I stayed up way too late last night. I don’t have the willpower when it comes to reality t.v. Monday. Three hours of the Bachelor Finale was rough, and it’ll only continue tonight. I’m not mad about it, though 🙂
Even though I had little sleep, my dogs were up and ready for their walk at 6 am (Awesome.) How do I know they are ready for their walks? Unlimited face licks. I slowly rolled out of bed, regretting my late-night decision, and laced up my shoes. I was just about to head out the door when I realized I was still wearing my pajama bottoms (not flattering ones.) I went upstairs to change and finally headed out for the walk. We made it about a mile when I realized that my pants were on inside out. Thought it couldn’t get any worse? Well, it started pouring. Today is going to be a great day.
I’m finally back in my pajama bottoms, wearing a hydrating face mask, coffee made, and a dog is sleeping on each side of me. Now, it’s time to recap.
Somehow my recap posts have migrated to Tuesdays. I actually love that more because it gives me time to post a weekend recipe and spend the rest of my Sunday night technology-free.
Tuesday was filled with work tasks, cleaning, and running a lot of errands.
Breakfast: protein yogurt (Vanilla Orgain & SoDelicious coconut milk yogurt, unsweetened) topped with fresh fruit and unsweetened dried cranberries. I had a wheatgrass/lemon/ginger shot on the side.
Snacks: Brads Veggie Chips & Guacamole. Best. Combo. Ever.
I headed out to my parent’s house on Tuesday night. My mom and I wanted to work sewing some new bandanas for the dogs. I brought my salad over there for dinner. It had Diced grilled shishito peppers, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, guacamole, sticky rice, and grilled chicken. I’ve been this salad on repeat.
Coffee and oats for breakfast on Wednesday morning. I mixed oatmeal with cinnamon, collagen, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Why is warm peanut butter so good? My dad and I took the dogs for a two-mile walk before I headed out.
We made reversible bandanas for them. I think they look pretty handsome! I mean, they clearly look thrilled to be wearing them. It’s not like I have treats in my hand bribing them to sit there and look cute…
For lunch, I had an RXBAR, a decaf cappuccino, and my protein yogurt topped with unsweetened cranberries and slivered almonds. I get asked about the milk I use and the espresso pods. To get my almond milk so frothy, I use The New Barn barista almond milk, and sometimes I use Oatly Barista Style Oat Milk (I just purchased the 4 pack on Amazon.)
Meighan and I had a walk planned for the afternoon, but it started pouring down rain. We decided to drive over to the At Home store to shop around. I ended up finding a giant full-length mirror for my bedroom. I needed to purchase this like years ago!
I told you it’s the same salad on repeat. I had a kale salad loaded with sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, guacamole, rice, and Brussels sprouts for dinner. Meighan brought me this multi-green kombucha a couple of weeks ago when we did the woodworking class and got me hooked on it. I’ve actually been hooked on all things kombucha lately. I bought a case of it on Amazon because I love having it with my salads or while I’m meal prepping. Plus, Kombucha is very, very good for you! She got me a kombucha starting kit for my birthday, and I need to break it out this weekend.
I kind of already shared my Thursday adventures on my Instagram.
These are the type of days that make me appreciate and welcome all things thrown my way. Be optimistic and positive. 🙂
I left for my doctor’s appointment at 9 AM and didn’t make it back to my place until 2 pm. I finally got around to having my coffee and catching up on my work.
After a stormy walk with my dogs (March is notorious for heavy rain in the south), I made a delicious dinner! I had wanted to make collard green wraps for so long. These are definitely worth trying out! You can find the recipe here. I posted it on Friday 🙂 It was inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte, Luna’s Living Kitchen.
After blogging, walking the dogs, and fitting in a living room workout, I had breakfast before getting ready for the day. I had my protein yogurt with cranberries and slivered almonds. I also had my ginger lemon tea.
The dogs and I had a photoshoot for an upcoming campaign in the park on Friday afternoon. Leo was more excited about the treats hiding in my coat pocket… Oh, and that striped t-shirt? I just bought it at Target for $8 , and it’s the softest shirt I own. It’s not that shrinking/only wear it once type of fabric either. I wore it pretty much all weekend long (don’t act like you don’t do it.)
I found these jackets at Belk! 🙂 They were Buy One, Get One Half Off, so I had to get them both. I don’t even own a rain jacket, so that validated my purchase. I always wore my winter coat, so I needed these. I’ll be able to wear these in the fall, too. I like them because I can throw them on in the morning before walking the dogs. I’ll be using them today for walking in the rain 🙁
Pink Jacket / Plaid Jacket
Even though it was super windy, it turned out to be a beautiful day! We spent about three and a half hours shooting, and we had a lot of fun. I’ll share more details on the shoot in April! 🙂
And because it was the first time wearing makeup in like weeks… I had to get that selfie!
I forgot to mention a significant event in my last recap post. Something you may be interested in, and if so, I can elaborate on a different post. For the past two years, I have been extremely self-conscious about the peach fuzz on my face. Yes, it’s very light and hardly noticeable to the average person, but it’s all I see. I didn’t even like doing videos or Insta stories because I’d hate the “imperfection.” I used to put myself through torture each month, getting my entire face threaded (Yup, you read that right.) I decided to try out dermaplaning with a chemical peel after reading up on it for the past year.
