My weekends tend to be so uniform that I always find myself serving you guys up a double post either on Sunday or Monday. Luckily for you it comes to you early on Sunday this week!
I started off my Friday morning by making His and Her’s breakfasts for Matt & I. We each had an egg and a half scrambled with some Newman’s Mango Salsa on top and a refreshing side of honeydew.
I dread fruit cups that are made up solely of honeydew and cantaloupe but sometimes it is perfectly juicy and fresh.
After breakfast I got ready to go and headed downtown to meet Matt’s sister for a quick gab session. While we chatted I munched on a banana as a snack.
Blogger Meet Up
Once I said goodbye to Michelle I headed over to a coffee shop to meet the face behind Culinary Bliss. Alicia is another healthy living blogger who happens to also live in Iowa City and of course, we had plenty to talk about! I’m pretty excited that she was able to be my first blogger to meet in real life and I guarantee we will have other dates in the future, most likely involving yoga or dogs… or food!
Speaking of Blogger Meet Ups – If you are an Iowa Blogger and have yet to respond to me via email regarding the Iowa Blogger Meet up on April 25th please do soon at WhatKateAte@gmail.com! We are trying to figure out how many bloggers we can expect on Sunday at The Red Avocado.
After my second gab session of the day, I got cracking on a blog post, tweeted to my hearts content, and then packed up my gear and headed on a few errands.
One of which included picking up these gorgeous Gerber Daisies. Hello, instant mood booster!
Once I got home I got cracking on preparing a quick lunch. Amy’s Burritos were on sale at my grocery store, so I immediately new I would be incorporating one into my lunch.
Served atop a bed of mixed greens and topped with some Light Chipotle Ranch dressing. I heard this dressing is the bee’s knees and Matt has a soft spot for a things Ranch so I decided to fork over $5 and give it go. It did not disappoint.
I am always looking for dressings that possess that wow factor. For me, the best dressings sadly are ones that I get at grocery stores. I rarely find one from grocery stores that I love, so when I do, I pretty much rely on it!
Do you have a favorite brand of dressing? What kind do you dig the most? Better yet, do you have a fabulous home-made salad dressing that beats any store bought kind?
I followed up a killer lunch with an even better ending: My last Caramel Oikos [topped with chocolate chips & followed by a handful more]! Ahhh. Honestly aside from the astonishingly tasty flavor of Oikos the container brings me back to Greece big time.
I didn’t go to Santorini which is the island most famous for the white washed buildings and blue accents as seen on the Oikos container, but the island of Hydra was still amazing and a quintessential Greek island. I also was lucky enough to go to Aegina, which is famous for its temple and production of Pistachios.
Hydra is a unique Greek island because it only utilizes donkeys as transportation. Not a single car is allowed on the island – talk about paradise! Honestly, since Kristin talked about her Wanderlist and Mina & Alex’s blog I have been on a serious ‘I need to travel’ kick.
In fact, in the last week I have:
- Had an appointment with Study Abroad
- Calculated out a budget
- Dragged Matt to Barnes & Noble to roughly outline a backpacking trip
- Spent ridiculous amounts of time online researching destinations
Although my life has some restrictions that don’t allow me to drop everything and travel at this time [Hello, money, school, a boyfriend who owns a business, dogs, did a say money?], I still desire more than anything to travel.
Are you a traveler? Where do you dream of going? Where is the best place you have gone?
I spent a portion of the afternoon mastering a tasty and easy bar recipe. I had all intentions of the recipe leaning more towards the healthy spectrum than dessert/indulgent side but I just let the chocolate take over! I’m glad I did. The recipe rocked!
It was so good in fact that I sampled my far share and practically spoiled my appetite for dinner!
Matt and I had plans to go out to dinner and then spend some time in the travel section of Barnes & Noble. We ended up just going to the bookstore because neither of us had an appetite for dinner.
Once we got home I realized how hungry I was, but could not be bothered with making dinner. Matt made some Mac & Cheese and I happily partook! And it wasn’t even Annie’s!
When I first started this blog I think I thought that the blog would hold me accountable in a way that life or the thought of losing weight never did before. I though that my diet would change from being 75% healthy to 100% healthy just from the pressure I would feel by blogging about what I ate everyday.
Boy, was I wrong! The blog has forced me acknowledge that my lifestyle will always include chocolate, beer, and even once in a while macaroni and cheese that is store brand – and that is okay! I can still be healthy even if I occasionally have unhealthier things. What a perfect example of the all or nothing mentality!
I’ve also toyed with the idea that maybe I would feel less guilt or anxiety about posting certain things if I was already at my goal weight. The truth is though, if I don’t indulge and incorporate certain foods Ill feel like I’m on a diet instead of on a healthy living journey. And I am definitely not on a diet!
Do you ever feel pressures from your blog or the content of your blog to eat, act, or post in a certain way? What do you do to counteract it?
Love Your Body
After talking about a not so positive side of blogging for me, I want you to think and comment about the positivity that reading blogs or writing a healthy living/food/exercise blog has on you and your love for your body.
Looks like you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for Saturday’s recap – this was a monster! Enjoy your Sundays!