muffins, pizza. & cupcakes…oh my!

Greetings earthlings!

Yes I am a weirdo…and yes it has been a day full of goodies…hence the following selfie!

selfie

I have been trying not to go hog wild with the sweets and junk food today…but yikes..it is super hard to avoid office goodies and I am not going to lie..I have definitely been picking at scones & muffins all day, and now a little frosting from a cupcake! Sheesh…eating healthy would be a lot easier without temptations being through at ya from everywhere! But it has been nice to snack on some things that I don’t typically have! Hey, I try not to restrict myself when I really am craving something. Which means that all day long I have trying sit it out, and if my craving is still there 30 minutes later then i typically let myself have a small piece of whatever it is I want!

Today, is also my little sister’s b-day!!!

sister bday shoutout

Homegirl is 15 years old and I seriously can’t believe it! It seems like only yesterday she was running around in her diaper singing “Bye Bye Birdie” songs into a hairbrush! Wait a minute, that was only yesterday…haha just kidding! Lame joke, but whatevs! I am so blessed to have her as a sister and she has seriously been through so much in her 15 years! She was in and out of the hospital a few years back, ended up having Ulcerative Colitis and thus surgery where she had her entire large intestine removed!!! She is such a little trooper though and her perseverance through all of the hard times is what gives me strength each and every day!

We will be going out to a family dinner later tonight and I am going to take her shopping Sunday, so she is getting in plenty of celebrating time!

Anyways, now on to some of my recent life happenings…lunch yesterday looked something like this…

tuesday salad

 

A salad full of veggies! It had cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, celery, feta cheese, mixed greens, dried cherries, and some of my couscous salad that I also had last week!

Then, I went out to a little street fair dealio last night with some friends and we enjoyed some tacos & cheese fries, followed by a froyo run on my way home! The street fair was super cute and right by the beach…there were live bands, fresh fruits/veggies for sale, and tons of cute jewelry/candles/clothes/shoes/etc. that you could buy too! Super fun and I will for sure be going back a lot this summer!

My day today started with a nice gym sesh where I logged 5 miles in 56 minutes! Lots and lots of hill climbs and running on an incline, which was tough!!! I was sweating up a storm by the end!! I also did about 20 minutes of arms to round out my workout! Then, I grabbed a green juice on my way to work…

wednesday green juice

Also, picked up the scones and muffins to bring in for everyone at the office…and then enjoyed a small piece of scone before devouring some yummy oatmeal topped w/ candied walnuts & blackberries…

wednesday breakfast

For a snack I had some…

apple snack

w/ a large spoonfull of sunbutter…and then for lunch I made myself a huge plate of salad and opted out on the pizza! I would have indulged, but I know tonight will be a big dinner with the family, so I didn’t want to have a huge/heavy lunch!

Finally, I also got some nice flowers today because apparently it is administrative appreciation day…who knew?! Anywhoooooo, one of my fellow coworkers brought in beautiful lavender plants and it really is brightening up my desk! I may have to make sure to always keep something green in the office, because it definitely adds some spice to my boring desk!

lavendar

Alright everyone! Time to finish up my work day…it seriously feels like Thursday though…so I am dying!!! Hope you all have nice Wednesdays!!! And to close a quick look at my 5 favorites of the day!

 

cake

1. This cake! Gah..I love the white w/ the pop of color!!! So cute!

brick building

 

2. This beautiful building I happened to see yesterday when i was walking to the library    during my lunch break! I didn’t even know it was right around the block from my office and the architecture was so, so pretty!

veggies and dip

3. This beautiful snack/appetizer platter! I love precut veggies like this..and give me some of that nice dip!!! Looks so fresh and yummy!

cookies!

4. On another note….I also love me some hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies! Especially if they are served with some vanilla ice cream..Hagen Daaz to be exact!!! Sooo flippin’ good! Probs my fave dessert!

dream house

5. THIS HOUSE IS MY DREAM HOUSE!!! Gah, the white exterior, stone walkway, wrap around porch, lots of windows..I could do on and on..basically I am in love and now have plans to one day (when I am a billionaire) to build myself an exact replica!

 

peace out homies! talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

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how i eat (primarily) unprocessed foods!

Hey everyone! Before I get into the meat of this post, let me tell you a bit about my evening yesterday and then my workout and breakfast today!

So, last night my family and I went to a HOCKEY GAME! Seriously, if you have never been to a hockey game, you need to go!!! They are so lively and action packed..never a dull moment! I tend to get bored when watching football and baseball, but with hockey the action literally never stops!!!

