Here’s a peek into our day yesterday with a focus on food, fitness and play dates!
The lovely sound of the alarm clock woke me up bright and early at 5 a.m. I threw on my robe (oh yes, you better believe I have a floor-length fuzzy grandma robe and if I could describe it in one word it would be “sexy”) and headed downstairs to make myself a cup of coffee to jumpstart my brain for some work time at the computer.
About 45 minutes into working, I reheated a bowl of high protein hemp oatmeal I had leftover in the fridge from a batch I made earlier in the week. I topped it with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and shredded coconut before digging in.
I said goodbye to Ryan as he headed off to work a little before 7 a.m. and soon after he left, Chase was up for the day and ready for food! Once we were both dressed, we headed downstairs and I microwaved a frozen muffin for Chase to enjoy with some yogurt and milk in his Lollacup.
(He was more interested in singing “Row Row Row Your Boat” than eating yesterday hence his face in the above picture.)
While Chase ate, I chopped some veggies to have on hand for dinner to help everything come together fast at the end of the day. After breakfast, we read a couple of books before making our way to Burn Boot Camp.
The workout also incorporated running in between each round which meant I left the gym looking like a sweaty mess. What is it about running that makes my face instantly start dripping!? I swear I can run for all of two minutes and my face goes into sweat overdrive.
Thankfully my girlfriends don’t seem to care when I show up to play dates after the gym (bless you, portable cleansing cloths!) and after I picked Chase up from gym childcare, we drove to a local park for a play date with five of my friends and their toddlers. We played on the playground for a bit before most of the kids were ready for snacks.
Chase went to town on some Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies and a few of my friends and I joked that we’re pretty sure we eat more of our toddlers’ Cheddar Bunnies than they do on a regular basis (and they still eat a LOT). Those things are so darn addicting!
We made it back home a little after noon which gave me enough time to get some lunch into Chase’s belly before he went down for a nap at 12:30 p.m. I quickly hopped in the shower (and even washed my hair… it’s a miracle) before reheating Tuesday night’s dinner for lunch to eat at the computer while I worked.
On Tuesday night, I simply sautéed bison, pre-steamed butternut squash and chopped Swiss chard in some coconut oil and seasoned everything with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. (The inspiration for this dish came from The Performance Paleo Cookbook which I nabbed at Barnes & Noble two weeks ago. I am loving the simplicity of the recipes in this book!) Ryan and I both loved the bison and butternut squash skillet and it tasted great reheated for lunch, too! I ate my leftovers with a pear and it was quite satisfying without sitting heavy in my belly.
About 30 minutes later, my sweet tooth kicked in, so I grabbed a sugar cookie to eat along with a hot mug of tea as I continued working.
Thankfully, I had my favorite furry lady close by to keep me company in my office as tackled my to-dos!
Speaking of Sadie, I owe you guys an update… I am SO happy to report that we finally got the results back from her liver biopsy and everything looks just fine! She’ll need to take a couple of different medications for a while (maybe forever depending on upcoming blood tests) but there was no sign of anything too serious or scary when the results from her biopsy returned. Thank goodness!
Once Chase was back up, I switched out of work mode and back into mom mode. The rest of our afternoon included another short play date when we headed off to Gymboree Open Gym.
Our Gymboree membership includes unlimited Open Gym visits where kids can play without attending a structured class and it’s a great way for Chase to burn off some of his never-ending energy!
Once Open Gym was over, we said our goodbyes and Chase and I headed off to Clean Juice for smoothies because I had a $5 off coupon I wanted to use.
Anytime I can sneak green veggies into smoothies I’m all about it and Chase loved the strawberry, banana, spinach and almond butter combination we shared.
We pulled into our driveway right as Ryan was arriving home from work. We wasted no time heading back outside to a nearby park to play fetch with Sadie and run around a bit before the forecasted thunderstorm rolled in.
Rain clouds and thunder cut our playtime short so we headed inside for dinner.
While Ryan and Chase played with trains, I threw together a quick dinner of steak with sautéed onions, mushrooms, zucchini and roasted sweet potatoes.
Everything came together fast thanks to pre-chopping and pre-roasting the veggies and within 10 minutes, we were digging in!
After dinner, it was time for Chase’s bath and bedtime routine. Ryan took over most of bath time so I could get a jumpstart on today’s post, but I joined them for some splashing and pajama cuddles before we put Chase down for the night.
Before heading upstairs to bed ourselves, we hung out on the couch for a bit and I ate a Yasso chocolate chip cookie dough Greek yogurt bar.
Love those things! They never skimp on the cookie dough pieces which I really appreciate.
Our evening ended with reading in bed (I’m currently enjoying In Farleigh Field) before turning the lights out a little before 10 p.m. Not too shabby!
I hope you all have a great Thursday and hopefully I’ll see ya back here bright and early tomorrow morning!