breakfast foods for every meal!!!

hi everyone….so other than the fact that i am currently in the midst of a froyo obsession (lets not talk about how i got it twice last night…oops!), i am also on a breakfast food kick! apparently my body is telling me to eat toast and oatmeal and yogurt and fruit and peanut butter and bananas for every stinkin’ meal! haha i seriously have been living off of these foods and oh ya also craving red meat like a mother too! haha cravings are so weird!!!

anyways, for lunch yesterday i had an ezequial sprouted whole grain english muffin topped with loads on sunbutter and a sliced banana…

tuesday lunch

Yum, so good and filling!!!

Then, last night i headed over to a sports bar with my bessttieeee and we watched all the hockey playoff games while enjoying dinna! i got a santa fe salad, which was a bed of romaine topped with avo, carne asada, bell peppers, corn, tomato, and a yummy cilantro vinaigrette dressing! It was amazing and super cheap for how much you got!!

Oh and my froyo sessions happened 1…after i got home from work and before i went to dinner and then 2….when i got home from dinner and before i went to bed. lets just say i gave into my craving and have to have more self restraint from now on!!!

On to today…got up early to go to the gym, then decided to sleep in and go in the afternoon! haha maybe all that frozen yogurt made me lethargic or something…but ya spin is on the agenda tonight!!

For breakfast today i made myself a berry smoothie (yogurt, almondmilk, spinach, protein powder, & frozen berries), then topped it with homemade granola..so good!

wednesday breakfast

Lunch was eaten en route to Nordstrom Rack on my lunch break, so i did not snap a pic..but it was overnight berry oats…haha basically just rolled oats, greek yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, sunbutter, frozen berries/cherries, and topped with another dollop of greek yogurt this morning!

haha soooo, hopefully i won’t cave to breakfast foods or froyo for dinner tonight! I am thinking of maybe doing salmon and sweet potato/broccoli combo..we shall see!

Hope everyone enjoys their hump day and the start of May!!! Look out for my post tomorrow on some upcoming races I am doing!!

Adios amigos 🙂

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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 🙂

livin’ the froyo lyfeeee.

hi everyone!!

Time to recap my weekend and the start of my week!

Well, we can start by saying that I have in fact had frozen yogurt 4 times in the past week! I am on this new boat where I basically want it every night and then I have to limit myself because I will go broke if I keep it up at the rate I am going! But, anyways..my like only picture this weakened was one of froyooo!!!!

yogurtland

I believe this mix had peanut butter, banana, and vanilla froyo..mixed with strawberries, cookie dough bites, cheesecake bites, and my new fave topping….fruity pebbles!! Seriously guys…they even go good on the more chocolaty flavors!

Um, basically this weekend I spent Friday night with some yogurtland and a movie w/ friends.

Then Saturday I hit the gym for 25 minutes of spin and some ab work. Then, I volunteered at my little brother’s school fair because my parents couldn’t go to the shift they signed up for…aren’t I such a good daughter?! I sold ride tickets and the 3 hours actually ended up going by fairly quickly!

Then, Saturday afternoon I got some lunch with the mom and seesters…then I went on a late afternoon run and did about 4 miles. However, it was late in the afternoon and HOT outside and I was still full from lunch and didn’t do a scenic route…so run kinda sucked! But, I did finish it up at the baseball field where my little bro had a game and so I got to watch him play for about an hour, which was nice! I love sitting in the park and watching baseball games, so relaxing! Especially after such a bad run!

Saturday night I had plans to go to dinner and movie, but my friend canceled last minute…so I threw on my sweats, got me some froyo and started watching Downtown Abbey! I am officially hooked on the show…and it is only getting better with each episode!

Sunday morning I met up with a friend for breakfast where I got the best French Toast eva!!!! I talked about it before, but it is basically a baguette filled w/ mascarpone cheese and topped with whipped cream and berries!! SOOOO good!

After breakfast, I hit up Target with the parentals…then got lunch with mom and sister again! Finally, I napped and then drove up to LA to meet up with some college friends who were doing a little healthy living party. They did a presentation on this awesome vitamin called Juice Plus, which basically is the pressed nutrients of tons of fruits and veggies all in one small capsule! Super cool and I am definitely going to be giving this a whirl!

Alright…now on to Monday! My day started with this…

monday breakfast

blackberries, banana, strawberries, coconut, all over greek yogurt! Yum!

