I had a few people ask me if I was going to have the recap post up soon. I felt bad that I wasn’t on top of it, but it was one of those days where I just stared at the computer screen and couldn’t bring myself to write anything. Since I couldn’t find the rhythm, I chose to work on something else and save the recap post for another day. Creative blocks are common, but sometimes pushing through feels impossible. I also feel like last week was so uneventful and hesitated to even write a recap post. I apologize for the potential snoozefest that may take place this week, but if you’re looking for some meal ideas or running inspiration, I may be able to help! I’m not saying my creative flow is back because it’ most certainly isn’t, but I’m going to try my best to let the recap flow.
One of the reasons why my week wasn’t eventful was that I had a lot of writing to catch up on. I spent several days editing my travel video and writing all about my trip to the Brunswick Islands. It’s still one of my favorite blogs I’ve ever written. I had so much fun there and can’t wait to visit again. Maybe that’s the blog that drained me and took away all my creativity. If that’s the truth, it’s all worth it.
On Monday evening, I grilled some chicken to go on top of a baby kale salad for dinner. I used the new pomegranate vinaigrette from Organic girl, and it was pretty good! The only issue with the dressing is that it clumps up in the refrigerator. I added sunflower seeds, avocados, and blueberries to the top.
My allergies were at a high time high while running outside on Tuesday morning. The good thing is that so many of you sent me amazing tips that have seemed to help. The allergies can get so bad where it feels like your throat is closing up, which is no good when you’re trying to run. I’ll share all of those tips in a separate blog post. I know many of you were requesting that I share, so I’ll write about the ones that have helped me so far.
I spent the rest of Tuesday writing and editing, which takes place on the couch and my kitchen table. For lunch, I had a baby kale salad with carrots, roasted red pepper hummus, avocado, and my homemade chicken salad.
For dinner, I had a protein smoothie with spinach, plant-based vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, ice, almond milk, and a scoop of Amazing Grass. Later in the evening, I ended up eating half a bag of Siete chips with salsa, so I consider that balance.
I had a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and then ended up spending the whole day power cleaning. This was one of those big power cleans where not a floorboard is missed! It really needed to be done, and I always feel like I can work or relax better when the house is tidy. I got the stress-cleaning gene from my mom. She does the same thing! Whenever we feel overwhelmed or in a rut, we tend to clean everything.
After cleaning, I decided to end Wednesday with a bake session. I made some delicious muffins to bring over to Caitlins. I love her appreciation for baked goods!
I headed out on my run Thursday morning. I’ve been trying my best to get up early for my runs since the summer heat has already arrived. Even though I managed to run early, the heat was turned up! I’ve never been a huge sweater, but I was dripping. I think I’m going to have to start waking up at 5 am and running at 6 am. If any of you want to share your “running before the sun comes up” tips, I’ll gladly take them! I’m not one of those people that can get out of bed and go to a workout. I have to have about an hour to drink some coffee and wake up before doing anything physical.
After my run, I needed something refreshing so I made a protein smoothie bowl for lunch. It had a frozen banana, baby kale, ice, almond milk, amazing grass, protein powder, and topped with granola, chocolate chips, kiwi, and honey.
While doing computer work, I had a rice cake with peanut butter and honey. This is seriously the best snack combo ever!
I headed uptown for the volleyball game at 8:30 pm. Not going to lie, the late games are painful, but they always end up being a lot of fun. The issue this time was that I managed to lose my glasses on Sunday. I set them down on the tennis courts while I was playing with Kyle, and someone picked them up. I was so sad because they were my favorite glasses, I had paid way too much for them, and I knew I would have to go back to the eye doctor to get new ones since I never wrote down my previous prescription. Plus, I’m super blind at night and can’t see far away, so this was going to make for a very interesting nighttime game!
Even though I could barely see the ball, I managed to survive the game without getting hit in the face. That was my main goal for the night. I decided to crash at Caitlin’s instead of driving all the way back home, especially since I didn’t have my glasses. That would have been a nightmare and I wasn’t about to put anyone’s life in danger.
We wanted to grab food at a new Mexican restaurant in Southend called Superico for a late-night dinner. We didn’t have the best experience there. I won’t go into the whole story because I hate doing that to businesses, but I will say they had the best tortilla chips. If you’re looking for a place for great drinks, good atmosphere, and the best chips, you’ll love it.
I headed home at 7 am so I could beat the morning traffic. I had my coffee, walked the dogs, and then made protein pancakes for breakfast. I always use the Paleo Birch Bender mix with one scoop of vanilla plant protein powder, water, and blueberries! I love adding all the extra blueberries.
