Happy Monday, and welcome to the weekly recap post. I hope your Monday is off to a great start. The sun is finally shining here, and it’s not absurdly hot outside for once. Even though I’ll be spending most of the day inside, it’s still nice to have the sunrays shining through the windows along with the breeze and sounds of the birds chirping. Grab your tea or coffee, and let’s catch up! MONDAY MORNING RUN
I decided to get out a bit earlier to run on Monday morning to beat the heat. I had a slice of gluten-free bread with creamy peanut butter and granola on top for breakfast. I usually have my protein oats, but I was out of my oatmeal packets.
My goal was to hit 3.5 miles. Since it was humid and I was dealing with some intense cramps, I decided just to slow down. I turned my run into a jog but then realized that this is what my miles should feel like. By slowing down, I was breathing better, I didn’t have any joint pains, and I wasn’t looking at my watch to see how many more miles I had left. Running at a slower pace made me enjoy being in the moment. I decided from here on out that I’ll start running slower. I also have turned off all sound cues on my running app. When I don’t know how far I’ve gone or what pace I’m running, I am more intuitive with my body. I finally decided to check my watch when I felt that I was getting a little tired. I was shocked to see 3.7 miles, so I ran to hit 4.0, and then walked the rest of the way back. Monday’s run made me realize that I’ve been going about it all wrong, and ever since then my runs have felt so much more comfortable. So from here on out, my focus will be on running slower and longer, rather than faster.
DRAGON FRUIT PROTEIN SMOOTHIE BOWL
After running, I took a quick shower and made a smoothie bowl for lunch. The smoothie had frozen dragon fruit, frozen banana, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice, and some fun toppings! I’m pretty obsessed with the color dragon fruit creates. You can find the frozen dragon fruit packets at Whole Foods, but some regular grocery stores also sell them.
After lunch, I headed to my massage appointment. I try to get a deep tissue massage every month to help with muscle soreness and stress.
HOMEMADE BROCCOLI SLAW SALAD
For dinner, I had a baby kale salad topped with my homemade broccoli slaw, cashews, and Whole Food’s falafels. This broccoli salad was so good with leafy greens. It was a great salad dressing substitute.
I was back to my morning oats on Tuesday morning! Gluten-free oatmeal with protein powder, blueberries, granola, and peanut butter on top!
VET TRIP FOR LEO
I had to take Leo in to see the vet on Tuesday evening because his burn on the paw had gotten worse. I will spare the photos because my stomach drops jus looking at it. He is now on pain medication, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotics. I feel so bad for him! The paw is still pretty bad so I may have to take him in again this week for a follow-up. I feel horrible for him 😢
REFRESHING SMOOTHIE BEFORE A RUN
On Wednesday morning, I had a blueberry vanilla protein shake for breakfast with a GoMacro cherries and berries bar. I knew I was going to be gone for most of the morning and early afternoon, so I wanted a breakfast that would fuel me for my early evening run. The GoMacro bars are super high carb, which is excellent for running.
I had my dental appointment, which I don’t usually look forward to. I can’t stand the sounds of cleanings, and my teeth are pretty sensitive. I do want to fill you in on something though! The past few years, my teeth have shifted apart. Since I already have small teeth, it makes it look even worse. One of my front teeth is actually half fake because I got kicked in the face during gymnastics as a kid. I have always been very self-conscious about the way they look. I won’t even take photos on my left side because I cringe every time I have to look at my teeth from that angle. I look like a completely different person on each side of my face when I smile. My friends have even agreed with me once I showed them the difference in photos, which made me feel better because I was starting to think I was going crazy. I’ve been considering getting four-veneers on my front four teeth. I have a consultation in a few weeks, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on veneers if you’ve ever gotten them. I’ve never had anything done to my body (other than my small tattoo) because I’m always so afraid of change. Let me know in the comments your thoughts!
FOUR-MILE RUN WEDNESDAY
I ran several errands after my dental appointment, and then came home to head out for my run. I slowed down my pace once again, and the run was so successful! That 7:50 current pace was because I was finishing my run downhill and decided to sprint the last twenty seconds. I would never run at that pace. Once time, Meighan and I ran a three-mile run at 8:24, and I couldn’t move my legs for a week! I would have to chop off my legs if I ran a 7:50 pace. It’s unbelievable how some people are built and train to run that way!
GLUTEN-FREE CHICKEN STRIPS
For dinner, I made baked breaded chicken breast with gluten-free breadcrumbs. I used the Kinnikinnick panko-style gluten-free bread crumbs, and they turned out great. Loved how crispy they were. For my sides, I had butternut squash and my broccoli slaw over baby kale.
