Running, Steak Fajitas, Scallops, & Potatoes!

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Good Morning!

I was up at 4:45 this morning, so I could have some time to relax with my coffee, blog, Β and watch the news before I start the day. I have to finish up packaging and shipping for the shop, run about eight errands, and then catch up on some homework before a basketball game at 6pm. I also want to find time to fit in a good run since it’s finally stopped raining.

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My recap post isn’t as long this time, becuase I’ve been keeping up better. I’m going to start with Sunday’s breakfast. I made eggs and pancakes with a side of fresh fruit.Β I usually go out to breakfast on Sunday, but I really want to start cooking at home more. I love going out for the environment, but I also love to cook and I feel like I don’t do it enough anymore.

grumples and tino

Sunday was for the dogs. We took them to an old ball field and and let them chase each other. They got so dirty and loved every second of it! Grumps had an intense bath and I didn’t miss and inch of fur.

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Remember when I was in D.C. a couple months ago? Well, Shaughna is an incredible artist. I’m so lucky becuase she sends me her work everyday and I get to see it. She paints up these magical scenes and they make me so happy. She sent me a Christmas card with Grumples and Kona riding in a sled pulled by Santa. I think it’s the cutest thing in the world.

grumples and kona

Speaking of Christmas cards, I’ve had a couple of you email me asking for an address to send Christmas cards too. I love receiving Christmas cards and letters. You can always send cards or letters to my P.O. BOX! & who knows! You may get one back πŸ˜‰

Taralynn McNitt
P.O. BOX 1372
YORK, SC, 29745

christmas scents

TuesdayΒ morning, I brought out the holiday wax scents! I’m currently burning the vanilla cookie crunch! Β It smells scrumptious πŸ™‚

mr grumples west Ballantyne animal hospital

Grumples had his yearly check up on TuesdayΒ morning. He was so good and he actually loves his vet. Β Plus, I always like hearing that he is in great shape and very healthy! We went on a long trail walk after this appointment and then I spent the rest of the day packaging.

roasted potatoes and scallops

Tuesday night, I decided to defrost the scallops in my freezer and make them for dinner with a side of roasted red potatoes and salad. The lettuce was leftover from the steak fajita night.

roasted red potatoes

Roasted potatoes are my favorite! Here is my post for roasted potatoes!

scallops at home

I used to be nervous about making scallops at home, but it’s so much easier than you think! AND THEYRE DELICIOUS!

Garlic Parmesan scallops recipe here!

I ended up eating the leftovers last night for dinner. I always put the potatoes back in the oven to crisp them up.

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I decided to give up the hope that it would stop raining, suck it up and run on the treadmill. The treadmill sucks…I’d rather run hills for thirty minutes straight.

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I decided to do thirty minutes of intervals.

5 minutes: 5.6 speed no incline
5 minutes: 5.8 speed incline of 3.2
3Β minutes: 6 speed incline 1
5 minutes: 5.8 speed incline 4
2 minutes: 6.2 speed no incline
10 minutes: 5.7 speed incline 1.5
2 minutes: 6.4 speed incline 1.5

The calories on the machine are probably way off becuase I didn’t set it to my body weight/height. I was drenched in sweat after that workout and my face was a bloated tomato! I did a fifteen minute walk after running to cool down and then a ten minute deep stretch.

lettuce wrap steak fajitas

I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to attach a recipe here instead of starting an entire new post. Last week, I made lettuce wrapped steak fajitas. I’ve been an anemic since I was a kid, so it’s important for me to get iron in my diet. It runs in the family. I get iron mainly through steak and spinach. I eat read meat approximately once a week. Lettuce wrapped fajitas are so easy to make!

All you need is: steak (or chicken, shrimp, tofu), taco seasoning (you can make your own or use the 365 whole foods brand), olive oil, lettuce, peppers, and onions. You can add extra toppings like cheese, tomatoes, black beans, or sour cream!

lettuce wrap steak fajitas

I chopped up the steak and tossed it in olive oil and the taco seasoning. Β Then I cooked it up on my indoor grill on 375. I cooked it to medium rare.

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While the steak was cooking, I sliced the onions and peppers and tossed them in olive oil and fajita seasoning.

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I sautΓ©ed them for about twenty five minutes.

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I added the steak to the pan and covered them to stay warm.

