With Ryan traveling for work most of this week, Chase, Sadie and I are ridin’ solo. This means that despite my coaxing Sadie does not relax at night until around 9 p.m. when she finally throws in the towel and accepts the fact that no matter how long she stares out the front window of our house, Ryan is not coming home. She’s only a lil’ obsessed with him…
I woke up on Monday morning a little before 6 a.m. and kicked things off with a bowl of triple chocolate protein oatmeal. I then made myself a hot mug of decaf coffee with whole milk and collagen to fuel me through a bit of work before Chase was up for the day around 7:30 a.m.
The first words out of Chase’s mouth when he woke up were, “1, 2, 3… HIKE!” so you can see the toddler crib talk randomness continues around here! I scooped him up and he immediately requested stories and cuddles along with breakfast, so we snuggled up and read The Cat in the Hat together while Chase ate a breakfast bar. Getting Chase and myself dressed for the day was a complete joy (sarcasm to the extreme) but after a tearful strip down and changing his pants two times, Chase was dressed and happy again. Gotta love those emotional rollercoasters!
We spent the rest of the morning packing Chase’s lunch and making cards to go along with some small gifts for Chase’s preschool teachers. (His school is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week.) By the time I dropped Chase off at school, I wasn’t feeling the most energetic and considered skipping the gym but I knew I’d feel 10 times better if I sucked it up and worked up a sweat.
This probably isn’t the most motivating mindset, but one way I get myself to the gym on days when I feel a little bleh is by telling myself I can take it as easy as I want and modify whatever I want once I’m there. Sometimes I scale back a lot and other times I find my groove right away. It’s a weird little mind trick that works well for me, especially during pregnancy!
The Burn Boot Camp protocol called for a leg workout and we paired off in groups of four to complete a lower body burner. Here’s what my slightly-modified version looked like:
In between each round, our group completed 40 jump squats!
I actually really enjoyed the workout not only because it kept things moving but because I paired up with three of my close girlfriends for this one and it made time fly by! Once the workout was done, I made a quick pit-stop at the grocery store for some food for the week before heading home to get a jump start on making a recipe for breakfast bars I’m planning to share on the blog tomorrow. I’ve had some requests for more kid-friendly recipes that Chase also loves so be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow if that interests you!
While my breakfast bars baked away, I quickly checked my emails, ate a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and two pieces of a frittata out of some Tupperware and then grabbed a shower before I had to head back out to pick Chase up from preschool.
Right when we arrived home, I let Chase accompany me to the end of the driveway to bring the recycling bin inside which spiraled into a solid hour of playtime outside. I usually try to let him unwind inside with some quiet play for 30 minutes or so after preschool and then settle him in for his nap but he was amped up and, honestly, the weather was too pretty for me to resist as well. Sadie joined us for lots of fetch and running around in the grass and we made it back inside around 2 p.m.
After a quick snack, I managed to get Chase down for his nap and immediately came back downstairs to photograph the breakfast bars I made earlier in the day with the help of my furry photography assistant.
I ended up eating two of them for a super-late lunch (maybe I should call my cereal + frittata lunch?) along with a cup of yogurt with cacao nibs and chia seeds. While I ate, I worked on the computer until Chase was up. Chase woke up a little out of sorts and rather teary so we stayed close to home for the rest of the day, reading books, blowing bubbles in the backyard and playing frisbee with Sadie before dinner.
Dinner was a rather random assortment of leftovers – rice, cauliflower, cheese, cilantro, onions and roasted chickpeas – all thrown together in a bowl and topped with avocado.
Chase and I FaceTimed with Ryan after dinner before making our way upstairs for the whole bed time routine. I did a little more work once Chase was asleep while I half-watched The Voice. I eventually headed off to bed around 10 p.m. and read until my eyes were too heavy to stay open any longer.
Today isn’t a preschool day for Chase, so I’ll be hanging with my little man. I’m hoping to make it to the gym, the library and a local park at some point but the day is still fairly up in the air over here. Hope you all have a great Tuesday!