A Fall Weekend in Vermont, Days 1 and 2

This Columbus Day, my boyfriend Pat and I spent an amazing weekend in Vermont hiking, sipping maple lattes, sampling cheese and beer and cider, and taking long drives through the lovely fall foliage. Here’s part one of my recap!

Friday
Since we dropped off Brooks at my parents’ house Thursday night, we had a bit of trouble waking up on time Friday morning. Brooks is a much better alarm clock than my phone.

After some pumpkin cold brews and breakfast burritos from Wawa, we were on the road. The farther north we got, the more colorful the trees were, and we could barely contain our excitement. Our first stop was in Holyoke, MA where we stopped for lunch and I had my first root beer float. Where has this magical concoction been my whole life?

When we crossed the state line into Vermont, we made a quick pit stop at a welcome center. The plan was to drive all the way to Cabot to take a tour of the Cabot Creamery, but it closed early and neither of us felt like rushing. We made a last minute decision to push Cabot off until Monday and take our time driving through Vermont. The decision to cancel our well-laid plans and just go with what we wanted in the moment really set the tone for our whole trip.

We stopped at a distillery, where I bought a bottle of maple liqueur for my brother and Pat bought some really nice gin. Then we drove to a general store, where we sampled many flavored maple syrups, bought a few souvenirs, and shared a delicious maple creemee at a picnic table. What is a maple creemee? I’m so glad you asked. It’s the marriage of soft-serve ice cream and maple syrup, a union which creates the ultimate velvety smooth treat.

Back on the road, we were amazed that it was rush hour on a Friday and there was little to no traffic! Color these city folk very impressed.

We stayed at this Airbnb in Waitsfield. It was clean, warm, secluded, and so cozy. The hosts have really thought of every accommodation. If you ever travel to the area, I can’t recommend this place enough.

When we arrived at our Airbnb, we quickly settled in and realized that our stomachs were definitely ready for dinner. We ate at Mad River Barn, just a quick drive away. The restaurant was everything I would expect from a Vermont establishment–friendly and cozy, with a local feel. The menu had a lot of variety and was full of warm comfort food. Each table had a basket with Trivial Pursuit cards. I am pretty terrible at Trivial Pursuit, but learned that Pat is really great at it! I was better at the BrainQuest cards that were probably set out for children 🙂

Saturday

We fell asleep at around 10pm on Friday without setting an alarm for Saturday morning. We woke up at 9am. In the nearly 6 months of weekends we’ve spent together, I don’t think either of us have ever slept for nearly twelve hours in a night. I awoke to perfect quiet and a gorgeous view right outside the window. Our Airbnb seemed even more cozy in the late morning light.

Our hosts were super sweet and left us some coffee beans. After brewing some coffee, we headed out for our first hike, which was at Little River State Park. We hiked the Hedgehog trail, which was directly uphill for the first mile or so, but was pleasant the rest of the way. The trail is home to the remains of a few abandoned farms. We really wished we could’ve spent more time and hiked some more of the trails in the park, but because we slept in so late, it was already time to make our way to Burlington.

When we arrived in Burlington, we immediately headed over to the farmers market. We had heard rave reviews, and it did not disappoint. After petting a few dogs, trying local spirulina, sipping on some melted chocolate (yes, seriously), and snacking on different flavors of pop corn, we were very ready for some brunch.

Penny Cluse Cafe came highly recommended to us by a friend. There was a long wait, but it was totally worth it. We each had a coffee and a breakfast plate, and we also shared a bucket of spuds and some ginger pancakes. Needless to say, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, and we didn’t finish all of our food.

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This “bucket of spuds” alone could’ve probably sufficed as a meal for two!

After brunch, we took an Uber over to the Magic Hat brewery, where we took a fun tour and sampled some beer. I found some beers that I really liked, including a limited edition one called Art Hop Ale. Then we visited a local coffee shop called Uncommon Grounds. Pat had a maple latte, and I had a dirty chai latte. I’m a bit of a coffee snob, but both our lattes were exceptional. We walked down to Lake Champlain and watched the sunset with our lattes before heading over to Citizen Cider to sample some hard ciders. All the ciders were good, but we both loved one called The Dirty Mayor. I ended up buying a few cans to have at home.

