Happy Monday, everyone!
I hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend. I just got back from a four-mile walk in hopes that it would slow my brain down, but I probably just destroyed all progress after downing an afternoon latte. Oops.
My recap post is coming in late because I’ve decided to change up my typical Sunday routine. After dinner on Sunday nights, I always work on my recap blog for the week. I’ve decided to take the next few Sunday’s off from the computer and slow down my writing flow. I write up to 2-3 blogs every day (some aren’t posted for months later) but I think it’s been causing my motivation to go down. I think they call it “getting burned out.” So from now on, I’ll be spending my Sunday’s completely computer free, and my evening’s phone free. I can’t promise it’ll be something I can stick to, but I’ll surely try. I will try to be “better.” My recaps will still be posted on Mondays though!
Let’s go back to last Monday ❤️
Have you ever had one of those days where there’s not much in the fridge, but you’re too lazy to go to the grocery store? Well, Monday was definitely one of those days. I was actually not up for much of anything on Monday, or for most of the week. Many of you know I deal with endometriosis. It’s not fun, I hate it, and hopefully one day I won’t have to deal with it anymore. I’ve been working with my doctor on solutions and trying to do it the most natural way possible. During my cycle, I’m extremely emotional, in so much pain, and feel like just sleeping in bed until the week is over. I know that’s a horrible way to feel, but it’s the truth. I won’t accept those feelings, so I try to turn it all around by eating right, working out, drinking a ton of water, reducing caffeine, and doing things that make me feel happy. Luckily, my week had a lot of ups to keep me in a good place.
For my lunch, I made a black bean dip to have with some spinach, salsa, and grain-free Siete chips.
My black bean dip had one can of drained beans thrown into the food processor with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, sea salt, avocado oil, and black pepper. It was AWESOME! I’m looking forward to turning the dip into a burger form.
After lunch, I had a decaf cinnamon and nutmeg latte made with barista style almond milk.
On Monday night, I thought it would be a good idea to tag along with Kyle to the gym to walk the treadmill. Exercise is great for endometriosis pain as long as you’re not overexerting yourself. Walking is an amazing form of exercise and does wonders to the body and brain. Exercising also helps me drink more water, so that’s another plus side to it.
I was up at 5:30 am on Tuesday with the dogs because they were ready to go for their morning mile. I’m not sure if they like the morning mile or if they correlate it to getting fed afterward.
Later in the morning, I had some hardboiled eggs with maple syrup (looks like a weird combo but it’s delcious) and some cinnamon paleo protein pancakes. I use the Birch blender mix with vanilla protein powder. I’ll even add some Melt spread. Have you guys ever had that brand of “butter?” It’s so dang good!
For lunch, I had arugula with a honey mustard vinaigrette, hard boiled eggs, my bean dip, and sunflower seeds. I was still eating what was leftover in the kitchen because I was not in grocery shopping mode.
On Tuesday night, I did a four-mile walk with alternating speeds and inclines.
Kyle and I always walk the dogs a mile in the evening when it’s cooler out. After showering off from the gym, drinking a protein shake for dinner, and brushing my teeth, we headed to bed super early so we could watch Sharp Objects. Leo was in his happy place!
Even though I feel asleep super early, I also woke up super early. 2:45 am early…My cramps were so bad that they kept me up, so I went downstairs to take a Tylenol, another prescription from my doctor, and then ran a hot bubble bath to lay in for a while. An hour later the medicine kicked in and I was able to finally go back to sleep.
I didn’t wake up until 8:30 am the next morning which is so rare for me, but I’m so happy I got the sleep. Kyle walked the dogs with me before he headed to work, and then I had a bowl of oats before heading to my appointments.
My breakfast bowl had banana oatmeal from Gluten Freeda, maple syrup, pecans, and freeze-dried fruit.
On my way home from my afternoon appointments, I stopped at Whole Foods to finally pick up some groceries, and a snack for the drive home. I bought Lenny Boy Kombucha, a local Charlotte brew that is amazing, and a chocolate hazelnut RX bar.
I was so excited when I saw the dog’s new pool I ordered from Amazon sitting on the porch. I couldn’t wait to open it up and let them swim in it. I know this is embarrassing but I also bought them bathtime toys to play with in the pool. It was funny because they kept running to the pool, taking the bath toys out and setting them on the grass. It looked like they were rescuing them.
I love this pool because it’s heavy duty and not one of those pools that your dogs will rip with their nails and it comes in different sizes. We bought the XXL and my dogs are 65 and 80 pounds. It also folds up nicely so I can keep it on the garage shelf. They can both comfortably lay in the pool without touching the sides.
I spent the rest of Wednesday getting caught up on laundry and work!
I thought it was fall when we woke up on Thursday.
It was 58-degrees and I was in heaven. I walked the dogs for a mile and a half, fed them, and then went back out to hit a total of three miles before I started working.
Not only was the weather amazing, but I was finally feeling well again. I was back to myself by the time Thursday rolled around.
For my breakfast, I had a cup of frozen berries, protein powder, spinach, cashew butter, and almond milk.
For lunch, I had leftovers from the Whole Foods hot bar! I had their fajita chicken, paleo fried rice, dairy-free tuna salad, and guacamole.
On Thursday evening, I decided to do a really slow walk at a very high incline on the treadmill. I did 45-minutes at a 3.0 pace at a 5.0-7.0 incline.
For dinner, I had the Whole Food’s paleo rice, eggs, and guacamole.
I know I say this a lot on my blog, but I feel like it’s important for me to mention that not everything I eat ends up on this blog. I snack randomly throughout the day on nuts, yogurt, or other random things in the house when I’m hungry. I don’t take photos of everything, so please don’t think this is all I eat. That would not be enough to sustain me or a healthy amount to eat with my lifestyle.
