Sick Day /// At-Home Workout Time + a Playlist

Yesterday was.. long. We've been stuck in the house for three days and it's starting to get to us. I started yesterday morning by doing this workout I'd made up back when I had my old blog. It took me 33 minutes to finish and I burned 279 calories. It went by so fast which was wonderful. For the bicep curls, I used some 10 pound plates and subbed tricep dips for the kickbacks.

Here's a playlist I made awhile back that I usually listen to when I'm getting ready in the mornings, but it was really great to workout to yesterday. I always like finding new music to listen to so let me know if you like this or have any recommendations for me!

So, the photo on the left is what our living room has looked like for the past couple of days. Toys everywhere, legos just waiting for me to step on, laundry that needs to be put away, couch cushions in the floor - why can she not leave the cushions on the couch?! 😂 she doesn't even use them to play with.. just throws them onto the floor. Please tell me your kids do this too because I'm just like.. why??

I've been telling her to pick up whatever she's playing with before she moves on to the next thing, but homegirl has been stuck indoors for three days straight and is just all over the place. I finally cleaned it all up yesterday morning (and got most of the laundry done!) and right now it looks like something in between those two photos 😜

I redeemed my myself from my "What I Ate" post with this huge salad. Spring mix, tomatoes, cucumber, shredded cheese, and tempeh with Italian dressing. Wal-Mart has had the best spring mix lately. It's their store brand: marketside organic spring mix.

Wal-Mart also has something that I do not recommend whatsoever.. DO NOT BUY the ReliOn 2 second thermometer (<<< not an affiliate link or anything.. just want you to see which one it is). It is pure junk and consistently reads that our temperatures are 96* even with new batteries. It was saying that Waves had a temperature of 96* and when she went to the doctor it was 101.3* 😑

Yesterday around 5pm, I started feeling off.. so I ended up drinking half a bottle of children's elderberry syrup (throughout the rest of the night), mullein garlic oil in my ears, drinking a ton of water and hot tea, and eating 3 cloves of garlic. Now, I don't know if that was the right thing to do, but I panicked haha And I woke up not feeling any worse so I'm just going to go with it. Hopefully I can keep from getting sick! 

Pray4us over here.. I've resorted to letting Waves give her Barbie dolls haircuts just because it's keeping her busy for awhile. I'll be sure to share some more parenting tips in another post 😜 Take care and stay healthy out there!

What I Ate /// A Day in the Life

>>> I originally intended this to only be a "what I ate" post, but since the day took such an unusual turn I decided to turn it into a "day in the life" as well. I almost didn't post this because my eating got all weird in the middle of the day, but it's real life so whatev. Waves is feeling *much* better now, thankfully. 

8:30a » Waves and I woke up at 8am. I grabbed her a smoothie I'd made the night before out of the fridge and she watches some cartoons while she eats. They just added "Llama Llama" on Netflix and she's super into it right now. I take my thyroid meds, wait half an hour, and then have some coffee with collagen and almond milk.

I finished my coffee, cleaned up the living room, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, and helped Greg hang this new mail organizer/coat rack that I'd bought last week. Having backpacks, bags, scarves, and coats thrown on the floor or over chairs was driving me crazy.

I'd read a post over on Unf*ck Your Habitat about how most messes and clutter are just a result of not having enough or proper storage which is definitely true for us. So I have been buying pieces here and there to help with that.

10:45a » I realize that I'm pretty hungry and haven't had breakfast yet. I make an egg sandwich /// 2 pieces of Nature's Own protein bread, one egg, egg whites, avocado, and tomato + another cup of coffee with almond milk but no collagen.

12:40p » I have a big glass of water with these echinacea drops and one of these zinc tablets along with a mug of green ginger hot tea /// Waves was acting super sluggish which is very unusual for her.. so I checked her temperature - 100.5*. Her pediatrician's office was already closed for the day, so I checked into a nearby CVS clinic on my phone and waited for it to be our time to head over there.

1p » We're still waiting on our appointment and I make some Greek yogurt with blueberries. I've never used this service before, but they give you an exact time to show up so you can avoid having to wait in the store. **Note: when we got there we still had to wait about ~30 minutes. I figured they might get backed up, so I just checked in and we went back out into the car to wait. Just wanted to add that in case you end up using the online check-in in the future.

3:30p » Aaaand... we have a flu diagnosis. Finally home, gave Waves her medicine, and I sat down to eat a bowl of Special K protein cereal with almond milk real quick before fixing her something to eat and getting her comfy.

5p » Fiber One chocolate fudge brownie. These are really good, but so small.

It starts to go downhill right around here. Waves feels really bad and goes from being upset and crying about random things to being super clingy. Poor kiddo 😔 I feel so bad for her and do my best to comfort her.

