Thursday, April 24, 2014

An Almost Solid Day

Breakfast

I slept in a little later than usual this morning, so I had breakfast on the go. I made myself a smoothie containing mixed berries, baby spinach, plain Greek yogurt and almond milk, along with a mug of green tea with lemon. I brought both with me to drink on my way to work and unfortunately forgot to take a picture in the rush. Enjoy this recycled picture which is exactly what I had for breakfast!


Workout

I had a fantastic workout today after the morning program. I started off with a 30 minute cardio session on the elliptical. Then, I moved on to do a 30 minute HIIT workout that targeted all major muscle groups for a great full body workout! I did more reps and less sets to focus on improving my endurance rather than pure strength. Here's how it went...

3 sets of 20 reps:

  • Medicine Ball Wood Chopper (R+L=1)
  • Kettle Bell Swings
  • Step Ups with Knee Drive (R+L=1)
  • Weighted Bench Lunges (R)
  • Weighted Bench Lunges (L)
  • Incline Push Ups

I felt pretty sore after this workout and knew that I had accomplished everything I wanted to in the gym afterwards! When I got home, I did a solid 30 minutes of yoga stretches to help relieve my tight muscles.

Post-Workout Snack

After my post-gym stretch, it was time to refuel! I made myself a vanilla coconut protein mug cake to eat before heading out to do some errands.


Lunch

I'm not going to lie...between meetings with the bank and insurance company in preparation for picking up my new car tomorrow, I didn't schedule enough time for an actual lunch. It's been an absolutely crazy week between work and getting ready for the car, which has left my head spinning. I ended up having a banana during the after school program to sustain myself until dinner. Oops!

Dinner

When I got home, I was starving! Casey made us some ribs on the barbeque and I gobbled them all up with a big kale salad on the side. I ended up eating about twice this amount of ribs, but only this small amount made it to the camera. The rest went into my stomach too fast to be photographed!


That's all for today! I have prepped all of my meals for tomorrow because I work all of my jobs from 7:00am to 6:00pm straight, then Casey and I are heading straight to pick up my car which is about an hour outside of town. It's going to be an incredibly hectic day and the only way I'll survive is lots of planning and preparation.

I can't wait to get my car tomorrow! WISH ME LUCK!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Casey!

Breakfast

After a very indulgent Easter weekend, I'm still trying to get back into my healthy living groove! I made myself a delicious protein shake this morning to start my day off on the right foot. I blended up unsweetened almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, mixed berries, tons of baby spinach and a hint of agave nectar for sweetness. Perfection!


Morning Snack

I didn't have time to hit the gym today between shifts because I had to meet with the bank to discuss finance options for my new car! I did, however, bring a healthy snack with me to eat after my meeting. I packed a container full of raw vegetables along with two hard boiled egg whites.


Lunch

I also brought some green juice with me to work today to sip on during lunch. Inside this beautiful green juice is cucumber, celery, baby spinach, kale, parsley, spirulina, apples and lemon. It's the perfectly delicious and nutritious combination. I'm in love! This drink also gives me crazy amounts of energy!


Dinner

Although I was able to stay on the healthy train for the majority of the day, tonight called for a special kind of celebration. Today is Casey's birthday!

xo Happy Birthday Casey! xo

We celebrated by going out to Montana's Cookhouse for dinner.



I went a little crazy and ordered exactly what I was craving...a chipotle firecracker burger (without the cheese) with french fries. I was able to eat about 2/3 of the burger and about half of the fries before sadly calling it quite. This meal was fantastic!


On our way home, we stopped by Diary Queen to celebrate Casey's birthday the best way we know how...with confetti cake blizzards! They were perfect for this occasion!


We spent the rest of the evening taking Zeke for a super long walk and relaxing together. Casey said he couldn't have imagined spending his birthday any other way!

I hope you all have a fantastic evening!


Monday, April 21, 2014

BIG NEWS!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend. I spent a lot of time relaxing at home, running errands, spring cleaning and having dinner with my family.

Here are some photos of only some of the meals I enjoyed this weekend...





I did a lot of food prepping today to prepare for the week ahead. Despite enjoying a lot of delicious goodies this weekend, I'm looking forward to getting back on track with healthy eating!


Zeke and I were able to spend a lot of time lounging around!



My primary types of exercise this weekend included horseback riding, a bit of yoga and a lovely 5k run outside today!



Now for the BIG NEWS! This weekend, I started my hunt for a new car. My current car is getting really old and is terrible on gas, so I decided a few months ago to focus on finding a newer car this summer. Well, turns out I didn't have to look for long! I started my search on Saturday and ended it the same day...I ended up buying a car! This will be the first car I've truly owned and is in my name (my current vehicle actually belongs to my husband)!


