Weekend Leftovers Vol. 5

I shared this transformation story online and the one thing that I had realized as I started to look back through all my photos during 2013 - 2015 in my camera roll was that there were no other photos outside of my fitness journey, which made me sad for a bit. My life during that time was so focused on my health and fitness goals. It's so refreshing to look back now and see my camera roll fill with memories and not just transformation photos and meal prep ideas. 

Friday 03.24.2017 - 13 hour trip to LA

I jumped on a plane to LA for a quick trip. When I say quick, I mean in LA the first flight and out of LA the last flight. I had several appointments in LA and caught up with two friends that I hold dear to my heart.

I love watching the sunrise and sunset over the clouds. It's like I'm sailing through my dreams.

Lunch at Kendall's Brassarie with Remi. One of the things that I appreciate about my fellow blogger girlfriend Remi is how incredibly supportive she is. I had the chance to meet her in person last June when I went to LA for Kayla Itsine's Sweat Tour. When we both arrived at Juice Served Here wearing the same color scheme without even planning it, I knew we were going to hit if off as friends. Every time I come to LA, I make sure to carve out a little time for trouble with this girl because she's full of sunshine and who doesn't wait some extra laughs. 

We had lunch over at Kendall's Brasserie. Our meal started off with a huge plate of charcuterie and a lovely cocktail (or in my case, two). We ordered the deviled eggs that was topped with uni and the crudite chopped salad to share.   

They have a sweet little speakeasy opening up shortly called the Boardroom, which I cannot wait to try when I go back for another visit.  

After lunch, we zipped back over to Remi's place so I can drop her off and head off to Sweetfin Poke to meet one of my dearest friends Lydia. Lydia was the editor of one of my favorite wedding blogs, Ever Ours. She's been a long time family friend and every time I head to LA it's always for a jam packed schedule so it was nice to make sure to prioritize spending some much needed catch up sesh with her. 

I'm really particular with my poke bowls. I love them pretty traditional about my poke, but I love Sweetfin's California take on this Hawaiian dish. You can either build your own or order one of their Signature bowls. Either way you're in for a treat.  

Saturday 03.25.2017 - A family day at Golfland

Since the hubs was heading out to a boys trip in the desert we wanted to make sure we got in some much needed play time with the girls. I'm terrible at mini golf BTW, which probably means I'm terrible at regular sized golf. 

Sunday 03.26.2017 - A quiet day with the girls....before the solo parenting the madness began.

Sunday was spent mostly prepping for the week. After we dropped Jon off to the airport we went back home and started to do the fun things like laundry and tidying up the house. After that we decided to go and take a little break and head to San Jose Public Market for a little lunch. I love the pizza over at Pizza Bocca Lupo, they serve a wood fired thin crust Neopolitan style pizza. 

After, I had my daughter shoot a few pieces of content for some work I've got coming up soon and was simply blown away by some of the test shots. 

Airis is turning 13 in a month. She's been growing into the typical teenage girl which means her time is mostly spent in her room, online, talking to friends, and wanting to find ways to push her independence while still trying to hold on to some of her child like ways. It's been such an interesting evolution to watch unfold as there are days where I just want to pull my hair out, but most of the time I'm simply in awe of her. Motherhood is rocky as shit, but totally worth it all in the end. 

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.