Sometimes I love Mondays, and sometimes I don’t. I look at them as fresh starts. I love setting goals on Monday and working hard to reach them all week. I had a pretty fantastic week, and I’m excited to blog about it. I woke up early to walk the dogs, make coffee, and blog because today is going to be fun. I’m heading to my hair appointment around eleven. I haven’t had my hair cut since January! It’s way too long and overdue for a cut. It’s so hard to work out with my hair being so heavy because it falls out of the pony tail or breaks off. It’s hard to style, and I’m tired of walking around with a mop on my head. I may go short, we’ll see!
**edit** I had to take a break from the post because I didn’t finish it before the appointment! Before and after hair photos are at the bottom!**
Today is also a very special day. It marks one year since I jumped out of an airplane! It also marks 29 years since the love of my life was born! Happy birthday to, Kyle! We are going to have a gym date tonight followed by Chipotle, cake and ice cream! His request 😉
I’m starting the weekly recap post with Wednesday.
I wasn’t feeling too great when I woke up. It was one of those days where the energy wasn’t kicking in, and I had no motivation to do anything. But, I also had the urge to do something. Such a weird mood. I managed to work on the blog and emails all day.
I knew I had to get up and do something. I took a must-need rest day on Tuesday, so I decided to head to an athletic conditioning class on Wednesday night. It wasn’t with my usual Wednesday night instructor (:(), but it was still a great workout. I wasn’t a fan of all the dance-y movements (never am) but I was sweating and feeling it afterward.
A couple of hours before my workouts, I went a little heavy on the carbs. This is the best way for me to get energy when I’m feeling sluggish, and it made me feel so energetic and awesome during my workout. The weird feelings I had in the morning were completely gone after I left the gym. Sometimes a little sweat sesh is all you need!
Meighan and I were taking our dad’s to the PGA golf tournament on Thursday, so I headed to the mall after the gym to pick up some shorts. I ended up getting a couple of pairs of shorts and two golf/tennis skorts that were so cute! I normally don’t do Lilly Pulitzer or crazy patterned bottoms, but I loved the way they fit. Here is the skort I bought!
After spending an hour walking around the mall, I stopped at Chopt to pick up dinner. I usually build my own salad when I’m there. My salad had the Chopt blend (kale, romaine, spinach), cucumber, avocado, goat cheese, butternut squash, chickpeas, double grilled chicken, egg whites, and spicy honey vinaigrette.
I woke up at 5 am on Thursday morning. I had to get the dogs walked and a cup of coffee before starting the busy day. I had to drive thirty minutes (in rush hour) to pick up my dad and bring him to Charlotte for the tournament. We headed back uptown around 8 am to meet up with Meighan and her dad! Our dads were so excited.
Because there is no parking at the tournament, we had to take the light rail from uptown to the shuttles in Southend. The transportation went smooth!
We were excited to spend the day with our dad’s, check out the cute golfers (love you, Kyle), and eat so many snacks!
I bought this top last summer at Express, but they don’t have it in stores or online anymore! A lot of you were asking me about it. I found a similar one online here! The shoes I’m wearing are from Target, and literally my favorite! They are so comfortable and I’m obsessed with the crystals and blue color. You can find them here! They come in three colors!
Bubba Watson! Justin Bieber was at the tournament with him during the practice rounds.
He didn’t do too well though ;/
I didn’t have time to sit down and have a breakfast, so this RXBAR saved my life! I was so hungry and didn’t feel like eating lunch food at 10 am. The Mint is one of my favorite flavors!
We picked the best day to go! It wasn’t muggy or humid and the only day without rain during the tourney!
Jordan Speith, my dad’s favorite golfer! (Next to Phil, Nicholson)
We were starving around 1 pm. They actually had really good food there! I had a Greek salad, and was shocked at how tasty it was! The dressing and feta cheese was on point.
I also bought an orange because they were so juicy looking! Couldn’t resist.
Meighan and I figured our dads would be ready to go around two, but NOPE! They were glued to the golfers. I don’t know where those two get their energy from. We were going to stay as long as they wanted though because it was all about them!
Meighan and I ended up just walking around and exploring. We lost our dads about six times, but we always managed to find them somewhere.
We hit 20,000 steps during the tournament…
Meighan snapped my first experience ever in a porta potty. These were clean, but still terrifying.
Six hours in.
Of course, we had to buy hats!
Link to my shorts: HERE
Link to Meighan’s shorts: HERE
Nine hours later…we were still there! We thought our dads would have had enough, but they wanted to milk it to the end! Meighan and I walked around like starving wolves until we found a concession stand. We bought a turkey BLT wrap, pretzels, and water bottles to chow down on the last couple hours! It was a long day!
We left the tournament at 7:30, made it uptown at 8:15, and I had to take my dad back home, so I didn’t get home until 9:30 pm! But it made our dad’s so happy, so it was worth every minute!
Thank goodness, I had leftover Chopt! I had some before falling asleep. I slept like a baby!
Friday morning 5:30 am breakfast before three-mile dog walk: Dave’s Killer Bread with peanut butter and coffee!
Friday 10 am breakfast before boot camp: two eggs, small apple, kiwi, and Sigis!
When Meighan and I got to the gym, we saw a note on the door that said our boot camp class was canceled! We didn’t let that stop us from having a kick-butt workout! We came up with a game plan and got to it! We started with a one mile run on the track and headed to the floor to start our circuit. This workout is so awesome to do with a friend! We alternated the exercises to use less space in the gym. We were drenched with sweat after that workout! I think the worst part of the workout was the run and not because it was running. There was a basketball tournament going on in the gym, and they loaded the tables with fifty boxes of dominos pizza. Do you know how heavenly that smelled?!?!
