Eats & Fitness – 1.12

Hey! How’s your week been?

I know for a fact of few of you are feeling more fit after an amazing Week 2 of the JSJ 2014 Challenge. It was pretty glorious to have motivation to MOVE this past week. Let’s keep it up! Feels good to sweat…am I right?!


Yesterday it rained most of the day, and was miserably cold. Great day for prepping meals for the week, and healthy snacks.



Homemade bread and hummus action…it’s going to be a good week.

This morning there were rain clouds aplenty, but after some protein pancakes, coffee, and rainbows the skies started to clear and now the sun is shining bright.


In fact I just got back from a 4 mile run with husband. I haven’t run in the sunshine in a long time. I’m usually out of the house before the sun begins to rise, so this was a nice change.

Our co-workers are coming in tomorrow for a few days, so it should be a fun week. Whenever we have company I usually meal plan, but they are also bringing us a load of groceries, so I’m kind of thinking I might end up changing some things up, but we’ll see.

Meal Ideas:

Grilled burgers w/oven roasted sweet potatoes

A Hearty Soup; like Italian Lentil

Homemade Pizza

A Curry or Indian dish – kinda craving this lately

These Quinoa Falafels – so yummy…

Also, as you saw I made some homemade bread and hummus, for veggie sandwiches and snacking. Or late night toast…love me some late night toast, warm and crusty with fig butter. MMMmmm.

Who’s doing Week 3 of the JSJ Challenge?


With guests here it’s going to be a lot of work for me, but I thought, how better to really get a feel for how I naturally eat and see how I can do better.

Whenever we have guests I try to get in my workouts just the same as I normally would while being social, and spending time with them. That means LOTS of early workouts. Here’s the plan for this week:

Monday – Legs + Ab Rippers
Tuesday – Run day
Wednesday – Rest/this yoga inspired workout
Thursday – Run day, speed work
Friday – HIIT + Strength
Saturday – Upper Body Tabata workout
Sunday – Run day 

Are you meal and fitness planning today? What’s on the menu? Need some workout inspiration? Check out the January Jumpstart Workout Calendar! 

To another awesome week!

~ Liesl

Eats & Fitness – 11.17

We had our pig, Otis, castrated this weekend. He squealed like I used to as the youngest girl in the family when my brothers would barge into my room unannounced. However, his life has been altered much more than mine was at the time. 🙂 He is now on his way to becoming fatter, and the most organic-ish pig in the village. We gave him extra scraps yesterday…it was hard day.

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All our Nahuatl friends want to come and help us eat him, but he may not be as delicious as the poop-eating, free range pork that they are used to. Just a day in the life of a gal living in a tribal village.

What’s going on at your place this weekend?

I also did some hair trimming. Their parents kept talking about how the girls would be walking around bald…not sure what they thought I was going to do. 🙂




This little man just watched. Cutie pie.

We’ve again been blanketed by clouds here in the Mexican Sierra that have also brought some rain, and living off the grid with solar power as our electric source means there hasn’t been much online time for this girl this week. I usually check the web for new recipe inspiration, so I was flying solo as I menu planned for the coming week. Even though I do have some pretty amazing cookbooks that I consult often for ideas.

And in fun news: the hubby put up a new light bulb for me in the kitchen today! So excited, it’s right above where I do most of my food prep. Yeah, for men learning to be handy. 🙂

So here’s what we’ll be munching on this week:


Main Meal Ideas:

Mexican Pie

Roasted Zucchini Stuffing

White Bean, Bacon, & Rosemary Soup w/Pumpkin cornbread

Smoked Trout Millet Burgers & Edamame (recipe will be up tomorrow)

Sundried tomato & basil omelets

Weekend prep: pressure beans (using this method), pre-cut zucchini, shell edamame, make snacks:

Gingerbread Snack Bars & Spicy Quinoa Clusters (recipes in process)
And…some Pumpkin Pie Granola! Yum!

