WIAW #41

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day!159740-Hump-DayI love Hump Day memes, they always make me laugh. How is your week going? Anything fun and exciting happy or are you just trying to power through until the weekend? I’m really looking forward to today. I’m heading into Hamburg with Matthias and when he’s through with his meetings at work, he’s going to show me around a couple places in the city! I’m really excited!

Onto the regularly scheduled program of today: What I Ate Wednesday! You already know this is one of my favourite days of the week! (I’ve realized I like all the days of the week for different reasons) As always, a big round of applause to Jenn for this link up! What’s interesting the past couple of days is that I’ve been accidentally been doing Intermittent Fasting. I’ve only been starting to eat around 2-3 pm and am done by 10 pm. I just really haven’t been hungry when waking up, even after a workout. It’s weird, but I’m listening to my body and feeding it when it is hungry. Anyways, on to my eats from Monday!

What I Ate Wednesday Monday

Lunch: 3 egg whites + 1 egg scrambled, rice cake with banana, peanut butter and chia seeds, and cottage cheese. This was a weird combo, but was really good. We needed egg yolks for supper which meant I got to use egg whites for myself! Liquid egg whites is one of the things I miss most (is that a weird thing to miss?)12041679_10156758570320377_2017379393_nSnack: Cinnamon Twist Combat Crunch Bar12080914_10156758570300377_678919175_nSupper: spaghetti carbonara that Matthias made. This tasted like I ordered it from a restaurant! Good job babe! Even though this made me feel kind of sick afterwards, I still really enjoyed it.12087422_10156758570305377_1435675935_nMore Snacks: pineapple and the last package of MyProtein Chocolate Protein Clusters12064373_10156758570315377_841050211_n 12092673_10156758570295377_2054058614_nThat’s all she wrote friends! Did you eat anything delicious in the past couple of days?

My Weekend in Workouts

Good Morning! Happy Monday to everyone! Did you have a good weekend?

Today, I’m going to share a couple highlights from my weekend. I’ll be linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday and Erin for Weekend Snapshots.

I had two really great workouts that I want to start this post with. On Friday, I went to a nearby park and did sprints for 15 minutes before jogging home. When I got back, I knocked out a really good back and biceps workout. On Sunday, I completed the following full body workout that left me very sweaty:UntitledI set a timer for 7 minutes of work and 3 mins of rest. During the 7 minutes, I competed the circuit as many times as possible before resting for three minutes and moving onto the next circuit. So all in all, it’s a 30 minute workout that got my heart rate up and really sweaty. A couple notes on the movements since I could’t fit the full name of the exercises in: for the split squats, I actually did them with one-leg on a bench and for the side lunges, I used a towel under one foot and did sliding ones

Here are links to videos of some of the movements:

If there are any other exercises that you need clarifications on, don’t hesitate to ask!

Matthias and I have also been getting out for a walk almost everyday before we start making supper. We joked yesterday that we felt like an old married couple by doing this, but I really enjoy this time. It’s a good time to talk and take in the nice weather.

All in all, it was a nice laid back weekend! What did you get up to this weekend?

Disclaimer: I am a certified personal trainer through CSEP, although I am not your personal trainer. This workout and other workouts I post might not have exercises that will work for you. If you do try out any of the workouts I post, listen to your body and make any modifications or rest as you see fit. I recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet or fitness routine.

Weekly Meal Plan 9/27

Good Afternoon! How is everyone’s weekend going? The weather here has been sunny and fall-like temperatures so I can’t complain!

I’m popping in today to share my second installment of Matthias and I’s Weekly Meal Plan! As mentioned last week, Matthias and I have been planning and cooking our meals here at his parent’s house. This past week had some simple, yet tasty meals! Let’s get to it!

Weekly Meal Plan: Week of 9/20-9/26

Sunday: As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts this week, we attempted to make our first lasagna! We used a package mix, but it still turned out alright. I ended up getting my mom’s recipe later that night so we’re looking forward to trying that out at some point. We had to have garlic bread with it so I obviously ate half of it.1Monday: I also talked about this in an earlier post, but Monday night we went to a pub with a couple of Matthias’ friends and I got a Hawaiian pizza. This was ok, I loved the amount of ham on it, but would have liked to see some more pineapple on it!2Tuesday: We made a casserole on Tuesday and holy cow it was good! It was whole wheat penne pasta, ham, cheese, and some stuff in a package. It was like a pumped up mac and cheese type thing. It was really good and took almost no time at all!3Wednesday: I love tacos! We moved Taco Tuesday to Wednesday and I was so happy to eat tacos again! I made a super simple guac (if you can even call it that). All I did was mash up some avocado and add some spices to it. Not really guacamole, but still equally tasty. I also put too much stuff in my taco causing it to tear, but it was still delicious! I may have had two more after this one! Those corn tortillas are like my new favourite thing!4Thursday: We decided to have salmon on Thursday only it was wrapped in bacon! Too be honest, the bacon flavour didn’t really come out all that much, but it was still pretty tasty. We had it with rice and broccoli.5Friday: We were meant to make this stew thing with coconut milk, but our carrots had gone off so I improvised. I roasted some potatoes in the oven and while those were doing their thing, I started to cook some chicken in a pan. When it was just about done, I threw in some red peppers and zucchini. It turned out pretty yummy!6Saturday: This supper I was looking forward to all week! We made burgers! I topped mine with lettuce and swiss cheese. For my condiments, I had peanut butter and honey mustard! It was really good! (Fun Fact: as soon as I took this picture, the top patty slid off!)7Those were our meals this week! Most of the meals this week I’m looking forward to as well. I’ll be sure to let you know next Sunday what we made!

