The activity we want you to do this week is to frolic! Unleash your inner child and go have fun! Run, skip, do cartwheels, jump up in the air as high as you can. This is mostly cardio but depending on the type of frolic-ing you’re doing you might work arms and legs too. It’s entirely up to you. The most important thing is to have fun.
We all have those moments. You’re eating healthy, you’re pretty consistent, and you feel damn good about yourself. And then, life happens. You wake up late and don’t have time to pack a lunch. Or you work late and end up too tired to even TRY to decide what you’re going to eat for dinner, let alone cook it. We want to help.
Part of the Unconventional Guide To Livin’ The Good Life Series is a mini meal plan. We don’t want to tell you every morsel to put in your mouth daily because we want you to take control. BUT we want to help give you ideas for various situations you might find yourself in. So we created one full day of meals and snacks for the work week, and one full day of meals and snacks on the weekend (aka a “cheat day.”) If you have any specific questions, situations, etc that you need help with, reach out to us and we’ll figure something out for you!
WEEKDAY MEAL PLAN
For breakfast, grab a smoothie. They are super simple to make and load you up with a bunch of energy to start your day off right. They also are great for pre-workout snacks for that extra boost. Try throwing together a banana, honey, milk, and ice in a blender. Simple but yummy.
For lunch, make yourself a turkey wrap. Add turkey, avocado, swiss cheese, hummus, spinach, and tomatoes and wrap it up in a whole wheat wrap and you’re on your way! For vegetarians: swap portabella mushrooms for the turkey. You’ll grab the protein and “meatiness” while still nixing the meat.
For dinner, try my favorite salad. In a skillet, sauté edamame, zucchini, mushrooms, and any other veggies you want to add. I also like to add garlic powder and cayenne pepper or cajun seasoning for flavor. While that’s cooking, I’ll throw spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, turkey, flax seeds, and green apples into a bowl. Right before the veggies are done cooking, I’ll throw in some almonds and saute them for a minute or two. Then I put the sauteed veggies in the salad, add my dressing, and I’m ready to go! The actual ingredients used aren’t important here. Get creative!
For snacks throughout the day, reach for nuts, a piece of fruit, or a protein bar.
WEEKEND MEAL PLAN
Since you have a little more time on the weekends to make your meals, try Peanut butter Irish porridge with fried bananas and toasted almonds. Picking up Irish porridge oats from the grocery store will give you the directions for how to make it. Stir in peanut butter while the oats are cooking to get the nutty flavor. Fry up some bananas, and toast some almonds and your ready to go. Add in some honey if you want some more sweetness.
For a summer lunch, get out the grill! Make some shrimp, pineapple, and onion shish kabobs. Add in as many veggies as you want. Make a side of grilled peaches and you’ve got a great meal! For vegetarians: Swap whole button mushrooms for the shrimp or pieces of tofu.
On the weekends, you might find yourself having a date night! The perfect dinner is 1 pot spaghetti and a side salad. Now you can make this simple by buying a jarred pasta sauce, with good (and few ingredients) some whole wheat or my new favorite, rice pasta. It doesn’t give you that heavy feeling like after eating most pastas. Boil your pasta, and add your sauce. Go easy on that parm! Back off a bit. If your sauce needs help for whatever reason, try adding garlic, and herbs. If want to get extra fancy, you can make your own sauce. Get some diced canned tomatoes, herbs such as basil and parsley, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Leave it this way if you like a more chunky sauce or simply blend ingredients in a blender and add to your pasta. For the salad, I like to have either a spinach or romaine salad with plenty of other veggies and a vinaigrette. For wine, we suggest trying a good Cabernet Sauvignon, such as Stagg’s Leap Artemis or try any new red wine! Feel free to have 2 glasses. You’re on a date after all!
For snacks, try hummus and veggies, greek yogurt with cocoa powder, celery and peanut butter and raisins and make it “ants on a log” and pretzels and peanut butter. You’ll be full, fit, and healthy all week long!
<3 Linds and Kel
The activity we want you to do this week is to go tubing on the lake! Grab a friend and battle it out by trying to knock each other off. Watch the video to find out what type of a workout this is and then get to it.
For those of you that don’t have access to a lake or a boat, this week we want you to head outside and do some yoga! Especially downward dog, dolphin plank pose, side plank, and cobra pose.
