keep calm and run like simba

Hey all!

I hope you had a kickass weekend.  Mine was….busy to say the least, but I like it that way! I ate great food and even got to run outside, so I can’t complain.  The fact that it was warm enough to get outside and pound the pavement got me way too excited for spring, a pretty premature feeling here in Chicagoland according to the weatherman.

But hey, I’ll take what I can get. The only downside was I couldn’t find a headband for the life of me so I looked like Simba by mile four.


One of the most important things I did this weekend was sign up for the Shamrock Shuffle downtown this upcoming Sunday! I was going back and forth about actually running this…call it fear, call it laziness, call it tight-wallet syndrome but I just couldn’t commit. Well I finally bit the bullet yesterday and registered. I’ll be running with my friend Jordan, and with a new playlist and visions of our post-race brunch, I’m confident that I’m going to kick butt.  Here’s to hoping it hits 40 degrees!

In terms of food I’ve been trying to incorporate more veggies and pure sources of protein into my diet in preparation of summer, and I’ve definitely been making some progress! Like we talked about last week, it’s hard to crave veggies in cold weather (unless they’re covered in cheese, of course) but I’ve done a decent job. Not to mention I’m still balancing those healthy choices with things like cheesy chicken quesadillas the size of my head and chocolate. It’s a work in progress.

I have a crazy amount of work to do over the next few days so I’ll be back on Wednesday! But until then, here are a few pictures of my weekend happenings. Have a great Monday! Can you believe it’s almost April? Good lord.


shrimp, jicama, avocado, black beans, queso fresco, corn, peppers, tomatoes and onions


Protein Box from Starbucks


Pounded chicken with a panko/red pepper flake/garlic crust, baked at 400 for 45 minutes. Served with “hot pasta” aka pasta, finger hot peppers, parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and salt. Also the smallest glass of wine you’ll ever see



Homemade bran muffins


This was the best thing I saw all weekend. I don’t understand if there’s a cake in there or if m&ms just spill out, but either way, sign me up


  • What was the best thing you did this weekend?
  • What’s your favorite part of spring that you’re looking forward to?



  1. Explored downtown and tried out a cute new coffee shop! Totally worth the $3 cup of coffee!
    My favorite part is the weather and flowers oh the flowers !

  2. That candy cake looks amazing! Sadly that’s the picture that makes me the most excited! haha I’ve been trying to incorporate more veggies into my meals as well– but I agree, it’s sooo hard to eat them when it’s still so cold out!

  3. Your chicken looks yummy! Making homemade chicken fingers is one of my favorite simple meals. THAT CAKE. OMG. Thank goodness it’s almost April, my favorite thing about spring is the tulips!

  4. the best thing i did last weekend was…ahhhh everything i did last weekend was the best. 🙂 being the Maid of Honor in my best friend’s wedding, giving a speech i was so looking forward to giving to her and her hubby, seeing my boyfriend (we live 2.5 hrs apart), hanging with my fam, and lots of salsa dancing. the whole weekend was amazing. 🙂

    1. whoa busy weekend! long distance relationships are really hard I’ve done it before and props to you for making the effort – it’s worth it for the right person 🙂 I can’t wait until my friends start to get married that must’ve been so much fun!

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