Rainy Weekends are Made for Shopping and Redbox

August 18, 2013


The day actually went by fairly quickly. That rarely happens, especially on a Friday.

After work I had an awesome work out. Squats, weights, and cardio.

Since it was a rainy, cool day, it had me longing for Fall.

I decided to get some Pumpkin Spice ale. Perfect way to unwind after a long, busy week, right?

Unfortunately, it tasted like tree bark.

I did make homemade cheese kale chips and those were awesome.


It rained and rained and rained.

I started off with a run on the tredmill upstairs then Marquis and I spent the day out shopping. We went to SO many different places and spent two hours alone in the mall. We shopped for a total of 7 hours.

One of our many stops was Clinique. It's free gift time, my favorite. If there is a Belk near you, get to it soon so you can get a free gift as well.  I refilled on my face wash with my hot mess oily skin (seriously, I could fuel a car) and my Silvery Moon lipstick. Best $33 spent the whole day.

After Marq and I were both aching, we decided to pick up dinner and Redbox. Seriously, instead of working out at the gym, I should just spend days shopping - my legs were KILLING me after. I was exhausted. Talk about "shop until you drop".

We rented "The Host" and "Die Hard" and enjoyed popcorn with fun flavors to top it with. Those toppings are God's gift to dieters. I put them on chicken, veggies, eggs - anything. "The Host" was an awful movie. It was a bore and we only made it through 40 minutes of it. I was disappointed. "Die Hard" was good, as always. Lots of good action, humor, and twists. It is definitely worth a rent.


This morning I started off watching one of the best movies of all damn time, Scarface. I was feeling pretty bad ass after it so I hit the gym for spin class then weights. Then I was off to my Sunday Funday routine; grocery shopping, cleaning, and food prep. 

I have really switched up my eating this week and I could not be more excited! I am pretty simple when it comes to food. I try to always eat healthy (I splurge 2-3 meals a week) so it can get expensive if I want to make different things for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and my in between snacks (I eat 5 small meals a day). I pick one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and my two snacks, and that is what I have for the week. I have been pretty regular over the past 4-5 weeks, basically sticking with the same things over and over so I am glad I finally ventured out. 

My thinking bulb was extra bright on ideas!

Nutrition and Fitness Plan; Week of August 18th 2013


Meal 1: Spinach egg white wrap. (Spinach wrap with three egg whites, turkey bacon bites, and fresh spinach.)

Meal 2: Peanut Butter Protein Shake (1 scoop banana creme protein, 2 tablespoon Natural PB, and 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Meal 3: Mexican Mix with a side of steamed veggies. (Extra lean ground turkey, low sodium taco seasoning, fat free refried beans and black beans all mixed together)

Meal 4: Oats and strawberries. (1/2 cup of oats mixed with frozen strawberries and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)

Meal 5: Veggie Flatbread Pizza with a side of homemade Kale chips. (100 calorie whole wheat Flatbread topped with grated zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, and low fat feta)

  • Sunday: 45 minute spin class + full upper body weight circuit (done)
  • Monday: 20 minutes of lateral cardio + 45 minute spin class
  • Tuesday: 15 minutes of later cardio, full upper body weight circuit, 10 minutes on the Elliptical
  • Wednesday: Same workout as Monday
  • Thursday: 10 minutes on the StairMaster, full upper body weight circuit, 15 minutes of lateral cardio
  • Friday: 20 minutes of lateral cardio, full leg work out, 10 minutes on the Elliptical
  • Saturday: OFF day or optional 45 minute run/walk at home tredmill


  1. Mmmm, yummy I love your menu this week! I have been trying to eat more clean, less processed and LOVE wraps! Is that brand organic? I can't seem to find any spinach ones that are...and I love the cute Clinique bag!

