my gym pet peeves.

Hey urybody!!!!

Hope your Thursday is a flyin’ by and then before we know it Friday will be upon us!!!

Shall we start with my annoyance during spin class last night..well there were two things that annoyed me so lets roll through both…

numero uno. people should not wear sports bras with no shirts while at the gym. like seriously i really don’t care if you have the most ripped 6 pack in the whole history of the world, just don’t do it. it is obnoxious, showy, and kind of just makes me wanna smack you for being so cocky. and like seriously sometimes at the gym i get insanely sweaty, but i never just whip off my shirt haha maybe if it were like some extreme situation and i felt like i was going to pass out from being so hot and sweaty i would..but i am pretty sure that would NEVER happen because the gym is air conditioned homies!! gah just had to vent that one out.

numero dos. the spin instructor who teaches the 5:30 class i usually go to after work has been playing the same freaking cd for the past 3 weeks!!! like we do the same drills to the same music and i am literally about to go insane! like whip out a new cd homeboy…after all it is your job to teach spin aka you are getting paid to do it…so in my opinion not prepping new music for class is sort of like not doing half your job….anyone else feel me on this?! like i can see maybe every few weeks replaying a playlist…but not 3 weeks straight! that is approximately 6 spin classes i have gone to and heard the same music!!!

haha ok wow apparently i had a lot of anger built up inside of me today..glad i could get it all out! and please people comment and tell me i am not crazy for feeling this way about these things…or tell me i am crazy and then i will just get over it haha but either way, let me know your opinions!

Alrighty, so after spin last night I came home and was craving salmon and veggies! I had bought these frozen salmon patties a while back and figured they would still be good because I had frozen them…um yikes when cooked the salmon def tasted like it had freezer burn and was super dried out! i even tried topping it with some orange marmalade to help moisten it up..but no success! I ate like 3/4 of it and then just enjoyed my roasted zucchini and squash that i had made!

wednesday dinner

Then, this morning I got up early and got my workout on…

thursday workout

I actually have been pushing myself distance wise when I run because I want to do a half marathon soon, so today I felt like I really got a lot of bang for my buck aka worked hard for it being so early! haha

I expanded a little on this workout and ended up getting in almost an hour of running, with only 10 minutes of that being walking on an incline!

workout 2

And yes, that would be my handwriting…in case you were wondering what it looked like, which i am sure you were!

Then, breakfast was another smoothie! I am just loving my portable smoothie maker clearly!This smoothie had greek yogurt, almond milk, spinach, frozen mango, fresh strawberry, & 1/2 of a banana..topped once again with some homemade granola goodness!

thursday breakfast

Then, during my lunch break I hit up Nordy Rack once again…I just browsed the store yesterday and took in what I saw, then today I went back and got a couple of things that I decided I really did like! It’s always a good plan to sleep on it before buying clothes, at least for me it is! Keeps me from making impulse buys!

When I got back I was greeted with freshly baked cookies!!!

cookie

Yum, I devoured half of this before lunch and the other half after!

Lunch for me was a super yummy kale salad…

thursday lunch 1

It had strawberries, carrots, celery, feta, dried cherries, cinnamon almonds, and a honey/apple cider vinegar dressing…sooo good & fresh 🙂

Alrighty, I am off to finish up my last hour at work and then hit the grocery store before going to my little sister’s play tonight! Hope you all enjoy your evenings and I will see you back here tomorrow!

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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!

my 4 essentials to a healthy life.

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I seriously think these are the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle! I am on this new kick where I try to drink 8 full glasses of water a day! Do I have to pee a lot…yes! Is it worth it…yes!! I feel more energize, skin seems to be more clear, and helps me stay fuller longer..making me think that a lot of times I was confusing thirst for hunger!

Working out also gives me tons of energy! Working out and being active helps wake me up and allows me to set goals for myself and work hard to achieve them. It helps keep me positive and allows me to get out any pent up anger or aggression as well.

Healthy eating varies person to person…I think it is key to include a variety of different foods in your diet, including as much fresh and unprocessed foods as you can! What helps me is eating lots of fruits, veggies, grains, lean meats, healthy fats, and also allowing myself indulgences like chocolate and ice cream, but within moderation.

Last, sleeping well is key to performing your best. Without adequate sleep I feel groggy and off. Sleep allows us to recharge and maintain focused the following day, so make sure to get your zzz’s!

Alright, on to my lunch today…

week 3 tuesday lunch

Smoked salmon/spinach/& cream cheese on an everything bagelwich.

week 3 tuesday lunch side

Snap peas on the side for a little extra something to keep me full! Fruits and veggies are my go to sides because they sit heavy in my stomach and make my fullness last longer!

On to my workout plan for this evening, which is…

march 19 workout plan

Well, I am off to make myself an afternoon snack..large apple/ large spoonfull of nut butter..check and check! Talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

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 🙂