Singing Out Loud, Singing Proud

If you know me at all, you know that I am prone to spontaneous singing. It can’t be helped, sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I do however, have a censor when it comes to how loud I sing. For example, in public situations, I mutter quietly or inside my head. When I’m at my house or comfortable somewhere, the loudness of my voice cannot be contained. My mom has politely pointed out that in summer, when the windows are open, the neighborhood can hear me, but honestly I know most of my neighbors and they can deal. If it happens when someone is talking or on the phone, then sorry, but talk louder. Don’t even get me started with the rocking out I do in the car! It might be best for us all if I were better at singing, but that’s life.

Meals today started off well, but ended in indulgence. I don’t feel guilty because there’s more snow in the forecast this weekend, which means we probably won’t make it out of the house. We may never see the real world again.

An egg and a cheesestick are the perfect pairing to jumpstart the metabolism and prepare me for a tough workout! I trekked to the gym in full snow gear and got right into a kettlebell strength routine. After some swings, deadlifts, high pulls, mermaid raises, and Russian twists. After four sets of twelve reps, I switched over to dumbbells and performed a circuit of alternating shoulder presses, rows with kickbacks, alternating overhead presses, bicep curls, shoulder raises, and bench presses. For my cardio fix, I started with a plyometrics circuit that left me breathless and sweaty before jumping on the treadmill for some exhausting sprints. A quick plank was the cherry on top and I left ready and energized to start my day. photo 1 I may not like it so much when the alarm first goes off, but I LOVE morning workouts! Post-workout, I dug into this pre-prepared peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana on the side, while on the move. It had a touch of sweetness to perfectly complement the saltiness of crunchy peanut butter. If you are seeking good peanut butter brands, I recommend Teddie because the ingredient list is short and natural! photo 2By the time I was able to heat up lunch, my stomach was roaring! So sensitive. I started with a crunchy, juicy apple before digging into this stir fry. With a medley of veggies, leftover chicken from Trader Joes, and brown rice, my stomach was quickly placated. I love the chicken, but I wouldn’t get it all the time as it’s a bit of a splurge on calories. Great flavor and much better quality than any of those other frozen chicken brands. photo 3For dinner, my parents and I made an impromptu visit to our favorite Mexican spot. My go-to meal is usually the blackened salmon salad, but I had just had salmon this week and I was craving something cheesy and warm. I went with the pulled beef quesadilla stuffed with cheese and chopped peppers, with a huge glass of water and too many tostito chips.This was so big, I went home with half of it! photo 4 As I type these posts, I feel invigorated with new inspiration by writing more in-depth every day, but I’m not sure if it feels too all over the place. Let me know if it’s too much!

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