OKAY. IT IS TIME.
FLASHBACK TWO MONTHS: OUR WEDDING. IT WAS AWESOME. AND THE WEDDING DIET WORKED.
IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO OUR BIG DAY, I WENT GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, ADDED SUGAR FREE. I ALSO WORKED OUT AT LEAST EVERY DAY, IF NOT TWICE PER DAY. THE BEST PART: I FELT GREAT.
The day after our wedding: HELLooooOOOO hernia. If you don’t remember, read about it here and here. I was in pain and could participate in absolutely no physical activity for about two weeks. Okay, no big deal.
TWO WEEKS LATER (At my first workout post-hernia): Ouch, my foot hurts.
I WAS IN UTTER DENIAL THAT I HAD YET ANOTHER INJURY PREVENTING ME FROM RETURNING TO MY NORMAL ROUTINE. THEREFORE, I RAN AROUND ON A STRESS FRACTURE FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE SEEING A PODIATRIST.
Had I listened to my body and just gone to the doctor right as I felt the pain, I could have healed faster and gotten the process started right away. My denial only prolonged my absence from activity and probably even worsened my condition. Lesson learned.
BRING ON THE BOOT. FOR FOUR WEEKS.
OKAY FLASH FORWARD–PRESENT DAY.
I’ve been a sangria drinkin’, peanut butter cookie eatin’, late sleepin’, and early weekendin’ kinda gal who has thrown all previous habits and rules out the window of her pretty room. Adam and Bambi have been next to me on the couch as well. PROBLEM: We’ve turned into sloths. JK. My sister, Kate’s, wedding is goin down in like 20-something days and I already have this adorable kate spade new york dress that I must slip into perfectly. I mean, I’ve had it for months. Months.
PROBLEM: Above it all, I’m a flip-flopper.
AND I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THE FLIP FLOP. WHAT I MEAN IS THAT WHEN I’M BEING SUPER GOOD, I’M SUPER GOOD ABOUT MY ROUTINE. BUT WHEN I’M NOT, ALL THE DONUT SHOPS IN TOWN PUT CHAINS ON THEIR DOORS AND WINDOWS.
SOLUTION: It’s time for a routine reboot.
ANOTHER PROBLEM: I say this every Monday. SOLUTION: Blog about it, so there’s no turning back. I have to follow through.
And there ya have it.
In the next few weeks, I have several events that I don’t want to restrict myself for, including a friend’s birthday, MY BIRTHDAY, and a bachelorette party! So, I’m going to set a few goals to stick to for the next 21 days. Hopefully these few goals will keep me active and making healthy choices all around! Here they are.
1) 2 gallons of water per day. Drinking lots of water comes with a ton of health benefits–do I even need to explain this to you? Hydration is key and lots of water flushes “toxins” out of your body. It also helps you feel full which means losing fat. YAY.
2) I’m back to the gym after my hernia and stress fracture, so I’m gonna hit it six days per week. Endorphins!
3) I’m waking up early. For me, waking up and accomplishing a few things before work puts me in a better mood. In the mornings, I’ll either hit the gym or take Bambi for a walk–because that bitch is lazy too.
4) In general, I’m going to go back to gluten free, dairy free, added sugar free. This will allow me to focus on the fruits, veggies, and lean meats in my diet.
Adam and I weighed in this morning and we’re ready to go!
I’m going to detail the ups and downs of my routine reboot here on the blog. I’m not going to stick to a particular daily diet or workout routine. I’m not counting calories or anything for that matter. I’ll share with you my progress, my daily routine, some meals I’m making, and how it makes me feel. Since I believe that there are multiple ways to get back on track or to lose a few pounds, I don’t need to share with you exactly what I’m eating or what I’m doing in the gym. If you feel like you need a routine reboot, just set a few realistic goals for yourself and join me!
WELP. 1 DAY DOWN, 20 TO GO.
5:05am WAKE UP. (Snoozed once.)
5:14am Got out of bed. Dragged Adam with me.
