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Meal Plan + Fitness for the Week (09/09/13)

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Friends, I’m about to seriously change my (currently barely existent) exercise routine. I’ve gained a few too many lbs. over the past few months and it’s time to stop blaming it on the move to a different country, paperwork to do, etc. It’s time to make it a priority again.

Yeah, my legs don’t look nearly as slim as they did a year ago. Ironically, I was in a much better shape the first 12 months after giving birth to our son. I was not as toned as pre-pregnancy, but my weight was at it’s lowest, since I was a teenager.

Living car-less in Vancouver, we had to walk everywhere, so I naturally was a lot more active than I am here in Southern California. You might think: “But what about surfing/going running on the beach/hiking?” Umm, I have a two year old to take with me. ;)

Plus, walking in a million degrees feels like death to me and I have sweat running down my face from a short 20 minute walk in the blazing sun.

But then I remembered the pool!

My gym has a huge lap pool. With the little guy being taken care of in the child care area, this was the perfect workout for me this morning and I cannot believe I “forgot” about the awesomeness of swimming. Assuming the pool is 25m, I swam 1 km (40 laps) in about 30 minutes. My arms are a sore mess this afternoon, but I’m definitely adding this back into my life!

I’m hoping to get rid of about 15 lbs over the next few motnhs, and here’s my tentative workout schedule for this current week:

This might not seem like a crazy workout schedule for you, but let me tell you, I’ve been lazy those past few months, and it WILL make a huge difference in my calories-burned account.

On to the food. Meal planning is one of my favorite ways to make sure we’re not a) going over-budget and b) keep eats clean(ish) and healthy.

Some dinners for the week: 

  • Monday: Baked Butternut Squash Pasta – we had a butternut kicking around in our kitchen for the longest time, and I decided it would make the perfect base for today’s Meatless Monday!
  • Tuesday: Chili + baked sweet potatoes
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Swedish Pea Soup and Pancake night
  • Friday: Braised Chicken Taco Salad

Do you have any fun workouts planned for the week? What about your meal planning – do you plan ahead or go with the flow?

Exploring our New Home: Farmers Market + Vino

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And by home, I mean the city we currently call our home.

I cannot believe, we’ve been in San Diego for almost 5 months already.

What can I say, I’m still not convinced. I’m just not sure if the whole California she-bang is right for me. I loved living in Vancouver and exploring the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. I didn’t mind the cooler temps in the winter or even the rain.

Regardless, we’re in Southern California right now for the foreseeable future, so I might as well try and get used to it, right? ;)

Last weekend’s exploring led us to the Rancho Bernardo WineryRancho Bernardo is a suburban part of the city of San Diego.

It’s funny, because our zip code is a San Diego one, but we’re pretty far north of the actual urban core (more than 20 mi./30 km) The distances are pretty big and the city is spread out on a huge area, especially compared to Vancouver, which is beautifully wedged in between the Pacific Ocean (or the Georgia Straight?) to the West, mountains to the North and East, and the US border to the South.

Anyway, our little guy and I decided to check out the farmer’s market at the winery last week. The weather was scorching hot, like it’s been all summer so far, and the farm stands were set up in a dusty parking lot at the winery entrance.

I was happy to see the Hummus guy, who sells a really delicious, thick and fluffy pita – similar to what I’ve had in Greece many years ago. There were also crafts vendors, a little coffee shop, and even a hair salon on site.

It looked like a nice little heritage village museum, with historic buildings and all sorts of wine-making equipment on display.

Little man loved running around and exploring the grounds. “Look, a wagon!”

I ended up with a little bit of farm fresh fruit and veggies, but the market was not comparable to Vancouver’s Trout Lake Farmers Market, to be honest.

Baby summer squash were a gift from the vendor to our son to try, and the little guy also picked out two yellow roma tomatoes, while I grabbed a bunch of cilantro (I’m obsessed lately!)

Also – mix and match stone fruit: :

We picked 3 delicious yellow peaches, 1 nectarine and a saturn peach. It’s peach season!

All in all, if you’re in San Diego and looking for a nice place for your Friday morning stroll, come well before noon and check out the winery and farmers market. There is a wine tasting room and a restaurant on site, which I’m hoping to try out eventually.

I wouldn’t mind some vino now, would you? :)

What are your plans for the weekend?

Are you going to the farmers market regularly? We are, but we’re now actually on the wait list to join a CSA, which I can’t wait to try out!

Have a great weekend!

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Weekend Reads

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Hey friends, how are you?

We have a busy weekend ahead of us (we’re still unpacking boxes), so you might not hear from me for a little while. However, I still wanted to round up some interesting reads, I have found on my favorite blogs and websites in the past few days:

Food:

Family/Health/Lifestyle/Parenting:

Blogging:

Well, we’re out the door! Enjoy your weekend!

Did you find an inspiring article or blog post lately? Please share!

 

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