This morning, my trainer and I sat down and talked goals. I’ve been working out with her for about 2 months and it was time to reassess where we’re at. Last week, we started talking and it became obvious that I’m not totally dialed in. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am exercising a few days a week and making some healthy meals, but my weekends are pretty boozy and french fry filled. For example, this midnight trip to Wiener Circle on Saturday!
It was with that in mind that I reluctantly agreed to let her retake my measurements this morning. We did circumferential measurements and body fat. And although my weight is the exact same, I have lost an inch in my middle and almost 3% body fat. Which was pretty good news. I was feeling a little lost and misdirected before the appointment and left feeling motivated with a game plan. And some serious goals to work towards, including strength training at least 2x week and being strong enough to do a pull up. I wouldn’t typically share these details on the blog, because I know most of you don’t care. But, I thought the lesson of measuring your success by more than one number was enlightening and an excellent reminder to all of us who put in so much effort each week in the gym and the kitchen that we sometimes forget to celebrate our small victories.
Afterwards, I had some errands to run, most of which included grocery store shopping and of course Costco, where I stocked up on healthy foods and snacks. I came home for leftover Thai for lunch and then the BOY and I were back at the tennis courts. We played on Saturday as a make up for last week and I was feeling rusty. It felt good to be back on the courts today. We are both doing a little better, I do think I would benefit from another refresher lesson, and I am counting down the days until we can get outside and play in the sunshine.
The BOY and I went to the grocery store on the way home to get food for dinner. While the BOY worked on his homework this evening, I prepped our turkey burgers.
While we were at Mariano’s, the BOY asked why I wasn’t buying the premade turkey burgers that we like so much. Great question…right?! I guess I had planned on trying this recipe and was looking forward to having a few burgers for lunch during the week. Plus, it takes no time at all to mush together some burgers.
This recipe is really easy and even though it was originally meant to be sliders, it worked perfectly in big burger form.
I should probably tell you that after I made the burgers and prepped the brussel sprouts, I retreated to the couch and let the BOY finish out dinner. He made the burgers on the grill pan on the stove (I am counting down the days until we can grill outside) and sautéed some mushrooms and onions to add to his burger.
Our entire dinner was easy and satisfying! It was a real team effort in the kitchen!
How do you celebrate the little victories?
Have you grilled outside yet?
Meal Planning 3/24/14
Monday: Spinach Turkey Burgers with Brussel Sprouts
Tuesday: Crockpot Tikka Masala from The Wanderlust Kitchen
Wednesday: Salmon and Veggies
Spinach Turkey Burgers
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Flat-leaf spinach, thick stems removed, leaves chopped (about 1 cup)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix with your hands until well combined.
Form meat into 4 patties. Place on a paper plate and cover with press and seal. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Grill burgers on outdoor grill or on indoor griddle for about 8 minutes each side.
Serve with your favorite toppings.