What’s For Dinner

by Kristin Bushong on September 29, 2014

I’ve been getting pretty stellar at meal planning and prepping on Sundays for the upcoming week’s menu.

Yesterday, I prepped greek yogurt + oats + fruit for my breakfasts, ready made salads for lunch, and whipped up a broccoli quinoa chicken bake for dinner last night + leftovers for my lunches this week. I had some leftover rotisserie chicken and cooked quinoa in the freezer, so that was a no-brainer.

Currently, my kitchen is a mess. (Tasks for tonight.)

For dinners, I usually plan for 4 meals that will provide us leftovers for the other nights, or we can just wing it the nights I don’t cook. My qualifications for picking the meals I make are the following:

  • They have to be things my manly husband will eat (read: has to have meat, can’t sound too healthy, unless the veggies etc. are hidden hehe),
  • They have to be fairly simple and utilize fairly common ingredients that I already have most of,
  • They have to be interesting enough for me to want to try (I do repeat meals, but I like to try new things each week – variety is the spice of life!),
  • And, they have to tow the line of healthier than my husband will pick on his own, but still tasty enough for us both to enjoy. I do usually eat a little less healthy at dinner than I do during the day. 80/20 rule!

So, here is what is on the menu for this week:

15 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara with a salad

Spaghetti Carbonara - The easiest pasta dish you will ever make with just 5 ingredients in 15 minutes, loaded with Parmesan and bacon!

Man Pleasing Chicken over pasta or rice with a salad

Man-Pleasing Chicken | iowagirleats.com

Huevo in the Hole served with pinto beans and possibly some cheesy grits (I tried these for breakfast yesterday as a trial run – verdict AMAZING.)

Huevo in the Hole! A corn tortilla version of egg-in-the-hole. So yummy for breakfast (or dinner!)

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole (Hoping he won’t notice the cauliflower until he tastes it and loves it!) served with a salad

YUM! pizza cauliflower casserole

I’m pretty excited for this week’s menu!

On the running front….I am getting bored with posting recaps, so I’ll just say that it’s two weeks until my marathon! I ran a pretty solid 16 miler yesterday (see my Insta feed for a pretty sunrise picture over the reflecting pool!) and am feeling pretty good about the race. This week I am focusing on strengthening my hips and glutes to hopefully correct some knee pain I’ve been having.

I <3 running!

Okay that’s enough for me today. Happy Monday everyone!

Kristin Sig

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Dreaming

by Kristin Bushong on September 16, 2014

How many times have you wondered what your life could truly be like, if only you took a leap?

I’m gearing up for the Big 3-0 next February, and while the number doesn’t frighten me (all that much) what does frighten me is entering into another decade without really working towards making my dreams come true.

A list of quotes to live your life by.

I never really wanted to pursue anything magical – like, singing on Broadway or acting in Hollywood or even being the President of a large corporation. But I always knew that I would be successful at whatever I did.

I wanted to be a strong and independent woman, making her own living, not dependent on any other person or any one thing. There have been bumps along the way, and lots of trial by fire learning, but I’m slowly getting there.

I’m (finally) working in a great job, living in an amazing city and experiencing the world with my husband and my friends. I’m figuring out how to efficiently save money and pay off debts. (Something I was never really taught.) I’m learning how to love myself as well as my body (as it was given) through running, healthy living and other fitness goals. I’m carving out a home that we love and can feel comfortable in. (Even if it’s only a one bedroom apartment and it’s taking a really long time.) I am attempting to become a better wife and partner and all that comes with that (forgiveness, patience, kindness). That’s a big one that takes a ton of work every day.

But, like so many others in my generation, I am truly yearning to do more with my precious few hours on this earth. I want to make a difference in the world around me. To give back to my community. To help foster a greater sense of peace and love between all living beings. To do something more with my day than sit at a computer and type away. To stop mindlessly watching hours of TV every night. To see more of this country, this world. To explore and adventure as much as possible. To Dream Big.

And I guess that is where this post is leading. Dreams. What are your dreams?

Mine change every day and are numerous and diverse in nature.

But as I get closer to the end of the year, and to my next big birthday, I’m really stopping to think more seriously about why I’m not working towards my dreams. Why I’m not being more creative in my daily life. Why I am wasting So.Much.Damn.Time.

I’m not sure what that really means yet, but I have some ideas. And I’m in the beginning phases of fleshing out those ideas into action items. And then hopefully checking those action items off of a to-do list. Working towards living a life I can be proud of every day.

It’s a small start, but it’s a start.

Will you join me?

Kristin Sig

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Last Week’s Training – Week 13 Recap

September 15, 2014

Woo hoo! The big miles are almost over and taper is quickly approaching. Yesterday, I did my 20 miler one week early, because I will be out of town this weekend as a bridesmaid in my bestie’s wedding! The gorgeous rustic chic fall affair will be in the NC mountains and I just can’t wait! Here […]

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Marathon Mental Games + Week 11 Recap

September 1, 2014

I had my first super long training run yesterday, and man it was tough. I tackled 18 miles with Nahayma (a girl in my DTP running group who is training for Chicago) in about 3.5 hours on the Rock Creek Park Trail. Sunday was muggy with humidity and by the time we finished it was […]

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Marathon Training Week #10 Recap + A Bridal Shower Sneak Peek

August 25, 2014

Whew – what a week! Last week’s training was not exactly what I had hoped for, but I am very happy that I managed to get in a long run before heading home to North Carolina for the weekend! I co-hosted a bridal shower in Charlotte for one of my besties Saturday morning, and spent the […]

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{DIY} Easy Peasy Polka Dot Cork Board Pantry Project

August 19, 2014

This is a really fun project I whipped up this weekend to add some spice to our otherwise boring pantry doors! I had seen similar projects on Pinterest, and headed to Target last Friday to pick up some cork tiles to make a decorative and functional cork board to cover our narrow pantry doors that […]

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Marathon Training Week #9 Recap

August 19, 2014

What a week! I’d say overall, last week’s training was pretty solid, although not the mileage I was hoping for. Me & Rachel at Eastern Market on Saturday! Much more fun than an easy run… I had two really great runs, and a so-so track workout on Thursday. I accidentally took this week back a […]

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Marathon Training Week #8 Recap

August 13, 2014

Okay I am finally up to date on marathon training recaps! If you missed the last three weeks, you can find them here.  And because no post is worth reading without pictures, here is a really awkward selfie with my cat. #becauseimweird #callieisnotimpressed So as a refresher, I am following a 20 week training plan […]

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Marathon Training Weeks #5-7 Update

August 12, 2014

I need this in my life Oy – I am way behind on updates! I have had a busy month with two long car trips, two bachelorette weekends, and lots of running. With all the travel, I am a little behind on my long run mileage, but I did get in 14 miles this past […]

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