  2. That Mexican Mix sounds delicious! If you want a better Pumpkin ale, try the Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin ale, or the Dogfish Head Pumpkin ale. Both of those are delicious :)


  3. We buy those toppings for popcorn and I've never considered putting them on meats! We will have to try that. I hate that your pumpkin ale was bad because I am seriously considering (but really though) buying a case of pumpkin ale, hiding it from my husband, and having it on stand-by after baby comes.

  4. You have to try a pumpkin ale called "Pumking". It's insanely good. There's a bar in Jacksonville that serves it in Fall with graham cracker and brown sugar on the rim of the glass, and it makes my entire life!!

  5. hi liz, this is such a great post I should do this, plan and prep my food. I have read your old post of prepping meal and that's what I did last week and oh my I lost 2 lbs during that week or is it just water weight ? I don't know..... I just started of this whole thing about fitness after I had a baby coz I ve been struggling with my baby weight and base on my "research" online Im only supposed to take 1200 calories a day coz im 4'11 and I work out too...except last week I only work out twice . I normaly work out 5 days a week. I just have been so sluggish lately and uninspired to work out, but when I read your post right now. Im inspired to go back and continue my routine again coz I really want some abs. Thanks for the inspiration and as always I love reading your post :)

  6. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! Girl it rained here all weekend long and like you I did a lot of shopping Saturday and being lazy watching good movies the rest of the day with the hubs!! Your menu sounds so delish for the week!! I love doing the flat out pizzas too! So easy and yummy!!!
    XOXO Rachel

  7. Sounds like you had a great weekend! Power shopping is totally a workout. ;) That breakfast wrap sounds delicious!

  8. Ok gonna have to try that popcorn seasoning stuff. And lets see gonna have to try some of your food ideas...maybe that will help cut my peanut butter dependency LOL! I got the Clinique Bonus too...but it was for the anti aging crap (my mom took the lipstick...UNCOOL).

  9. MMMM I love me some good homemade kale chips!

  10. All of those recipes sound delish! I am going to have to try some of them. The Clinique bag is super cute, free gift with purchase time is always the best! Have a great week!

  11. I love how you took pics of all the meals! I will have to venture by clinique soon from your recomendations!!!!

  12. Sounds like a great weekend!! Girl I need your meal prep ideas... I am so tired of chicken chicken chicken brown rice & broccoli... :((( I am trying to find a way to eat 1600 calories too.. Happy Monday.. Hope you have a great day!

  13. I think we may eat all the same foods! Lately I just haven't felt inspired to cook though...come cook for me?!?! =)

  14. I didn't like "THe Host" either. It had no plot to it. I was bored with it too.

    Rainy days also mean cuddle time with the boy! <3

  15. Sounds like a lovely weekend! Love the meals and the amount of spinach you use, I'm a big spinach lover :-)

  16. that pumpkin ale is calling my name! i love the seasonal beers that come out in the fall. they give you that warm n fuzzy feeling haha!


  17. Let's be neighbors so we can Redbox together.

  18. Good to know on the seasonal... I almost decided to get some this weekend but didn't (glad I kept with my bud light lime). The Host was a good book and even though the movie did go along with it very closely it was better as a book. We watched Die Hard a few weeks ago... I loved it but then again I love anything with Bruce Willis:)Sounds like a good weekend.

  19. Your Mexican Mix dish sounds really good!


  20. I'm a new follower! I read your about me and saw you are training to be a figure competitor. So am I! :-)

    I haven't bought Clinique makeup in awhile, but I remember getting those gifts.. those were awesome. I also need to try those toppings for popcorn, because I love putting on salt and butter (but obviously can't do that every time hehehe)

  21. Those Kale chips look delish, I've been meaning to make them for the longest time!

  22. Hi! Sounds like you had a great weekend! What is lateral cardio? I keep seeing that you do this in your workouts and am intrigued! :)

  23. I love that you're always keeping things fresh and interesting, I love that.

    Omg shopping really is a workout in it's own, I felt it on Sunday for sure xo

  24. 7 hours of shopping sounds like my kind of day! My hubby would never go along for that though, ha.

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