My staycation rocks!

First of all, I just want to thank all of you guys for your support over yesterday’s post. All of your comments made me feel so much better. I did manage to let go of most of the guilt and I ate a phenomenal burger. I also enjoyed some great company in the form of my husband. :)

Today was a great day! Tomorrow is the last day of our “staycation.” We are both going to be a little sad to have to go back to work, I think.

This morning I told my husband I was in the mood for pancakes for breakfast. I have a couple of recipes in my arsenal that we usually make. But my husband wanted to make me breakfast and he wanted to surprise me. This concept was very scary to me. I feel a need to be in control of every ingredient to monitor the nutrition. Usually when Corey wants to make me breakfast, I give him a recipe and he follows it accordingly!

I’m glad I trusted him because he did make excellent pancakes. He used this recipe from Allrecipes. The only change he made was to add a teaspoon of vanilla and to add fruit to the batter. He made several blueberry pancakes and several strawberry ones.

They were so delicious! I had never put strawberries in my pancakes before and I have no idea why. I loved it! The pancakes came out light and fluffy. They don’t have a lot of sugar so they weren’t very sweet, which I enjoyed. And the butter in the recipe gave them a wonderfully buttery taste.

Just a little side note: for the butter in most of my recipes (except maybe a few sweets like cookies and cakes), I use I can’t believe it’s not butter fat-free. I know, it’s horribly processed and this is probably the one thing that I eat that has this many ingredients. But I actually prefer the taste to real butter. I’m weird like that. ;)

After some relaxing and eating, I needed a workout. My quads were still sore from Sunday’s Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones workout. This workout was one of my new workouts for the month and I love it! It’s 50 minutes of pure strength training. My quads, thighs, abs, and triceps were so sore yesterday from the workout. My triceps and quads are still sore today. But that was not going to stop me from getting in some good cardio. I did a 25 minute Jillian Michaels kickboxing workout (can you tell I love her??), followed by 35 minutes on the elliptical. The elliptical may be boring, but it sure does make me break a sweat. :)

By the time my workout was complete and by the time I took a shower, it was time for lunch. I have been a little light on my veggies lately so I was craving a salad . . . a taco salad! I swear, that’s my favorite way to eat veggies.

The salad consisted of lettuce, taco meat with peppers and onions, salsa, and some refried beans. I ate this salad with some tortilla chips. Yummy!

Today was a beautiful 80 degrees so we did not want to spend the day indoors.

We took Callie to this little creek in the nearby park so she could run off some energy play. I didn’t realize that it was a little of a hike to the creek. It was over a mile there and back. Ordinarily, that would not have been an issue. But my quads were already sore from my morning workout. And the hike back to the car was mostly uphill. Not what I was in the mood for.

After spending some time at the creek and then doing some house cleaning, we were hungry. And tonight was pizza night. I love pizza night! We bought some whole wheat pizza dough at the Farmer’s Market last weekend. I had a couple of slices with pizza sauce, a little mozzarella cheese, some all natural pepperoni, and some red and green peppers.

The pizza was yummy. The only issue was that the crust was a little underbaked so there wasn’t any of the crispness that I enjoy. Next time we will bake it up a little more and I’m sure it will be fine. All in all, not a bad pizza.

After dinner, Corey and I went to a movie. I can’t remember the last time we went to a movie on a weeknight. A couple of weeks ago, both of us had bought a Groupon that would allow us to get 2 movie tickets on Fandango for only $9. What a deal! We decided that tonight was a great time to use it.

We went to see “Limitless.” There were only a few people in the theatre. The movie was a pretty good one. I thought the ending was a little abrupt for my taste, but it was still a decent movie.

Now we are both relaxing a little on the couch before going to bed. I got a little bedtime snack of Butter Toffee peanuts.

I bought these at the Farmer’s Market last weekend and they are so incredibly addicting. It’s hard to just grab a handful or two at a time. But I have a little self-control.

Now I am exhausted! All that time in the sun has made me so sleepy. Good night everyone!

Question: Do you still work out when your muscles are very sore? How do you cope with that?

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14 responses to “My staycation rocks!

  1. That’s a classy way to eat nuts!
    And you know what? The best time to see a movie is when the theatre is empty.
    So glad you made it through the discomfort!
    Sometimes the worrying beforehand trumps the actual experience…you are there and you’re having fun and it’s all good.

  2. The Teenage Taste

    Sounds like an awesome staycation! Glad you are having a great time – those pancakes look phenomenal! YUM! :-)

  3. I’ve never put strawberries in pancakes either! My husband is great at following recipes too…it stresses him out if there aren’t precise instructions :)

  4. Mmm I love berry pancakes!

    I do workout when muscles are sore… as long as their not tooooooo sore. Sometimes I actually enjoy the added pain- haha :) makes me feel like I did something.

  5. Staycations are the best! I would LOVE to have one, right about now.

  6. Amy @ countrystrong21

    I usually use sore muscles as an excuse to not work out, how horrible is that??

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying some nice weather so you can get out and do something. Weather here is not so great right now…snow storm blah!

  7. I work out sometimes when I am sore….depending on the level of soreness and what muscle it is. Sometimes if my arms are sore I won’t do arm weight training and vice versa with other muscle groups. So I will change my workout around depending on where I am feeling sore!

  8. A staycation really sounds like an awesome idea!! I’m always so exhausted when I get home from vacation and if we stayed home we’d save $2000 and get a lot of things done! Not to mention there are plenty of things in the area we live in to see!! Good idea :)

  9. I still workout when I’m sore, but I take it easy. Unless I’m too sore to walk, I like to do a little something to help me loosen up :)

  10. That’s so sweet that he made you pancakes! They look delicious!

  11. I love Jillian Michaels and no more trouble zones.
    Glad you enjoyed the burger!! and the pancakes:)

  12. I haven’t had “I can’t believe it’s not butter” in SO LONG..but I love it! My mom used to buy it when I was younger- I definitely need to pick some up. It’s semi-sweet tasting, right? That Jillian workout sounds great- I’m obsessed with 30 day shred&&yoga meltdown.

    -jamie

  13. I usually allow my muscles a break if they hurt so much. They need time to repair. :)

    Those pancakes look delish! :D

    xoxox
    Kathleen

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