I’m finally winding down for the night with a cup of hot lemon ginger tea while Grumples sleeps peacefully at my feet. The candles are burning and everything is turned off (other than my computer of course) so I can listen to the thunderstorms roll in. Summer storms are so therapeutic and they’re the best to fall asleep to. They’re also good for blogging. It’s been a while since I’ve done a round up post of things I’ve been up to or things I’ve been eating. I figured tonight would be a good time to do that.
This post will be filled with weeks of eats, activities and a whole lot of Grumples!
Today was a really great day. I’ve been in a weird rut the past couple of weeks, but I’m blaming it all on the dog days of summer. I think it’s normal for people to go through periods of time feeling “off” with no explanation. I’ve been mentally and physically exhausted and I’ve been taking it easy for a while. Maybe that’s why they call it “the dog days of summer”, because all you want to do is hang out with your dog.
The best part about taking it easy is spending time with my best friend in the entire world, Mr. Grumples. We have been waking up early so we can walk before it gets too hot. Bringing bottles of water for him is the key!
We woke up 4:30 am yesterday for our walk…(yeah not doing that again.)
He quit on me after two miles because it was too hot. I let him sit in the shade with some water for a bit and then we walked back. I love the cooler months because he NEVER quits on me and will walk forever.
I decided to make some protein pancakes to go with my coffee for breakfast. These pancakes had 3 egg whites, 1 egg yolk, 1 small banana, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, 1 packet stevia, and 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder.
I grease a pan before adding the pancake mix and cook it on medium-high heat. These turned out better than any banana-egg pancake I’ve ever made.
I added agave & sliced almonds!
Three jumbo pancakes!
285 Calories, 24g Carbs, 9g Fat, 36g Protein, 9g Sugar
It started pouring down rain during my run tonight, so I hurried back and did a 45 minute Jillian Michaels Cardio Circuit. It’s literally one of the best videos for an at home workout and I’ve been doing it for years. Grumples has a crush on Jillian.
I never posted my travel snacks & dinner for my trip to D.C.! Readers always ask me what I bring on road trips and I keep it pretty simple. I packed a little baggy of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, Larabars, a banana, roots hummus, chopped cucumber, carrots, and a container of ground turkey mixed with rice.
Becca packed a box of Luna Protein Bars and we ate them the entire trip.
We stopped around 7pm (2 hours to go) to have dinner. Becca ordered a salad at Panera bread and I ate my packed dinner and snacks. Cucumbers & hummus are my favorite. I also love cucumbers with guacamole during football games or parties.
I headed to Trader Joe’s to stock the fridge back up when I got back from D.C. Trader Joe’s is cheaper than my usual grocery store. I love all the new items they carry and everyone is always so nice in there!
I’ve been completely obsessed with these No Cow Bars lately. I’ve mentioned them a couple of times, but I can’t get enough. You can get them at most CVS stores or on Amazon. The raspberry truffle is my favorite so far.
Shooting all the way back to August 22nd…(better late than never?)
Breakfast: Cinnamon spice oatmeal, blueberries with honey, & two eggs over easy!
I’m still loving this plate designed by Mud & Stone Studio from my trip to Canada!
One of my go-to afternoon snacks: carrots & hummus.
Dinner: Steamed broccoli, ground turkey, butternut squash, and cauliflower rice topped with figs.
Dessert: Mixed fruit! Strawberries, grapes, pineapple and cantaloupe.
Tuesday the 23rd’s breakfast.
Oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, almonds and hazelnuts.
Afternoon snack: coconut milk latte made with my Nespresso machine, and a green juice from Trader Joes. This is the best juice I’ve found. It’s not filled with sugars and it tastes really good.
Lunch: hummus, carrots, grapes, ground turkey, cauliflower rice, and butternut squash.
I make a huge container of ground turkey every Monday to eat throughout the week.
I keep lunch light because I usually run afterward.
I ran 3.5 miles in the 95-degree heat and then cooled down with a protein shake. This shake had unsweetened cashew milk, ice, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, 1 date, and 1/2 a banana.
Dinner: Romaine, cucumber, butternut squash, ground turkey, cauliflower rice, almonds and avocado!
I woke up at 6 am so I could run at the trails before it got too hot. After my run, I had Trader joe’s dark chocolate, hazelnuts and a granola bar.
Breakfast: two eggs over easy, coconut milk yogurt with honey and cinnamon, and a sweet potato.
Snack: strawberries, grapes, banana, cantaloupe and pineapple.
Lunch: hummus, carrots, crab (had a weird craving for imitation crab…it happens) avocado and a piece of dark chocolate with hazelnuts. If you’re a fan of Ferrero Rochers chocolates, try eating a piece of dark chocolate with hazelnuts! It kind of tastes like one, but healthier.