What’s your favourite burger topping? I love putting peanut butter on mine, but I also really like having an over easy egg so that the yolk can ooze all over my other toppings.

Have you ever had to improvise a dinner since one of your ingredients had gone off?

Friday Favorites #25: Week of 9/25 + a survey!

Good Morning and a Happy Fri-yay to all of you! How has your week been? Are you ready for the weekend? My week has been a lot better than last week and I’m feeling a little more at home here.

I’m popping in today to share a few of my favorites and I’m including a fun little survey at the end! As always, a big, big thank you goes out to Heather for this link up!!

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  • donuts

I think this is a no-brainer that any kind of sweets I’m going to like. However, I’ve been having a slight obsession with donuts as of late. I drool over them on Instagram almost everyday! Anyways, on Wednesday I was at the mall and picked up a couple for Matthias and I to try! I got them from this place called Monkey Donuts. 12047395_10156746147315377_1148317114_nThere is Cookies on the top and American Cheesecake on the bottom. 12033451_10156746147320377_802013744_nI didn’t find the flavors really stood out, but the donut itself was really great. It was just how I wanted a donut to be. Of the two, I think I preferred the cheesecake one, but overall they weren’t anything amazing.

  • fall recipes

Since Matthias and I plan our meals for the week in advance, I have been popping on Pinterest a lot more than I used to. Anyways, I have found way too many fall recipes I want to try. I think I’m going to pick 1 every two weeks to try, but I don’t know if I can get all of the things I’ll need here in Germany. We’ll have to see! Here’s some links to some that are at the top of my list!

I also just realized that that list is comprised of apple and pumpkin recipes, but that about sums up what I want in the fall!

And now onto an exciting survey! I love these because it allows me to share more about myself. I googled “blog surveys” and found “My Last…” survey so I thought I would include it in today’s post!

  1. Last food you ate? I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and chia seeds before going grocery shopping this morning. I also brought along a Chocolate Caramel protein shake to drink in the car before we got there.
  2. Last beverage you drank? Water! I almost always have a bottle with me when I’m at home and sometimes on the go too!
  3. Last workout? I did a quick chest and triceps workout yesterday. I didn’t think I would be too sore, but my chest is hurting today!
  4. Last think you pinned? Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast. Did I not mention that I’m obsessed with looking at pumpkin recipes? (basic.)
  5. Last text message you sent? I sent this to Matthias last night when supper was almost ready and he was upstairs12047601_10156746177495377_2002905183_n
  6. Last blog you visited? Courtney’s so I could get the blog questions!
  7. Last tweet you sent? Fun fact: I haven’t tweeted since May 30th, but nonetheless here it isUntitled
  8. Last place you visited? the grocery store (my favorite place!)
  9. Last time you did ab work? … it’s been awhile. Well a lot of the exercises I do for other body parts incorporate keeping my abs tight, but I think it’s been over two weeks since I’ve done an ab strictly movement.
  10. Last show you watched? Nashville! I love that fall tv has started up again! I watched the season premiere yesterday!
  11. Last thing you baked? Our salmon was baked in the oven last night, but actually baked was probably donuts awhile ago! I definitely need to bake something soon!
  12. Last thing you instagrammed? Matthias and I 🙂
  13. Last item on your to-do list today? German once I finish this post and workout.

That’s the survey! Feel free to leave some of your favorites below! Have a great weekend!

What was the last thing you pinned? 

What was the last think you baked?

WIAW #40

Good Morning! I find it hard to believe that it’s already Wednesday! How has your week been going?

I feel like I always say in the post I’m writing that it’s my favorite day of the week, but I guess I just like everyday. Wednesdays are especially fun because I get to share a full day of eats with you! I love this because these are my favorite posts to read. Am I the only one that is super nosy? Today I’ll be sharing what I put into my body on Monday! As always, a huge thank you to the wonderful creator of this link up and for helping to support my nosiness, Jenn! Now let’s get into it!

