Good morning and happy Tuesday!
I just finished walking the dogs a few miles, the sun and breeze are beaming through the open windows, my coffee is brewing, and I’m enjoying the sounds of my neighbors mowing their lawns. Oh, this is spring. I spent a few hours yesterday building a goal chart for spring and summer. I have so many things going through my mind that I’d like to accomplish, but writing it down and creating a plan is what really helps me put those goals into action. If you ever feel like you’re in a rut, grab a piece of paper and start planning. Write down your dreams, goals, and a few notes on how you plan to make them come to life 💜 I always think of spring as an open the door to new beginnings, and I’m always feeling inspired to be better and do better this time of year. I know this has nothing to do with my recap, but just thought I’d share.
If you find yourself scrolling through Instagram a lot, you may feel the urge always to be doing something or going somewhere. It takes me five minutes after scrolling through social media to all of a sudden want something someone else has. Or if I see someone take a cool shot, I’ll think…hmmm, maybe I should be out in flower fields taking fresh pics for Instagram. To be honest, that’s not something I always enjoy doing. I don’t know where a lot of these influencers get their drive to dress up and take those shots every day. It’s truly impressive! I feel like it’s a chore just to put on mascara. Did you know that you should be posting 3 to 4 times a day on Instagram just to get picked up in the algorithm? No thanks. I sometimes have to think back to why I started blogging, and it was really to share my journey to a happier and healthier life. And to me, being happy and healthy means doing things I enjoy and sometimes those things don’t look as pretty on Instagram, but that’s perfectly OK. I didn’t start this blog to be an Instagrammer, or dress up for photos. As soon as I realized that, the pressure of posting or trying to keep up with the Instagram Jones kind of went away. This blog is where I feel the most creative, and it’s where I feel the most connected with readers, and it’s where I feel most comfortable being myself and pouring out my heart and soul. To those of you that still read this blog rather than just scrolling my Instagram, thank you for being here! ❤️ The point I was trying to make before that turned into a novel is that, after realizing that I always get the pressure to be doing something after scrolling through Instagram, I told myself I was going to have a week where I did everything I wanted to do, even if it wasn’t “content.” So this week, I listened to myself and enjoyed my week of walking the dogs, laying on the couch watching crime shows, organizing my closet, editing upcoming videos, editing a few blogs, working out, grocery shopping, eating good food, gardening, and staying around the house as much as possible. To be honest, this was one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time. Sometimes being a boring person is something I crave. I do want to note that there is nothing wrong with Instagram, and I think it’s enjoyable, but it’s important to recognize when it’s making a negative impact on you. Maybe I’ll delete Instagram off my phone for a week and write a post about how it affected me.
Now, let’s get to the recap blog 😊
Whenever I have a scheduled run, I always make sure to have a bowl of protein oats about an hour before. This has been the best fuel for me so far. I digest it well, I never feel full or hungry, and it never causes cramping (for me.) If you find a pre-run meal that works for you, stick with it! The post-run snack is what you can have fun changing up in my opinion.
I know I’ve mentioned it before and it’s repetitive, but here are the details just in case you’re new here!
I usually add blueberries to my protein oats, but since I was out, here’s how it went down! I add 1/4 cup of oats to a bowl with 1/2 cup of water and microwave for 45 seconds. If I’m adding blueberries, I’ll add in the blueberries at this point and microwave for an additional 30 seconds. It’ll look watery, but no worries! The protein powder will absorb it all up. I mix in about a scoop of protein powder, and then add my toppings! This one had peanut butter, vegan chocolate chips, and some Purely Elizabeth granola to add some extra crunch. On the side, I had a Koia protein drink mixed with a bit of almond milk for some extra energy! If you haven’t had the Koia drinks yet, you’re missing out! I always add them to almond milk just to make them last longer. They are so good! The vanilla bean is my favorite. Oh, and if you’re wondering about my protein powder, I have been using RawFusion lately. The flavor is so good, and it’s pretty inexpensive compared to the other brands I’ve used. I’ve had their chocolate, banana nut, and vanilla.
