Good Morning, Everyone!
I hope you all had a great week & weekend. Mine was calm and productive. I focussed on writing, building a summer schedule, recipe development, hanging out with family, playing tennis, doing some housework, and going on a ton of dog walks. We had a storm just about every night last week, so I’m looking forward to this week’s great weather. I have some delicious recipes to post this week, the blog about my metabolism test, and more Hawaiian adventures, so look out for those! But, it’s Monday! So let’s get to the weekly recap 🙂
This is how we all felt on Tuesday!
It was pouring on Tuesday morning, but I never let the rain keep us from our dog walks. Around 7 am, we headed out for a mile walk. The good thing about rainy days is that the dogs aren’t as hyper. They love to nap and lay around, which helps me get things done.
Lately, I’ve been trying this new thing (a thing most normal people do.) I tend to snack a lot instead of having meals. I snack on healthy things, but I never feel full. I’ll usually have a power bar with coffee, yogurt later in the morning, a handful of carrots with hummus around noon, a protein shake later afternoon, and then a giant salad at night with some kind of protein. For some reason, that pattern leaves me searching for snacks at night. The whole grazing thing has me grazing too much.
I decided to give myself an eating schedule. Instead of the random snacking throughout the day, I’ve been having actual meals three times a day with no snacks in between. I’ve been doing this for a week now and it’s made a big difference. I never find myself wandering in the kitchen at night looking for something to eat. I’ve been drinking more water, tea, and feeling more intuitive with my cravings. I eat at 10 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm. Anytime after 6 pm or before 10 am, I make sure to drink a lot of water or decaf herbal tea.
For my Tuesday breakfast, I had 1 egg yolk with 4 egg whites, fresh fruit, sweet potatoes, guacamole, and a scoop of protein powder with cashew milk.
I had soup for lunch and soup for dinner on Tuesday night.
It’s a spicy chicken and vegetable soup that I’ve been eating on repeat. You can find the recipe here.
I spent most of the day on Wednesday blogging some posts that’ll be out soon, creating my summer schedule, and running errands. I had a protein shake with oatmeal for breakfast on the go because I was running a bit late for an appointment.
I had a delicious lunch at 2 pm.
I tossed arugula with Primal Kitchen honey mustard vinaigrette and topped it with baby cucumber slices, cinnamon-honey roasted butternut squash, tomatoes, avocado, smoked salmon, and a sprinkle of dill.
After having a bowl of chicken and vegetable soup for dinner, I headed to the tennis courts with my bucket of balls to workout and practice my serves. My tennis workout is on the Simply Taralynn Fitness Challenge Instagram page under the “fitness” highlights.
I decided to do yoga early Thursday morning after my dog walk. I did the morning yoga video out on my back porch because it was so nice out.
A little later in the morning I had seasoned potatoes, avocado slices, blueberries, banana, and 1 egg yolk + four egg whites for breakfast.
I had my soup for lunch (can’t imagine taking photos of the same soup every day) and spaghetti squash with ground turkey and pasta sauce for dinner. I love making this for a quick dinner option. I roast the squash in the oven for 45 minutes at 400 degrees, scoop out the squash into a bowl, and mix it with a no added sugar pasta sauce, and cooked ground turkey. Three ingredients and it tastes amazing! Sometimes I’ll make a Caesar salad for a side.
I headed to Target on Thursday evening because I broke my sunglasses and needed to get a pair before my morning dog walk. It gets super sunny in my neighborhood and there is nothing worse than squinting for several miles.
While I was there, I picked up some Tazo dessert tea. The glazed lemon loaf is AMAZING!!!! It really does taste like lemon cake 🙂 The other two flavors didn’t taste like macaroons or bourbon blondies, but they didn’t taste bad either. If you see these at the store, definitely go for the lemon cake. I hope they come out with a key lime pie flavor. I’ve been looking forward to having a cup of this tea every night as my treat. It totally takes away the sweet cravings. After our long dog walks on Friday morning, we relaxed while I worked on the blog.
Leo is so cute when he cuddles up to his brother. I know I’m a crazy dog mom, but I can’t help it!
It was gorgeous out, so I decided to go for a four-mile walk. I love my dogs, but sometimes I like to do a speedwalk without having to stop to sniff. I caught up on the Off The Vine podcast and time flew by quickly.