We were finally ready for dinner sometime after 8:00, but found out that downtown Burlington is pretty happening on a Saturday night! We had a hard time finding a place without an hour wait, but luckily a restaurant called Sweetwaters had room for us. We each started with a house salad because we had not been eating enough vegetables throughout the day. For our entrees, Pat had the pulled pork mac and cheese, and I had the steak frites. I don’t like to dole out relationship advice because I am hardly an expert. But I know this: You should find someone who thinks it’s adorable when you shovel french fries into your mouth like a gluttonous six year old. Anybody else isn’t worth your time. To finish off our meal, we shared a really delicious maple creme brûlée.

We both loved Burlington and, on the drive back to Waitsfield, we talked about returning one day, maybe with friends, to do some more hiking, tour the rest of the breweries and try a few more restaurants. I would come back just for more maple desserts. I had every intention of staying up to watch some Netflix when we got back to our Airbnb (we’ve been watching American Vandal, which I find hilarious), but all the excitement of the day caught up to me, and I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow.

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This Week, In Adulting: Taking Care of My Joints

Recently, I went to Road Runner Sports to get new running shoes for the first time in at least 3 years. Isn’t that crazy? I ran a whole bunch of 5K in the last few years, and even a 10K last year–in old, worn out shoes that have actual holes in them. I’ve updated my Crossfit shoes pretty regularly every 1-2 years, but running shoes always kind of fell under my radar.

My running season is coming up–I love running in the fall and early winter. The cool, crisp air feels great, and I’m always extra motivated to get as much Vitamin D as I can around this time. This week, I decided that it was time to finally take care of my joints. I’m turning 26 in a few weeks, and it’s kind of time for me to be an adult about these things, don’t you think? 😉

So, I paid a visit to my local running shoes store. My Road Runner Sports is located in North Brunswick, NJ, but there are also stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. The cool thing about Road Runner is that they do a full work-up of your feet.

First, they asked me what I was going to use my shoes for (5K training, mostly on pavement). They also asked me if I was feeling any pain anywhere. I told them I had a broken ankle a few years ago and that I still have somewhat poor mobility. I told them I was around a size 8 shoe, but they measured me and encouraged me to try out a size 9 because feet generally swell during running.

Then, they had me stand on a pad for what they called a “3D Paw Reading” and they showed me where I was placing my weight. Turns out I am placing most of my weight on my right front foot. They also checked out my arches and said they were a little bit high, but nothing to worry about.

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After that, they had me run for 30 seconds on a treadmill so they could see if I had any pronation issues. I was wearing my work clothes, which was pretty funny–don’t think I’ve ever run in a skirt before! It looks like I roll my ankles a little bit, but not enough to have it be a problem.

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Last, they fitted me for some custom insoles that are supposed to prevent injuries and protect your joints!

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As a VIP member, I paid a lower price for the shoes and insoles, and I get 3 months to try out the shoes and insoles before I have to 100% commit to them. Meaning I can give them back within 3 months. For the insoles, I can get a full refund, and for the shoes, I can get store credit. That really put my mind at ease when I was picking my shoes. I’m confident in my choice, but it’s nice to know that, if I’m not totally happy with them, I can give them back.

I took the shoes out for a spin today, and they felt pretty good. I ran roughly 2.5 miles at an easy pace and felt very little cramping. Given that both the shoes and insoles were brand new and that I hadn’t run more than a few 400m sprints in months, I was really happy with that.

Earlier this week, I went on a totally impromptu sushi and ice cream date with my boyfriend. We weren’t supposed to see one another until later in the week and we usually schedule things ahead of time because our schedules are pretty busy and we live a little bit far from one another, but it was a really great way to spend a weeknight and kept me in good spirits for the rest of the week.

Here’s some of the delicious food we had!

In other news, I’m starting a new job tomorrow, and I’m pretty nervous, but I am also really excited! The job is in the same building that I currently work in, but in a totally different division. I definitely needed a change, so I’m super thankful for this opportunity. But starting a new job always comes with nerves. I worked out my nerves tonight by going for a quick run with Brooks, taking a hot shower, drinking some delicious apple flavored tea from David’s Tea, and catching up on some SVU.

Now I’m just looking forward to the weekend! 🙂

Staying Healthy During Busy Times

I am a big believer in the idea that most human beings can really only do so many things well at one time. I often have an “all or nothing” mentality, and it frequently ends in me cycling between being a great friend, girlfriend, and employee all at once for some period of time, and then getting exhausted and being complete crap at all of those things. I don’t think that means that you have to choose only one or two roles and give up on other aspects of your life. For me, I think it just means prioritizing things: daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, whatever works.

