I wrote this blog recap Sunday night but had a tough time putting the rest of it together Monday morning. I didn’t feel as if it was fair for me to direct people to my blog so they could read about my happy week when there is just too much going on in the world. Our thoughts should be with the victims, and that is what I decided to do Monday. It’s not fair that I can sit here and blog about yummy salads and happy dog walks when so many innocent lives were lost in Las Vegas. My heart is breaking for the beautiful lives, now angels in heaven, that were taken. It’s breaking for the families that will never be able to see their loved ones again, for the families that still don’t know if their loved ones are even alive, to the injured that are still fighting, and to the witnesses that will never be able to unsee the graphic images of this massacre. It’s not fair. Beautiful people living their life to the fullest, now gone. Always hug your family. Tell people how much they mean to you. Spread kindness. Help whenever you can. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
This week has been an active one for sure. I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors walking, playing tennis, and riding my bike. I’ve found that cutting back (now twice a week) on all of the HIIT workouts and replacing them with more outside time has been better for my mental health. I was going to the gym way too much, and it was taking a toll on my body. I think I’ve finally figured out the balance. Kyle reminded me that sometimes a “schedule” isn’t always the best for your body. Your muscles get used to the same routine, and it can be mentally exhausting after a while. Fitness is about doing things you love and finding a workout balance that is therapeutic, not stressful. Do what works best for you.
Monday morning smoothie: 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1 tsp spirulina, 1tsp ginger, 1 tsp, turmeric, 1 tsp maca, 1 tsp camu, 1 tsp goji powder, 1 tsp wheatgrass, 1 scoop collagen peptides, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tsp chia seeds, & 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk. (info on the superfoods that I use.)
I spent all of Monday trying to figure out some video issues for the vlogs. For lunch, I had strawberries, flaxseed yogurt, chia seeds, and oats on top.
After my long dog walks, I made a quick, healthy dinner. I sauteed my favorite, shishito peppers! I cooked up some kale and ground turkey in the cast iron with spicy Szechuan sauce too.
I’ve been crazy about hummus lately. I have been using it for dressings and dipping sauce. I ended up mixing this whole dish together. I was so tired on Tuesday night and fell asleep around 9:30, and sleep never felt so good.
On Tuesday morning, I headed out on a long dog walk and then made a shake to start the day.
Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Water, 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, 1/4 Cup Frozen Raspberries, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Tablespoon Ginger, 1 Tablespoon Acai Powder, 1 Tablespoon Turmeric, 1 Scoop Collagen Peptides.
I finished up on some morning work. I’m excited to eventually get my office done upstairs so I can work from the desk my dad built me. He built a giant farmhouse desk, and I’m obsessed.
Later in the afternoon, I had a company install a new storm door in the front. I’ve been craving the extra sunlight, and I thought it would be nice for the dogs so they can look out. When they were finished, I made a late lunch.
I cracked one egg and two egg whites into a frying pan. When the edges started to cook, I added ground turkey and kale on top and then cooked it up like an omelet. I love an omelet stuffed with veggies and extra protein.
I made a side salad to go with my eggs. It had a kale blend, strawberries, tomatoes, and a raspberry vinaigrette.
Later Tuesday evening, I headed to Target to get some sparkling water. I ended up with some pumpkins too. When I got home, I felt bad because I didn’t buy my pumpkins locally, so I’m heading to the patch this weekend.
I made a giant salad for dinner. I was so hungry, and salads are the best when you feel like you’re about to eat the entire house. I made some shishito peppers to go along with it. My salad had soft boiled eggs, onion, tomatoes, strawberries, romaine, and avocado. I drizzled the salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
When I was at Target on Tuesday night, I picked up some Pumpkin Puffins! I was so excited when I found these. I had a bowl for breakfast with toasted oats and coconut milk.
It’s finally starting to feel like Fall 🙂
Petaling back to what I mentioned before. Kyle said, “fitness is about doing what you want when you want to do it” Back when I was running almost every day, I had all my runs planned. Every mile was scheduled. I ran when I didn’t feel like it because it was “on my schedule.” Whenever I wasn’t feeling it but ran anyway, I stressed out my body. It took a mental toll on me. It started to make me actually hate or resent running. Running was something I loved doing, but only when I WANTED to run. On Wednesday morning, I felt the urge to get out there and run. I laced up, stretched, and headed out for three miles. After that run, I was reminded of why I used to run. It wasn’t for a half marathon; it was for my joy of it. Running should be enjoyable, NOT stressful. So when I want to run, I’ll run. When I don’t, I won’t. The same goes for HIIT workouts.
My neighborhood is so hilly, so it’s a total workout. The thirty-minutes is good enough for me!
After cleaning off, I headed to the kitchen to make lunch. My salad had romaine, strawberries, hard boiled egg, a slice of toast as croutons, tomatoes, avocado, and I used Fuji Apple dressing from Panera. I love that you can buy their dressings at the grocery store.
I had a splitting headache on Wednesday afternoon, but thank goodness it went away by the evening. I had plans with Meighan. I was so excited because I hadn’t seen her for literally weeks. We had some major catching up to do. We headed to Freedom Park and ended up walking for about two hours.
Such a gorgeous night.
We went to our favorite afterward. You can’t walk Freedom Park without ending it at Chopt for some jumbo salads.
My salad had kale, romaine, chicken, tomatoes, edamame, chickpeas, cucumber, butternut squash, avocado, and egg. The ingredients are mixed in because it looks like it is just a bowl of lettuce and a tomato on top. I promise it was filled with toppings in the middle.
