Whole30 Day 28

Yesterday was Day 28 of the Whole 30 challenge…which means today is Day30. And tomorrow is day 30! I can’t wait to share my thought with you guys!


Chicken sausage, egg, spinach, and spaghetti squash. Lots of goodness on one plate. I loved the chicken sausage (clearly…it’s been on my plate every day since I bought it..) and I hope I’ll have some more soon!


Kale chips. The delicious second half of breakfast.



For lunch I heated up leftover Paleo chili. It was a little heavy on the tomato flavor, but still awesome. I threw a little lettuce on top for crunch + veggies.


Lunch, the sequel: apple & almond butter.



Dinner yesterday was similar to the night before, but that didn’t make it taste any less amazing! Chicken, zucchini, and asparagus. Topped with mustard because I’m weird & I love mustard. Eat the rainbow..right?


Dinner, part 2. Banana and almond butter… BUT the best part was, I stuck this whole bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes and when I took it out the cold, frozen banana + almond butter combo was awesome.



JK! I didn’t give up the Whole30 life yet…30 days for myself! These were on sale at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery for $8.99.. not the cheapest ice cream but $2+ less than usual (especially at Earth Fare..they sell Jeni’s for $11.99 a pint ridiculous). As far as ice cream goes Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are …pretty much the best. They get their milk from grass fed cows, and they prioritize fair trade, natural, quality ingredients that also taste amazing. If you choose to indulge in a frozen treat, Jeni’s is one you have to try!


Questions of the day:

Have you tried Jeni’s Ice Creams yet?

What is your favorite frozen summer treat?

K.O. Leg Workout + un-natural cheese.

Yesterday morning I decided to sleep in a little (if 7 am can count as ‘late’?). I am trying to get better, and longer sleep. One of the cool things about my Fitbit is that it tracks how long I sleep, how many times I’m awake, and how many minutes I am restless during the night. It has made me realize that I am not a good sleeper. I don’t usually wake up during the night– except when the people below me are screaming on their porch, got to love college apartments– but I am a very restless sleeper, averaging 30-45 minutes of restless sleep during the night. That could be almost an hour of sleep I’m missing out on! Some of my goals for this week are 1. Go to bed earlier; 2. Avoid screens/electronics for ~1 hour before bed.

After dilly-dallying around for a few minutes, I got ready for research, made breakfast, and headed out the door. I gave up my usual morning walk in trade of extra sleep!


I was running behind, so I threw a piece of Paleo Pumpkin Bread (recipe coming at ya soon!) and a few pieces of nitrate-free turkey bacon. Simple and definitely an easy eat on the go.



After troubleshooting lab equipment all morning, I was ready for a lunch break. Yesterday’s salad featured romaine, kale, Trader Joe’s Balsamic Vegetables (frozen– I cooked these up Sunday for easy use throughout the week), blue cheese crumbles, and turkey.



This week I am starting  a new-ish workout plan- basically to increase my strength training and decrease cardio. I want to build more muscle this summer, and be strong. Running a half marathon was awesome, but I don’t think focusing on cardio/running is the best path for my healthiest self!

That said, I am not a weight lifting aficionado. I have a few routines I use when I want to lift weights, but I’ve always stuck to more circuit training style strength. My boyfriend is much more into weight lifting, and he’s going to help me over the next few weeks as I adjust to heavier lifting. Yup, he’s pretty cool.

Yesterday’s workout was all legs and it was a good one.

K.O. Leg Workout

  • Warmup- 5 minutes on the treadmill/bike. 2 minutes easy, 3 minutes moderate.
  • Stretch 5 minutes
Move Reps Sets
1 Standing Throws 50 2 (1 per side)
2a One-leg dumbell deadlift 12/side 2
2b One-leg sqauts 12/side 2
3a Lying leg raise To failure 1
3b Side Plank To failure 2
4 Ab throw downs To failure 1
5 Hamstring ball curls 15 2
6 Leg Press 12 3
7a Leg Extension 12 2
7b Leg curl 12 2
8a External leg swing with resistance band 10 3
8b Internal leg swing with resistance 10 3



This workout was pretty intense! By the time we got to the abductor/adductor exercises at the end, my legs were ready to give up on me. I definitely got a great leg workout in! And the ab work thrown in there was a nice extra challenge.


Kale chips! I bought a huge bunch of kale last week and finally got around to cooking them up yesterday morning. Kale, a little coconut oil, and some natural sea salt. It’s a perfect summer snack!



I saw this at the store and had to snap a picture… could this be more of a contradiction? Fat-free mozzarella cheese.. there is nothing natural about that! And it is really frustrating that Kraft (and lots of other companies) are selling products like this. Tricky, slippery wording like ‘all natural’ that make people believe this is healthy for them. Not cool!


And finally.. a quick snap of my post-workout change to grocery shop and cook dinner with the boy. A quick white J.Crew tee from the sale and an infinity scarf from the Gap. Not a church outfit, but still cute enough to go out in public. {ps. don’t forget to add deodorant 😉 }.

Question of the day:

How important is strength training in your workout routine?


Monday mornings can be hard. Earlier wake ups, back to work. Well, if I’m being totally honest, my Monday mornings aren’t that different than any other morning. Wake up, study, workout, study. Except today, because I have to get my blood drawn this morning. Oh well. It’ll be over fast.

I wanted to share some of my favorites that have been making me happy lately!


^^Flowers in ball jars. Bright and fresh.^^


^^Summer berries are here! These strawberries were so delicious, and I’m hoping to pick up some local//fresh ones soon.^^


^^This baby boy. He’s too cute. My mom watches him 3 days/week and I can’t get enough. Babies are too fun, right?! Until they cry.^^


^^Coconut oil on everything. I’ve been cooking a lot of dinners for my family and I’m using coconut oil on everything. I think I’m converting them. ((especially after sharing about the harmful effects of olive oil when heated up)).^^


^^Kale chips. The perfect snack (or popcorn replacer!) And butternut squash. Cooked in coconut oil. Of course.^^

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^^My favorite thing this week. Devotionals. God always gives me just what I need. He follows my heart and calls me to him even when I am failing Him.^^

“Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7

What are some of your favorites this week?