Then, progressed to this…

monday lunch

Sunbutter, Strawberry Jelly, Banana Sammy…with side of berries!

Also, not pictured were some animal cookies..the pink and white ones aka the best  cookie ever!!!

Finally, my day ended with this…

monday dinner

Chicken/Apple Sausage, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Taters, Carrots, Celery, Mushroom, Onion, topped w/ hummus…yummmalicious! and full of veggies!

My produce was about to go bad…so I simply sautéed a ton of veggies up, then added the sausage and hummus for a yummy fridge cleaning dinna!

I went to spin class last night…but I was kind of feeling weird and had some stomach cramps, so I cut class a little early and stretched out before heading home! Sometimes you just have to listen to your body and my body was telling me to take a chill pill last night!

This morning I woke up early and hit the gym..I got in 5 miles in 55 minutes incorporating some incline walking and building speed as workout went on!

tuesday workout

I also did about 15 minutes of abs and am thinking of trying to do a little arm workout later..maybe try and come up with a 10 minute mini workout…but we will see!

Breakfast this morning was some overnight oats topped w/ banana, kiwi, blackberries, & coconut!

tuesday breakfast

tuesday breakfast 2

Yum! And so far it is doing a good job of keeping me full an satisfied!

I have plans to go to a street fair and grab din with some friends tonight…so I will try and snap some pics so I can show you them tomorrow!!! Hope everyone had a nice weekend and is having a good week so far! I will talk to you all soon 🙂

trying to stick to a meal plan…day 1

Hi everyone!

So last Friday I decided to make myself a meal plan and see if I could stick to it for an entire week!!! I am usually one to buy a bunch of groceries and then make stuff according to what I have, but this week I actually made a grocery list based off of preplanned meals!

I want to see how closely I can stick to it..so that will be my challenge for the week! I will let you know each day how I do….and sort of see what meals I like/ don’t like and what meals keep me full and that sort of thing, so that I can make sure that each day I am really getting the most out of my meals and snacks!

So, grocery store list for the week looked like this:

Produce: apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, mushrooms, edamame, carrots, celery, cucumber, salad mix, mango, bok choy

Dairy: string cheese, feta cheese,  laughing cow wedges, vanilla almond milk, 0% plain greek yogurt, chocolate milk, precooked & peeled hard boiled eggs

Meat: lean ground beef, chicken breasts (i ended up getting these frozen strips that you just have to microwave to cook)

Snacks: sunbutter, banana chips, kale chips, trail mix, dark chocolate, roasted coconut chips

Extras: shredded coconut, sparkling water, sparkling limeade, couscous/quinoa mixture, 2 premade salads

I got everything on my list and created this wonderful stir-fry dinner on Friday night…

friday dinner

I prechopped all my veggies (mushrooms, edamame, celery, carrots, broccoli, boy choy) and marinated them in TJs soyaki sauce.

I then microwaved about 6 small pieces of chicken and then added some soy sauce on top.

Fianlly, I sauteed my veggies up and added the chicken at the very end..letting it all simmer for about 5 minutes. When it was done, I poured it all in a bowl and topped with some sesame seeds..super yummy, filling, and healthy! I will most likely be making this dish one night this week! Great way to clean out veggies at the end of the week as well!!

Friday night I headed out to a country western bar with my friend and we had tons of fun shooting pool, dancing, and even riding the mechanical bull!

friday night
Us posing in front of this huge monster truck that was parked out front of the bar…we like to keep things super classy as I am sure you can tell!

 

Saturday morning started with some toast spread with sunbutter and topped with banana, then I headed out towards the marina in order to embark on my long run of the week! I was able to run 6 miles in 54 minutes, putting my pace at about a 9 min. mile, which I was super happy about!

Lunch was had with my momma while we were out running errands and we stopped at Souplantation in order to take advantage of the salad bar and huge soup selection!

saturday lunch 2

My salad was topped with cucumber, peas, corn, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, raisins, sunflower seeds, onion, carrots, and some oil/vinegar combo…

Soup was a bowl of the fire roasted veggie and another bowl of chicken noodle..yum!

saturday lunch

After lunch I went to a friends rugby game and then came home and lounged around for the rest of the evening!

My sister and I ended up getting huge frozen yogurts for dinner and it was quite satisfying to be a little unhealthy and have dessert for dinner!!!