5:40p » I make refried black beans, tomatoes, cheese, and Gardein beef crumbles with Cholula /// this is so not good haha I'd never had refried black beans before and am not a fan. It's a bummer too because regular refried beans with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and hot sauce are one of my top comfort foods and I was really wanting some comfort food right about now.

7:30p » All the medicine has kicked in, so Waves has an appetite and asks for chicken nuggets. I only have Morningstar ones on hand so I make those and go ahead and throw a few in the oven for myself as well. I eat those with bbq sauce.

8:30p » I place a Wal-Mart grocery pickup order (👈 referral link - we both get $10 off) for tomorrow to get some basics and things like juice, Italian ice, and Clorox wipes 😜

9p » We are all exhausted. Waves has already passed out on the couch and since I'm worried about her being on a new medicine and being so sick, I decide to camp out on the couch with her. I turn on an episode of Gilmore Girls, eat a serving of shelled pistachios, and play around on my phone a bit before passing out myself.

So, my macros are 2,000 calories /// 249g carbs /// 56g fat /// 125g protein and everything I had today added up to: 1,759 calories /// 190g carbs /// 58g fat /// 130g protein.

I really don't like relying so much on meat alternatives/soy products to reach my protein, but this day was hectic and I needed to reach my protein goal. The only thing I don't like about macro counting is that I feel like it's much easier to reach for packaged foods instead of fruits and veggies so I have to be really aware of that to make sure I'm eating a lot of those and meeting all my micronutrients as well. I didn't do well today, but am usually pretty good about it.

So, that was our day. I wish she wasn't sick at all, of course, but I'm glad this went down over the weekend so that I didn't have to find someone to cover me at work because that is super stressful for everyone. She's doing so much better and I've stocked up on probiotics, elderberry syrup, and vitamins for everyone 😜 I hope you all have a great weekend and stay healthy out there!

What I'm Loving

» I bought this mini humidifier/diffuser earlier this week since the air inside the house is so dry from having the heat on constantly. This little guy is great and I love how you can change the colors of it or have it go through a cycle of all colors. I've been putting it in Waves room at night and she loves watching the colors change. I love it so far, but will let you know how it holds up long term.

protein zucchini tots

» This recipe came with this collagen I ordered a couple weeks back and since I love the Green Giant veggie tots, I thought I'd give these a try. I really liked them although you definitely can't compare them to the Green Giant ones since they didn't crisp up or taste anything like a tater tot. But check out these macros for one serving: 301 calories / 19g carbs / 13g fat / 28g protein! Check out this post to help with figuring out how to create a recipe in My Fitness Pal that allows you to track the recipe in grams.

» You've got to watch how this writer made up a fake restaurant and got it to the #1 rated restaurant in London on Trip Advisor. He shows the entire process and it makes you realize that you shouldn't take reviews and review sites so seriously. Lots of fakes out there. The video is long, but worth it! I watched while unloading/loading the dishwasher 😜

» Have you heard of Disney World's Dapper Days? It's where people really go all out and dress up for a day at Disney. A lot of the outfits are extremely subtle plays on Disney characters and super cool. Here's a round-up of photos: PART 1 /// PART 2

» I wanted to share a couple of health and fitness related Instagram accounts I've been into lately: ambertcb (motivation/food ideas) /// biceps after babies (great info on macros)

Aaaaaand.. I'm out. Not playing around with these demons and ghosts 🙅

And because it cracks me up every time I watch...

Have an awesome weekend!

Weekend + Last Week's Workouts

On Saturday, I met up with a friend at the new Mean Mug location on the Northshore. I'd never been or had their coffee so I was really excited. I loved the coffee and their new space is gorgeous. So much natural light! It was super packed, but I managed to snag a table in the back when I got there. We hung out for a little over an hour and it was nice catching up. We were able to walk to the Whole Foods next door and do a mini grocery shopping trip afterwards.

aww, yissssss.
After we parted ways, I made a quick drive over the the Southside to pick up some food from Alex Thai. I got pad thai with tofu and pad thai with chicken for my husband. Last time we went there, I got a spice level 4.. but since I had to chug two bottles of water and eat pineapple to try to cool things off and still couldn't finish it because it was so spicy.. I have accepted that I just can't do it and now get a level 2 😜

Later that night, we noticed that the garage floor was wet and found out that the pipe to the washing machine had frozen and burst. We got a plumber to come out and they said they'd be able to fix it, but not until the next afternoon. And they had to shut the water off.. so we packed up and stayed the night at the new Westin hotel downtown.

