Hello & Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I got a lot of stuff done, and feel so refreshed and ready to conquer the week ahead! My current gym is closed this week, so I’ll be hopping around to some new ones, so this should be fun! I am also creating a new meal prep menu for the week. I love the convenience of the meal prep so much, and I find that I eat a lot healthier, but I have to switch up the recipes, or I’ll get so bored!
You’re probably surprised because I normally don’t do recap posts until Tuesday or Wednesday (last weeks post was the exception), but I want to get a schedule going with my blog. I’m not making any promises, but I’m going to try harder. I feel exhausted on Sundays. My brain just turns to mush, and I crash like a little kid who just spent the entire day at the pool. My Mondays are eventful, so it makes more sense for me to write on Sunday nights. I’ll be able to wake up, head to the gym, and slow down the day knowing that my blog is already up and running for a morning read!
I did all of my meal prepping after the gym last Monday. I pretty much ate the same all week long, and it made life so much easier!
On Tuesday morning, I spent several hours in the upstairs bathroom shaving Grumples. He had an appointment at the vet to get some new lumps (lipomas) biopsied. All good news. He also got his shots updated, tested for heart worm, new preventatives, and blood work. He went through it all. I decided to shave him down to make it easier to find the lumps and have them checked out. They were in odd places.
Some of you saw the videos of me shaving him on Instagram. It’s crazy how much he enjoys it. He just lays on the floor and lifts his leg for me. His favorite part is when I shave his belly.
We got back from the vet around 6 pm, so I had some quinoa, baked chicken, green beans, cottage cheese, and bottled water for dinner. Cottage cheese is a great way to add extra protein to any meal!
My dogs LOVE to take country drives to see cows. They start going crazy when they see cows, and they get so excited. We go on “cow rides” at least once a week, and it makes them so happy. When we got back, I took them on a long walk around the block, and then we plopped on the couch to relax and watch T.V.
I was feeling hungry later in the night and fighting off a sweet tooth. I had a crazy craving for dried pineapple (my weakness), so I had an idea just to bake the pineapple. It turned out to be INCREDIBLE tasting. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I am going to try to perfect the temperature and time for the baking, and I’ll report bake! I think maybe a low temp and higher cooking time.
I spent a lot of time doing things around the house on Wednesday. My day was a blur. For breakfast, I had two egg cups and a chocolate banana protein shake.
I usually go the gym on Wednesday nights because of the instructor. She’s the one I have a love/hate relationship with. She’s killer.
I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea, but I decided to run two miles on the treadmill before heading to class. I was exhausted. Not only did we have an intense workout, but it started to storm so hard while we were working out, so she extended the class. It was raining aggressively with high gusts of wind, and it would have been crazy to go out in that. The rain finally lightened up, but I was still drenched, in sweat! Something completely changed inside of my body, and Meighan agrees about how weird it is. When I used to focus only on cardio, I never sweat. Instead, my skin would turn cold, and my face would go red. Now, I’m sweating buckets! I’ve also been drinking so much water to help with muscle repair, so I hear that has a lot to do with it as well. This isn’t me complaining, but it’s mind-blowing. I used to think I was incapable of sweating.
I was so hungry after class that I picked up a bottle of water and a Quest Bar at CVS. I just needed something in my body quick! I had been working out for two hours at that point, and I had zero energy left.
When I got home, I started making dinner ASAP. I had leftover chicken and quinoa, so I prepared some zucchini noodles for the side. I added parmesan and garlic powder to the “zoodles” for extra flavor.
I was up with Kyle watching a Naked & Afraid (because I can’t get enough of that show.) For dessert, I had the new Dannon Greek Desert Yogurts topped with a couple pieces of dark chocolate. The Dannon Yogurt snacks are so fun! They have a dessert flavor with crunchy toppings on top!
I woke up early on Thursday morning to have breakfast and walk the dogs before heading to the gym. For breakfast, I had scrambled eggs (3 egg whites +1 yolk), banana slices, and whole grain with almond butter and raspberry jelly. This is my favorite breakfast before a circuit workout. It has an excellent source of carbs and a great source of protein.
The workout class was just what I needed. It was a new instructor, so it was fun experiencing her routine. I love that every instructor has a particular style. Some days I crave an easier route, and some days I want to be pushed. This class was a bit easier, but it had a lot of cardio, so I left sweaty with a real good push!
I was shopping around for a new mirror after the gym on Thursday, but no luck. I honestly didn’t put too much effort into it. I was too hungry to function while walking through the stores. I decided to pick up a salad from Panera and head home for the afternoon, so I could catch up on work. I always get the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and customize it. I add avocado, feta, egg, double chicken, tomatoes, kale, spinach, and romaine. The salads are huge and perfect for leftovers.
After my successful afternoon of playing catch up, I made coffee and headed to the couch to watch Naked & Afraid. I’m convinced that I can do this show.
Had the second half of the salad for dinner on Friday night! I ended the night by walking the dogs and watching two more Naked & Afraid (can’t stop, won’t stop.)
I was excited for Friday morning because I had a workout date with my mom. She got off work at noon, so we headed to her gym to complete a fun cardio + strength workout! I typed it all up early in the morning so we could use it at the gym. Before I headed to the gym, I had a slice of whole grain bread + cream cheese + raspberry jelly + almond butter crumbles.