I’ve been working on weight loss for the last few months. I’ve also been in a brand new relationship, which is a time commitment (even if it is a time commitment I am more than happy to make). But, this Friday, I’m starting a new job. This job is in the same building, but in a different division, with better pay, and, since nothing comes for free, a lot more work. I’m pretty comfortable in my current job. I know what I’m doing, so my time commitment outside of just being at work for 8 hours a day, is minimal. I won’t have this luxury at my new job–especially not at first. So, something will have to give.

So, for at least the next few months, I’m going to work on being a great new employee. Health, however, is one of those things that always has to be a priority. So while I’ll be trying to maintain my weight rather than lose weight, I still want to make sure my health is in good order.

I’m going to share some tips and tricks I use to maintain my health when I’m going through a busy period in my life. I’m not a registered dietitian, I don’t have any degrees in nutrition, and I can’t recommend enough that you go see one of these people if you’re going to make a change in your life. You should not change your diet or exercise routine without seeking advice from a professional. What works for me may not work for you, and the only person who can give you advice on what will work for you is your doctor or registered dietitian!

Here are some ways that I maintain my health without making a full-time commitment:

  1. Healthy frozen food: Riced cauliflower, all sorts of veggies, sweet potato fries, cooked rice, cooked shrimp, a lot of things at Trader Joe’s. There is seriously no shortage of healthy (and healthy-ish) options in the freezer aisle these days. Frozen food is easy. Maybe I won’t be preparing a ton of fresh vegetables every day after long a work day, but I’m way more likely to eat vegetables if they’re already in my freezer. Easy access is key. And, if I have potstickers from TJ’s in the freezer, I can dissuade myself from getting takeout. Are potstickers from TJ’s ideal? No. But the portion size I set out for myself is most likely better than it would be from the Chinese takeout place down the street.
  2. Fruit: I love fruit. Love. My favorites are strawberries, grapes, and pineapple. If I have fresh fruit available to me, I’m less likely to do things like, oh, I don’t know, eat an entire pint of ice cream in one sitting.
  3. Keep “trigger” foods out of the pantry: There are things I could eat the whole box of. A lot of them, actually. Cheez-its, Oreos, Hershey’s kisses, M&M’s, goldfish, etc. The list goes on. I love crispy cheesy things, I love chocolate, I love foods that are not very good for me. And, especially when I’m stressed, I have a hard time controlling myself. So I keep the stuff out of my house, for the most part. That doesn’t mean that I never treat myself. It just means that, if I buy it, I either buy a small package or I buy the big one, set some aside for myself, and then bring the rest to work or share with friends. Same goes for baking. I love to bake and, when I’m not trying to lose weight, I don’t deprive myself of that joy–I just make sure the fruits of my labor are out of my house as quickly as possible.
  4. Meal prep: I know. I know. You had a busy week, the last thing you want to do is spend Sunday meal prepping instead of Netflix & chill. But I swear it doesn’t take that long! I full-out meal prep only one meal of each day (I usually make lunch for the week with my boyfriend), make some sort of protein to have on hand for dinner, make sure I have carbs and veggies easily available to me for dinner, and then decide/purchase what I’ll have for breakfast–eggs, protein pancakes, a smoothie, cereal with milk, or some combo of those things. I also make sure to buy purchase some healthy-ish snacks, such as yogurt, string cheese, and/or hummus and pretzels. I’ve done some really intense meal prepping when I’m on a cut–as in, I’ve legitimately prepped every meal I’m going to eat for 5 days. But, when I’m just trying to stay healthy and maintain my weight, light meal prepping still helps a lot.
  5. Drink a lot of water and tea: I used to be a big coffee and diet soda drinker, and sometimes those things curb my appetite, but they inevitably end in a crash. I used to drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day in law school, and I’ve cut it down to 1-2. I try to not have more than one diet soda drink or energy drink per day. I drink a lot of water because it fills me up and makes me feel good. I’ve noticed that tea calms me down in times of high stress, so I try to have that on hand as well. Reaching for my water bottle or some hot tea keeps me from reaching for chocolate.
  6. Treat yo’self: I firmly believe that eating delicious foods that aren’t necessarily good for me are part of a healthy lifestyle. I try not to eat things like burgers, wings, or pizza every day or even every week (most of the time). I try not to eat dessert too often. But sometimes eating a delicious ice cream cone or digging into a juicy burger at my favorite pub is good for my soul.
  7. Stay active and go outside: I do Crossfit, and I also have a regular old gym membership at Crunch. I also like to try out various workout classes. When I’m busy, I try to set a goal each week and stick to it. For example, “Go to Crossfit 4x this week, hit 10,000 steps in a day 4x this week, and do yoga 2x this week” or “Go to the Crunch gym 3x this week, go to Crossfit 2x this week, try a new workout class” or whatever combination I think will work for me that week, taking into account my schedule. Setting a realistic goal sets me up for success, even if I don’t always meet it 100%. Also, I try to be outside for at least 30 minutes a day because I personally find that being outdoors is soothing for me. Luckily, I have a dog and live in an apartment, so not going outside at all is really a non-option for me, even when it’s rainy, humid, or cold.

