Monday Reflections and Spinach Turkey Burgers

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


Thursday: Leftovers



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.

18 thoughts on “Monday Reflections and Spinach Turkey Burgers

  1. Yeah for the victory! Small is the way to make them count, small steps mean you are making progress toward your big goals. That’s good to that you trainer was honest with you about your goals. That’s a sign of a good trainer! Also those burgers look amazing. I need to get back into my healthy habits I’ve been pretty sidetracked lately.

    • It’s so easy to get sidetracked, especially as life gets so busy! You seem like you are right on track every time I read your blog.

      She is a great trainer and I am lucky to have find her! Thanks for your support!

  2. Yes!!! That sounds awesome!! I think small goals really help with the big goals!! I think getting measured periodical is a great way to “see” changes. I am getting re-measured in about 2 weeks and I am excited to see the difference. I don’t think there will be a huge one but it will be fun to see a difference(hopefully there will be) 🙂 I think that is another great reason to have a trainer/coach to go over things like that and to make goals!!!
    Do you think you will play more tennis once you can get outside?

    • YES! I hope so anyways. We are playing once a week and I can’t wait until the weather warms and I hope that we can get outside more…even for some impromptu week night tennis.

      I totally agree that the support of a good coach or trainer makes a huge difference. There is also the accountability aspect!

      Thanks for your comment!

  3. That doesn’t sound like a small victory- it’s a great one! Way to go!
    I’ve been eating so poor lately. I need to change that up.
    That’s awesome you guys have been keeping at tennis!
    We haven’t grilled yet! It’s supposed to warm up again next week, so we should plan something for then to celebrate warmer weather!

    • We don’t even have warmth in site but I am hoping that grill season starts soon. Thanks Abby for your enthusiasm! You are right…that is exciting! We have another tennis date on Friday…it’s been really fun!

  4. 3% is great!!! You should celebrate it! I know numbers aren’t what’s important, but unfortunately its one of the only ways to measure progress. Don’t put too much emphasis in them. It’s all about how your clothes fit. That’s the way I track anyways 🙂

  5. You should celebrate the little victories… those are what keep you motivated to achieve the bigger one 🙂 Congrats on yours! Both are GREAT 🙂 These burgers look tasty and remind me of some chicken + kale burgers we’ve made… perfect way to sneak in some greens!

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