Christmas, fitness, food, healthy, holiday, snow

A Holiday Filled Weekend 

Hello, all! I hope your weekend was awesome. Mine was great. Here is my recap!

FRIDAY:

After work, I came home and sat my butt on the couch until my hubs came home. My chest cold was really working on me, so being lazy sounded great. For dinner, I made an onion chicken burger with cheese and guacamole, nut thins, and a side of couscous. It was super tasty!

After I ate, my husband and I rented a movie  (which I slept through 90 percent).

SATURDAY:

I woke up to the first snow of the season! It was fun to see the snow, while enjoying my fireplace, coffee, and Christmas decorations. 

We moved slow that morning; watching a movie and just chilling out with our kitties. It was lovely!

I was feeling better, so I went to a mid day spin class. It was tough, but fun and energizing. 

After class, I picked up lunch at Jersey Mike’s subs. 

After lunch, we spent some time cleaning before having a drink and making our gingerbread house. 

One of my favorite traditions!

We also enjoyed the snow and even took our cat to test it out. 

He didn’t know what to think of it!

We made pizza and salad for dinner, then rented a movie before bed.

My pizza was made with Kodiak Cake mix (super healthy and full of protein) and greek yogurt. 

SUNDAY:

I took a morning yoga class to loosen me up. It felt amazing! After class, I met my mom for lunch and a full day of Christmas shopping. It was fun spending the day with her! I bought so many presents, and now I  am almost done! Yay!! 

Sweet potato and turkey hash from Northstar Cafe! SO GOOD!!! 

Now that I am home, we are going to wrap presents and make some dinner! 

And it’s on to another week…

Have a great one, everyone!

With love,

Carly

fitness, food, healthy, healthy food, motivation, workout

Fitness And Foodie Friday 

Happy Friday, all! I am certainly ready for the weekend. The rapid weather change has made me feel a bit yucky and I’m ready for some extra sleep! 

Despite not feeling well, the week has been good! Great workouts, extra Starbucks, and tasty food always makes me smile. I also started a new devotional book with my work bestie, and it has me doing a lot of soul searching. (More on that in another post). For now, I will focus on this week in food and fitness. 

MONDAY:

I took my regular workout class after work, the C9 challenge. I felt a little sluggish, which happens more often than not Mondays after work. I pushed through and felt good by the end. 

Dinner was beef and minestrone soup with cornbread muffins. 

TUESDAY:

I woke up early and took spinning. It was tough, but felt great! 

Dinner was stir fry and sweet potato fries. Odd mix, I know, but sweet potato fries are life. Haha!

Kroger always has stir fry kits on sale and I add chicken! Cheap, easy, and super tasty!!

WEDNESDAY:

I was pretty tired when I woke up, but I forced myself to my workout class (TCX). Class was hard, but as always, I was glad I went. 

After work, my mom came over and we did some Christmas shopping before grabbing dinner at Whole Foods.  We took our food home so we could eat in comfy clothes. 

Salad with tofu, peas, brussel sprouts, seeds, and a few other things. I also had chicken noodle soup, a wheat roll, and coconut water. 

THURSDAY:

I woke up feeling a touch under the weather. I had a slight chest cold and a runny nose. I ate a big breakfast since I always tend to be hungrier with a cold. 

After work, I decided to try a new yoga class so I could get some exercise, but still take it easy. It was much harder and different than I expected! Typically I would have loved it…yoga + weights and some cardio is right up my alley, but that night I was hoping for something easy and relaxing. 

I’m glad I was able to try a new class!

After class, I came home and made a salad with chicken and sweet potato fries. It was quick and tasty!! 

The dressing I had was amazing!! It was strawberry poppyseed by OPA! 

FRIDAY:

I woke up still having my chest cold. I went for a run and grabbed a huge Starbucks coffee and those seemed to help break up the cold a bit. 

After work I plan on taking it easy and sitting by my fireplace until bed. 

Yay for the weekend!

Have a good one!

With love, 

Carly 

fitness, food, healthy, healthy food, weekend, wine, workout

Weekend Wrap-Up (food, fitness, wine, and relaxing)

Hello, all! The weekend always seems to fly, doesn’t it? We had the whole weekend at home and it was perfect! I wish we had just one more day of it.

FRIDAY:

After work, I went with a couple co-workers to do a wine tasting at Coopershawk winery. It was great to unwind and sample a bunch of tasty wines. 

I was pretty hungry when I got home, so I made chicken with veggies and sweet potato fries for dinner.

My husband and I watched some T.V. before bed. 

SATURDAY:

I enjoyed staying in my PJ’S for a few hours Saturday morning. I made coffee and protein pancakes for breakfast and ate it in front of the t.v. 

Pancakes made with Kodiak Cake pancake mix, chocolate peanut butter protein powder, pecans, and dark chocolate chips. Then I topped them with honey and cinnamon. 

