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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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!

be thankful :)

 

 

One thing I have really been thinking about lately is how sometimes I tend to look at the negative in things and how I really want to stop doing this! It gets so easy for me to think about how many things in my life have not gone as I planned, yet in the end I have to constantly remember that everything happens for a reason.

Sure I never thought I was going to get an eating disorder and isolate myself away, yet it happened and it made me realize how strong I really am! Every day I am constantly battling those negative voices, yet all it takes is one moment to center myself and realize how much I have in my life to be thankful for!

I have a wonderful family, supportive friends, I was able to get a college education at a top university, I have a fantastic job in the field I want to pursue, I laugh every single day, I am in good health despite how much I put my body through, I have a roof over my head and food to eat, and there is just so much good in my life that I often take fore granted. So, today and this weekend and hopefully in any tough situations I hope to remember how much I have to be thankful for and use that as guidance to push me through life!

Anyways, to other topics beginning with my breakfast this morning…week 2 friday breakfast

Sun butter & berry overnight oats. All I can say is I love this breakfast, but my challenge for next week is to switch things up a little!!

I also completed spin class this morning at the gym! My nutritionist recommended I try some different classes and activities so on a whim I ended up doing spin and totally was reminded of how much I love it! I used to do it all the time in college, but since moving home it had sort of phased out. However, I think now I am going to try and make the Friday morning class when I can because the instructor was awesome and it was nice to add a new workout into the rotation!!

Lunch today is not pictured, but was a roasted veggie pizza! I went out to lunch today and as soon as I read that this pizza was topped with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, onions, and tons of other veggies I was hooked! It satisfied my pizza craving and was meat free (since Fridays in Lent I can’t eat meat) and left me happy, full, and ready for the weekend!

Anyways I will be back Monday with my weekend recap so get ready for that and enjoy your weekends as well!!

little me

And you know I just had to throw in this old pic of me for good measure! haha good times as a kiddo!