Mermaid Salads & ZYN22











Top: [c/o] Riffraff | Jeans: Shopbop, Similar | Watch: Nordstrom | Necklace: Neiman Marcus, Similar | Bracelets: Similar, Stella & Dot, Nordstrom | Lipstick: MAC [sweet & sour]

 The month of May wasn’t easy for the #bridediet. To be fair I did move in a new house and had to wait TWO WEEKS for my fridge to be delivered, but I might have made one too many Chick-Fil-A  runs while I was waiting. I was also super busy unpacking and trying to work/plan a wedding so working out every day was more like 2-3 runs a week. I also was pretty sad that I had left all my workout spots in Dallas when I came to Fort Worth. Why is going to a new gym so awkward? I would think, “Hi. Please don’t look at me.” So when June came I was super excited to be able to start on the right foot again!

I’ve been making lots of mermaid salads ahead of time so that I can always grab and go when I have to run an errand or eat on the go. You can add shrimp or chicken in these salads and use as much or as little of each ingredient, but I try to steer clear of the dressing! I just use 1/2 tbs of olive oil and squeeze an entire lemon onto the salad which is plenty of dressing! Lemon is a detox and helps keep your body free of toxins.

Mermaid Salad #1:

  • Shrimp
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon
  • Feta
  • 1/2 TBS Olive Oil

Mermaid Salad #2:

  • Avocado
  • Shrimp
  • Feta
  • Walnuts
  • Cucumber
  • Apple
  • Spinach
  • Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon

Mermaid Salad #3:

  • Arugula
  • Cucumber
  • Black Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Feta
  • Shrimp [or chicken]
  • 1 Garlic Clove Chopped
  • Red Onion [optional]
  • Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 TBS Olive Oil

And onto the most exciting part: my new workout. I’m super picky about my workouts. I was a dancer my entire life so I love anything with lots and lots of cardio. I had asked about spin classes a month ago and went ahead and tried a studio by my house: ZYN22. I. Am. Addicted. I’m so happy y’all told me to just go ahead and do it! It’s a beat-based spin class and everyone rides together in synch. The classes are 45 minutes and you do a mix of straight riding and then riding while using weights. I’m not even lying when I say one week I ate like I was the CEO of IN N OUT and still lost 3 pounds. I also love that they are 45 minutes, because it’s just an hour and a half of my life to drive down, work out, drive back and shower, so there isn’t an excuse to skip! So many ex dancers actually teach the class, so if you danced, cheered, did drill team in high school you would do so amazing in the classes! Of course, you can be amazing at it even if you don’t have any rhythm! I just think dance spoiled me and made me get bored of the gym very easily. I’m always wanting to just move around to some Backstreet Boys, which you definitely get to do in class! 😉

Let me know if you try any of these! And how fitting is my “Call Me On My Shell” shirt?! I wore it the other day and everyone kept saying, “Oh wait! I get it! So cute!” I kept cracking up! haha. It’s super soft and cozy and I got it at Riffraff!

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  1. Sarah wrote:

    Oh My Goodness!!! Where is that Pineapple Bowl from?!?

    Salad #1 is one of my go-to Faves!! 🙂

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  2. I love seeing workout reviews and recipes! I’ve always wanted to try a spin class but am way to intimidated by the intensity. Now I’ll have to find one in my area!

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  3. Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to try these!!! <3

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  4. Rena wrote:

    this all sounds delicious!! and I love that tee!

    -Rena of Overdressed in Boots

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  5. Shaylin Lutrario wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes! The shrimp, cucumbers, and tomatoes salad looks SO good. I can’t wait to make it!

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  6. These look so good! Cant wait to try them!

    Madison Martine

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  7. Jennifer wrote:

    Hey Katey! I’m one of the instructors at Zyn22, and was sooo excited to read your blog about how much you enjoyed it! It’s a fantastic workout! I was never a dancer or cheerleader before instructing at Zyn22, and wanted to let all of your readers know that even if they aren’t experienced in the area of dance, it CAN be done! I’m living proof of it! Hope to see you in my class soon, and I can’t wait to try your salad!!

    Published 17 Jun 15Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hey Jennifer!

      I think I took your class last Saturday! It was so great! And haha yes! I’ve even got my fiancé riding, he loves it!



      Published 17 Jun 15Reply
  8. I want to try this mermaid diet out!

    Published 19 Jun 15Reply
  9. Meaghan wrote:

    I’m wayyyy late posting on this but I searched Zyn on your blog to see what you were saying about it 🙂 I started going since I’ve been home from OU for Christmas and I’m IN LOVE! Working to hit that 22nd ride before I head back to Norman! I think if I ran into you I’d die…. lol LOVE your blog and Instagram so so much! Makes me so excited to graduate and be able to decorate my own apartment without all the furniture that comes with a furnished college apartment…sigh…..

    Thanks for all the inspiration!!

    Published 06 Jan 16Reply