5:15am Weigh in. Adam and I figure we both would like to lose 5-7 pounds.
5:16am 28 ounces of lemon water, down the hatch!
5:20am Bambi was queen of the neighborhood as we were the first peeps out with their pooch. The sun was barely even up! It was so peaceful and surprisingly cool at that hour.
6:00am LA fitness. I did 30 minutes of cardio (bike–I’m still only allowed low impact activity for another week.) Adam lifted. Adam likes to listen to audiobooks while he works out and drives sometimes–what a great idea! I started Holly Madison‘s book, Down the Rabbit Hole, on an app called Audible. It’s entertaining, to say the least.
6:45am Breakfast. I had a green smoothie–green apple, celery, kale, ginger, cucumber, broccoli. And there ya have it–it was 7am and I had already exercised and spent some quality time with my little family.
12noon Chicken, lemon, and kale soup in a jar for lunch. Read about that recipe & meal prep trick here. One gallon of water down.
5:30pm A handful of golden tomatoes for a snack. I just love summer veggies.
6:35pm My first BODI class since my stress fracture. BODI is the gym that I go to for strength training classes. You must try it if you’re local to Scottsdale. And don’t forget to vote for Nikki (BODI’s owner) to be Women’s Health Magazine‘s “Next Fitness Star,” right here.
7:30pm Dinner time! I went out to 5th & Wine, which is right across the street from BODI. You can go out to eat and still stick to your goals! 5th & Wine has a salad that I absolutely love. Here is how it appears on the menu:
Cobb: chopped greens, roasted corn, chopped greens, roasted corn, roasted peppers, avocado, turkey, 2 fried eggs, bacon, cambozola cheese, ranch dressing.
I asked them to omit the cheese, bacon, and dressing. What’s great about this salad is that the fried egg and avocado coat the salad and veggies and act as a really nice dressing itself. With those three omissions, I estimate that I saved at least 400 calories.
At the end of day one, the best part is that I feel optimistic and happy to be back on track. My stomach already feels flatter from all of the water I’ve been drinking (the more you drink, the less your body holds on to, thus reducing bloating!)
I’m actually pumped to get up early and do it all again!
WEIGH IN RESULT: DOWN 2.1 POUNDS FROM YESTERDAY!
Now–do I actually think that I lost 2.1 pounds overnight? Yes and no. I am sure that I am physically 2 pounds lighter than I was yesterday. Do I think I lost 2 pounds of fat overnight? No. My weigh-in on Monday morning was probably somewhat inflated–reflective of a whole lot of bloat that my body was holding on to from the weekend (think lots of sugary dessert and wine.) I bloat very easily. After a few days of sugar, gluten, and alcohol, I can push out my belly far enough to resemble someone who is 8 months pregnant. I am certain that my weight loss will be much slower from here on out.
DAY 2! (TUESDAY, 7/28/15)
5:05am WAKE UP. Did not snooze!! (Does this mean that waking up early may be getting easier?)
5:06am Weigh in. See yesterday’s post (scroll down) to see the result.
5:07am 24 ounces of lemon water, down the hatch!
5:15am The poop loop. That’s what we call Bambi’s little walking route. Get it!? We make a little loop around the neighborhood and she…poops….
7:30am I needed a heartier breakfast than Monday since I lifted weights at BODI. Breakfast was kale and sweet potato hash topped with two poached eggs. Recipe here. It’s one of my faves and it’s amazing post-workout–complex carbs (sweet potato), healthy fats (coconut oil and eggs), protein (eggs), and a large serving of veggies (kale!). Just what I needed to refuel and keep me full until lunch.
12noon Adam grilled an amazing pork tenderloin last night and he packed my lunch for today.
I ATE ALL OF THE BROCCOLI, BUT THAT’S A LOT OF MEAT! I SAVED THREE OF THE SLICES FOR LATER AND ENDED UP EATING SOME LEFTOVER KALE & SWEET POTATO HASH THAT I HAD SAVED FROM COOKING BREAKFAST.
