Hope you all had great long weekends 🙂 I’m about to head to the gym, but before I take off, it’s recap time! I booked my flight to L.A. about two months ago and forgot the correct date. I thought I was leaving Saturday, but nope! I leave for L.A. tomorrow. Tomorrow guys… I have nothing packed, but that’ll be my project after the gym!
Last Tuesday, I had lunch with Becca at Whole Foods. Our schedules have been completely clashing lately, so we try to take advantage of lunch breaks to catch up when we can. My plate had fresh fruit, fajita chicken, cauliflower rice, zucchini, garbanzo beans, red onion, smoked chicken, cucumber, and spinach.
Later Tuesday evening, I headed out for a long walk with Meighan. The evening weather was flawless. I grabbed a raspberry tea at Coco & The Director before the walk and a strawberry lemon & passion fruit spritzer at Amelie’s afterward.
Kyle and I watched Bachelor in Paradise to end the evening 🙂
On Wednesday afternoon, I headed to my workout class. We had a new instructor, and it was fun to switch things up! I did two miles on the treadmill before class to get my steps in. I try to get 12k-20k steps a day. I usually average about 15k steps.
I wanted something quick for dinner on my way to Kyle’s. I just grabbed my favorite at Whole Foods. This plate had broccoli, squash, carrots, cauliflower rice, lettuce, cucumber, onion, and zucchini. I had a container of hot chicken with it.
I worked on a few fall projects on Thursday 🙂 More about that soon…
My little blogging buddy was keeping me company. This was the best way to spend the rainy day.
For dinner, I tried out the Daiya vegetable pizza. I was looking at pizzas at Whole Foods and this really kind man raved about it, so I told him I’d try it out 🙂 He was right, for being gluten free, vegan, and dairy free…it tasted pretty good! It didn’t have that “weird” vegan cheese taste. I’m not a vegan or becoming one, I just like to try new things! I have readers that are dairy free, gluten free, and vegan! I like to change things up and try out new products for them as well. It’s fun to report back!
I made scrambled eggs to have on the side. 2 eggs + 2 egg whites mixed with 1/2 cup of cauliflower rice, peas, and carrots!
Breakfast was not my strong suit last week. I’d have my coffee, a cup of Cheerios, a protein shake, and then eat lunch later afternoon. I have been making my own salad dressing lately, so there is a strong suit somewhere. I have been mixing balsamic, honey, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil together! It makes the perfect combo for sweet or savory salad. This salad had broccoli, romaine, cucumber, red onion, and grilled chicken.
I headed to a boot camp on Friday. Another new instructor! Lots of changes for September I suppose. I need to find shoes that are good for training and running. If you have any recommendations let me know, because we do a lot of running in these classes, and I have no idea which shoes to wear. These Nikes hurt the bottom of my feet the entire workout.
I stopped at Fresh Market to pick up recipe ingredients, movie snacks, and post workout treats. On my way home, I had Cranberry & Sage turkey jerky (literally heading there later to buy some for tomorrow’s travel), Mango Habanero Kale chips (SO GOOD), fresh pineapple, and a Celsius energy water. Oh, and that kettle corn tastes just like state fair popcorn straight out of the kettle!
I spent the early evening making this delicious pasta salad 🙂
We finally got a break in the rain, so Kyle and I took advantage of the beautiful weather and played a couple hours of tennis! We’ve been playing four to five days a week and just can’t get enough.
We headed back to his place just before the rain hit!
For dinner, I had a bowl of my pasta salad and ground turkey! For dessert, we had this Pascha organic chocolate bar. It was unbelievably delicious. It’s peanut free, wheat and gluten free, dairy and egg free, and soy free!
On Saturday morning, I headed to the gym with Meighan to do an hour circuit workout. We started with ten minutes on the Stairmaster, twenty minutes of arm weights, twenty minutes of leg workouts, and finished it up with another ten minutes on the Stairmaster. We also walked a mile there and a mile back! So, a perfect way to start Saturday!
I’ve been adding Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides to my coffee, cereal, shakes, and sparkling water. You can’t taste it at all and it has so many wonderful health benefits. You can read more about it here!
I picked up a black coffee on the way home from the gym because I was so tired, and needed it for energy! I had more fitness to be tackled.
Kyle and I went to play doubles with my parents on Saturday afternoon.
