Hi everyone 🙂

Weird I’m writing this at night lol. Steven has some tests he’s doing on his computer so I figured I’d stay up with him and keep him company.

So Today was a typical Tuesday of work and boot camp. Except that tonight was the last day of our month-long burpee challenge. Yep, 5 minutes to do as many burpees as you can. I started this month at 53. I went balls out, and I remember it vividly. Thought I was going to die. Welp, today I met my goal of 70, and again felt like I was going to die. Part of me was disappointed. I should have practiced more during the month. I really should have been able to get to 75. And I want that number, so I’m going to keep trying until I get there. Plus my shoulders are lookin pretty good.

After boot camp we had our dining room table and chairs delivered, which we are so excited about. Our house is coming along so nicely. The next project is finding the right chandelier. After that, we have some little projects to get done around the house, and some bigger projects like the backyard.

Onto the chicken cook-up. Melissa, the author of Well Fed, goes into detail about how important it is to have food on hand. She is so right it’s not even funny. Not having enough cooked protein available or easy to prepare meals causes one of two things: me to get hangry, or me to fail. I don’t like to fail at anything. So I’m usually hangry, trying to figure out what to make so I stay on track. It’s frustrating because I continually underestimate how much protein I will eat for a few days. Plus I’m cooking for Steven and myself. So I need to double it, and I haven’t been doing that. But this morning I had a plan and took out two packs of frozen chicken thighs. And tonight I made some simple grilled chicken thighs.

In my packs of organic chicken from Costco, each pack had 4 good size thighs. I rinsed each one off, trimming a little bit of the fat (leaving most of it), and padded each one dry.

Next I lined a large cookie sheet with two layers of foil (you’ll thank me) and put a cookie cooling rack on top. I placed the 8 chicken thighs on the rack (skin side up) and seasoned generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Popped these bad boys into a 400 degree pre-heated over and let them roll for 30-40 minutes. The smaller pieces cooked within 35 minutes, and the two larger took about 40-42 minutes. The skin crisped up (yes I ate the skin, and Melissa encourages it as well). It’s good fat people. You’ll learn about it, don’t worry.

I had two pieces with some steamed veggies per the usj. Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots were on tonight’s menu. While the chicken was cooking I ate a handful of strawberries too.

Because I was feeling so productive, I also made the Salmon Cakes from ISWF, but I decided to cook them up tomorrow, so they’re chillin in the fridge (quite literally actually lol).  I’ll go over the recipe more tomorrow, along with the home-made mayo I’m planning to make for the tartar sauce. Exciting 🙂

Have a great night everyone!