Monday Motivation Better Late than Never

Well hello there! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and I am just now getting back into my normal routine. In the last two weeks, Ray and I traveled to San Fransisco to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday, to Chicago for a work trip for Ray (which I tagged along for), and to Malibu for a camping/surfing adventure.

We got back into San Diego last Wednesday from Chicago and we only had a few days in town to recover from our previous trips and get ready for our camping trip. Even with all of our traveling, I still managed to set aside some time to workout and fit in a few strength training sessions, a couple of runs, and a CorePower Yoga class in Chicago.

However, my diet in the last few weeks has not been as stellar as my workouts.  I am a total foodie, and I love to eat! Sometimes after I eat dinner, I actually get sad because I am done eating for the day and start thinking about what I will eat for breakfast the next day. My love of food can make it hard to make healthy eating choices when I am eating out and especially when I am traveling. In fact, one of the things I love most about traveling is eating at new restaurants and trying new types of food.

When I am traveling I know I will not be sticking to my typical eating habits, will be enjoying richer foods, and will be taking in more calories than normal. In order to off set some of the extra calories, I try to squeeze in a little exercise if I can. If I can’t, I don’t stress about it and I hit the gym a little harder when I get home. It is all about finding a balance that works for you. For instance while Ray and I were in Chicago I knew we would be going out to some fantastic restaurants and that the meals would be on the heavier side, so I made it a point to try to eat healthier meals for breakfast and lunch that were more in line with my normal eating habits.

This quote always makes me laugh and I thought it would be the perfect quote for this week’s Monday Motivation (even though it is Wednesday) given the poor state of my diet lately!

Last Thursday Ray and I both were sick of eating out and we were craving something on the healthier side for dinner. Earlier in the day I was reading the blog, The Fitnessista, and I stumbled upon a recipe that had an interesting and new twist for chicken salad. The recipe used avocado as the base for the chicken salad mixture instead of mayo.

The recipe was easy to follow and our dinner of avocado chicken salad sandwiches and a side salad come together in no time at all (especially since I used the store-bought whole roasted chicken instead of cooking chicken breasts myself).  I had my avocado chicken salad in a whole wheat wrap and Ray had his on whole wheat cracked sourdough.

avacado chicken salad

Ray made the right call by putting the mix on sourdough bread. The crunch of the bread was a better contrast to the avocado chicken salad than my wrap. The meal was simple, easy to put together, and helped get my eating routine back on track.

Previous Monday Motivation Quotes:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4


Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Last weekend Ray and I were in Northern California for a family event and to celebrate our friend’s 30th birthday. It was great to be able to hang out and catch up with our family and friends, especially over lots of great food and drinks!  The weekend was over in a blink of an eye (time really does fly when you are having fun) and before I knew it we were heading back to San Diego. Ray and I got back late Sunday night and on Monday I woke up feeling stiff, sore and bloated (not a great way to start the week). I wasn’t surprised though. Travel can sometimes take a lot out of me – lugging luggage around, sitting in the plane, driving long distances, and not getting enough sleep. Not to mention that my diet over the weekend had consisted of bagels, hamburgers, pizza, and seafood (did I mention Moscow Mules and beer). 

When lunchtime rolled around on Monday, I decided to run to Whole Foods and make myself a salad. I am not sure I consumed one vegetable over the previous few days and I was in need of a healthy lunch full of veggies. My salad included sunflower seeds, carrots, red cabbage, almonds, sesame sticks, cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, red quinoa, cheese, kale and romaine lettuce.

photo salad

It totally hit the spot!

Sometimes I find that salads don’t always satisfy my appetite and my stomach is grumbling a few hours later. I have found that  by adding a mixture of nuts and quinoa the added protein and fiber makes my salad heartier and keeps me fuller longer. If you have never tried adding quinoa to your salads, I would definitely recommend it.  Quinoa has a lot of great nutritional value and is low in fat and high in protein. According to About.Com, 1 cup of quinoa has about 222 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 15% of your recommended fiber.

After work, I came home to find Ray working on his computer and Cooper sleeping next to him.  The exhaustion from traveling, lack of sleep, and a full day of work had finally caught up to us and neither Ray nor I felt like doing much. However, I knew we would both feel better if we went for a run and got outside for a little bit.  Plus I had downloaded a bunch of new music to my iPod shuffle that I wanted to listen to. New tunes always makes me excited for a run.


Ray, Cooper and I went for a thirty-minute run by the ocean and when we were done we were both glad we had gone.  The run worked up a great sweat and helped loosen up my stiff and sore muscles.  The run also did a number on Cooper because he barely made it inside the house before plopping down for a nap.

cooper after run 2

After a weekend full of indulgences and fun, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of your normal routine. Fitting in a workout early in the week helps motivate and inspire me to get back into my healthy eating habits and normal workout schedule. Sometimes the days you don’t want to exercise the most are the days you end up having the best workouts.  I think it is because you feel extra good about yourself for working out instead of giving into the laziness and skipping it.