weekend things

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend was another mix of busy and relaxing, sunny and rainy, and I was all for it.

My Friday started once I finished work and hopped in the pool for a swim. I got through 1.1 in about 45 minutes and was more than ready for lunch, which was a big salad. I had 8pm dinner plans that evening and had to take a nap to 1. Be able to make it ’til then and 2. Not snack on everything in the kitchen. Dinner was fun and we had ice cream for dessert, which always makes life worth living.

My Saturday started with this glorious breakfast. Poached eggs on toast with bacon.

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Once I was digested and hydrated, I headed out for a run. It was a perfect day! I do try to make the 3.1, but I ran out of flat real estate and would’ve had to go uphill to finish out, so I stuck to 3 miles. My legs were already feeling shot and it was a struggle to make it through.

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That afternoon, my sister and I went for lunch and a movie. First, we hit up a Greek restaurant for gyros.

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Then we headed to the theater to take in Lady Bird, which was excellent. Female writer and director Greta Gerwig FTW!

My evening pretty much consisted of this:

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I slept in way later than anticipated on Sunday, but I think my body was resting to avoid a cold. Plus, it was rainy, my favorite sleeping condition! I have a slight sniffle and tickle in the throat, but I’m persevering with mind over matter!

Breakfast was a stack of my favorite peanut butter pancakes. Still working on the art of the stack.

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My workout was still a solid one. I started with strength training, upper, lower, than a mix of both and ended with 20 minutes of cycling. I love my workouts for my mind and body, but I’m also excited today is my rest day. I was definitely tired by the end.

Post-workout snuggles are always worth it.

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I got some household stuff done, including laundry and meal prep for today, went grocery shopping, and then relaxed. Sunday’s always call for an early night when I have to work at 5am on Mondays!

Crush your week!

Fridays = The Best Days

Happy Friday!

I know we shouldn’t live for the weekend, but Friday has long been my favorite day and I can’t help but feel happy when it arrives.

Let’s start it off by going back to Thursday, which wasn’t bad itself.

I woke up Thursday morning and enjoyed a classic breakfast sandwich of my own making before heading to the gym.

First, I weighed myself and realized I’m down 1.6 pounds!

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My workout included 40 minutes of arm and core exercises, as well as a treadmill run. I’m running “long” distance twice a week and once a week, I’m working on speeding up my mile. I’ll run one mile, then complete sprints.

A quick snack to refuel was this peanut butter toast and berries.

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After my morning shift, I came home and threw this delicious salad together. With a kale base, I threw in bell pepper, carrots, peanuts, tofu, and chicken with balsamic vinegar. So good!

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Dinner was leftovers during my night shift. Chicken with white sauce, spinach rice, and sautéed spinach and kale.

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And Then There’s Snow.

Still riding high on that nice weather, even though the weather app on my phone is threatening snow!

I fit in a bike ride on Wednesday afternoon and felt warm in only a sweatshirt! I’m still getting back into riding an actual bike, much of my experience in recent years has been spinning. Cycling outside makes me nervous, so I stick to side streets and bike paths for now at least! And yes, I will always wear a helmet.

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Wednesday’s breakfast was an impressive omelette consisting of an egg, two egg whites, baby spinach, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and feta. I enjoyed it with whole wheat toast.

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For lunch, I had visions of crafting a beautiful salad, but was starving by the time I got home and had leftover chicken broccoli ziti (with a piece of leftover salmon instead).

Dinner was chicken with spinach rice and a big spinach salad.

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I’m trying to be more creative with my cooking, especially as I’m back to blogging.

Stay warm, everyone. Tomorrow’s Friday!

better late than never…

Sorry this is coming to you late today! Yesterday, my sister and her husband came over for dinner and between socializing and preparing for my early morning, I ran out of writing time. Better late than never!

The weather was SPECTACULAR around here yesterday and today. I know it’s problematic BIG TIME in the long run, but for now, I’m enjoying small favors. It’s tough going from the constant warmth of LA to the seasonal changes of the east coast.

Someone really loves the nice weather, it makes window-watching purr-fect.

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On Tuesday, I slept in a bit and warmed up with a quick strength circuit of all body exercises. At 7:00 am, it was already in the 50s, so I threw on a sweatshirt and a baseball hat and hit the streets. I got through 3.2 miles fairly comfortably (oof, the double adverb!) and felt nice and strong!

