COVID19 Weekend

Day 127: After The Pen, Workout Setup, Sunday Dinner, Etc

July 20, 2020

After The Pen

Workout Setup

Welcome to my home gym . . . or something.

All that is required for 80 Day Obsession is a mat, weights, stretchy bands & sliders (search “bands & sliders” on amazon and you get many options), PLUS something to watch it on (laptop or tablet) and a printout of the tracker sheets (to track your weights/band levels). My weights are 5 lb – 25 lb. This range has been good enough for 80DO. I would love to eventually also get some heavier weights and some weights between 15 and 25 lb (ie, 17.5 and 20 lb weights).

This picture was taken on Sunday, because on the weekdays when I do my workout it is usually dark!

I do not have any secrets as to why the kids do not wake up, but I definitely keep the volume low and they all have noise machines. So, there you have it! My little workout studio.

Weekend cooking (& eating)

Takeout night was pizza (YUM).

Last night I made this and ALL 3 KIDS LOVED IT. It’s in the (much beloved) Dinner Illustrated cookbook and the recipe called for black rice, but I knew that risk would not be worth it from a kid-friendliness perspective 🙂

Roasted salmon (10 min in a 500 degree oven) + cucumbers + radishes + avocado + scallions + seaweed with a dressing that had miso/rice vinegar/mirin/ginger/lime. Zero kid complaints and I personally loved this meal, so I WIN.

Banana bread happened after dinner! I used the Kitchn recipe that Gwinne recommended (b/c I was making it with Cameron and the recipe claimed to be the easiest possible — and it was pretty easy) and we added chocolate chips. We all ate a slice for dessert and I admit I am already excited to have some for breakfast.


I am pretty much ready (weekly goals / lists & all!) so . . . here goes a new week.



  • Reply omdg July 20, 2020 at 10:16 am

    The presence of 25 lb weights on your rack gives me hope. Someday!!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 10:33 am

      Yep in phase 2 a lot of the squats and lunges I held 25 in each hand 💪 phase 3 is hard but not as much opportunity to use them (different exercises, more plyo).

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns July 20, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Super impressed your kids loved that meal. We are on the struggle bus of getting our son to eat vegetables… I never thought I’d spend so much time and energy thinking about what our child eats. I was not a picky eater so it’s hard for me to deal with the pickiness. But allegedly he eats vegetables at school so I am sort of giving myself a pass at home. So his most common veggie is a cauliflower tot. I hate that it’s a processed vegetable, but it’s better than nothing I figure? That said, he loved the lentil enchiladas I made last night, so he will eat some things that other kids would probably turn their nose up at!

    You give me hope that some day exercise will be a big part of my life again… I’ve struggled to fit it in with work and caring for our son. Of course now is when it would be easiest to fit in since I”m WFH, but I’m super limited due to my pregnancy as I have some complications. So walks will have to do for now.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 11:40 am

      If it makes you feel better, I HIGHLY doubt any of mine would eat lentil enchiladas. (I would though!!! And MAYYYYBe Annabel might. Maybe.)

    • Reply Lisa July 20, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      They’re older now and it’s not really a problem anymore, but our expectation was that each kid needed to eat a fruit or vegetable, but it could be anything in the house. Two spent a lot of times eating frozen peas. I just kept trying and eventually found options each one will usually eat. Cut up strawberries, roasted cauliflower or broccoli, and frozen grapes tend to be popular right now. Good luck!

  • Reply Lori C July 20, 2020 at 10:50 am

    OK, A. I love these pictures! And B. Where do you get your music inspiration? One thing I like about Pandora is that I can set it and forget it… it will play a nicely curated playlist based on my mood. But they play some of the same stuff over and over again (not unlike the radio). How do you keep your music fresh and fun?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 11:39 am

      haha yesterday I was inspired because I heard the classic Belinda Carlisle at the grocery store!!! I prefer Spotify to Pandora b/c with pandora I get the feeling I am being fed the music they WANT me to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear. I primarily get my ideas/new music info from the podcast All Songs Considered. I used to also love Sound Opinions but they got a little too snotty for me — I felt like they needed an artist to be obscure for them to be worthy of praise! I think there’s a lot of very popular GOOD music – Kacey Musgraves for example.

  • Reply Emily July 20, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Aww I love G’s gingham dress! Super cute.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Baby Gap 🙂 I have to admit watching her walk around in dresses melts me. And I want her to at least wear them a little before she grows out of them!

  • Reply Rebekah July 20, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I use add-on change plates on my dumbbells from Rogue, they’re great! So you can take a 15 lb weight, for instance, and increase each side up to 3lbs. They’re a bit of an investment, but what workout equipment isn’t? They make the dumbbells I do have a lot more versatile, while taking up very little space. Looks like the set is sold out (which is what I have), but you can buy a la carte.

  • Reply Coco July 20, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    love love your journal!!! every time I see it, I want to try it too. do you have tips for someone starting from zero? how to make it manageable?

    • Reply Lori C July 20, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Same question as Coco!! Plus any suggestions on how to improve penmanship… I’m thinking I need those worksheets I had back in first grade to practice. Ha!

  • Reply Sarah July 20, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I love these journal posts but they’re leaving me very torn. I did a modified bullet journal for four years but finally got tired of drawing the same weekly layout over and over again. This academic year I finally got a printed planner that starts in August. Now, with the pandemic uncertainty, I hesitate to write anything in it. Will school start on August 31st? Who knows??? Every time I see your bullet journal I’m tempted to go back.

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