About an hour after breakfast, I headed out on my run. I always tell myself that I’m going to drive to a flat trail, but I never feel up to it. Instead, I put myself through torture running the hilly neighborhood. Luckily, this makes my runs much easier when it’s a flat trail.
After I hit three miles, I feel so darn proud of myself. Mostly because I never thought I’d run for the enjoyment again. After I run, my endorphins kick in, and I’m happier. Running does bring me mental clarity, and it’s a good way to do something for myself that empowers me. The best part of this is that I don’t have an end plan. My goal is to just run for enjoyment and use it as meditation. Will I be running any races? Absolutely not! And if I do, it’ll be unplanned and something I do for fun.
After getting cleaned up after my run, I headed to Sprouts to pick up some groceries. I ended up making the most delicious dairy-free chicken salad. I cannot wait to share the recipe with you this week. I’ve already made three batches, and Kyle keeps asking for more. I plan to add it to my meal prep video I’m shooting Friday as well.
So for lunch, I had a kale salad topped with the chicken salad, tomatoes, grapes, and Mary’s gluten-free crackers. Holy Moly, these things are so good! I don’t know if I can buy them anymore because Kyle and I ate the whole box in one night. We kept dipping them into the chicken salad. They taste just like the buttery Ritz crackers. I was not expecting them to be so good!
I spent the rest of the evening editing some videos for YouTube and watching American Idol before bed ♥️ Dinner? Well, the box of crackers with chicken salad while standing around the counter.
I had a delicious chocolate strawberry bagel for dessert on Tuesday morning! I use the O’doughs plain gluten-free bagel and topped it with the Kite-Hill strawberry cream cheese, vegan Enjoy Life chocolate chips, and fresh strawberries. This breakfast was so tasty, and I also had almond milk mixed with one scoop of protein powder for some extra protein.
In the afternoon, I walked the dogs and then decided to film a quick tutorial video for my IGTV and Youtube. I get asked a lot about how I make my cauliflower gnocchi so crispy! I have a blog post on it, but now you can watch the video on my Instagram or Youtube channel! And yes, I dip them in ketchup!
For lunch, I had chopped kale with chicken salad on top, and gluten-free croutons.
I decided to whip up some protein balls later in the afternoon. I love keeping these in my fridge for a post-run snack or something to have with my coffee, or before my dog walks. I am one of those people that needs to eat something when I wake up. I’m always hungry first thing in the morning. One time, I tried intermittent fasting for a month, which helped a bit, but I still loved having my early morning breakfast. I don’t know how people do it!
These balls have three scoops chocolate protein powder, 1 cup of gluten-free oats, 1/3 cup of almond milk (or more if dry), 1/4 cup of peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Mix and form into balls! It’s that easy 😃
Lazy dinner night = Siete tortilla pizzas with tomato sauce, dairy-free Daiya mozzarella shreds, and Applegate turkey pepperoni. I’m sure these don’t look appetizing but don’t let this photo fool you. They were delicious!
I was out of oats on Wednesday morning, so I settled for a gluten-free bagel with peanut butter, and a banana before my run. This is also another pre-workout food that I can stomach well. Bananas are great for muscle cramps.
I had two miles planned, and they went pretty smoothly! The only problem was that it was really hot outside! I could feel my face turning into a tomato after five minutes of running. I’m going to have to start waking up at the crack of dawn to run in the summer. When we get temps reaching 100, I’ll have no choice.
After hopping into the shower, I was still burning up. The best way to cool off is a smoothie! My smoothie had 2 cups of kale, almond milk, banana, protein powder, Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder, and ice. Oh, and topped with Purely Elizabeth granola for that extra crunch!
For dinner, I had a gluten-free bagel topped with Kite-Hill Chive cream cheese, organic turkey slices, grapes with honey, and leftover cauliflower gnocchi. I also have a bowl of dairy-free chocolate peanut butter Enlightened Ice cream with SoDelicious dairy-free whipped topping for dessert. 😃 I’m telling you, that ice cream was amazing!!!!
Not a bad way to wake up! 💜
Breakfast on Thursday was the same as Wednesday!
