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?

6 replies on “Muscles and Meals Vol. 1

  1. Judy

    Thanks for sharing your workouts and dinner ideas. Even those of us who are experienced cooks need a little inspiration once in a while. I will definitely be trying the SHEET PAN KOREAN CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES. Must be fun and inspirational for you as well to try a different blog angle. And keep up the good work in the gym!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      For the sheet pan Korean chicken & veggies I used regular chicken breasts but cut them up into “tender” size. But I bet this would also be amazing with chicken thighs or even pork!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Interestingly, most of what I make is already GF or could easily be made GF. I think it’s because I spent almost 2 years tracking how many carbs I ate. Yay meat and veggies!

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Tell me more about this strength training of yours. How do you come up with workouts? Are you following some sort of program, or just making this up as you go? Did someone teach you how to do all of these exercises, or did you figure it out on your own? I’m trying to do more regular strength training and (spoiler alert) as my blog post tomorrow details, I’m lost in a sea of Google results and looking for whatever direction I can find!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      My trainer actually gives me all these workouts. I only pay to workout with her one day a week but she writes me workouts for the other three. And she’s available when I have questions or need her to demo something. And this is why I love her and my gym. I don’t know of any other gym where the trainers do this!

      In the past, though, I’ve used workouts from the New Rules of Lifting for Women and from Thinner, Leaner, Stronger (I preferred the workouts in this book and it’s the one I recommend to any one who wants to start weight lifting). I also paid an online trainer (Lynette Marie Fitness…she’s awesome) to come up with workouts for me. I also put together some workouts for my running club last year. I’ll send those to you 🙂

      However, learning how to do them is a combo of things. I’ve had various trainers throughout the years, I’ve taken six weeks of a CrossFit On-Ramp course, and I actually took weight lifting in high school. I also use the exercise database at to look up exercises I don’t know and figure out form.

      I am MORE than happy to come show you how to do any workout or move you want, though. I don’t have my PT certification because the test scares me. But, at this point I’ve been lifting for 2+ years and I think I’ve got most of it figured out!

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