Hello & Happy Wednesday!
I woke up with good intentions to head to the gym, but I am just way too sore today. I went on a long walk with the dogs this morning instead. Three days in a row of HIIT workouts is a bad idea. I am going to get some things done around the house, finish some blog work, and maybe go for a run or an athletic conditioning class later this evening.
It’s the perfect time to drink coffee and blog about my week. By the way, I’ve been drinking medium/dark roast Sumatra coffee from World Market, and it’s one of the best store-bought roasts I’ve ever had. I am going to get back there soon to grab more.
So today’s project: these frames. I bought all of these frames for $5.00 at a thrift shop. I am going to be using four paint colors to paint “abstract” to match the guest bedroom and keep the frames brown to match the bed and end tables. I’m going BOLD in this room. I usually do simple warm colors, but I want to make the guest bedroom modern and fun. It’ll still be warm and cozy, but there will be more to look at. If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, I’ll do some live updates today.
Let’s go back to Friday.
For breakfast, I had an omelet and an English muffin with jelly on the side. The other half didn’t make it to the plate 🙂 I was super sore from boot camp class, so I decided to head to yoga instead.
Kyle’s roommate is literally “yoga man.” I decided to join him for a power hour hot yoga class. This class is way more than just relaxing and stretching. There is so much strength training and balance involved. I think it’s great to incorporate yoga into rest days. Yoga helps you ground yourself.
I go on Luna’s Living kitchen kicks. I’m in one now and I can’t get enough. It was the perfect vegan meal to have after yoga. I started with the Yo LaMango. It had mango, banana, matcha green tea powder, spinach, hemp milk, and I had them add kale as well. It’s my go-to!
And of course, I ordered my favorite! I had the fire & brimstone burger. It comes with homemade gluten free quinoa-millet veggie burger spiced with chipotle sunflower hummus, onion, cucumber, guacamole and house hot sauce. It’s honestly one of my favorite meals 🙂 I had the rest for dinner on Friday night.
After Luna’s, I headed to The Sunflour Baking Company for a small cappuccino. Love that place 🙂
Later on Friday night, Kyle and I took the dogs out to my parent’s house so they could run around in the backyard. I think it tired them all out…
I headed to the gym early Saturday morning to run on the treadmill, and do some weights. I kept it light.
After the gym on Saturday morning, Meighan, Caitlin and I decided to try out Roots Cafe. It’s a new spot located in Southend, and I highly recommend it. I’ll be adding it to my Charlotte list. The staff were extremely friendly, the coffee was amazing, the food looked so good (I’ll be ordering next time), and the place was so cute inside!
How cute are those lights?
I ordered a small skim cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso. This was the first place where I didn’t need to order the extra shot. Their espresso was rich and carried itself with a strong and bold flavor. It didn’t need one at all 🙂
I can’t wait to try their breakfast next time.
After coffee, the girls and I headed to Ikea and did some other shopping. I picked up a new duvet for the guest bedroom and browsed around their outdoor department. I was so hungry, so I picked up a KIND bar for the trip home. I did a big grocery haul (same as the list from the last recap post) to stock up the fridge.
I decided to try out the SILK almond milk yogurt and I was shocked at how good it was.
I added granola, chia seeds, and had fresh fruit on the side. It was raining the rest of the afternoon, so after I showered off, I plopped on the couch for literally two hours and finished a book.
I had plans with Caitlin and Meighan on Saturday night, so I got myself out of my couch potato mode, got ready and headed to Meighan’s place. It was pouring down rain, but that always happens on days where I actually do my hair.
When I got to Meighan’s, she had a mixed drink ready for me. I took one sip, and I instantly knew it was going to be a wild girl’s night out. It had blended fruit, crystal light, water, and 50% vodka. Holy moly! It was strong but good.
Another place I’ll be adding to my Charlotte list, Sophia’s Lounge. Sophia’s lounge is a new luxurious cocktail bar. It was so chic, vintage, royal-like, and the decor was to die for. We couldn’t stop looking around. The atmosphere was so unique and exactly what Charlotte needed.
We wanted everything on the menu. I’m talking about the food and drinks. I started with the Lolita for my first cocktail. It had campari, cochi Americana, still and sparkling rose, and grapefruit bitters. Perfection.
We were so hungry, so we ordered their impressive charcuterie board and the lamb tartare. The lamb tartare had smoked olive oil, harissa aioli, shaved radish, crispy shallot, and polenta crackers. It was so unique and so full of flavor. it was recommended by our (freaking amazing) waitress, and it did not disappoint.
We were having so much fun and did not want to leave, so we ordered a bottle of wine.
After we had our wine, we agreed on one more drink! Girl’s night was too much fun. I don’t go out often, so when I do, I go all out.
I ordered the YUZU 🙂 The yuzu had yuzu, grapefruit orange bitters, cherry, and mezcal lunazul anejo tequila! I was SO SO SO SO impressed with Sophia’s Lounge. It’s right next to 5Church, and across from The Dandelion Market (which are both on my Charlotte list). Make a reservation and GO!
We all headed to Fuel pizza to split pizza and cookies. Treat yo self. This was such a fun night.
If you’re wondering, yes. I felt it in the morning. I still woke up early, but I was a bit slower than usual…Omelet and sweet potatoes for breakfast 🙂 After breakfast, I headed to Target to get some organizers for the closets, and cleaning products for the power cleaning session. I don’t know why I get so excited about cleaning products, but I do.
Kyle and I headed to the gym Sunday afternoon. I just did a quick run and called it quits. I figured I’d recoup on Monday.
Kyle is obsessed with my enchiladas, so I made them for dinner with a toasted semolina vegetable salad. I was supposed to make pan-seared chicken from the Blue Apron, but we decided to make chicken enchiladas and the side salad instead. A Blue Apron makeover 🙂
I made a couple of the enchiladas with multi-grain flatout wraps, and some in the bell peppers. Recipe Here 🙂
Back to the grind on Monday morning. I headed to a HIIT class, and it kicked my butt! I know I’ve said this before, but the weight training and HIIT classes have changed my life. I used to just focus on cardio, running, cardio, running, and it just wasn’t working for me. I was physically in pain, and mentally unhappy. Since weight lifting, I’ve noticed how much stronger I’ve been, mentally happier, and so excited with all the muscle and strength gains. I’m excited to see where the next month of training brings me 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be running, but just ten miles a week!
When I got home on Monday morning, I prepped some chocolate banana oatmeal muffins! I’ll post the recipe soon:) I love having these healthy muffins before or after a workout.
I also made more egg cups. I love keeping these high protein snacks in my fridge for when I need something quick. I put sweet potato and bell peppers in these. I also mix garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and black pepper to the egg mixture.
For lunch, I had egg cups, leftover salad, and strawberries.
I’ve been using my popsicle cups to freeze my Greek yogurt! They make the perfect dessert. For dinner, I had a turkey wrap, a banana oat muffin, and strawberries.
Monday night was dedicated to tea time & The Bachelorette.
I woke up Tuesday morning for another HIIT workout followed by ten minutes of Stairmaster and some extra weight training.
When I got home, I had some chocolate oat mini muffins with peanut butter on top & egg cups 🙂
Dinner: Carrots and hummus, and a turkey & pepper jack cheese wrap with bell pepper, lettuce, and yellow mustard.
I took the boys out to my parent’s house to run last night, and then we cuddled up on the couch before falling asleep! 🙂
I’m off to finish the frames! Don’t forget to follow my social media for updates!:)
Questions for you!
1. Are you a cardio junky? Or do you have balance?
2. Do you meal prep?
3. What is a favorite recipe in your house?