vacation recap..plus how to stay healthy when on vacation!

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Easter weekend meant my family was road tripping it up the California coast! Our destination was a little above Santa Barbara, we planned on looking at some colleges for my seester and then visiting my aunt/uncle/& cousins on Easter Sunday!

Friday morning started out with an early morning spin sesh before we hit the road!

friday spin

It felt good to get a nice workout in and then my family ended up hitting the road at about 11. The views up were soooo pretty and traffic wasn’t too shabby either!

Let me preface our vacay by telling you that we ended up eating lots of McDonald’s this weekend! The trip up we stopped to use the bathroom, but then everyone ended up eating! Most of the fam got fish sandwiches, but i opted for a yogurt parfait and some french fries…the same meal I had on our trip home on Monday! haha My dad and brother also stopped again on the way home to get shakes…so we had a total of 3 McDonalds stops in 4 days..keepin’ it classy folks!

mcflurry

Anyways, on Saturday we headed to Morro Bay, which is about 15 minutes north of San Luis Obispo…it was a gorgeous days and the views were amazing!

morro rock 2

 

morro stacks

While in Morro Bay we decided to get lunch at a nice restaurant called Dorns..the views from our booth were awesome and I enjoyed a delicious bowl of corn chowder and some warm sourdough bread! Here is a pic of the aftermath of our meal…

lunch morro bay

Our family of 6 can do some serious damage at meals!

Then, we continued to drive up the coast towards San Simeon and turned around a little past Heart Castle…nice long drives our my favorite! So relaxing!!!

 

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school house

All the scenery was lush and green because of spring..and we were blown away by how nice the weather was as well!

We also looked at the campus of Cal Poly SLO and my siblings and I managed to take some super serious pics while waiting for mom and dad to pay for parking…

vic, will, and me

vic and me 2

vic and me

Aren’t we just the cutest things! haha Anyways, my sister is a senior so we wanted her to look at both Cal Poly SLO and UC Santa Barbara, because she got into both schools and is trying to make a decision! I got the feeling she liked SLO better because it is a smaller school and she doesn’t want to be overwhelmed at a huge college, but we will see!

Anyways, next day was Sunday and my family went to Easter mass at the San Luis Obispo Mission, which was so nice! Then, we had a nice Easter brunch at a restaurant that sits over the creek right next to the Mission!

funny easter

easter appetizer

Mediterranean appetizer platter w/ olives, hummus, pitas, etc.

easter lunch

I got a “taco salad”, which has a grilled white fish served over white rice and fresh kimchi…it was so fresh and delicious! The perfect meal for sure…lots of flavor and one of the best things I have eaten, hands down!

easter drinks

Ice tea, mimosas, water…our drink selections!

Then, we walked around downtown SLO and got ourselves some ice cream for dessert..I got cookie dough and it was delicious!!

easter ice cream

That night we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for a nice Easter dinner.

cath and vic

We had ham, fruit salad, regular salad, cheese/crackers, and the best cheesy potato casserole I have ever eaten in my life!!!!

Dessert was strawberry shortcake, which really hit the spot as well!

strawberry shortcake

We spent the night catching up with family and my parents told some of the funniest stories of when they were younger! Such a great family Easter for sure!

The next day we were heading home, so we packed up and headed to Santa Barbara to take a look at that campus!

cath and i mirror shot

Mirror pic to distract us from packing!

Anyways, we finally made it home Monday evening and I was exhausted so i watched some hockey, hit the grocery store, had dinner, and hit the sack!

Family vacations are seriously the best!!! And this one was no exception!

While on vacation I made use of the hotel gym 2 mornings (Saturday & Monday..doing only 40 min. of cardio, but still worth it!) I usually try to get in a quick workout early in the morning when we are vacation, that way I don’t feel as bad when I indulge in the treats that usually accompany being on vacation!

Also, for breakfast we would usually hit up the free breakfast at the hotel and though I was tempted to indulge in things like french toast, pancakes, muffins, bacon, and hash browns..I tried to stick to oatmeal w/ pb, toast & eggs, yogurt w/granola, and always a side of fruit & and a banana! My trick for hotel breakfasts is to eat something that will fill me up, but not weigh me down! Oatmeal is always a great option and I also love that eggs are already cooked and easy to grab as well! Try to eat something substantial, but don’t go overboard just because it is buffet style!

