Good morning, & happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fantastic week and an even better weekend. I have a few hours before I head to my hair appointment this morning, so I’m going to skip out on the morning run, and try to get this recap post published! I like having the recap up earlier on Monday morning, so I’m going to be better about doing that. I’m not sure if I’m going to take the day off from running just yet, but right now, I feel like my body needs a day off. That may change later in the evening, but I definitely won’t be going out mid-day to run. It’s going to be 90-degrees with 88% humidity by noon!
Last week was great. By the time Sunday night rolled around, I felt very fulfilled. I finished a ton of work projects, stayed on top of my running schedule, and spent time with my favorite people. I have a feeling this week is going to be just as great! HAPPY WORLD BEE DAY
Before I get too far into today’s recap post, please take the time to head over to this post! It’s World Bee Day, and I can’t wait for you to see all the buzz surrounding this photo! 🐝 🐝
STUFFED BELL PEPPERS
Last Monday, I spent the day writing and working on a few blogs that’ll be out next month. Other than a few dog walks, the day went by very quick! I blinked, and it was dinnertime. I had leftover fajita stuffed bell peppers for dinner with a side Caesar salad. I’ve been obsessed with the Tessemae’s dairy-free Caesar dressing. It’s delicious! 💜 I mixed a little bit of my leftover broccoli salad in with the Caesar salad as well.
A HEATED RUN
I had a hard time running this week because of the heat. I can’t imagine what it’s going to feel like in the months to come. I’ve been doing my best to wake up early and get out there, but it’s hard for me. I’m a morning person, but not a morning workout person. I like to have my coffee and check emails for an hour before doing anything active. I’ll have to start waking up at 5 am if I want to get a good run in, which I’m planning on doing. If you have any tips for running early mornings, please share!
I’ve been keeping the pace the same, and I’m feeling great! I’ll usually run a bit faster the last five minutes of my run if I’m up for it. I have no plans for increasing pace unless it happens naturally. I’m running intuitively without looking at my watch or listening to the Runkeeper’s audio cues. That’s worked best for me! I usually know where my mile points are in my neighborhood, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to get there.
I LOVE ZUCCHINI PIZZAS
For dinner on Monday night, I had my leftover broccoli salad with Caesar salad again and a side of zucchini pizzas. I’ll never get tired of zucchini pizzas! I use tomato sauce with Daiya vegan cheese shreds. I did buy the vegan cheese shreds from Trader Joe’s yesterday, so I’ll let you know how they taste when I try them.
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
This was the only photo I took on Wednesday. I took the dogs over to my parent’s house to play in the backyard for a bit. I like going over there and spending time with my dad once a week. I set the pool up for Leo since I figured it would feel good on his healing paw. His paw is still very hurt, but I’m hoping for a speedy recovery.
I was packed and ready to go on a media trip on Wednesday night, but I didn’t feel good about leaving Leo with a sitter with his paw being so hurt. Kyle was going to be out of town for work, and my parents were going on vacation, so I decided to stay back with him. I’m glad I did because I spent a lot of the day icing and eventually took him into the vet again.
I spent the evening watching Southern Charm and heading to bed early. PROTEIN PANCAKES FOR THE WIN
Mid-afternoon Thursday, I headed out for my run. The weather was pretty decent! I was ready to quit at 3-miles, so I listened to my body and didn’t push it. I would have loved to hit four, but since I’m just running for the joy of it again, there was no reason to push my body when it was tired. It’s funny how some days, I feel like three-miles is so hard, but then I’ll hit five-miles easily.
