Hey, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. I have a 6-day work week ahead of me, but for now, I’m sitting next to the open window and enjoying the sunset. I’ll take this post back to last Saturday.
Saturday morning, I went to the gym for leg day. I did squats, lunges, deadlifts, leg curls, leg presses, and walked at a high speed on the highest incline. After, I headed to my grandma’s. My grandma recently had knee surgery, so she asked me to drive her to get her hair done. She wanted to go to lunch after, so she picked a Japanese restaurant (Ichiban) nearby. I had a ginger salad with a California roll – it was really fresh and very delicious. When I got home, I had to make a potato salad for Easter the next day.
I just put together a sort of mash-up recipe from recipes I’d found online. This version had baby red potatoes, a little avocado mayonnaise, ground mustard, Dijon mustard, celery, shallots, green onions, and salt and pepper. It was a “smashed” potato salad, so it was creamy and had the texture of chunky mashed potatoes. It was a hit! I cleaned the whole apartment and my friend came by later. We’d planned on having a writing workshop, but we got too caught up in catching up and didn’t end up writing anything! I did my nails for Easter.
The next day, I went to church to see my mom sing in the choir. After, I stopped by the house because she still gives my brother and me Easter baskets!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous on Easter – in the 70s! We all went to my grandma’s house for Easter dinner. We had my potato salad, Brussels sprouts, corn and black bean salad, green beans, potato bake, pierogis, and they had some meats. We spent a lot of time outside with my brother and cousin, trying to soak up all that sun and enjoy the weather.
My husband always makes me an Easter basket ❤
Monday, I had a fast day. While I didn’t go crazy on Easter, I did have more alcohol and sweets than I normally would. I like to have fast days after holidays to give my body a chance to reset. Once home, I did an arm workout in the living room (there are tons of videos on YouTube for arm workouts with no weights) and then did 30 push-ups, 30 triceps dips, and a small arm circuit with 10-lb weights. Dinner was broccoli and salmon tacos with avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Tuesday, I stopped at the Vitamin Shoppe for a mini haul. Since I’m a member, I get a lot of coupons and deals, so I like stopping by once a month or so to pick up some treats and drinks. I got some protein muffin mixes, Know Foods cookies, Quest chips, and some antioxidant and energy drinks.
I ran about a mile when I got home because the weather was nice. I also did two yoga flows in my living room. One focused on abs and the other focused on flexibility. I’m really enjoying incorporating yoga into my routine. For a long time, I was really focused on weight-training and I don’t think I was stretching enough or doing the lighter exercises my body needed for flexibility. This helps me with my breathing and helps me feel more refreshed.
Wednesday, I started the morning off with an apple cider vinegar and cayenne shot and a smoothie filled with blueberries, raspberries, kale, collagen peptides, superfood powder, hempseed oil, chia, flax, and ginger. Lunch was raw veggies and hummus. I had a great circuit at the gym with the step-board and various squat jumps, and I also incorporated a little bit of arm training with resistance bands. Later, I made chili with ground chicken, jalapeno peppers, red, orange, and yellow peppers, garlic, shallots, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, zucchini, and riced broccoli/cauliflower.
Thursday was another beautiful day. I had a smoothie in the morning, an apple and cashew butter for a snack, and leftover chili for lunch, but I wanted to spend as much time as I could outside. When Julian got home, we went out for veggie burgers and had a little date night. Friday was just as beautiful! I went to the gym early in the morning for another circuit workout using my new 30-lb resistance band. I focus on legs and abs in the circuit. I was nervous pretty much all day because I was getting a tattoo later! I forced myself to eat a snack before I left – it was just plain Pop Chips. I needed something mild to calm my nerves.
This isn’t my first tattoo – I have a tree under a moon with flying bats on my ribs. It’s been a couple years since I got it, though, so I couldn’t really remember the physical experience. For a while, I’ve been wanting to get a tattoo in tribute to my dog, Oliver. I had thought of paw prints, his face, an outline of him, etc. and then finally decided of an outline of his head howling inside the moon. Oliver is an extremely loyal and intuitive dog. A couple years ago, I was going through a pretty tough time, and we would spend a lot of time laying in the grass in my yard and staring at the moon through the trees.
It’s just a small and simple outline tattoo! It was over before I knew it. I don’t remember it hurting as much as it did, but I’m happy I have something to remind me of my Oliver forever.
Since I got a tattoo, I can’t work out for a few days. It’s killing me, but I have to remember that there was a needle breaking my skin and the gym is full of all kinds of germs and bacteria. I will probably do some light yoga and squats inside of my apartment for the next few days, but I am sure my body will benefit from the break.
I had a pretty simple weekend and didn’t do much besides laundry, light cleaning, and grading papers. On weekdays, I am way too tired to wake up and make breakfast, so it’s usually a weekend treat. I made two perfect fried eggs, cherry tomatoes with a little salt and pepper, and smashed baby red and gold potatoes. They are super-easy to make. I usually microwave them until they are soft and then smash them down. I put a small amount of avocado oil in a pan and lightly fry them with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
It was snowing all day Saturday! It’s funny that just a few days before, it had been 70, but nothing really surprises me anymore in Chicago. Since the weather was nicer today, I decided to take Oliver for a long walk. After, I stopped at Trader Joe’s. I try not to go to a billion different stores and make more grocery bills than I need. Aldi is my primary grocery store, but I will make occasional stops to other places if I have enough in my freezer to get me through the week. Right now, I have salmon, shrimp, Beyond burgers, cauliflower gnocchi, butternut squash noodles, beet noodles, and low-carb tortillas for pizzas, so I could get away with a small trip.
I got raw broccoli and cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, avocado, baby kale, power greens, Romaine, seaweed, chile lime chicken burgers, ginger and turmeric tea, and Sencha green tea. Since this is going to be a long work week and I am taking a small break from working out, I want to make good choices, and this will help me!
Now, I’m about to go make some pizzas on low-carb Mission tortillas. I am going to use the Trader Joe’s vodka sauce and will add sauteed shallots, mushrooms, and peppers. I hope you all have a great week!