The hotel and rooms were amazing and everyone that worked there were so nice. They have a late checkout on Sundays - 1pm - so it was perfect since the pipe and water leak couldn't be fixed until around that time anyway. The hotel had a nice Peet's coffee bar downstairs so we didn't have to leave all morning. We sat in the room watching tv, drinking coffee, and playing with the backpack full of necessities aka toys that Waves had packed :]

» workouts

Monday 1/15 » Yoga with Adriene Total Body Deep Stretch /// I just love this video. I've loved all of the Yoga with Adriene videos that I've done but this is definitely a favorite. Burned 216 calories.

Tuesday 1/16 » Cardio Kickboxing, Triceps, and Abs /// Another great workout this week! I really enjoyed the choreography and flow of this workout, so much so that I did it again on Thursday. I made it for about ~40 minutes and had to stop because I was done. Burned 363 calories.

Wednesday 1/17 » rest day

Thursday 1/18 » Cardio Kickboxing, Triceps, and Abs /// Such an awesome workout. This is the same one I did on Tuesday. Burned 293 calories.

Friday 1/19 » rest day

Saturday 1/20 » I didn't plan on this being a rest day, but about an hour before I was going to workout is when we found the flooding in the garage 😑

Sunday 1/21 » rest day /// we got home late and plumbers were in and out throughout the day and I was feeling lazy sooo.. impromptu rest day.

I didn't meet my goal of working out 5x this week. I'm still happy with the workouts that I did do, plus we had some warmer weather over the weekend so I was able to take Waves to the park and chase her around and be active for the most part.

I'm going to get back on track this week and hoping to make it to the gym at least once. Hope you all have a great week!

What I'm Loving

1 // I had been using Shea Moisture rose oil sensitive skin cream every night for the past year or so, but I recently made the switch to this jojoba oil and I'm loving it! I use the Whole Foods brand Cetaphil knock-off to wash my face - and I use this little silicone scrubber with it two or three nights a week - and then I massage the jojoba oil into my face and neck. I'll also add a couple of drops into my daily SPF moisturizer in the mornings and have even used some on the ends of my hair. Love this stuff!

2 // I forget where I came across this.. but oh, man is it a game changer. I used to be surprised when I cut open a spaghetti squash and managed not to cut any fingers off. Now, this is how I do it...

3 // this rotating makeup organizer is the best! I can store all my makeup, hair stuff, glasses/contacts, face creams, lotions, etc. and it saves so much space. I love that you can adjust the shelves any way you want to make sure your products fit 👍

4 // I love everything about this photo from the Jumbled Instagram account. Love the colors, textures, artwork, and patterns. It looks so cozy!

5 // I'm still loving Vegan Richa for awesome Instant Pot recipes. I recently came across Cooking with Pree and I want to try so many of the recipes there. This vegan vegetable korma for the Instant Pot caught my eye immediately. Definitely putting it on my must-try list.

6 // If you enjoy kickboxing style workouts, then give this one a go! I did this on Tuesday and loved it so much that I did it again last night.

7 // The Mexican red lentil stew from Budget Bytes was really good. I could've sworn that I had red lentils, but didn't.. so I ended up using yellow split peas. I made this in the Instant Pot (I have this one) and here's what I did: sautéed the garlic and onions, then added all the other ingredients, set to manual 12 minutes high pressure with a 4 to 5 minute quick release. That was with yellow split peas, so cooking time may be different for red lentils.

Old 5 & Dime Sign Co.

8 // I can't get enough of the Old 5 and Dime Sign Co. Instagram page. All that gorgeous hand lettering.. I could watch those videos all day.

Have a great weekend!

Last Week's Workouts + Macros + Meal Planning

dark chocolate covered banana bites

I've been out of the blogging loop for so long that I rarely take photos throughout the day anymore. Not necessarily a bad thing, but there were a few things I meant to share but forgot to take a picture. I did manage to take one of these awesome little dark chocolate covered banana slices though. I found them at Wal-Mart and the macros are really great: 100 calories / 3g fat / 13g carbs / 1g protein / 4g fiber / 7g sugar.

My workouts last week were great for the most part. I stuck to my goal of working out 5x / week for two weeks in a row now. I'm really proud of that! I also said I wasn't going to start tracking macros for another couple of weeks, but decided to start yesterday. I used this macro calculator and got the following: 1936 calories / 239g carbs / 124g protein / 54g fat. The first week or so is always easy for me, but then it gets tougher so let's hope I can make it through!

Here are my workouts from last week:

Monday 1/8 » POPSugar Tabata Style HIIT Workout /// I did not like this workout at all. Just wasn't feeling it. Also, the woman on the right kept interrupting or talking over the instructor which was annoying. Burned 188 calories.