Finally, Sunday I actually slept in! Which never happens!!! So, it felt awesome to be able to lie in bed and relax! I woke up and made myself some whipped banana oatmeal…then it was off to church and the grocery store with the familia!

Once we got home I did some meal prep..chopping up fruit and veggies for the week in order to make things easier on myself when cooking this week!

Then, it was off to LA where I was meeting some friends from UCLA for an early dinner!

It was so great catching up with them and we went to this super cute restaurant called Blue Plate where I got the worlds best salad!!!

It was arugula, goat cheese, butternut squash, roasted red peppers, and sunflower seeds..it was the perfect light salad full of delicious flavors!

For dessert we split the blueberry bread pudding and that was delicious as well! Dinner was awesome..great food, great people, and just a great way to spend my Sunday evening!

Alright, finally to end my post I am going to share some of my fave pics from the week! Enjoy everyone 🙂

berries

lemon loaf

summer pic

outdoor party

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why can’t i make decisions?!

hello all!

so quickie post cause i have like 5 minutes before i have to finish up at work!!!

soooo…dinner from last night was super yummy!

what was in it? 1 chicken/apple sausage link, 4 mini bell peppers,1/2 c. shredded brussel sprouts (from trader joes), 6 mini zucchinis chopped into pieces….sauté everything in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and top with cheese! I used Brie and it was to die for….

tuesday dinner

I will post lunch from today tomorrow haha

And I seriously can’t make up my mind about spin or running today?! Why is this so tough??? I think I may flip a coin…seriously though. I am officially a weirdo!

Peace out everyone..talk to you all tomorrow!!

i have the BEST MOM ever!

Do you ever have those days where you realized how truly blessed you are?! Today was definitely one of those days for me because I shared some quality time with my madre!

My mom has always been a superb mom…from the time I was little I have always loved spending time with her and our one-on-one time (though rare) is seriously always the best! We have a pretty open relationship, especially after going through all my issues these past few years and so our convos are generally open, honest, and heartfelt.

We also love to joke around, so we always are laughing when we are together! And today was no exception!

Momma had the week off because she is a teacher and the school is on spring break, hence my entire family got to sleep in, go on bike rides, eat yummy food, watch crap tv, lay out, and RELAX while I was stuck slaving away at work! Can you tell I’m a tad bitter haha Anyways, my mom came to my work to pick me up and we got  lunch at a cute little place called Beachwood BBQ. They have the most delicious foods and we ended up splitting a ginormous salad that had goat cheese, dried blueberries, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and a vanilla infused vinaigrette that was to die for!

We also got 3 side dishes to split as well..you can do this thing where you pick 3 of their sides and you get little mini versions of them! SO BOMB! We got the smoked asparagus, maple glazed carrots, and vanilla walnut yams and they were all delicioso!

I should have taken pics, but I didn’t! Boo, I need to get better at whippin’ out the cam!

Anywho, on to my recent eats and workouts…

Last night I was in charge of the troops (aka my little brother and sister), so I whipped up some of my homemade mac n’cheese!

thursday dinner 1 

thursday dinner 2

thursday dinner 3

Mac N’ Cheese Recipe:

  1. Boil water, then add noodles (i used 1/2 box of shell pasta)
  2. Once noodles are cooked (about 10-15 min.), drain and pour into a baking dish
  3. Next add 2 scoops sour cream, 2 large scoops cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese and stir everything up (these measurments are versatile, so just make sure you use enough of each ingredient to get all the pasta coated in the cheesy mixture)
  4. Finally, top with bread crumbs & more shredded cheese
  5. Pop in the oven and bake until everything is melty (about 15 min.)

Yum! This dish is good when you need to feed a lot of people quickly! Also, is very versatile…so other seasonings and maybe some veggies could be added to mix things up a little 🙂

On the side I roasted some veggies (precut mix from Trader Joes) that I topped with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika….and cut up a fresh pineapple to enjoy as well!

Such a kid friendly and delicious meal..plus plenty of leftovers for tonight!

This morning I did my now “usual” spin class and we did some hill work that seriously kicked my butt! I finished up with some light dumbbell work and am thinking of taking a nice easy walk this afternoon after work since it is SO nice out!

Breakfast was overnight oats..my classic mix with dried cherries, apple, strawberry, cinnamon, and honey on top!

friday breakfast

Ah and I forgot to post yesterday’s lunch…so here it is!

thursday lunch 2

Pre made salad from Trader Joes..I am loving the premade stuff…makes packing a lunch that much easier!