What do you do to stay healthy when you’re having a busy period in your life?

Saturdaze

Started out this morning with a long walk with Brooks. There’s a coffeeshop in New Brunswick called Hidden Grounds. They have great coffee AND they are pet friendly, so I stopped in this morning to get a cappuccino for my walk.

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After my walk, I headed out to the gym. Today, I did 4×5 front squats @ 130 lbs and then a 20 min’ EMOM of a clean & jerk per minute. 10 @75 lbs, 5 @85 lbs, 5 @90 lbs.

While I was at the gym, I got a text from my brother that he and the fam were going to a park that was close by and also to bring lettuce. Yeah, that’s not a typo. Apparently, this park has a zoo, and you can feed some of the animals, so of course my niece and nephew needed Aunt Rachel to bring some goat food.

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That last picture cracked me up! Such a great moment to capture.

I’d like to come back to Johnson Park to check out the trails and whatever else the park has to offer. It looked pretty big, but it was kind of a cloudy day and was raining on and off, so we didn’t stay too long.

After the park, we grabbed lunch at one of my favorite places in New Brunswick. EFES has easily  the most delicious Mediterranean food in my part of town. It seems to be family-owned and a lot of the people that work there know me because I’m there so often. Seriously, I take everyone who comes to visit me to EFES.

Then we headed over to Milltown Ice Cream Depot for some ice cream, and Brooks came along for the ride! I’ve been trying to get to this place for a couple of weeks now because a lot of my friends rave about it. Honestly, it was really good. And the serving sizes were HUGE. My only complaint is that the service is a little bit slow, so the line is very long. But they’re really nice there, and it’s totally worth it. I got the chocolate chip cookie dough. I always get chocolate chip cookie dough the first time I go to an ice cream place–it’s my go-to, so I use it to judge whether or not the place is good because where I eat ice cream is very serious business. They gave Brooks a doggy cup, which is just some vanilla soft serve. But then my sister-in-law didn’t finish her ice cream, so he got a bunch of that too. This pup is super spoiled.

 

When I got home, I cleaned my apartment, took a quick nap, and made some cookies. I made chocolate chip cookies and, since my brother requested sugar cookies, I made a bunch of those too! All the cookies came out great and my apartment smells like delicious sugary goodness made with love.

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It was a great Saturday filled with everything that I love–coffee, family, friends, animals, heavy weights, and delicious treats.

What I’m Reading Wednesday

Okay, my food today was really unimpressive. I mean, the eggs I ate were assembled well. I’m not going to lie. I created a really pretty plate today. And I’m going to share it at the end of this post. But I really dread the idea of doing a “What I Ate Wednesday” post when what I ate today was a beautiful plate of eggs and a bunch of leftovers. Also half a bag of edamame chips and a bowl of crunchy red grapes. But still.

So, instead, I’m going to do a post about what I’m currently reading! I grew up LOVING to read. I was reading chapter books well ahead of the time that kids are supposed to read chapter books. I grew up a 5 minute walk from a library. As a kid, I would proudly collect 7 or 8 books from said library on a Saturday and finish them all before they were due. Reading was my favorite activity.

But slowly, as I got older, reading became less fun. First of all, there was television. People really hate on the television medium, but I don’t blame myself for loving it. I love immersing myself in a good story (even ones that are not well-written). With books, I have to imagine what the characters look and sound like. With television, it’s right there in front of me. Anyone who loves a good story must love television–and if you don’t, I just don’t get it!

Anyway, the other problem was that I had so much reading to do for school that reading for pleasure took a backseat. As I grew older, I had to read textbooks in dry language, classic novels that I couldn’t relate to, and essays in Old English. Reading became somewhat of a chore. I still read for pleasure, but not nearly as frequently and not with nearly as much fervor as when I was a kid.