IT’S HERE!!!!!!!!! Kel and I have been excited about this for awhile and we’re finally able to tell you guys what we’re up to!
Welcome to The Unconventional Guide To Living The Good Life: Through Adventure, Health, and Wine.
This is a year long series that we’ve created for you so that you can join us in our journey to make “Livin’ The Good Life” a daily reality. The “good life” means different things to different people but we’ve boiled it down to some things that we are guessing we all have in common.
If you’re healthy, the world is your oyster. You can do any activity you choose to do. You can live long enough to find and experience what brings you joy. Health is a common denominator in everyone’s version of “the good life”. And health doesn’t mean you have to weigh a certain number or restrict yourself to a certain number of calories. It means that your body is yours to understand. One person’s healthy might be totally different from another person’s. But if YOU feel healthy, that’s all that matters.
Some people find it adventurous to go swimming with the sharks. Other’s find it adventurous to stand up and give a speech in public. Again, it’s not about WHAT you do, only that you find it adventurous. Adventure gives us a sense of accomplishment when we have to summon up the courage to successfully complete whatever we’re attempting. Adventure makes you feel exhilarated at the end. When you fall into your bed at the end of the day saying to yourself, “Hell Yeh! That was awesome!” That’s when you know you’ve found it. And that’s a major part of feeling like you’re living life to the fullest.
A common thread amongst happy people is the connection they have with loved ones. Friends, significant others/spouses, family members, even our four-legged loved ones. Life is much better with good folks surrounding you.
Good Food and Wine.
Maybe you aren’t a wine drinker. You can substitute this with any other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink and still get the same benefit. A good meal with great food, drink, and friends will always inspire lots of laughter and memories. A day full of laughter and memories contributes to “the good life.”
There are a ton of other things you can add in to your version of the good life but that’s some of the main items we’ll be covering in this year long series because it improves the quality of life for all involved.
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS SERIES?!?
We haven’t exactly told you what this looks like yet, have we? Well, we’ve got two major parts.
The no workout workouts.
People fall into three categories usually. The people who hate traditional workouts. You know, going to the gym and lifting weights, running, all the boring things that you just can’t find the motivation to get yourself to do consistently. Then there are people that don’t mind traditional workouts but struggle to fit it in because they’re too busy trying to live the good life. Then there’s the 1% that actually enjoy traditional workouts and it’s part of their “good life” ideal to include those in their life. The workouts, we’ve decided to focus on are for the 99% of people that either hate traditional workouts or would rather spend their time playing with their family, or doing anything BUT lifting weights in the gym. We’re going to focus on workouts that don’t FEEL like workouts. They feel like play and you can do them with whoever you want to, whenever you want to and not have to feel like they are another obligation that takes you away from all the fun!
The no diet diet.
Like with the workouts, no one likes to feel like they are on a diet. But we all know that, if you’re over the age of 21, you have to sort of pay attention to what you eat or you will wake up one day very disappointed with your state of health. So we’ve created meal plans that work in real life. Not only do they take little time to actually prepare, they also taste great AND fit in with activities that are realistic and a part of your good life. No one has time to prepare a 5 course meal from scratch the way the Food Network would have you believe. These meals are quick, easy, healthy, and are great for fun activities. We also include meal plans for “cheat days” because Kel and I firmly believe that you have to let yourself indulge in order to stick to your “no diet diet.” At the same time though, indulging doesn’t have to derail all your efforts. We’ll show you how to indulge properly.
HOW TO USE THIS SERIES:
Every Monday we will post the no workout workout activity for the week. Every Tuesday we will post the no diet diet. The diet consists of one day of regular healthy meals and one cheat day. If you have questions about meal plans you’ve already created, feel free to email us and we’re happy to provide feedback or additional meals for the week if you want more than just one day’s worth.
The big thing to keep in mind is that Kel and I will be doing this along with you. We will also post once a week about what our experience was like with the meals and activity we recommended to you. That way you’ll get real time information on how applicable these things are in your life. This usually means we will be a week ahead of you guys though but rest assured that everything we’re asking you to do and eat are things that we are doing too!
We also want you to tag your social media accounts with hashtags so that we can see the awesome things you’re doing! “The Good Life” becomes #TGL (easy to remember right?). You can also use #TGLhealth #TGLadventure and #TGLwine if you want to be more specific about what it is your posting. We use all 4 of them ourselves and will be checking all of them throughout the year. We might even have some surprises for folks that check in often with awesome posts!
