‘Sick Girl Workout’ + Different Grains

Welcome back Monday, how I did NOT miss you. Ok, on a more positive note…new week= new start 😀

Today I am still feelin’ this sickness, so I am working from home. Thankfully I am ABLE to work from home, in cases like this. I hope to be recovered fully by tomorrow. I just didn’t want to spread this ‘funk’ around the office.

The highlight of my weekend:


Yesterday I did manage to get a workout in….I cannot just sit around all day for two days in a row. It drives me bananas! I just get the need to do SOMETHING. It was a lighter kind of workout, but when I finished I felt rejuvenated!

I took the beginning part from Julie’s Lazy Girl Workout & then changed the higher intensity part to incline walking.

Instead of a ‘lazy girl workout,’ I’ll call this a ‘sick girl workout’ 🙂





































Then I did:
-15 lunges (each leg) with lateral raises- 5lb. each hand
-15 tricep kickbacks (each arm)- 5lb. each hand

Ab workout: (repeated twice)
-25 ab rollouts on stability ball
-25 crunches on stability ball
-25 crunches- legs on stability ball
-12 stability ball passes
-20 ab tucks with ball

Butt Exercises (repeated twice):
-12 fire hydrants (each leg)
-12 fire hydrants with kick out (each leg)
-12 donkey kicks with 5lb. weight (each leg)

& I finished up with inner thigh exercises.

It felt SO good to workout! Even though it was a light workout for me, I was just happy to do something.

Now I have to share with you some recent recipes that I have made. I have been on a grain kick. I’ve been looking for different recipes that involve grains, instead of the typical pasta or rice. So far these recipes are what I have come up with so far.

Greek Chicken & Barley Salad
(based on this recipe)


  • 2  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 3  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1  cup  uncooked pearl barley
  • 2  cups  cubed seeded cucumber
  • 1  cup  grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2  cup  cubed green bell pepper
  • 1/3  cup  reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • light dressing, of your choice
    (my choice:)
  • Preparation

    1. To prepare chicken, bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add chicken breasts & cook until done- approximately 10- 15 minutes. (just keep checking it) Once done, shred with fork/ cut into pieces. Just for some extra flavor, I mixed the chicken with about 1 tbsp. of basil pesto. You could add whatever spices you would like to the chicken, just for some extra flavor.

    2. Bring 3 cups broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add barley. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Cool.

    3. Combine chicken, barley, cucumber, grape tomatos, green pepper & feta in a large bowl.

    4. Stir fry spinach in a pan sprayed with Pam cookin spray for about 3-5 minutes until wilted.

    4. Add spinach to bowl with the chicken & vegetables; toss  with dressing of choice.

    I served the salad with 16 grain brain. It was a perfect complement to the salad.

    Honestly this would be a PERFECT summer salad too- you could just chill it. I had it a few days after for lunch, after it had been in the fridge & it was JUST as good. It’s good warm OR cold.

    Now for a different kind of ‘grain’ kind of meal…
    Craig LOVES jambalaya- you can find some of the jambalaya recipes that I have made in my recipes section. I saw this recipe in a Redbook magazine while I was on the plane to Maryland & I ‘dog-eared’ it to remind myself to make it. The first night we were back in town, I made this recipe. I did change some of the ingredients, which I listed. You can find the recipe it is based on here.

    Couscous Jambalaya


    • Pam cooking spray
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
    • 8 ounce(s) fully cooked turkey sausage, cut into diagonal slices
    • 2 teaspoon(s) Cajun or Creole seasoning
    • 2 can(s) (14 1/2-ounce) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juices
    • 1 box(es) (10-ounce) plain couscous
    • 1 pound(s) large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails intact


    1. In a large skillet, heat cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell pepper, sausage, and Cajun seasoning and cook about 5 minutes, until onions and peppers are softened and sausage is browned.
    2. Stir in tomatoes and their juices. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 7 minutes. Meanwhile, cook couscous according to package instructions.
    3. Add shrimp to skillet and cook about 3 minutes, until they’re cooked through. Add couscous to skillet and stir to combine.

    Along with it, I made homemade cornbread…I’m not going to post the recipe because I’m still trying to perfect it.

    If you like jambalaya, I think you should try it. 🙂 I can almost guarantee that you’ll love it!

    I’m still looking into trying some more recipes with all of these different grains. Maybe next time with be with quinoa…I shall try to conquer that this week 😀

    Let’s make this a GREAT week!!

    Leave a comment


    1. I’d say that’s a pretty darn good workout for being sick!

    2. i agree with shanna! great job, holly!

    3. Hope your feel better soon! Great job on working out even when your not feeling well 🙂

    4. I like your take on jambalaya! I’ve had is as pastayala before, so thinking this would be pretty good too.

      Congrats to the Ravens, we’ll be tuned in next weekend too, but not sure if I’m rooting for them or the Steelers. My boyfriend is a die hard Steelers fan, but I’m upset the Saints are out – so don’t want him rubbing it in!

    5. Not too shabby for a sick girl workout 😉 Feel better soon!

    6. I hope you feel better soon. That looks amazing. I actually just bought feta cheese too perfect.

    7. DANG.. what a workout- esp since your sick!!

    8. I hope you feel better 🙂

      Mmm feta is perfect addition to any salad/meal!

    9. That jambalaya looks so good! What a great idea 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better!

    10. that still sounds like a good workout!! i feel like i should totally get to the gym.. ugh.. sooo lazy!

      i made jambalaya yesterday too 🙂

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