When I got back, I made a delicious breakfast.
I’ve been eating these pancakes on repeat and I can’t get enough. I have the blog ready to go, so look out for the recipe coming soon!
I had my protein pancakes with 1 egg yolk + 4 egg whites, banana, and blueberries.
I decided to have a protein shake for my lunch. I wanted to save room for poke night.
My mini protein shake had 1 scoop of chocolate Orgain plant protein, 1 cup fresh cherries, ice, unsweetened cashew milk, and topped with coconut chips (so damn good) and candied pecans.
I made poke bowls for dinner on Friday night! They were delicious and I can’t wait to post the tutorial 🙂 I had a lot of people asking where I found Grade 1 tuna for the bowls. I asked the seafood counter at Whole Foods, and they had me go to the sushi counter where they sold the highest quality tuna. They had it available.
On Friday night, Kyle and I watch the latest episode of Handmaids Tale and finished Safe on Netflix. We were both tired and just wanted to lay around watching movies instead of our original plans of playing tennis.
I was so glad we rested on Friday night because we were super recharged on Saturday.
After the morning dog walks, we headed to the gym together. I did a little lifting (for like ten minutes) and then did intervals on the treadmill for two miles. I usually sprint uphill 1 minutes, jog flat for two minutes, walk uphill for three minutes, and repeat until I hit two miles.
Kyle and I had protein pancakes and eggs for breakfast. These pancakes are so good, I’m going to have them again for breakfast today and probably tomorrow.
We met up with my parents at noon to play tennis. This is one our favorite things to do on Saturdays!
We have defeated my parents five times in a row now, so they are trying their hardest to grab the title back. It’s funny because Kyle and I used to get creamed by my parents and all of our practice has paid off. My parents are pretty good at tennis so we feel pretty good about our wins!
Kyle did get his win against me this weekend. I fell short 🙁
My parents invited us over to grill again, and we didn’t have anything going on, so we thought it would be nice to swim a bit and let the dogs run around the backyard. We picked up some burgers, I made a delicious white bean and peach arugula salad (recipe coming soon) and we headed out to their house with the dogs around three.
I bought my dad a bags/cornhole (whatever you want to call it) boards so we played for a bit, and it was so fun! Of course, Kyle and I beat them! We aren’t a competitive family or anything………
I bet my dad is in the backyard right now as I’m writing this practicing his throws.
The pool felt so good after being out in the sun all day.
We had dinner around 5:30, and I was so hungry! My mom made delicious roasted vegetables, my favorite!
It started to storm as soon as we finished making dinner, so we decided to eat inside. My dad grilled chicken, jalapeno burgers, and we had all kinds of delicious sides. I’d be OK making this a Saturday tradition because it was all delicious.
I had my arugula salad (holy moly so goooooood), fresh fruit, sweet potato fries, and roasted vegetables!
Kyle and I headed back to my house later in the evening. We took the boys for a dog walk, and then I showered off and got ready to just relax for the rest of the evening. Kyle and I decided to watch Unsane and it was really really good!
I picked my first tomato in my backyard garden on Sunday morning! It was so cute and perfect 🙂 I was pretty proud of myself.
After heading to Home Depot to pick up some garage shelves, I had my breakfast!
Pancakes on repeat, cotton candy grapes, and eggs. If you’re wondering, YES, cotton candy grapes really do taste like cotton candy. I spent about three hours cleaning out my garage, breaking down boxes, and organizing everything on the new shelves.
My dad stopped by to help me put up my new flag on my house. I was so excited to get a flag up. Now, I need to find a light to shine on it at night.
For dinner, I had a B Free gluten free/dairy free/vegan pita stuffed with guacamole, chicken, sweet potatoes, mixed greens, onion, and mustard. Yum! After dinner, I made a little bowl of popcorn, and Kyle and I watched Game Night. That movie is so funny! I definitely recommend it.
After the movie, we went on our final dog walk and came in to watch the NBA Finals. Of course, I fell asleep during the second quarter.
Today is day 26 of the 40 Day Challenge, and I’m feeling so great! I can definitely feel and see a difference, and can’t wait to continue this journey with everyone participating! My progress is slow, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. If you need some inspiration, check out the posts here!
Questions for you!
- Are you a snack all day person, or a three meals a day person?
- Have you grown any produce this year?
- What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?