We had another beautiful morning on Friday!
After walking, I sat down to blog and had a protein smoothie. My smoothie had frozen berries, protein powder, and water.
After my afternoon walk, I had Brad’s veggie crackers topped with turkey slices, broccoli sprouts, and guacamole! Such a tasty combo.
On Friday night, I went to the Panther’s game with my friend Caitlin. The weather couldn’t have been any more perfect, and it was a great way to put me in the fall spirit! 🏈
Somehow, my glasses must have fallen off of my head at some point during the game. We could not find them anywhere! Turns out, the guy next to us took them home with him because he thought they were his wife’s. Luckily he knew the people in front of us, who knew Caitlin’s family, so we got his number! We had to drive all the way north to meet him to get my glasses. I didn’t end up getting home until around 1:30 am…
I made myself a turkey sandwich, let the dogs out, and went straight to bed!
There was NO sleeping in for me on Saturday morning. I was up four hours later because Leo wanted to go for a walk. It’s funny how he’ll come to lay on top of me but leave Kyle peacefully sleeping. 😆 I’m the type of person that can’t fall back asleep if I wake up in the morning, so I gradually got out of bed, walked them, and sat down to have coffee before heading to my tennis group. I couldn’t believe I was still going but I didn’t want to leave my partner.
I fit in a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal with cashew butter on top before heading out.
We played tennis for three and a half hours on Saturday morning. I was struggling to keep up, but managed to pull through! After tennis, I headed to Earthfare to pick up some things for dinner at my parent’s later. It was my mom’s birthday, so I told her I’d make her a low-carb lemon meringue pie. I was being way more spontaneous that I should have been on Saturday. Part of me wanted to buy the pie, but part of me wanted a challenge.
I picked up a cranberry almond turkey bar for the ride home and it was so tasty! I love the Epic bars. I haven’t tried their nut bars yet, but I hear they taste a lot like the RXBARS. I’ll have to try those out soon. After showering off, I sat down for an hour with my cinnamon latte.
I should have tried to take a nap, but I was too wound up to do so.
I did manage to get the pie made. Goodness, that crust was perfection! There will be a post all about it soon.
We headed to my parent’s house around 6 pm to have dinner and celebrate my mom’s birthday.
My mom makes these incredible baked pears wrapped in prosciutto topped with honey as an appetizer. Such an easy dish to make and very delicious! I bet they’d be great topped with goat cheese as well.
This was such an exciting night for my parents. I mentioned a while back that my dad had started building a fireplace in the backyard. He’s never done anything like this before because he’s usually building furniture like the ones in the picture. He watched several youtube videos, read some books, and then built this image in his head for what it would look like. Months later, it’s finally done. They have to finish the stones and add the nautical rope detail at the bottom, but they lit it up for the first time on Saturday, and it was a success! My dad built the furniture, did the concrete, and pretty much everything else in that yard! It looks amazing and I can’t wait to see when it’s officially finished. He has about 200 photos of the whole process that he’s going to let me post on the blog. I’m going to let him write the whole thing 😊
The pups loved it!
For dinner, we had roasted vegetables and burgers on the grill. I decided to try out the Beyond meat burgers because they were on sale at Whole Foods. They were awesome! I had one while I was visiting Savannah and fell in love. They are plant-based burgers without the soy!
I love wrapping my burgers with iceberg lettuce and topping them with guacamole, mustard, and ketchup. I’m sorry but a burger is not a burger without mustard and ketchup.
We spent the night sitting around the fire listing to music and talking. When I fell asleep on the couch, I knew it was time to go. I had finally hit my wall.
I didn’t wake up until 8 am on Sunday and needed every ounce of sleep I could get.
After my morning dog walk, I had a breakfast smoothie. It had frozen berries, spinach, protein powder, and cashew milk topped with cocao nibs, cashew butter, and raspberries.
On Sunday afternoon, I made lemon cupcakes with the box of Swerve cake mix they sent me. I’m blown away by how amazing these turned out. They are carb-conscious treats, grain free, and will blow you away!
For the oil, I used sunflower. I also added two tsps of lemon extract to the batter. Don’t eat the batter because it’s hard to stop!
For the frosting, I went with a dairy free coconut based frosting. You could make your own, or take the easy route like I did! I put them in containers and stored them in the freezer for dessert.
Later in the afternoon, Kyle and I headed to the gym. I did a light walk on an incline of 3.5.
We stopped at Home Depot on the way home to get some things for the house and yard. I finally hung up the beautiful windchime Kyle’s mom bought me! It sounds so pretty in the morning.
We made a healthy Sunday dinner. I had chicken marinading for 14 hours in the fridge! I knew it was going to be good on the grill.
We had roasted veggies, a veggie stir-fry, grilled asparagus, and arugula for our sides. We had so much leftover that I turned them into my dinner for the rest of the week.
Oh, and I finally got around to trying the Cashew Queso from Siete! I think it’s one of those things you have to try for yourself to see if you like it. I’ve seen SO MANY people go crazy over it, but it’s just “ok” to me. I bought four because I thought it was going to be the best thing ever, but I’m still not sure. I’ll probably add them to recipes and see how it holds up! Kyle actually really likes it, so I think you’ll have to try it for yourself to make up your mind! 😊
Annnnnnywas! I can’t believe it’s 4 pm! I’m going to go throw another load of laundry in, get ready for the gym, and then maybe start editing my Savannah video for Wednesday’s post! ❤️ Have a great night! I can’t wait to catch up with you all in the comments!
Questions for you!
- What is your go-to breakfast on most days?
- Do you function well with little sleep?
- Is there a product you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t yet?