1) Bacon-wrapped porkloin (recipe on food network from Giada)
2) Wild rice (recipe from my mother-in-law)
3) Butternut squash-and-ricotta-toasts (recipe courtesy or Real Simple magazine)
I'm always up for a challenge- wish me luck!
Finally, I'll leave you all with some tips on getting out of a workout slump:
1) Something is always better than nothing! Consecutive days of sedentary behavior quickly adds up. It doesn't take much to maintain a consistent level of fitness. If you're feeling lackluster plan for a 20 minute workout-chances are you'll probably start feeling good towards the end and make it longer. If you don't , you still got in some movement which is essential to maintaining health, a good mood, and fitness.
2) Try something new. If you tend to be a road runner, try trail running or hiking. If you strictly road bike, rent a mountain bike for a weekend. Sign up for a new group exercise class at the gym you wouldn't normally go for. It will work muscle groups that are usually neglected, give you a new perspective, and present you with a new challenge!
3) Workout in a group. Swimming with a group in the mornings this semester has been so nice. I would never get up at 5:30am to jump in a cold pool alone. It also brings out my competitive side, and I work much harder than I would by myself. Group training provides a social network, accountability, and an overall fun time!
4) Don't beat yourself up. It's normal to go through ups and downs in motivation to work out. Just like anything else in life. It's a good thing that you are listening to your body and recognize when you need to back off. Giving yourself a buffer each year where you take time off and exercise with less intensity will make you better in the long run. The important thing is to be consistent in moving your body every day- fitness and health should be a life-long priority.