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Food & Fitness Inspiration for a GREAT week ahead!

Happy Monday!

The sun is shining here in Charlotte and we are enjoying perfect fall weather that is crisp and energizing. It was 37 degrees when I woke up to go to yoga this morning. Our coldest morning since April! I had to turn my heat on for the first time last night.

I am determined to make this a really good week and wanted to share a few things food, workout and smiling related to help y’all get your week started right too!

Meal Inspriation

I made two meals last week that I never blogged about that I have to share.


First, a salad featuring all things fall. I got the idea for it when this post from Smells Like Home popped up in my reader. I went home for lunch that day and whipped this version of it up using what I had on hand.


My take on it including the following…

Roasted butternut squash
Pumpkin seeds
Dried cranberries
Diced apples
Goat cheese
Maple balsamic vinaigrette (maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and olive oil)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

I only used romaine because it was all I had on hand. Typically I would do something like field greens with this type of salad but I actually liked the extra crunch the romaine added.


I have loved pounded chicken breast topped with cheese since childhood. It was one of my favorite dishes that my mom made (my dad did almost all of the cooking). Last week I took it one step further and upgraded the cheese choice from colby-jack to brie and added prosciutto.


I pounded the chicken to about 1/2 inch thickness and then gave it a hefty dose of seasoning with salt, pepper and some Trader Joe’s grinders that I keep on hand. I dredged it in flour and then quickly browned it in a skillet with olive oil. Once I flipped it I added the prosciutto and brie and placed it in the oven under the broiler for just a couple of minutes to finish cooking and to melt the cheese.

Easy dinner! Ready in under 15 minutes!

Workout Inspiration

Take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and take your workout outside!

Give this cardio circuit workout a try. I filmed this workout a couple of years ago at a local playground. You don’t need much equipment and it’s a great way to get a strength and cardio session in outdoors.

Fall Outdoor Circuit

As always, modify if necessary, let me know if you have questions and feedback is welcome!

Finally, something to make you smile. 

If you do nothing else I mentioned today…at least watch this video. I laughed the whole way through.

Have an AMAZING WEEK!!!!!

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  • Laura@ Fit Running Mama October 21, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Salad sounds great!! I just bought the cut up roasted butternut squash from Costco– made some tonight and made soup with it but there is still plenty more!!

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:09 pm

      i LOVE butternut squash soup! yum!

  • Erin October 21, 2013, 8:46 pm

    love! i’m determined to have a great week too! gathering the fixins for your salad tomorrow – looks delish!

  • carolyn October 21, 2013, 9:10 pm

    random question, who takes your videos/pics? Are you that good at setting up a self-timer?? 🙂

    • Jen October 21, 2013, 9:50 pm

      i either set it up on a tripod or recruit a friend or a co-worker!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 21, 2013, 10:05 pm

    My mother-in-law sent me that video of cats steeling dogs beds! I laughed so hard! It is so true – I have a dog and two cats and the cats won’t even tough their own beds they only want the dog bed. My dog is also terrified of the cats and she is TWICE their size! It’s so funny!

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:11 pm

      haha! sullie is scared of cats too! she got scratched when she was a puppy so she thinks they’re all evil! 🙂

  • Elise @ 9toFit.com October 21, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Love getting outside and working out. Sadly the weather won’t last for long!

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:12 pm

      one of the beautiful things about living in the south is mild winters. we always have random 60 and 70 degree days sprinkled in all winter.

  • She Rocks Fitness October 21, 2013, 10:08 pm

    High-Fives to making this a great week! I am all about that too…The weather has been gorgeous in Houston. I haven’t put the AC on since Friday. Windows are open and I am loving all the fresh air. Brie goes well on everything! 😉

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:13 pm

      i love this time of the year where you can go sans AC and windows open. so does my budget! 🙂

  • Courtney October 21, 2013, 11:59 pm

    yay Burpees! 🙂

  • Larissa @ Running with the Dragonflies October 22, 2013, 7:45 am

    That salad looks amazing! I made one with spinach, kale, honeycrisp apples, pears, strawberries and balsamic vinegar as dressing. My husband LOVED it and it’s so simple! Good cleansing salad if you’re doing a meatless or dairy free day during the week. WIll definitely try this workout too! Thanks 🙂

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:13 pm

      that sounds awesome! thanks for sharing. i need to use kale in my salads more.

  • Christa @ Sit-ups & Sequins October 22, 2013, 10:30 am

    That salad looks so good! Anything with goat cheese is a winner in my book. 🙂 Also I don’t think I incorporate butternut squash enough into my recipes, and this looks like a good way to do that. Also, I’m pinning and trying this workout asap! So glad I ran across your blog!

    • Jen October 23, 2013, 4:14 pm

      i like to roast a lot of it and then use it here and there throughout the week. and yes…goat cheese = heaven!

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona October 22, 2013, 10:32 am

    You can’t go wrong with goat cheese!

    That dog video is so cute.

  • Holly October 22, 2013, 9:46 pm

    That dinner looks amazing! Cute video. We don’t have a cat but Lulu sure loves her doggy bed!

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