This problem increased tenfold when I got to law school. It felt like all I did in law school was read opinions by old white dudes. In my first year, I didn’t understand half of what I was reading and spent more time looking up words in a dictionary than I did actually reading. Reading became about how quickly I could skim the case for the important information so I could spit it out in class when I was cold called. It was no longer fun. It felt like all I did was read. Consequently, my idea of fun no longer included reading a book. In fact, after my first year of law school, I can’t remember reading a single book for pleasure.

One of my goals after leaving law school was to read more for pleasure. Of course, that proved more difficult than I thought. As much as I nostalgically recalled holing myself up in my bedroom to devour the latest Harry Potter book, recent memories of reading were unpleasant and I had an almost visceral reaction to cracking open a book. It took me roughly 6 months to finish Cider House Rules, which I had started (against my better judgment) while I was studying for the bar. I realized I had to start slowly and ease myself back into reading.

I had to start somewhere. I found it really easy to read autobiographies by funny women. I read Amy Poehler’s, Amy Schumer’s, Tina Fey’s, and Sarah Silverman’s. I also opened an Audible account and have listened to a lot of books that I never would’ve picked up to read. Not a lot of substance, but great stories nonetheless. Some of my favorites have been Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, The Collector by Nora Roberts, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I can’t recommend audiobooks enough. I love them for walks with Brooks or long drives.

In the past couple of weeks, after much “easing myself back in,” I have finally been craving a good read. I mean, a real read–not a listen.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m currently reading (and listening to on walks with Brooks):

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (on Audible)
I really do love listening to Liane Moriarty’s stories. The characters are always so well-developed and fascinating. This one is about a woman who finds a letter that her husband wrote to her that was only supposed to be opened after his death. I imagine she opens it while he’s still alive and it somehow shatters her world, but I’m still at the beginning so I can’t say for sure.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir by the author, a Yale Law School graduate, about his upbringing in Middletown, OH and the social problems his hometown faces. This book has been collecting dust on my shelf ever since the 2016 presidential election. My job prevents me from publicly sharing any political views, but regardless of one’s political views, it was an interesting and often surprising election season. I hoped that this book would shed light on why some of those surprises happened. I have about 100 pages left, but as someone born and raised on the East Coast, I’ve found this peak into midwestern life to be eye-opening. I definitely recommend it.

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
This one has also been on my radar for a while because I listen to a podcast called My Favorite Murder and they bring up this book and this author ALL the time. If you’re interested in true crime and you can take a joke, you should give the podcast a listen. The Stranger Beside Me is Ann Rule’s book about Ted Bundy, whom she knew personally before she found out he was a serial killer. I just ordered this one to my Kindle and I cannot wait to start it.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
If I’m going to read a book about a real-life broken family and a real-life serial killer, I need some good fluffy fiction in my life. Otherwise, I’m afraid I run the risk of associating reading with sadness. That may be a step up from boredom or anxiety, but still not great. The Bronze Horseman is a romance novel and the first of a trilogy that takes place in Russia during World War II. I’ve ordered this one on Amazon and I’m waiting for it to arrive. I hope it lives up to its great reviews!

As promised, here’s a picture of my eggs from this morning! It’s no wonder I race home from my workout to eat breakfast–it’s the prettiest meal of the day. Plus, there’s chocolate milk and coffee involved. You just can’t go wrong with that!

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Apparently, I’m Selling Tickets to the Gun Show

This morning started out great! I went to the gym and did one of my RP Female Physique workouts. My exercises included shoulder presses, close stance feet forward squats, 1-arm dumbbell rows, and many more. Highlight of my workout, though, was walking back into the parking lot and seeing a goose, just walking around like he owned the place. This wouldn’t have been odd in some areas of the country, but in New Jersey, it gave me a good laugh!

When it was time to get ready for work, I put on this dress that I wasn’t sure would fit. I tried it on a thrift shop last summer (after I had gained all my bar exam weight) and knew I had to have it, even though it didn’t zip all the way. It was a size 10 Badgley Mischka dress, and it was incredibly cheap, so I couldn’t let it go. I tried it on for the first time towards the end of February. I did a whole lot of maneuvering to make it happen, but it fit. Today, I’m about a month into a very loose maintenance phase, so I really wasn’t sure how it would go. Lo and behold–no wriggling! It zipped right up. But it was tight in one place….MY ARMS. LOL. Can’t complain about that, right? Here’s my Instagram post about it! I think you can really see the difference 🙂

Work has been really busy lately. I’m working on this big case that requires hundreds of pages of reading and independent research, so I’ve been working longer hours than usual. By the time I made it home today, I was exhausted. So I walked Brooks for about 40 minutes, made dinner, and curled up on the couch to watch Bridget Jones’ Baby. The Bridget Jones movies have always been some of my favorites, and I loved seeing the character again. I won’t spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but I was really pleased with it!