One gallon of water down.
1:30pm I realized that I’m starting to get sore from returning to the gym! Hope it doesn’t hit me too hard!
2pm Matcha tea break! Don’t know what matcha is? Read the cliff’s notes here.
5pm Pre-workout snack. This is a yummy little treat that mixes chia seeds with blackberries in a little smoothie. All I know about this is that it tastes good!
5:45pm My friend Jessica has been going to Studiomixx Body Sculpting System for a while. We decided that we would go to a workout class there and then grab dinner. I had been to one class (which was extremely challenging!) at Studiomixx before–the event that I went to for six:02 was held there. (Read about Six:02 here.)
Six:02 event: my first barre class at Studiomixx
7pm Dinner at one of my favorite places, The Herb Box. I ordered the steak salad, and just like Monday night, I nixed the items that don’t fit into my diet guidelines, including the bacon, cheese, and sugary pecans. It was still delicious and filling.
My second workout and the glasses of water I drank at dinner put me well over my two gallons of water goal.
WEIGH IN RESULT: NO CHANGE FROM MONDAY. I’LL TAKE IT!
(SECOND PLACE!? HELL YEA!!!) <—–Can you name the movie that’s from!?
WELP. 3 DAYS DOWN! 7/29/2015
5:05am WAKE UP (we didn’t snooze, again!)
5:06am Weigh in.
5:07am 28 ounces of lemon water, down the hatch!
5:15am Bambi’s poop loop. This part of our morning has become most enjoyable for us. It is peaceful, Bambi gets some exercise, and we get to see some of our neighbors also walking their dogs. Also, we’ve been doing a little bird watching! About two months ago, we saw a pair of LOVEBIRDS in our backyard birdfeeder. Lovebirds are typically kept as pets, so we figured that these were someone’s pets who had cracked out of the cage.
On Monday’s poop loop, we came across a WHOLE FLOCK of lovebirds who seemed to have a residence in a palm tree a few blocks north of our house. There had to have been a hundred of them! After some internet research, I’ve found out that the Phoenix area is the only place in the United States known to have a “feral” population of lovebirds. (Click here to read more about the Phoenix lovebirds!) They are beautiful and they have such lovely little chirps. Anyway, it is something else to look forward to seeing on our morning walks!
(This is a photo from the internet. Our neighborhood lovebirds reside in a palm tree that is 50 feet high–we can’t get any good photos!)
6:00am LA fitness for 30 minutes of cardio (elliptical this time) Adam lifted.
I continued listening to Holly Madison‘s book, Down the Rabbit Hole, on an app called Audible. Adam is also listening to this book. We’re going to start our own book club. Let me know if you want to join!!
8:15am Breakfast. I got a little bit of a late start on my first meal of the day because I wanted to use the leftover pork tenderloin that I saved from my lunch yesterday–I kept it in the fridge at work. I made a kale salad with veggies and olives, tossed with a bit of EVOO and balsamic. When I got to work, I heated the pork, cut it up, and threw it in my salad! Did you know that you don’t HAVE to eat actual “breakfast” foods for breakfast!? I love eggs for breakfast but sometimes I don’t have time to make them!
12:15pm Chicken, lemon, and kale soup in a jar for lunch (I know–again. I never get sick of it.) Read about that recipe & meal prep trick here. One gallon of water down.
1:30pm Matcha tea.
3:45pm Snack time! An apple and some almonds.
5:00pm Water. Freaking. Aerobics. The hospital that I work at holds a free class for employees on Wednesdays in the physical therapy pool.
I went with my former-professor-turned-colleague-and-work-bestie. This was the perfect activity for me since I am super sore and it was low impact which works for my still-healing foot! Here we are pre and post water aerobics.
7:30pm Dinner time! Homemade Chipotle. Recipe here.
WEIGH IN RESULT: A GAIN OF ONE POUND FROM YESTERDAY! TOTAL LOSS: 1 POUND.
