Cardio Interval Workout

Last week I completed my third week of a 6 week virtual challenge with This Time Fitness. Monday’s workout was cardio intervals and left me dripping in sweat and feeling so accomplished.

Here is the workout…

Most of these exercises don’t need any explanation. For the super squats perform a squat jump into a jumping lunge on each leg and back into a squat. It is a burner for sure. I was dripping with sweat at the end.

The first round you perform 40 seconds of super squats followed by 90 seconds of jumping rope. The next round perform 40 seconds of super squats, 40 seconds of pike pushups, and 90 seconds of jumping rope. You continue adding on an exercise each round.

I am loving all these workouts from Kindal and Dan. If you are interested in their live streaming classes you can reach out to her at [email protected]

This upcoming week I am doing something new to me and taking two virtual cooking classes online! I am so excited!

It is also our last week of virtual schooling for our oldest. What a crazy and sad end to the school year. I have so many feelings about it. When I think I am doing ok a new wave of emotions hit and it is the silliest things that make my have all the feelings. Our three littles got to pick up all their preschool end of the year books and packets and seeing all the teachers was just…I don’t even have a word for it. We love our preschool so much.

Our 3 year olds had made little pom pom chicks at our last class and they had them in their bags. Those silly little yellow pom poms made me cry. The boys were so happy to see the chicks they had made and I just lost it. Our family has been so blessed by all the teachers at our preschool who have loved on all our babies. Jesse kept saying “My baby chicky” over and over again and hugging it.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your day :).

xo, Tamara

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Pita Jungle Lentil Burger Recipe

Today I am sharing a recipe from one of my favorite restaurants. Pita Jungle began emailing recipes off their menu several weeks ago. And I was so happy! So far I have three recipes from them in my inbox. And they are all recipes I have ordered multiple times off the menu. I was pretty happy to be able to have the chance to now recreate them at home.

I figured Mother’s Day would be a great day to make the lentil burgers. And they turned out so well! Even Josh who loves “real” hamburgers said these tasted good. That pretty much seals the deal right there if you are looking for an endorsement to make these. My husband loves hamburgers and if it is his turn to cook at the fire station one of the meals is likely to be burgers.

Lentil Burger Recipe

You don’t need much to make these vegan and vegetarian friendly burgers. They are simple and can by made easily especially if you have an Instant Pot.

The recipe that was emailed said that it would make 1-2 burgers. I am not sure what happened but we ended up with 6 full size patties. Here is how we made them! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice 
  • 1/4 cup diced radish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor. Pulse for 3 seconds 3-4 times. Or…I don’t have a food processor anymore because mine broke a year ago and I haven’t purchased another one. Here is what I did. I cooked the lentils and brown rice in my Instant Pot with 2.5 cups of water for 22 minutes. When cooked I used a potato masher for a few minutes until it was at a ground beef consistency.
  2. Remove the mixture and form into 6 burger patties.
  3. In a pan brown the patty with a little bit of olive oil.
  4. Select buns (or a leafy salad as a base) of your choice and garnish with your favorite toppings. Pita Jungle suggests thinly sliced radishes, sprinkles of sumac, mint leaves, and a couple drops of pomegranate molasses. I used radishes, mint, and lettuce from our garden and also topped it off with Famous Daves pickles.

This burger was so good! It was the perfect lunch on Mother’s Day. We spent the day swimming, playing in the backyard, and ended the night watching the Disney Family Sing Along.

While I am deeply sadden by the devastation of the coronavirus I am thankful for the extra time our family has been able to spend together at home. Time truly does fly by and these extra memories made will be ones that I hold close for years to come.

To all the mom’s out there I hope you had a special day even if you couldn’t be with your loved ones due to social distancing. If you are a foster or bio mom please know you hold a special place in my heart. Our family will forever be grateful for our youngest son’s mom for giving him the gift of life.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great rest of your day! Let me know what you think if you make the burger.

xo, Tamara

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Arms & Core Workout

Happy Friday! I hope you are all safe and healthy wherever you are reading this from. We have been enjoying our backyard this week even as the heat has started creeping up in Arizona. We have had several 100 degree days already. Here are some pictures of our wildflowers and our blueberries.

We have been trucking along on getting school work done, trying to keep our garden alive, disinfecting and cleaning our house, and getting to spend so much quality time together. I am reminding myself daily all we have to be thankful for, which is so much.

I did get emotional this week when we drove by a preschool friends house to say happy birthday from the car. I got to see several friends in their cars and it was just such a weird surreal experience. I was so grateful to see them all but gosh it was hard at the same time.

I have been trying to workout around 6am before the kids are up for the day. I am so happy to share a workout I did this week. My upper body is so so sore. I did this workout I am sharing yesterday and holy moly. The pushups were intense and I loved it.

I have been doing the workouts that This Time Fitness has been posting on Facebook and they have been great. I have been enjoying them so much that I signed up for a 6 week virtual challenge with the studio. This Time Fitness is in South Carolina and I am in Arizona so it has been fun to do these workouts in realtime with the owners Kindal and Dan.

I completed Kindal’s kettlebell program Strong last year and really enjoyed it. I read her fitness blog years ago which is how I discovered her training programs. I highly recommend them. Fun workouts that help you get stronger and leaner.

Yesterday was the first workout I took that Dan programmed and my arms are feeling it today. Here is the workout with a few modifications made by me…

For the numbered exercise you will start with 30 of each and progress down on the next go around. Try to do the pushups slow and controlled. For the pushups that are the down portion only lower your entire body to the ground from plank position. For all pushups focus on your elbows being straight back as opposed to out to side.

Your first round will look like this:

  • 30 Knee Pushups
  • 30 Elevated Pushups
  • 30 Pushups (Down Only)
  • 12 Lat Raises
  • 30 seconds each of the following: Bicycle Crunches, V-Ups, & Leg Raise

Your next round you will drop the reps to 20. The negative reps were so hard for me but I loved them. I hadn’t done negative reps of any exercise in such a long time.

I am not going to lie the first two rounds took over 20 minutes but it goes much faster towards the end.

If you are looking for motivation I highly recommend Kindal and Dan’s programs and workouts. They have created a virtual studio on Facebook that will contain 44 workouts each month. If you are interested it is only $57 to join. You can find more information on their virtual studio HERE.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy weekend!

xo, Tamara

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