Good afternoon & happy Wednesday.
I was struggling yesterday with allergies. Spring is about here, and my eyes are already watering, the headaches are creeping in, and my throat is scratchy. I tried my hardest to fight through it last night but defeated at 8 pm. I passed out and slept like a log all the way through the night. I was wide awake at 6 am, made coffee, walked the pups, checked emails, and headed out for a run! I feel like a whole new person today.
I alway stay out at my parent’s house once a week. I love that the dogs can go crazy in the backyard and it’s nice to have dinner with them. Another good thing is that my mom always makes me breakfast in the morning. You’re never too old for mom’s breakfast! She made me a vegetable omelet with a side of fresh fruit. Food is just better when it comes from mom.
Leo helped me eat some of the cantaloupe while checking emails 😉
My goal was to run for one hour. I didn’t want to worry about the pace or mileage. Running longer rather than faster helps build endurance(for me). I kept thinking about the half marathon everytime I felt like stopping. I keep getting in my head, and I need to stop. I have thoughts like “what if my shoulder starts bugging me again?”, “what if I make a fool of myself?” and what if I am so slow?” The worried thoughts keep piling up. I realized that those thoughts would become real if I don’t start thinking positive and telling myself that I got this. I can run ten miles without stopping, so what is so scary about running 13.1? I think the scary part is that I still get tired at mile six, still have awful 5k’s now and then, and sometimes my shoulder tightens up so bad that I think it’s falling off. Those are just fears that I can turn into motivation to keep pushing forward. I know I can do this. My time was actually pretty good! I plan on running 9-10 minute miles during the half.
I love running out at my parent’s house because the dogs cheer me on from the backyard! They run along the fence with me every time I pass by.
When I got back, I chugged three glasses of water and a large protein shake! It felt nice to relax on the porch before showering off all the sweat.
My personal cheerleaders.
My protein shake had a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a cup of water, one-half of a large frozen banana, and one heaping spoon protein powder (30 grams.)
I have a couple of new posts lined up that I think you’ll love. They’ve been taking up all of my time, so I wanted to make sure to post a recap post before they go live!
My last recap post left off on last Thursday, so lets start there!
I headed out for a run in my neighborhood on Thursday afternoon. It was extremely sunny, and I didn’t bring sunglasses. It was 4 pm, and I had way too little fuel in my body. I had an awful run. The uphill route gave me tight shoulder aches, a migraine, and I was winded. I had to stop before mile five. Usually, I’m weird and want my miles to end on a solid mile, but I just couldn’t go anymore. This horrible run fed my anxiety about the half. What happens if this happens during the race? I found myself questioning it all again. Bad.
Lesson learned: wear sunglasses, eat more before the afternoon, drink more water, get more sleep.
Thursday was an early night for me. I heated up some leftover food, watched Revenge Body, walked the dogs and headed to bed by 10 pm.
Friday was a running rest day. I made myself a yummy breakfast and decided to do a back porch circuit workout. I made bacon, a five egg-white omelet, and had a tangerine on the side. The sweet and sour taste of the tangerine is delicious after taking a bite of the salty bacon.
I loved the circuit I did in the backyard and wrote it down as I went. This workout can be completed in under thirty minutes, and it’s super effective. You don’t need a gym or any special equipment to complete it.
The Back Porch Circuit:
35 Sit-ups (10 left, 15 center,10 right)
25 Dumbbell Bench Presses (5-10lb weights)
^ X 2
30 Left Side Leg Lifts/30 Right Side Leg Lifts
50 Front Arm Circles/50 Back Arm Circles (do not take a break between sets)
30 Left Front Leg Lifts/30 Right Front Leg Lifts
35 Sit-ups (10 left, 15 center,10 right)
10 Jumping Jacks
Repeat Circuit 2X!
I let Grumples come outside to cool down with me afterwards.
Kyle got me hooked on the Isopure Amino Supplement after my workouts to help with recovery! This supplement is only fifteen calories, and it tastes so good!
After working out, I was in the baking mood. I decided to play around with some gluten free recipes. I created this delicious gluten free blueberry oat breakfast cake, and it was to die for! The recipe can be found here!
Fridays are my days for power-cleaning, and it gets intense.
I’m not sure what comes over me, but I get the urge to clean everything. I blast music and get to work. I start by vacuuming all the rugs and then remove them from the floor. I like to throw them on the staircase, so I have room to work. I vacuum the couch, the throw pillows, and place the throw blankets into the washing machine. I scrub the counter tops, clean the stainless steel appliances, scrub the bathrooms, clean the cabinets, dust items, wipe down the end tables, and Windex the mirrors and windows. After all of that is done, I sweep up the hardwood floors. I make sure to do the hardwoods last because things from the counters usually end up on the floor after wipedowns. Once the hardwood floors are clean, I use my mop and scrub them. When they dry, I place the rugs back, throw the clean pillows and blankets back onto the couch, light the candles and head upstairs for round two.
I start by adding new sheets, and pillow covers to the bed, vacuuming the carpets, Windexing the mirrors and windows, and then scrubbing down the bathroom. I don’t touch the guest bedroom or the office because they are not completed, or used right now. I plan on making those rooms my spring and summer projects. The upstairs is a quick fix.
