Daily Archives: October 27, 2017

Muscles and Meals Vol. 1


I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing my weekly dinner menus for awhile now. I know that coming up with meal ideas is a struggle for a lot of people and while I also know that I am A. not a food blog and B. there are a lot of other meal plan food bloggers out there, I thought it would be a fun way to share something other than just what I wore.

I also figured that I could combine it with telling more about my workouts. I fully admit that I am bummed that I kind of quit blogging my workouts when I got swamped with marathon training and moving. I like having those things to look back on! And, let’s be honest, I blog for myself as much as I do those of you who read this thing.

So, without further ado, here’s what I did in the gym and in the kitchen this week. Note: I am not a food photographer so if there are food pictures it’s because they’re from the person who originally posted the recipe.


I fully intended to go for a run, but it was cold and raining and I wanted to make my menu and grocery list before I headed out to the Northside Pop-Up Bazaar. So, no workout today.

Dinner, though? Big winner! I made easy pork posole from the latest Cooking Light magazine. I swapped out the quinoa for kale, though, since Jason doesn’t like quinoa. I also cut up an avocado as a topper.


It made enough for two of us for dinner and then three lunches. I LOVE having leftovers for lunch. So easy.


Deadlift day at the gym!

My workout?

  • 5×5 sumo deadlifts
  • 3×8 Single leg Romanian deadlifts
  • 5×8 Lateral lunges
  • 5×8 Single leg hip extensions
  • 21-15-9-6
    • Kettlebell Swings
    • Box jumps

Dinner was Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers that I prepped on Sunday. I went out for drinks after work with my female coworkers so I wanted something that Jason could just toss in the oven. I made these with ground chicken but otherwise kept the recipe the same. Also a winner.


Tuesdays I workout with my personal trainer and focus on chest, back and arms. We did regular bench press, close grip bench press, decline rows, seated rows, and bicep curls.

Tuesdays are also taco night at our house. Nothing super special here. Just ground turkey with store-bought taco seasoning and shells. Add cheese, guacamole, hot sauce or salsa and serve with roasted green beans. Done.


Normally I do cardio on Wednesdays but I had a lunch meeting and wasn’t able to hit the gym during my usual time. So, no workout Wednesday.

I made Korean Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies with rice for dinner. Who doesn’t love a one-pan meal? Well, one-pan minus the pot in the rice cooker, of course.


Thursdays equal squats days!

  • 5×3 Front Squats
  • 4×12 banded clams
  • 5×15 hip extensions
  • 5×15 goblet squats
  • 2×4 leg press drop sets

Jason and I went out to dinner before attending The Magic Parlour event at the Palmer House Hilton. We had a GREAT time! Even Jason, who is a huge skeptic, was amazed and enjoyed himself. And since the audience is small and intimate, everyone gets to participate. Including me.



My Friday workouts always involve overhead presses of some kind. Overhead presses are my weakest lift as well as my least favorite. I think there’s a correlation there.

  • 5×5 Overhead Barbell Press
  • 4×12 External Rotation
  • 5×8 Kettelbell Z-Sit Press
  • 5×8 narrow grip landmine row
  • 5×6 Power clean
  • 5×12 Wallballs

Then for dinner the plan is to make Baked Brown Sugar Chicken Wings with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce. And a salad. Need to get in some greens! I’ve made this recipe a few times before but back when I was counting every single macro I put into my mouth it wouldn’t have made the cut. I miss being super ripped but I don’t miss having to figure out all the fat, carbs, and protein I should or could eat in a day.



This will probably be a rest day, too. Jason and Annabelle are going car racing and I hope to go watch them. I also plan to put this Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs recipe into the slow cooker before I head out. I don’t have the best luck with slow cooker recipes, though, so keep your fingers crossed!

So, what do you think? Did you see any recipes you want to try?