Five Things Friday #47

Hello fine friends!

Today marks the end of the work week and I really have to get my butt in gear. I realized this week that I am overwhelming myself with all of the MILLION projects I want to do at some point in life and combining that with a lack of patience is actually resulting in very little tangible work being done. I have been sitting down and making 23165441 lists of goals and then prioritizing them for the best return on investment right now.

At this moment I need to work on growing my client base for training now that I am certified. If any of you are in Chicago and need a trainer, PLEASE let me know! I also added a personal training page to this site. Working for myself requires that I start thinking outside the box in terms of marketing, so any and all ideas/suggestions are welcome. I need to focus most of my attention on that and then as work picks up I can start picking up some of my other goals. My brain makes me tired.

This weekend is pretty empty aside from shadowing a friend of mine who is also a personal trainer. I hope your plans are more exciting than mine. Speaking of excitement, lets’s check out my Five Things Friday!

1. Lemon Pistachio Donut at Stan’s Donuts

I wasn’t able to get a donut on National Donut Day and every day after that I kept thinking about one. The timing and location finally aligned this week and I grabbed my trusty lemon and pistachio donut from Stan’s. Perfect.


2. Coloring

Neil actually came home with a coloring book the other day and we have been spending some time coloring together instead of mindlessly watching movies and not interacting. We still do a fair amount of that, but it’s been nice to spend some time together like this. Then we hang them on the fridge like proud parents of ourselves (?).


3. Hungry Root Meals

Neil’s cousin actually introduced these to me (thanks Konika!) and I reached out to try them since I liked that they had capitalized on the spiralizer craze and found a way to profit from it. I was sent two meals: Rutabaga Noodles with Roasted Mushroom Pistou and Carrot Noodles with Tangy Sriracha Peanut.


These were so good. Usually when I make veggie noodles with my spiralizer (affiliate) I just throw them in a salad and eat them cold. With these, I followed the directions on the back to create a warm, cooked meal.


It made the experience so much better because the noodles were almost pasta-like. The rutabaga meal also came with chicken so I didn’t have to worry about getting enough protein. My only suggestion would be to label the containers so you know which sauce is which. I was able to figure out the carrot meal, but just to make it easier a label would help.


This was REALLY good and ready really quickly. I threw it together for a lunch and felt like a king. For anyone interested in ordering some of these awesome meals, you can use the code erinsinsidejob on their site for 20% off!


4. The $100 Startup (affiliate) by Chris Guillebeau

I was recommended this book (affiliate link) by two people this week alone so I figured it was worth a shot. I am also in a Facebook group that now has a monthly book to read and this was chosen for the month of June. As I mentioned at the beginning, I am all over the place with ideas and books like these really give me hope that I can succeed and also calm me down a little bit to recognize the steps I need to take to get there. I am really enjoying it and will probably be done this weekend. Then I can take over the world.


5. Taking Classes at Sweat

As you know, I have been predominantly working out at Hardpressed this month since I bought an intro package that needed to be used in 30 days. Now that those 30 days are up, I have been getting back into taking the classes at Sweat instead of just teaching them. It was nice to wake up sore this morning and know that I pushed myself yesterday. I never sweat as much as when I work out there (guess the name was a good choice). I want to get back to Hardpressed, but I have to figure out how to fit it into my budget. Maybe I’ll just create an alter-ego that needs a new client package.


That’s it for my favorites this week. See you on Monday!


  • What’s one of your favorite things this week?
  • Are you doing anything exciting this weekend?
  • When was the last time you colored?

Linking up with Heather and Katie!



    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:28 am

      It’s great! I finished it in 2 days.

  1. June 12, 2015 / 6:22 am

    Look at you doing things. I love the lemon pistachio donuts. they are seriously amazing. And I must find these noodle things musttttt. I’m glad that you are able to get back and take classes at sweat again! it’ll be an interesting shift after so much straight up lifting, I’m sure!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:29 am

      They’re online and then they come right to you. Get some!

  2. Konika
    June 12, 2015 / 6:25 am

    I’m so glad those veggie noodles were good!! 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Thanks for telling me about them!

  3. June 12, 2015 / 7:08 am

    I started summer break is my friday favorite!! Working with kids I have the chance to color often. I say it’s for the kids but I secretly love it. When my kids were little we spent hours coloring together. #mommemories
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:29 am

      That sounds awesome! I forgot how much fun it is 🙂

  4. June 12, 2015 / 8:46 am

    For your training business: online training programs? Ivanna made mine through trainerize and it’s awesome. She can check in with me and even upload videos of what the exercises look like. I want to check out the $100 startup. I’ve heard good things about it as well!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 12, 2015 / 8:47 am

      I was just looking at Trainerize the other day!

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:32 am

      Come to Chicago. There’s donuts everywhere!

  5. June 12, 2015 / 10:33 am

    My step dad colors to unwind every night. He says it’s his absolute favorite thing! I loved renting The Kingsman the other night after work. Perfect way to unwind midweek. Looking forward to heading into NYC this weekend to celebrate my best friends birthday!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thats so cute! And I just saw that movie too; it was great 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thanks Heather! They were really good; I was surprised!

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:31 am

      I concur.

  6. June 12, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Oh awesome I want to color!!! I love playing with my pastels:) but it’s been a while.. We’re in DC this weekend gallivanting with my crazy cousin. Shenanigans are happening for sure!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:32 am

      Nice! I hope you had a great time!

  7. June 16, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Hungry Root Meals looks freaking cool! I must look at it closer!! 😉 And then color… Yes, I must get in some coloring! lol

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:40 am

      They’re pretty delicious!

  8. June 16, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I colored…actually I think it was senior year of high school in US Government haha. One of the girls in my yoga training has a zen coloring book from Barnes and Noble!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 17, 2015 / 8:41 am

      They’re making all these adult coloring books now that look really cool!

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