakfast: Kodiak Cakes with Honey Blueberry Syrup
This is a breakfast I like to treat myself to on the weekends. It’s easy, healthy, filling, and I always have the ingredients on hand. I have seen Kodiak Cake mix at Kroger and Walmart.
For the pancakes:
Heat 2 tsp coconut oil on a hot skillet. Mix together 1/2 cup Kodiak Cake mix with 1/2 cup low-fat milk. Pour small disks of the pancake batter onto the skillet. Once the batter begins to bubble, flip and cook for another two minutes or so. Slide pancakes onto a plate.
For the syrup:
Heat 3/4 cup frozen blueberries in the microwave for two minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp honey and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and pour over the pancakes.
I was very hungry when I made these and realized one bite in that I forgot to take a picture—ha!
My friends, just do your best. This week is the perfect example of my imperfection in this process, but I’m trying every day and not allowing imperfection to make me give up completely.
Stay well and have a beautiful week!