Hi guys! I’m so so grateful that I have Mondays off. Our weekend was so jam-packed, it was nice to play catch up today-a day full of running errands, working out and cleaning. This morning, I met up with a friend for a gym date. I got there a little early and did 30 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical. She met me afterward and we did a killer lower body workout. It’s so much better doing resistance training workouts with friends!
After my workout, I ran to the dentist for a teeth cleaning and he explained to me why I’ve been recently grinding my teeth It has nothing to do with stress, believe it or not, but with the way my back top/bottom molars are hitting each other. Not a huge deal. It’s something that can be fixed if I want to. After he explained the process I decided to wait it out and see what happens.
Because we hosted Thanksgiving at our house, we had a TON of leftovers. Next year, I am getting to-go containers and making people take stuff home. Larry, Madelyn and I lived on sweet potatoes and stuffing this weekend…healthy I know 🙂 After a few days of eating leftovers, we decided to freeze some (stuffing) and toss the rest. The one thing that I refused to let go to waste was our turkey. This year, I bought a farm-fresh turkey from Outpost and that turkey’s not cheap! So tonight, I made vegetable turkey soup. It was so good and just what we needed on this cold night 🙂
- 1 Tbsp Butter (I used Earth’s Balance)
- 1/2 white onion diced
- 3 stalks of celery chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1 sweet potato peeled and diced
- 3/4 cup corn
- 3 cups shredded turkey
- 6 cups chicken broth
- Penzey’s Poultry Seasoning (to taste)
- Sprig or 2 or fresh rosemary
Melt the butter in a stock pot and sauté onions and celery until the onions are clear. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about a 1/2 hour or until the sweet potatoes are soft. As far as the seasoning goes, I made sure to add some pieces of turkey that still had a little bit of the skin on it for added flavor.
So last night Larry and I started a 30 day abs challenge. I’ve never participated in any of these challenges before, but since I’ve gained a solid 5 pounds post Chicago Marathon, I figured, I better step up my game. The challenge is 20 crunches, 20 bicycle crunches, 20 leg raises, 20 scissor kicks, 20 hip lifts and PLANK for as long as you can. So far we are two for two and my core is feeling tighter already 🙂 I’ll let you know how it went at the end of the month. We measured our wastes and even took before pics. Serious stuff over here 🙂 I’m determined to lose some weight this month, despite of the holiday cookies that are soon to be surfacing.
Have you ever participated in a monthly fitness challenge? My gym buddy told me today that she’s doing a squat challenge this month!