Thursday morning breakfast smoothie: 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1 tsp spirulina, 1tsp ginger, 1 tsp, turmeric, 1 tsp maca, 1 tsp camu, 1 tsp goji powder, 1 tsp wheatgrass, 1 scoop collagen peptides, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tsp chia seeds, & 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk.
It was my dad’s 60th birthday on Thursday, so I headed over there to hang out with him. Seriously, where does the time go? We spent some time in the backyard with the pups. They just love it over there.
Shishito peppers made an appearance. This was the last of the giant bag I bought a week ago at Whole Foods. I can’t wait to get more this weekend. I’m hooked, and Whole Foods is the only place that sells them around here. I am going to do a YouTube video to show you how I cook them. I had a lot of request for that.
My parents grilled a bunch of food for my dad’s birthday. I grilled up two Turkey Burgers for me, and I ate them with shishito peppers and peas. Delicious.
I made some late night coffee because I needed to finish some work and then write my National Coffee Day post! Have you guys entered the giveaway yet? Details here.
I had so much to get done before Kyle came over on Friday night. I headed out to walk the dogs, had coffee, oats, and then planted myself down until late afternoon. My face was glued to the computer. I power cleaned for about three hours Friday evening and then headed to the grocery store to grab some recipe ingredients for the weekend. I really wanted to make some soup for the weekend and a healthy zucchini bread.
The soup recipe is coming soon. It is a lot like my minestrone recipe, but a tad different. Ohhhhhhh & was it good! I prepared the soup on Friday night, so it wasn’t ready in time for dinner.
I threw together a salad and plopped on the couch to watch a movie with Kyle. My salad had chicken, bell peppers, avocado, tomatoes, romaine, hummus, and toast.
I saw these Perfectly Free bites at the grocery store when I was stalking the ice cream aisle. I had high hopes for them, but they literally tasted like chewy ice. If I were to freeze silly puddy, I’d imagine it would taste like these things.
After dinner and sampling those disappointing bites that I bought two flavors of, we headed out on a night dog walk. After the walk, I made a cup of coffee, and we watched The One I Love. Despite the coffee, I fell asleep mid-movie.
I went a little pumpkin crazy at Target on Tuesday.
This Fall blend turned out to be incredible. I normally don’t buy Starbucks coffee, but I’d buy this again. I just finished the bag this afternoon. A great way to start Saturday morning! I took a second cup to go while I was out walking the dogs. I made a homemade pumpkin spice coconut creamer (blogging the recipe soon.) I should go back to doing black coffee, but it’s hard this time of year. I’m just in full pumpkin spice mode.
Kyle and I were so excited to get out there and play tennis together after a week hiatus. We don’t see each other during the week, so we are in full tennis mode on the weekends.The weather was PERFECT! It was only 75 degrees!
We headed back later in the afternoon, and I headed straight to the kitchen to test a zucchini bread recipe.
I was so excited with how it turned out!! Guys, this is nut free, gluten free, dairy free, oil free, no added sugar, and incredibly tasty. I gave my dad a piece this morning, and he had no idea it was healthy. You can also make this recipe into muffins. The recipe will be live on Thursday.
Kyle made his fabulous crispy oven-baked wings for dinner. I really need to get this recipe up asap! I promise it’ll come soon. I just want to do it when we have time to make fun sauces. Maybe this weekend coming up!
And the itch continued. We headed to the courts for some more sets. Playing tennis at night was so much fun. Oh, and please excuse my hat hair. We talked about going to the movies, but coudlnt fight the urge to play more tennis.
We got back to the house around 9:45 PM and headed out for a dog walk. It’s crazy how much my dogs get me out walking! I add in six miles a day because of these boys.
I made a late night smoothie when I got back. It had collagen peptides, protein powder, maca, ginger, blueberries, acai, and coconut milk.
I showered and headed straight to bed!
Sunday morning was perfect. We watched a movie and just lounged around with the boys.
I love them so much. These are my favorite moments. It doesnt matter what we are doing, but I just love being around my boys.
It was time to get up off the couch around 10:30 and make a late breakfast. I added diced potatoes and butternut squash to a cast iron with a drizzle of olive oil. I cooked them until they were crispy and slightly brown.
I scrambled egg whites to go with the butternut squash and potatoes.
After breakfast, Kyle and I headed to the gym to workout. I ran a quick mile and then headed over to the weight room to lift for a bit. When I was finished, I stretched it out in the barre room. I think Kyle was ready to go…
When we got back, I made a quick shake, and we headed off to the mall to pick up a few new fall candles at B&BW! I was trying to take a photo of the leaves, but Kyle thought his foot should be in the pic too…
Salad for lunch: romaine, cucumber, bell peppers, avocado, chicken, celery, and hummus!
We met up with my parents to play a little doubles. We were dominating! I think it’s about time that Kyle and I join a fun little league. We have been killing it lately.
For dinner, I had my leftover lunch salad and a bowl of my crockpot soup. Kyle headed back uptown, and I stayed in so I could work on my recap post and catch up on a few other tasks. I was so exchuasted after an active weekend.
I hope you guys have a great week. & please continue to pray for the victoms, hug the ones you love, and do everything you can to smile at strangers. You never know who is internally struggling.
Questions for you
- Do you exersice based on your schedule, or based on the way you feel in the moment?
- Are the leaves changing where you live?
- Have you entered my coffee giveaway?