It looks like it’s going to be a rainy week, and I’m not even mad about it. It’s the perfect excuse to catch up on blogs, reading, housework, and wedding planning. It’s as if I’ve done a 180 with planning the wedding, and things have seemed to fall into place this past week. I’m pretty excited about how far I’ve come along with it all. The venue, catering, photographer, and more have been locked-in as of last week, and I’ll be doing more finalizing over the next few days. And a big thank you for all the advice you all provided the previous week. I think the biggest takeaway from it all was the comment, “there are no rules.”
Aside from wedding stuff, house stuff, and work projects, my week was good. The best part was reuniting with one of my great friends, Meighan, in D.C.! I’m still feeling the pain from the workouts we did, but it was an excellent kickstart to helping me get back into the workout routine again.
Anyways, let’s get this recap post started. Oh, and happy Bachelor Monday!
Aside from the rain, it’s been around 65-degrees here. It has me craving smoothies for breakfast instead of oatmeal or scrambled eggs. It’s funny how, as soon as Christmas is over, I want it to be spring. It’s hard to believe that in a couple of months, it will be spring here 😊
My Monday smoothie had one large frozen banana, 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened cashew milk, two scoops of marine collagen from Vital Proteins, one scoop of Matcha Powder from Green Foods, ice, and topped with my homemade granola!
Dinner was easy to make, another random concoction, and delicious.
I cooked up some white rice, and then added a cup of the Cheddar Jack SoDelicious cheese! It tasted like the cheesy rice my mom used to make when I was a kid. Kyle thought I used real cheese because it tastes so close to the real thing. I flavored it up with black pepper, and garlic salt as well.
On top, we had ground turkey fajitas.
After dinner, I plopped on the couch with my watermelon kombucha and watched an hour of the Bachelor before I couldn’t take anymore and headed to bed. The first few weeks are always annoying, but I like it when it gets closer to the end.
I finished up a few deadline projects all Tuesday, but felt so good after getting them done by the time evening rolled around. For dinner, I had air-fried tofu mixed with pad thai sauce and zucchini. I also had leftover cheesy rice on the side.
Wednesday and Thursday flew by. I finished a few recipe shoots that’ll be out soon, and spent the rest of the afternoons finalizing wedding details. It’s crazy how far in advance you have to book things because everyone gets booked up so fast. I can see why the wedding industry is a $60 billion + a year industry 😳.
For lunch, I had two slices of gluten-free bread with my homemade tuna salad recipe on top. This is probably one of my favorite meals, and I need to make it more often.
On Friday morning, I packed a bag and headed to the airport to fly to see Meighan for the weekend! I was so excited because I hadn’t seen Meighan since Lake Tahoe last summer. We had a super chill weekend planned, and I had been looking forward to it for months.
This past week, I’ve been reading In a dark, dark wood. The beginning has been pretty slow, but I’ve had so many people tell me how much they loved the book, so I’m sticking it out.
Around 5:30 pm Meighan and I headed to Solidcore. It’s a workout she’s been doing the past month and swears by it. It’s safe to say I was wobbling on the way out. I hadn’t been to an actual workout class in so long, so my body was not ready for it. Other than tennis and walking, I don’t do much strength training, but this was a great kickstart to get me back into the routine again. The cool thing about this class is how fast it flew by!
After our workout, we got cleaned off and headed to one of my favorite spots, True Food Kitchen! I’ve gone to the location in L.A. several times, but never the east coast one. It did not disappoint.
We started with the roasted brussels sprouts, which were delicious! They were cooked with a miso sesame vinaigrette and chili thread. I loved that they had a mild-kick for them.
I ordered the spaghetti squash casserole with chicken sausage and almond ricotta cheese, and it was fabulous! They accidentally added parm on top, but I just scraped it off the top. This meal is phenomenal and just as good as I remember it from my time in California. We ended dinner with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream but ate it so fast that I forgot a photo.
I woke up and had coffee around 7:30 am. Meighan and I stayed up super late watching the Cheer documentary on Netflix, and it was really really good. I did not expect it to have so much depth, and It made me appreciate the sport even more. The kids they had in their program have been through it, and it’s really neat to see all of the support for them.
For breakfast, Meighan made avocado toast and over-easy eggs (my favorite!)
My body was SO sore from Solidcore, so we decided to get out on the Crescent trail to get our bodies moving. If I sit around when I’m sore, it gets worse. We did three miles one way and three miles back.
We spent the day working on wedding stuff together (her wedding is in August!) and watching movies. This was the lowkey weekend we had been craving.
For dinner, we picked up Cava. We have a few locations here in Charlotte, but this was my first time trying it, and boy have I been missing out. This dish inspired my meal prep for the week.
My bowl had falafel, kale, romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted red pepper hummus, harissa hummus, classic hummus, roasted vegetables, onion, and garlic dressing on the side. It’s crazy because the vegan garlic dressing reminded me of papa john’s garlic butter. This meal was so delicious!
We ended up making my favorite 3-ingredient brownies for dessert with caramel XOXO chocolate on top. Meighan had wanted to try these, and I’m so happy she’s a fan! They hit the spot, and they are so easy to make. Here’s the recipe!
We got hooked to another show, Dear John, and ended up falling asleep way past midnight. You all know that is like five-hours past my bedtime😂
We were up bright and early on Sunday. We fueled up with some peanut butter toast, mango, and coffee before heading out for another Solidcore workout. They had a special at the gym, so we bought two sessions for the weekend.
The workout felt terrible in the best way possible. I’m feeling it today. I’m in the kind of pain where I have to roll to the side so I can stand up. It was a full-body workout, and just like the other class, it flew by. I enjoyed it, and if we had something like that in my town, I’d go! If you live in the D.C. area, or if they have Solidcore where you live, definitely try it out. If you’re not a fan of burpees, jumping around, running, and other movements, you’ll love this. Because I struggle with high cortisol levels and weight gain, this is the type of workout that would be beneficial fo my body since my heart rate was moderate and stable in the entire class.
We did it! 💜
We headed to Joe and the Juice for post-workout fuel. I had a shake with strawberries, banana, almond milk, spinach, plant-protein, and I added in a ginger shot!
After the workout, I packed my bag and headed to the airport. 😔 It was a short trip, but much-needed!
When I got home, Kyle made me a coffee (he’s the greatest), and then we headed over to check on the build! It’s so exciting to see it come along so quickly! We always do a Sunday drive-by 😊 It’s funny because a lot of the neighbors do the same thing around the same time because we always meet a few of them.
And we have stairs! On top of planning for wedding things, my mind is going crazy with everything I want to do for the house.
We picked up our favorite for dinner, Akahana! We shared chicken lettuce wraps and a few rolls of sushi. It’s dangerous since this spot is in the delivery zone at our new house. I’ll be eating these chicken lettuce wraps on repeat. You can’t beat it when they are only $6.95!
After dinner, Kyle and I decided to see 1917 at the movies. He had wanted to see this film for weeks, so I agreed to go with him. I didn’t expect to like it at all since my taste in movies is pretty rotten. I ended up loving the film and not wanting it to end. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, and I highly recommend it. And, yes! That’s diet coke.
Questions for you!
- Are there any unique workout classes you’ve been enjoying lately?
- What’s the last movie you went to see?
- What is one thing you want to accomplish this week?