Day 3 of Challenge and Sunday Activities

Today is Day 3 of my 35 day (or 5-week) Personal Fitness Challenge.

How I feel

So far, so good. My mind is in the right place, and I’m determined. It’s only day three, but I really want to make this happen!

What I ate today

Breakfast:

Eggs again! I really need to think of something new, but eggs are easy to make and my daughter eats them too!

Lunch:

We ate at Nelson’s at Terranea Resort. They serve upscale bar food. I figured a salad was a safe bet, so I ordered the steak salad. I substituted the steak with shrimp, put the blue cheese on the side (gave it to my daughter), and asked for a chipotle lime vinaigrette. The salad also had: arugula, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds. There’s just something so delicious about restaurant salads that I can’t replicate at home. Someone told me it’s because they wash the leaves in salt.

Dinner:

I got this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo, a site that was recommended to me by my friend Ashley, who did the Whole 30 program. The verdict on the recipe? Well, I didn’t follow it exactly because I was missing a few ingredients (coconut amino), and added some leftover veggies from my fridge (as I would do for any fried rice recipe), and some leftover steak from last night’s dinner. I think I overcooked the cauliflower because it got mushy. I would make this again, but not go through the trouble of chopping the cauliflower to look like rice. I would just cut it as florets and just consider the whole thing a stir-fry.

What we did today

My husband is very sweet and nostalgic. Every year, around the same time, we visit Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes because that is where he proposed.

Our little family!

Our little family!

 

Afterwards, we went to Terranea Resort. My friend Nancy has been there numerous times, and says it’s a beautiful place to walk around and have a meal. Since we were going to be in the area anyway, I thought it would be a great place to check out. It’s a beautiful resort with fantastic views. We took the walking path that takes you to the private beach, which is essentially a little sandy area with beach chairs, tetherball, and some kayaks for rent. There are stairs that lead to a rocky area which meets the ocean.

the sandy part of the private beach, which is above the rocks

the sandy part of the private beach, which is above the rocks

rocks leading to water, which is below the sand part of the private beach at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes

rocks leading to water, which is below the sand part of the private beach at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes

 

Not exactly the beach I had in mind, so after about 30 minutes, we hit the trail and head to Nelson’s, which has oceanfront dining. The view is spectacular, and the food is good. Definitely a nice way to spend a Sunday. Self-parking was full, so we used the valet. The prices are the same, they say, which is $20 to park, but $10 with validation from one of their restaurants.

Ocean view from Nelson's Restaurant at Terranea Resort

Ocean view from Nelson’s Restaurant at Terranea Resort

Workout

Although I was tired from walking around all day (and of course waking up early to take care of the tyke), I made myself workout. After the baby was asleep, I spent half an hour with my new 5 pound weights and (old, but hardly used) jump rope. I did 180 jumps to warm-up, then 3 sets of 10 reps each of arm exercises, with 180 jumps in-between and after. Then I stretched (not as well I should). The last set was killer, and the amount of sweat I produced was no joke. I feel great, and am finally ready for BED!