I hit a personal record last night. I wasn’t feeling good over the weekend, and all my body wanted was sleep. I don’t sleep in, I go to bed at a pretty reasonable hour, and I can operate without hitting the seven-hour-sleep rule. Last night, I fell asleep at 6:15 pm. I ate dinner, closed my eyes on the couch, and I was out. I woke up to Kyle putting a blanket on me at 11 pm, and then I made my way upstairs and slept all the way until 6:30 am this morning. That’s about twelve hours of sleep. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in my entire life. Whatever I was coming down with, the rest helped because I feel 100% today.
To top off the excellent sleep I got last night, I headed out this morning on a four-mile walk with my dogs. What’s so great about that? Well, I was in a tank top. It was 65-degrees at 9:00 am this morning. Hellllllo! It’s going to hit 76-degrees on Thursday, so I’ll be heading out to do some outdoor DIY projects! When I spend a lot of my week behind the computer screen or cooking, my recaps can be pretty blah. I apologize for the not-so-exciting recap this week. I didn’t want to skip out on it altogether, so I’m sharing some things I ate and did this week. It’s Valentine’s week, and it’ll be warm, so I’m hoping to have a more entertaining recap next Monday.
This is going to sound so pathetic, but I look forward to Monday. I do love my weekends and look forward to those as well, but I get so inspired over the weekend and can’t wait to jump on weekly projects. Also, Bachelor Monday! Duh.
Tuesday morning breakfast overview: Half bagel, protein yogurt, and pumpkin seeds (chocolate fudge Orgain plant based protein powder + cinnamon pumpkin Superseedz) Lemon ginger tea with extra ground ginger and fresh lemon juice. (yogi tea brand + anthony’s organic ground ginger.) Along with my other medication, I take a vitamin D3 supplement and tumeric.
I usually have my supplements with breakfast a couple hours after coffee.
I got a call from my mom on Tuesday morning asking if I could go to the grocery store with my dad to help him pick out some low carb options and put together some fun low carb meals. His doctor wants him on a low carb diet, so I was excited to help him out. He’s already lost ten pounds in the first week and a half. Way to go, Dad!
The first dish I put together was a chicken and broccoli salad. This a great little recipe to eat on top of romaine lettuce and cottage cheese.
Ingredients: 6 cups chopped broccoli florets, 4 cups shredded chicken breast, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup chopped turkey bacon, 1/2 small onion diced, 1/2 cup light avocado oil mayonnaise, two tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup swerve, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, chicken, mayonnaise, swerve, and pepper together. Pour the mixture over the chopped broccoli, onions, bacon, and sunflower seeds. I put it in a to-go container and gave it a good shake with the lid on. Let the salad sit in the fridge for three hours to marinate.
My dad loved this one! ♥
Another one not pictured: chopped tomatoes, cucumber, celery, black pepper, mayonnaise, and crab meat. A seafood salad to go in lettuce wraps.
One of the best meal prepped low-carb recipes has to be the egg cups! They are so easy to make, and you can just eat them for every meal. I love making these.
Here is one of my meal-prep blog posts with my egg-cup recipe.
These egg cups had 18 scrambled eggs, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, a sprinkle of black pepper, 1/2 cup chopped spinach, ground turkey sausage, chopped turkey bacon, sauteed onion and peppers, and a light sprinkle of cheddar cheese on top. I baked these egg cups for 17 minutes at 350 degrees. Make sure to grease the pans, or they’ll stick!
Wednesday morning breakfast before diving into my workload.
Two scrambled eggs, waffle (ate the other half hours before with coffee), grapefruit, and tea! The grapefruit was incredible, which reminds me! I need to stop and pick up more.
It finally stopped raining, so I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I can’t stand when I’m out of my sparkling water! I drink it religiously. I also needed some fresh flowers because they help my rainy day/winter blues.
After working the rest of the afternoon, I went out on a three-mile dog walk with the boys. I took Leo 1.5 miles and Grumples 1.5 miles. It was so nice to just get out of the house with them.
For dinner, I made zoodles, turkey tomato sauce, and sauteed kale. The zoodles kind of tasted like slimy worms, so I ended up toasting a bagel and eating that with my sauce instead. I like sauteeing chopped zucchini instead of the zoodles, and I should have done that instead.
I headed out on Thursday morning for a long walk, and then took a yoga class! It was funny because I went to yoga in my winter coat, and when I came out, it was tank top weather.
I had so much work to catch up on Thursday that I hardly left my office. I wanted to get everything completely done so that I could just have a relaxing Friday and weekend.
