I just got back from a three-mile walk with the pups, and I’m finally enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. Today is going to be a catch-up day. I caught up on sleep last night (9 hours), I’ll be catching up on work this morning, and catching up on house work later. Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I make a to do list. That’s what helps me get things done. I’m a list person. On another note, did the eclipse make anyone else feel “off”? Maybe it’s just me, but yesterday was a weird one.
As I write this recap post, I’m enjoying my healthy oatmeal peanut butter cookies (recipe coming soon), and sipping on Kicking Horse Coffee. When I saw “Kick-Ass” in the description on Amazon (plus the great reviews), I had to give it a try, and it really is Kick-Ass!
I left my last recap post off on last Monday! Kyle’s birthday 🙂
On Monday night, we headed to the gym together. It was a rest day for me, so I just walked four miles around the track while he lifted weights.
When we got back, I tried to recreate Amelie’s fruit pureed sparkling water! I couldn’t find passion fruit at the grocery store, so I replaced it with mango.
I added one mango, one cup of strawberries, and one small lemon to the blender. I pureed it until it was nice and smooth. I added the pureed fruit to the bottom of the glasses.
I garnished the sides with lemon slices and strawberries! How cute? I finished the drinks off with Italian sparkling water! These were such a delicious treat. I can’t wait to try this with pineapple, blackberry, and peaches!
I picked up a chocolate peanut butter birthday cake at Whole Foods. I love their cakes because they are a perfect size, and dangerously delicious. The buttercream frosting tasted like my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge. This cake was the definition of sinful.
Chocolate and peanut butter are Kyle’s favorite flavors, so I also picked up Three Twin’s Ice cream! It was the chocolate peanut butter cup flavor. It was rich and flavorful. We spent the rest of the night watching Bachelor in Paradise (the show is hilarious) and relaxing with our cake comas.
I woke up early on Monday morning and took the boys for a walk around The Fourth Ward before sitting down to have coffee.
Grumples and I LOVE The Fourth Ward in Charlotte. If you ever visit, you have to walk around the neighborhoods and park. It’s so historic and quaint. It’s hard to believe that it’s in the city. It’s a very quiet spot too.
He was yawning in the bottom photo, but it looks like he’s screaming in the middle of the road. Made me laugh!
Later in the day, I made a spirulina protein shake. It had one tablespoon of spirulina (from OMG! Superfoods) one scoop vanilla protein powder (Designer Whey), one small frozen banana, one cup unsweetened almond milk, and one cup frozen spinach. This is a shake that I’ve bee making daily. I usually have it around 10 am.
For lunch, I made an omelet with grapefruit slices on the side. My omelet had four egg whites and one egg yolk.
I decided to head to the gym Tuesday evening. My pre-workout was pretty healthy (NOT.) I had multi-grain pita chips and peanut M&Ms. But, I think it worked, because my workout was amazing and I was completely in the zone at the gym. Above is my workout! You can modify it to your level if you decide to do it!
I love going to my HIIT Classes, but sometimes doing a workout by myself is a bit more relaxing. In classes, it’s as fast as you can, but when I’m working out alone, I do exercises at my pace, listen to my playlist, and get stuff done on my clock. Classes are perfect for being pushed and a learning experience. I think I’m going to start going to the gym and doing my workouts twice a week and replacing one of the HIIT classes with my routine.
My dad was out of town on Tuesday, so I headed over to have dinner with my mom. We decided to grill out.
The chicken had garlic powder, balsamic, lemon juice, onion powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and sea salt.
We tried out one of the Fresh Express Asian chopped salad kit. We thought it would pair well with the chicken and it was easy! It had green cabbage, sweet carrots, green onions, celery, crispy wontons, toasted slivered almonds, and sesame ginger dressing.
My mom and I spent the rest of the evening chatting and walking the dogs. It’s crazy how relaxing a night without the news or television can be.
Wednesday morning coffee with the moon 🙂
When I wake up, I always have to have something with my coffee. I can’t drink coffee on an empty stomach, and since I’ve been lifting more, I’m starving when I wake up. I usually have a piece of toast or one of my breakfast cookies. English muffins are one of my go-to’s as well. This English muffin had blueberry jam and butter. I don’t eat butter often, but when I do, it’s with my English muffins!
For lunch, I had an omelet and sweet potato thins on the side.
I spent the afternoon studying and trying to get some color on my legs! I had someone ask me why I was working towards my personal training certification the other day. I’m not doing it for a career change, I’m just doing it to educate myself better. I’ll be able to give better workout advice 🙂
One of my favorite afternoon snacks (when paired with coffee!) Caramel rice cake with unsweetened/salt-free peanut butter and honey!
The boys had their fun Wednesday afternoon 🙂
I headed to my regular Wednesday night class. I always warm up by walking a mile before classes. The first thirty minutes of class are focussed on abs and glutes, and the second thirty minutes of class is a Tabata workout. I didn’t get to go last week because of the golf tournament. I ended up going to another class, so it felt great to be back!