I stopped at CVS first to grab some post-workout bars for my mom’s gym locker. Above are some of my favorites after a workout.
If you are going to complete this workout, it takes about an hour and twenty minutes, but if you do it without the repeats, you can finish it in 45 minutes. My mom hung the workout in her locker so she could do it during her lunch hour without the repeats. You can customize it any way you want to fit your fitness needs! It was the perfect workout to kick-start the weekend. If you are going to attempt the whole workout, make sure to have enough fuel in you, and DRINK A LOT OF WATER!
First round of cardio + first two rounds of circuits complete!
Second round of cardio + second found of circuits complete!
Stretching & workout complete!
I was so hungry after that workout! For lunch, I had steamed broccoli, Applegate Turkey Slices, and a side salad. My salad had romaine lettuce, goat cheese, blueberries, tomatoes, cucumber, and Marie’s Greek dressing. I know I’ve said this before, but if you’re looking for a restaurant style dressing, Marie’s are the best! Every flavor is incredible. You can find them near the salad bags in the grocery store.
I took the boys out to my parent’s house on Friday night to run around and play for a couple of hours. They live so close to me, and it’s nice to be able to let them run around. My backyard isn’t big enough for them to run around like the big crazy animals that they are 😉
Later on, that night, Kyle and I made an enchilada style quinoa with my extra food prep ingredients. I added enchilada sauce, green chilies, corn, Mexican cheese, black beans, chopped bell pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper to the leftover quinoa. I baked it for fifteen minutes, and it turned out perfect! This little recipe was an excellent way to use the leftover food prep instead of letting it go to waste. We topped the quinoa with crab cakes from the Fresh Market. I want to learn how to make the perfect crab cake, so if you have a recipe, send it my way! Please 🙂
We woke up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning to walk the dogs for a couple of miles. It was going to be a HOT one. After coffee and relaxing a bit, I headed out to work on my house. I had to clean out the leaves from the rock, trim up the plants, water the flowers, and spray down the drive way. I couldn’t help but think about how much I want fall to get here ASAP while I was out there. It was only 10 am and almost 90 degrees. The humidity is the real killer.
I love this picture of my sleepy boys 🙂
Saturday was dedicated to the pool & reading! I’m almost finished with The Perfect Stranger. I started it a couple of months ago but got sucked into other books. I’ll let you know what I think when I finish it. I looked funny while in the pool. I was covered in 70 SPF sunscreen, hiding under a giant sunhat, and keeping almost all limbs in the water. I’ve really protected myself from the sun this summer. Although being tan looks amazing, I want to take better care of my skin. Later in the afternoon, I got cleaned up, had some coffee, and relaxed in the air conditioner.
I threw on some jean shorts and a t-shirt and headed down to Rock Hill Downtown with Meighan. We decided to check out the BMX World Championship open ceremony. There were SO MANY food trucks and fun activities going on. Rock Hill looked like an entirely different city. It was pretty impressive. The BMX World Championship is taking place all week down by the Riverwalk! Pretty cool event if you’re looking for something to do.
Meighan and I walked around for about an hour. The heat took over our appetite, and we were sweating. SO ATTRACTIVE. We decided to drive down the road and have a meal in the air conditioner!
We headed to Legal Remedy Brewery. Meighan had never been and it is one of my favorite spots. I especially love it during football season.
I ordered my usual. Surprise! Surprise! I get the steak salad! It has pickled onions (which get pushed to the side) cucumbers, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots (which get pushed to the side because carrots don’t belong in a salad), steak and french fries. Sometimes I get fried goat cheese on top! I figured the truffle fries were enough fried for me for the night.
After dinner, I headed to my parent’s house to watch movies. The dogs were over there with my parents (they are obsessed with them.) Look how cute Leo is!
I woke up early to have coffee with my parents and it was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining and it was still tolerable outside.
We decided to take the boys for a long walk before the heat arrived. When I got back, I mixed cold coffee with 1/2 cup of vanilla muscle milk & topped it with whipped cream. It was a delicious and cold coffee drink! + protein 🙂
I had a light breakfast before getting outside for a workout.
I had one slice of back (half eaten on the plate) half of an omelet filled with sweet potato and bell peppers, 1/2 English muffin and watermelon slices.
My gym was closed, so no excuses! I didn’t want to miss my Sunday sweat session, so I came up with a backyard workout! This workout was AMAZING & something you can do at home. It took 45 minutes to complete. It was so hot outside, so I sweat out almost every ounce of water in my body. I had about five glasses of water while working out because of how hot and humid it was.
All you need for this workout is a mat, dumbbells, and water! This is also a perfect living room workout.
I threw on my swim suit and went straight into the pool to cool down.
Later in the afternoon, I headed to Bath & Body Works because they were having a sale on candles! I bought some new essential oil candles for the house. I’ll share which ones I bought on my Instagram story later today!
For dinner, I had roasted vegetables and baked chicken! This is what my meal prep will look like for the week. I think I’m going to buy sweet potatoes, vegetables for roasting, ground turkey, and chicken breast. 🙂
I hope you guys have a great week! I’ll be blogging about my Buffalo Chicken Frittata next!:) I will also be making a printable PDF with twenty of my favorite circuit workouts!
Questions for you!
- Would you like me to start doing separate posts dedicated to my meal preps?
- Tell me the highlight of your weekend!
- Do you prefer Monday recap posts?