I am kind of back to reality.
By reality.. I mean home. Because summer is not really reality for a teacher I suppose.
By reality.. I mean cooking my own breakfast…
Oh yes. You see that properly. I did not have oats this morning. I had oats every morning on vacation.. and was not feeling a hot bowl of oats today. Instead, I had some egg whites, spinach, broccoli, and salsa. This delicious egg connection was accompanied by Kiwi and Ezekiel Bread with Cranberry Apple Butter.
By reality .. I mean getting back to the gym.
After hanging around waiting for a phone call until about noon, I was finally off to the gym. I was so excited to have all of the equipment that I desired at my fingertips.
Todays cardio workout looked like this:
In 32 minutes, I covered 4.12 miles. I pushed it really hard at the end and felt amazing.
Then, it was time to hit the weights. I did 2 sets of each of these exercises
- Around the world lunges (with curls, presses and tris)
- Sumo Squats with curls
- Over the Head Russian Twists (Standing)
- Firemen Squats
- Side Bends/Windmills
- Flys on Bench
- Chest Press
- 25’s (ab crunches with weights on stomach)
- Bicycle crunches
- Plank (60 seconds)
By reality, I mean no more sunny skies.. humidity free 70 degree days.
California weather was amazing.
Connecticut weather.. is not.
It has been raining all day. At times.. torrential down pours. It began pouring while I was at the gym. I was wearing a white tank top.
After sprinting to the car, my tank top was no longer white.. but rather see-through. Good thing I was wearing a bright yellow sports bra.
By reality, I mean a trip to the grocery store in said pouring rain.
When you return from vacation… well.. there is no food in the house (Not much worth eating, anyway). All of our perishable items that had the possibility of stinking up the fridge while we were gone were tossed.
No fresh fruits. No fresh veggies. Nothing for lunch.
Despite my state of wetness, I sat in the parking lot at the gym for a good 10 minutes debating in my head whether I should go home and put a dry (not white) shirt on. I eventually decided to go to the store. (Who wants to go back home.. then back out.. when they are already out. Sorry. I am too lazy for that).
I went to my favorite store:
And came home with some bananas, carrots, apples, egg white salad, more ezekiel bread, peanut butter, apple sauce.. and my favorite snack bar.. PURE BARS!
These bars are really one of my FAVORITE snacks. Trader Joes sells the chocolate brownie and the cherry cashew.. and these are so tasty. I could probably eat them every day if I wanted!
By reality, I mean eating my all time favorite lunch..prepared by me..not by someone else!
As you know, I’ve been eating out quite often. But being home, means making my own breakfast, lunch and dinner again! This makes a happy Cait!
Today’s lunch was a usual lunch consumed at home:
Turkey, Apples, Mozzerlla, Mustard on Ezekial, 1/2 Banana with PB, Other 1/2 of apple, and some carrots (with extra PB).
HIT THE SPOT! I missed this lunch while I was away.
By reality, I mean massive loads of laundry.. washing, folding, the whole 9 yards.
This.. is just my laundry from the trip. I washed everything. Even if it wasn’t worn. (Especially since it was all soaked at some point).
I am not ignoring Justin – but he was a trooper and actually went to WORK today – and didn’t do anything with his suitcase. Some of his shirts go to the cleaners.. so I will let him tell me what needs to be washed.
I decided to throw ALL of the unfolded laundry on the bed – so I have to fold it before going to bed.
When Justin came home from work.. exhausted and feeling sick.. he moved the clothes to my dresser to take a nap. I asked if it could occupy a small corner of the bed .. so I could follower through with my plan.
He let me because he is such a great guy! Woke up, I folded. And MADE myself put it away too – or else it would have just sat there.. perhaps for the next month.
By reality.. I mean lots of mail.. with lots of goodies!
Justin and I forgot to put a stop on our mail. WOOPS.
But thats okay.. because we were able to see everything that came while we were gone at 3AM instead of having to go to the post office to pick it up!!
In the mail – was this beautiful necklace from LISA @ Fishyface Design.
This is the necklace that was up for grabs during the Baking for Boobies sale.. that Justin donated to win!
I also received these yummy probiotic bars from Annelies at Attune Foods. I am going to eat one every day for 2 weeks – in hopes of helping out some digestive issues that I have been battling for quite some time now!
I will be giving a full review of the product once I finish them – and will also explain a little more about my ongoing battle with my stomach!
I also want to give a special shout out and a HUGE thank you to Lisa @ Healthy Diaries, Lisa @ Healthful Sense, Laura @ Sprint to the Table, Char @ Char on a Mission, and Vivianne @ Greek Yogurt for their AWESOME guest posts! I know I sure loved reading them all – and I know that you can all agree with me! Very fortuante to have such lovely blog friends to help me out while I am traveling 🙂
SO – How do you snap back to reality after being away?! I guess I do it in a pretty boring way 🙂
** Hope you checked out my recap of Muir Woods/Wine Country ... will be posting more tomorrow afternoon .. after my FOODIE FRIDAY post in the morning…**