Can you believe it’s almost March? Wasn’t it Christmas pretty much yesterday? Every time I close my eyes, it’s a new month. This is the time of the year when I start getting travel fever and stalking almost every travel site on the internet. I’m hoping to get some travel set up soon. I have about three doctor appointments coming up in early March, and after those, I’m out of here! I’m really contemplating on Island hopping in Hawaii…anyone wanna come? 😉
I had a very productive week. I feel like I got so much done, several recipes created, and caught up on the behind the scenes work. There was a lot of fun happening this week as well. Starting with last Monday 🙂
Meighan had President’s Day off, so we met up later in the afternoon to go for a six-mile walk along Freedom Park and the Sugarcreek Greenway. This is one of my favorite trails in Charlotte, especially in the fall and summer.
After our walk, we headed over to Green Brother’s Juice for some food. I had wanted to check out their new location for a while now. They also built a Yoga One and Not Just Coffee near the Dilworth neighborhood. It’s a pretty awesome location! A juice bar, coffee shop, and yoga studio all in the same plaza…someone was thinking straight. It was hard choosing what to order.
Everything looked so good! I’ll have to go back and try something different every time. I ordered the MIRROR MIRROR bowl. It had pitaya, strawberry, banana, almond milk, topped with granola, pineapple, sliced almonds, bee pollen, coconut flakes, and honey.
I also bought some juices to take home with me.
The little orange bottle is the Zen Zinger. It had carrot, ginger, cayenne, ginkgo biloba & lemon. I love that this had ginkgo biloba because it helps with moods and anxiety. The red bottle was the Cold Busta. I had to shot this fast because I can’t handle any trace of beets. I know they are good for you, but I can’t get on the beet train. This one had lemon, ginger, garlic, jalapeno, beet, turmeric, oreganol & cayenne. The green juice was the Dtox Me. It had cucumber, mint, kale, apple, lemon, & ginger. Meighan ordered the So Fresh, So Green smoothie! It had mango, banana, broccoli, ginger, kale, lemon juice, and apple juice.
When I got home, I was out for another two-mile walk. I took Grumples around the block once (one mile) and Leo around the block once. After getting settled in for the night, I heated up some leftovers for dinner. I had sweet potato and chicken chili, asparagus, grilled chicken, and kale salad.
I spent Monday night writing my recap post and watching The Bachelor. I also worked on getting Leo to sit on his dog bed. Every time he’d get up, I’d make him sit right back down. This took about an hour before he finally took a hint.
Tuesday morning breakfast: I had some chopped cantaloupe, my protein yogurt (Vanilla Orgain & SoDelicious coconut milk yogurt, unsweetened), and hard boiled eggs with one yolk. I also had some leftover green juice.
After finishing up some work on Tuesday, I headed out for a walk with the dogs, and then had lunch outside because it was 75-degrees! I had fresh fruit with my leftover mirror mirror bowl. The smoothie bowls are always so filling, so I usually end up with leftovers. I keep the leftover smoothie bowls in my freezer but defrost them for about an hour or two in my refrigerator.
I decided to grill some proteins to keep in the fridge for salads while we were out on the porch. I’ve turned into a grilling monster lately. I grilled some steak and chicken. I’ve had a lot of questions about grilling for newbies. I will put together a post on the “how-tos” because I’ve been learning a lot.
And check out those pots! They fit perfectly. There is a super cheap outlet store called “Ollies” that I love going to in the summer. They have pots and outdoor supplies for SO CHEAP! I got these ceramic pots for $9.99! I was looking at the pots at Home Depot, and they were 3X that price. I picked up some more of their pots to paint and use for growing some produce this summer. I have a really fun back patio garden planned. I’m going to start building it this weekend.
I was inspired to make my own juices after stopping by the Green Brother’s Juice Co. I bought some juice bottles at Hobby Lobby a while back, and I wanted to fill them up for the fridge. When I have a sweet craving, I usually drink a little glass of fresh juice, and it nips it in the bud quick.
The orange juice had: wheatgrass, turmeric, cucumber, carrots, ginger, lemon, mandarines, and papaya.
The green juice had: aloe, cantaloupe, ginger, lemon, cucumber, kale, spinach, and wheatgrass.
I’ll be doing a new post with six of my favorite juice recipes + the exact measurements of each! 🙂 If you’re interested in reusable glass bottles for juice, check these out on Amazon! They are awesome. I like drinking water out of them too.
