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Welcome Back Sushi + Valentine’s Day Weekend

Happy Monday morning! I hope that you all enjoyed a nice Valentine’s Day whether you spent it celebrating self-love, puppy love, family love or romantic love. I went for a little of all four! 🙂

A few Valentine’s weekend pics to share to kick off the week.


Look what I welcomed back into my life on Friday night, sushi! It was pretty magical. We grabbed dinner at Namastay Kitchen at Y2 (we just rebranded restaurant!) and I decided to test sushi. It was my first post-Whole30 rice. I had our sushi chef keep everything gluten-free but happy to report that the rice test went well! (Better than beans/legumes, I’d have to say.) I had a rainbow roll and our amazing tuna avocado salad.


I was up early on Saturday morning and ended up doing a cleaning extravaganza on the house. Two busy adults + three pups makes it a challenge to keep the house clean. One of us vacuums daily and I feel like we’re constantly straightening and trying to stay on top of laundry. (We probably both go through 2-3 changes of clothes a day with how much we teach and sweat.)

When I finally got dressed and ready to head to the studio I got to wear a new outfit from The Track & Field Store here in Charlotte. I loved the leggings they picked out for me and thought they were perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend!


I taught my Saturday 11:15 a.m. hot class and then grabbed lunch in the restaurant with my fiance while we went over last minute planning for our Couples Thai Yoga Massage Workshop. I had the harvest salad with arugula, dried cranberries, apples, candied pecans, beets, avocado and house roasted turkey breast.


The workshop was so much fun! We had 26 couples and they LOVED it! I think everyone was a little surprised by the amount of “hurts so good” that’s involved in Thai Yoga Massage. Definitely not for the faint of heart. It was fun to see the couples interacting, smiling and sharing a new experience together. The hand holding savasana at the end was the cherry on top.


After the workshop I took myself to the gym to get my workout done. I did four miles of treadmill intervals and upper body. After the gym I ran Valentine’s Day errands and picked up some small gifts and cards.


We talked about going out but after a busy afternoon, all I wanted to do was cozy up at home. I made grass-fed beef burgers with caramelized onions and mushrooms along with roasted brussels and butternut squash. We ate this and got caught up on Scandal. So glad it’s back on!


We enjoyed a super lazy Valentine’s morning. Slept until about 9 and then lounged around the house with the pups until we had to head to the studio at 2 p.m. I took class and then taught class.


Valentine’s dinner was a bit of a disaster. I planned on serving those Alaskan King Crab Legs that I bought at Costco last weekend but when I went to read about how to prepare them, I noticed that every single recipe said to defrost in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking…and mine were still in the freezer. Oops.

Blue Apron to the rescue! I was lucky that we had just received a Blue Apron shipment so I made an awesome Mexican-inspired salmon dish over a black rice salad with avocado, pepitas, oranges, cilantro and all sorts of good stuff. Zoey supervised, as she always does. She’s a great little sous chef.

Off to tackle the week!

Don’t forget to check out my Friday Faves and I posted a sweet Partner Workout yesterday!

Tell me about your weekend. What did you do? How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? 

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  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life February 15, 2016, 8:11 am

    Love those leggings! I have similar ones from Calia by Carrie Underwood and they are comfy and cute (perfect combo). I still haven’t had sushi post Whole30! I’ve had sashimi but now I want some rolls…yum!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:57 pm

      I didn’t know she was making leggings! The sushi was super yummy and happy for a good reintroduction!

  • Jennifer February 15, 2016, 8:47 am

    Thank goodness for Blue Apron to rescue your Valentine’s dinner, that could have been a bummer. I always love your meal pictures, you’ll have to share what you end up doing with the crab legs!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:56 pm

      I will when I finally attempt them. They’re going to stay in the freezer for a little while longer. Maybe next Sunday night!

  • Hilary February 15, 2016, 9:05 am

    I love those leggings! So cute! And such a good save on vday dinner, that black rice salmon dish sounds fantastic!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 16, 2016, 1:58 pm

      It was really good! Not the original plan but not a bad backup either!

