What I love about Sundays

Good morning and happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine was filled with food, friends and lots of fun activities. I decided last minute to run in a St. Patrick’s day 5k in downtown Fort Wayne and I’m so glad I did. I’ll have a recap of the race up for you tomorrow.

So, Sundays. You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em. When I was in college, I despised the last day of the weekend with a passion. Sundays usually meant studying and completing any neglected homework from the past week. Now that I’ve graduated and I’m married, Sundays are slowly becoming one of my favorite days of the week.

What??! Did I just say that? Now, they will never beat out a Friday, but can be pretty wonderful when you incorporate the right things.

Like cat naps, an early church service, a sweaty Zumba class, a slow evening walk or a Sunday cook up. I have been trying to incorporate an hour long “cook up” on Sunday afternoons and they really help Jord and I to stay on track with healthy eating throughout the week.

A cook up involves prepping any meats, veggies and snacks for the week so they are easily on hand for mealtimes and packing lunches. It makes me not dread Mondays so much.

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Here are some of the things involved in yesterday’s Sunday cook up:

  • Washed and chopped veggies
  • Cooked a batch quinoa
  • Made Protein Bites
  • Washed and put away fruit
  • Cooked 4 – 5 chicken breasts in crockpot
  • Baked sweet potato fries
  • Boiled eggs

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This may sound like a lot, but it only took about an hour and a half of my precious Sunday afternoon and when you think about how much time I saved my chopping all my vegetables in one day, it is worth it! I don’t have to get my cutting board out again all week. Yay!! I definitely notice a difference in how I eat and snack throughout the week when I do Sunday cook ups. It is so much easier to grab some carrots when they are already cut and Jord enjoys munching on protein bites in between meals.IMG_2738

We both workout after work and by the time we get home from the gym at night, shower, deal with any mail we may have gotten, etc. the last thing we feel like doing is cooking a nutritious meal. Sunday cook ups make things so much easier because half of the meal is already prepared! We will mix quinoa with sauteed veggies and chicken for  a stir fry, throw some fresh veggies in eggs for omelettes, or make a monster salad with chicken and boiled eggs. We are both lunch packers for work, so we bring leftovers from dinner or salads and chicken breasts for our lunches.

Plus, it leaves me more time to hang out with this cutie.

IMG_2701I don’t always get around to doing a Sunday cook up because it does take time and there are some dirty dishes to be done when you’re through, but I feel so great when I get one done.

Do you love Sundays or are you not a fan?

Any tips for making Mondays easier?

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Turns out I’m allergic…to fun

So, remember how excited I was about the Labor Day long weekend? Well, I spoke too soon. Saturday morning started out just as I imagined. Jord and I took a ride through the mountain biking trails and then got in the car to meet up with some friends for breakfast. I got in the car and set my right hand on the side of the window…enjoying a nice breeze. I immediately pulled my hand back in the car when I felt a sharp pain in my pinky. I thought the hot metal on the car door burned me, but then I saw a bee flying away.

I must have set my hand right on top of a bee and the little guy got me right inside of my pinky finger. I started laughing and then crying a little because it hurt SO badly!! I have never been stung before and had no idea the amount of pain the little black and yellow buzzer could give. We met up with friends for breakfast and we were all laughing at how my swollen finger resembled the sausage links that were served. Well, the bee had the last laugh because soon my whole hand was swollen.

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I was freaking out a little, but everyone told me swelling was normal, so I popped some Benadryl and we were off to the lake.

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The Benadryl zapped all of my energy and I pretty much sat on the boat and smiled for most of the afternoon, trying not to fall asleep. I had a lot of fun watching my friends wake surf and jump off the boat.

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I am usually all about swimming and water sports, but I stayed dry for most of the afternoon and chatted with my girlfriends while we cruised across the lake. Later on, I felt alive enough to go for a quick paddleboard adventure.

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It was hilarious trying to get 3 girls on one paddleboard. At this point, my hand was so swollen that I could barely use it. The paddleboard trip below was about 30 seconds out and back.

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Later on I felt well enough to try wake surfing for the first time and I’m so glad I did! We ended the night on the lake by wake surfing, swimming and wakeboarding.