When finished, I relax with my coffee and get back to working.
For lunch on Friday, I made a delicious salad. It had kale, brussels sprouts, pepitas, craisins, parmesan crisps, ground turkey, goat cheese, and lemon poppyseed dressing. YUM!
It was beautiful on Friday, so the pups and I sat in my backyard while the evening sun went down. Once the sun goes down, we go inside because, you know, woods and killers and stuff. Backyard, bye!
A couple weeks ago, I bought Amy’s organic gluten free black bean enchiladas. Kyle and I decided to heat them up for dinner and try them out. They weren’t too bad! It actually inspired me to make enchiladas for Saturday night’s dinner.
My dad sent me the cutest photo of my mom on Friday night. I surprised my parents by sending them a Blue Apron! Blue Apron is an awesome meal kit delivery service. I wanted them to enjoy the delicious meals all weekend long! My parents have always been a fan of Blue Apron, so they appreciated the surprise.
Friday was a sad day. We finished our favorite show on Netflix, and watching shows haven’t been the same since. We popped popcorn and watched the final episode. I loved how they ended it, just upset that they ended up. We have been trying some new shows, but it’s always hard finding something without comparing it to your favorite.
We ended up playing it safe, watching a couple of Dateline episodes. Those rarely fail us.
Like the old people that we are, we were both in bed by 10 pm.
I felt great on Saturday morning. I went to bed early, woke up early, had coffee, made breakfast, and got ready for a long walk with Becca.
I made scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, banana slices, and blueberries.
Before Kyle headed to the gym, and I went off to the Riverwalk, we walked the pups around the neighborhood.
The weather was beautiful on Saturday. It’s hard to believe it’s February. It was overcast, but 72 degrees.
The Riverwalk is on my Charlotte List (almost done by the way), and it will always be my favorite trail.
I cannot wait for this summer. Becca, Meighan and I are going to buy rafting tubes and float down the river! We see people do it all the time and we are going to give it a try. You better believe I’ll be bringing my waterproof camera.
I love seeing all of the flowers bloom in the Carolinas! Hello, spring!
We had completed seven miles before the rain hit. We lucked out for sure! I decided to stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up ingredients for gluten free enchiladas.
My parents stopped by Saturday afternoon. My dad helped me paint the accent wall. I loved the blue, but I have softer accent pieces, so it didn’t match. I like it a lot better now that it’s a softer color.
I made enchiladas for all of us. They turned out fantastic. I cannot wait to blog this recipe on Saturday morning! Kyle was obsessed, and they are so much healthier than the last enchiladas I made!
Sunday morning snuggles.
We headed uptown to Kyle’s place. I had been looking forward to Sunday all week! Kyle headed to the gym, meal prepped for the week and hung out with the pups all day.
I met up with Becca and headed to the coffee shop. It was kind of sad that we were going to spend a 78-degree day inside, but we had big plans.
We bought coffee, tons of water, snacks, and got to work!
Tomorrow I will be posting “How to Build a Blog in One Day,” and I think you guys will love it! I get questions regarding the blog every day, and I’m finally happy I wrote something. Not only did I write it all out, but we built Becca a blog and added step by step photos!
Snacks were necessary.
We finally finished later in the evening and were super happy with the end product. We headed to Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca to grab food for dinner.
I had avocado quinoa salad over kale Caesar salad with grilled chicken on top. It tasted as good as it looks.
Kyle and I hung out with the pups on the patio for a while and enjoyed the warm Sunday weather.
On Monday afternoon, Meighan picked me up from my house, and we headed over to the Riverwalk to run three miles.
We did our three miles in 27 minutes and then walked two and a half miles back.
We walked the dogs around the neighborhood when we got back.
I made a salad for dinner before the Bachelor started. It had brussels sprouts, kale, chicken, gluten free croutons, Caesar dressing, parmesan and sunflower seeds.
My salad didn’t have enough protein, so I made a protein shake during the Bachelor. It had almond milk and chocolate casein protein powder.
I made Grumples a giant bed, and he loved it! He looked like one of the pillows.
So don’t be mad at me BUT…I kind of like Corine now. I think Vanessa is too good for Nick, and Raven doesn’t seem compatible. She needs a good country man, but Corine and Nick seem perfect. What did you guys think of the hometown dates?
I had coffee and a bowl of “Cheerioats” for breakfast. I like to mix my chocolate Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and gluten free oats together with almond milk. It sounds weird, but tastes so good!
I headed over to my parent’s house yesterday afternoon and ended up baking these delicious almond honey coconut cookies! They’re so healthy. I can’t wait to share this recipe soon! I have so many to post.
We decide to make hibachi on the grill outside for dinner! This hibachi had bell peppers, onions, zucchini, radishes, summer squash, carrots, kale, eggs, and chicken.
The hibachi was so flavorful that it didn’t need any seasoning or sauces!
As you already know, I was out like a lightbulb at 8 pm!
Poor Leo is getting fixed tomorrow, so please keep him in your prayers! I know this type of surgery happens a thousand times a day, but Grumples had big complications during his procedure, and it was frightening. Please pray for little Leo and I’ll let you know how it goes!
Questions for you?
- Were you afraid before your first half?
- What has been the highlight of your week?
- What’s for dinner?