SO what is with all this fluctuation?! I’m not even gonna try to put my finger on it. Do I think I gained a whole pound since yesterday!? NO WAY! I’ll admit–I’ve always been tied to the scale. I weigh myself almost every day–basically because it’s the only thing I can keep track of. I can’t judge based upon how my clothes fit–I wear an awesome set of scrubs to work every day, and I don’t have regular access to one of those body fat meter thingies. I can say, though, that this is the first time that I’m judging my lifestyle based on how I FEEL! Being back on track has placed me in a great mood, I’m participating in social activities, I’m enjoying my job more and the workday goes by more quickly, I’m “reading,” and I’m trying new fitness activities, all while eating delicious food. What could be better than this!?
It’ll be great to see results on the scale. However, this re-boot is more about getting back into and enjoying the healthy lifestyle routine. I’m not disappointed with what the scale reads–as long as I’m sticking to my goals, the fat loss will come in good time.
DAY 4! (THURSDAY, 7/30/15)
5:05am WAKE UP. “Snoozing” is now totally a thing of the past for us because we are so excited to get up and start our morning walk!
5:06am Weigh in, lemon water, Bambi’s poop loop.
7:00am I was STARVING after BODI. I needed something really satisfying, filling, and fueling for my muscles (I’ve been totally sore from my return to the gym). So–I had a protein shake. I had been holding on to a sample packet of Quest Nutrition peanut butter flavored protein and I thought this was the perfect occasion for it. Since I try to stay away from anything soy at all costs, it was whey protein, which means I cheated on my “no dairy” rule. I’m totally fine with this though–it’s not like I was eating cheese curds. A cup of unsweetened almond milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, half of a frozen banana, and Quest’s peanut butter protein all into the Vitamix! It was kickass. .
11:30am Lunch. Uh-huh, you know what it is.
One gallon of water down.
12pm Matcha tea.
3:45pm Apple and a handful of cashews for a snack.
6:30pm Happy Hour! The weekend is here!!! Adam and I met Pearl at a place by her house that does dolla oysters on Thurdsays. Naturally I ate all 12 that I ordered (hey they were small) and I had sashimi too! I also decided to treat myself to a glass of wine. Some of my favorite things to enjoy with friends are oysters and drinks!
WEIGH IN RESULT: LOSS OF .3LBS FROM YESTERDAY.
YOU GUYS. THIS #REBOOT IS HELPING ME AND MY FRIENDS ACTUALLY MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES.
FOR INSTANCE, THIS WEEKEND. WE CANCELLED OUR BINGE DRINKING PARTY FOR ADRIENNE’S BIRTHDAY IN FAVOR OF STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING!
We are so healthy and fit and mature.
On Friday, I attended a day-long meeting for work. I successfully avoided all of the sugary pastries and cookies offered endlessly throughout the day! Little victories!
IN OTHER NEWS, BAMBI HAD HER ONE YEAR HOMECOMING/FAMILY ANNIVERSARY/BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY!!
SO NATURALLY, WE MADE HOMEMADE DOG TREATS AND BROUGHT THEM TO BODI TO GIVE OUT TO ALL OF HER FRIENDS! BECAUSE REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAD A BIRTHDAY AND YOU BROUGHT CUPCAKES TO SCHOOL FOR YOUR CLASS? RECIPE COMING SOON!
We hope Artemis, Richie, Kaya & Khaleesi, and Baxter loved their treats!
SPEAKING OF BAMBI–SHE WOKE US UP AT 5:30AM ON SATURDAY MORNING AND SAID, “I’M READY FOR MY MORNING WALK!” I GUESS SHE LOVES HER NEW ROUTINE, TOO!
And finally, because I have had such an excellent week of rebooting (and because I’m such an awesome wife at the root of it all), Adam treated me to a spa day at the Joya Spa at Omni Montelucia Scottsdale Resort.
