Hi friends! How is everyone today? Even though the weather is kind of crappy here, I’m in an oddly chipper mood. I’m not really sure why, but I’ll take it!
Since today’s Wednesday, I thought I would once again take the opportunity to join Jenn and tons of other bloggers from around the web in the good old What I Ate Wednesday linkup. Today Arman from The Big Man’s World is hosting the linkup. Thanks, Arman!
Let’s take a look at my Monday, shall we?
My day began with another 6:00 am spin class at Revolve DC.
I have to admit when I crawled out of bed at 5:15 I was feeling pretty miserable, but as soon as I got changed into my spin gear and took Jack for his walk I felt much better. By the time I arrived at the studio I was ready to sweat, and sweat I did.
For whatever reason this workout felt extra tough on Monday, and I was totally red-faced and dripping by the time I headed back home. Lovely.
Once I got home, I drank a glass of fresh juice which included beets, carrots, lemon, celery and ginger.
It was a tasty batch, but very lemony since we had a few lemons we needed to use up. It almost was more like lemonade than veggie juice!
After a much-needed shower, I dug into my second breakfast of the day: a bowl of 1/2 vanilla almond and 1/2 multigrain Special K cereal, plus skim milk and some raisins tossed in.
Raisin Bran is one of my favorite childhood cereals, but I never buy it because it’s loaded with added sugar (you can even see the sugar coating the raisins). I don’t know why it took me this long to realize that if I added my own raisins to a regular bran-type cereal, I could make my own lightened up Raisin Bran. Duh! I can be so dense sometimes. Anyway, this is a really delicious combination that I’ve been enjoying all week. 🙂 Plus we are out of bananas at the moment, so raisins are a good way to make my bowl a bit more interesting.
As much as I love Special K cereal for breakfast, it does absolutely nothing for keeping me full. At around 10:30, I dug into half of a peanut butter crunch CLIF bar.
I bought these CLIF bars on a whim at Costco a few weeks ago, and I have been absolutely loving them. In addition to the peanut butter crunch flavor, the box also came with chocolate chip. Both flavors are awesome!
These bars are great because they have 11g of protein, making them great for post-workout snacks. Granted I waited a little while after my workout to eat it, but at least I got that protein in! These are seriously delicious.
At noon, I headed out into the gorgeous sunshine to meet my friend Claire for lunch. The weather was absolutely beautiful on Monday!
Claire and I began working together back in 2012, and we have been close friends ever since. She recently got a new job near me in Silver Spring, and we are planning to have lunch together at least once a week. I’m so happy I’ll get to see her more!
We decided to head to Potbelly since she had two coupons for free sandwiches (woohoo!) and I opted for my usual turkey and swiss on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Yum, yum, yum.
I had no problem finishing this off.
We sat outside since the weather was so nice, and had a great time chatting about her new job. Claire also lives in NoMa – the area Fabio and I are thinking about moving to – so I asked her about a million questions about the neighborhood. So nice to have a good resource!
After work I met Fabio at the dog park, which was so nice. On my walk over from the metro, I munched on the other half of the peanut butter CLIF bar (unpictured).
This winter we really didn’t make it to the dog park much, and on Monday I realized how much I missed this little routine. It’s just so nice to spend some time outside in the afternoon with my little family!
After the dog park we headed home, where I whipped up a quick dinner. As I mentioned, we had some lemons to use up, so I made this creamy lemon pepper orzo with chicken, and tossed in a fire-roasted red pepper that we had hanging out in in the fridge.
It was delicious, and Fabio and I both gobbled it right up. There was also a ton of orzo leftover, which I have been adding to my salads all week. So good!
After dinner Fabio worked on his taxes, while I played around with fitting our furniture into our potential new apartment.
Unfortunately it looks like not all of our furniture will fit, but all the important stuff is in there! I’m hoping to chat with Fabio tonight to make a decision one way or the other, so we will see what happens.
Question of the day: What did you miss most about spring?
I have to say the green trees, the longer days, and just being outside!