What I Ate Wednesday Monday

Breaky: two pieces of french toast topped with banana, peanut butter, and protein frosting. I also had the left over egg mixture with peanut butter. Using full eggs doesn’t really taste as good as using egg whites in my opinion. I desperately need to find some! Any German readers know where I can find egg whites?12030725_10156737324715377_1878150258_nSnack: I shared these chocolate protein clusters from MyProtein with my boyfriend (by share I mean he had one and I ate three)12033423_10156737324730377_259132011_n 12023163_10156737324695377_1369596711_nLunch: leftover pork chop that was done on the grill with cottage cheese and cucumber12026676_10156737324735377_1158951233_nSnack: This was shared with the boyfriend too (I had two and he had one). Plain rice cakes with crunchy peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon12047291_10156737324700377_20642649_nSupper: we met up with a couple of Matthias’ friends at a pub and I ordered a Hawaiian pizza and had my first German beer! The pizza was okay and if I’m being honest, the beer wasn’t all that great (don’t hate me!)12041891_10156737324670377_1746256326_nOne last snack: a Magnum White when we got home, these are one of my favorite ice cream bars!12047606_10156737324720377_1705937463_nI noticed in most of the pictures, you can see I’m wearing sweats. I promise I wear normal clothes too, but when you’re sitting at home, you need the comfy clothes on (am I right?)

Anyways, that’s all for me today! I’m heading into the city with Matthias’ mom to go shopping! It should be a fun time! Have a great day and I hope the rest of the week goes well for you! Feel free to share what you’ve been eating lately below!

A Day Late

Hi Everyone! I guess my brain isn’t used to posting on a Sunday because I completely forgot to check in yesterday to share my weekend with you! A day late, but at least it’s here!

I’ll be linking up with Katie for Marvelous In My Monday and Erin for Weekend Snapshots. Let’s get started!

So what did my weekend consist of? Way too much chocolate, shopping, and chill time.

Matthias and I started the weekend off with shopping at the outlet mall, at a department store, and at the grocery store. As I mentioned on Friday, I bought new pair of Nike’s and a casual pair of sneakers from the brand Esprit. The latter pair make me feel like Ellen Degeneres a little bit!12032542_10156737324680377_41994601_nI also have clown feet and I find these sneakers really emphasize that. Nonetheless, I am really starting to like them.

We also did our food shopping for the week on Friday. While there, we picked up a treat for Saturday night that we devoured in less than 20 minutes while watching Get Hard. 12041938_10156737324675377_739137831_n 12047715_10156737324710377_1610652107_nIt was alright. I mean ice cream is always good, but this flavor just didn’t really do it for me. I also ate all of the Toffifees! They’re just so good that I can never stop at one! The movie was also alright. I mean it was what I expected it to be. I laughed quite a few times too.

Sunday afternoon we took a walk around his neighborhood. He took me on a different loop that I ended up running the next day in the rain. When we got home, we started making lasagna. This was the first time both of us had made it so we used a package. It turned out pretty good! It definitely wasn’t my mom’s, but it wasn’t bad. We ate it while watching football (soccer) of course.12023210_10156737387515377_1194559950_nAll in all, it was very relaxing. I’d love to hear how you spent your weekend!

Weekly Meal Plan 9/20

Hello! How is everyone’s weekend going? We’ve had a pretty low-key weekend in my neck of the woods, but those are fun too every now and then.

Anyways, since Matthias and I have been planning our meals since I’ve been here, I thought I would start sharing our weekly plans. Everything from our first week was really tasty so let’s get to it!

Sunday: out to eat with Matthias’ family at a Greek restaurant. I didn’t take a picture of my food, but I had the turkey souvlaki with a salad and fries. It was really good!

Monday: chicken, broccoli, penne pasta and pesto. I don’t have a picture of this either because I was starving when I sat down, but it was also really good. We cooked everything then threw it all together with some pesto. It was quick and simple.

Tuesday: breakfast for supper! We made bacon pancakes and pancakes with Kinder chocolate in them. We ate them in front of the tv so he could watch the football (soccer) game. I’ve watched more soccer this past week than in all my life combined. I’m actually starting to enjoy it even if I don’t really know what’s happening. 12021865_10156730019335377_1228381550_nWednesday: pesto salmon with rice and broccoli. As you can see, we like pesto. We put some on top of salmon before putting it in the oven to cook. We paired it with basmati rice and broccoli. I never really liked rice, but this stuff is really nice and moist!12028945_10156730019320377_1897217407_nThursday: chicken with rice and broccoli. Besides pesto, we also like rice and broccoli apparently. It’s just easy to cook and goes great with everything!12026492_10156730019315377_1338391802_nFriday: not pictured, but we had a BBQ with his parents. I had potato salad, bean salad, turkey, veggies, and a German hot dog. All of it was super tasty!

Saturday: “chicken” cordon bleu with rosemary potato wedges. I put chicken in quotation marks because we actually used pork. They turned out really good! 12021962_10156730019325377_25498471_nAll in all, it was a very good week of food! I can’t wait to share what we make this week with you next Sunday! Let me know if you enjoy posts like this. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!