Anways, here is a pic of my sister and I making “duck faces”, while en route to the ducks game!

hockey game pic

The game was awesome, Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars and our ducks won 5-2!

Anyways, dinner was not the healthiest because it was game food haha but it sure was delicious! I had a hotdog w/ relish, mustard, and onions. Also, had a handful of peanuts, lots & lots of delicious popcorn (think movie theater style), a few Sour Patch Kids, and some hot chocolate…this is kind of ironic considering today I want to talk about how I cut out most unprocessed foods from my diet, but hey every once in a while you gotta give in and indulge a little 😉

Anyways, I was exhausted by the time we got home last night and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow!! I thought about snoozing my alarm when it went off at 4:45 this morning, but decided to bite the bullet and get up for my morning workout! I didn’t know how in the mood I would be to run, but I decided to give it a go and actually had tons of energy! The run went by quickly and though when i post my workout it is going to look a tad confusing, in reality it is basically 5 min. incline walk followed by 10 minutes of 1 min. jog/1 min. sprint switch offs (repeat that 2x), then 5 min. recovery walk, 14 min. of increasing incline jogging, and 1 min. cool down..easy peasy!

SPRINTS N HILLS TRADMILL WORKOUT

thursday workout

So, ya like I said it looks confusing when written out, but it was an awesome workout and let me get in a lot of mileage in not too long of time!

I am trying to up my mileage in hopes of doing a 10K at some point this summer, so I think I am going to try an outdoor run by the ocean this weekend and hopefully get in over 5 miles!

Ok, next on the list is breakfast today..started with a banana and 1/2 a granola bar when I got home from the gym…then once at work I had…oats in a jar!!

thursday breakfast 1

thursday breakfast 3

thursday breakfast 2

Don’t you love how I captured my meal at different stages of being eaten! haha Anyways,  I did like 1/4 cup rolled oats, dash of vanilla coconut milk, 2 scoops plain greek yogurt, 1 spoonful cocoa, and then topped it this morning with more coconut milk, strawberries/blackberries/blueberries, & a scoop more peanut butter..yum!

Ok…now on to my topic of getting rid of processed foods in your diet. I actually happened to end up doing this by mistake and mainly just by keeping my diet made up mostly of fruits & veggies. Most of my meals center around some concoction of fruits or vegetables and then in the morning I add yogurt/oatmeal/whole grain toast/or nut butter to round out the meal.

Lunch and dinner tend to be more veggie based and usually are a salad or sauteed veggies topped with some type of protein. For lunch I like to add various mixtures of nuts/dried fruit/fresh fruit/chopped veggies/chicken/turkey/tuna/salmon/& a vinegar or oil based dressing.

Dinner tend to be a ton of veggies sauteed in coconut oil and then topped with cheese/& or meat..when i am eating rice or pasta I usually try to get a whole grain version (think whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and not too much sauce & salt added on top.

For me, once I started stalking up on fruits and veggies my meals came to center on those items and I stopped needing crackers/chips/croutons/lots of dressing/frozen meals/etc.

I also stick to plain greek yogurt/organic milk/rolled oats (not instant) and most of my breakfast options are pretty basic and fresh.

Once I started making my meals with less processed foods I found that my cravings for coffee and soda also decreased as well!

My diet now feels more rounded out and I am happy to say that the things I do eat fill me up and keep me focused/energized/& strong!

Of course like I said earlier I do indulge every once in a while in snack type foods, but even then I have found that the less I have them the better they taste when I do have them here and there!

Hopefully this helps with anyone trying to get more healthy meals in and let me know if you have any questions!

 

What type of unprocessed meals are your favorite?

Any type of fish with a nice roasted or sautéed veggie side!

Any snack foods that you could NEVER give up, despite how crappy them may be for you!?

Peanut M&Ms, Cheese-Its, & Microwave Popcorn are my guilty pleasures fo’ sho!

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

scenery 1

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!!!

 

scenery 2

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 😉

5 things you didn’t know about me…

Before I get to the good stuff…aka 5 odd/quirky yet lovable things about me haha I will share lunch and my workout plan for this evening!!!

Ok, so after breakfast I had a handful of chocolate covered raisins- courtesy of my office kitchen and also a bag of Angie’s Classic Sweet & Salty Popcorn (tastes like kettle corn, but is made with all natural ingredients like popcorn/sunflower oil/ evaporated cane juice/& sea salt..yum!).

