Spice Up Your Life, Week 7

I am so happy right now. It’s super early on Saturday morning, no one else in my house is awake, and I’m drinking coffee from my Keurig that I can make literally without even getting out of bed. I have a really busy day, but busy with good things:

  • 8:30 am: yoga class
  • 9:45 am: going out to breakfast with Luke
  • 11:15 am – 1:15 pm: training a couple of clients
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: church Easter party for the kids
  • 4:00 pm: going somewhere new & fun with Luke!

I’m not necessarily happy because of my day filled with good stuff, but because of a couple realizations I’ve had over the last few days. (1) I am 100% positive, without a doubt, that having kids and working in the fitness industry is what I am supposed to do with my life. (2) I work better with a schedule, hence why I made up a generic exercise schedule that I can mix and match and alter a little bit every week. (3) Living on my own is going to solve a lot of the problems I’ve been having lately; this will be happening sooner than I thought…..*hint hint* (4) 17 days from right now I will be on my way to Los Angeles with my wonderful boyfriend!

I also realized that I did a great job at my challenge from last week of creating a sacred space. I started out the week doing Deepak Chopra’s meditation challenge, but got bored of it after a few days. Instead, I turned to doing some Tara Stiles meditation routines each morning. Typically the night before I will pull up a couple of her videos (7-ish minutes each) on my iPad so they are easily accessible to me in the morning. I wake up, drink my coffee and read a few blogs, do my routines, and then get ready for the day. It really gives me a solid mindset for the day. I love it. Anyway, I just ranted about really boring parts of my life. My bad. Where I was heading with this…..

My sacred space is the floor in my room. Yeah, I’m weird. Over it. I love rolling my yoga mat out between my bed and the window and being able to see just a little bit of light through the cracks in my blinds each morning. I love foam rolling. I love laying on my stomach while on my computer. I am always on the floor! So, there’s a little random tidbit about my life. Don’t judge me Smile with tongue out Did you find a “sacred space” for yourself?

Moving on to this week’s challenge!

84. Plan and prepare a seduction dinner.

LOL. That’s all I have to say about that. This book, I swear. It’s got some weird challenges in here. But definitely things that will put us out of our comfort zones! Once again, I’m going to switch around this challenge a bit and say to just simply make dinner for someone! I know that personally I have fallen into this pattern of just kinda eating what is in front of me. I snack like there’s no tomorrow and am just really impatient when it comes to food. I miss cooking and need to get back into it. Once again, will be a lot easier when I get my own place….very, very soon! More details coming soon Smile

This video from Jenna Marbles pretty much describes my eating habits lately perfectly:

“I don’t just eat the popcorn; I EAT the popcorn.” LOL. Yes! I adore her.

Here’s what I’m going to do this week for the challenge:”

  • Have a serious Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s grocery shopping experience on Thursday. And my goal for this trip? Only buy what is on my list. We shall see how that goes.
  • Make a good meal for Luke! What do ya want babe? Better let me know now or you know it’s gonna be some “healthy crap you don’t like.” Smile
  • Make actual meals for myself. I’m super good at assembling things, but really bad at actually incorporating them into one dish. Practice makes perfect.

Who are you going to have a good meal with this week??

First Vlog!

Oh goodness, please don’t make fun of me:

Yes, I realize the video is like the crappiest quality ever, but hey; it’s my first shot. next time will be better! Plus, it’ll be worth a good laugh down the road when I really figure out how to do good videos and I look back on this.


And now in case you care at all, I’ll tell you about my workout this morning. I knew I wanted to do cardio, since my whole body feels like I got hit by a truck from using my new foam roller for the first time last night. Posting about it on twitter was about all I could handle for an hour when I woke up this morning before I finally got out of bed. Here’s a breakdown of what I did:

5 minutes: standing stretches

30 minutes: 3.2 miles on the elliptical at resistance 6, and alternating between going forward and backward every 5 minutes (I feel like I get a better workout this way, since I can really feel it working different parts of my legs)

20 minutes: 1.9 miles on the treadmill, at incline 1, and walking at 4.4 for 1 minute and jogging at 6.6 for 2 minutes

5 minutes: seated stretches

I didn’t want to do anything too crazy today, since I really want to take another shot at that foam roller tonight while watching the game. I feel it like crazy, especially in my hamstrings. I didn’t realize how tight my whole body was before! It definitely helps me to release that pent-up energy, but I think it will take some time before I stop feeling horrible the next morning. I know it will pay off eventually!

foam roller



Clockwise, it’s blueberry Chobani, 1/2 tbs. roasted flax seeds, banana, strawberries, and KIND blueberry vanilla cluster granola.





A Gala apple and 1 tbs. cookie butter with some green tea. I seriously just cannot get enough of that stuff.


Luke and I went to a local pub called Boston’s. I got their individual whole-wheat Florentine pizza, which had sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach, basil, onion, and plenty of garlic on it. SO GOOD. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I have some leftovers so if I remember I’ll snap a picture before I finish those up later tonight :p This is a pic from their website.


Still no clue what’s going on tonight for dinner/snacks, but I’ll be sure to fill you in on it tomorrow!


Have a great time tonight, whatever you’re doing, and stay safe <3


Do you feel weird taking pictures of your food at restaurants?