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Packing Dilemas, Workouts, Eats, Etc.

Final preparations for my Chicago weekend are underway. Mainly focused on freaking out about what to pack.

We knew the weather would be dicey with an early May trip so I’m not surprised that this is the forecast…I just have no clue what to pack. Everyone tells me it’s still appropriate to wear boots in the midwest in May. It just feels so weird and wrong to my southern soul.

I’ve decided I just don’t care. The trip will be fun regardless of whether I’m wearing boots, sweaters and rocking frizzy hair or not. I am just excited to get away from Charlotte and be with my friends. I’ll just bundle up for our lakefront run! 🙂

Workouts lately have been just okay.

Monday: Run 3.5 + Strength Circuit
Tuesday: The CrossFit workout pictured above…I got 11 rounds RX and I was happy with that. I’ve come a LONG way with my pull ups!
Wednesday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Thursday: 3 miles with the pup

Speaking of the pup…

That face.

Recent eats have been good. I’ve been all about the sandwiches this week. Yesterday’s lunch was a cup of tomato and veggie soup with half of a portobello sandwich with feta and sundried tomato hummus on whole wheat. I love this sandwich!

Dinner Tuesday and lunch today was a turkey sandwich on sourdough with avocado, tomato, sprouts and muenster. I have to comment on the mango that I cut up on the side…I think it was the sweetest and most delicious mango that I have ever had!

I roasted whatever I had left in the fridge for dinner tonight.

Barbecue tofu, sweet potatoes, zucchini and spinach salad. I loved this dinner! I have tried to cut back on the amount of processed soy in my diet so it’s been quite a while since I’ve prepared tofu at home. Loved it as my main protein tonight!

This post was a little all over but wanted to update you on the week. Hope it’s been a good one for y’all!

Much love. xo

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  • 1
    Mary-Heather May 2, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Honestly Sulliebis just way too cute! What a sweetieface.

  • 2
    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 2, 2013, 11:17 pm

    I’m jealous you can do pull ups in the first place. Literally one of my lifelong fitness goals! I’ll get there!…one day. 🙂

    • 3
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:07 pm

      you will so get there and you’ll feel so awesome and so strong when you do. i just got my first dead hang pullup on december 31 last year!

      • 4
        Anne May 5, 2013, 8:47 am

        Maybe a post on soy would be interesting. I try to eat more beans, but each week we eat 1 block of tofu or 1 block of tempeh and 2L of soy chocolate (post run:))… maybe too much soy…

        • 5
          Anne May 5, 2013, 8:47 am

          oups, my reply is in the wrong box, sorry.

  • 6
    Katie May 2, 2013, 11:25 pm

    Love Sullie & all goldens!

    A question for you, Jen: I was wondering recently about cutting down on processed soy. I’m by no means vegan or vegetarian but when left to my own devices I tend to stick to a dairy-free, meat-free diet. I just generally like how I feel without eating red meat or lots of cheese… I know that’s blasphemy to many! But in regards to soy products, would it be healthier for me to have skim-milk lattes and dairy yogurts versus the soy products?

    • 7
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:07 pm

      i can’t give you a straight answer to this. i made a decision to cut back on soy after a lot of reading. i don’t eliminate it but i have it a lot less. that said, there are other alternatives…i buy almond milk now instead of soy (never buy regular milk unless i’m cooking with it), i love goat dairy and find it easier to digest, coconut milk, etc. hope that helps!

  • 8
    Laura May 3, 2013, 12:08 am

    Have a GREAT time!! Sullie is just too dang cute! Love that face 🙂

  • 9
    Christine@ Apple of My Eye May 3, 2013, 3:13 am

    Hi Jen!

    I’ve been a long time reader, but have never really commented before :). Just wanted to pop in to tell you how much I love your absolutely beautiful photography and how much I value the thought you put into your writing. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • 10
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:05 pm

      thank you so much christine! have a wonderful weekend! xo

  • 11
    russ May 3, 2013, 8:16 am

    Jen, I enjoy all your posts. Since you are such a foodie, visit the following website http://www.farmburger.net/ There is one in Asheville, I wish I lived near one, I would love to try one of their burgers.

    • 12
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:05 pm

      ohh…thanks for the link! will definitely have to check that out. asheville is so awesome!

  • 13
    Courtney May 3, 2013, 9:51 am

    Your pup is the cutest!! Everything looks so yummy! Love your attitude about the weather. A lot of people would let a rainy vacation ruin it but it’s great to focus on what really matters. I used to hate the rain but then I lived in England for a year and now I love rain because it brings me back happy memories of being abroad. I’m going to try to replicate your delicious sandwiches! Have a great trip!

    • 14
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:04 pm

      i’m just so happy to be away from charlotte and with my friends in a big city! 🙂

  • 15
    MaxsMom May 3, 2013, 9:54 am

    It’s pretty darn damp and cold here today in Chicago and is supposed to stay chilly through the weekend. I think boots are fine and won’t look amiss given the temperature. Have fun!

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    Kate May 3, 2013, 10:26 am

    As a native Minnesotan – and frequent visitor of Chicago – I can tell you that not only are boots acceptable in May, but they are worn year-round! I am perfectly comfortable rocking my boots with a skirt or dress in mid-July – it’s just what we do.

  • 17
    outside time May 3, 2013, 11:42 am

    I live in Chicago and the weather has been all over the place lately. Today I’m wearing chucks (and changed into oxfords at the office), some shirt, a thin wool sweater. I’ll definitely throw on a jacket to go outside. It’s definitely fine to wear boots, but the weather isn’t so cold that your feet will be cold without them. Just bring a light jacket or something to cut the wind. Have fun!

  • 18
    CMC May 3, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I’ve recently started eating Tofu and am learning to experiment with different ways of preparing it. At what temperature and for how long do you roast your tofu? I usually make roasted veggies as a side for dinner, so I’d love it if all of these food items can cook at the same time and temperature.

    Thanks!

    • 19
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:03 pm

      400 is my go-to for throwing everything in the oven and letting it do it’s thing. tofu was done in about 20 minutes. flipped halfway through.

  • 20
    She Rocks Fitness May 3, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Safe travels this weekend and hopefully that weather report isn’t accurate! At least you will be having a fabulous weekend with your friends RAIN or SHINE…Enjoy!

  • 21
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run May 3, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Do you do strict or kipping pull-ups? No band? NICE!!

    • 22
      Jen May 3, 2013, 8:03 pm

      kipping with no band. it’s been a major accomplishment over the last year!

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