Tentative Fitness Plan:

Monday: 6s Leg Burner Workout

Tuesday: Run + Sprints & 6 min Fab Abs

Wednesday: active rest day – walk or yoga & 6 min Fab Abs

Thursday: Run (HIIT intervals) & 6 Min Fab Abs

Friday: Total Body Workout

Saturday: Upper Body + Quick Tabata

Sunday: Run – longer run day + 10 min booty burner (stay tuned for this)

I’m mixing up my routine a little bit this week. I’ve been digging a mid-week rest day as my week days are the busiest, and I’ve been wanting to start running a little longer once a week. I’m thinking this schedule will work a lot better, but we’ll see…this week will be the test run. And Sunday is pancake day, who doesn’t love pancakes after a run?! Sounds like a match made in heaven.

What’s new on your fitness plan this week? What is working for you? Let me know I love new ideas.

And is anyone making their Thanksgiving menu yet? Can’t wait to hear what you are making! I’m experimenting with a veggie cornbread stuffing this week. Mostly because one can never have enough stuffing.

Happy Weekending!


Eats & Fitness – 11.10

Hey! Happy Sunday. I hope you’ve had an amazing, relaxing weekend


We finally had two whole days of sunshine! Oh, how I missed my Vitamin D. A week of clouds kind of puts you in a funk you know?

Today I’m in the kitchen doing some food prep for the week. Let’s hear it for easy meals on the weeknights! I have so many different recipe ideas swirling around in my head lately that a lot of things sounded good this week, but here’s what made the final menu cut:

Main Meal Ideas:

A Mediterranean version of Sarah’s Tofu Quiche

Butternut Squash Soup

Millet Trout Patties

Zucchini, Chicken, & Goat Cheese Enchiladas (those tortillas are burning a hole in my freezer)

Roasted Beet Salad w/Peas & Goat Cheese

Snack Ideas:

Harvest Spice Protein Balls – tis’ the season


Homemade seed crackers + Pumpkin Hummus!


Tentative Fitness Plan:

I really felt like I was just starting to get in a groove again last week with my fitness. I did my 6s Leg Burner workout on Tuesday, and WOW, hello gluties…haven’t felt that kind of pain when sitting down in awhile.
This week I’m going to hit it even a little bit harder! I’m comitting to do the 6 Minute FAB ABs routine everyday this week after my study hours are over. Anyone want to join me?

Need some new workouts, or inspiration? Check out my Fitness/Workout page!


Also, this article by Nia Shanks is awesome…why we work out, is the key to how we workout.

Here’s what my workout week will look like:

Monday – Run ( 3.5 miles + 8/80mt sprints) + 6 minute FAB ABs 

Tuesday – Pyramid Leg Workout (new) + FAB ABs

Wednesday – Run (steady 4 miles)  + FAB ABs

ThursdayCardio + Strength Home Workout

Friday – Run (HIIT intervals) + FAB ABs

SaturdayUpper Body HIIT + Cardio HIIT

Sunday – yoga, or active rest, like a walk with my man 🙂

Are you meal prepping today? What’s on the menu?

Do you have your workouts scheduled in to your week so there are no excuses? 

Eat healthy, enjoy your workouts, love life!


Eats & Fitness – 10.6

Hey friends! How’s your weekend going?

Our’s started out with a bang when some lovely friends flew into our little pueblo on Friday morning to spend a full day and evening with us. Homemade pizza was devoured, strong coffee drank, and sweet, sweet fellowship had. It was such a refreshing day for us. The only sad part…I totally forgot to snap even one picture. 😦 Oh well.

Yesterday and today have been spent cleaning the casa from top to bottom as we have family arriving this week.


The guest room is all ready!

Tuesday my in-laws come into town, and after a few days spent in the mountains together we will all head towards the coast for a relaxing week of sun and seafood on the beach! I CAN.NOT.WAIT.

All that to say, we will be getting groceries this week. Fresh food!! I haven’t seen a spinach leaf in 3 months, and I’ve missed them so. However, we did grow some IMPRESSIVE hybrid zucchini/butternut squashes…and just in case you doubted how mature we are…






With that in mind, I hope to make some yummy food for the fam, and we hope to get some use out of our grill as it doesn’t look like there’s too much rain in the forecast.

Also, I’ve been doing some baking…which will probably be making an appearance this week on the bloggy.


Family visit = excuse to do some seasonal baking! It’s gonna be yummy!

