All right. I admit that I have been off of my blogging game lately. I feel like I barely get a post up every weekday, let alone my normal schedule of two. I’ve tried to stay on top of things, but I just can’t seem to catch up around here.
Truth is, I’ve been trying my best to be present and enjoy life outside of running this blog. I’ve been teaching more weeknights (and weekends) at the gym, we’ve been catching up with friends and even entertaining them here at night, and we are also guilty of packing in the activities on the weekends.
Where I used to casually whip out my laptop and work on posts for the upcoming days on the weekends, I’ve been taking a break. I just… need it. There’s a lot going on in our lives right now, so when an opportunity to relax and unwind presents itself, I take it.
That said, I still love you guys. Like, a lot. My intentions are not to post late-morning or mid-afternoon every day, but that’s just been how the cookie has been crumbling. All I can do is log on when it makes sense to and thank you for coming back to read day after day. Really. You guys are the best, and I appreciate you so much!
Now that I’ve rambled my face off, let’s get to the eats. We recently celebrated the 100th What I Ate Wednesday! I polled you guys to see if you would like me to continue on with the series, and I received an overwhelming yes. I probably won’t keep up with them on a weekly basis, but I will throw one out there from time to time.
(Still wondering what the heck WIAW is all about? This post breaks it down.)
This edition covers my whereabouts yesterday, which happens to include going out to meet a few girlfriends after work. No two WIAWs are the same, right? Ha… Nope!
What I Ate
Breakfast started with something I hadn’t had in ages… oatmeal! I normally top it in some kind of fresh fruit, but I went the pantry route and pulled out some oldies but goodies.
Oatmeal (made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk) topped in goji berries and dried blueberries
That kept me full enough until a mid-morning snack from the refrigerator. Scott brought a bunch of these Purple Cow light yogurts home from the store last week. It looks like they are a brand specifically carried in Meijer, and we have been loving the flavors!
Mixed Berry light yogurt topped in hemp hearts seeds
By the way, I love adding hemp hearts or hemp seeds to things like yogurt, smoothies, and toast or waffles topped in peanut butter. They taste similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut, but they have a soft, chewy texture and contain more protein and omegas than the same serving of chia or flax.
My stomach startled rumbling for my next meal around 1 p.m. We had plenty of sliced chicken in the refrigerator, so I quickly heated up a few sides to add to it and make a full plate for lunch.
Sliced chicken breast, mediterranean quinoa, chopped kale, and sliced tomatoes in ground pepper
I have been turning to the Simple Truth organic line from Kroger a lot lately. They sell a variety of frozen food that tastes great for times I really don’t feel like making quinoa or chopping fresh kale. I know it’s not the best way to eat, but it still beats turning to a package of Ramen noodles or going through a drive thru!
I spent the rest of the afternoon on the computer until I needed to get ready and head out to work for the night. I grabbed a Grape Chia Kombucha for the road and sipped on it over the next several hours.
Man, I love that stuff.
I arrived at work just before 4:30 and had back-to-back appointments and classes until 9 p.m. I was planning to meet some girlfriends for a late dinner afterwards, so I made a cup of hot black tea as a pick-me-up to sip on in between classes. I also enjoyed a Lärabar!
The blueberry muffin bar tastes incredible, by the way.
I didn’t get around to my own workout for the day (boo), but I plan on making up for it today. After my last appointment, I changed and hurried over to Bar Louie to meet some friends. Our friend Kylee, who I used to dance with and now lives in San Diego, is in town, so we all made an exception to enjoy a drink or two in her honor and go out on a weeknight.
My appetite was raging when I got there, so I ordered a bowl of the Chicken Tortilla soup as soon as I sat down.
It was bigger than my head, but I ate and thoroughly loved every single bite of it! I also enjoyed a generous portion of chips and salsa as well as a few large bites of their chocolate cake dessert. I would have snapped more photos to share, but the lighting was horrible and I was also trying the whole “be more present” concept I mentioned at the beginning of this post. It was nice.
The group of us chatted over a couple rounds of drinks (I ordered two berry mojitos – so delicious!), and we said our goodbyes around 11:30.
It was so nice to catch up with them!
And there you have another edition of my daily eats for WIAW. As you have probably picked up on, no two weeks are exactly the same, so I like putting this recap of meals together every now and then.
I’m hoping to pop back in later this afternoon, so I’ll see ya back here in just a bit.
Happy Hump Day!
If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others or even link your own! Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” category on the right hand sidebar.
Please note: What I Ate Wednesday features an entire day of my unfiltered eats. In no way do I change what I eat just for the sake of documenting it. While I try to be mindful with portions, I don’t count calories. I do, however, take into account how much activity I am going to be doing that day, and I plan my meals and snacks accordingly.
These eats look so good! I miss Larabars so much. You can’t buy them in Denmark so I always buy a bunch of them when I am in the US – but they seem to disappear so fast! Way to fast 😀
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Oh no, I would stock up on them too. Can you order them online? 🙂
Rebecca - Strength and Sunshine
I don’t know how you ever post twice a day! 4 posts a week for me is enough! Haha! Props girl! Take it easy and enjoy life!
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Haha, thanks! It used to be easier when I was working from home all day, every day. Since I started working as a personal trainer, I feel like I have to rush against a clock to get everything done before I leave the house, and it rarely happens. What’cha gonna do, right? 😉
I could never post more than once a day either, when I was in law school or now that I’ll be working full time. I think 3-4 posts per week will be all I can manage!
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It used to work really well for me, I felt like I had all the time in the world to post… haha. Not so much anymore. 😉 3-4 times a week is still plenty!
Alexandra @ My Urban Family
I was thinking the same thing about how I have NO idea how you posted so often before! Usually I’m at 3 or 4 a week. This week I’ll have 5 and I feel like super woman haha
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You have to do what works for you! That’s what I’ve figured out over the years… honestly, I think my posting schedule has a lot to do with what’s going on that day or week. You go, Superwoman!
I look forward to reading all of your posts but I understand that life happens 🙂 My job requires me to be on the computer the whole time so when I’m at home I hardly ever use my computer and try to use my time for anything else.
Thank you so much for reading Taylor!
hahahah I was just thinking I could do a WIAW… but then I realized I haven’t taken pictures of any food i’ve eaten soooo that’d be a pretty boring, wordy post. hahaha maybe tomorrow i’ll remember to take pictures! (plus, already today, i’ve eaten almost all the food I brought with me to work and its not even 11am yet. whoops.)
Haha, I totally have days like that. You just never know where your appetite will take you! 😉
Ahh with all those new bars out there I kind of forgot about Larabars! I need to pick some up next time I’m at the store. I have to say I completely agree with you about being more present in the moment! Blogging and writing is so great, but so much more important to enjoy the time you have with family and friends, I don’t think anyone will be mad!
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Larabars are my jam! I love the natural ingredients and taste. I really haven’t tried a flavor I haven’t loved!
Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
So much better to be present and in the moment – I have to remind myself often to do that!
3 posts a week is do-able for me, not so much in terms of time but in inspiration! I find that if I stick to 3 then I am enthusiastic about what I write, rather than writing because I feel I have to. Felt so much happier after I cut back from 5. 🙂
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