so i used to REALLY let loose and eat whatever and however much i wanted on the weekends. but i always despised how i felt on mondays... especially during my workout. i felt greasy.. heavy.. and kinda sick to my stomach. i don't like that feeling. and it's not like i didn't work out on the weekends either! clearly it was what and how much junk i was putting into my body that made me feel that way.
saturday morning started off like it normally does- at the gym. shoulders, cardio, abs and stretching. i've been making it a point to stretch after my workouts and now i feel incomplete if i don't do it! that's how it should be. i'm the same way with water. when i force myself to down a bottle with every meal, i start craving it over time. that's also when i start collecting empty bottles from EVERYWHERE!!! every cup holder in the cars, piled up on my end table, and all over the house.
i got in and out super early cause i had a baby shower to attend for a friend of mine.
Lululemon is a beast with the slimming effect, seriously!!!! she'll also slim the heck outta your wallet though, my goodness.
first things first, lol! kidding. really though, this cake gave my cake lady a SPRINT for her money. it was from Ooh La La Sweets. do you see how ginormous that cake is? that's only half a sheet :shock:
we were all watching Emily open her gifts (Chiso tried to help) and even after all that cuteness, the thought of having a girl still scares me!! i know she'll come at the most perfect time..... but i could totally do a few more boys.
nevertheless, we cannot wait to meet baby Audrey:) a HUGE congrats to Mike and Emily on their precious blessing and addition to their family. our little boys are close in age and i remember us both taking fitness classes and bouncing around the workout room, big bellies and all!
the lovely hostess on the left is my girl, Anna. she's an instructor too, can't you tell!? she's also a huge part of my inspiration for becoming an instructor in the first place. i'm so grateful for her friendship.
'we don't even have to try, it's always a good time!!' :)
ok back to this cake though!! the icing was subtly sweet. i LOVE that. it's like they got the recipe just right. it's not the heavy, super-sugary icing, and not the fluffy non-dairy whipped topping either. it's... perfect. the right consistency, texture, everything.
white french vanilla cake iced with vanilla buttercreme and filled with chocolate mousse w/ chocolate chips. YES. what a combo. definitely something i'd put together myself. and pink sprinkles!
next, we went to meet my bro for lunch and also to attend a kiddie Halloween event in the same area.
Matt chose Ruggles Green and we scored some awesome seats facing the courtyard where all the action was.
kids in costumes everywhere!
the view + the awesome fall weather + family = my heart overflowing with joy.
Matt ordered his usual- bison (or turkey) burger with sweet potato fries.
is this rude?
i ordered a side of their famous organic butternut squash and split it with Chiso. i was still full from the shower.
i get this whether Chiso is present or not though! i Googled the recipe immediately while we were sitting there.
duplication recipe WILL be happening.
i'm glad he enjoyed it so much- he's been turning away vegetables left and right. i'm sure that graham cracker crust had something to do with it.
oh and we had more cake. Anna cut us a huuuuuuge chunk lol! my mind screamed 'nooooooo', but my taste buds said 'heck yes', 'why not?', and 'burn it off tomorrow'.
when we got home, it was time for me to eat again, so i cut up a sweet potato and made some chips in the oven.
i also put a chunk of baked salmon, fresh steamed spinach, a fried egg, some reduced sugar ketchup, and spicy mustard on an Ezekiel sprouted grain wrap.
early service on sunday was fantastic. it never fails- i always want to go OUT to breakfast after church! apparently Sonny felt the same way cause he starting driving the opposite direction of home without saying a word.
we ended up at The Egg & I. that was Chiso's cheat meal!
at first i ordered their 'Granny Smith Chicken Salad' and silly me neglected to ask how it was prepared. it was chicken salad on top of actual salad. you know, that mayo-laden, creamy stuff that is usually full of fat. i despise having to return my food or ask my waiter/waitress for anything extra (i've always been that way) but this time...i couldn't do it. i had it replaced with their citrus chicken salad and double checked that the meat was grilled. it was topped with raw red pepper, red onions, candied walnuts, and cilantro.
i also ordered some pecan coffee, but these were my only sweetener options, booooooo. artificial everything...not good.
so i reached in my purse and pulled out one of my 'stevia in the raw' packets. always be prepared. ladies, stash a few in each of your bags so if you happen to switch it up real quick before heading out, you'll be covered.
'the best paaaart of wakin' up, is stevia in your cup.'
Sonny had a 6 ounce steak and a few cups of steamed spinach. he's competing soon, so he's staying on track with his clean diet.
however, he did help me ensure Chiso's waffles were OK for consumption :lol:
afterwards? grocery shopping!!! i KNOW! i can't believe Sonny went WITH ME again either! twice in one month! or maybe it's cause i told him fresh salmon was on sale and that's all he's eating for his last week of competition prep. hmmmmm
we took advantage and got a couple lbs. i seasoned these puppies as soon as we got home. mc cormick bbq and dried parsley on one slab,
12 min. in a 450 degree oven.
and then i did a lemon pepper/dried parsley slab as well.
i did the same leg circuit from last week.
we ended our evening and weekend with a walk down the block.
the big day is tomorrow- remember, MODERATION!!! have fun and be super safe.
i'm gonna give out candy + a piece of fruit. i'm so serious.