How The Week Went Down

Hello, hello and Happy Friday!

It was another super quick week. It’s scary how fast the days are passing. This morning it was 51 degrees when I left my house at 7:00 a.m….I’m not ready for the cold!! I feel like winter just left us. Ugh!

We’ve been having some very Fall-like weather and I’m enjoying that – 70 and sunny is amazing!

After work, I’m headed back to Cleveland again to spend the weekend with Dan. He has to work for a bit on Saturday, so I’ll enjoy some ‘me’ time and a good workout before meeting up with him for lunch! The rest of the weekend is unplanned again, which is great with me – I’ve been enjoying winging it.

Here’s a quick recap of how the week went down. 



After getting sushi with Dan last Sunday, I was craving it again in a bad way. I talked Ashley into going with me to get more on Tuesday. That stuff is addicting!!! I also ate a lot of wraps, eggs, and salads, as well as, some overnight oats, which I hadn’t had in forever! Those veg tacos were also a fave – I made them for dinner on Monday and took leftovers for lunch on Tuesday.

blog1Banana with peanut butter is my go-to snack right now. Is there anything more delicious??

For dinner tonight, I packed Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage that I snagged from Whole Foods  - I can’t wait to try them.


Ok – crazy as it may be for me – I’m addicted to morning workouts!!!! Previously, I was really enjoying them, but now, I PREFER them!

It’s a glorious thing…

blog2Emily and I came in to workout at 6:15 a.m. three time this week. We did FIX Lower DVD, HIIT 20 + Abs, and Johnson and Johnson 21 Minute Cardio Blast, which we added burpees and push-ups to.

I also got in an awesome upper body workout yesterday and some elliptical intervals earlier this week.

I can’t tell you the last time I went to the gym AFTER work to workout and it has been simply amazing having my evenings free. Additionally, with my new job, I’m exhausted by 5:00 p.m.  and the thought of going to the gym is horrendous. By completing my workout in the mornings, I have no choice to skip – it’s win-win!


It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done any fashion fun. Here are a few outfits from recently…


Things I’m loving…

  • Brown Guess wedges from DSW
  • Color Blocking
  • White pants
  • Navy + Mint
  • Pencil Skirts

I received a mystery offer from Express that ended up being $100 off $200 PLUS I had a $15 off reward… I mean, how could I not?? Here are the goods I ended up with…



I also got an additional, unpictured, tee and tank. So, 7 items, including jeans, for $100! I’ll certainly take it.




Meatless Monday

Hi Friends!

I had such a nice Monday! My workday was calm, steady and productive, I had a nice cardio sweat session, and after work, I made it to Ulta and the grocery store. I also whipped up some amazing veggie tacos with black beans for dinner.

For the tacos, I simply sauteed mushroom, green pepper, zucchini, onion, a hot pepper from my mom’s garden, broccoli slaw and fresh corn with Hot n’ Spicy taco seasoning and coconut oil.

blog1While that was cooking, I heated up some black beans to have on the side.

All plated together with avocado and tomato: 


I decided that even though I’m eating meat again, I really need to make it a point to make some meals all veg.

Later this week I’m planning to make The Fitnessista’s Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Cashew Cheese Sauce. Hello yumness!

Here’s my grocery store haul:


Some of the usual and also a few random grabs. Ezekiel bread was on sale for $3.50, so I snagged the only one left on the shelf – Cinnamon Raisin. I got more Rudi’s tortillas and wasn’t thrilled with that $5.50 price tag, but I really like them, so I went with it. The Larabars are for emergencies to keep in my desk at work and I’ve missed Greek yogurt, so I grabbed a couple of those, too.

I also splurged on some SO Delicious Mini Coconut Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches! Cannot wait to try these babies!

Other food for the week includes:

  • Shakeology
  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • Eggs with spinach
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fage Greek Yogurt
  • Bananas, Nectarines

On the fitness end, I’m planning on the usual, plus at least two morning workouts, and two days of doubles. Double days I plan to do a lift for one session and cardio for the other – both about 30 minutes each.



This morning was 21 Day Fix Lower Body and it was fabulous! I used 20 pound dumbbells for the majority.

blog5My workout later will be a HIIT during lunch. I love having my evenings free!!

Talk soon…



Good Morning and Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was mostly low-key, just as I hoped.


I arrived in Cleveland by 7:00 p.m. and Dan and I just stayed in, which was perfect. I made us salads with chicken and we watched Divergent.


I was in bed by 11:30 – so nice!


We woke up early and had coffee with eggs, spinach and pepper jack along with some banana.


The weather was absolutely incredible, so we did what any smart people would do… hit up a patio! Dirty Martini at noon…why not!?


Dan also took me to a new restaurant on the water called Merwin’s Wharf. They have the most amazing Bloody Mary’s!


Isn’t that sweet?! I ordered the jalapeño vodka one – heaven!

We walked along the water a bit and then headed to putt-putt. Another check off the Bucket List!


Once home, we just relaxed for a while before heading back out for some drinks and casino fun! I won $8 – woohoo!! We ordered pizza for dinner and then crashed!


After sleeping in a bit, and feeling blah from the pizza, we took an hour and a half walk around downtown Cleveland.

It was lovely! We went by the Science Center, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns Stadium, and my favorite part, the water!


My happy place is definitely anywhere around water!

Once back home, we relaxed for a while and started the series, Tru Blood. So addicting!

For dinner, we went out and grabbed sushi, my favorite! The waitress talked us into ordering the ‘Other Roll’ pictured at the bottom – it was huge and pretty delish!



Overall, it was a great weekend – some low key mixed with some fun – and the weather couldn’t have been better!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Get out and enjoy the weather? What’s your favorite kind of sushi roll?! 

Come this week…

  • Food/Fitness Plan
  • Recently in Beachbody
  • Throwback Thursday
  • How The Week Went Down