Kyle ended up LOVING his meal prepped meals from last week, so I decided to surprise him and do it again this week. Instead of cooking his chicken on the stovetop, I slow cooked it in the crockpot to make it even better. I don’t mind doing the meals because I’m usually already in the kitchen cooking on Fridays. It saves him a lot of time and then gives us more time together on the weekends. He has a really busy work schedule so I like helping him out when I can.
If you missed the whole explanation on Kyle’s meal prep, check my previous recap post.
My Friday creation was a success. I made banana almond blondie bars with chopped walnuts and figs. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! I’ll have that recipe up soon because I just have to share it with you ASAP. It’s also grain free, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and no added sugars. Start saving those extra ripe bananas now!
I made homemade stove-popped popcorn with sea salt after dinner to have while watching the Olympics. (I don’t even remember what I had for dinner, but apparently, it isn’t pretty enough or didn’t even make it to the plate to photograph.)
I woke up on Saturday morning, walked the dogs in the pouring rain, and decided to do a floor workout instead of going to the gym. I’ve been filming all of my workouts, so those will all be released soon! 😀
Some equipment I keep for at-home workouts: I try to avoid the gym during flu month as much as possible! Using my equipment is much safer. Plus, it saves time, and you get to do it all in the privacy of your own home. If you don’t want a gym membership, and you want to get fit at home, you can do it! You can wake up thirty minutes earlier and get in a workout without having to drive all the way to the gym and go to a class or deal with a ton of people. It’s great! I’ll be using the equipment below in my videos!
Kettle Bells (5lbs,10lbs,15lbs,) (link to the whole set)
Dumbbells (2lbs,4lbs,6lbs,8lbs,10lbs) (Link to the whole set)
Yoga Mat (link to the blue one)
Jump Rope (usually use this when I’m doing backyard or outdoor workouts)(link)
Resistant Bands (get extra/they break)
Gliders (awesome if you have wood/laminate floors)(link)
Exercise Steps (I keep mine in the garage & purchases two extra risers) (link)
Exercise Ball (great to sit on for better poster while watching T.V. too!) (link)
And if you have dogs…get a baby gate! I keep them behind the gate when I’m working out so they can’t bother me. Kyle woke up and the dogs made their way into my workout space, so you’ll see them in the videos. 😉
My morning routine starts with tea 🙂 (extra ginger and lemon for cramps!)
For breakfast, I had two eggs and sweet potatoes on the side. I also had a banana while cooking! Bananas and sweet potatoes are great for cramping because of the potassium.
After shooting some food photos for the blog, I made a turmeric and ginger latte to sip on while Kyle went to the gym. I have been getting so many questions about my milk frother! I have a discontinued model, but their new version is cheaper and SO MUCH COOLER! Here is the link to that one!
Kyle and I decided to go see a movie later in the afternoon. We both wanted to see The 15:17 to Paris! It was a pretty good movie, and I loved that those boys got so much recognition for all the lives they saved that day on the train. Incredible heroes! They weren’t the best of actors, but I loved hearing their story 🙂
I made honey mustard roasted chicken (recipe at the end of this blog post) for dinner, heated up some sweet potatoes and had some avocado on the side. After dinner, Kyle and I took the dogs for a long walk! We finally had a break in the rain.
I woke up so sick on Sunday! The whole works.
I finally felt better around noon and forced myself to get up and clean. I wanted to feel like I did at least something. I spent most of the day laying down and working on the computer.
I think watching Fixer Upper all day inspired me to do something.
In the afternoon, I had a protein shake to get something in me. It had banana, almond milk, chocolate orgain, and ice.
I made a giant lunch salad around 2 pm. It had avocado, pecans, roasted butternut squash with cinnamon, arugula, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and honey balsamic.
This dressing is life.
I love all of the Tessemae’s dressings! 🙂 This honey balsamic makes a great marinade as well.
This salad is vegan and gluten-free without your choice of protein. If you want, you can add eggs to make it vegetarian, tofu to keep it vegan, or grilled chicken! I added my leftover honey mustard chicken from Saturday night.
If you missed it, check out my latest salad post on the blog! It’s a delicious kale salad with all the goodness!
For dinner, I had some more leftover salad and roasted carrots! As I mentioned before, I fell asleep about ten minutes after eating. I was out cold.
I hope you all have a wonderful week, stay positive, enjoy the small things, and have a great Valentine’s day! Speaking of Valentine’s day, don’t forget to come back and check out my post featuring Kyle! We’re answering your relationship questions on the blog ♥
Questions for you!
- What’s the longest you’ve ever slept?
- Night owl or morning bird?
- Do you prefer home workouts or gym workouts?