I thought I could beat jetlag by staying up for 24 hours, but my body’s alarm clock was like “nope.” I was up at 3:30 am (Hawaiian time) this morning. I’m going to try to stay up later again tonight and maybe take some melatonin. Oh, I’m in Hawaii by the way! 😊 I had a 17-hour travel day, and I’m exhausted, but it’s all worth it. I’ll be blogging from the Big Island of Hawaii for the next two weeks. I have many fun adventures planned and I can’t wait to take you with me! But first? The weekly recap post. And then later, I may take it easy and hit up the beach.
This week was very laid back. I spent most of the week working, taking long walks, and getting everything ready for my trip.
Monday morning breakfast: 5 egg whites + 2 yolks omelet topped with Kite-Hill cream cheese spread, guacamole, and fresh strawberries. I was determined to eat up all the groceries in my house before my trip, so I stuck to a lot of the same foods.
I spent Monday morning working on some photos and writing a blog post and then caught up on laundry after my dog walk. Leo knew I was leaving because he followed me around all week. Dogs are so smart, and they always know when something is up!
While the laundry was in the dryer, I headed out for a six-mile walk in my neighborhood. It was way too hot to take the dogs, so I made it a solo walk. I listened to music and finished in an hour and a half. Going for walks is a great way to stay active, and de-stress. Even though trips are fun, they always give me anxiety because I feel overwhelmed about packing or feeling like I’m going to forget something. Especially when you’re traveling 4,625 miles away from home.
For lunch, I had an arugula salad tossed in Primal Kitchen honey mustard dressing topped with strawberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, rice crackers, and fresh avocados. For my protein, I had 1/2 cup of frozen peaches, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (vegiday), and cashew milk blended.
On Monday night, I had a black bean burger (microwaved) and leftover white rice. I was so hungry that I ate it standing up in the kitchen. I was excited that my new laptop and cell phone came, so I spent the rest of the night setting them up.
After my long Tuesday morning dog walk, I had one of my delicious and healthy double chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies (recipe coming soon.) for breakfast with a cappuccino. I got started on the 40 Day Fitness Challenge, which starts in two days and I’m so excited about! Here is the link to the Good Vibes Only and Hello Gorgeous mug! I had a lot of people asking about them, and they’re only $5.99! I bought a set.
For my late breakfast, I had fresh grapefruit and a 5 egg whites + 2 yolks omelet topped with Kite-Hill cream cheese spread and guacamole.
I was craving a smoothie bowl late afternoon, so I made a delicious blueberry mango one! It had 1 cup frozen mangos, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 2 cups cashew milk, 1/2 cup ice, and one scoop of vanilla protein powder. I topped it with fresh banana, peaches, blueberries, unsweetened coconut, and turmeric granola.
For dinner, I just stir-fried up some chicken breast, carrots, zucchini, and broccoli with sesame oil, garlic, and sea salt.
It was a beautiful and peaceful Wednesday morning. I love the cooler days filled with sunshine. I had a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. My oatmeal had cinnamon, honey, raisins, and almond butter.
I was really running low on groceries, so I snacked on apples dipped in peanut butter powder. This is one of my favorite snacks!
For dinner, I had arugula tossed in honey mustard Primal Kitchen dressing with kale crackers and shredded chicken breast.
I spent Thursday morning drinking coffee and blogging all about my Vegan Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies! (gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, soy free, and delicious)
I met up with Becca for lunch later in the afternoon. We went to our favorite spot, Zoe’s! I ordered the tossed greek salad with falafel and grilled chicken! You better believe I tossed off the olives.
I didn’t get hungry until around 9 pm on Thursday night, so I just whipped up some eggs and heated up some sweet potatoes. I topped them with the Kite-Hill chive cream cheese spread.
After my Friday morning walk, I had coffee and worked on the fitness challenge outside on the patio. I picked another strawberry from my garden! 🍓
I decided to take a break from working and head over to my parent’s to let the dogs run for a bit. I brought my Kombucha and apple to have while the dogs ran around the backyard!
They were loving the sun! I kept blowing bubbles for them for about an hour. They were so zonked by the time we got back to my house!