I got a MUCH NEEDED massage and a pedicure. I’ve been sore from my return to the gym, so the massage was heavenly. I highly recommend this spa–the facilities were INCREDIBLE. The spa itself is Morroccan influenced so the design, architecture, and furniture created a beautiful, relaxing and calming atmosphere. The staff was friendly and helpful. One of my favorite parts was that they had these delicious infused ice waters EVERYWHERE. My favorite was the grapefruit and coconut. I was definitely able to stay hydrated!
It was exactly what I needed.
IT WAS A LOVELY, PRODUCTIVE, AND HEALTHY WEEKEND!
Weigh-in result: I’m exactly the same as where I started. Keep on truckin’!
HAI!!! MONDAY, MONDAY!
SO THE DAY STARTED AS USUAL. BAMBI’S EARLY MORNING WALK, GYM TIME.
We started a new book! It is called Drive by Daniel H. Pink and it’s about the psychology behind what motivates people.
It’s pretty great so far! Oh–and BY THE WAY–
BOOK CLUB IS A REAL THING. WE WILL BE DISCUSSING DRIVE ON AUGUST 27TH AT 7PM. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO JOIN. START NOW.
You really should read one non-school book a week.
Breakfast–one big tall glass o’ green juice. Get those veggies in, people!
DRINK WATER, WORK, DRINK WATER, PEE, WORK, PEE…..YOU KNOW THE DRILL. TMI?! GET OVER IT.
Lunch was a salad (made with zoodles, not lettuce) and topped with chicken, tomatoes, avocado, onions, and olives, and dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
Hit the gym for 30 more minutes after work!
Dinner: chicken breast and a grilled romaine salad with veggies.
Dessert: Fresh mango, a few strawberries, and a gob of peanut butter STRAIGHT from the spoon!
Did you set goals for the new week? What are you working on!??
Bambi used to have a reallyyyyyyyyyy tough time waking up in the morning. AWWW life must be so tough for a little chihuahua.
Tuesday, Bambi woke us up one minute before our 5:05am wake up call! She was ready for her morning routine!
AND THEN THE DAY WENT ON AS USUAL.
BAMBI’S EARLY MORNING WALK: ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT WALKING THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS THAT WE GET TO EXPLORE NEW STREETS IN OUR AREA!
Home values in our area are increasing in such a short time, and we love to see other homes, who is remodeling, who is selling, and who is moving in!
(Check out the home down the street from us that Kate and Matt are probably going to buy HERE.)
GYM TIME. SINCE IT’S TUESDAY, THAT MEANS WE WENT TO BODI.
7am My breakfast routine has been taken over by this DeLiCiOuS protein shake. It is incredibly filling and obviously super tasty.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 heaping tablespoon of natural peanut butter
- 1 scoop of Quest Nutrition’s Peanut Butter protein powder. Buy that here.
- Don’t forget the bendy straw–completely necessary
12pm Lunch was salad with chicken, tomatoes, 1/2 avocado, and cucumber. I didn’t use any dressing–I find that when I use avocado, I don’t need any salad dressing!
3pm Snack was a glass of green juice.
5pm: Water aerobics with my work homies. Our hospital holds a free class for employees a few times per week!
Dinner: tuna salad using a homemade mayonnaise. Here’s something that’s gonna rock your world: mayo actually isn’t bad for you if you make it yourself using high quality oil (not to mention, it tastes way better too.) Store-bought brands use canola oils and vegetable oils to cheapen the cost of producing it. Long story short on those oils: avoid them. There are just other oils out there that contain wayyy more nutrients and healthy fats. The homemade version is made using olive oil, an egg, mustard powder, salt, and lemon. That’s it. Recipe here.
I made little wraps with my tuna salad, using big leaves of collard greens from my sister in law’s home garden! Look at all of those greens!
I also had cherry tomatoes and black olives on the side!
SO. WE’VE BEEN DOING GREAT–EATING HEALTHY, BEING ACTIVE. DRINKING WATER, SLEEPING WELL!
THAT BEING SAID, I’VE DECIDED TO STOP WEIGHING MYSELF EACH MORNING. I FEEL GOOD AND I’M BEING ACTIVE–WHY SHOULD I NEED TO CHECK UP ON MYSELF EVERY SINGLE DAY?
