Workout + Meal Planning

Happy Tuesday, Party People!

I think some schools around the country are on spring break right now, and if you happen to be one of the lucky ones relaxing on a beach somewhere, my sincerest congratulations! My corner of the world, on the other hand, looks like this:


NASM Study Station


I’m not complaining. Andrew reminds me all the time that I’m a huge nerd because I actually enjoy studying. If you look closely, you’ll see two differently-sized sets of flashcards on the table because two sets are SO much more effective than just one.


My NASM CPT exam date is steadily approaching, and while I can’t (nor do I want do) spend every minute of every day studying, today happens to be a full study day (per my super-hip, not-at-all-lame study schedule). I’m cramming today so I can take tomorrow off. 🙂


Speaking of schedules, I’ve started adding my workouts to our weekly meal plan. Here is this week’s line up.


Workout + Meal Plan (Week of 3/30/15)



Dinner: Homemade pizza w/ broccoli and onions
[See: Pizza Party]

Workout: Strength (Upper Body) + Outside Run
[Try: 20 Minute Upper Body Workout]



Dinner: Leftover veggie pizza and salad

Workout: Strength (Lower Body) + Treadmill Sprints
[Try: 30 Minute Leg Workout]



Dinner: Sugar Fish for my free birthday meal (Sugar Fish fans, did you know this is a thing??)

Workout: Rest Day



Dinner: Kitchen Sink Quiche

Workout: Spin Class



Dinner: Out to dinner at Centanni

Workout: Yoga + Strength (Core)
[Try: Barefoot Core Circuit]



Workout: Hike (weather permitting)
Dinner: Wing it


Before signing off, I wanted to give a quick shout out to my very good friend and a true gem, Alli, who happens to have a birthday today… Happy Birthday, Lady!


And because what is a blog if not a platform to embarrass your friends with…

high school This was TEN years ago.


Alright friends, I hope you have a great afternoon. Same place, same time tomorrow?



Question: Do you schedule your workouts?

Latte from Cielo Santa Monica

Weekend Highlights & A Beachside GoPro Adventure

Hi! How are you? How was your weekend? On a scale of 1 to 10, my weekend was a 20. Saturday was jam packed with all of my favorite things and I have no words to describe how nice Sunday was. I really don’t. I’m letting a video do the talking.


Signs of Spring


Every minute of this weekend felt like a celebration. Spring, anniversary, birthdays, new baby in the family, there’s a lot to celebrate in our lives right now. Nothing major happened (no, Dani, we’re not pregnant); it was just one of those weekends where you look around and realize how lucky you are.





Better lattes


Let me paint you a picture of Saturday.


33015 tikkun


Saturday morning started with massages at Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica. I currently have so much love and appreciation for Tikkun Spa. Andrew and I went for massages, but also enjoyed the unique saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzi. The massage I got was beyond relaxing and more than exceeded my expectations. I went in with sore shoulders and calves and came out feeling like the best kind of jello.


Salt Room at Tikkun

Himalayan Salt Room at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica, CA [source]


After living on the west side for a few years, Andrew and I have tested out a decent number of massage parlors and Tikkun was easily one of the best all around experiences we’ve had (factoring in staff, amenities, and the actual massage). I would happily go back.


Not that it takes much convincing, but I truly believe getting massages is as important for your body as a good workout. If you’re going to prioritize exercise because you care about your body, you should give it some love in the form of periodic massage, too. (And you don’t have to go to a fancy spa every time. Google or Yelp “massage schools” in your area, and you’ll probably find some really affordably priced student massages.)


Bay Cities loot

4 sandwiches, 3 loaves of warm bread, olives, cheese, salami, Kinder Surprise Easter Bunnies(!), and extra Kinder chocolate for emergencies


Andrew had a great idea to pick up a bunch of lunch fixings from Bay Cities to share with Robynn, Jeff, and the newest edition to their family, Maxine. Maxine makes an adorable baby sister for Izzy to play with and protect and is the first baby girl on Andrew’s side of the family in quite a while. I was too preoccupied with her cuteness to take out my camera, but just picture a perfect 4-day-old baby.


As soon as we got home, we were right back out the door to pick up some cheese and prosciutto from Wheel House across the street for a healthy* dinner. As we arrived, a beer and cheese pairing event on the back patio was wrapping up. After most of the attendees had gone, the owner of the shop (who we’ve met before at a different event) offered us some of the pulled pork sliders he made for the group. He insisted on serving us both heaping plates of food and sent us out to the patio with cold beers to enjoy them. We had no choice in the matter.
*relative term


Wheel House back patio


We finished our sliders, paid for our cheese and meat and walked back to our house where we made a pretty spectacular cheese plate of our own. We turned on Interstellar (really good, but 4 hours too long) and poured some wine. It was basically the best Saturday I can remember.


Cheese Plate Dinner





Cielo Cafe


Sunday, Andrew and I adventured into Santa Monica on our bikes. Andrew has a new GoPro and wanted to test out the bike mount, so this is what (60 seconds of) our Sunday looked like:



Feeling very grateful for one of the best weekends in recent memory. 🙂




Question: What was the highlight of your weekend?