Okay, so here’s what’s cooking this week:

Meal Ideas:


White Chicken Chili w/Millet bread
Veggie & Margherita Pizzas
Grilled chicken tacos w/ pico de gallo
Grilled Hamburgers w/sweet potato rounds
…and we’ll be finishing some leftovers before the fam arrives.

Tentative Fitness Schedule:


Monday – Run (w/sprints) + Upper Body Strength Circuit
Tuesday – HEAVY Legs day w/plyo
Wednesday – Run (HIIT intervals)
Thursday – Total Body Circuit
Friday – Run (steady) + 10 Minute Plank Workout
Saturday – rest day (traveling to the BEACH!!)
Sunday – Get Out & Move Workout (on the beach!! woot!)

So…what’s going on in your home this week? Any fun plans, or recipes to share?

Also, have you tried the 20 Minute Interval Challenge workout yet? Just 20 minutes…a calorie burnin’ good time! 🙂

Have an amazing week!


Eats & Fitness – 9.15

Hey! How’s your weekend going?

Mine has been nice, lots of the usual happenings; getting the house cleaned up, laundry, food prep, new recipe experiments, a bit of relaxing.

The rain has slowed so we had a little grill out yesterday afternoon with the government doctors that come to work in the clinic in our village once a month. They brought everything, and just used my kitchen. It was grand.

I’m sure you may have noticed, but my posts have been all out of whack this week. We’ve had some internet difficulties over in our corner of the globe, so things didn’t get posted when they were supposed to. Grrr…I try not to get frustrated because there is nothing I can do about it. But still, it is a little annoyance in my life.

This only means one thing…

beware, post-bomb coming this week!!

Ok…back to today’s post…

I’ll be honest with you, it’s September 15th, and I have not been to town since June 15th…yes, 3 months since I went grocery shopping = slim pickins’ around these parts. However, I hope I can inspire you to use what you have on hand at any given time to make something delicious.

Here we go…


Meal Ideas:

Baked Cabbage & Chive Quinoa Cakes
Chipotle Beer Beans w/Fresh Tomatoes
Smoky Maple Lentil Salad
Tofu Spring Rolls w/Tahini dipping sauce
Salmon Dill Chowder

Other recipe teasers:




Tentative Fitness:
Monday – Cardio Steady State (35 min + 10 sprints)
Tuesday – Full Body Workout #2 + 10 min Plank Workout
Wednesday – Cardio Steady (40min.)
Thursday – Full Body Workout #2 + HIIT ME Workout
Friday – Cardio HIIT (20min of intervals, with cool down and warm up)
Saturday – Full Body Workout #2 + Stability Ball Core Circuit
Sunday: OFF/or some type of low impact recovery (yoga, walking, etc.)

Backwards lunge (left)

I’m ready to hit this week running! How about you?

Your Turn: What is your favorite grilled food? Why?
I love grilled 8-ball squash marinated in balsamic, salt, and pepper. It almost melts in your mouth.

Cheers to a healthy week!


Eats & Fitness – 9.1

Happy Labor Day weekend!!

What kind of fun shenanigans have you all been up to? I know Labor Day weekend is kind of deemed the last hurrah of summer…hope it’s going awesome.

So, I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for fall!

We don’t really have “fall” here in Mexico. At least not the fall that I know and love. The leaves don’t change color, the air doesn’t blow its cool crispness through our living room windows, there are no fresh, tart apples; honeycrisps are my favorite, and pumpkin, you’ve hit a gold mine if you find it in the store, and you had better stock up if you do. And football season…we can keep up with it online, but it’s just not the same.

I miss Wisconsin the most in the fall.


But who says you can’t MAKE fall, am I right? My mother-in-law gave me a cute little fall table runner, and the spicy, warm fall scented candles are my favorite, so I may or may not have an arsenal of them.  And pumpkin…my pantry is never without.

So, now that it’s “officially” September, I’m looking forward to sharing some fall goodness with you guys in the way of a few recipes that I’ve been experimenting with. 🙂  The plan is to flood my kitchen with the smells of sage, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg just to name a few of my favorite fall spices; and pumpkin…there will be pumpkin.

