I’m sipping my coffee right now hoping for a jolt of energy to come quickly. Man alive I feel drained for some reason. It’s not even like I had a late night last night or anything. We don’t really do Valentine’s Day here. I put some strawberries cut up to look like hearts in the kids’ oatmeal. Peter gave me this gem of a Sweetheart candy he found when raiding Makenzie’s treats from preschool as his romantic gesture of the day.
Haha! What a guy, I tell you. He pulls out all the romantic stops. It gave me a good chuckle…and then we realized later it is meant to say “Jump 4 Me”. Not quite as fun, but good to know “Jump Me” isn’t floating around in candy young kids pass out. That would be slightly questionable.
I did get one special treatment for Valentine’s Day, though. I treated myself to a massage because I needed one badly. My lower back, psoas, and hips have felt extremely tight and I needed to remedy that.
Such a lovely picture, no? But it certainly captures that post-massage high!
I have no problem being my own Valentine. Besides, I would rather enjoy sweet moments than overpriced chocolate candy. Like the moments I know I will remember for a lifetime when Peter & I get to make use of these soon…
Wooo!! Cruise time is coming up. We’re now just ten days out. Sweet! I just may have a countdown going on my calendar. Sun shining skies and adventure? I’m ready! My hair is ready too. I made sure to make the time to finally get a much overdue hair cut.
I ended up going back to a bit shorter of a cut. I did more of a bob with it stacked up in the back. A very friendly style for my super-fine, super-thin hair. Feels so much better.
Another thing feeling so much better? RUNNING!
I’ve done a few two mile runs the past couple of weeks and it has felt nothing short of amazing. Even if 3/4 of them have had to be in windy, chilly, drizzly weather. Yet another reason I’m ready for some sunshine. Ohhhh it better not rain on our trip! Back to the point. Running? Feels so good again! Ready to keep building things back up s-l-o-w-l-y. It’s hard to stop at just a couple miles, but I know very worth it. I’ll be bumping up a mile per week max for awhile here. Thanks for those of you who gave me some virtual high-fives on Instagram.
Oh, that reminds me! I posted a couple food pictures that I got some questions about what exactly I included. Since I’m in a rambly mood today, I’ll go ahead and share those.
I have been having a lot of protein smoothies lately. Even with the chill, I seem to crave them. I have been blending up the same thing and it never fails. Super simple, but the thick almost soft serve like texture makes it so satisfying. My protein smoothies as of late have been this blend:
- 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Silk PureAlmond
- 4 frozen cubes of Unsweetened Vanilla Silk PureAlmond (these make such a BIG difference in the texture! make it milk-shake like)
- 1/2 to 1 whole frozen banana in chunks
- 1 scoop Vega Almond Vanilla or Chocolate Energizing Smoothie Blend
Yum! I love it and think you will too.
Then, there was this quick and easy dinner I posted.
Greek Chicken Salad Pitas (served with roasted potatoes and green beans)
I got some requests for the recipe…but I don’t really have a recipe. I always say I don’t cook. I toss things together. Stir-fries. Quinoa bowls. Sandwiches/wraps/pitas. Salads. So this is just some things I tossed together and then served up in a pita. Either way, it took about 10 minutes to put together the pitas for dinner and they tasted fabulous. Here’s what I used for the Greek Chicken Salad:
- leftover chicken breast, cubed
- Kalamata olives, halved
- artichoke hearts, chopped
- red onion, chopped
- Roma tomatoes, chopped
- Trader Joe’s Tzatziki dip
No measurements. Like I said, I don’t cook or do full blown recipes really. Just mix up amounts that look good to you if you so choose to put together this little concoction.
Okay, I gotta get going. Have a workout to get done and then some of this to do…
Deifnitely planning to hit up Aldi again where I can get a cart full of groceries for $65. Now that is a good deal. They even have local produce for some things at ours! Score!
Do anything for Valentine’s Day? Are you a recipe/cook person or a toss it all together person like me? Any good combos or recipes (easy ones!) to share?