Bambi woke us up today EVEN earlier–4:59am! What a lucky girl–we got right up and had time to take her on an EVEN longer walk than usual!
Breakfast was my peanut butter protein shake.
Lunch was tuna salad with homemade mayo on romaine lettuce scoops.
ONE CAN OF TUNA DRAINED, A HEAPING SPOONFUL OF HOMEMADE MAYO, CHOPPED CELERY, ONION, & PICKLE, FRESHLY CRACKED PEPPER & SEA SALT. AMAZE.
(The recipe/link for the peanut butter protein shake and the homemade mayonnaise were included in Tuesday’s post. Scroll down or click here.)
Since it’s my birthday month (yay–August 12th), I had some reward dollars to spend at Sports Authority. So, I went for weightlifting gloves during my lunch break. As per usual, I went to the store for one thing and came back with another. Went to Sports Authority for weightlifting gloves–came home with an elliptical.
This Pro-Form floor model was on sale, which would save HUNDREDS off the purchase price of brand new. It was just SUCH a bargain that I could not pass up. We have a third bedroom in our house that we HARDLY use (despite our first two attempts–first it was a music room, and then it was an office. Neither concept quite worked for us!) Now, we have a home gym!
After work, it was time to celebrate NATIONAL OYSTER DAY! (We just love oysters and dranks–so we also could not pass up this opportunity to do more of what we love!)
Adam, Pearl, and I went downtown Phoenix to DeSoto Central Market. One of their counters, The Walrus & the Pearl, was having an oyster tasting with drink pairing just for the occasion. (By the way, there is no relation between our Pearl and the Walrus & the Pearl. HEHE!)
And it did not disappoint. We got to taste 5 different west & east coast oysters, each paired with a mouthful of a different drink–from chenin blanc, Arizona-local brewed lager, and rose champagne!
There was also a hamachi crudo and a tuna poke course that are not pictured–they were so good we gobbled them up before photographing! Aw, shucks (hehe!)
Pearl then joined us for one more beer in our backyard. Four Peaks’ Peach Ale in a frosted glass! It was a fantastic Wednesday!
(I’ve been trying to have a little fun during the week so that the weekends don’t seem too far away. We had just enough fun, but were still able to wake up and get back to our routine on Thursday morning!)
(I’m pounding water like crazy over here!)
We have a ton of fresh veggies in our fridge right now. But since we celebrated National Oyster Day on Wednesday, we did not have time to grill or prep any chicken or meat for today’s lunches. Aw, shucks (okay okay okay okay, I’ll be done with the oyster jokes.) I wanted to use the veggies rather than defrosting a jar of chicken, lemon, and kale soup. So the next best thing that we had for protein was a package of chicken breast lunch meat from Costco. (THE GOOD KIND–nitrate free, shaved from the breast type thing.)
So, I made a salad. One that I’m now obsessed with.
Behold: Chicken breast, chopped romaine, sliced strawberries, cucumber, red onion, hard boiled egg, pumpkin seeds, & avocado, and dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
I love this salad so much, I had it for lunch AND dinner on Thursday!!
We spent most of Thursday evening getting our third bedroom ready to house our new home gym (aka the new elliptical.) Way back then: music room. Then: office. Now: workout room with a desk and three guitars on the wall. We also brought the TV that we formerly had in our bedroom (we did not watch TV in there….hehe) into the new workout room (I’ve been beefing up my Netflix queue list in anticipation…)
What are your Netflix faves? Got any good recommendations for me??
The BEST part about Thursday for me was that my work schedule got cut short due to cancellations and no-shows. SOOOO I got home around 2! I was able to FaceTime with some family members, tidy up the house, pack my lunch for work the next day, AND get some cardio in! The WORST part!? It felt so much like a Friday that when I woke up Friday morning, I was in full-on Saturday mode.
WELP. THE SECOND WEEKEND OF OUR #ROUTINEREBOOT HAPPENED.