I can't wait to pick it up this Friday!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter!


Hello everyone!

I have decided to take the weekend off to relax and spend time with friends and family. I hope you all have a fantastic Easter and I will be back on Monday to share photos from my weekend!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When Days Go Well

Breakfast

I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning despite having a very late night last night. I started my day with a hot mug of green tea with lemon and honey, oil pulling with organic coconut oil, and finally a bowl of peanut butter ancient grains porridge. What a perfect way to wake up very early in the morning!



Workout

After morning program, I came home to do a sixty minute yoga session in my apartment. I did a power yoga class from YogaGlo.com that focused a lot on twist poses. It was a great way to stretch out my spine and wake up my internal organs. It was challenging, but I felt incredible afterwards!


Morning Snack

After my workout, I made myself a smoothie to get through the morning. I blended up frozen mixed berries, unsweetened almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, organic baby spinach, and a hint of agave nectar. It made for a deliciously refreshing smoothie!



Lunch

I had to bring a lunch to work with me today. I made my usual combination of Asian vegetables with organic quinoa and had a hard boiled egg with a hard boiled egg white on the side. I think it may be about time I switched up my go-to lunch...but this one is so tasty!

 
Dinner

After work, Casey and I decided to go out for an impromptu date night for sushi. We went to our usual all you can eat sushi restaurant. I enjoyed a garden salad to start...


...followed by cooked vegetables...


...a platter of salmon, red snapper and crab sashimi...


...and a rainbow roll. Everything was so delicious! I just can't get enough sushi. I'm obsessed!


After our sushi date, Casey and I took Zeke for an hour long walk around our neighborhood. We plan on spending the rest of the evening catching on some television before calling it a night early tonight!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Just Another Manic Monday

Breakfast

I had a simple breakfast of vanilla Greek yogurt and fresh pineapple for breakfast this morning. I also had a big mug of green tea to give me a little boost for the hectic day to come.


Lunch

I brought lunch with me to eat on the road between clients. I had a small cooked sweet potato cut up into bite-sized pieces...


...a big container of raw vegetables, and two hard boiled eggs.


Dinner

After work, I really just wanted to make something simple for dinner. I opened a can of vegetable beef soup with a garden salad on the side. It definitely did the trick!


Dessert

After dinner, Casey and I also shared some white chocolate and fruit fondue for dessert. It was a fantastic and delicious way to end a stressful day!

At least I have a long four-day weekend to look forward to!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Weekend of Work

I decided to take the past few days off from blogging. On top of a very busy work week, I also had to work all through the weekend. Any ounce of sanity had pretty much left my body by the end of yesterday, so I needed to take some "me time" and focus on my mental health. Here's a little summary of how today went!

Breakfast

I woke up bright and early this morning because I had a riding lesson scheduled for 9:30am. I really don't mind waking up early if it's for: a) horses, or b) working out. This was both, so I was more than happy to wake up early on a Sunday!

I made myself a delicious breakfast to fuel my body for the morning. I had an over easy egg with one extra egg white added in, and a small bowl of ancient grains porridge. This was a delicious, savoury combination!



Workout

My workouts today were very lifestyle-oriented. I had a one-hour horseback riding lesson that was absolutely KILLER! I feel like I worked every single muscle in my body, especially my lower abs, biceps and all of the muscles in my inner legs. I also had another quick ride later in the afternoon where I rode bareback. My muscles were still sore from my lesson earlier, so the 30 minute ride felt a lot more difficult than it typically would. I finished off my day with an hour-long walk with Zeke and Casey around our hilly neighborhood. I love it when workouts don't really feel like workouts!

Lunch

Backtracking a little bit, I had a quick lunch at home between my riding lesson and work. I had one last container of quinoa, vegetables and chicken in my fridge from last week, so I decided to finish it off before starting fresh this week.


I also drank a TON of water today! Between all of my workouts and it being 23 degrees C outside, I needed tons of hydration today.


Dinner

After work, Casey and I hit the grocery store to stock up for the week. When we got home, I was absolutely famished. I made myself a quick garden salad to munch on while our pizza cooked in the oven.


We made our pizza on a multigrain crust with light mozzarella cheese. I topped my 1/3 with hot peppers, red onion, and orange bell pepper. Yum!




That's all for today! I'm going to do some meal prep for the week, schedule out my time so I make the most of it during this busy week before the long weekend, and then get to bed early. I want to get a good night's sleep tonight!


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