hi! can’t thank you all enough for the sweet comments on my last post. my new nephew is still in the ICU but he is fighting the good fight and things are going well. i cannot wait to hold the little fella!
breakfast was a bowl of three sisters cereal. review to come, along with a photo.. of the next bowl i eat.. because i didn’t take a photo today. but it’s cereal. i am sure you can all picture that one.
lunch was leftover turkey chili and a golden corn vita.
i decided to leave the leftover cast iron cornbread for poor, sick marshall. he stayed home from work today due to a tummy bug
the golden corn vitatop is REALLY good. if you are into cornbread, i highly suggest you try this flavor.
today’s snack was the same thing as every other day this week, but i realize i haven’t showed you guys yet!
honeycrisp apple and a babybel cheese round. the apple was from the farmers’ market. there is something fabulous about biting into an apple without having to look for the sticker to remove first. read: i have eaten many apple stickers in my day!
i got home from work today around 5 PM and procrastinated my life away. i wanted to chill out because work was a little bit emotionally taxing today.. so i broke out the cast iron cornbread (yes, the one i was saving for my sick husband) and polished off a couple slices before finally getting my butt to the gym. let’s call it carb loading, k?
today i did a body for life style upper body workout. here are the details!
5 min treadmill warm up.
|dumbbell bench press||12.5# ea||12||50 decline bench crunches|
|dumbbell bench press||15# ea||10||50 decline bench crunches|
|dumbbell bench press||20# ea||8||50 decline bench crunches|
|dumbbell bench press||25# ea||6||50 decline bench crunches|
|dumbbell bench press||15# ea||12||none|
|dumbbell flyes||10# ea||12||NA|
|upright dumbbell row||10# ea||12||40 ball crunches (obliques)|
|upright dumbbell row||12.5# ea||10||40 ball crunches (obliques)|
|upright dumbbell row||15# ea||8||40 ball crunches (obliques)|
|upright dumbbell row||20# ea||6||40 ball crunches (obliques)|
|upright dumbbell row||15# ea||12||none|
|dumbbell front raises||7.5# ea||12||NA|
|dumbbell curl||7.5# ea||12||captains chair leg raises (15 reps)|
|dumbbell curl||10# ea||10||captains chair leg raises (15 reps)|
|dumbbell curl||12.5# ea||8||captains chair leg raises (15 reps)|
|dumbbell curl||15# ea||6||captains chair leg raises (15 reps)|
|dumbbell curl||10# ea||12||none|
|alternating hammer curl||10# ea||12||NA|
|wide grip cable pulldown||40#||12||lying butt bridge (20 reps)|
|wide grip cable pulldown||50#||10||lying butt bridge (20 reps)|
|wide grip cable pulldown||60#||8||lying butt bridge (20 reps)|
|wide grip cable pulldown||70#||6||lying butt bridge (20 reps)|
|wide grip cable pulldown||40#||12||none|
|bent over dumbbell row||20# ea||12||NA|
|dumbbell kickbacks||5# ea||12||weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side|
|dumbbell kickbacks||7.5# ea||10||weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side|
|dumbbell kickbacks||10# ea||8||weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side|
|dumbbell kickbacks||12.5# ea||6||weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side|
|dumbbell kickbacks||7.5# ea||12||none|
|bench dips||body weight||12||NA|
i am not sure if you noticed that i started putting my activity between sets in a new column titled “rest”.. but yeah, i have started doing that. i have to give credit to steph, that is where i got the idea. i LOVE it because it clearly shows what i was doing between each rep set. sometimes i do ab work, sometimes i do plyometrics, sometimes i actually rest and sometimes i don’t rest at all. this is a great way to show what i do (or don’t do!)
dinner was.. more leftovers. this time it was chicken piccata, whole wheat spaghetti and asparagus.
i love eating leftovers, so this was fine by me.
the original plan in marshall’s birthday week dinner lineup was a casserole. you know how that boy likes his casseroles! but since he was sick, he felt like tomato soup and a grilled cheese. ultimate sick food, no?
i spy a beggar in the photo below
i would be lying if i told you i didn’t steal a bite three bites.
since this post is a little boring (cereal for breakfast, leftovers for lunch and dinner) i decided to do my first round of “things i use & love”. this is a feature i have been toying around with in my head. mainly in the shower. i usually come up with ideas while conditioning my long locks.
i usually only talk about food i eat and love. or don’t love. or sort of love. but usually, it is only food that i talk about loving. which makes sense, this is mainly a food blog and it’s not secret that i love food.