Dermaplaning is an effective treatment for manually removing the top layer of the stratum corneum by using a scalpel to lightly scrape the face. This procedure dramatically smoothes and refreshes the skin. Dermaplaning also has the added benefit of removing facial hair. The facial hair that is removed is vellus hair that does grow back. Please note that the hair does not grow back thicker or thinner, lighter or darker but grows back the same as the hair follicle is not being impacted. This treatment is recommended every four weeks and is also an excellent addition to facials and chemical peels. –Dr. Capizzi Website
This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. Not only does my makeup go on smoother, but it got rid of 60% of the small calcium deposit bumps I had floating around my cheekbones. They are almost gone now! (I also started taking calcium supplements which are helping them as well.) If you’d like me to write more about it or be interested in trying it out, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment at Dr. Capizzi’s office. The price is very reasonable compared to all the other places I checked out, and it was a great experience. Just tell them I referred you! You can ask me questions in the comments if you want to know more about my first experience!
We didn’t get back until 6:45 on Friday because of the traffic, and the only thing I had all day was protein yogurt. I was starving. I started eating while putting my yoga pants on at the same time because I couldn’t wait. I think I ended up eating an entire bag of skinny pop popcorn and a granola bar after this plate. This is why it’s important to eat balanced meals all day. If you don’t, you’ll be making up for it like a wild animal at night.
On Saturday morning, I caught up on some laundry, hit the grocery store, and then made a delicious breakfast smoothie. My smoothie had wheatgrass powder, ginger powder, vanilla protein powder, collagen, ice, kale, unsweetened almond milk, honey, and bee pollen.
Kyle and I spent almost all afternoon meal prepping. We usually binge-watch Fixer Upper while we cook. We cooked up some blue apron dishes, his weekly meals, grilled chicken, grilled turkey burgers, recipes for the blog, fresh salads, chopped fruit, rice, sweet potatoes, and more! You can see the entire meal prep video/overview under “fridge” on my insta-story highlights. Meal prepping a giant kale salad to eat all week long is one of my favorite things to do! You can top it with just about any protein or have it as a healthy side.
Details on my kale meal prep salads are here! & if you’re interested in meal prep vegetables, check them out here!
We took a break and had a Blue Apron chili (details will be on the blog Thursday), but OMG…that chili was heaven.
Kale salad, chili, and a La Croix! The apricot peach is still my favorite flavor.
I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! It’ll be up on Friday 🙂 The four-ingredient breakfast balls were such a hit, and I think you’ll love these the same!
I’ve been sharing my fridge pics every Saturday for some inspiration! 🙂 Here is this week’s fridge feature. I have big plans for all the leftover fruits and vegetables. Some are for weekend Blue Apron meals, too! I hope you’re excited about grilled tofu kebabs! Oh….it’s happening. Not going to lie; cooking and meal prepping in the kitchen with Kyle on Saturday was so much fun. It probably sounds so cheesy, but we made a great kitchen team!
Our dogs were so well-behaved and listened great while we were busy in the kitchen on Saturday. We’ve been working on giving them the down/stay commands in the house. This means that when we tell them to lay down and stay, they can’t leave that spot. They were holding their down/stays while we were cooking for up to 30 minutes. When we first started, we struggled with them holding it for a minute. It’s been so great having them listen to us, and I think they enjoy having more structure/routine and discipline/rewards. They have been more cuddly with us lately, too. Not sure if that has anything to do with it!
Because they were so great, we decided to treat them to their favorite thing in the world, a trip to their grandparent’s house! This is heaven for them!
I had some hot tea, and we worked on their commands a bit in the yard.
They had so much fun playing in the backyard for an hour, and they even enjoyed the drive out there because of all the cows. Their obsession with cows is adorable.
My mom made stuffed bell peppers for dinner, and then we headed out for the night. Kyle and I finished the first season of Seven Seconds on Netflix, and I highly recommend it. So good! We also finished Waco on Friday night. That was such a sad event. We are going to start the real-life docu-series next. I’ll keep you posted.
It was so cold on Sunday morning, so we bundled up before heading to dog training. I was really excited to tell John, our trainer, about the success we had with our dogs this week indoors. We told him about their down/stays and our success with walking them both.
This week, we worked on training them with the long leash. John held the long leash from a distance, and we were to give them a command to get them to stop mid-point. Leo was better at this than Grumples, but we’ll be working on this more. It’s important to get your dog to listen to your command without the leash or while they are in action.
Training is exhausting not only for the dog but for the owner. You’re also training yourself and constantly thinking about using the right words and correct commands for the dogs. You don’t want to confuse them, so it’s crucial to know the commands, just as you would expect your dogs to know the commands. Using the word “okay” instead of “come” was a challenge. “Come” is from him to come without a mid-point stop, and “Okay” is for him to start walking, but sit when I give the command. Naturally, I wanted to tell him to “come” to get him to move. It was challenging, but we managed to have a couple of successful rounds. John will be coming to my neighborhood soon, and it’ll be a whole new environment to work with them. It should be interesting!