I got extremely lucky because my eye appointment wasn’t until late May, but I called to see if they could “PLEASE” get me in. I was kind of desperate since I’m not legally supposed to be driving without glasses, and I can’t play tennis without them. They said they had an opening for the afternoon, and I took it. I’ve never been more excited for a doctors appointment before. Also, the new technology they have for your eyes is pretty amazing!
After my appointment, I picked up my mom for lunch since she works right by my eye doctor. We stopped at Legal Remedy Brewery for some tasty food!
When I was at the grocery store, I saw that Earthfare had wild-caught shrimp, and so I picked some up for dinner. I can’t eat shrimp if it’s farm-raised, and since I was in the mood for seafood, I knew I had to make shrimp on the barbeque! I marinated the shrimp with Jamaican jerk seasoning, gluten-free soy sauce, and a tablespoon of hickory bbq sauce. For the vegetables, I tossed them in a little avocado oil, sea salt, and black pepper.
No how delicious does this look? I think this is a pretty delicious way to start a Friday night. I also had a little glass of pinot noir to go with dinner because it complimented it perfectly. For the puree, I steamed a large potato, removed the skin, and added it to a blender with one tablespoon dairy-free yogurt, a pinch of sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and blended it until it was creamy. This whole dish tasted heavenly!
After dinner, I made a cup of blueberry hibiscus tea from The Republic of Tea. I also added a drop of honey and lemon juice. It tasted like a lemon blueberry cake! I’ve been drinking these non-stop for the past week. Tea helps me with mindless snacking and my sweet cravings.
We ended up watching Zac Efron’s new movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. I think they did a really good job at leaving all of the gory details out and not glorifying Ted Bundy. The documentary made my stomach hurt and I could hardly get through it, and the movie didn’t show the whole story, which I’m fine with. I read a pretty accurate movie review on Den of Geek, which explains it better.
I woke up on Saturday morning for my run! It was misty, humid, and felt awful! When I got inside, I immediately showered, and had some tea! I was just happy that the run was over with for the day because I did not want to go back out in that heat to run for a while.
PS, this sweet & spicy tea tastes like a cinnamon orange dessert! It tastes just like the Harney & Sons but without any of the artificial sweeteners.
For breakfast, I made my protein pancakes! I always look forward to these, especially on a Saturday morning. Kyle woke up and caught me making these and of course requested some chocolate ones. For the chocolate ones, I make them the same way but use chocolate protein, chocolate chips instead of blueberries, and a little peanut butter.
Once the rain stopped, we decided to take the boys over to my parent’s house to hang out in the backyard. We wanted to set the pool up for them because we didn’t have to much luck with it at the place. The boys ended up LOVING IT! They kept running in and out of the pool (which is why it got so muddy) and they loved fetching for the pool toys when we threw them in.
We had a little incident with Leo. He was running around like a crazy dog with Grumples and didn’t pay attention to where he was running. He managed to place his foot in the firepit. He cried so loud for a long time, and we rushed to place his paw in the ice cold water. Luckily, we got to it fast enough, but it still burned through his paw pad. He has been limping on the foot, and we have the vet appointment set up for this afternoon to get it looked at. I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated. I feel so bad for him! The burn is pretty severe, and I can tell that it’s frustrating for him because he can’t play or go on walks. I’ve been keeping a sock on his foot to keep him from licking and biting. I also have been cleaning the burn every 2-3 hours. Luckily, he lets me hold an ice cold towel on it with pressure, and I think he thinks it feels good.
Here’s the link to the dog pool we got the dogs! We bought the XXL size, and it’s perfect!
When we got home, I ended up falling asleep on the couch. Being out in the sun, waking up at 4:30, and not drinking as much caffeine had me out for a few hours. It takes a lot for me to take a nap, so I was proud of myself when I woke up.
Kyle and I have been working on this 1500 piece puzzle of our dogs (is that weird? lol) for the past few days. So we made tortilla pizzas and omelets while we watched basketball and worked on the puzzle. How about that for an exciting Saturday night?
On Sunday, I met up with Becca for a girl’s day. We spent the morning shopping around at thrift stores, grabbing a coffee, and then having lunch at Akahana in Fort Mill. I love their gluten free chicken lettuce wraps so much! After our lunch, we headed to Sprouts to grocery shop, and I picked up groceries for the week.
For dinner, I had my leftover lettuce wrap and my homemade broccoli slaw (THAT IS TO DIE FOR) on top of a salad! Kyle and I watched American Idol while I blogged a recipe.
By the way, I finally hit 4-miles yesterday! Can’t wait to share all of that in next week’s recap blog!
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