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The Sunday GYST XVII

Have you ever read a blog that makes you feel crappy about yourself?  Well, this isn't that type of blog. I've never hid the fact that I'm unorganized or that I struggle with untimely laziness. If you have the same affliction, you've come to the right place, because Sunday's are now all about the GYST:





It's been a while since I've posted a Sunday GYST, almost 2 months to be exact! That doesn't mean that I haven't been trying to get my shit together since then, it just means I've been unsuccessful at documenting it! Since I've made more consistent blogging a goal for 2016, it's time to bring back the GYST! Perfect timing since #Whole30 requires a lot of prepping. Alright, let's get to it!



I don't have a ton of crazy things on my to-do list this week. Mostly I'll be trying to keep everything as it currently is, since things are pretty together right now. I do need to bring some of the girls old clothes to try and consign this week, so that will probably be my biggest task. Remarkably, I looked at my last Sunday GYST post, and I was working on their closet then too! My girls accumulate a lot of clothes.

Meal Plan:


Being on Whole30 requires a lot of planning, so I've got to plan every meal, not just dinner like I used to. One of my 2016 goals is to cook dinner at least 4 nights a week, and I'm happy to report that I accomplished that last week! I made beef stew, chicken fajitas, baked chicken, and a crock pot roasted chicken that I promised y'all the recipe for. I'll give that to you at the end of this post so keep reading, because you NEED to make it! I've already started this week out with a bang as I cooked some delicious steaks, baked potatoes, and roasted broccoli for dinner tonight. So good!

Work Out:

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As I mentioned in my 2016 goal post, I'm working on running a sub-2 half marathon, so I've been extremely regimented about my training plan from my coach (I promise I'll tell you more about that soon!). I'm also participating in Oiselle's Run Love challenge with my partner, Cathy, and I've made sure to incorporate core work into my schedule since our goal is to do core/strength four times a week. And there's always room for Jasyoga in my week! Something that I also need to make sure I do this week is foam roll. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my knee has been bugging me. I discovered this morning that foam rolling my quad seems to help a little bit. Weird? But I'm going to make sure and make time for that!

Crock Pot Roasted Chicken:


5 lb whole chicken

1 small bag baby carrots

4 celery stalks

2 tbsp chopped garlic

1 lemon, quartered

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

5 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tbsp parsley flakes

2.5 tsp paprika


1. Combine all dry spices in a bowl to make rub.

2. Clean chicken and remove any organs from inside the chicken.

3. Rub the outside of the chicken with the chopped garlic and squeeze the juice from one quarter of the lemon on the outside.

4. Place the carrots, cut celery stalks, and the lemons in the crock pot.

5. Pat the outside of the chicken with the prepared rub and place any extra rub inside the chicken cavity.

6. Place the chicken in the crock pot.

7. Cook on low for 8 hours.

The chicken will create it's own juices which works perfect as a gravy! If you like the skin (I don't) you can place it in the oven once the chicken is cooked to crisp it up.

What is your big goal for the week?

Do you enjoy cooking, or just tolerate it?



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