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My hand was still  pretty swollen on Sunday, so I slept for most of the day and was ZERO fun when we went to see Jordan’s family at their lake house. It was a little fun to see people’s reactions when I would show them my huge hand. The swelling still hadn’t gone down since Saturday morning.

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When I woke up Monday morning, I had had enough. After sleeping and eating Benadryl for two days, my bee sting had turned into a nuisance and I  needed to do something about it. The doctor prescribed antibiotics and steroids for the sting and five hours later I went from this….

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To this…

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Hallelujah! Aside from some itchiness, my bee sting has healed and I now have a normal hand. It was definitely a scary experience to see my body react to something like that and I am so grateful for doctors who know what they’re doing and prescriptions that actually work. Phew!

I wouldn’t say my Labor Day weekend was a flop, but it wasn’t exactly what I had planned for my last few days of summer fun.

Have you ever been stung by a bee? Tell me about it! 

What did you do for the holiday weekend?

 

Booty Bronze: Get your Workout Outdoors

The ultimate summer holiday weekend is upon us and I’m ready to soak up the sun on the last few days of summer. I have a pool 10 steps from the front door of my apartment and it is calling my name.

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In my world, summer long weekends mean swimsuits, rosy cheeks and towel dried hair. They also mean that I don’t see the inside of a gym. Since I have a job that keeps me indoors, I go a little stir crazy if not spending a sunny Saturday outside. I also tend to get a little grumpy when I don’t get my endorphins fix. So, why not combine the two?

Here are a few ways I like to take my workout outside:

  • Running: This is the easiest and most obvious way to take your workout outdoors. Want to add in a little strength training? Mix up your run by breaking it into 3 minute intervals. Stop every 3 minutes to do triceps dips on a park bench, push ups on the pavement, crunches in the grass, and lunges down the street. IMG_1272
  • Pool Workout: Try this pool workout that mixes in strength training and cardio. Best part about this one? You don’t even have to put on a sports bra!

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  • Bike: Grab a friend and go for a ride around the neighborhood, local trails or mountains. The weekend is a great time to explore new areas with your bike. Bring a picnic basket and stop for lunch!

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  • Lake: Summertime in Indiana means lakes and boating. If you’re at the lake, try out some water sports. Skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and even tubing (you WILL be sore!) are great ways to get a workout in. Don’t have a boat? Go for a swim or tread water for 30 seconds on and off.

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  • Paddleboarding: This summer’s craze seems to be paddleboarding. Standing on this surf board in the water will work your core, balance skills and arms while you row down the river. Surf the web for local outfitter shops in your area to rent a board. Most places let you rent them by the hour.

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  • Take a hike: Beat the heat and hit the shaded trails for a hiking adventure with your friends. Search for parks in your area (even flat Ohio has hiking spots!), or take a short trip to hoof a few hills. I promise your glutes will thank you.

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Cheers to the weekend! Have a fun and SAFE Labor Day!

What will you be doing this Labor Day weekend? 

Any other suggestions for outdoor activity?

Last Wedding Before My Own!

I’m still alive! No worries, I don’t post on Mondays remember? I’m trying to get better at blogging on the weekends, but my weekends are extremely full of wedding planning and working on my tan.  😀 Anyway, this past weekend was no exception and I had a fantastic time at one of my good friend from high school’s wedding. It was the last one I’ll be attending before my own, so the experience was a little surreal for me! The wedding was in Ohio, so you know what that means… Florist, videographer and pastor appointments flooded my calendar and RSVP cards were begging to be opened.

We spent a few hours on Friday night going through our RSVP’s and laughing at all of the funny responses we got. Our RSVP cards were Mad Libs style and I’ll be writing a post about them soon. 🙂

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning to get a 5 mile run in before errands took over my day. I always feel better when I get a good workout in before a busy day, it just makes me a little bit more calm. And I definitely needed the calmness on Saturday. We met with our wedding videographer and then drove straight to the church for our final meeting with our Pastor. It was so weird to actually start talking about vows and our ceremony timing. It’s actually happening!