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I made some 365 spanish rice to go with the fajitas, sprinkled cheese on top, chopped up some avocados, and used some salsaΒ to spice it up. This meal is so filling and delicious! I ate the leftovers for the next three days! Perfect for a low-carb post workout meal.

I hope you all have a great day! I’m going back to packaging so I can get them all out today πŸ™‚

BUT FIRST, THREE QUESTIONS FOR YOU!Β 

1. Do you find yourself dining out more with your significant other?
2. What is your favorite crockpot recipe?
3. Do you like the treadmill?

Comments

  • Hilary

    I can totally relate to eating out with my boyfriend way more than when he’s not here! Lately though we have been cooking together at home instead and it really is so much fun!

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  • marina

    Those Potatoes look awesome!

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  • Dezzie

    Those scallops look bomb!

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  • may

    I wish I was your roommate!! Your food always looks so good and I need to learn how to cook.

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  • Abby

    Hi Taralynn!

    I never used to eat out, but now my boyfriend and I eat out so much! It’s really strange for me because I never used to eat out, but I can never say no!

    I HATE treadmills. I always feel like my run is cut short because I get tired of the treadmill so easily. I refuse to do it anymore. If I go to the gym then I will do the elliptical for twice as long because I can’t stand the treadmill. I’m glad I’m not alone!
    XOXO,
    Abby

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Abby!

      Thats exactly how I am. BUT, I am so proud becuase we only ate out ONCE this week and it was breakfast. Woohoo! record! Can’t wait to see if we can keep this up!

      Luckily its going to be 62-70 degrees all week long, so i can ditch the treadmill! whooooop!

      xo

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      • Abby

        So happy to hear back from you!

        That’s funny, we only ate out once this week too! Good luck and hope you break your record!

        Enjoy your runs!

        Abby

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  • Delonica

    I’m waiting on another recap posts! I can’t get enough.

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  • Heather

    Fajitas look awesome! I’ve had to cut back on red meat b/c I realized every time I eat it my stomach hurts for days. I guess it’s hard for me to digest.

    1. When ate out a lot until we had a baby. Diapers will put a dent in your dining budget, ha!
    2. Pot Roast is my favorite in the crockpot. It comes out so tender and delicious! On occasion I’ll also do a pork loin then then shred it and add BBQ sauce.
    3. I have a treadmill and my gosh is it boring, but I started watching netflix on my kindle fire while on it and it helps alot.

    Have a lovely weekend!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Heather!

      That happens to some people. You could make those with chicken or shrimp, too!

      1. Thats definitely understandable!
      2. Yum! Pot roast for the win!
      3. I was on the treadmill Friday and just could WAIT until it was over with ahahaha!

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yum I love fajitas!

    I like doing the elliptical more than the treadmill because I have bad knees. I’d prefer strength training and HIIT over the elliptical any day!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  • Kristy

    Love your blog!!! I’ve been reading for years πŸ™‚
    1 – my boyfriend and I have a rule, no eating out on weekdays. We live together so it makes it a little easier and since I’m the one who loves to cook, it doesn’t bother me to cook dinner for us every night. Its a lot easier for him to be accepting of dining in when I ask in advance what he’s craving and plan meals around that.
    2 – one of my absolute favorite crockpot meals is my Korean style pork ribs (http://secretsofacondocook.blogspot.com/2013/10/crockpot-korean-pork-ribs.html?m=1). Country style pork ribs are so meaty and so much cheaper so I’m usually able to stock up and eat leftovers throughout the week. I’ll throw them in the crockpot and let them be while I’m at work. When I come home the entire house smells AMAZING. I like them best with Trader Joes steamed brown rice, broccoli, and green onions.
    3 – I absolutely DESPISE the treadmill. I much prefer running outside but if I absolutely have to work out indoors (which is usually the case living near Chicago haha) then I’ll use the elliptical to get some cardio in.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Kristy!!

      1. That is a great rule! I’ve been doing that more too. The weekends are hopeless becuase we are always going EVERYWHERE! I just need to be more like you and start planning! I used to be so good at that and kind of fell off it!

      2. Wow…that looks so so so so good. You guys are freaking awesome for sharing all these recipes! It’s better when someone else has already tried them and can say YAY or NAY!