  • Robin Robinson February 15, 2016, 9:08 am

    Hi! I’m a new fan from Ashburn! Your posts are such fun! Enjoying as I sip my whole 30 coconut milk coffee and recover from yesterday’s hot flow class! DId the Whole 30 in January w/my hubs & no plans to stop! LOVE your doggie pics..I will soon have 2 goldens–newest comes home Saturday 2/20…Griffin, a puppy!!!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:56 pm

      Hey Robin! Welcome and thank you so much for checking out my blog! Please send pics of Griffin when he comes home. So exciting to be welcoming a new pup! How old is your other one?

  • Colby February 15, 2016, 10:23 am

    Jen – Elyse and I loved the thai workshop Saturday, and the yummy wine/snacks afterwards. We were trying to remember all of the postures/techniques we covered, but had a hard time trying to write all of them down a few hours after. Would you and Tanner be open to sending those out? I’m loving following your blog now, I’m totally inspired to get wedding ready. I think I am going to go the paleo route instead of whole 30, it just makes more sense for my lifestyle! Hope to see you around the studio soon!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:55 pm

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the workshop! I will see if Tanner can send out the flow of what we did. I think Paleo sounds like a nice track to take. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Hayley February 15, 2016, 11:02 am

    Rainbow rolls are the best! So glad you didn’t have any negative reaction to sushi 🙂 I totally forgot Scandal is back on and this just made me really excited haha

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:54 pm

      It’s so good! (Sushi and Scandal!)

  • Lauren February 15, 2016, 4:28 pm

    Did you like the Mexican salmon over black rice? I had high hopes for it but wasn’t a fan.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:54 pm

      We really did! What did you not like about it?

      • Lauren February 16, 2016, 12:55 pm

        I really want to like wild caught salmon but just prefer farm raised…my piece was super fishy. I liked the texture of the black rice but didn’t think the oranges were a good touch. In general I have had great luck with BA meals, this one just wasn’t my fave!

  • Annie B February 15, 2016, 6:38 pm

    Just saw your inversions book at the Whole Foods in Park City, UT! Very cool!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:52 pm

      Oh wow! I guess it’s made it nationwide in Whole Foods! That’s awesome! 🙂

  • sarah February 15, 2016, 6:39 pm

    Your weekend sounds amazing! I haven’t had sushi is months, I definitely need to fix that!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 16, 2016, 2:01 pm

      I missed it during Whole30! I’m grateful reintroducing it went well.

  • Christianna February 15, 2016, 6:47 pm

    Your burgers sound so delicious! Do you have a standard ‘go-to’ recipe you would recommend?

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 6:53 pm

      I just used a pound of grass-fed beef and mixed in some salt, pepper and a little bit of a steak/burger seasoning rub and cooked in a cast iron skillet until it was medium rare, about 140 degrees. I don’t really add anything to my burgers other than some seasoning!

  • Jennifer February 15, 2016, 8:40 pm

    I have that Blue Apron meal in my refrigerator! Unfortunately I already ate the orange for a snack… I celebrated Valentine’s day with a friend (I am single) and today I stocked up on chocolates marked 50% off!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 15, 2016, 10:11 pm

      Get another orange because it adds a lot to the dish! Your V-day celebrations sound perfect! 🙂 50% off chocolate is always a win.

  • Amy J February 16, 2016, 1:23 pm

    I always start with my crab legs frozen! I either steam them or bake them and they turn out great, never dry!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 16, 2016, 2:04 pm

      Good to know! I guess I should have done a little research ahead of time!

  • DeeDee February 16, 2016, 2:02 pm

    On Valentine’s Day I went to see Deadpool as part of a group that consisted of three couples and me. That was such a metaphor for my life I can’t even tell you.

  • Lisa @ TechChick Adventures February 17, 2016, 11:41 am

    That seems to always happen to me – I have quite a few frozen crockpot meals, to “dump and go”, but then I forget to thaw them. Doh! Love your pups. They are so cute. I could totally just lounge around with them all day.

  • erin February 21, 2016, 3:23 pm

    So excited about Namastay Kitchen! i was in y2 yesterday getting a massage & saw the new rebranding – it looks amazing! Can’t wait to dive into some of that sushi!

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