After a whirlwind of a week last week, I must admit that it’s a little bittersweet getting back into the swing of things. Wednesday through Saturday were some of the best days of my life, and those memories will be tucked away in an extra special part of my brain forever.
That being said, I still managed to get my adrenaline pumping this morning with an awesome workout! To start, I completed five rounds of ZWOW #14. I capped my workout off with two rounds of the Tone It Up Bikini Bootcamp workout. After that, my biceps and thighs felt like absolute jelly, so I cooled it down with some deep stretching. I rocked my new Reebok gear that I received at #RBKFITBLOG and felt pretty bad ass.
The rest of the day was spent catching up on blog-related tasks, including an interview and many, many, many emails. This morning, it looked like my inbox threw up on itself but now that it’s trimmed down, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
I broke for lunch after a few hours of work and made my LeanCleanGreen salad. Mmm mmm mmm. The combination of the fresh lime juice and avocado seriously wins me over. I could eat this salad every day. Apparently, I was really involved in my work because I totally forgot to snap a picture of said lunch! Enter recycled photo.
Luckily, today’s salad looked virtually identical to the above salad so, I can assure you that you’re not missing out on anything.
So many of my recipes come as a result of happenstance – a fortunate accident of sorts. Tonight’s was no different; and so balsamic-glazed quinoa came to be.
I was craving another salad with avocado and pondered for a minute over what to do for a satiating protein source. I boiled one serving of quinoa for about 11 minutes on medium heat before adding the following to it:
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. raw agave nectar
- 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
- black pepper to taste
The result was pretty amazing, guys. Served over romaine and topped with (slightly browned – whoops!) avocado and sliced red peppers, it was another home run salad. You hear me, Kelly Olexa?!
Food + Fitness Does Not Equal Happiness
On Saturday evening, I had the sheer pleasure of going out with two fellow Tone It Up sisters: Jenn and Jenny! We’ve been Twitter buddies for awhile now and were so excited to finally meet each other in person. Well, my friends, sisters is officially what we’ve become.
We talked from the second we saw each other until the second we said goodbye. There might have been a nano-second of silence the entire time. I drank some pinot (some being the operative word, here…that glass was huge!)
and ate some phenomenal food: collard greens with garlic and a hearts of palm burger with sweet potato fries.
Thank you, Garden Grille, for yet another fabulous meal! While the food was phenomenal, the company was even better. That is a message I’ve truly taken away this past week. It’s crazy how just a few days can really alter your outlook on a particular aspect of your life. I write a healthy living blog and talk largely about food and fitness. This sort of talk will be commonplace throughout my life, as it is the base of my career. That being said, it isn’t the heart of what truly matters. This is something we all know deep down but, sometimes, there are specific moments in time that make us realize the true heart of the matter.
Jenn, Jenny, and I met through Tone It Up (thank you, K&K!). We met through a little spot in cyber space whose roots are intertwined in food and fitness; a world where so many women hate the bodies they have and want to change them. Throughout our entire dinner, not once did I think about food and fitness. I was simply in awe at how amazing my new friends were, how we laughed at the same things (practically until we cried), and bonded like true sisters. Food was the backdrop to our newfound friendship.
I thought back to that morning when Cait, Matty, and I went to Wildflour. Cait and Matty talked each other’s ears off about books and various other things they have in common. That night, Matty told me, “She is awesome.” I can’t really argue with him there. It’s moments like these that make me feel truly alive.
I love when candid moments are captured and immediately transport you back to that one moment in time. Prior emotions rush through your body and all you can do is smile, whether those emotions are gratitude, peacefulness, pure love, or a combination of all three.
Food and fitness are essential to being healthy but true health comes from a synergy of food, fitness, and, most importantly, building lasting relationships with people that bring out the best in you. Last week’s events – every single one of them – did just that. So, hug your loved ones extra tight tonight and thank them for shaping you into who you’ve become, bringing joy to your life, and making your life complete…because they, unlike food and fitness, are anything but a backdrop to your life.