Thank you for all of the love on yesterday’s post! I’ve had some requests to post sample menus and some of the easier recipes that I make. My menus aren’t that formalized… I usually take a piece of paper and just list the weekday and date (i.e., Monday (23)) and then list the meal underneath it. However, I know some people track in Excel. My friend Alysia at Slim Sanity has an awesome example on her blog.

As for “easy” meals, I consider these meals that only take 20-30 minutes or only require me to put something in the oven and check on periodically. Roasted potatoes with sausage and vegetables is one of my favorite quick meals (and actually what I’m making tonight!). Sometimes I’ll throw a pork chop (boneless) in the oven with some BBQ sauce and fries on the side and make BBQ pork sandwiches. Another favorite of mine is making steak tacos, something similar to this only with corn tortillas rather than flour. We even have chicken nuggets and fries sometimes, which is really easy (and Applegate makes a gluten-free variety that is really good!).

I actually woke up this morning not feeling tired. How is that possible?! I never sleep well on Sunday nights, but I think last night was one of the better nights. I woke up around 5:45 expecting it to be way later, and was excited to feel well-rested for once. I think getting back on track with my vitamins is helping a lot!

Five miles around the park (seriously, one of these days I’m bringing my camera to take pictures for you guys!) followed up with seven minutes of abs. My abs are sore from my workout on Saturday so I’m pretty sure they’ll be sore after this one:


7 minutes of abs
(each exercise for 1 minute, followed by 10 seconds rest)

  • Burpees
  • Flutter kicks (these are killer)
  • Side plank
  • Plank
  • Side plank (other side)
  • V-ups
  • Supermans

For some reason, my ability to do planks has significantly decreased. I think from taking time off while I was on vacation. I desperately need to get this back in motion and back up to par. Goal for the remainder of the month!


What are some of your favorite easy meals for dinner? What do you think is the toughest ab workout you’ve ever done?

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