Good morning, and happy Monday!
I debated doing a blog today because my week was repetitive, but then I realized it wasn’t bad. I’m a routined person, and though my routine changes, I function better with daily patterns. Before I get the “you only walk and make food” comments, I promise you I do a lot more in my week that I do not share. I share about 5% of my life through photos of food, my morning walks, flowers, and a few snippets. This week seemed to be the highlight reel of eating healthy and getting active. Most of my day consists of bottle cleaning, laundry folding, grocery shopping, yard work, or house cleaning. I’m in bed by 7:30 pm and up at 5 am. Not that interesting, but once Bugs is at an age where we can do more things or when it’s cooler outside, I’m sure my life will be a bit more eventful. I can’t drag him out of the house when it’s 95+ degrees. Each morning I head out for a walk before the heat sets in. I’m finally back up to doing 3-4 miles every morning with Leo. I’m so proud of how well he walks with the stroller. He stays right by my side or next to the stroller and never lunges or pulls, not even when a barking dog walks by us. He’s mellowed out a ton, and it’s nice he gets to join us on the walks. Once we have those fall temps, I’ll try to fit in two daily walks! Walking is now one of my favorite things with Leo and Bugs. Sometimes, he’ll stay awake the entire walk, giggling and babbling or grabbing his toes. I love every second of it.
Once we get back from our walk, I’ll change him, give him a bottle, and then put him on the play mat while I make myself breakfast. Since I started Whole30 on Monday, my breakfasts have all looked the same. I try to make Whole30 super simple without too many recipes so I won’t get tired of cooking. It was easier to make recipes for Whole30 before I had Bugs, but now my time is limited. Keeping the meals similar has made it easier since there is no thought put into it, and the groceries are easy to maintain because I always know what I’m out of. For breakfast, I always make eggs. I’ll do over medium or scrambled. My FAVORITE Habanero Ranch from Tessamaes has been sold out everywhere, and it’s made this round of Whole30 suck. I like putting that sauce on EVERYTHING. I think this round has been harder to do, but I refuse to quit. I have felt so much relief in my joints, and during my first postpartum period decided to return on day six.
For lunch, I eat a salad or leftover vegetables with grilled chicken. Kyle grills me a huge batch of chicken to have for the week, and I think that helps a ton with making meals. For dinner, I love having grilled chicken sautéed green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts, fresh peaches, and dates with almond butter for dessert.
I look forward to my morning walks more than anything! I know it seems early, but I’m already up a few hours before my walks, so I’m never tired when I start them. Going to bed early has helped me a lot. Once Bugs is in bed, I skip the T.V. shows, put down the book, ditch the laundry piles, and head straight to the pillow. Even when I want to stay up and get things done, getting sleep is much more critical for my health, and being tired is not ideal when you’re a parent.
I love catching the sunrise and always run into my deer friends. I can’t wait for the Fall when the coffee trucks start parking in the neighborhood. Leo keeps up on our walks, and I love how fit he is for being six! He’s always loved going on walks, and I hope to keep him in good shape for years to come. One of my favorite Whole30 breakfasts are the scrambled eggs with spinach, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onion, Applegate sausage, and tomatoes. I usually keep a container filled with pre-sautéed vegetables to prepare breakfast faster.
For dinner on Tuesday night, I made chicken jalapeño burgers! I used my turkey jalapeño burger recipe but omitted the non-compliant ingredients. I used the Tessamaes buffalo ranch on top, but it isn’t the same as the habanero one!
Wednesday morning sunrise ♥️
When it’s hot out, we like to sit in the pool under the porch with the fan going! Bugs LOVES every form of water, so it’s something fun to do together. I put a list of summer items we love in my Amazon shop!
Because I couldn’t get my hands on habanero ranch, I decided to make a new spread for my meals. It has Primal Kitchen mayonnaise, basil, jalapeño peppers, avocado, avocado oil, lemon juice, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and sea salt. It’s sooooo good.
Fortunately, I haven’t gotten tired of the grilled chicken yet. I know it’s only a matter of time, but I love when it’s super charred.
After breakfast and my morning miles on Thursday, I headed out for a pool day with a friend. And I’m OBSESSED with these Humm Kombuchas. I have wanted to try out the watermelon basil flavor, so I just ordered it on Amazon today. I’ll let you know what I think!
I was hungry after swimming, so I had a Hazelnut Coffee Maca Thunderbird bar! It’s made with all Whole30-approved ingredients, and it tasted amazing. I bought a huge pack of these.
4:30 am snuggles! He always wants a bottle and falls back asleep. I know I should go back to bed when he does, but sometimes I like to fit in a few hours of computer work before we start our day. I don’t get much uninterrupted time during the day. Tux! ♥️ He always goes crazy when we get back from our walks, and him and Leo sprint all over the yard chasing one another. He does his long walks with Kyle at 5 am. Kyle took over walking duties on Saturday morning, and I headed out to play tennis! I’m so happy our group has started again, and it’s the best outlet for me!
I still need to get my garden post up (along with others!), but the flowers I planted around the trees are thriving! I love how many butterflies and bees they attract. We have officially retired the Snoo 😢 Bugs slept AMAZING in it, and if he weren’t growing like a weed, we would have kept him in the Snoo. He is too long and keeps breaking out of the swaddle since he likes to keep his hands over his head when he sleeps. I tried leaving his arms out, but he had nowhere to put them since he was tall. We moved the crib into our bedroom because I want him in there with us until he’s six months. Fortunately, he’s just a great sleeper! He’s been sleeping 8-10 hours in the crib since putting it in our room. I think he likes it better than the Snoo because he’s in a sleep sack and not swaddled. Last night, he slept for twelve hours with only one 30-minute wake-up. He’s my entire world!
Another day, another backyard pool session! We hung out in the pool on Saturday afternoon while Kyle worked on leveling the grass. We’ve been doing grass rehab, and it’s starting to look amazing (compared to what it was!)
Sunday sunrise ♥️ We went 4 miles because it was gorgeous outside.
I spent the day grocery shopping, catching up on laundry, house cleaning, and hanging out with the bugs! I talked myself out of Chipotle for dinner and went with leftover grilled chicken, eggs, sweet potatoes, and avocado!
I hope you guys have the best week!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever done Whole30?
- Do you like walking in the mornings or the evenings?
- What is your typical bedtime?