WHEN DOES IT START?
Right now! Tomorrow you will receive your first No Workout Workout and we’ll go for an entire year. You can follow along when you want to and you can take a break when you want to. It’s entirely up to you. But we promise that it will be a lot of fun that we are always going to be preachin’ how to live the good life.
Because who doesn’t want that?
Questions? Comment below or email us directly and we’ll get you all set.
Linds and Kel
- Puppies. Especially Éirí.
- New beginnings.
- My beautiful apartment
- Conversations with friends you haven’t talked to in awhile
- Getting the outcome you want in situations
- My terrific professional connections
- Sleep. Seriously.
- Puppy love when you’ve had a hard day.
- A glass of wine
- Simplifying your life
- Blog comments
- Feeling accomplished
- Great friends
- Cheesy bread. Yes.
- A good salad.
- Unexpected gifts
- Sales leads
- Leads that lead to new clients
- Warmer weather
- Being undefeated in volleyball
- A comfy bed when you’re tired
- A good movie.
- Pad Thai
- A great big belly laugh.
And one more as a bonus…. Feeling happy and on top of the world.
What are you grateful for this month? Let us know in the comments!
Breathe. Live. Laugh. Love.
Austin is the music capital of the world and I love discovering new artists. Everywhere I’ve been and everywhere I go, it’s something I will always enjoy. I have a passion for the arts and I’m lucky to live somewhere that it is flowing all around! I was still very new to Austin when I first saw Meganoke perform at the Aviary downtown. I remember her music being very soulful, other worldly and oh so beautiful! I knew had to be friends right away and share her lovely talent with you all! I was looking forward to seeing her perform again and last Friday she was performing at the eclectic, Carousel Lounge. Meganoke’s performance was wonderful, and boy can she dance! I danced too, no surprise!
We got to do a special Q&A with the lovely lady, enjoy!
Q: Where did the name Meganoke come from?
A: The name was inspired by Princess Mononoke due to the many similarities I have with the character.
Q: How do you describe your music to people?
A: Futuristic jazz
Q: What image do you think your music conveys?
A: One of my most common recurring themes is what i like to call ‘death time unknown’ which means that to bring death and its close reality to the forefront of our thoughts brings about an appreciation and preciousness for life that can not be found through other means.
Q: Who are your music influences?
A: Cocorosie, Portishead, Billie Holiday, underground hip hop
Q: What first made your realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
A: I give all credit for my musical path to Riddlore, he saw in me what was possible long before I did, supported and made possible everything I have accomplished in music.
Q: What can people expect from your live performances?
A: My goal is for every live performance to be a different experience for my audience- being surrounded by so many amazing artists I am able to bring musicians, dancers and light artists to create a unique experience.
Q: If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
A: Big bass, dreamy, linguistic
Q: Do you have any other interests or talents you would like to share? How do you like to enjoy your relaxation time away from music?
A: Before I began to focus my attention on music, dance was my obsession, most currently Argentine tango has my heart and the movements experienced through contemporary dance truly fill me in a way that few things can.
Music is….salvation- path and destination.
and lastly, where can we find you?
Where’s one place you’ve been that you want to revisit time and time again?
For me, that place is Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a good deal of time there and I’m in love.
My most recent trip there was actually a year ago this week. For an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day trip, where else would you go but Ireland? And we were lucky enough to be IN the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade.
But there is more to Ireland than just the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Guinness and the Guinness factory
The wall murals of Derry in Northern Ireland
There is a surf culture here too (and yes, that’s me on the board!)
More gorgeous scenery
And awesome experiences!
The Irish culture is so welcoming that I couldn’t help but be inspired by everyone I met there!
So where’s your place? Where do you want to revisit again and again? Share your answers in the comments below!
Breathe. Live. Love. Create.
Since yesterday we talked about connecting with your heritage, I decided this Wednesday Wishlist should be my wishlist of places i want to travel to!
1. Lizard Island, Great Barrer Reef, Queensland, Australia
2. Maui, Hawaii
3. The Igloo Villiage in Kakslauttanen, Finland
4. Iceland and the Milky Way
5. Punakaiki, New Zealand
6. Cocos Island, Costa Rica
I really want to go so many more places but I couldn’t list them all!
So where is on your Wednesday Wishlist of travels? Tell us in the comments below!
Breathe. Live. Laugh. Love.