Then for lunch I had a salad with butter lettuce/dried cherries/brie cheese/pistachio meat (the inside sans shell)/& Annie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing….

monday lunch salad

On the side I also had a piece of multigrain french bread with orange marmalade spread on top!

monday lunch bread

Yum, nothing better than a piece of fresh bread!! And, orange marmalade is my ultimate favorite jam, so that was an added bonus!

On to my workout plan that I made..I will be doing a run similar to last Monday, which was where I do a 4 min. incline walk, 4 min. jog/run, 2 min. hard incline walk, and then repeat this with added intensity! This treadmill workout is definitely one of my favorites, as it incorporates enough recovery time to be doable and also mixes things up so I never get bored while I do it!

Then, I plan on doing some arms & abs to round out my workout, so we will see how this goes!

PicMonkey Collage

Ok, now on to 5 things about me time! Woo!

  1. I am kind of a low key nerd in that I love school, was valedictorian in high school, and went to UCLA for my undergrad
  2. I have known that I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in 8th grade and have never changed my mind, despite people telling me how hard law school is/ how boring being a lawyer can be haha apparently i am just a boring nerd who is looking forward to law school..what can i do?!
  3. I am the oldest of 4 kids and have a bizarrely close knit family! Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much we all support each other, make each other laugh, and are there for each other! We also are hugely sarcastic and so most of the time we are just making jokes that only we think are funny haha it’s weird, but whatever..i love my fam!
  4. I make BOMB cd’s/playlists! In high school I was always designated to make people cd’s like monthly and I loved it! Some of my friends even tell me that they still listen to mixes I made like over 4 years ago! haha I just have a gift of picking the right placement of songs, so that the playlist always seems to have variety and a nice flow from song to song…I seriously shoulda been a DJ! Screw law school, new life plan! haha just kidding, if only I could support myself on a DJ salary I’d probably be in!
  5. I can’t sleep in! It’s like I am kind of a grandma…I like to be in bed by 10 and I can wake up easily at the crack of dawn! Morning workouts are no prob for me because I honestly don’t mind getting up at 5 am! There is something about the calmness early in the morning that I just love and though sleeping in is nice on the weekends and every once of a while, I am definitely an early bird!

 

Ok everyone! Hopefully you now know a little more about me! If you have any more questions or anything you want to know about me just leave a comment and I will answer your questions!

Hope you all enjoy your evenings and I will see you tomorrow! Adios mis amigos 🙂

spring has sprung! weekend recap!

Hi everyone!

Wow Friday got crazy busy and before I knew it the weekend had already come! Let me start with a quick recap of Friday and then I can move on to the rest of the weekend, which was filled with some super fun outdoorsy time!

First of, Friday lunch…

me at lunch!

A delicious PB & J..made with Ezequial Bread, sunbutter, and raspberry jam! A new take on an old classic 🙂

week 3 friday lunch

On the side I had some multigrain crackers and grapes.

Later that evening I was on mom duty since my parents went to a hockey game and left me in charge of the sibs! Little brother had a football game, so after work I hit up Trader Joes and then immediately took him to his game…

bros football game

It was freeeeezing outside! But luckily my sister and I packed some snacks (grapes & cinnamon toast crunch/life cereal combo), so the game didn’t seem to take too long! Unfortunately his team lost, and he was mad when my sister and I asked who had won..apparently “we weren’t paying close enough attention” to be able to tell..whoops!

When we got back home it was kind of late and my original plan to make everyone salmon burgers was kind of not as appealing. We all kind of wanted something sweet, so I whipped up some smoothies (banana/blueberries/mango/pineapple/spinach/almond milk/plain yogurt) and topped them with some fresh strawberries/coconut/dry cereal/& granola.

friday dinner acai bowls

Yum, perfect as a dinner/dessert combo meal!

Saturday morning my sister and I had planned to take a hike in nearby Laguna Beach, so we got up early and were out the door by 8:30 am! We stopped on the way to get the best scone ever…chocolate orange deliciousness!!! And some coffee for her and veggie juice for me!

We got to Laguna and started our hike by 9:30..check out these gorgeous views…

hike ocean pic

Ocean view!

hike canyon pic

Canyon View!

sister hike pic

Sister view! haha

Anyways, the hike was awesome and challenging enough to get us sweating! The weather was perfect…clear, slight breeze, sunny! Everything was going perfectly…until….WE GOT LOST!