After our meeting, we went to my parent’s for lunch where my mom filled me in on her appointment with the florist. I wasn’t able to go to the florist meeting because I overbooked myself on Saturday (womp womp), but I sent my very capable mom with all of my notes and pictures. After lunch it was time to get ready for the wedding!

One of my good friends from high school married her high school sweet heart of 8 years! It was so special to watch two people you have seen together for so long, finally tie the knot. They have been through so much together and truly belong together. My heart pretty much melted on the floor when they pronounced them husband and wife.

The wedding was a beautiful mix of teal, purple and black and the bridesmaids carried broach bouquets. This was the first time I had seen this done and I thought it was so unique and beautiful. It’s strange when you are planning a wedding, you start to look at other weddings a little differently. You appreciate the time it took the bride to make a seating chart and you notice creative details a lot more than before. 🙂

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The bride was absolutely stunning and seemed so relaxed the whole day. I hope I’ll be that relaxed!

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This wedding was a lot of fun because so many of my high school friends were there! These two ladies, Lauren and Amy, have been my best friends since 6th grade and will also be standing up with me in my wedding.

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My crazy brother is good friends with the groom, so he made an appearance as well!

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I can’t believe that we are next!! How did this happen so fast??

Any high school sweet hearts out there? Go you!

Do you like your weekends to be go-go-go with fun activities or do you like a laid-back, relaxing weekend? 

Usually, I like my Saturdays and Sundays to be full of fun activities, but we have had so many of those in a row, that I’m ready for a weekend with nothing to do…Maybe that will happen in November? Haha

Fun Mondays DO Exist

Hi there! How was everyone’s weekend? It was gorgeous weather here in Indiana and I definitely took full advantage of it. Jordan was in a good friend’s wedding this weekend and the rehearsal dinner was Friday night.

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The dinner took place on the back patio of a local restaurant and it was very quaint and a lot of fun. We sipped on lemonade drinks and Summer Shandy while waiting on our dinners. The menu we chose from had three options and the dinner was themed as a barbecue. Jordan raved about the “Farmhouse Burger” and I had some barbecue chicken with fresh spinach and tomato salad. We sat at a table with a few of the groomsmen and had fun chatting about the big day.

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Saturday began bright and early for me. It was one of the first Saturdays in awhile that I got to spend the morning at home! I took full advantage of my free time by completing a ton of wedding-related to do’s…Nah,  just kidding, I actually watched 4 Netflix episodes. Oops! After peeling myself away from the tv, I opened the blinds and realized it was a beautiful day. I laced up my running shoes and headed out. its-fine-i-ran-today

It’s amazing how long it sometimes takes me to get a workout in, but how great I feel afterwards. Thank you, endorphins. After my run, I figured that was enough productivity for the day, so I sat by the pool with a new book.

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This book was recommended by my friend Whitney and I can’t put it down. You know you have a good book when it takes the place of Netflix. 😉 I put the book down long enough to get ready for the wedding and drive over to the church. This is one of the first weddings I have been to that is actually in the same town I live in! Very convenient! It only took me 15 minutes to get to the church.

This is also one of the first weddings I have been to where Jordan is in it and I am flying solo. I was a little nervous about going by myself but I found a few friends from college and we were able to sit together at the ceremony and reception.

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Yes, we are barefoot-because you just can’t dance with heels.

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Jord was OBVIOUSLY having fun…especially because I was driving. 🙂

Sunday was another brilliantly sunny day and I did nothing but lay out by the pool and read. Wedding? What wedding?

We headed over to Jordan’s mom’s house on Sunday night for a big dinner of salmon, steak, corn on the cob and grilled veggies. I should have snapped a picture of my plate because it looked like summer but I am still not used to taking pictures of my food in public. I just KNOW that Jord’s brothers would never let me live it down if they caught me snapping a pic of my zucchini.

And I can’t do a “recently” post without filling you in on my most recent stuff–Monday was my favorite day. I know, how can a Monday be so great? Well, because I got to spend my night with this guy.

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Are you still reading after that cheesy line? Sorry bout it!