Here is what’s simmering in my kitchen this week:

Meal Ideas:

Savory Pumpkin Polenta Lasagna
Stir-fried Coconut Cabbage & White Beans
Salsa Verde Chicken Burgers
Toasted Autumn Millet Salad
Salmon & Spinach filled Crepes

And a few little treats…

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Spice Lattes (healthier and tastier than Starbucks)


Also for the month of September I’m planning to get a little more structured with my fitness routine. After all this is my last month to shape up for the beach in October!

The plan is to mix up my strength training on alternating weeks.

It will look a little like this:

Week 1: Full Body Workout (3 days, non-consecutive days), Running (3 days), + HIIT & Core mixed in
Week 2: Strength Upper Body (2 days) + Strength Lower Body (2 days) + Running (3 days) + Core
Week 3: Full Body Workout (3 days, non-consecutive days), Running (3 days), + HIIT & Core mixed in
Week 4: Strength Upper body (2 days) + Strength Lower Body (2 days) + Running (3 days) + Core

I’ll be doing my best to post a few of my workouts so you can join in the fun if you want to!

WEEK 1 –   September 2 – 8
Monday – Cardio Steady State (45 min total)
Tuesday – Full Body Workout #1 + Plank Out Core Challenge
Wednesday – Cardio HIIT/Steady (20 min HIIT intervals + 10min warm up and cool down)
Thursday – Full Body Workout #1 + Burpee Challenge
Friday – Cardio Steady w/ Speed at the End (30 min steady/ pick up your speed for the last 5min)
Saturday – Full Body Workout #1 + Ab burner
Sunday: OFF/or some type of low impact recovery (yoga, walking, etc.)

Your Turn: What do you look forward to about fall? Why?

Happy Fall!!


Weekly Eats & Fitness – 8/18

Hey friends!

It has been a scorcher of a weekend here in Las Moras. We’ve been in the 90s, and my afternoon cup of joe has turned into a blended iced coffee habit. Not that it’s a bad thing.

The thought of turning the oven on is not appealing, so it’s been cold salads and stove top meals in this casita. However, this afternoon Pete decided to fire up the grill to roast some coffee beans so I took full advantage and asked him to grill some squashes from our garden and sweet potatoes. It was a yummy summer lunch!

Also this week I made some cold-brew coffee for long afternoons of studying.


I know my plastic pitcher is so 2013. Not.


We recently moved all of our workout equipment to our spare bedroom upstairs. I’m kind of thinking it may have been wiser to wait until late fall to do that…but it does look fun doesn’t it?!
Pete said the door looks ghetto…I beg to differ. Just needs a little paint. 🙂


Pete put up our pull up bar, which has been awesome, and I’ve been doing some workouts up there, and some downstairs when my friend Rachel comes over to workout. Either way, with the humidity of rainy season, it’s a sweat fest. 🙂

Well, let’s get to the eats shall we?
Here’s what’s on the food and fitness menu this week:

Meal Ideas:


Marinated Summer Veggie & Quinoa Salad

Chicken Tostadas w/ carmelized Onions

Lentil Quinoa Spring Rolls w/almond butter sauce

Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers

Enchilada Brown Rice Bake w/homemade enchi sauce

Japanese Cabbage & Chive Cakes (inspired by this recipe)

Other things I’ll be making as lunch/breakfast staples:

 Homemade yogurt with Granola

“Pan” Breads

Alfalfa Sprouts

Protein Granola Bars

Tentative Fitness Plan:

Monday – HIIT (run) + Upper Body HIIT

Tuesday-  Cardio + Strength Home Circuit

Wednesday – Run (negative splits) + Core

Thursday- Legs Day

Friday- Run (steady 4 miles) + Better Backside HIIT

Saturday- Sweaty Bodyweight Circuit

Sunday- yoga + walk

Just so you all know, my fitness plan is very tentative. Because my schedule is changing constantly with life out here in the mountains I have to change things up often. And sometimes, I’m just exhausted…and I’m learning as I get older to listen to my body. And if my body wants a rest day, then I give it a rest day…make sense?

P.S. I highly recommend rest days. 🙂 Just sayin’

Your turn: What is on your meal plan this week? Where do you go for recipe inspiration, cookbooks, online, friends?

Alright, time to go do some floor cleaning upstairs…give me a woot!

Enjoy the last day of your weekend!