So to make a long story short we took this long way back around to what we thought would be where we started, but when we got to the end we were at a completely different parking lot! I started freaking out obviously…especially because you had to pay hourly for parking and we had only 30 minutes to make it back to our car! Not nearly enough time to go back the way we had come! Anyways, after some tears were shed and some mean words were exchanged (whoops, we were kinda freaking out! aka I was!), we finally managed to find our car..thank the Lord!

In the end we ended up laughing about the whole thing, but let’s just say that was a hike we will not be forgetting!

Lunch that day was with a friend who was in town for her spring break and we went out for Mexican food! I got a shrimp taco and a side salad, and also munched on some chips and salsa…it was SO YUMMY! I had almost forgotten about my deep love of all Mexican food!

Then, dinner Sunday night was the salmon burgers I had planned to make the night before, but they weren’t all that good (kinda spongey), so I cooked myself up some kale and had some multigrain bread w/ orange marmalade and a baked sweet potato on the side.

Alright, now on to Sunday!!! Sunday started with a nice breakfast consisting of some homemade banana bread, courtesy of my sis and a yogurt parfait topped with mango and banana!

sunday morning breakfast banana bread

 

There was more to that banana bread, but I snapped this pic after eating like half of one of the loaves! haha

Then, I did a 25 minute yoga dvd and also Level 1 of Jillian Michael’s 6 week abs, which was killer!!! I was sweating like no other after that…and am going to try and do it at least a couple more times this week, because I loved it!

Next, I hit up the local farmer’s market with my sis and got some fresh cara cara oranges, some cherry/apple/pomegranate juice, and some tulips!

We got lunch at Panera (turkey sandwich & garden salad) and then went to Ulta to pick up some essentials (lotion/eye makeup remover/cotton pads).

Dinner was teriyaki salmon, quinoa, and a salad I made that had dried cherries, pistachios, sharp white cheddar pieces, and green apple w/ a homemade vinaigrette!

FINALLY, breakfast this morning was another cereal bowl!

week 4 monday breakfast

Strawberry O’s, blueberries, cashews, vanilla soy milk…yay for mixing things up still!!

Ok, so that is it for the weekend! I will be back later with lunch and workout plan for today!! Talk to ya’ll soon!

dishwasher drama

So, one of the nicer things about moving home after graduating college is what i like to call home cookin’! My mom is a GREAT cook and she frequently whips up delicious homemade meals!! Some of my faves are her homemade spaghetti and meatballs and her beef vegetable stew…so, last night we resorted to an old Kennedy family favorite aka the bbq! Dad whipped up some chicken and steaks and we paired it with “baked” (aka microwaved to save time) potatoes, and a salad with tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, sunflower seeds, and parmesan cheese…this meal was delish and a nice treat to come home to after a long day at work and a tiring workout at the gym!!

However, one thing that typically happens when my entire family (6 of us…mom/dad/me/2 sisters/ 1 brother) sits down to dinner is inevitably at some point an argument breaks out. It’s not like we aren’t a close family or one of us is really weird or even that the fights are huge big things, but someone always says or does something that annoys or upsets someone else and things usually end with my mom leaving the table in a storm and my dad shaking his head at us “kids” because we just had to push things to that level. Last night we argued over why the dishwasher was full and no one had run it? Why this turned into a fight I don’t know, but let’s just say all of our dinner dishes last night got hand washed by 4 unhappy little campers! One of our best arguments I can remember came this past October when I decided to declare randomly that I was going to give up looking at my little brother for Lent….why I decided to make this statement I have no idea, especially because Lent doesn’t typically begin until February/March and we were in no way discussing Lent or anything religious for that matter..but ya I went there and things ended the way they always do at family dinner night at the Kennedy house…someone in tears and mom totally peeved!! hmmm I am thinking maybe we should just try not talking next time we sit down at the table or maybe have like preapproved speaking topics?? haha Luckily no one in our family really holds on to things so our rebound rate is usually pretty fast!!

Ok, next thing on the agenda is breakfast this morning!!! I had a Thomas Whole Wheat English Muffin topped with a Morning Star Veggie Sausage Patty and paired with a Fage 2% Greek Yogurt. Just toast the muffin, microwave the sausage patty, and enjoy!

breakfast day 3

Oh, and I also got a small, nonfat latte on my way to work as well! I will be posting my workouts from yesterday and this morning later today, so enjoy your afternoon!!