      3. It’s SO hard to run outside in Chicago! so cold!!

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  • Alena

    Hi! My fiancΓ© and I tend to eat out only when we find a nice restaurant we want to go to. Otherwise we cook at home, a lot! Even when we weren’t living together we rarely ate out. To each his own! I actually just got a crock pot and I can’t wait to start using it! Also, I don’t mind the treadmill but would absolutely prefer running outside! Xo

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      We decided to start cooking together more! It’s hard when our friends always want to meet us out ,but we are going to try! Welcome to the crockpot world πŸ™‚ I don’t use mine enough! I’m breaking it out this weekend though!

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  • katelyn

    I find myself wanting to other things while on treadmill being outside the time goes by faster. My crockpot specialty is my lasagna

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is my exact thoughts! Treadmills go by so slow and its because I’m not looking around at different surroundings to distract me!

      AND YUMMY! that sounds good!

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  • Wonni

    Good Morning!

    Uah, itΒ΄s so early in the morning, but I could have a fajita right now. πŸ™‚
    1. We are not dinig out very often. I love to cook. …my kids call my Molly Weasley.

    2. This one: http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/09/slow-cooker-tuscan-chicken-stew.html

    3. To be honest… I have never tried it!
    And IΒ΄m not running. I did, when I was a teenager. When I got pregnant with my twins, I gained 70 pounds. I had an emergency c-section after the first was born. My other son had to act big. That c-section wasnΒ΄t funny at all, Β΄cause the docs messed it up. I could hardly move for a year and my weight went up to about 286 pounds.
    I lost all that weight. But I never found my way back to running. Although IΒ΄d love to. But who knows…

    Hug the pups and have a nice day!
    Wonni

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Gooooood Morning Wonni! (I love our time differences!) lol

      1. I love cooking too, but Charlotte pulls me in with all their delicious restaurants lol

      2. That stew looks awesome!

      3. That is so so so scary and i’m so happy you’re ok now! Congrats on the weight loss and trust me, running is not for everyone! It took me so long to actually “enjoy” it!

      xo

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  • Marilyn

    Hey girl, Hey! First of all I love your blog! The recipes and your active lifestyle inspire me!

    1. My boyfriend and I both enjoy cooking, but when we moved in together it just became easier to pick something up or go out. However, when his schedule changed to overnights it helped us ease off the take out and restaurants. Now we have cut it back to a once a week date night.

    2. My boyfriend makes a great chicken taco soup in the crockpot. It really thickens up and is really more of a chili. It is spicy and flavorful. It is perfect for the colder weather and leftovers last for at least two more meals.

    3. I agree the treadmill is not ideal for running. I get very bored and it is easy for me to just say, ” I’ve done 3 miles that’s enough” compared to the 5 or 6 miles I will push myself to complete outside. I find the best way to keep myself motivated running at the gym is to cover the screen with a towel and try to not look at the distance and time for as long as possible. I can estimate how far I have ran based on the number of songs listened to and it keeps me from staring at the clock.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey girl Hey!!!

      1. Nick and I decided to only eat out twice a week. We get to do a breakfast and one dinner! NO MORE πŸ™‚ But I say going to “chopt” doesn’t count! πŸ˜‰ lol I’d eat that everyday if I could!

      2. You’re boyfriend sounds like a winner! Nick is so good at making food and dinners, it’s just getting him to do it! He did make turkey burgers for dinner last night, so that was nice πŸ™‚

      3. I’m going to try doing that with the towel! (although I’d probably peek) But, it is all a mind thing! Lol, I also do the song thing! I make my playlist 26-30 mins!

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  • Jennifer

    1 & 2. I don’t have a boyfriend or a crockpot πŸ˜‰
    3. I don’t *love* the treadmill but sometimes it is nice to be out of the weather!
    Some feedback on your shop – it seems like you have enough items where you should be able to filter out to see tops, dresses, outerwear, etc (maybe I just missed it)

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. well you only need a crockpot πŸ˜‰

      2. Yes, it’s nice to have that alternative!

      3. Thanks for the feedback! I’ll definitely look into categorizing!

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  • Katie

    1) I almost only go out to eat when I’m with my boyfriend. He lives about 35 minutes away from me, which isn’t really far but with our busy schedules I usually only see him on the weekends. If I do see him during the week it is because we decide to go out to dinner one night haha. But usually we go out to eat 1-3 times during the weekends and it can get to be expensive! We have been trying to cook at home more often than we did when we were first dating. He is actually a really great cook and I think we like seeing what we can come up with.

