This is a photo of an estuary that we found in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Perhaps because it was later in the day or because it required a bit of hike, but we had this beautiful beach mostly to ourselves.
Plus, it was covered in sand dollars! I had never seen sand dollars in the wild before. I guess they wash up on shore when they die because they were everywhere. Have you ever seen a live sand dollar move? It’s pretty cool – here’s a YouTube video. They have little tiny legs all over their bottom!
Fri – Stage 3 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women (full-body strength training).
Sat – Rest.
Sun - 30 minutes running.
Mon – Stage 4 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women (full-body strength training).
I recently finished the third stage of my strength training program. It’s hard to comment much, since I made some changes to it, like swapping a few exercises and adding in more upper-body work. In general, though, I’m feeling much stronger (and my training log agrees). I can notice a little bit of definition/shaping, but nothing too dramatic, which is unsurprising as I haven’t been very strict on my diet.
1) The usual weekend breakfast of sautéed veggies, a dippy egg, PB toast, and coffee.
2) A horribly blurry photo, but wonderfully delicious pot of chili.
Our stove is tucked away in a dark little corner with sloped ceilings and no photos ever look nice. womp womp. Sorry, guys!
I started my graduate classes last week (lucky me!) and on class days, I eat 100% of my meals out of the house, making a streamlined meal plan imperative. Some concepts that I’ve been working around:
2. Having a variety of salad dressings: I can easily toss together multiple containers of a protein, veggie and starch, but having different types of salad dressings helps me feel like I’m not eating the same thing (even though I am).
3. Focusing on big batches: A huge pot of chili easily packs lunches all week for both me and my husband. I’ve been researching more recipes that have huge outputs like this.
Do you have any meal planning tips? Any “big batch” recipes?