I don’t know who I am today. I woke this morning really tired but couldn’t get more than three sips of coffee down. I decided to chug water, have a slice of toast, and then headed out for a run. “Run,” you heard that right. It wasn’t like my old runs where they’d last an hour + or match a 9:00 min pace, but it was still a run. After resting my body for a good year, I’ve been feeling very ready to step back into running again. I don’t plan to run any races, but I want to get back to being able to run 3-4 miles comfortably several times a week. I loved this routine before I started training for a half and injured myself. I’ve missed being able to just go out for a run when I was feeling down, or run a trail with a friend on a Saturday morning.
I think the hardest part is starting slow. It’s humbling to be in a position where just one mile is difficult. I have to take it slow and force myself to do it the right way. I’ll be spending the next month running one mile with an additional .1 to each run every other day along with two days of strength training and stretching in between. At the end of this month, I should be at a two-mile distance. I’m not worrying about my pace at all. I also play tennis, so I’ll be getting a lot of my sprint work done during that time. I plan to keep you updated each week with how my running is coming along, and I’ve appreciated all the helpful tips some of you shared with me on Instagram. The best part about this is that I have no expectations, so each improvement is worth being proud over.
After my run, I had a yummy cappucinno and Hemp bar!
Ok moving onto the recap! 💜
Monday was just a “catch up” day for me, so all I took pictures of was my lunch. This whole week was a cold and rainy one, so spring fever was coming in hard. I’m so excited for warmer temps and permanent sunshine.
For lunch, I had baby kale with cranberry apple quinoa, avocado, sunflower seeds, grilled chicken, and balsamic dressing. I had kiwi and blueberry on the side, and yes, I love the kiwi skin. The skin contains a lot of fiber and vitamin C.
For breakfast on Tuesday, I made the most delicious protein pancakes after my walk.
I mixed one scoop of banana plant-based protein powder, 1/4 cup of Birch Bender paleo pancake mix, 1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and a handful of blueberries. Sometimes, Kyle and I make these for dinner with chocolate chips and peanut butter.
I spent the day working hard on my Disney Itinerary and video (which will be live soon!)
For dinner, I had the crispy cauliflower gnocchi and green beans. We caught up on night two of the Bachelor. I have a prediction as to what happens tonight!
Wednesday was a demo day for the kitchen! I have wanted to get rid of the tile that came with my house for a long time, and after my dad remodeled his kitchen, I knew he’d do an excellent job. He also taught me how to do it just in case my next house needs new tile! I’ve been documenting the steps and will do a big reveal with a few tutorials sometime soon! I am also painting the cabinets, so it’s going to be an entirely new look! 😃
After working with my dad all day, I was ready to have a big smoothie, take a hot bath, and go to bed! I was exhausted.
My smoothie had 8 cups of baby kale (yes, eight!), unsweetened almond milk, one frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, ice, and vanilla plant-based protein powder. The banana and protein powder takes away the green taste, and it was delicious!
I have been taking baths before bed almost every night. It’s been relaxing my mind and body and helping me to sleep so well. As soon as I lay in bed after a hot bath, I fall asleep almost instantly and sleep through the night. Here’s a great article that may convince you to start adding bubble baths to your nighttime routine!
My dad was over early in the morning on Thursday. It was time to add the new drywall and start placing the tiles!
For lunch, I made my dad and I some delicious salads. They had butter lettuce, baby kale, red onions, tomatoes, dried unsweetened cherries, cucumber, chili almonds, avocado, cranberry apple quinoa, and balsamic vinaigrette.
We called it quits around 3 pm. I sat down with a cappuccino and peanut butter rice cake snack to push me through an afternoon of blogging.
For dinner, I roasted Brussels sprouts in the oven with sesame oil and then topped them with an agave & soy glaze with red pepper chili flakes. They were perfection.
We had sauteed bell peppers, onions, and ground chicken on the side.
I ended the night with a hot bubble bath, tea, and fell asleep at 9:30!
Friday morning breakfast: honey quinoa cereal, muesli, and blueberries with almond milk. It was another rainy day, and at this point, I just wanted to pack my bags and go somewhere warm again! March seems to be one of the rainiest months in the Carolinas.
For lunch, I had another one of my jumbo salads! This one had avocado, butter lettuce, dried unsweetened cherries, chili almonds, cranberry apple quinoa, sunflower seeds, and almond jalapeno dip. For the dressing, I mixed avocado oil, balsamic, agave, and everything but the bagel seasoning. I had pineapple, kiwi, and blueberries on the side!
An afternoon almond milk mocha! I frothed New Barn barista-style almond milk and mixed it with espresso and one tbsp of Ghirardelli dark hot cocoa mix. This is one of my favorite treats!
After the gym on Friday night, Kyle and I made a pizza and sat down to watch some movies.
This was my second attempt at the Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza. I did it the right way by prebaking it, but I still am not a fan. I bought their broccoli one, so I’ll let you know how that goes next time! We used the Daiya for our cheese and my favorite sauce. Kyle added dinner leftovers from Thursday night on his side of the pizza.
Kyle and I headed to the gym on Saturday morning. I had to take a protein pancake with almond butter and my pre-workout with me on the go. I couldn’t get rid of my hiccups all day, and almond butter seems always to help. I’ve been having bad hiccups lately, and they are soooo painful. Anyone else gets hiccup spells that last off and on all day?
When we got back from the gym, I went out on my mile run. It was finally nice outside, and I run much better when I’m not on a treadmill.
My mom and dad stopped over in the afternoon to work on another row of tiles with us. My mom and I made a trip to Lowe’s so I could get the paint for the cabinets! I can’t wait for it to be done😊
After doing some laundry and cleaning up the bathrooms on Sunday morning I made a turkey sandwich with some Plant Snacks (vegan cheddar! MY FAVORITE!!!!) on the side. After lunch, I made some delicious banana bread and can’t wait to post that recipe for you this week!
The courts had finally dried up a bit, so Kyle and I decided to go out and play tennis for a couple of hours at the park. It felt so good to play again! I’m looking forward to many more tennis nights coming up.
When we got home, we walked the dogs, and then I started on a quick dinner.
I made the most delicious salmon! I mixed gluten-free soy sauce, agave, a splash of sesame oil, and juice from half of the blood orange together. I topped the salmon with black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili flakes, and everything but the bagel seasoning. Next, I poured it over the salmon and baked it for about 15 minutes at 355 degrees.
I roasted brussels sprouts and acorn squash as aside.
How amazing does that look? I’m excited to have the leftovers on a salad tonight!
I don’t know why I don’t make acorn squash more often! It’s so good. And in case you’re wondering, I do it the skin!
We ended the night watching American Idol! 🎶
I hope you all have a fantastic week. xo xo
Questions for you!
- Have you ever taken a long hiatus from running?
- Favorite snack bars?
- What was the highlight of your weekend?