Monday is off to a slow start after another fun, yet exhausting weekend. Whitney’s on her way back to Colorado in a few hours, and hopefully I’ll be making the trip to see her soon. I need to make an effort to post more throughout the weekend, because come Monday, I have all these ideas that I have no idea how to organize.
Friday after work I scheduled a haircut, and was pretty unsure as to what I wanted until the very last minute. Actually, I’m still not sure, but here’s what I ended up with:
It’s a lot shorter than what I asked for/ expected, although my hairstylist begs to differ. I ended up dying it a few shades darker Saturday morning just to feel comfortable with the awkward length, but it was demi-permanent, so it’s already beginning to fade. What do you guys think?
This recipe gave me the idea to use all sorts of veggies, including bell peppers, zucchini, squash or tomatoes as little boats to stuff with even more veggies.
I sauteed my veggies in coconut oil instead of the suggested olive oil, since I prefer working with coconut oil over a direct heat source. I also added some garlic and just a few chili flakes for a kick of flavor.
I only had 2 1/2 zucchinis and ended up with leftover stuffing, so I cut a bell pepper in half and made an extra one.
My boyfriend really wanted bacon on his, so I conceded, and also sprinkled all of them with shredded cheese, because cheese makes everything better.
This recipe is great because it’s so easy to make and there are so many healthy options. Also, they can be mass-produced very quickly (with the help of your spouse or kids) to take to a BBQ or potluck.
Veggie Boat Choices:
- Bell pepper
Veggie Stuffing Choices:
- Bell pepper
After lunch, I headed down to Ocala to hang out with Whitney and her boyfriend one last time before they left town. I picked up some cute shorts at Kohl’s (size 5!!!!), Whit curled my hair, I pulled on my cowboy boots (Ariat- $80 from RueLaLa), and we got ready to head to Urban Cowboy, a local country bar I’d never been to before.
(Sorry for the grainy pictures! I was borrowing a friend’s underwater camera, and they come out like this with flash.)
I’ll spare you the details of the night, but I will say there were some really weird people there, and line dancing is a great workout! I’m sure you’ve seen this picture of Carrie Underwood floating around, and now I know how she does it!
Inspired by the burn in my butt and thighs the next day, I created this intense little workout to get those gorgeous cowgirl legs.
Check out my YouTube playlist for instructional videos of all the exercises.
I used some exercises from Insanity and modified some line dancing moves to make this circuit. Try this with only 10 seconds rest between exercises and 1-2 minutes rest between rounds for a complete leg workout.
Our Sunday morning beach plans fell through, so Whitney, her mom, Josh and I went to IHOP to stuff our faces with way unhealthy foods. Afterwards, we sat in a food coma in a dark movie theater watching Total Recall. If anyone’s wondering about that movie, I rate it “meh.” As for the food, I actually ordered their $7 hash brown stack with blueberry pancakes, which was eerily close to the amazing hash brown stack I wrote about a few days ago.
At some point this weekend, I also started the #plankaday challenge, which I didn’t even realize was a legit challenge until someone tweeted me this:
Plank A Day is a Twitter challenge started by Dr. Pagato on FUdiet.com to keep everyone motivated to do one measly ab exercise a day. I have to admit, planks and plank variations are some of my favorite things to do, so I was all in. My longest plank so far was 2:18, which is a huge accomplishment for someone with a bad lower back who used to collapse after 15 seconds. The next thing I want to try is the #Plankanhour challenge, where you do a 1-minute plank every hour, on the hour, for 12 hours. The tough part of that one will be actually remembering to do them.
And that’s a wrap. Seriously, you’re all caught up on my weekend. As for this week, I’m moving towards a pre-cleanse diet consisting of fruits, veggies, whole grains, poultry and fish. Next week, I’m starting The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush to hit my body’s reset button and improve my liver and gallbladder functionality. The flush is supposed to coincide with a full moon, so this week I’m eating a lot of healthy food to prepare my body and next week I’m doing the actual cleanse. I’ll keep you updated with my progress and let you know after August 17th if it works for me.
What are some of your favorite past and current Twitter challenges? Are you doing the Plank A Day challenge? (If you said no, get to it! It’s awesome!) How do you hold yourself accountable for your workout efforts?
I'm not a licensed nutritionist, dietician or fitness trainer. I'm simply a healthy living advocate with a love for food and fitness, who enjoys sharing her experiences and ideas.
What works for me may not work for you, so please exercise caution and good judgment when completing any workout or following any recipes on this blog. Thank you for reading!
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