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For breakfast, I enjoyed a breakfast sandwich consisting of an egg, chicken sausage patty, and a slice of pepper jack all on top of an english muffin, berries on the side.

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For lunch, I had leftovers beef, broccoli, and cauliflower with brown rice.

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I helped my mom make an awesome dinner of blackened salmon, steak tips, cheesy potatoes, asparagus and red peppers, and caesar salad. It was SO good and I’m sorry for the lack of pictures.

By the time I hopped into bed on Tuesday night, I had reached 20,000 steps! Hope everyone’s having a great Wednesday!

snacks for days

Yesterday was my rest day, so I enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood, as well as some running around with Simba. He has this one mouse toy that he loves, but keeps losing so it’s a constant struggle to stay on top of it. Right now, it’s hiding in my pocket until I can supervise playtime.

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For breakfast, I enjoyed leftover pancakes, greek yogurt, and blueberries.

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I had two snacks throughout the day, the first was a homemade trail mix consisting of a tablespoon each of pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, and cashews, as well as a clementine.

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My second snack was a simple combination of baby carrots and almond butter.

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I try to make the most of my snacks with protein, fats, carbs, and veggies and fruits, which helps me get nutrients and feel fuller.

I had a gorgeous, but un-pictured BLT for lunch, subbed cheese for mayo because bleh!

Dinner was another not-photographed dish, chicken broccoli ziti with spinach.

I’m super excited to get outside and run today! In theory, (and by the time you’re reading this, I will be finished) it’s supposed to be in the upper 50s/60s today! C’mon spring, goodbye snow!

Monday Morning

Happy Monday!

Mondays always come as a bit of a shock because my day starts at 4:30am when my alarm blares at me. After some cuddling time with Simba, I have to rush to get everything together and get to work at 5am.

This weekend was a good one. After work on Friday, I swam 40 laps, about 1.1 miles. I’m just getting back into swimming and so far, I’m loving it. I have to be super careful because I dye my hair blonde, but my precautions have thus far been successful. I can already feel the benefits swimming has had on my running, which was evident on Saturday morning. Friday night, I had dinner with my family and then was happy to fall into bed.

Saturday morning kicked off with a homemade breakfast sandwich, a strength circuit, and a solid 3.1 mile run.

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Later that afternoon, I got my haircut, which always feels amazing! I really need to stick to the stylist when it comes to dyeing my hair. It’s too much of a hassle for an ok turnout when I do it on my own. Not to mention I left it on for too long last time and had a strip of silvery purple for a few days…

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That night, I saw Black Panther with my friend Stephanie. It was excellent! I was anxious the entire time, but it was all for good.

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I slept in a bit on Sunday (for me that’s now 8:30am!) and woke up in time to start a big breakfast. Please appreciate the Mickey waffle.

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After finishing some necessary chores, I fit in a solid workout at the gym, including another mile run. For lunch, I made homemade beef and broccoli (with cauliflower) and brown rice. So good! The marinade included 2 tablespoons bbq sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and some garlic. I made enough for two servings and have leftover meat.

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I also roasted some chickpeas to have for the week, including my dinner, this kale Caesar salad with shrimp.

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The rest of Sunday was spent writing, working on the updated blog, and relaxing with the cutest cat around.

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Have a great day, everyone!

 

Fresh Start

Hi, everyone and welcome to the new page! I realized it was time for a fresh start and new name. While I do consider myself worthy of princess-ship, it doesn’t have much to do with what this blog is all about. For now, you can still find me at www.givememycrownalready.com, but my official name is Stronger With Caitlin.

First, I’d like to start with some background information. My name is Caitlin and I’m a NASM-certified Personal Trainer. I’ve been training for the better part of two years and love helping my clients realize their own strength and happiness. This struggle is something I’ve dealt with my entire life. I was a heavy child and was severely overweight until the summer going into my senior year of college when I wanted better for myself. I started working out on the rickety elliptical in my basement, increasing minutes day by day. Once I felt more comfortable and stronger, I experimented with strength training. Combined with a healthier diet, I lost 100 pounds in a year and graduated with more self-confidence than I realized I had in me.

On this blog, I share healthy recipes, workouts, and some tidbits of my life. If you’re on instagram, please find me at @strongerwithcaitlin to find more. Thanks for reading!