Early afternoon I headed to the gym for a spin class. It was extremely challenging, and I loved it! 

After the gym, I grabbed a smoothie from the cafe, then hit Trader Joe’s to grab lunch. 

Lemon chicken and arugula salad! Yum!! I also had some popped chips with it.

After lunch, my husband and I spent a few hours cleaning and running some errands for house stuff. 

Dinner was a sweet onion chicken burger on a grilled flatout with cheese, guacamole, and a side of sweet potato fries. It was delicious!!

After dinner, I made cookies because I wanted something sweet. 

These were bomb.com for real!! Super tasty and healthy!

The rest of the evening was spent watching football. 

SUNDAY:

My friend picked me up pretty early for church. We stopped at Starbucks on the way of course!

After church, my husband and I had a brunch date at Cracker Barrel. 

Buttermilk oven baked chicken, cheese grits, and broccoli. Amazing!!!! I topped the chicken with sugar free maple syrup. Yum! I ate every bite. 

After brunch, we hit up the outlet mall by us. We ran a few more errands (Lowe’s and the grocery store) before heading home. Dinner was a southwest salad kit topped with coconut oil fried plantain. I made a dressing by mixing OPA ranch and buffalo sauce for a kick. It was so good!

Now it’s time to relax with my husband and kitties! 

Have a wonderful week!

With love, 

Carly 

fitness, food, healthy, healthy food, motivation, workout

Fit Friday-This Week Of Food And Fitness 

Hello and happy Friday, everyone! I couldn’t be more ready for the weekend. Things have been crazy and I need to relax and recharge. After work, I am going to Coopershawk winery with some co-workers. I am SO excited. It is much needed! The rest of the weekend will be filled with house work and enjoying time with my husband. Yay!!

I had a good week of eating and working out so here is my recap!

MONDAY:

After work, I went to the gym and took my regular class: the C9 challenge. The instructor is full of energy and always keeps me working hard.

For dinner, I made mini meatloafs with sweet onion bbq sauce and a salad. It was awesome!! I love making meals in muffin tins. 

TUESDAY:

I woke up early and headed to the gym for a spinning class. Another great workout before work!

After work, my mom came over and we went to Whole Foods to get dinner off of the salad bar. We brought it back to my place to eat and watch This Is Us. If you don’t watch it you should!! It is beautifully done. 

Yummy!

WEDNESDAY:

I took an early morning workout class: TCX (total conditioning extreme). It was hard and I am still sore, but in a good way.

After work and my chiropractor appointment, I poured myself some champagne while making dinner. 

Cooking up my chicken with OPA dressing. SO good!!

My finished product: chicken, spinach, and coconut oil fried plantain topped with strawberry poppyseed dressing. Absolutely delicious!

THURSDAY:

The work day took it’s toll on me and my co-workers. I went to the gym after and ran out as much anger as I could. It felt good to sweat and release my frustrations through excercise and music. 

For dinner, we made stir fry over red quinoa. I also had bread with butter and jelly! Yum!! 

FRIDAY:

I started the morning with a 30 minute stair climber workout. I chugged a necessary Starbucks coffee, then headed to work.

Cheers to the weekend!

Have a good one, all!

With love, 

Carly 

cheesecake, food, healthy, healthy dessert

6 Ingredient Skinny Cheesecake And Days 6 And 7 of the B and W Photo Challenge 

Hey there, everyone! I hope your week is treating you well!! Mine has been okay, but I sure am ready for the weekend. 

Let’s talk cheesecake. I have always loved cheesecake. It is quite possibly my favorite dessert! I do not, however, enjoy the calories. I decided to make a healthier version on Thanksgiving and it was a hit! My brother-in-laws asked me to make it for all of our family functions. Healthy, easy, and delicious is a win in my book!

I found the crust recipe on Pinterest last year and it has been a staple for me. The filling I just threw together one day and loved it!!

INGREDIENTS:

For the crust:

  • 15 dates, soaked in warm water for about 15 minutes, then pitted
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of cashews

For the filling:

  • 1 container of vanilla greek yogurt 
  • 8 ounces of greek yogurt cream cheese 
  • 1/4 cup of truvia or sweetener of choice
  • Fruit for topping 

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. Make the crust by mixing together the dates and cashews in a food processor or high speed blender (I used my ninja)
    2. Press the crust into a round pie dish
    3. Place crust in the fridge while you make the filling 
    4. In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, cream cheese, and sweetner of choice 
    5. Remove crust from the fridge and put the filling inside 
    6. Top with fruit of choice 
    7. Cover and store in fridge until you are ready to serve 

    I hope you enjoy!

    To change the subject…

    I was challenged to do the black and white photo challenge (rules on my previous posts) and here are the final pictures:

    Day 6

      Day 7

      I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your day!

      With love,

      Carly