Jord arrived at my apartment last night around 6:30 and we loaded up the bikes and took off for the nearby trails. We haven’t ridden for awhile and it felt so great to get back out there! After riding, I convinced Jordan to go to the gym to do this quick, lower abs circuit with me. Our gym has a smoothie bar that is impossible to resist because I’m usually starving when I leave the gym and I love anything that even remotely resembles ice cream. 🙂

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Peanut butter/chocolate/banana smoothie it is! See how it is almost gone in the above picture? Yeah…we were just pulling out of the parking lot. Yikes! I’m so glad we ended up doing something fun last night, it really made my Monday a little bit easier and it is fun to look forward to something during the work day.

Tonight I am teaching a Zumba class at the same gym, so let’s see if I can resist the smoothie bar this time…

Have you ever been to a wedding by yourself and made the best of it?

Do you do anything special on Mondays to make them a little less depressing?

What I ate (and did) Wednesday

We made it over the hump and the weekend is peaking out over the horizon. Thursday is always one of my favorite days of the week because it holds such great anticipation for the weekend. But, let’s back it up to Wednesday for a “What I ate Wednesday” post. (Thanks for inspiring me Miranda!) Yesterday was a little unique so I added in “What I did Wednesday” to spice it up a bit.

The morning started off with a fried egg and this little concoction I’ve started making.

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It doesn’t look like all that and a bag of chips but it’s actually pretty tasty. It’s simply a piece of toasted rye bread with creamy cashew butter and ripe blueberries on top. I use this organic cashew butter because it has 0 added sugar and the ingredient list is short and sweet. It also tastes amazing so that is rare to find in things without sugar. Thumbs up!  The blueberries on top sweeten it up a bit and the egg on the side gets some protein in my belly.

I also had some green tea for energy once I got to work. I worked through the morning and my stomach started growling around 11 a.m., so I ate a big banana and thought about my lunch. By lunch time whatever I brought from home just doesn’t sound satisfying anymore. This is the time when I have to just think about fueling my body and just buckle down and eat what I brought. It ended up being delicious.

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In the salad went tomatoes, red onion, green peppers, romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw, one egg white and black beans. I used rice wine vinegar and olive oil for the dressing. All those veggies made it extra filling. On my lunch break, I went to try on my wedding dress!

No way am I showing you guys a picture! Some things just need to be kept a secret, but I did see a possible Mother of the Bride dress. It comes in navy, which is what my mom wants to wear and it would look beautiful on her. What do you think?

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I worked through the rest of the afternoon, stopping for a snack of apples–which make pretty boring pictures by the way–and around 3:00 my sister surprised me by announcing that she was coming to Fort Wayne! I was so excited and immediately scrapped any dinner plans and tried to think of fun things for us to do. My 18-year-old sister, Alex, is heading off to college in Tennessee next week! I can’t believe she is old enough to leave for college already.

I took her to one of my favorite Fort Wayne spots, SkyZone, and we jumped and laughed until we almost peed our pants. 😉

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We worked up an appetite while jumping so I treated her to FlatTop Grill–another one of my favorite spots in Fort Wayne. At FlatTop, you create your own stir fry by picking out rice, veggies and meat, then pick your sauce before handing it over to the hibachi chefs to fry up on the grill.

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There are wooden sticks and pencils at each table that have your table number on them. Each customer writes his/her name on the stick and the server calls your name when they bring out your food. Alex dared me to write Primrose Everdeen on my stick. Not one to back down from a dare, I wrote it. When the food came and they called out “Primrose Everdeen” Alex said, “I volunteer as tribute!” They called her name–“Katniss Everdeen,” and the waitress smirked a bit, getting the joke.

If you’ve  never seen or read Hunger Games–1. Sorry for wasting your time with that story and 2. Do you live under a rock?! 😉

After stuffing ourselves with stir fry we went back to my apartment and gabbed about wedding planning while watching Netflix episodes. It was a great way to end the evening with my sister and MOH. When I hugged her goodbye this morning, I became a little emotional. I won’t see her until the week of my wedding…in October! I’m going to annoy her by FaceTiming at least once a week.

What was the best thing you ate yesterday?  

Do you have any siblings that moved far away, what is the best way to keep in contact with them?