Instead of caving in and ordering pizza, I stopped at the Fresh Market. On the way home, I had pineapple chunks and a Sambazon energy drink.
I picked up some RXBARS, cotton candy grapes (holy moly, they taste just like cotton candy & for real), broccoli salad, grilled chicken, Goodman gluten free cookies, honey roasted peanut butter, Hint sparkling water, and coffee creamer!
For lunch, I had one cup of broccoli salad (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, raisins, apple cider vinaigrette, honey) and grilled chicken on top!
I ended Friday night at Central Coffee Co! Becca, and I caught up over a cup of coffee. I had a skim cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso.
Early Saturday morning, Meighan and I headed to boot camp! Holy Moly! It was hard, but also fun! I do really well with station workouts because it’s always being changed up and it’s quick! I don’t get bored or burnt out on the same movements. We warmed up with five minutes on the track and then did each station for 20 seconds on and ten seconds off eight times. After we got through all the stations, we went through them again for thirty seconds one time.
After boot camp, Grumples and I headed out for a long walk together. Leo was getting groomed, so I decided to spend some time with just Grumps.
I spent more time on my lessons Saturday afternoon. I am trying to do 1-2 a week. I’m really enjoying the chapters and learning so much about the body and fitness. If you’re interested in personal training, you can check out more with my link! Personal Trainer Certification
Kyle and I headed to the mall Saturday afternoon to shop around. I got sucked into all the adorable things at Fabletics! I’ve been looking for a new gym bag, so if you have any suggestions let me know!
We stopped at Reid’s Fine Foods on the way home to pick up some snacks. They had unique foods, wine, cheeses, and I want to eat there next time! It reminds me of Dean & Deluca! I’m embarrassed that it was my first time at the store.
I was on a Chopt kick this week. I stopped there on the way home to pick up my dinner! My salad had the Chopt blend, double chicken, cucumber, butternut squash, avocado, goat cheese, cranberries, egg whites, and bell peppers. I mixed in Greek yogurt ranch and the hot honey vinaigrette.
Grumples and I hopped on the couch and watched Pretty Woman. That is one of my favorite movies!
I headed to the grocery store to grab coffee early Sunday morning. I ran into Meighan on the way home (literally can’t get away from each other haha!), and she said she was going to a HIIT class at 1 pm if I wanted to join her. I told her that it was my rest day, but I’d walk there with her.
Of course, I had FOMO, so I ended up joining the workout! I was happy after doing it! It was a great workout, and I’ll be able to go light today! I plan on doing the treadmill and a little lifting tonight. A lot of you were asking about the workouts I do, so I’m trying hard to remember them and write them down after class to share!
We stopped at Amelies on our walk home to grab some post-workout refreshments! My drink had pureed passion fruit, strawberries, lemon juice, and sparkling water! I bought all the ingredients at Whole Foods yesterday so I could make the drink myself. They didn’t have passion fruit, so I bought mango instead.
I decided to head to Whole Foods to pick up ingredients for dinner. I wanted to make something special for Kyle since it was his birthday eve!
For dinner, we had baked salmon, roasted potatoes, and broccoli! Those sweet potato chips and salsa were deadly! Kyle said that was the best salsa he’s ever had. I had to agree with him!
I tossed the potatoes in olive oil and seasoned them with onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and minced onion. I baked them for 28 minutes at 425 degrees.
I also flipped them over halfway through!
I bought a two and a half pound salmon! It was about two inches thick in the center, so I knew it was going to be delicious and fall apart every bite.
I used my mom’s recipe for the salmon. This is the recipe she used to get me to eat salmon back in high school. It’s so easy, and unbelievably delicious. Rub the salmon with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, Italian seasoning, and minced onion. Pour low-sodium (gluten free if you want) soy sauce on top. Squeeze half of a lime over the top, and the salmon with a tablespoon of brown sugar.
Put the salmon in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. (assuming you have a thick cut). Take a spoon and drizzle the sauce at the bottom of the pan on top of the salmon. Cook for seven more minutes. If you have a smaller cut, just cut the cooking time a bit. The inside of the salmon will be moist, fall apart so easily, and bouncy in the middle.
The perfect dinner! “This is the best salmon I’ve ever had; nothing comes close” – Kyle! WIN!
Tonight we are doing cake and ice cream! I bought a peanut butter chocolate cake from Whole Foods, and it looks so tasty. Last year, we made a CRAZY cake, but there was way too much leftover, so I bought a smaller cake this year.
I wanted a cleaner and classier look, so I decided to get eight inches cut off! I’m OBSESSED with how it turned out, and I feel so much better. I hit my breaking point during Sunday’s workout. My hair kept falling out of the hair tie while working out, my hair was heavy, it was tangled, and I was sick of not being able to do anything with it. My hair stylist literally cut dreads out of my hair…
I wanted a cleaner and classier look, so I decided to get eight inches cut off! I’m OBSESSED with how it turned out, and I feel so much better. What do you guys think?
I will be going back to this stylist again and again. He saw the photo I brought in, didn’t try to convince me to do anything else, went right at it, and nailed it! He did it all in under one hour. His name is Scott Collins, and he works at the Park Road Plaza Dolce Lusso! It’s an Aveda salon, and I highly recommend him.
I headed to the fresh market on the way home for a treat!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever get so frustrated with your hair?
- Have you ever experienced work out fomo?
- Do you have any end-of-the-summer plans?