Alright on to my eats and workouts yesterday and today…

juice shot

Green juice yesterday morning…

tuesday breakfast

yogurt/fruit/granola parfait

tuesday lunch

lemon chicken/arugula/quinoa/couscous salad via Trader Joes

 

tuesday dinner

Soyaki marinated salmon w/ green beans and zucchini (parents had the bbq on already, so I threw on my own salmon filet and the zucchini!)

Workout yesterday was an hour long spin class and some stretching after!

Workout today was 50 minutes of spin (instructor didn’t show up, so I did my own workout and managed to sweat a lot!!!) followed by 15 minutes of abs on the stability ball…

Breakfast isn’t pictured, but was cottage cheese & fruit parfait, banana, Starbucks misto, and some grapes….

I will be back later with lunch and my fun plans for this evening! Keep it classy my friends 🙂

funny me

I know I sure do 😉

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things i am loving right now!

Good morning slash afternoon everybody! First let me start off with a quick recap of my workout and dinner last night, which was super delish!

Workout went well! I pushed my self a little harder on my planned run where instead of running for 4 minute intervals I made those 6 minute intevals and then broke up the next 4 min. incline walk into 2 min. hard incline and then 2 min. recovery incline!

My final run breakdown looked like this…

monday workout

When I got home I packed my breakfast/lunch/snacks for today and then got to work on an easy dinner!

Since I am trying to use up groceries/leftovers before they go bad I recycled my quinoa caprese meal idea, but added in a chicken sausage for some added protein & staying power! The added meat component gave the dish a lot more sustenance and I thoroughly enjoyed it…

monday dinner main

Again all you do for this dish is take about 1/2 c. cooked quinoa (mine was leftover from din on Sunday), cut up a handful of grape tomatoes, some basil, & mozzarella cheese, then I cooked the sausage on the stovetop in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and added everything together in a bowl!

Super quick, easy, fresh, and delicious meal!

For “dessert” I had an orange..I am not usually one for having fruit for dessert, but we didn’t have anything sweet in our house really..so an orange had to make do 😦

monday dinner orange

Healthy, but certainly not chocolate that’s for sure!

Anyways, after dinner my family watched the Duck’s hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, we are big Ducks fans haha and well they got their butts kicked to the Sharks and it was a sad night for all in the Kennedy clan 😦

PS my fam is super big on hockey so we watch it all the time! I am pretty much up on all the stats and it is one of the only professional sports I watch on the reg! It’s just so good…fast paced….fights…cute hockey players…what’s not to like!

Next up…breakfast this morning! I finished my jar of cookie butter yesterday, and that only meant one things…overnight oats in a jar!!!

tuesday breakfast outside

Outside it looks like a normal jar of cookie butter…BUT inside it’s my most favorite breakfast in the world!!!

tuesday breakfast close up

I added 1/2 c. rolled oats, 1 6 oz. container of Trader Joe’s Honey Greek Yogurt, 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, dash of vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and apple slices…in the morning I mixed it up and added a bit more milk/a dash of sunbutter and was thoroughly happy with my little concoction and the return of this breakfast beauty!

Ok, now on to things that are making me happy right now…let’s do it list style because that makes thing super easy to read 🙂

  1. Daylight Savings Time- I mean nothing is better than getting off work, going to the gym, and still having a tad bit of daylight left once my whole day is over! Seriously..makes me so happy!
  2. Spring Weather- There is something about Spring time that is just so wonderful! Right now it is starting to warm up, baseball season has begun, the smell of fresh grass and blooming flowers delights your nostrils, afternoon walks get more appealing by the day…it’s the down right best time of year!
  3. Easter!!!- I LOVE EASTER! There is something about wearing a nice sundress, going to mass with my family, eating a yummy brunch, and enjoying season candy like Peeps and Jelly Beans that is absolutely wonderful!
  4. 30 Rock- My obsession with this show is getting a little out of hand! I didn’t watch it really when it was on air, but recently discovered it on netflix and decided to give it a whirl! Wow is all I can say…it’s so freaking hilarious! It’s kind of a very particular type of humor, but it makes me crack up every time I watch it..gotta love Tina Fey!
  5. Interval Workouts- My latest obsession has been doing intervals on the treadmill…they have been the best way for me to increase my running mileage and I seriously sweat like no other when I finish them! Also, adding an inclined walk in my intervals seriously has given me great endurance…on my hike this weekend I barely struggled at all on all the major hill climbs! I was super proud of myself 🙂
  6. Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6Pack Abs- I am going to really push myself to do it for 6 weeks and see if I notice a difference! It kicked my butt Sunday, so hopefully with consistency and repetition I will see some results…because let me be honest, I’d love to have a more toned stomach once summer time bathing suit season roles around!
  7. Last, but not least…my new camelback waterbottle! It seriously keeps me sippin’ water ALL DAY LONG! Without it I never wanted to drink water, but now I refill it multiple times a day and keep it with me pretty much at all times! Yay for getting my h20 in on the reg…I gotta say it makes me pee a lot, but I have noticed clearer skin and less frequent headaches..gotta be good signs right 😉

 

Ok, later my peeps! I will be back with lunch and a workout for this afternoon…just a hint that I plan on mixin’ things up today!!! Catch ya on the flip side 🙂

weekend recap!

