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Weekend: Working, Goldens, Grilling and Gymnastics

My Monday got off to a bit of a crazy start on the work front so after I finished teaching my 8:15 a.m. class I came home and decided to put a momentary pause on everything work related. I tidied up the house, took the girls for a walk while I caught up with my parents, showered and prepped tonight’s dinner. Two hours later, I felt refreshed and ready to tackle the week.

You’d think that I’d be refreshed going into a new week but my work schedule is so all over the place. I love (love, love) the flexibility it gives me but I teach seven days a week and sometimes my weekends don’t really feel like weekends. (I’m not complaining…more just sharing how I’ve learned that sometimes taking a pause is the best thing I can do for myself.)


Backing up the the weekend, I usually feel like this by the time Friday night rolls around. Tanner was in teacher training so I took the girls for a walk, sent out an email newsletter for the studio and ate eggs for dinner. We had crazy strong storms in Charlotte on Friday night that came out of nowhere. Our power kept flickering but stayed on. I felt so lucky because so many people in Charlotte lost power. Some for three days!


I was especially excited that our power stayed on so that we could watch the gymnastics Olympic trials on Friday night.


I felt refreshed and ready to go on Saturday morning. I had coffee and a green (purple) smoothie and then took off for the farmers market.


It was one of the best markets of the year. Abundant everything!

Salad and kombucha

I taught yoga after the market and then came home to make a big salad.

Golden Retrievers

I wish I could say that the rest of my Saturday was exciting but this was probably the most exciting moment. I sat at my desk on the computer from 1:30-8:30 p.m. during which time I worked on creating a marketing campaign for the studio, clearing my inbox, accounting, paying taxes and other equally fun things.

10-year old golden retriever

Sullie literally spent the entire afternoon upside down. I freaking love her. And she reminds me that sometimes we all just need to chill out.

Gnocchi with sauteed mushrooms, prosciutto and peas

Tanner got home from teacher training around 6:30 p.m. and when I finally pried myself away from the computer, I made one of those dinners that turns out better than expected with a bunch of random stuff from the fridge. I had bought gnocchi at the farmers market so from there I decided to sautee prosciutto, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, shallots, garlic and peas. I finished it off the pan by adding a little stock, almond milk and parmesan along with some fresh herbs.

Egg and avocado toast brunch

We did the Sunday morning sleep in and brunch thing.

Paleo Banana Bread Muffins

I baked a batch of Paleo Banana Bread Muffins with some bananas that were either going into banana bread or to the trash.


And then commenced an afternoon of teaching. I taught Total Strength at the Y and then hot yoga at the studio. I teach the Y class on a monthly rotation so that I can stay on staff at the Y and I love it. I miss teaching group exercise regularly. It’s just so much fun!


I ate one of my muffins with some Wild Friends Protein Peanut Butter in between classes.

Spachcock Grilled Chicken

I did my weekly grocery shopping after class and then ended my weekend in the kitchen. I made lemony potato salad, grilled okra and my first whole grilled chicken. I did a lot of reading and research about cooking whole chickens on charcoal so I ended up spachcocking it (butterflying) so that it would lay flat and then I made a two zone fire with direct and indirect heat. I started the chicken on the indirect heat and then flipped it skin side down onto the direct heat to finish and brown the skin. It turned out so much better than I could have hoped! I called my dad right after dinner to tell him all about it! 🙂

Grilled chicken, potato salad and grilled okra

Here’s the plated meal. Great summer Sunday dinner.



We stayed up way too late on Sunday night watching the women’s gymnastics Olympic trials and waiting for the team announcement. Did anyone else watch? These girls are INCREDIBLE and I can’t imagine how stressful the selection process must be for them since they don’t go by rank. I can’t wait to watch this team compete in Rio and 16-year old Laurie Hernandez (far left) totally stole my heart.

Did you watch the gymnastics Olympic trials? 

Did you bake anything this weekend? 

Do you ever feel like you need to take a “pause?” What helps you get re-centered and focused? 