And also a side of veggies…

thursday lunch

I am trying to up my vegetable intake because all I currently eat is fruit, fruit, and more fruit! So trying to swap some snacks with veggies to get more servings in!

Anyways, hope everyone has a nice weekend and I will catch up with you Monday 🙂

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 😉

my advice for how to be happy in life…

EAT CAKE!

cake

haha today we had an office birthday, which meant wonderfully delicious ice cream cake!!! I know I had you all excited to hear about some magic formula for how to be happy in life…but I think that eating cake is one step in the right direction! Definitely improved my afternoon!

It is also my wonderful mother’s birthday today…and so that means more cake later!!! I also want to take a moment to wish my momma a very happy birthday! She has been the one person who always stayed by my side and she continues to be my role model and best friend to this day! Love you mommmmyyy!!

pic of mom

Damn..she was a cutie patootie in her day! Wait, scratch that…she still is! haha

Anyways, on to my workouts and eats for last night and today!

Last night I went to spin class with my sissy..and though the music was interesting…to say the least (think drum beat rhythms that made you feel like you were being chased through the jungle by a leopard….I know I have an active imagination haha) but the workout was great! And I left a sweaty mess, which is always a good thing after a workout!

Dinner last night was a sweet potato & some sautéed broccoli…

I simply washed the sweet potato, poked some holes in it, then microwaved it for 4 minutes on high…topped it with some coconut butter, salt, and cinnamon! It was so good!! And quick…definitely need to make that more often! On the side was broccoli that I cooked in 1 tsp. coconut oil and topped with salt/pepper/& paprika!

tuesday dinner

I also got yogurtland with a friend after dinner, so that’s why my meal wasn’t ginormous!

This morning I hit up the gym since I knew I had to be home early for momma’s bday dinner!

I did 41 minutes on the treadmill…I will post the workout tomorrow because it was a good hill climb/interval workout that has you build on speed and incline as the workout progressed!

wednesday morning workout

Breakfast this morning was a yogurt & sandwich thin topped with cream cheese and orange marmalade..my favoriteeeee!!!

yogurt 2

toast whole

yogurt 1

toast half

Very good and filling breakfast!

Then, lunch today was a sort of “bistro box” if you will that consisted of snap peas, carrots, grape tomatoes, hummus, cheese, pita bread, and cashews! This is a great idea because it packs a lot of variety, protein, and staying power for sure!

wednesday lunch

wednesday lunch carrot closeup

 

wednesday lunch pea closeup

Alrighty folks, that concludes my recent activities!

My plan for the gym tomorrow is going to be something like 20 min. on stairclimber, 15 min. elliptical work, & 10 min. treadmill…followed by some squats & arms!

I will give you the detailed workout tomorrow (and also post today’s treadmill workout!). Hope everyone has nice Wednesday evenings!!! Talk to you all soon 🙂

And remember…cake=happiness 🙂

my problems drinking water…

ok let me get this minor rant out…

water bottle

So, I have been trying to drink more agua lately because I hear it’s good for you and I know I don’t drink enough and ya…so I go out and buy myself a nice water bottle and have been hitting that thing like nobody’s business! I’m slurpin’ all day long, but then…problems occur!

I have to pee like every 10 minutes! It’s insane! I don’t know if I have some type of small blatter or something, but it’s getting ridiculous! Maybe it’s a mind thing now haha but I need advice…how do all you water drinkers manage not to spend the whole day peeing?! Or do you just adjust to have to use the restroom frequently? Fill me in because I am in such a dilemma…to drink and pee or not to drink and to be dehydrated?! What’s a girl to do! haha

 

Anyways, on to lunch today…to start I had an unpictured salad (I ate that thing in like 2 minutes flat), it was leftover from the other night at dinner and had apple, dried cherries, sharp white cheddar cheese, and pistachio meat..I topped it with a squeeze of lemon as my dressing.

Then, I also had a sandwich with a spread of Brie Cheese (comes in prepackaged wedges courtesy of Trader Joes), cut up apple slices, cinnamon, and honey..it was super yummy and kept me full all afternoon!

tuesday lunch

Now, on to my workout…..SPIN CLASS! I am going with my sis..a little nervous because it kicks my butt! But should be a good workout and nice to switch it up!

I will see you all tomorrow, have a nice evening everyone 🙂