Tuesday 1/9 » Leslie Sansone Burn Body Fat 2 Mile Walk /// This was one of those days that I just did not want to workout, so I turned on this video, promised myself to give it 5-10 minutes, and I ended up doing the entire thing. 👍 Burned 173 calories.

Wednesday 1/10 » rest day

Thursday 1/11 » Cardio Kickboxing/Bootcamp /// This one got me. I had to stop 45 minutes in because I was barely moving and had nothing left to give haha I really enjoyed this workout though. It was something different and felt really challenging. Burned 350 calories (in 45 minutes).

Friday 1/12 » Yoga with Adriene - Total Body Yoga Deep Stretch /// I loved this! It felt so good to get stretching in and I liked that it was slow.. she didn't blow through the moves. Burned 215 calories.

Saturday 1/13 » Kickboxing/Cardio Blast /// This was another tough workout. I stopped after ~40 minutes but hopefully as I get in better shape, I'll be able to do the entire thing. Burned 338 calories (in ~40 minutes).

Sunday 1/14 » rest day

» meal planning

Sometimes dinner can be tough when you're tracking macros, but when I focus on "build your own" meals it makes things so much easier. Here's what I'm thinking of for this week:

Monday » Build your own burgers. Aldi has some amazing soy protein burgers out right now, so I'll make those and have different cheese available, plus lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard, bbq sauce, ketchup, etc. Waves is more likely to eat dinner when she makes it the way she likes, so that's a plus.

Tuesday » Mexican red lentil stew. I've never made this so I'll report back and let you all know how it was.

Wednesday » going out for my birthday 💃

Thursday » Build your own tacos. Hard taco shells, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, refried beans, hot sauce, sour cream, etc.

Friday » Pizza night. I bought some various toppings and pizza crusts that came with a couple of packets of sauce. Waves like plain cheese and I like no sauce, black beans, peas, and corn. Sounds crazy but is good!

Saturday » VeganRicha's Easy Chana Dal. I make this in the Instantpot and it is incredible! I always double the recipe (Instantpot cooking time stays the same) and serve along with brown rice.

Sunday » leftovers

I'll also be making this spaghetti squash pizza pie from PaleOMG tonight and using it for work lunches throughout the week. I sub Tofurkey Italian sausage and since I forgot to buy a jar of pizza sauce, I'm going to try it with pasta sauce this time. 

Have a great week!

Last Week's Workouts + Foam Rolling

i 💜 jammin' on my planner /// planner is this one from target and it's great!

I love the new year. I love setting goals for myself and hearing everyone else's resolutions. This year I set very loose goals to make it easier for me to achieve. Usually, I'd jump right into strictly tracking food, working out hard, setting specific bed/wake up times - and I'd do all of this all at once.

This year, I decided that I was going to slowly start working out. And that's all at first. I made a goal to workout 5x a week and I stuck to it! After a couple more weeks of just working out, I will add in tracking macros again. I'm really happy and feel great about my workouts last week. I added how many calories my apple watch said I burned just to use as a guide in case you're curious. Here's the workouts that I did:

Monday 1/1 » Leslie Sansone Burn Body Fat 3 Mile Walk /// I love this workout! The addition of hand weights makes it so easy to challenge yourself and the workout goes by so quickly. This one burned 372 calories.

Tuesday 1/2 » Leslie Sansone Burn Body Fat 2 Mile Walk /// Another great one, but a lot shorter than the 3 mile walk. Burned 236 calories.

Wednesday 1/3 » POPSugar Killer Workout - burns 500 calories /// I really enjoyed this workout. It had a huge kickboxing element to it which I love and I felt really strong afterwards. This one burned 350 calories.

Thursday 1/4 » Leslie Sansone Burn Body Fat 3 Mile Walk /// Did the 3 mile walk again. If I ever feel like I just don't want to workout, I'll put this or the 2 mile walk on and promise myself just to get through 5 minutes. I (almost) always end up doing the entire thing. Burned 283 calories this time. I'm assuming it was so much less of a calorie burn because I ditched the weights this time.

Friday 1/5 » rest day

Saturday 1/6 » Leslie Sansone 3 Mile Walk w/Resistance Bands /// I actually really didn't enjoy this one at all. I made the most of it, but it just didn't feel challenging at all to me. I'm going to stick to the ones where she uses hand weights.

Sunday 1/7 » rest day

the trigger point therapy workbook

the trigger point therapy workbook

I've also been on top of foam rolling. Every single time I start working out seriously, after a week or two I will get horrible pain in my left shin. Every time. My sister-in-law recommended The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook to me and I bought a copy immediately. When I got the book, I looked up where my leg would hurt after workouts and it gave me points that I should focus on when I'm foam rolling or using a tennis ball to keep that area pain-free and so far, so good!

Hope you all are having a great new year so far :]

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