Stripes, Sprouts, and a Waltz

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Good morning!

Here’s the first of this week’s experimental blogging. I’m going to commit to one post a day where I combine all the things: food, outfits, workouts, lifestyle-y things, and of course, Harper pupdates!

Monday morning was off to a sleepy start. Although I went to bed the night before at… drumroll… 7:45 pm (AH!) I was up at midnight with a crying pup needing to go outside. The next wakeup call at 5 am was a little blurry. I think I got too much sleep and woke up in the middle of deep sleep both times. Boo!

Nick made a delicious breakfast, though, which perked me right up. I forgot to snap a photo, but it looked relatively similar to (and equally delicious as) the one above: scrambled eggs, herbs, tomatoes, avocado, potatoes, spinach, and garlic with his fresh baked bread and butter. Pair it with hot coffee and voila! You’re Monday ready.

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I wore this super-easy dress from Ross because it was going to be 80 degrees, and dealing with pants/jeans in the heat is down-right annoying. The wedges are hand-me-downs, as any regular reader might know, because I wear them often.

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At around 10 am I went for my morning snack: Siggi’s plain Greek yogurt with a cut-up nectarine. Yum! I’m trying to eat more protein these days.

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It’s always good to pair a close-up photo of one’s feet next to one’s food. I am so refined. But really, the point of this picture is to get real and show you how sad my toenails are. You can tell how busy I am by the state of my toenail polish. I usually like to keep it up-to-date. Oh well! One solution would be to just take it off and let them be natural for a while. But that would require that I go and buy nail polish remover. Nope nope nope. Priorities!

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After a few hours of work, I met up with Nick at Roland and Liz’s house to eat lunch and watch Harper play in the grass.

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Lunch was a cucumber/sprouts/hummus sandwich on Nick’s delicious bread! I also ate an apple along with it.

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Just some low-key pretend modeling, like a true dork.

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Questioning my choice to go back to work…

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Harper played fetch for a while, but then she got sidetracked by fun things like eating grass, chasing bugs, and hanging out beneath our feet.

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She also dabbled in some homemade treats sent to us from my sister-in-law Kara!

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This baby bunny always hangs out in the same place in their yard. Harper is oblivious, but I’m not. I can’t help but want to take it home! Of course I won’t…

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Here Harper is investigating some firewood. She’s a special one!

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Around 3:30 I had my afternoon Fig Bar snack. Yum!

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These bars really do a good job of satisfying my sweet tooth/baked goods craving, which is usually a daily (hourly?) occurrence.

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After finishing up work, stopping by Ross to shop for a few items, and feeding/walking the pup, I inhaled some leftover salmon and couscous, followed by a Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup.

Then it was off to rehearsal! We choreographed the “Dancing” scene (that’s what the musical number is called), which is a waltz. It was three hours of dancing, and I felt so energized thanks to all the protein I’ve been eating! I also had an iced coffee on my way to rehearsal… πŸ™‚

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On the drive back home from rehearsal, while I was eating my 10pm banana, I found myself feeling elated and truly fulfilled. Yes, I’m sometimes so busy that I can’t see straight, but it’s all worth it. I have such a great partner in crime, we now have a little puppy family, and I’m doing all the things that I love. Good stuff.

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5 thoughts on “Stripes, Sprouts, and a Waltz

  1. Chrissie B says:

    Such a cute pupppyyyy! BTW, ‘I have been drinking protein shakes in the morning as well as upping my protein intake in general. I have rarely felt hungry since I have started and food is not on my mind as much as it used to be. I can get so busy that I actually forget to eat.

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    • The Real Life says:

      YES! I am currently force-feeding myself Greek yogurt because I’m already feeling full. Protein has always been hard for me, since I gravitate more towards starchy things, but this is kind of revolutionary for me. Shakes/smoothies are such a great way to get it in during the hot months, too!

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