I spent the rest of Friday finalizing the 40 Day Fitness Challenge, which starts Thursday!!! I can’t WAIT, and I hope you join!! It’s my favorite so far, and I’m looking forward to doing the workouts and eating healthy while I’m out in Hawaii.
Kyle and I made a Blue Apron for dinner and then watched Handmaid’s Tale! I have so many thoughts and theories about the latest episode, but I’ll keep my mouth shut because I don’t want to spoil anything!
My favorite way to wake up! After coffee, Kyle and I took the boys out on a long walk, and then I headed to Target to get some things for my trip so I could start packing on Sunday.
Before I took off, I had a jar of oats! It had almond butter, oatmeal, cinnamon, chopped dates, and honey.
When I got back from Target, I made a 3 egg white + 2 yolks omelet topped with Kite-Hill cream cheese spread and a side of Siete grain-free chips!
After lunch, Kyle and I met up with my parents and played 29 matches of tennis. We played over two and a half hours! It was so much fun! My hair was disgusting, frizzy, and sweaty, but here is the photo of the aftermath.
We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to get some ingredients for dinner. I really wanted grilled chicken, and Kyle really wanted pasta, so we started making a random dish!
We mixed fresh parmesan with broccoli, rigatoni, butter, garlic, black pepper, fresh basil, olive oil, grilled chicken, and pesto together.
Kyle’s delicious creation!
I had the boring dinner, but I was really craving grilled chicken with barbeque sauce and ketchup!
After dinner, we walked the dogs around the block, and then watched a movie!
I was up bright and early on Sunday! I was ready to get prepped and packed for my trip.
I had the last of the fruit in the house and some eggs for breakfast.
Leo clearly thought he was coming along…
I have started building a new blog post for jetlag, packing, in-flight entertainment, and TSA approved meal prep! I’ll post it while I’m out here on vacation 🙂 I had so many questions swing my way, so I think it’ll be fun and informative!
I packed all my meals for the day, and it was so great not stressing about what to eat at the airport! I’ll add the meal prep in the travel post! It was the most convenient thing I packed in my carryon!
We headed uptown later Sunday evening!
Kyle and I were hungry, so we walked to B Good for dinner! It’s one of our favorite healthy uptown spots.
I ordered the power bowl with grilled chicken. It came with kale, sesame carrots, brussels sprouts, crunchy chickpeas, sunflower seeds, local egg, and tomato vinaigrette. I totally need to make this at home! I also ordered a kid kale crush smoothie. I wanted a smoothie, but not the whole thing, so I decided to go with the kid-sized! It had kale, apple, pineapple, and banana.
On the way home, I picked up a delicious local roast to bring to Hawaii for my friends. They love coffee too! The Rhino Market & Deli has a great selection of local coffee, food, and drinks.
I was up bright and early on Monday! I needed to have coffee and wake up a bit before my flight! Don’t worry, my hair went into a messy bun. I didn’t go on the plane looking like a cavewoman. Kyle woke up early with me to drop me off. I was sad he couldn’t come because of work, but we have a fun trip planned when I get back. I am looking forward to that!
My plane took off at 7:30 am! First stop, Denver Colorado!
I landed in Denver 1 pm Charlotte time, so I had one of my turkey burgers with some sweet potatoes and vegetables for lunch before getting on the next flight.
The flight to Hawaii almost got canceled. The radio on the plane wasn’t working, so we had to wait for a part to arrive from San Fransisco. Luckily it all got fixed, and we took off an hour later.
My flight to Hawaii was eight hours long. I ended up watching Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, listening to a podcast, drinking hot tea, sleeping, talking to my neighbor, and playing Candy Crush. I had an apple, some grapes, and my second turkey burger and sweet potatoes for dinner.
Finally landed in Hawaii at 4 pm! (10 PM Charlotte time/aka past my bedtime)
I was determined to stay up way late so I could beat jetlag. I had a glass of wine out on the patio with my good friends and then fell asleep around 8:30 pm.
Waking up to the birds, the early sunrise, and a delicious cup of Kona coffee is what I had been dreaming of for months!
Questions for you!
- What would you like for me to include in the travel-guide post?
- Are you starting the 40 Day Fitness Challenge?
- What is one thing you’re LOVING right now?