I’m a Huge Baby

Do any of y’all watch Blacklist?



Ryan and I watch this, and it’s really good! It’s suspenseful, exciting, thrilling, except there is only one problem. I’m a huge baby! Shows like this always make me so scared! When the show was over I made Ryan come sit by me on the couch and hug me until I felt better. Luckily it didn’t take long until I felt safe and happy again, but let’s just say I would never watch this show by myself. But I do really like this show, so don’t let me freak you out, you should check it out. 🙂

Anyways, on to more exciting things…like dinner!

eggplant parmesan

I tried a new recipe last night: eggplant parmesan from Ashlee. This was seriously so good!! Even Ryan loved it! I wish I would have taken a picture of the whole dish that I cooked, but I was obviously in way too big of a hurry to dig into my plate, so the picture of my plate will have to do.

eggplant parmesan meal

I ate mine on a bed of quinoa, and then had a salad full of some spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, mushrooms, and avocado with some light balsamic dressing drizzled over it. Ryan had his with some whole wheat noodles and some garlic toast.

Ryan and I have been trying to branch out from our normal meals, and this was a new one for us. I can safely say this is a recipe I will make again!


Yesterday for cross-training I did a HIIT workout at home and then did some abs. I have really enjoyed doing HIIT workouts at home lately, but I need some good workouts. Anyone have some they like they want to share with me? 🙂

Also, I feel like I haven’t shared a workout here in a while, although I think it’s only been a week…Anyways, I plan on posting a workout later this week so be on the lookout!

I hope you all have a great day, and no matter what, make it a good one! Smile and find the best in every moment. 🙂


1. Are you a baby with certain shows like The Blacklist like I am?

2. Do you try to branch out from your normal meals often?

3. Favorite type of workout to do at home?


Freezing Weather and Soft Serve Ice Cream

Are y’all staying warm in this freezing weather?? I can’t believe the temperatures some of y’all are having! In Texas it’s not quite as cold as it is for y’all who are in the negatives, but it’s really cold for Texas! It was 16 degrees yesterday morning when I woke up and the highest it ever got was 30. I know this is normal for some of you, but it’s not for me, and I am never prepared for weather like this! I know, I’m a baby in the cold.

Because it was so cold in the morning, and I knew I needed to get in my run before the afternoon, I switched up my marathon training schedule a bit. I was supposed to run 6 miles yesterday and do cross training today, but I ended up doing my cross training yesterday and I will run 6 miles later today.

I did this workout from Pinterest (follow me!) and then did my own short leg workout.

better add on leg workout

This is a perfect workout for you to add on to another workout you have already done for a little extra strength. I am making sure that I am keeping my legs strong since I will be running more than I am used to for marathon training. I don’t want to hurt a knee or anything else on my leg because they are too weak. I know that maintaining my strength workouts will be important for my training!

After my workout I showered and got ready to go meet Ryan at his work for lunch. I was excited to wear a new outfit that I got this weekend while shopping with my Mom.

IMG_5169I got the gray dress for $10 (regular $70) and the yellow sweater for $10 (regular $45). Perfect outfit for my  new job too!

I packed Ryan and I leftover lentil enchiladas from Sunday night for lunch with apples and bell pepper. The best part though was dessert. Ryan’s work has a soft serve ice cream machine so we thought it was the best decision to balance out our nutritious lunch with ice cream. 🙂 Obviously this makes the most sense. And yes, it was freezing outside, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this treat. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but I have always loved ice cream. 🙂


Vanilla is always the best choice, always.


I wish we could have lunch together more often; it was so nice!

After I left Ryan’s work I went to get my fingerprints taken for work, and then headed home to finish meal planning for the week. Then I went grocery shopping and came home to start cooking dinner.

We had vegetarian chili with some cornbread (both recipes from Peas and Thank you. I am seriously obsessed with this cook book!) I made the chili with tempeh, and Ryan and I both really enjoyed it!


Ryan didn’t even know there wasn’t meat in it at first. And for those of you who don’t know, he is a meat lover!


The cornbread was a perfect side for this dish, and I crumbled about half of my piece of cornbread into my chili, which made it even better!

Oh, and one more random fact for you. I wore this “S” sticker on my sweater all day without realizing. I wish I could say this doesn’t happen to me often, but I am the queen at forgetting to take tags and stickers off.


I’ll leave you with that. I’m going to spend today doing some food prep, running, a little cleaning, and hopefully a little reading! As always, if you try my leg workout let me know how you like it!


1. If you have run a marathon, how much strength training did you incorporate into your workouts?

2. Favorite ice cream flavor? 

3. Have you ever cooked with tempeh? What do you like to make with it?

4. Tell me something you are looking forward to today or this week?