Good, Afternoon! I hope your Monday has been fantastic so far!
I’ve had a very productive morning. Later on today, I am going to groom Grumples (and, yes! he loves it) and finish up the last load of laundry, and then put it away, of course. That is not my favorite part of laundry, but it does feel good to have everything clean and put away. I’ve been making it a chore to wash all the clothes on Sunday and put them all away on Monday. That keeps the laundry under control and also breaks up the dreaded process. I know I usually do my recap posts on Tuesday morning, but it’s going to be a busy one. I have to take Grumples to the vet for another biopsy on a new lump. I’m pretty positive it’s another non-cancerous lipoma (fatty tumor) because it’s common to get several after the first. I’ll keep you posted.
This morning was beautiful. I could hardly keep my eyes open last night, so a 9:30 pm bedtime had me awake at 6 am. It was a blessing because it was 68 degrees and breezy outside. I got dressed and took Grumples for a 1 1/2 mile walk, and then took Leo on his 1 1/2 mile walk. This is how I fit three easy walking miles into my morning every day. I do the same at night, and it adds up without it being too much.
When I got back from my walk, I fed the pups, made coffee, and had breakfast. I always have a light pre-workout breakfast and hour before class. I had 1/2 whole-grain waffle with peanut butter, a small banana, and two egg cups. I didn’t take a photo because nothing made it to a plate.
I headed to the class, and it was tough as usual. I look forward to my Monday morning HIIT workout. I love the instructor, and her workouts are killer. We did so much today and burned out almost every muscle in the body. My arms and legs are on fire. I will most likely go back to the gym tonight with Kyle to do some cardio and abs. Cardio helps me with the lactic acid buildup that I know will be attacking my muscles in the morning.
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been prepping food. I didn’t think this was important for staying on track until this weekend when I learned the hard way. I don’t necessarily plan meals or portions out, but having food prepared helps me make healthier choices. I could easily go for a bowl of cereal or pancakes for breakfast, but knowing I have egg cups, Greek yogurt, and other foods prepared, I go for those. Because I didn’t feel like cooking and I had no food prepped, I had animal crackers, cereal, and peanut butter for dinner on Saturday night. I woke up feeling bloated and motivated to start prepping meals. Also, there is nothing wrong with eating cereal for dinner. 🙂
I already had some ingredients at home like Greek yogurt, almonds, multi-grain waffles, natural no sugar added nut butter, and eggs. So I just picked up what I needed to prepare some easy meals. I bought steamable broccoli, green beans, all-natural skinless & boneless chicken breast, quinoa, blueberries, and garlic chicken marinade (because plain chicken is gross.)
For the chicken, I sliced the giant breast in half, added to a greased baking pan, and topped it with garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, and Herb & Garlic marinade. I baked the chicken for 23 minutes at 380 degrees.
I also made egg cups, cast iron green beans (seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder), chopped pineapple, and tri-colored quinoa.
I put them in containers, and they’re now ready for lunch and dinner! I usually make enough for four days worth of meals, so I can get creative and treat myself on the other days. I’d get bored if I stuck to the same meals.
And next week, I’ll change up the meals and share another food prep post.
Some of you were asking about my pre & post-workout drinks that were in my Instagram story this morning. The clear bottle is for my pre-workout, which I use IdealLean. The second bottle is filled with Amino post-workout & recovery.
For lunch today, I threw my prepped food onto the plate. Easy as that 🙂 I had 1/4 cup quinoa, green beans, baked chicken, pineapple chunks, and unsweetened matcha green tea. Yes, we see you, Grumps!
I left the last recap post off on Wednesday morning. I skipped out on the early workout and decided to get some things done at home. For breakfast, I had four egg cups with a sprinkle of cheese on top. These egg cups are game-changers. I used to have to make omelets all the time, and I love the convenience of having them already made.
For lunch, I had iceberg lettuce with goat cheese and Greek dressing and a turkey wrap. The turkey wrap had avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, shredded lettuce, Applegate smoked turkey slices, yellow mustard, and a multi-grain Flatout wrap.
I started on the frame project. I am using four colors to create fun paintings for the inside of the frames. I am not going to paint the outside because I love the way the dark wood brings out the bedroom furniture. My guest bedroom is looking so amazing, and I am excited to reveal the before and afters once the headboard is done being built.
I was completely restless on Wednesday night, so I turned my rest day into a non-rest day. Sometimes planned rest days are better left unplanned. I have a love/hate relationship with my Wednesday night instructor. I love how tough she is (and she knows it), but I hate how sore she makes me the next day. Our workouts are tough, and you have to prepare yourself to kill your glutes. I’m also a huge fan of the 30 minutes Tabata we do after the first 30 minutes of class. I actually didn’t like the class the first time I took it two months ago. I thought it was too hard, and I felt like I wasn’t in shape enough to do it. Now, I’ve doubled my weights, hardly ever stop, and I look forward to her classes. Sometimes, you have to stick something out, deal with the pain, and then you’ll find yourself proud and more motivated to go back each time. Two months ago, I struggled with 20 knee pushups, but now I can do 20 regular push-ups at full speed.
Kyle and I made stir-fry together after the gym. I posted the recipe here 🙂 This is also great for meal prep.
