Hi there! I hope everyone enjoyed a nice day off & 4th of July yesterday. My day was pretty low-key. Chris & I had to purchase a washer/dryer during the day, then we went to his parents’ house for dinner in the evening.
This morning I was up bright & early for BodyPump. I had plans to go to the 6:00AM class on Tuesday, but I overslept. I think I was still recovering from moving! I was determined not to ignore my alarm this morning though; it had been over a week since my last Pump class!
We did the newest release this morning & it’s definitely a challenge. There were some jumping squats involved & let’s just say it wasn’t cute.
I have a few unrelated things I want to cover tonight, so pardon the randomness of this post!
First, I wanted to review my June goals. (I know, I’m a bit behind.) To be honest, I didn’t do so hot…
1) Try out more new recipes.
I did so-so on this one. I’ve tried a few new things, but not as much as I would’ve liked. Now that we’re somewhat settled in our new place, I plan on continuing this goal throughout July, especially since we have a nice, big kitchen!
2) Bake more often.
This was pretty much a fail. I think the only thing I baked throughout the month of June was Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were delicious (& only $4.85 for the mix from Swanson!) but it was a mix, not from scratch. I already have something earmarked to hopefully bake this weekend.
3) Work up to running 3 miles.
I can definitely run 2 miles straight, but not 3. If I’m shifting blame, I’m going to blame my lack of success on the weather. I’m really not a fan of the treadmill, & it’s just been too hot to run outside. It looks like the weather may be cooling down a bit next week though!
4) Work on strength training independently.
Total fail. I didn’t go near the weight section of the gym once in the month of June. I have been pretty consistent with BodyPump though.
5) Drink more water.
Success! I’ve definitely been upping my water intake, partially out of necessity to survive in these super-hot temps.
I’ve decided not to do a separate goals post for the month of July. I still have some things I want to work on from my June goals, so I think I’ll stick with those that weren’t so successful.
Next up, I have a new recipe to share with you all. As I was unpacking earlier this week, I started flipping through an old cookbook & found a recipe for sweet ‘n’ sour meatloaf. Of course, I made quite a few tweaks & adaptations, but I think my version turned out wonderfully!
Sweet ‘n’ Sour Turkey Meatloaf
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tbsp. ketchup
- 2 tbsp. mustard
- 1/2 c. bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp. onion soup mix
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Combine all ingredients & place in a loaf pan prepared with cooking spray. Top with a little extra ketchup.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
Pretty simple, right? I love meatloafs because they are so easy to prepare. Throw everything together, pop it in the oven, go about your business, & enjoy. This one will definitely be added to our rotation!
Last but not least, I have a few house photos to share, as promised. I figured I’d start with the master bedroom & bathroom.
I hope to turn this into a little dressing/make-up area. Let’s see what Chris thinks about that…
View from the bed.
Nice big walk-in closet with plenty of room; looks like it’s time to go shopping!
View from the bedroom looking into the bathroom.
Whirlpool tub that we’ll probably never use because we’re too cheap to pay for the water to fill it! (I only wish I were kidding.)
Double sinks… praise the Lord!
Stall shower, a first for me!
As you can see, things are definitely a bit bare & “sterile” looking… & they’ll probably stay that way for a little while. Furniture that looked gigantic in our apartment looks dwarfed in the new house. We’ve got quite a bit of space to fill!
What’s one thing you would have in your dream bathroom? How amazing would heated floors be?! Not in these temps, of course, but in the winter?! Perfection!