Hi blog buds!
Ahh, relaxing Sunday. It’s my last full day of vacation visiting my family and it sounds like we might spend some time this afternoon watching football and enjoying some of the fish they caught locally over the summer. It’s been so long since I’ve eaten walleye that I don’t remember what it tastes like or whether I like it — but I’m looking forward to trying it tonight!
In yesterday’s post I covered the Guest Room Workout and run that I did for the day’s activity. Let me be the first to tell you, IT WORKS! Oh boy do I feel my hamstrings and chest muscles today!
Before yesterday’s workout, look what I found in my brother’s kitchen cabinets:
A Starbucks mug! It felt just like being at home
Then before my run, I fueled up with a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar.
After the run, I was craving a green smoothie. This time around I used 8 oz of water, a big fist o’ spinach, frozen mangos & peaches, 1/3 apple, 1/2 cucumber and 2 stalks of celery. I was also feeling the need for some protein, so I threw in a heaping spoon of vanilla rice protein.
I love the cups my sister-in-law has – they make a green smoothie look so pretty!
Later in the morning we were getting ready to head to the anniversary party and I knew I’d be eating a variety of things there, so I just munched on a few handfuls of pepitas.
Then came the party food! I think my mom gave my aunt a heads up on my eating style, because when I got there my aunt told me she had all my bases covered on the healthy food. It was very thoughtful!
My aunt’s kitchen was ENTIRELY covered with food. I asked her if she had been cooking all week! Since we did a lot of grazing through the day and I never really made a plate, I’ll just show you the spread:
(As I uploaded the photo I just realized my adorable niece snuck into the picture too! Isn’t she a cutie-patootie??)
This layout of food had swedish meatballs, hot chicken sandwiches, a cabbage-n-noodles dish, baked beans, BBQ pork sandwiches, veggie trays, jello salads, shrimp cocktail, assortments of cheeses and crackers, a huge fruit tray, a fruit salad, lil’ smokies, chips & dips, deviled eggs. Every table in and out had bowls of peanuts, mints or chocolates. I am SURE I am forgetting plenty of what was there. My family members all know how to throw a good shindig.
After we got there, I started with the shrimp cocktail and a lot of veggies (cucumbers, celery, red pepper) so that I could fill up on lighter foods and not overdo it on a lot of the denser treats later.
Next, I ate a few crackers, and tried the noodles-n-cabbage dish.
Later in the day, they had a champagne toast and cut the cake. I first had a half-piece of the white cake filled with raspberry, and then tried a sliver of the chocolate side (because I needed to compare you know…! )
My cousin’s toast to the Happy Couple of 40 years brought tears to everyone’s eyes - it was truly touching. 40 years of marriage is remarkable these days!
On into the evening there were backyard games of frisbee with Wii games inside – by then I’d worked up an appetite. My ‘dinner’ was a bowl of baked beans along with couple of deviled egg halves. The recipe my mom and aunt use for baked beans has always been one of my favorite ‘comfort food’ dishes - a trip home to visit the fam would not be complete if I didn’t have those beans!
None of what I ate was a full meal per se so when we made the hour+ trip back to my brother’s house, we were hungry again. I had a few bites of leftover Cappellini Pomodoro from Olive Garden. Then we put on our pj’s and stayed up chatting into the night. It was a great day, seeing a lot of people I hadn’t seen in years and just having some good family time.
My cousin’s husband and I traded green smoothie stories (yay, a health food ally in the family – I’m very happy I’m not the only one). He uses broccoli and kale often in his mixture. I haven’t tried broccoli in mine, so maybe that will have to be in one of my upcoming concoctions!
OK, so here’s your FitFeat Challenge if you are a fan of football and watching today: do something active during every commercial (and I don’t mean 12 oz curls… !) NFL football shows a LOT of commercials! Pick a couple of body parts and go to town. In one commercial break, do some ab work with bicycles or crunches. In another commercial break, try to hold in the squat position for the entire commercial break. In the next one, do pushups. You get the idea. Drop me a comment with what you did during the commercials – maybe we’ll all learn a few new moves! Add the team you support too! I support the Denver Broncos (who will be playing the Raiders at 4:15 EDT today) but because I am also a Jay Cutler fan, I now keep an eye on Da Bears here and there.
If you won’t be watching football, do this with your TV show of choice. It’s a good way to fit in some movement without feeling like a couch potato.
Have a beautiful Sunday everyone! See you again tomorrow!
– Shari B. =)