Aimee and I went to spin class together on Wednesday night. This was one of the best spin classes I’ve ever been to. The music selection was awesome. Spinning to Drake? count me in! I also loved the weights and strength training incorporated. I was bike #21…NBD.
We grabbed Juice Bar for a post workout treat. I ordered the Matcha Green Tea with protein powder added.
I dusted off the neglected juicer on Thursday morning and made a breakfast juice.
It had cucumber, carrots, figs, one bag of kale, zucchini, apples, lime, and ginger. I always run 16 ounces of water through the juicer to pick up any extra juice and for more hydration.
I headed out for a six miler! I was glistening.
I looked up while I was stretching and saw this beautiful heart in the clouds.
It was my mom’s birthday on Thursday, so I headed to their place for dinner. We weren’t celebrating until Friday, but I still wanted to be with her. We had sweet potato mash, salmon, green beans, squash and seafood paella.
I made dinner for my mom on Friday night and we celebrated her birthday. You can find my meatloaf recipe here! I’ll post the other appetizer recipe soon!
It was hot out on Saturday but still breezy…perfect for a hike. Kyle and I had intentions of driving to Asheville to hike, but we were both pretty tired from staying up late with my parents and didn’t feel like driving all the way there. We settled for Crowder’s mountain.
I have never sweated that much in my entire life. I’m one of those weird people that will not sweat during a workout until I’m done. I was DRENCHED. It was disgusting and I couldn’t wait to shower.
Like a like a painting
We stopped at the little farmer’s stand before heading out to my parent’s house. They watched Grumples while we spent the afternoon hiking. I brought my mom some fresh peaches and my dad some sweet corn.
Kyle and I had an early dinner at Hakanah Sushi Bar in Baxter Village.
I had the house salad with ginger dressing and the lettuce chicken wraps.
We watched about five episodes of Chopt and then the movie Burnt! It’s the cooking movie with Bradley Cooper (only way I know how to describe it) and it was so good! It makes you want to learn cooking techniques, appreciate chefs and eat food! I was hungry after watching it, so I made some eggs for a late night snack.
I went to church early Sunday morning. I also learned that your nails marbleize if you add hairspray to them while drying them with the blowdryer. They looked so cool!
I met up with Becca for breakfast after church.
I’ve never been so happy to have coffee (not true.) I was super tired on Sunday, which is odd because I had the best sleep of my life on Saturday night. I passed out and slept like a baby.
I ordered two eggs over easy, a side of bacon, fresh fruit and a whole wheat English muffin.
Becca and I went to the gym after breakfast and then did eight miles at the Riverwalk!
Of course more coffee…
*this was after we chugged two bottles of smart water.
I made ground turkey taco salads on Sunday night for dinner and they were super delicious! I’ll be posting that recipe soon as well.
Monday morning breakfast: 3 egg omelet, green onion, havarti cheese, and sweet potatoes. The Dandelion Market got me hooked on havarti cheese in my omelets.
I need to breakup with ketchup. 🙁
I made homemade chicken tenders on Monday to eat throughout the week. I used my chicken nugget recipe.
I also made a side of steamed broccoli and a marscapone balsamic fig sauce.
I headed out for a four mile night walk after dinner with Becca. The sky was on fire. We live for our night walks so we can talk and catch up on life.
I was definitely experiencing the rut feeling in the morning. I decided to head out for a 30 mile bike ride to shake it. I love going fast and feeling the wind. It always puts me in a good mood.
I still had a crazy burst of energy and so I went for a six mile run after my bike ride. It’s so weird to run after a ride because your legs feel all wobbly. Have you ever walked after taking off your ice skates? It kind of feels like that.
Grumples and I headed to his vet in the afternoon for his checkup and shots.
He is 10 lbs overweight…:(
He doesn’t walk as much in the summer because it’s so hot and he quits on me. I don’t want him overweight, so we have been waking up at 6 am and walking 3 miles and then we walk at night. I’m hoping we can get those ten pounds off by November.
The morning skies are so worth it.
I met up with Becca on Wednesday night for a coffee date after the gym.
I had a coconut milk latte. Did you know Starbucks has wine now?
Kyle and I watched the finale of The Night of and I am still thinking about it…if you guys haven’t seen the show, watch it now. It’s one of the BEST shows I have ever seen. The acting, the picture, the artistic angles, the script, the story, EVERYTHING…
Questions for you!
- What are you up to this weekend?
- I want to do more DIY. What DIY projects would you like to see?
- How do you dig yourself out of a rut?
- OK…I need your help. What hairstyle # should I go for? I’m in a huge hair rut and it’s at the “can’t do anything with it” stage.