I spent Thursday morning blogging a recipe while eating breakfast. I had a slice of gluten-free toast with peanut butter and honey, and an almond milk cappuccino. I had eaten a few protein energy bites before this, so this wasn’t the only thing I ate for breakfast.
AT-HOME PROTEIN FRAPPUCCINO
I needed an afternoon pick-me-up if I was going to make it to my 9:30 pm volleyball game! I ended up making an at-home healthy protein frappuccino, and it was unbelievable!!! I blended frozen almond milk ice cubes, almond milk, one shot of espresso, and one scoop of vanilla protein powder. This is now one of my favorite drinks!
I made it to Volleyball at around 9:15 pm! I made Kyle drive me because I cannot see at night without my glasses. And if you read last week’s post, you probably know that I lost my glasses playing tennis. Good news is that they came on Saturday! Yay! But playing volleyball at night when you can hardly see is terrifying. You’ll be happy to know that I did not get hit in the face! 😃 At least I hope you’re happy.
FIVE-MILES IN THE RAIN
I was not going to get a break in the rain on Friday. I decided just to prepare myself and get outside for a run. I have been slowing my pace and not listening to the audio cues, and this rainy run turned out to be the best run yet! I did not expect to hit five miles on Friday, but it happened. I wasn’t even in pain or out of breath at the end of it.
I hid water behind a bush in my neighborhood and stopped to take a sip when I felt like my throat was dry. The water helped a ton!
It still has not hit me that I could hardly run one mile a few months ago, and I successfully hit five miles on Friday. I cannot believe it. I honestly never thought I’d get back to this level ever again.
BEST VEGAN BROCCOLI SALAD
After my run, I cleaned up and got ready for the day. I stopped out at Hobby Lobby to pick up a few frames for my mom’s Mother’s Day gift and then stopped at Earthfare to grab ingredients for Caitlin’s BBQ she was hosting.
I made this broccoli salad recipe but used broccoli florets instead of slaw, cranberries instead of figs, and left out the bacon (from my OG broccoli because I knew several of the guests were vegetarian.
Kyle and I headed to Caitlin’s around 7:30 pm and had so much fun.
I met up with Becca in the morning for a fun day together! It was raining on and off, and we just felt like being adventurous. We started the day with tennis and then headed to the sporting goods store to pick up rollerskates…
After picking up our rollerskates, we decided to pick up Chick-fil-a for lunch. I have wanted to try Chick-fil-a for a while now, so that’s where we headed to. We got caught in the craziest storms and heard thunder so loud that it practically hurt our eardrums. We were under a tornado warning and could see several funnel clouds in the sky!
TRYING CHICK FIL A FOR THE FIRST TIME
We wanted to waste some time while the storm passed before heading out to try our new rollerskates, so we filmed ourselves eating the Chick-fil-a at a truck stop 😂 You can watch our video on the YouTube channel!
TRYING STARBUCK’S PINK DRINK FOR THE FIRST TIME
I also tried Starbuck’s Pink Drink for the first time in the video! 😊 It finally stopped raining, so we headed to the Riverwalk to test out the new rollerblades.
ROLLERSKATING ON THE TRAIL
Honestly, this was one of the most fun days I’ve had in a long time! Just doing crazy things and forgetting that you’re an adult now and then is healthy.
MOTHER’S DAY GIFT
We headed to my parent’s house early morning on Sunday to have breakfast with my mom for Mother’s day. I used an app to create watercolor pictures of her childhood home, her parent’s, and my grandpa’s piano to frame for her walls. I’m obsessed with how they turned out! I’m going to pick out some photos of the dogs and make a photo wall of them in watercolor prints.
THREE MILE SUNDAY
When we got home, I laced up my shoes and headed out for a light three-mile run! I didn’t want to run but went out with the intention to run at least one mile, but that one mile turned into three! For me, it’s a mental thing. I felt so much better after running, and sometimes the hardest part is just starting.
SUNDAY IS FOR FAMILY
I made stuffed bell peppers for dinner! I filled them with ground turkey, onions, and zucchini flavored with a fajita seasoning packet. I topped them with the Daiya pepper jack vegan cheese. These turned out fantastic! I’m adding them to my meal prep video on Wednesday!
I had a baby kale Caesar salad with Tessemae’s dairy-free Caesar dressing and sweet potatoes on the side! This dinner was fantastic! I can’t wait to eat the same thing tonight 😆
Thank you guys for stopping by the weekly recap! xo
Questions for you!
- What was the last thing you did that made you feel like a kid again?
- What are you currently working on?
- What did you have for dinner last night?