We brought the dogs with us. It was the cutest thing ever because Grumples played “ball boy.” He ran for the balls near the net or off the court and brought them straight back to the bench. It’s almost like he knew what to do! We couldn’t stop laughing at it. If anyone were watching, they probably would have thought we trained him to do it.
We played almost two hours of tennis and then headed back to my house to watch Dateline (per usual.) I made Applegate’s chicken nuggets and GoVeggie Carrot Sweet potato fries for dinner.
If you’re wondering how we keep out two hyper dogs occupied, we get them antlers. They are 100% antlers, no added preservatives or chemicals, hand selected, washed, cut, trimmed, sanded, odor free, and last forever! They clean the dog’s teeth and are from the U.S.A. They literally keep our dogs busy for hours! These aren’t the ones they eat or can destroy. We have antlers that Grumples has been working on for about two years. Best investment ever. They are called White Tail Naturals and we get them on Amazon.
It was 58 degrees Sunday morning! Kyle and I walked the pups around my neighborhood. For breakfast, I had pumpkin spiced Cheerios and my coffee with collagen. I also put the collagen in my cereal milk. With all of the activity I’ve been participating in, I want to make sure I’m taking care of my joints! I heard collagen is great for it.
Around noon, Kyle and I made waffles for lunch! We made a pumpkin spiced one and a peanut butter chocolate flavor! You can find those recipes here.
It’s a serious addiction, but we headed to a new park to play tennis. We wanted to work on serves and practice a few new things. My serves are getting pretty deadly; now I just need to get more consistent with them. And how cute is this bag that General Mills sent me?! I love it!
More fun snacks we picked up on the way home! Brad’s Crunchy Kale & Matt’s Munchies! Both so good.
We stopped at Home Depot to pick up some mums for my pots and a couple of other items. I was so excited to bring out the fall flowers! When I get back from L.A., It’ll officially be fall! I will be able to add pumpkins.
I emptied out my pots from the summer, rinsed them and replaced the half dead flowers with my new mums 🙂
It only took about forty-five minutes to finish up. I’m so happy with the weather lately because it’s cooler in the mornings and evenings. I finally get to sit outside.
My pizza on Sunday night was gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and it didn’t taste too bad! I wasn’t a giant fan of the vegan cheese, but it could have been a lot worse.
We also tried the Simple Mills pizza crust for Kyle’s pizza, but we weren’t huge fans. They have the best muffin mixes, but this pizza was too different for us. I think we will stick to the Flatout pizza wraps next time. Although, the Rudi’s gluten free wraps weren’t bad!
Fun treats for dessert! The dark chocolate Sun Cups are one of my favorites. We also tried the Dark Chocolate Dream bar, which was also tasty. Sometimes, I’ll eat the Sun Cups before or after a workout for a little energy treat.
We played board games and sat outside on my back patio Sunday night. It felt very peaceful outside. The sounds of the bugs were therapeutic.
I ended up in the same spot in the morning. I had my coffee out on the deck and enjoyed my morning with the pups. I treated myself to a little cream this morning after drinking my coffee black 80% of the week.
My breakfast protein smoothie: 1 Tbsp Spirulina, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Scoop Collagen, 1 Scoop Maca Powder, 1 small frozen banana & 1 Cup Coconut Milk.
The products I use:
Organic Spirulina (Kyle’s mom got me hooked)
Plant Protein Powder (I’ve learned that I simply prefer plant protein based on the taste and texture)
Before I head to L.A., I’m going to pack these into morning portions to take with me.
Yup, more tennis…
We met up with Kyle’s roommate and played for two hours.
Headed to my parents for Labor Day fun!
Dark roast Iced coffee with coconut milk followed by sparkling water with stevia drink mix!
Dinner was delicious. I had a grilled turkey burger wrapped in lettuce, roasted vegetables, and veggie fries!
I’ve been LOVING turkey burgers lately. They’re so lean and full of protein.
Some of you were asking about my swim top! They don’t sell the same one anymore, but here is one almost just like it! & much much cheaper!
Well, I’m off to the gym, and then on to my busy day! Packing, errands, photography projects for the blog, and more!
Chat soon! xo xo
Questions for you!
- What did you do for Labor Day?
- Any L.A. recomendations?
- Any movie recomendations for the plane?