The weekends are rough waters–In the past, I have thrown all of my diet rules out the window when I arrive home from work on Fridays. I have to be really careful to stick to my workout routine and remember moderation.
My elliptical came home!
And now this is my new favorite view.
NIKKI METZGER, OUR FRIEND, TRAINER, AND THE OWNER OF OUR GYM (BODI), WON WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE’S “NEXT FITNESS STAR” COMPETITION!
Isn’t she the best!?
It was announced on the TODAY show in the morning and my friends and I were all kinds of keyed up about it. Watch the segment here!
So, naturally, we had to celebrate on Saturday.
My trap queen.
And celebrate, we did! Did you see my Next Fitness Star themed HypeGirl glasses!?
Now. Prior to the #RoutineReboot, after a good Saturday-Funday, I liked to have a good Sunday-Noneday. Meaning that I get NOTHING accomplished and sometimes don’t even leave the house. I got all meals delivered, either by Adam, who has gone through the Portillo’s drive thru, or by Jamal, our Papa John’s guy.
Up at 6. Bambi’s poop loop (2.3 miles). Boom shacka-lacka.
45 minutes of cardio.
Healthy breakfast. Kale & sweet potato hash with poached eggs.
Healthy lunch. Salad.
Healthy dinner–Kobe beef burgers (protein style–aka–lettuce wrapped).
Dayummmmm I’m impressing even myself. And as a hype-gril, that’s sorta hard to do. Because I’m already awesome. And now I’m getting awesome-er.
Adam and I celebrated my birthday on Friday.
I’m the proud new owner of a GOLD iPad Air 2! Thanks, Adam!
We also made a lovely dinner of grilled honey-lime pork chops with grilled peaches.
We loved this dish. Also, pork chops are not part of our “usual rotation.” We are so guilty of eating the same things. Homemade Chipotle, protein shakes, kale and sweet potato hash, kale & lemon chicken soup, and repeaaaaat. This was a simple dish–pork chops marinated in salt & pepper and some spices, and brushed with honey & lime on the grill. We topped it with chopped cilantro and BOOM.
Saturday was my friend Ashley’s bachelorette party.
Afterward, Adam and I had pizza and beer for dinner. Definitely NOT on the #RoutineReboot, but delicious and needed–like I was FOR REAL gonna have a SALAD after the bachelorette party?
…But then on Sunday morning, we were right back at it! Step 1: hydrate. Step 2: caffeinate.
We went to a nearby coffee shop instead of our usual poop loop. And got a free coffee!! Big win. (Bambi like can’t follow directions. So when we told her to look at the camera, she was like, “whut?”)
AND THEN WE MACARONED.
Because when you make sweets, you wear the cupcake apron. Okay?
And it was a serious blast. It was like, the 5th or 6th best day of my life.
We made blueberry lemon and s’more’s macarons. We also made an Italian buttercream to fill the blueberry macarons. SO amazing.
And I can’t wait to try my hand at them in my own kitchen. Without Arlette.
…AND JUST LIKE THAT, #ROUTINEREBOOT HAS COME TO AN END!
Time flies when you go on the poop loop every day!
It’s been three weeks since I was cleared to re-enter the gym after two months of sloth-like behavior produced by two injuries and post-wedding blues and sponsored by Papa John’s.
I set several small goals for myself: wake up early to walk with my family, stay very hydrated (two gallons of water per day), exercise 6 days per week, and eat healthy, whole foods (gluten/sugar/dairy free, with some exceptions–because you only live once, okay?)
I didn’t lose any weight. And for the first time in my life, I don’t care! I do look remarkably different from three weeks ago and what’s best is that I feel AMAZING. And happy.
Based on “popular belief,” it takes three weeks to build a habit. Even though our Routine Reboot is over, we hope to intend to continue our habits because they have added to much to our lives in the last three weeks. We’re sleeping well. We’re nourished. We’re happy because we feel active, productive, and rested, and we’re spending quality time together.
I’d call this a success!!