I Have Been Waiting For This All Week and I Finally Made Some Family Dinners

 

Good morning! Happy Sunday. This is what I’ve been waiting for all darn week.

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No, not the unflattering picture, but a rest day. A chance to stay in bed a little longer, snuggle with these cute guys, stay in pajamas for however long we want, make some gluten free STUFT green banana bread, organize the house a bit and attempt to build a puppet theater. Yep. Big plans for our rest day.

Smile

 

The runs lately.

Let’s see. Got out for 5 easy miles Friday

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and followed those with five treadmill miles to test out the shoes.

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Yesterday I hopped back on the treadmill for an easy thirteen after boot camp. I wasn’t too motivated to get on there, but knew I wanted a complete rest day today so I powered through with a little help from a cute movie

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and setting my goal with iFit before I started.

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I don’t always do that, but sometimes I have to so I’m not tempted to jump ship halfway through. Ha. It’s always nice to beat a goal and go a little faster than you set out for.

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I should probably do that more often. I should also stop taking sweaty mug pictures when I’m done.

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Maybe I’ll start doing these pictures instead that show off my mad matching skills.

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Actually, I should probably just stop the whole treadmill pictures altogether and stop rambling. I think we’d all appreciate that. Ha. Chances are slim though.

 

Moving on to more important things.

Like planning.

I always say I’m going to sit down and plan everything and write everything down. I’m making progress, but darn it I have a lot of improving to do.

I finally took some time yesterday to write out a training for the next few months, cut out coupons, look through some cookbooks and plan meals.

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You know what else I did? I made dinner two nights in a row for the family. I’ve been skimping lately on that and this week we’re taking it back.

Friday night I did a little experiment and baked some polenta I had gotten from my first Frieda’s produce box.

I always want to play with polenta, but never know exactly what to do with it. I seasoned it with some southwest seasoning and baked it at 375 convection until it got a little brown.

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Then I turned it into some healthy chicken nachos for us.

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In full discloser, STUFT Daddy did not have the polenta with me, he opted for corn chips instead, but I’m pretty sure he was jealous. Ha.

Oh and yes, just a few jalapeños and nutritional yeast were a necessity when going the dairy free route.

 

Last night I went all out and made one of Mom’s family favorite pasta dishes.

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I made two different versions, this one with cheese and whole wheat noodles and then a paleo version without the cheese and with spaghetti squash instead of noodles.

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Mmm hmm…

I also roasted up a rainbow of veggies.

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Roasted cauliflower purple style from that gem we got yesterday from Frieda’s? Yeah, fabulous.

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Smile

I’ll get the recipes to you later today because they really are that good. For now though I better get a move on. We’ve got to go check for chicken eggs, get working on some banana bread and we should probably get out of our pajamas. Oh wait, we’re not doing that today. He he.

 

Enjoy your Sunday friends!

What’s your favorite cookbook for meal planning?

Have you ever used polenta?

Do you use notebooks for anything like planning workouts or meals or writing journals?

Anyone else staying in pajamas a little longer today?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Carson says:

    I am a notebook hoarder. I use them to write down quotes, prayers, notes, blessings, and genuine thoughts.

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    Kathy says:

    Love journals, love tablets and writing down motivational stuff, favorite Bible verses, and
    My plan” but…….its the carry through that’s hard. ;-) I am a instant gratification kind of girl and man some things just take time.

    Writing down favorite quote=instant feel good power. YES!

    Losing that weight (again)=time, patience and SELF CONTROL. BOO!

    Oh well…

  3. 3
    Lindsey Vaughan says:

    Question for you- where do you find the time to run so many miles with two young kids?
    I have an 11 month old and get up at 5am to get.my run/workout in because once he’s awake, no time.
    Teach me your ways lol

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      STUFT Mama says:

      It’s gotten easier as they’ve gotten older. When they were that young I didn’t find as much time. I used the gym play care to fit in whatever kind of workouts I could and I ran with the stroller A LOT! But yes, it’s still about what I can fit in before they get up. Mornings are tough. Hang in there!!!!!

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    I am actually on a hunt for finding good meal planning cook books! I am looking forward to reading some of the recommendations on here!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE notebooks – anything I can write down is better in my opinion! I love tracking things, making lists, some people might say I am a little OCD. :) I don’t think that is a bad thing.

  5. 5

    I love that first pic & that you plan to take the whole day off – so deserved!!!!! AND cracks me up every time you say an easy 13 miles or whatever it is – mine are all hard whether fast or slow! ;)

    Keep the sweaty pics – keeps it real & you look great in every pic!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

    OH, no cookbooks here, no journal or anything for life – I suppose I should but I don’t…

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    Laura says:

    The only journal I have going on right now is my gardening journal- I am so looking forward to spring and getting my veggies growing again :-) I don’t regularly keep any other kind of journal (besides my teaching one of lessons that work/don’t work) I keep my runs/miles logged on mapmyrun, but sometimes think it would be nice to have a written one- with how the run went, etc. I kept a daily journal throughout my teenage years, and I love going back and reading them. Oh to be young again…..

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    Kait says:

    YUM nachos are always my weak spot – thanks for offering a healthified version :) Happy Sunday!

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    Kim says:

    I would be sad if you quit sharing the sweaty treadmill pictures!!!
    I have too many favorite cookbooks to pick just one.

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    Carol says:

    Your nachos look similar to some that I made last night:) I used a sweet potato though.
    Love staying in my pjs way longer than I am “supposed to”. That was me Wednesday when we had a snow day!
    I use the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook also when planning meals for the week. Lots of good recipes in that one:)

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