Breakfast + Leg Day Workout
Yesterday morning began at 6 a.m. when I woke up to work for a little over an hour before Chase was up for the day. During my time at the computer, I ate breakfast (a reheated frittata, banana and a mug of coffee with whole milk and collagen) and worked through my inbox which was severely neglected during last week’s Florida adventures.
I said goodbye to Ryan a little before 7 a.m. and Chase was up for the day 30 minutes later. We did the breakfast thang got dressed for the day (in shorts – temperatures reached 80 degrees in the afternoon!!) before making our way to Burn Boot Camp.
Gosh, I was so ready for a kick-butt workout and boot camp delivered! I took almost an entire week off from the gym (with the exception of Saturday) last week and really missed beginning my day with a good sweat. I truly feel like working out first thin the morning gives me more energy throughout the day and I missed that post-workout boost!
The workout on the agenda yesterday was a leg workout that looked like this:
Here are a few links to demos of some of the exercises that may be unfamiliar:
After boot camp, I inhaled a peanut butter cookie Larabar in the car and then met up with my friends Lauren and Laura for a Gymboree class play date with our little ones. I think Chase missed his time at Gymbo because he was running all over the place and clearly in his element!
Once Gymboree was over, we hurried home because I was determined to enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine and take Sadie on a walk before Chase’s nap.
It was so gorgeous outside and since colder temperatures are on the horizon, a walk outside was high on my priority list for the day! I used our walk time to chat with my sister and it was so great to catch up.
Lunch + Afternoon Fun
We made it back home with enough time for Chase to eat a quick lunch before his nap. After settling Chase in his crib, I hopped in the shower and made myself a snack since I wasn’t overly hungry and settled into work mode.
I reheated a leftover chicken sausage and served it with ketchup and two mandarins on the side. I’ve been trying my best to eat more whole foods for my snacks and it’s taking some effort but I definitely feel more satisfied when I take the time to snack on something other than Chase’s cheddar bunnies even though those cheesy little bunnies are ridiculously delicious and addicting.
About and hour into work, I was ready for a more legit lunch and threw together kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, pre-roasted butternut squash and chopped chicken thighs in a skillet and sautéed everything in a mix of sesame oil, coconut aminos and fresh ginger paste.
While everything was sizzlin’ on the stovetop, I also chopped and roasted a few white sweet potatoes to have on hand for more lunches and dinners this week!
Lunch kept me satisfied as I continued to work at the computer but once Chase was up we were both ready for a snack. After snack time we headed off to the grocery store to pick up some food for dinner.
We arrived home from Florida to a broken fridge (talk about gross and smelly!) so we’ve been using the small beverage fridge the previous owners installed in our kitchen for our food (we LOVE that thing!) which is saving us until we can get someone out to look at our refrigerator (hopefully today). It also means we’ve been limited to the amount of food we can keep at home at once, hence our Tuesday afternoon shopping trip!
While Chase ran around the kitchen and played several rounds of indoor fetch with Sadie, I marinated a pork tenderloin using this marinade and chopped some broccoli for dinner. Ryan had his final physical therapy appointment for a shoulder injury and made it home on the early side so we had plenty of time for outdoor fun while the pork marinated in the fridge!
We took full advantage of the sunshine and went on a short walk around the neighborhood for Sadie’s sake before deciding the weather was perfect for our first evening boat ride of the year.
We’ve been itching to get back out on the lake and the little taste of summer we had last night left me feeling way too excited for LOTS of time on the water in the coming months!
Our boat ride didn’t last too long but it still felt like a treat to be on the lake in the middle of the week in April. Chase was in heaven flapping his arms in the breeze and I am curious to see what he’ll think of swimming in the lake this year! We’ll be starting swimming lessons again next month so I am hoping that will help him feel a little more acclimated to lots of time in the water again before summer is in full swing.
Dinner came together quickly once we made it back home. While Ryan and Chase played with cars and trains, I put the pork and broccoli side-by-side on a sheet pan, drizzled the broccoli with olive oil and garlic salt and roasted everything in the oven at 425 for about 25 minutes. Once the white sweet potatoes I roasted earlier in the day were reheated in the microwave, we were ready to eat!
Chase was ready for bed around 7:30 p.m., and once he was bathed and changed and evening story time was over, we tucked him into his crib before Ryan, Sadie and I snuggled up on the couch to watch an episode of New Girl and hang out before bed. Ryan and I always joke that the moment Chase goes to bed is Sadie’s favorite moment of the day. Her relationship with Chase has drastically improved but there’s no denying that Sadie still relishes being the absolute center of attention! She’ll always be our favorite sweet and oh-so-needy furry little lady, that’s for sure.
We headed upstairs around 9:30 p.m. and I made it through three chapters of a new book (The Zookeeper’s Wife) before my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer.
Today should be a good and busy day! I’m meeting up with some blogging buddies this morning to talk blog stuff while my friend Lauren watches Chase and then I’ll be watching her sweet daughter this evening. Lots of Chase and Claire playtime for the kiddos today!
Hope you guys have a great Wednesday!