When I posted my fridge last week, so many of you messaged me asking if I could do weekly updates on my fridge because it inspired them. That put a smile on my face! I’m a true believer in keeping healthy food in your fridge because it helps me from choosing to go to restaurants or grab the faster unhealthier option all the time. And don’t’ get me wrong, I’m all about treating myself, but I feel better when I go for the healthier options. Plus, I think healthy food is delicious, and it doesn’t feel like a chore. This is what my fridge looks like before I start prepping salads, roasting vegetables, and preparing my proteins.
For dinner on Wednesday night, I had this amazing salad! Details for this salad are right here! I was so tired on Tuesday night. I took the boys out for a super long walk to soak up the heat. I went just about four miles (2 miles apiece), and then I showered off and went to bed by 9 pm.
Wednesday Morning Breakfast: almond milk cappuccino, protein yogurt with hempseed granola (bulk at Whole foods), and Enjoy Life chocolate chunks. I spent the whole day catching up on work! (Nespresso maker & milk frother)
I did a little tea and night reading on the porch after walking the dogs.
Sometimes my dinner plates aren’t that pretty, and they are just thrown together. Not sometimes, most of the time. This plate had half of an avocado, grilled chicken and steak, and my crunchy salad topper mix. I like to mix dried chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds with falafel seasoning.
Thursday flew by.
I packed my dinner and some dessert before heading to my parent’s house to see them. I like to visit them at least one night of the week. My dogs LOVE running around in their backyard and playing.
I packed a delicious salad in a to-go container, sparkling waters, popcorn, and fresh fruit.
On the drive there, I decided to take my boys out for a “cow ride.” This is their favorite thing in the entire world. They may even enjoy this more than playing with the bubble machine. I’ll usually pull my car over on the side of the country road so they can watch the cows in the field. Grumples sometimes cries for them, and he just gets so excited! I wish I lived on a farm with cows. I feel like he’d become best friends with them. Is that weird to say?
Here is what was inside of my dinner salad! My dad and mom made a mushroom stirfry for dinner, and that’s why I always pack my dinner. We’re never on the same page with food (hope they’re not reading today.) I do want to give my dad a shout out though, his doctor put him on a low carb diet, and he’s lost a lot of weight this past month. He’s looking great! He’s stopped the beer drinking and late-night chocolate eating. I’m so proud of him!
For breakfast, I had a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and peanut butter. It was GORGEOUS outside!
I took my mom to a doctors appointment on Friday morning, and then we stopped by Whole Foods when we were done. My favorite aisle 🙂 I need to post the three coffee blends I’ve been obsessed with lately.
Later in the evening, I headed to the courts to play tennis for a couple of hours. It was so fun to get back out there! I hope to play a ton this weekend.
For dinner, I had a cabbage and kale salad with guacamole, my homemade dressing, grilled chicken & steak, hard boiled eggs, and guacamole.
I’ve been wanting to get back into running. Not long distance, but fun running. The type of running I used to LOVE before injuries and training for a half marathon took place. I don’t want to run more than six miles. LIKE EVER.
On Saturday morning, I headed out for a three-mile neighborhood run. My neighborhood is so hilly, so I was proud of myself that I lasted the whole three miles. I thought I’d die after mile two. The weather was perfect, so it helped as well. Before running, I walked the dogs two-miles and then did a deep stretch and warmed up before heading out.
My face was a tomato head when I was done. I had to have Kyle take a picture of my beautiful tomato head.
I hydrated with some green juice and water.
After showering and getting ready for the day, I made a protein yogurt bowl topped with half of a waffle, hemp seed granola, and Lucky Charms. I eat like a child sometimes. I took that bowl to-go, and we headed to Home Depot.
We had to get a garage fridge for Kyle’s food prep. They were taking over my refrigerator, and I’m too selfish to share the space. We got a nice medium-sized fridge for all his meal prep food, and it works perfectly!
I made these INSANELY delicious protein balls on Saturday afternoon. They have been a HIT so far!! You can get the recipe here😀 They only have four ingredients, they’re no-bake, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and kid-friendly. I also made a ton of recipes that’ll be on the blog soon!