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Julie July 11, 2016, 4:16 pm

    Hi Jen! That “Be happy” tank! Where did you get it. I love it. And your girls are too cute for words 🙂 Happy Monday.

    • Jen DeCurtins July 11, 2016, 4:28 pm

      Hey Julie! We printed them at Y2 Yoga to sell to our students! And the girls say thanks! 🙂

      • Julie July 11, 2016, 4:45 pm

        How neat! I may need to steal that phrase 🙂

  • Erika Welsh July 11, 2016, 4:21 pm

    Hi Jen!!

    SO exciting seeing our Protein+ squeeze pack on your blog too 😉

    Much love and have a wonderful week!


    • Jen DeCurtins July 11, 2016, 4:28 pm

      It was a great post-workout snack!

  • Hilary July 11, 2016, 5:23 pm

    I feel like that a lot trying to manage work, blog, traveling constantly and always being go go go, sometimes a bubble bath and a nice movie with a cup of tea is just the way I need to relax.

  • Amanda July 11, 2016, 6:05 pm

    Love your Be Happy tank! And the grilled chicken has me intrigued!

    I’m not sure if anyone else has commented….but lately the ads on your site have become really distracting. They pop up at the bottom of the page and stay even as you scroll and on many of your photos…ads for everything from eyeglasses and hotels to cars and cable companies. Juts wanted to throw it out there in case you weren’t aware.

    I love reading your blog…love the meals, workouts, dogs, travel…..keep up the great work!

  • Cameron July 11, 2016, 7:19 pm

    Weird question but do you drink smoothie or coffee first or mix? I feel full to the brim of liquid when I drink them on after another. Wondering if order makes a difference!

  • Emily My Healthyish Life July 11, 2016, 8:53 pm

    That chicken looks amazing! Way to go! I’ve been learning to grill this summer (on a regular gas grill) so all that stuff interests me now. The Olympic Trials were so fun to watch. Makes me even more excited for the Olympics to start!

  • Dani July 12, 2016, 11:16 am

    I actually baked a TON this weekend. My boyfriend had brought back from his family farm 3 quarts of fresh blueberries so I made a pie for the first time, and awesome blueberry muffins.

  • Jo // Living Mint Green July 12, 2016, 5:02 pm

    I’m always so tired after my weekends too! I try to take care of myself a little better during the week by getting enough sleep, eating well and moving my body. I LOVE Wild Friends – I wish we had the protein version here in Canada. I realize I could order online but with the exchange and shipping, one jar would work out to like… $30. Hahaha

  • Tara July 13, 2016, 10:06 am

    you are braver than me with the grill ! but im not a huge outside grill person. i dont like the grill/smoke taste much but do have an indoor grill pan that i like. i am with you….time to recharge is so needed. unfortunately im one of those people that doesnt get much from a quick recharge of just an hour or two spread out. im more of a need to totally stop everything for several hours and do nothing. like watch bad tv and not move from my bed nothing. i have stopped beating myself up for this lately. we all are different and all recharge differently so i try to let it happen every few weeks if i can. certainly easier in the winter 😉

    • Jen DeCurtins July 15, 2016, 11:09 am

      Agreed that it always seems much easier to take that recharge time when it’s dark and cold out!

  • JennyV July 13, 2016, 10:43 pm

    Not only did I watch gymnastics trials last weekend, but I was tearing up watching the 1500 and 5000m races for women’s track! Oh my goodness, the human spirit is incredible to watch soar!!

    • Jen DeCurtins July 15, 2016, 11:00 am

      I missed the track but plan to watch it in Rio!

  • erin July 24, 2016, 12:27 pm

    Loved watching the gymnastics! That has always been my favorite!
    I always try to take a “electronics” pause once a week. Sometimes it’s just for a few hours and sometimes it’s all day. It really makes me feel refreshed. I started doing this about 6 months ago when we went to the mountains for the weekend and didn’t get internet/cable/phone service. At first, I was in a panic, but at the end of the weekend, it was my favorite thing about our little vacation.

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:05 pm

      Oh I need to steal this idea. For reals….

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