For the past ten days, I’ve had a GoodBelly PlusShot Probiotic juice daily. If you ever deal with digestive issues or bloating, you may want to try this out. My bloating in the evenings has gone down tremendously, and the stomach pains I feel after eating certain foods have vanished. It could be the fact that I’m eating fewer vegetables, but so far these shots have been a game changer! They are definitely worth trying out!
On the days I’m not running, I dedicate 15 to 20 minutes of living room strength training. I do a lot of leg lifts, weights, and core workouts. I don’t love going to the gym that much anymore (i go through gym phases), and being able to workout in my living room is just as effective and so much more convenient. After my workout, I decided to end it with a one-mile run.
I spent the rest of the day with the air conditioning guys. My upstairs unit had a part break (the same part as last year), and luckily it was under warranty, so they spent a few hours fixing it.
After the air conditioning nonsense, I had a quick dinner! I made a turkey bagel sandwich with kite-hill chive cream cheese and had fresh fruit with honey on the side.
Later in the evening, Caitlin and I headed to play with our sand volleyball league. I hadn’t played volleyball since high school, but it was so much fun. I was exhausted because I didn’t get home until midnight, and then I was all wound up and didn’t fall asleep until 2 am. I should have never turned on Dateline!
I had a late start to my Friday morning because I was so tired. The dogs and I did our two-miles, and then came to have breakfast. I had Chobani’s new dairy-free yogurt with fresh fruit, and it was delicious! I love how their dairy-free yogurt actually tastes like Greek yogurt, and it’s pretty low in sugar compared to other brands.
I took Friday off from running, and decided to rest my muscles and do some walking and stretching instead. We had in and out of storms, so I was happy with that decision. I had to run to Earthfare to pick up a few ingredients for baking, and I bought one of their super green juices for the car ride home. It had ZERO sweetness whatsoever. It was one of those “hurry up and chug” types of juices.
I baked my mom some her favorite protein muffins! She had been requesting them all week. These are the lemon blackberry protein muffins but with poppy seeds and blueberries instead of the blackberries. They are so delicious!
Kyle and I were going to play tennis Friday night but got rained out. Instead, we ate stir fry and watched the documentary on the disappearance of Madeleine Mccann. I love crime documentaries, but not things like this. It just made me sad and feel uneasy. 😔
We had powerful storms on Saturday morning. The pups and I stayed in bed watching the Food Network and sipping coffee while listening to the thunder. The rain meant another day without tennis, but I found some other things to do around the house.
I made a delicious smoothie bowl for breakfast. It had 2 cups of kale, almond milk, banana, protein powder, Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder, and ice. I topped it with Purely Elizabeth granola, banana, kiwi, honey, and coconut shreds.
I was shocked at the amount of DMs I got about me eating the kiwi skin! I think it’s the best part because it’s sour, 😊But it’s also filled with extra fiber and nutrients. Don’t neglect the kiwi skin! Add it to your smoothies if you can’t handle the texture, but it’s too good to let it go to waste.
I was planning to take Saturday off, but when the sun came out, I knew it was a sign to get out there and run! I had already taken Friday off, and if I continued to take days off, I’d quit altogether. After finishing the Saturday run, I felt so proud of myself. It was unplanned but felt great! The humidity wasn’t fun, but that’s the type of thing that’ll make you stronger!
After showering off, I had a cappuccino and watched more of the documentary with Kyle! We just relaxed the rest of the day and did a few things around the house.
On Sunday morning, I met up with Caitlin at Starbucks so we could map out our California road trip that is going down this summer! We finished the itinerary, but now adding a few stops and planning which hotels we’ll stay at in the locations! I’m so excited to share the trip with you! It’s going to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
After a few hours of planning, we were super hungry, so we walked over to the Towne Tavern for lunch. I ordered a salmon salad that came with romaine, onions, cherries, pecans, and a citrus vinaigrette. It hit the spot! 😋
I spent the rest of Sunday editing my running video that should be done very soon! I ended my evening with a green smoothie, finished up my taxes, and watched American Idol before bed! ♥️
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