I had one of the best weeks. It was active, the weather was perfect, I spent time with some pretty amazing people, and I got a lot of work done. Housework? Ehhh. I’ll be catching up on that this week 🤞 Even my Monday morning has been productive. I’ve already had my breakfast, walked the dogs two miles, and completed my scheduled run! Who’s ready to conquer the week? Me! Are you? 😉 OK, good. Let’s jump into the weekly recap!
I mentioned last week how the weather affects my moods. This couldn’t be truer! Since the sun has been out and the weather has been warm, my entire energy and attitude has shifted. I’m feeling more energetic, more productive, and happier. Maybe this is a sign that I need to move to Florida, Hawaii, or California. ☀️
My Monday was pretty uneventful. I had my protein oats for breakfast, walked the dogs, and then headed off to my massage. I was feeling sore on Sunday evening, so I decided to schedule a massage for Monday afternoon. I’m so happy I did because I was feeling 100% better the next day. I picked up Whole Foods salad bar to go over some baby kale for lunch, and then spent the rest of the day putting my recap blog together. I finished later in the evening, walked the dogs with Kyle, and then had protein yogurt with granola on top for dinner! See why it was so simple to put my Monday in a collage?
My dad came over early Tuesday morning to work on the kitchen a bit more. We are going at our own slow pace, but it’s totally fine. On the plus side, I’ve finally found the perfect paint color for the cabinets. We will most likely tackle those in a few weeks. I had a quote in hopes someone else would paint them a few weeks ago, and they quoted $4400. That motivated me, even more, to do it myself. I mean, I could replace them for less! Crazy crazy.
Like most mornings, I had my protein oats for breakfast. I microwave 1/4 cup of gluten-free rolled oats with one cup of water for 35 seconds. I know it’s a lot of water in ratio to the oats, but the protein powder thickens it up. After thirty seconds, I add in blueberries, and microwave for another thirty seconds. Then, I mix in a scoop of protein powder and a pinch of peanut butter. I don’t know why I felt the need to add cashews to it this time. This tastes like a dessert bowl, and I love how filling it is. It’s the perfect breakfast to have before a run.
Later in the afternoon, I headed out on my run. If you’re wondering why my runs are so short, check out last week’s recap blog to read about my training plan and how I plan to pick back up! Even though this run was short, it took me a few minutes to get into the running mindset. I felt good after completing it.
I had an apple with peanut butter for a post-run snack and then leftover Whole Foods bar for dinner.
I spent the remainder of Tuesday evening blogging a bit, folding laundry, and hanging up all of my clothes.
Protein oats for a Wednesday morning as well! I wanted to share that this past week, I’ve been enjoying RawFusion protein powder. It’s plant-based, inexpensive, and the flavor is phenomenal. Kyle started using it, and when I tried his, I had to have it as well. I use the banana nut and the vanilla!
Wednesday lunch! I had a bowl of baby kale, blackberries, sunflower seeds, avocado, Trader Joe’s falafel mix, and my homemade dressing. My dressing had avocado oil, mustard seed, and agave. I’ve been in love with baby kale ever since my Disney trip. I can’t get enough of it lately!
For dinner, I roasted some brussels sprouts and my favorite extra crispy cauliflower gnocchi!
Now, this is my ideal dinner. For my green beans and snow peas, I cooked them up in a little sesame oil, gluten-free soy sauce, everything but the bagel seasoning, and agave. I ended up mixing this whole bowl together like a stirfry.
I think this is what I’ll make for dinner tonight!
After my breakfast on Thursday, I completed my next scheduled run! I felt like I could have finished three miles after this one. I was feeling so energetic! I know I have mentioned this before, but I am incredibly excited to run on a flat surface after training in my hilly neighborhood.
For my lunch, I had baby kale chopped and tossed in oil and vinegar dressing. I topped it with tomatoes, avocado, onion, sunflower seeds, falafel, and baby carrots. The only thing this salad was missing was grilled salmon on top!
Now, if I would have added grilled salmon on top, I wouldn’t have been hungry a few hours later 😉 I decided to have a rice cake with peanut butter and honey on top! Yum.
While Kyle and I were on our evening walk, we had quite the adventure trying to capture a wandering puppy dog. After trying to stop semis going 60 mph, getting yelled at by a man who wanted to know why the ***k we were on his property (I mean, we were trespassing, but for a good cause), and other craziness; I ended up running another mile back to the house to grab a leash. Kyle stayed with the dog while I sprinted back to make sure he didn’t jump out in traffic again. The story ended happily and the owners were found!
