Weekend Roundup

How do we leave work on Friday’s, blink our eyes, and it’s Monday and we are back in our offices. Sucks. I am always torn between wanting to go-go-go on the weekend, or wanting to just stay home and hang out with the boys and relax. Except, there’s never much relaxing going on between inevitable housework, cleaning up the train of chaos that Bode leaves in his wake, and anything in between. Anywho, we stayed the weekend in Kansas City with my best friend and her husband. I went up Friday after work to have a girls night/girls morning with Mattie, and Jacob and Bode came up early the next afternoon. I think they enjoyed having a guys night…

Luckily for me, my friend Mattie is a master chef. I consider myself her sous chef, anything that I am able to make, she probably makes it taste and look better. I’m fine with that because the outcome is amazing food. Last summer, our moms and us went to San Antonio to visit Texas wine country. Our hotel had a restaurant on the bottom floor that looked out over the boardwalk, super cool. We had breakfast there a couple of times, and one of the items on the menu was Migas. If you don’t know what this amazing, delicious, Mexican breakfast is.. Click here to read The Pioneer Woman’s article and recipe for Migas. This is Mattie’s favorite recipe so that mean it’s the sh*t. I felt so spoiled getting breakfast made for me!

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Shortly later in the afternoon, Bode & Jacob got to town and hung out with Mattie’s husband Derek. We made a quick trip to the plaza because I desperately needed a new Royals shirt and I wanted to stop in Anthropologie to add to my kitchen collection. Ended up getting walking out with Tenpenny Ale shirt that I love, not Royals themed at all but oh well. I need to go back to Charlie Hustle and buy all the shirts.  The bargain of the day was getting 5 small bowls and a monogram coffee mug from Anthro for $31. Talk about scoring. Will post a picture later in this post!

Migas

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So back to the part about my Anthropologie steals! Five bowls and a mug for $31 is such a steal. I should’ve got more, dang it. I’m so obsessed with their dinnerware and coffee mugs, ob-freaking-sessed. But, it’s pricey so I always hit up the sales when I’m near a store. I also got a great bargain recently, my neighbor was selling this amazing Pier 1 dinner set so I scooped that up as fast as I could. Yesterday afternoon seemed like a good time to get all of my spring plates and bowl moved to the front of the cabinet!

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I tried to keep my diet pretty clean the rest of the day yesterday once we got home. I had plenty of unearned carbs over the weekend. I feel guilty about that.. I try not to feel guilty about eating the food that I love because we are all allowed room for error in our diets AND should be able to enjoy our food. Just have to make up for it by buckling down this week. So, lots of veggies it was. I’m obsessed with Vidalia Onion dressing right now. One serving is 2T. and I believe there are 6g of carbs and 0 grams of fat. I used just 1T. over my veggies for a little extra flavor and this little meal was amazing! You can this stuff at probably any grocery store, I find it at Wal-Mart. *This brand of dressing tends to be low in carbs and fat which is perfect! I highly suggest trying it, I have several flavors and I haven’t found one I didn’t like.* I realize no food or condiment is going to have the perfect macro nutrient lay-out and there’s always going to be less-than-ideal ingredients in anything that tastes good, moderation is key. I have to allow myself things that taste good whether it’s sweet or savory, or I will end up ruining days worth of eating well and balanced.

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All-in-all, it was a great weekend. So many things to enjoy this time of the year. The weather, the baseball, the cold beer. We have kind of got ourselves into a bad habit of not bringing the boys with us on outing with friends without kiddie’s, but Bode did so well this weekend and proved us wrong! He can follow rules sometimes 🙂 He had a pretty big weekend, he was over it by 7:45 last night.

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Boot-camp girls! This section is for you. I’m feeling so excited about class and all of the questions and interest I’ve been receiving that I’ve decided to do the first giveaway! The ONE & ONLY way to participate in this giveaway is to challenge yourself to get to class at least 3 days a week, for the entire month of May. That’s do-able! Total, that’s only 1 hour and 30 minutes of working out for the entire week. You got that! What’s the prize, you ask? $50 gift card to Lululemon! 757392ed2353301d928b43bc75c36ac5

Recap: You get up and come to 3 early AM classes a week (PM classes coming soon) for the whole month of May, and you’re entered to win. Lululemon is my very favorite brand of workout apparel so I am a little bit excited about this. I was going to wait, but I thought, what the heck! Use this giveaway to challenge and motivate yourself. That 5am alarm is early, but the results are totally worth it!