but guess what? i also love lots of other things! and i have some ridiculous urge to share those things with you. lucky you. (can you sense the sarcasm?)
for my first things i use & love post, i will be showing you cleaning products that i use.. and love!
it is not secret that i am not the cleanest person on the block. but i do like clean things. and i like my house to smell good.. so even if it is messy, it smells clean
here are some of my favorites!
let’s face it, my laundry is pretty rank. i mean, the majority of the clothes i wear consist of sweaty workout attire. after getting sick of the sweaty funk not coming out of my workout clothes, i decided to find a solution. i stood in the detergent aisle at the store (in my sweaty workout clothes, no less) studying each and every detergent. not even exaggerating, i was staring at the huge wall of soap for a solid 10 minutes. pretty sure fellow shoppers thought i was a nut case. that’s OK, i probably am. anyway, this detergent is fairly new in my house, but i am already in LOVE with it. it makes my clothes smell so damn good! and look how happy the girl on the container it. she is smiling because of how her clothes smell, i promise.
fabric softener: downy lavender serenity
growing up, i didn’t even know what fabric softener was. no joke! we used those bounce dryer sheets, but we didn’t use fabric softener. when i moved into a house with 4 other girls, my roommate used this stuff. back then, it was called “lavender vanilla”. i think when they changed the name, they may have changed the scent a bit as well..
it is still really good, just not as good as it used to be. and what the hell kind of name is “lavender serenity” anyway? last time i checked, serenity didn’t have a specific scent. vanilla sure does, you should have stuck with that, downy. anyway, once i started using fabric softener i never looked back. i don’t really notice that my clothes are necessarily softer (are they supposed to be?), but they sure smell fabulous when they come out of the dryer! this container needs a smiling, happy girl on the front. because that’s what using it makes me do.. grin my face off.
making the air smell good: scentsy wickless candles
i actually have three of these bad boys! one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in my office at work. if you aren’t familiar with scentsy.. you should be. they have about a gajillion different scents to choose from. you simply put a small amount of scented wax in the little compartment, turn it on and the whole house smells glorious. right now i have a delicious coconut scent going on in the kitchen. i love my kitchen scentsy because it plugs into the wall under the table and is incognito.
there are also tons of different styles of bases to choose from, both handy outlet ones like the black one above and larger, decorative ones like the purple one up there. i am not trying to sell you on these things.. but seriously, they are flipping fabulous. WAY better than candles. and you don’t have to go through a big ol’ candle before changing up the scent!
cleaning the dishes: scotch soap wand
i love it when i can streamline any chore. this does the work of squirting the dish soap out for you.. the soap is in the handle and comes out of the sponge. also, the heads are replaceable, so you only have to buy one wand.
dishwashing detergent: cascade capsules
i used to flip flop between using liquid dish detergent and powder dish detergent. both were a pain in the ass to haul the whole container out and pour the detergent into the little dispenser. what can i say, i am lazy in a lot of aspects of life. these things rock.
powder AND liquid in one tiny little package! how convenient.
cleaning any surface, ever: pledge multi surface
i use this stuff everywhere! on my mirrors, my countertops, my tables, my furniture.. seriously, it is made for everything!
and as an added bonus, it smells really good.
cleaning the floor: swiffer wet jet
again, this is all about convenience. who wants to get a bucket, cleaner and a mop when they can use one handy tool? this sprays the cleaner in a nice stream directly in front of the mop. it actually works really, really well. the mop pads are disposable so you never have to worry about washing that nasty mop gunk out. since 85% of our house has tile floors, this thing is a life saver.
i saved my two favorite cleaning tools for last.
best tool for cleaning up after i cook dinner EVERY night: husband
it’s a nice little arrangement. i cook every night, he cleans up. every night. he does an immaculate job, too! ladies, i highly recommend you get yourself a husband.
best tool for cleaning dropped food off the floor: penny & randy
they are real good at cleaning up anything that gets dropped on the floor.. unless it is diced red onion. which, consequently, i drop a lot of while cooking. but other than the onion, they will eat just about anything!
hope you guys enjoyed my first installment of things i use & love.. yes, it is a little nerdy, but that’s pretty much par for the course with me!
finally FRIDAY tomorrow! talk to you then!
1. what is a cleaning product and/or tool you love?
2. do you like eating leftovers? i know some people who loathe leftovers and will not eat them. lucky for me, i like them and so does marshall. we do a lot of leftover eating around here!
xo. janetha g.