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Kicking, Running, Grilling

Kicking and Running
This morning I got up when Jason did at 5 am. He left for swim and I opted for a kickboxing workout rather than step. I chose Cathe's Kick Punch and Crunch DVD because it also include a good stability ball abs workout. I didn't want to do a very long cardio session because Jason and I were planning to run at lunch. The great thing about this DVD is that it has tons of premix options. I also used 1 lb weighted gloves.

Do you ever use weighted gloves for kickboxing?

I was really in sort of a funk today. It was definitely a "Blue Day" for me. That's what my great-grandmother used to call down days. The sun was out early on, but then it started to cloud up around lunchtime. It's supposed to rain tonight and into tomorrow, hence part of the reason for running at lunch, get it in while it's nice. It did end up being mostly sunny by the afternoon. I was also hoping that I could run off some of the funk I was feeling. It was really nice to get out of the office and be outside with Jason. It helped my mood a little, but I guess it was just one of those kinds of days if you know what I mean.

I kept trying to remind myself of the many things I have to be thankful for and all the positives throughout the day. I even revisited some wise posts that I recently read with fantastic "thoughts to remember" by Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat and Candice @ ChiaSeedMe. Even though I read those words and they completely struck a chord with me, I needed more than words today. Nevertheless, they are great daily reminders to carry along (and share). I have a few ideas of why I'm feeling down, and I tried to work through those in my head and sharing with Jason. (Sorry for being a Debbie Downer.)

What do you do to try to get yourself out of a funk?

Wednesday Grilling 
It's safe to say I wasn't really much in the mood for cooking or thinking anything fun and new to make. Jason offered to take over the dinner duties. With the weather being so nice, he was itching to grill as I've been the one wo-manning the grill lately. So, he grilled Quorn Naked Chik'n Cutlets with BBQ sauce. He also grilled broccoli and red onion to go over our nuked sweet potatoes (I was way too hungry to wait to grill them). It was sort of a meat and potatoes, manly-ish meal.

 I really enjoy grilled broccoli. It adds just a slightly different flavor. I also love piling on veggies on top of my sweet potatoes, which I actually spice with a mix I pre-make that includes salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper, chili powder, and garlic.


  1. So sorry you're having a blue day, girl...I definitely have had my fair share of those lately. Getting outside for some fresh air definitely helps. Talking to a friend or family member also tends to lift me out of my funk.

    Hope tomorrow is better!

  2. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg Thanks lady!! I just keep reminding myself that tomorrow is a new day. Hope your days get better too!

  3. Jess's post was awesome - totally made me feel better too! And I'm glad you went with KPC, good workout, right?? Blue days are bummer days, but hey, it's almost Thursday, right? :)

  4. Hey Jolene @ To Be Determined ! It was definitely a great post. Very appropriate for the day. I'm glad I did KPC too. It's a fun one. Hard to hate punching out aggression right?! LOL

  5. When I am blue I call or email a friend. That always seems to help. A nice run outside is another good option. Swimming is another thing that cheers me up, but only it is outside.

    Your Quorn always looks so good. That is the one thing I miss really being vegan.

    talk to you soon,

  6. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean we really love the Quorn products b/c it's a nice soy alternative. I usually don't want to call or email people when I'm down b/c I don't want to dump on others. I know that's silly 'cause that's what family and friends are there for.

  7. That looks so awesome and packed full of great nutrients!! I have never grilled in my life and know that I totally need to learn. The hubs is our griller!!

  8. Lauren @ A Fit Foodie I actually really enjoy grilling. You need to give it a try!

  9. Hey girl! Thanks for the shout out. I'm sorry you had a blue day. Tomorrow must be better, though, right? I got up this morning telling myself that today was going to be a great day - and it definitely was a huge improvement over yesterday:) I hope you're feeling better already.

    Oh, and I am so with you on piling veggies on my sweet potatoes. That seasoning combination sounds perfect, too. I must try it!

    You are such a sweetheart:)

  10. Sorry you were in a bit of a funk today. We all have those days. Sometimes I will try to read a good book or watch one of my favorite movies to make me feel better.
    Hope you have a good day tomorrow!

  11. i just try to acknowldege the funk and be like ok, today is crappy, tomorrow will be better, and then i pour a really nice cup of coffee and eat choco and talk to my hubs :)

  12. Candice @ ChiaSeedMe Thanks so much! Let me know how you like the seasonings for sweet potatoes.

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian a funny movie or an old fave would have been perfect. That's exactly what I should have done! I'll store that one away.

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga I think some ice cream may have helped me out, or cookies!! LOL. MMMMM

  13. Everyone is allowed to have an off day! For me usually coffee and a book helps! :)

  14. Aww I'm sending you a virtual hug right now!! Did you get it yet? ;) Seriously though, you KNOW I know just how that "blue" feeling feels lately and it's the worst. I am SO GLAD my "blooming" post helped a little. I'm still focused on it myself, trying to remember to bloom, bloom, bloom! :)

  15. I hope you are out of whatever funk you are in right now. I hate those days and they happen to all of us. When I get in those situations I try to focus on the positives like you. And if that doesn't help I will just lose myself in a good book or tv show. LOL Distraction at its best! ;)

  16. Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly Thanks lady! I think coffee would have wound me tighter LOL.

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat Thanks for the hug and your post!!!

    Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fun and Fitness You're right, sometimes distractions can be a very good thing. Sometimes it's the too much thinking that gets us in trouble to begin with!

  17. I did Cathe's drill max today...whew!

    When i'm in a funk I take a day off. They usually helps me out.

  18. Hi April @ The Weigh I Am I haven't done the full Drill Max in ages. I love the cardio drills on that one though! I wish I could have taken the day off. That would have been sooo perfect!


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