After my run, I made some protein pancakes for lunch. I’ve been enjoying these for a post-run treat lately! They are unbelievably easy to make (details further down the post!)SAND VOLLEYBALL
I headed to volleyball at 6:30 pm, and I was pretty excited about playing since my prescription sunglasses finally came in the mail! I had been playing half blind since losing my glasses. We played great and even got our first WIN 😂 DINNER TO GO AT THE PEOPLE’S MARKET
I picked up dinner at the People’s Market in Dilworth for dinner. I grabbed a chopped salad with grilled chicken and a side of sweet potato fries. I told myself I wasn’t going to go off for an entire paragraph about how amazing the fries were, but they do deserve all the recognition. The sweet potato fries were the most amazing fries I’ve ever had in my entire life. If you’re in Charlotte, do yourself a favor, grab sweet potato fries at People’s Market. You won’t need any sauces (coming from the sauce queen.) They were unbelievable. I guarantee you’ll never have a sweet potato fry that compares to these! The salad was also delicious, BUT GOODNESS, THOSE SWEET POTATOE FRIES! CAN’T GET OVER THEM 😂 BREAKFAST PANCAKES
Friday morning breakfast: my protein pancakes!
1 scoop protein powder (i used chocolate Raw Fusion)
1 Tbsp pancake pix (i used birch blenders)
1/2 cup of water
These are the tastiest! I’ve been eating them later when I don’t feel like my usual protein oats. SALMON ON REPEAT
I’ve been having salmon and Caesar salad for dinner for the past four days! I’ve been searing it with sesame and avocado oil and seasoning it with sea salt and pepper. This meal takes about fifteen minutes to make, and it’s so delicious. There’s nothing better than a crispy finish on salmon!
I planned to run early morning in Charlotte on Saturday, so I headed to bed around 10 pm! I knew I wouldn’t get up for a run if I stayed up too late watching Dateline. RUNNING A NEW TRAIL
I’m so happy I ran Sugarcreek because most of the run was shaded. It reached 80-degrees by 9 am! I planned to run five miles, but the heat was killer, and I had to pee after the first mile. I was happy that I hit four. I was pretty pleased with the run, and I think I’m going to start running a new trail every weekend to change things up.
Caitlin and I were going to grab breakfast and walk after my run on Saturday, but we had a change in plans, and decided to hit up the lake instead!
Kyle and I packed a few things to eat and drink and met up with Caitlin and her friends at the dock around noon. The calendar may not agree with me, but it’s certainly summer here! It was around 94-degrees outside. I lathered up on sunscreen and still managed to get a sunburn.
SALMON ON REPEAT
I told you this meal was on repeat! ♥️ After dinner, Kyle and I took the dogs for a walk (Leo has to wear a sock when he walks) and then caught up on Dateline. LATE NIGHT ICE CREAM RUN
We decided to hop in the car and drive to the grocery store for some ice cream! I bought peanut butter cups and sparkling water, and he got Haagen Dazs and whipped cream.
BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR
I met up with Becca for lunch on Sunday! We stopped at a few stores before heading to Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar for food. I love their turkey burger lettuce wrap. I could eat three of these because they are so good!
And what would an afternoon be like without a Starbucks run! I had a grande iced coffee with a splash of almond milk and no classic.
MY FAVORITE LOFT DRESS
I have been so obsessed with this Loft dress lately! I have worn it so many times, and my only complaint is that they don’t make it in more colors! It’s the most comfortable dress you’ll ever wear!
MANI PEDI WITH BESTIE
After a few more errands, we both decided to treat ourselves to a mani/pedi! This may not shock anyone, but it’s been three years since I’ve had my nails or toes done. Not going to lie, they look amazing now! I may have to treat myself more often. The color I chose was called “There’s no turning back from pink street.”VEGAN CAESAR DRESSING
When I got home, I dove into my work, and then I made my” dinner on repeat!” This time, I added everything but the bagel seasoning! Even Kyle is hooked on seared salmon nights. We watched the American Idol finale, and I was pretty shocked by the winner. I thought Alejandro would have won.
Well, it’s time for me to head out to my hair appointment! We’re going BLONDER!! eeeek. I’ll show you soon 😉
Questions for you!
- Do you wake up early to workout?
- Are you traveling anywhere this weekend?
- Favorite fruit right now?