What’s for Dinner? {Week of August 21}

What's for dinner this week? I've got easy, healthy meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy. happyfitmama.com

What’s happening friendly faces?!

I hope the weekend is treating you well. Yesterday we made our first trip to Santa’s Village. Who knew Santa summered in Northern New Hampshire? It’s the cutest little park and I’m kind of bummed that it took us 6 years to make it there. We will definitely be making a return trip – maybe right before Christmas to see the big guy?

On tap for today is a long run. I’m not sure how it’s going to go. After being on my feet all day yesterday, my toes were t-i-r-e-d. Fingers crossed I make it to the 10-11 miles that I’m aiming for. Like I said on Wednesday, my training is so all over the place right now. I’m actually kind of wingin’ it!

Btw – Anyone else totally bummed that the last day of the Olympics is today? Didn’t it just start?!?!?!

It’s Sunday. Therefore, we meal plan on Sunday.

Here’s what’s for dinner this week

Sunday: Roast Whole Chicken in Crock Pot + grilled veggies

Monday: Grilled Salmon + Sesame Almond Butter Zucchini Noodles

Tuesday: Homemade Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper for Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini

Thursday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Leftovers/Wing it

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

After some thought, I decided to stop the High Five Friday link up. I’m still going to share my High 5’s from the week because I still think good things need to be read. For those of you who have linked up in the past, I hope that you do the same.

Let’s keep the good vibes going!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!

Rise. Run. Repeat. I’ve said it a million times but I love this time of year.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir -> If only I could make more of my runs on dirt during the week. Instead, I relish in the time that I do get on the trails.

Post run side stretch on a moody cloudy morning.

Water wonder.

Track date with the girls. It would have been better if we met for a long run – we had so much to catch up on!

5 Things

Blessings of a Cracked iPhone – I nodded a lot in agreement with Christine’s post…as I was reading it from my phone. My phone finds it way into my hands more than I’d like it to be. I’m trying to be more mindful of using it but man, it’s hard. But I’ll keep trying!

How I Improved My Running Mental Game – It’s something every runner needs to work on. And it’s always a work in progress.

How to Handle a Changing Passion – I love this post from Jess. I think we’ve all been there at one time or another. I know I’ve been there often – monthly maybe? In fact I was talking with a friend about this recently. Passion comes and goes with what you do. The question is, how to reignite it?

Finally! A Major Restaurant is Adding Real Food to Kids’ Meals – This is good news! We don’t do many chain restaurants. It’s just not our thing. But we do like Panera Bread because 1) The food is great and 2) There’s no Fraken-food there. I hope more restaurants follow Panera Bread’s lead!

How to Make Yourself Poop – If you still don’t know the magic formula, here’s some help in getting things moving. Lol!

What would you like to High 5 today?


What's been going on Lately... | happyfitmama.com

It’s time for the monthly Lately…

Lately…My love for running races has been nowhere to be found. I’m training for the Leaf Peepers half in October as part of Rise.Run.Retreat but I don’t really feel like I’m training. I keep saying that I am going to run a race before (in fact I’ve been saying that since the beginning of the year) but I just don’t feel the need to do it. I thought maybe I had the racing spark again after Mt. Washington but it died out. Part of the reason is that my posterior tib still bothers me some days. It’s not horrible but it’s noticeable if I step a certain way. Part of me thinks racing will take me over the edge and end up completely injured again.

Lately…Just like everyone else, I have been loving the Olympics. I watched a pre-Olympics special and was bawling like a baby. It’s kind of like when I watch Ironman Kona on TV. The stories behind the athletes get me every time! Last night I watched Synchronized Swimming. I had no idea what incredible athletes those women are. Holy strength and endurance!

Lately…I want to spend more mornings like this. Just another reason why I choose to wake up at crazy early times. I’ll take the sunrise on land or by sea. Always worth it.

Sunrise SUP | happyfitmama.com

Photo courtesy of Portsmouth Paddle Co. -> Check them out if you are in the area!

Lately…Ron and I got hooked on a show called Kingdom. It’s a couple of years old that airs on the Audience Network (Never heard of it? Me either!). At first I thought it was totally cheesy but it grew on me. It’s about a retired MMA fighter who opens his own gym and trains athletes, including his two sons. One of the sons is Nick Jonas. Let’s just say Nick Jonas is all grown up and does stuff that little Nick Jonas would never even think of doing. It’s a totally addicting show and we stayed up way too late, too many nights watching episodes.

Lately…My yoga practice has been almost nonexistent. My current studio has me feeling blah. I’m not a fan of the schedule. I found another studio but I can’t switch until the end of September. And until school starts, I won’t be able to attend any morning weekday classes because my kids are done with camp.

Post run yoga | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I’m home all this week with the kids. Camp finished 2 weeks before school starts. Sounds great but not when you can’t take 2 weeks off for a vacation and you have no place for your kids to go. I’ve got this week with the kids and Ron has next week. We’ve been busy so far at the beach and doing things around town.

Beach Day | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I recently learned that peanut butter does in fact get gum out of hair. After withholding for quite some time, I finally caved and let the kids try it. Guess who won’t be having gum anymore? Ugh. When does school start again?!?!

Lately…I’ve been thinking about getting a group of friends together to hike Mt. Washington before the summer ends. I wonder if I can find any takers?

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud.

What’s been going on with you lately?

Have you ever had gum stuck in your hair? I’ve never. I’d be so irate if it happened to me.