I had to get one of the energy bars from the Whole Foods line. I always treat myself to one of these when I go. THEY ARE heavenly. I usually cut the energy bar into pieces because it’s huge. I eat it throughout the day. They have a lot of honey, so one bite usually does the trick. I wish I had the recipe for this bar! If you know it…please share!!!Kyle grilled the BEST chicken on Saturday night. We marinaded it in lime juice and Tessemae’s BBQ sauce for the entire day. HANDS DOWN THE BEST GRILLED CHICKEN I’VE EVER HAD! I ended up buying a huge pack of the sauce on Amazon. I didn’t want to keep going back to Whole Foods to get it. I love bbq sauce, but it’s usually loaded with sugar. This sauce has only 2g of carbs and no added sugars at all.
We enjoyed dinner together in the backyard 🙂
I wish I could eat this all over again.
My plate had tossed kale and cabbage with my homemade dressing, sweet potato slices, chickpea/sunflower seed/pumpkin seed falafel blend, grilled chicken, and guacamole. Omg…drooling thinking about it.
I picked up this new little plant while I was at Home Depot on Saturday 🙂 This pot was only $14.99 at that Ollie’s discount store. A pot like this would be $50 anywhere else! When I’m finished with the patio (hammock, staining the wood, garden, and more details), I’ll do the entire post on it.
Sunday morning coffee outside before the rain.
Training was so good this week.
Now that we know what to do and what to work on while we’re walking, we addressed the indoor issues with the dogs. This conversation just saved me. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to cry because they just won’t stop wrestling or bothering me while I work. I thought saying “no” constantly was it, but that’s not the case. They are getting more exercise than the average dog (shoot, the average person), so their wrestling matches are completely unnecessary, and it’s NOT allowed.
I was never giving them a “down/stay” for them to be in after our long walks while I worked. They just had free-range of the house, and they weren’t told what to do. Now, when we come in from our walks, I put them in a down, stay, and expect them to stay like that. Every time they break it, I have to reinforce it and have them mind me. What has been really beneficial is keeping them on the leash next to me while I’m working to help them understand their role and the command. Right now, I am successful blogging, and they are both down by my feet laying down and not barking at cars or wrestling. I’ll release them when we get ready to go on our afternoon walk. This is the first day where they aren’t making me stressed or driving me crazy. I actually cooked dinner last night without them following my every move. Going to training is a must if your dogs are causing just a small amount of stress. It doesn’t matter how old or how bad they are, it helps, and CAN be fixed! If you’re new here, check out my previous recap posts and see what we’ve been up to at training. We take the boys to Holland K9 Services and work with John. So far, it’s been life-changing.
One more thing! (because I’m proud) Kyle and I were walking the dogs in my neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, and a big group of backyard dogs was barking at Grumples and Leo. The mom said to her daughter “wow, look how well behaved those dogs are.” She was talking about our dogs! WHAT?I never thought I’d ever heard that. They finally heel with us and ignore other dogs most of the time. It’s unbelievable. I can enjoy my walks with them now.
Sunday lunch: cabbage & Kale salad with guacamole, my crunchy toppers, and sweet potatoes. I also had my fresh squeezed juice on the side.
I spent Sunday afternoon blogging and enjoying a cappuccino (and some balls) while it rained. It was a relaxing Sunday. (Nespresso maker & milk frother)
We finally got a break in the rain on Sunday, so I prepared some salmon and shishito peppers on the grill for dinner.
I shared this recipe on my Instagram story! Check under “eats” if you want the recipe now. I’ll be doing a recipe post on this salmon soon, though! I had some oatmeal Halo Top for dessert and watched The Bachelor; Women Tell All before bed.
I tried to do some Sunday morning stretches before an appointment on Monday…Leo wanted to join.
I had an appointment and then stopped by Whole Foods before heading home around 2 pm.
When I got home, I took the boys out for a three-mile walk and then sat down to blog with a yummy cappuccino. (Nespresso maker & milk frother) I use The New Barn Barista Almond Milk for my cappuccinos! IT’S THE BEST.
After our final evening walk, I decided to grill some more for dinner. I’m telling you…addiction is real.
I grilled shaved brussels sprouts and honey bbq chicken. I mixed the two marinades, and it was so tasty! As soon as I finished grilling, it started storming hard! I kind of liked sitting outside watching the storm come through.
And here is my Monday night Dinner plate! Grilled chicken, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes! Yum! 🙂 Of course, I watched The Bachelor last night…I just don’t like Arie. BLEH.
Oh, and look out for my grilled tofu kebabs coming to the blog soon!
Questions for you!
- Are you trying to get back into running?
- What is your favorite aisle in the grocery store?
- Do you grow your own produce in the summer?