All of this running around and adrenaline rushes made me want a glass of wine. I chugged water and settled for pizza. 😊 We treated ourselves to a broccoli and kale crust pizza topped with Daiya plant-based cheese and turkey pepperonis.
Because I was out of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries made their way into my morning protein oats!
The weather was gorgeous on Friday! I decided to walk Grumples and Leo three miles before lunch! On the days I’m not running, I’ve been trying to step up my walking game to make sure I keep moving.
For lunch, I had some lentil crackers, leftover pizza, bananas, raspberries, carrots, and kite hill.
Kyle wanted to play tennis on Friday night, and I’ll never say no to that! We headed out and played for a couple of hours. I can’t even explain how excited I am to finally get to play tennis now that it’s light outside in the evenings and not cold!
When we got home, we decided to sit out on the back deck and grill some salmon for dinner.
You can find the salmon recipe here! I added it to a bowl with baby kale, oil and vinegar dressing, and sunflower seeds.
We treated ourselves to some hot chocolate while we watched Dateline. I use frothed almond milk with one tablespoon of Ghirardelli (DF) double dark chocolate hot cocoa mix, SoDelicious coconut whipped topping, and Lily’s V/SF chocolate chips!
I headed out in the morning to go play some tennis with my group for a few hours. I had a lot of you DMing me about posting a blog with some tips for beginners and for people who are interested in starting tennis. If you want me to do that, let me know, and I’d LOVE to write a blog about it!
I got home around 2 pm and was sooooooo hungry! I had my protein oats and added extra nut butter and chocolate chips.
My parent’s had been begging me to make them the loaf of vegan and gluten-free banana bread from last week! The bananas were finally ready to go, and I quickly made a batch to bring over to them. I also decided to film a tutorial that’ll be up very soon! This bread is to die for!
While the bread was cooking, I headed out on my scheduled run! I thought about skipping it because I played tennis for three hours, but I don’t want to make excuses or get thrown off the schedule, so I just went out and did it. I was proud of getting the motivation to do it after I finished. I felt so good! I feel like I’m finally getting back to running for the joy of it again.
After getting cleaned off, Kyle and I headed out to my parent’s house for dinner and to play a game of bags! My parents make the best grilled vegetables and roasted salmon.
We spent the evening sitting around the fire and enjoying the beautiful night. It’s crazy that this time last year, my dad was laying out the cement to build this fireplace. He worked so hard and did it all by himself in a few months. I’m so lucky to have a dad who is as handy as that man!
On Sunday morning, my mom and I did a fun little project together (will be on the blog soon) and then headed to Amelies to have some coffee and split a breakfast sandwich. It was only 10 am, and we had both fit in our 10,000 steps in for the day!
Kyle and I met up with some friends and did a Paint & Wine class at Painting with a Twist on Sunday afternoon! We had so much fun, and I was shocked at how good Kyle’s painting turned out. I’ve never even seen him draw a stick figure, so I was pretty shocked. I don’t think I’ll be hanging mine on the wall anytime soon, but it was definitely fun! We are going to sign up for one of their “paint your pet” nights!
When our class was done, we headed over to Kid Cashew for dinner. I have lived in Charlotte for five years and have always wanted to eat there. I’m just disappointed I hadn’t gone there sooner, because it was everything and more! If you live or are visiting the Charlotte area, please add this place to your list. They have a great menu, and it’s filled with vegan and gluten-free options.
We sat outside on their patio because it was a gorgeous day. I had their blueberry dream tea, which was unreal.
For my meal, I had the Greens, Grains, & Avocado Salad. It had garden greens, tri-color quinoa, pistachios, fennel, chipotle sauce, oranges, lemon vinaigrette, almonds, and Scottish salmon on top! I also ordered the butterless Brussels sprouts on the side. They are caramelized in a lemon vinaigrette with almonds. There wasn’t a drop left from this salad bowl! I’m pretty good about bringing home leftovers, but this salad didn’t stand a chance. All of the flavors were so delicious, and the ingredients were unbelievably fresh. I cannot wait to go back!
They treated us to a free dessert on the house, which was so sweet of them! See what I did there 😉
We ended our week by watching American Idol, and I was out by 9:30! ❤️ It’s safe to say I had a pretty darn good week!
Thank you guys for stopping by to read my recap blog!😊
Questions for you!
- Have you ever done a paint and wine class?
- What has you excited about being active this week?
- What was the last meal you ate that blew you away?