Getting your dogs trained is so important, and I’ll never make the mistake of NOT doing it. This is something that you must stick with as a responsible dog owner. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, and it’s crucial.
If you want to read more about our training progress, check out my previous recap posts. When we hit the six-month mark, I’ll be doing a separate post with a big roundup. We are taking our dogs to Holland K9 Services! Check them out if you’re in the Charlotte/or surrounding area.
When we got back in the late morning, we relaxed a bit. I had a cappuccino and started working on my birthday cake post.
I ended up having lunch at 10:30 in the morning. Our training was at 8:00 am so I was hungry! I had my meal-prepped salad with chicken, cold chili, and grilled turkey.
I have been making a point to run once a week.
I was confused and going back and forth while ignoring what my body was trying to tell me. After finishing the first half marathon, I had a comment made to me that I just couldn’t let go of. I just finished my first half marathon and ran the last two miles through an excruciating injury that left me basically paralyzed in the legs for three days afterward. I honestly couldn’t walk without crying. The pain felt like knives scraping my bones. Yet, I was upset because of one comment made by someone close and forgot that I just achieved something I had worked hard for. I don’t even think the person who said it realized its effect on me, so I never brought it up again. That comment hit me like a ton of bricks. After weeks of recovering my legs, that comment kept haunting me. I decided to start going to HIIT classes. It became excessive. My body was NOT reacting to the stress I was putting it in.
I finally decided to take control of my body once October hit. I made many changes in my lifestyle, and the past five months have been the best physically and mentally. I don’t feel like an alien in my own body anymore, I don’t get depressed or anxious if I can’t make it to a workout, and I’m good at saying “no” now. I traded in the heavyweights and long runs for light jogs, yoga, stretching, hiking, random living room circuits, and long walks with my dogs. I’ll do a circuit at the gym now and then, but it’s never because I feel like I “have to.”
Before I started training for the half marathon or going to the gym every day, I used to love running for its joy. I’d run 3-5 miles, and that was it. I wasn’t stressed or feeling pressured. I’m now getting back to the fun miles and the joy of running again. This week, I hit four miles without realizing it. My pace increased (not a big deal), and I felt like my old self again, before training or getting caught up in exercise addition. I’m feeling better, and I’m excited to be back. Sometimes, you need to hit that reset button. I didn’t plan on making this a rant or drawn-out explanation, but I’m hoping it helps someone else who is in a rut or feeling like they’re out of control with exercise.
And after giving up all the extreme workouts, I actually fit my clothes again. It feels good NOT to be inflamed or walk around with swollen joints.
Sunday night dinner! My meal prepped salad, chicken, turkey, and chili on top! (you’ll be seeing a lot of this…)
Monday morning breakfast 🙂 —–> already shared on Instagram yesterday!
🌿🍵🍌Today’s Breakfast smoothie: 1 tbsp unsweetened matcha green tea powder + 1/2 frozen banana + 1 tbsp wheatgrass powder + 1 tbsp ground ginger + 1/2 cup frozen peaches + 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk + 1/2 cup ice cubes + 3 tbsps collagen powder (collagen) + 1 scoop vanilla bean protein powder (vanilla protein powder)
I spent a lot of the day working on an upcoming post 🙂 The boys were cute, cuddled up next to me on the couch!
Lunch salad on repeat! And if you’re wondering, those are clover sprouts on top! They add a delicious and nutritious crisp.
The dogs and I took an afternoon walk after I finished one of my projects. I took them both together for three miles, and they were so well behaved! I was so proud of them. They both walked on my left side and didn’t act out at all. Life is so much better after training. No more unnecessary stress! I finally understand their behavior. And they seem happier, too.
Afternoon snack: unsweetened coconut milk yogurt + Powdered peanut butter + vanilla protein powder with honey crisp apple slices! You could also add collagen powder to this.
This made the most perfect fruit dip.
You already know….dinner salad on repeat!
I treated myself to some Halo Top with almond butter, and no sugar added vegan dark chocolate chips for dessert while watching The Bachelor! I tried the dairy-free vanilla maple and dairy-free chocolate almond crunch. The chocolate almond crunch wasn’t as chocolatey as I would have liked. The vanilla maple did not disappoint.
Before I sign off for the day and bundle up in my rain jacket to walk the dogs, I want to share which coffee roasts I’ve been drinking the past three weeks. I drink the Solitary Sumatra (Roasted in NY) at least once a month. I’m a big fan of that roast and love anything Sumatra! The King Bean (Roasted in SC) from my Charleston trip was excellent! This past week, I tried out the Joe Van Gogh (roasted in NC) and enjoyed that as well:) I always prefer to purchase Whole Beans and grind them at home. 🙂
I hope you guys have a great week! I’m making a Copy Cat recipe for Whole Food’s granola bars that a reader recommended! I’ll keep you posted!
- Have you ever tried dermaplaning?
- Have you learned any life lessons lately?
- What are you eating on repeat?