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Fuel Your Friday

Happy Fri-Yay! This sunshine filled Friday afternoon has me in the best mood. Or perhaps it’s from the two workout’s I’ve already done today. Remember, Elle from Legally Blonde told us that exercise makes us happy. (Just one more reason why we should all be moving our bodies).

EndorphinsSo Friday’s are really important to me to kick my weekend off with the right foot forward. Early morning and/or lunch workouts are crucial for me. If I get that workout in on a Friday, I feel like I’ve earned the multiple cold beers and/or glasses of wine I will be consuming that night. Of course I drink during the week too (not every night, smart asses), just not as excessively as I would on a Friday or Saturday. Friday’s are the main ingredient to a perfect weekend. When I get home, I get the spend the entire night with my boys doing whatever we want to do until as late as we want to do it. No bed times. No rules. Well there are rules, but Bode doesn’t follow them and we only have Koop (the rule-follower) every other weekend.

Weekends allow me the extra time in the kitchen to make the meals me and my guys love. Sure, I have the time to make their favorites on a week night too, but it’s just not the same. It’s rushed, it’s sloppy, there’s chicken juice all over the place, chances of something being burnt are higher, I don’t have the company of dirty little hands getting into my clean food. I’m off on a tangent. Friday’s and the two days following are when I’m able to regroup and remind myself why I’m working out, eating healthy, and exhausting myself when I have so many other things I could or would like to be doing. My point is this: Friday counts, and you don’t want to sabotage the hard work you’ve been putting in all week on the first day of your weekend. No, no. If I’m blowing the lid off my diet this weekend, it’s going to be on some of the best Mexican food KC has to offer. But, I’m going to earn it and that’s by eating right, every other meal of the day. And sweating my booty off, of course.

Here’s how my Friday is shaping up:

4:45a wake up – drink some water, hydrate.

5:15a instruct bootcamp (post coming soon!)

6:00a protein shake + small green apple

7:15a scrambled eggs con salsa + 1/2 C. grapes + coconut oil coffee  (1 whole egg, 2 egg whites scrambled, topped with fresh salsa) Eggsconsalsa

9:45 finally got hungry again so I had a serving of raw almonds. these are one of my favorite snacks. so much variety. always refer to the nutritional information on whatever kind you chose. You don’t want anything high in carbs, like under 10 grams at the most.

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**I never got hungry again before my second workout at lunch. Had I felt hungry, I would have eaten something like a protein bar. Again, pay attention to the label on the back. If you don’t religiously do this, you need to start!**

12:15p HIIT workout (cardio + light weights)

1p protein shake

130p Quinoa Crisp & Tuna Salad (dressing is 1g of carbs per 2T and the quinoa crisps are 6g of carbs per 2T. i will take that! The last ingredient, pinto beans, were what I had left over, which add extra protein and a bit of carbs). This is the perfect post workout meal because you are replenishing all that energy you just burned with quick burning carbs.

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So that’s what I’ve got for the day. I honestly probably won’t get hungry again until it’s time for dinner. If I do, I will probably have 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado. Mix in your favorite seasonings and it’s perfect. If it’s weird for you to eat avocado with a spoon, mash it up and dip veggies in it.

We are having burgers tonight. Since I’m done working out for the day, I tapered my carbs after my last workout and will only consume carbs from veggies the rest of the day/evening. To make a hearty burger that will fill you up without being packed full of carbs, you have so many options.

My favorite low carb burger: cabbage bun (lettuce works too, but cabbage is a bit more durable to hold your ingredients in), place burger on top of cabbage, layer of spinach, layer of raw purple onion, a big ole spoonful of spicy guacamole, and top with another piece of cabbage.

-I forgot to strongly urge you to consume a large amount of water each day. As much as you can. There is a solid chance you aren’t going to overdo it with the water, and the benefits are endless. Starting with combating hunger and flushing our bodies of crap, resulting in less bloating and amazing skin.

Want more options for low carb burgers? Have questions about reading nutritional labels? Let me know!!!