Here’s some of what I ate today. (Btw, I feel like I have to say this. Please don’t think that my food is limited to what I post here. I usually have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 1 or 2 snacks + a protein shake if I find that I’m not recovering well from my workouts. Sometimes there’s even a caramel macchiato involved. I eat plenty of food, especially now that I’m maintaining, and I don’t want anyone to think I lost weight or got strong by eating 2-3 meals a day!!)

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Post-Workout Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 3 slices turkey bacon, handful of arugula, slice of french bread, 8 oz chocolate milk (my Snapchats are so obnoxious…)

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Dinner: Leftover’s from last night’s picadillo, in quesadilla form, with homemade pico! Click here for the recipe.

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Dessert: I had about a serving of Enlightened ice cream left in this pint, so I added some strawberries and fat free cool whip and went to town. It was amazing! ❤

Give Sunday a Break; Rx Bars review!

I think Sundays have a bad reputation. I mean, look, they’re not as glorious as Saturdays. No arguments there! On a Saturday, you can wake up whenever you want and go to bed whenever you want, and do whatever you want all day! The world is your oyster. Sunday has to be a little bit more structured in that you, at the very least, have to prepare a bit for Monday and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Ditto for Friday, when you actually have to be at work for a whole 8 hours before you feel freedom!

It’s no secret that I’m a planner. True to form, I’ve found that making a plan for the pre-Monday preparations is the best way to beat the Sunday blues. Figure out exactly what you need to do prepare for the week and then fit it into your day. I like to put half of my responsibilities in the morning and the other half in the evening so I have the whole middle of the day to enjoy myself. The good news is that, with just a little bit of planning ahead, most of the hours in your Sunday can be treated just like a Saturday!

My Sunday planning this weekend looked a little bit like this:

Morning/Afternoon–> Hit up Trader Joe’s for food (usually I’d have meal planning time too, but I’m only going to be home for 3 days this week because of some travel I’m doing Thursday-Sunday, so I just got a whole lot of easy stuff at TJ’s to last me 3 days)

Evening–> Put in a load of laundry while heating up dinner and watching Revenge (I know I’m super late on this show, but it’s soooooo good)

Those were the 2 big things I had to do this Sunday, so I planned out when I would do them and spent the rest of my day enjoying myself! I took Brooks for a 2 mile walk in the gorgeous weather, got in a great, long workout at the gym, explored a new town that I happened to stumble upon, had a nice phone conversation with my mom, AND finished Season 1 of Revenge.

A little bit of planning ahead made for a fantastic Sunday!

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On my walk around this new town I stumbled upon, I realized I was famished. It was almost dinner time and I hadn’t even had lunch yet. So, for the first time ever, I bought an Rx Bar.

Rx Bars have been on my radar for quite a while. I mean, I’m a Crossfitter. Of course they have. I hadn’t tried them yet because I’m pretty wary of anything marketed as paleo. Paleo doesn’t work for me. I know it works for a lot of people, but I’m not one of them. I’ll probably discuss it again in a separate blog post, but eating paleo just left me feeling weak, hungry, and unsatisfied. Because of my bad experience, I’m always wary of anything marketed as “Paleo” or “natural.”

Today, for some reason, I decided I was finally going to try one. The flavor I bought was called Coffee Chocolate. The main ingredients are 3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, and 2 dates. It also contains cocoa, coffee, sea salt, and “natural coffee flavor” (unsure what that last one is). Macros: 9g fat, 23g carbs, 12g protein.

First of all, it was seriously delicious. Guys, I’m a foodie. I love food. I have a serious sweet tooth. I will never say that something tastes good when it tastes like kale or soy cheese. When I say that Rx bar was good, I mean it was good. It took quite a while to chew (likely because dates are a great binding agent), but the flavors were like a party in my mouth. This bar paired perfectly with a small iced coffee from a local coffee shop.

The best part about this bar is the taste. The other good part, though, is that it fit really well into my macros AND it kept me full all the way until dinner. I was worried that, because it was paleo, this protein bar wasn’t going to give me any fuel. I was totally wrong! It really packed a punch.

I will definitely be buying more Rx Bars in the future for when I’m on the run and need a snack to keep my energy up or if I know I won’t be able to eat for a while after a workout!