Fuss Free

This week was a busy one. Not necessarily in terms of work, appointments, outside commitments, or obligations. Mostly just due to a very demanding infant who was fussy, wouldn’t sleep, showing early signs of teething, and kind of just being a little monster 24/7. A cute little monster who I love dearly, but that doesn’t negate the exhaustion that stems from caring for an irrational, 13 pound human.

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A friend of mine was given this book last year and I thought it was hilarious. If you haven’t heard the Samuel L. Jackson narrated version, you need to. It is pretty much the epitome of my life these days.

I’ve also been trying to stay more on top of my everyday food choices lately in an effort to compliment my post-baby exercise routine. As most of you can probably relate, when you’re very busy all day long, whether with children or work, cooking a nutritionally sound meal can be a challenge. On days like that, you just want to throw in the towel and eat a bowl of cereal, order take out…anything quick and easy. Which is totally fine from time to time. However, when you want to keep metabolism up, empty calories down, and in my case, keep well fuelled for nursing an infant, you need to make consistently healthy choices. So, as tempting as a peanut butter sandwich sounds after a gruelling day, sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper.
Due to the nature of my week, I didn’t do any major cooking or food preparation for our dinners. I just didn’t have it in me. Instead, I went for simple, quick, and easy. Here’s what made its way to our table, and some ideas for uncomplicated & fuss-free dinners. 
Monday

BBQ’d Chicken Kabobs
Couscous
Salad: Cucumber, Tomato, Yellow Pepper, Red Onion, Feta
Tuesday

BBQ’d Basa Fillets (seasoned with pepper and olive oil)
Grilled Sweet Potatoes (in foil on BBQ)
Steamed Broccoli
Wednesday

BBQ’d Atlantic Salmon
Boiled Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday

Garlic Prawn Spinach Salad
Garlic Marinated Prawns (purchased raw then cooked in foil on BBQ), Baby Spinach, Cucumber, Strawberries, Quinoa, Avocado and Goat Cheese
Dressing: Balsamic Vinegar

Friday
We treated ourselves and went out to one of our favourite neighbourhood restaurants for dinner last night. The Bubs enjoyed watching everyone, perched in his stroller, and I had a night-off from my slightly structured meal plans of the week. Totally necessary for health, motivation, and sanity, in my unprofessional opinion. We devoured some amazingly delicious chickpea battered calamari, rocket & parmesan salad w/ walnuts, and a roasted pumpkin/pine nut and goat cheese pizza. YUM! 

My dinner date!

Oh yeah, I chopped a necessary 3″ off my hair yesterday and got it toned down as well. It’s not as dark as it appears in the above photo, but definitely darker than it’s been as of late! Adam watched the little guy, and I enjoyed some down time catching up on celebrity gossip magazines and sipping on some lattés at the salon. I feel MUCH better! 

#salonlattés

I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far! We are off to a BBQ to celebrate a friend receiving her PhD (yaaah, Karen!), then running a 5K race in the morning, which after not running in a year will probably feel like a half-marathon. Wish me luck 😉

2 Thoughts on “Fuss Free

  1. Anonymous on May 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm said:

    You are so amazing. I'd love to see more what you eat in a day. I'm only a walker (I do no other cardio and I have no idea how to put together a home program when I'm a beginner and jumping is not something I can do right now…).
    I never know what to eat. I have a problem with binge eating late at night on things I shouldn't :(
    I also eat a very late dinner meal, so I'm eating a lot of food very late in the evening. I feel very ashamed.
    REALLY admire your goals and your new little baby and the fact that you went from Canada to AMAZING Australia. I'm Canadian and boy, I think you are a rock star right now :)

    Lost Girl In Canada :)

  2. Oh my goodness. Never feel ashamed! Listen, I totally understand why/how you are feeling. Eating can definitely be a huge challenge to overcome, and it takes a lot of time, patience, and commitment (and planning). You've given me the idea to make an “at home body weight exercise plan”. Hopefully I can work on that this week. If you ever need to talk, send me an email: thefemmefitale@gmail.com
    Would love to help and hear from you. xo

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