Easy dinner! Caesar salad (Greek yogurt dressing), and Applegate’s gluten free chicken nuggets. These are the best store-bought nuggets ever. They don’t have a weird/artificial taste.
The weather was beautiful on Wendseday night, so my mom and I took the pups out on a two mile walk.
The beautiful sky 🙂
I decided to wake up early and fit in a three mile run on Thursday morning. I had something bothering me, (that’s life) and sometimes a run is a great way to clear your mind and think things over. That helps me, anyways.
I decided to get cleaned up and head to Earthfare and pick up a salad for lunch.
My salad had chicken, mixed greens, cucumber, egg, cheese, tomatoes, onion, broccoli, peppers, sprouts, chickpeas, and a garlic vinaigrette. I picked up some Jackfruit for a sweet treat! It’s so good.
I had leftover salad and sushi for dinner.
I woke up in a better mood Friday. I was ready to have a great day and excited to see Kyle. We don’t see each other much on the weekdays because of work, so I miss him a lot during the week.
I decided to take a day off from the gym and head out on a bike ride instead! Connecting with nature is therapeutic.
I road eighteen miles and loved every second of it. I was listening to The Weeknd’s album, Starboy, the whole time.
On Friday afternoon, I made delicious and healthy peanut butter oatmeal cookies! No butter, no added sugar, no milk, and no gluten! I’ll have the recipe up tomorrow.
Afternoon snack: carrots, nuts, guacamole, and spicy hummus.
I spent the evening drinking coffee and studying. Leo was so funny sleeping with his leg up for thirty minutes.
Easy dinner: Baked Applegate Chicken nuggets/tenders & mac and cheese with peas and broccoli. Sometimes eating like a kid is the way to go.
I woke up at 5 am to study, walk the dogs, and have coffee before heading to Becca’s 10k!
The morning skies were gorgeous <3
Becca thought I was going to Asheville for the weekend. I wanted to surprise her at the finish line with her boyfriend.
SHE DID IT! So proud of her.
I headed home after the race, and Kyle and I headed to the outlets to shop around. We walked around for a couple of hours and ended up walking out empty handed. This is the awkward part of the year when you’re not sure if you’re supposed to buy summer clothes or fall ones. I mean, it was only 95 degrees out…blah!
My shake before shopping: same as the spirulina recipe in the beginning of the post but frozen rasberries instead of banana.
Dinner leftovers for lunch!
I headed to the gym on Saturday afternoon to do a workout.
I did one of my fifteen minute circuits, and then a Peanut Butter Fingers (so good) workout, and finished it off with a mile run.
Kyle and I made a tasty Blue Apron on Saturday night for dinner! I’ll blog all about it next week. We watched The Good Neighbor on Netflix, walked the pups, and I fell asleep at 9:30!
I woke up early on Sunday to do five miles at the Riverwalk with Becca. I had one of my peanut butter cookies with coffee, and a couple of hours later, I had my eggs and toast.
FIVE MILES DONE!
We stopped at the Grapevine for coffee and mimosas afterward. My mimosa had mango nectar and pear juice! I don’t like orange juice based mimosas, so this was much better.
Kyle and I met up with my parents Sunday afternoon to play tennis. They kicked our butts on a few rounds! I think Charlotte needs to start a “for fun” tennis league!
I made a smoothie for lunch when we got back to my place.
This smoothie had unsweetened almond milk, ice, small frozen banana, chia seeds, frozen raspberries, blueberries, and one scoop vanilla protein powder. So delicious.
I walked the dog three miles and then headed to the gym early Monday morning for a workout. I got there twenty minutes early, so I decided just to walk the treadmill for a mile.
I decided to pack up my dogs, and head over to my parent’s house to watch the solar eclipse with my dad! I had macadamia nuts and almonds on my way over there. I also had frozen raspberries, Truvia drink mix, and ice blended for a refreshing treat.
I made a eggplant flatbread from Blue Apron for my dad and I to enjoy during the eclipse! This was by far the BEST recipe I’ve ever had from Blue Apron! And that is aying a lot because because I have enjoyed everything I’ve ever made of theirs. The recipe and more info coming soon!
My dad was so cute! He got us champagne so we could toast to the eclipse! I had so much fun hanging out with him all day!
The lighting outside was so strange during the eclipse. It wasn’t like dust, and it wasn’t like a morning. I almost felt like I was in a fake outdoor area at a mall or something. The birds started chirping, and the bugs started making their nightly sounds.
This was the only shot I got from it because I wanted to protect my eyes and save the real shots for the professionals. How cool were these crescent shadows?
I headed home to relax, walk the dogs, and watch BIP while blogging.
I ended the night with some scrambled eggs and a side salad!
After I get to my emails, I’m heading to pick up some office paint!
Questions for you!
- Did you watch the solar eclipse?
- What is your favorite “childish” meal to have for dinner?
- Have any of you entered “FALL MODE” yet?