I woke up early on Thursday morning, walked the pups, and then headed out for a three-mile neighborhood run. This was my “recovery/rest” day. It was burning hot outside, but I managed to run the three hilly miles at a 9:45-minute pace, which is pretty good considering I don’t run much anymore.
For lunch, I had leftover stir fry and cottage cheese.
After finishing up my work on Thursday evening, I started a new book and enjoyed some almond milk mixed with protein powder. This book is really good so far!
I spent Friday morning at the pool! It was gorgeous outside. My mom had Friday off, so we hung out a bit, watched a movie, and had coffee.
These boys crack me up. Off to the gym!!! (Dropping them off at home first) I had a kick-ass 45-minute workout on Friday. I wrote it all out on the way to the gym (Kyle was driving), and I was excited to try it. I love creating workouts and leaving the gym in success sweat. This workout looks simple, but it got the heart rate going, the sweat flowing, and the muscles tearing. Even the 5lb weight exercises were burning.
We decided to make Flatout Pizzas for dinner. Can you tell we love these? Mine had GoVeggie vegan cheese (i honestly love the way it tastes) pizza sauce and turkey pepperonis. I had a side salad with spinach, kale, goat cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and Greek dressing on the side.
Kyle’s Flatout had buffalo sauce, mozzarella cheese, blue cheese crumbles and grilled chicken.
I woke up 5:30 am on Saturday. I wanted to get the dog’s walks in, have some coffee, and relax before heading to Boot Camp with Meighan. On my way to the gym, I had a multigrain waffle with peanut butter and a small banana. This is my go-to before tough workouts. I also had two bottles of water already downed by 8 am.
After running ten laps around the track, we went into our station exercises. There were stations set up all around the gym, and we swapped workouts every time the timer went off. This would be a good workout to do by yourself at the gym as well.
After we had completed the stations, we started our new rounds of workouts. After the cardio/ab round, we stretched and DONE!
Meighan and I decided to head to some stores and then grab a late brunch. We went to one of my favorite places, Le Peep.
I ordered the egg white omelet with goat cheese, green and red bell peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes, and bacon. I also had a side of fresh fruit.
I didn’t order coffee at breakfast because I knew we planned on going to Brakeman’s, a new coffee shop in Matthews.
It’s such a cute little coffee house surrounded by a white picket fence and sunflowers.
There is indoor and outdoor seating.
I loved the modern & rustic decor.
I ordered a small cappuccino with skim and an extra shot of espresso.
SO CREAMY & DELICIOUS.
They have so many spots to sit, and it looks like the perfect place to bring your laptop or friends. They were very friendly too! I will have to split a dessert the next time I go.
I stopped at World Market to pick up my favorite coffee blend, and a couple of my favorites. Their lemongrass sparkling water is so refreshing. My weakness in life is dried fruits. When people ask what your last meal would be before the world ends, mine would be dried fruits, peanut butter, Oreos, and pizza.
I got home around 4 pm, and it started to pour down rain. I took that as a hint to make popcorn and watch a movie! I decided to try out the new show Big Little Lies on HBO, and I was sucked in. I watched the entire first season in six hours. Even Kyle go sucked into it. I highly recommended this show! I made air-popped popcorn flavored with garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Grumples and I woke up around 6 AM on Saturday Sunday morning. It was his birthday! We went for a three-mile walk together, and then came home to have coffee and breakfast. I made scrambled eggs with a side of peaches and cottage cheese. I love cottage cheese mixed with my eggs and my peaches 🙂
I had about thirty minutes before my mom was stopping by, so I reorganized the entire pantry closet. I hadn’t organized this since moving into my home in December. I also organized the coffee/tea cabinet and dish cabinet. I have about four more to go. The top shelf has appliances, the second shelf is filled with mine and Kyle’s protein powder and pre/post workouts, the third shelf has snacks, and the fourth has all baking items. My eyes keep going back and forth to the photos because of the difference.
We took Grumples and Leo to Canine Cafe (in my Charlotte list) to get him some toys, treats, and a birthday cake! We did this last year, and he loved it.
After we had left the cafe, we headed out to play in the backyard.
The boys are OBSESSED with bubbles.
They were having so much fun with my mom. If you haven’t tried bubbles with your dog yet, you have to! It crazy because some dogs do not react to them and some go nuts.
After they ran around for an hour, we got ready for Grumples’s cake!
I was in need of coffee at this time too.
This was Leo’s first birthday party, and he had no idea what was going on. Grumples has been through this six times now! Look how cute they are! 🙂
They each got a slice of the cake, and they devoured it within seconds! They were so happy, and I loved every second of it. I can’t believe Grumples is six! He’s been apart of this blog since the beginning.
After a fun afternoon with the pups, I headed to a kettle bell class. This class is an hour long and filled with cardio and kettle bell workouts. I’m not a huge fan of all the dancing involved, but it’s a good workout. I was drenched in sweat when I left.
For dinner, we made garlic grilled cheese sandwiches on multigrain bread with Havarti & Gouda cheese. We dipped it in leftover pizza sauce. 🙂 We finished the night with a long dog walk and two episodes of Naked & Afraid. This was the perfect end to Sunday!
Questions for you!
- What do you do for your pet’s birthday?
- Are you an early bird? Even when you don’t have to be?
- Have you ever had a teacher/instructor/or coach that you didn’t like, but ended up feeling the complete opposite over time?