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had great weekends and St.Patty’s days!! I know my weekend was definitely packed…I went beach camping, shopping, got my nails done, cooked, did laundry, went to the store, went out with friends, got brunch with the fam, hit the gym, napped…seriously it was hectic! haha but definitely so much fun and being at work now is super hard after such a fun few days!

So, lets start with Friday night..I went to Trader Joes after work and got groceries for the week…even putting together a grocery list based on some meals that I planned for the week! I will share some of those ideas with you in a bit! Once I stalked up at the store, I came home and prepared a super healthy and delicious dinner for my 2 sisters and I…

week 2 friday dinner close up

So, basically I got everything out and ready to go before I started cooking… which was

2 boneless wild caught salmon filets

1/2 cup mango salsa

3 tsp. brown sugar

3 tbsp. rice vinegar

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 avocado diced

1 lemon

3 cups kale

1 tbsp. minced ginger

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup quinoa

To prepare the salmon I put the filets into a large ziplock bag and added the salsa, brown sugar, vinegar, and olive oil..I let it sit for about 15 minutes while I let the oven heat up at 350 degrees. I then filled a tray half way with water and put that on the bottom rack and then put the salmon on the top rack where it cooked for 20 minutes. The tray of water helped to keep the salmon super moist!

To prepare the quinoa I let the chicken broth and quinoa come to a boil and then turned the hit down and let it simmer until all of the liquid had absorbed..about 20 minutes in all.

Finally, when the salmon had 5 minutes left I sautéed the kale in 1 tbsp. coconut oil, squeezing half the lemon on top and adding the garlic as well.

Then, I simply spooned everything out and topped with the avocado, making 3 dinner sized portions and 1 lunch sized portion left over!

week 2 friday dinner

Dessert was popcorn and easter candy (aka peeps, robins eggs, etc.), which my sisters and I enjoyed while watching the movie Pitch Perfect! That movie is absolutely hilarious and Fat Amy seriously cracks me up the entire time!! Perfect sister bonding night if you ask me!

week 2 friday snack

Saturday I woke up and had a banana and a luna bar while I got ready to go beach camping! My friend picked me up and we drove down PCH to Dana Point where we spent the day enjoying the nice weather, beach views, and eating delicious food like french toast, eggs, potatoes, pita chips, hummus, carrots, skittles, caprese, chicken sausage links, angus beef burgers, trail mix, rolos, and most importantly s’moores!!!

week 2 saturday smoores

 

As you can see in this pic we took some s’moores risk topping double stuffed oreos with marshmallows, and adding rolos to others, for an untraditional mix on this classic camping food! Lets just say I was stuffed and tired after this awesome day in the sun!

Then, Sunday was obviously St. Patty’s day and my family went to church and then had brunch at a seaside restaurant close to home.

Check out the view we had while we ate…

week 2 sunday brunch

It’s times like this that I realize how lucky I am to live so close to the beach!! I enjoyed an eggbeater omelet with avocado, tomato, and mushrooms, with a side of orange toast (super thick and delicious slightly orange flavored toast, topped with butter and orange marmalade…aka one of the best things I have ever eaten!)

After hitting up the gym and getting my nails done with my sister I took a nap and woke up to enjoy some carrots/cheese/& bread before dinner which was corned beef and cabbage! A truly Irish meal for sure!

This weekend was super fun and filled with so many good times! Though I still feel stuffed today I am trying to get back on track with my eating, enjoying a yogurt parfait for breakfast this morning…

week 3 monday breakfast

1 contained of Blueberry Coconut Milk yogurt, strawberries, blackberries, 2 big spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt, and topped with peanut butter granola..yummy in my tummy!!!

I will be back later to post today’s lunch and plan for my workout this afternoon! Everybody enjoy your morning/afternoons!

family picture

Me with my sister Catherine and brother William after mass super early yesterday morning!!! Gotta love family selfies 🙂