    2) I love chili in the crockpot.

    3) I hate the treadmill but that’s mostly because I hate running. I have tried so hard to love it but it’s just not my thing. For cardio I do mostly HIIT workouts and once in a while I’ll dance. For strength training I’ll do HIIT and yoga πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      We are in the same situation. Nick lives about twenty mins from me and we see each other on the weekends and twice during the week.(maybe) and we just dine out, but when we first started dating, we cooked all the time. It was nice last night becuase he made turkey burgers and I made the sides!

      Chili never fails.

      Believe me, running is NOT for everyone. Dacning is fun though πŸ™‚ I’m rEALLY bad at it, but still have fun!

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  • Becky

    I have never cooked scallops myself, but I definitely love ordering them out! I can’t wait to try your recipe, I’m glad to hear it’s not as hard as I thought.

    I’m wondering if you take iron supplements for your anemia?

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  • McKayla

    Hello!
    This is kind of irrelevant to this post… But just wondering if you use Runkeeper or RunkeeperGO? I just downloaded Runkeeper and went for a run, but it says it is unable to save my activity? Have you ever had this problem? I’ve googled it, but haven’t got any help… I have an account but haven’t bought RunkeeperGO (too pricey for me right now)! Any help would be so much appreciated, if you are able! I enjoy reading your blog everyday! Thank you! ?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I just use the Runkeeper! I’m not sure why it isn’t saving your activity! Very strange…Did it track your GPS right? Also, did you sign up for a free account? I have been using it for about 4 years and have never had to pay for it. May be a glitch!

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      • McKayla

        Thanks for your response! I think it is working okay now. Went for another run today and I see that both activities are still there!! Thanks for your help! ??

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  • Brooklyn

    Wow those steak fajitas look so good! And that Christmas card is adorable πŸ™‚

    I definitely eat out more with my boyfriend, and I struggle to eat healthier with him too. I have eaten way too much pizza recently, which is something we usually don’t do. I blame our mismatched schedules.
    My favourite crockpot recipe is your pulled bourbon chicken recipe. I got my boyfriend hooked πŸ™‚
    I used to love the treadmill, but now I find I get a better work out when I run outside. My favourite workouts though are Tae-bo, zumba, the elliptical, and pop Pilates πŸ™‚

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      They were so yummy! & I LOVE HER CHRISTMAS CARDS!

      I struggle with that too! I will order a salad and then get stuck eating a bad appetizer which doesn’t help!

      Thank you πŸ™‚ That is one of my favorites too! Putting them on little sliders…yum! I like mine on salad too!

      Love those workouts!

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  • jenn

    My husband and I started dating in college, so when we’d get together we would eat out since there wasn’t much of a choice. One year he had a kitchen in his apartment, so occasionally I would get the itch to cook. Once we moved in together, we rarely ate out because it was so expensive.

    My favorite crockpot meal is my turkey chili. But I also make buffalo chicken dip in my small crockpot and that’s always a hit.

    I don’t mind the treadmill. Our gym has tvs on the machines so I can zone out and watch while I power walk, it makes the time go by faster.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah, that would make it really hard!

      I’ve never been a buffalo person, but I bet a crockpot dip would be really good!

      I love power walking on the treadmill, but something about running on it…gets to me!

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  • Laura

    You seem to be running way more! Out of curiosity, what are your running goals right now? I’m just getting back into it myself and am picking out a race to stay motivated πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I have been πŸ™‚ I’m just running to try and stay in shape. I don’t have any “goals” right now. Every time I set running goals I end up getting injured. I am going to just keep beating my times and trying to get better slowly! πŸ™‚ I always like browsing through my runs on run keeper!

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  • Meghan

    I am the opposite, I am terrible at running outside and I prefer to run on the treadmill. I think it’s because I’m a total novice runner and I can’t pace myself if I am outside :/

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I used to be like that too! I started listening to softer music when I run! It sounds weird, but if you listen to upbeat loud, fast music, your heart rate goes up and you run faster…it’s weird! Plus run keeper gives me my pace and I make sure to stay at it! πŸ˜€

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  • Carlee

    When we lived together we didn’t eat out as much and I started to learn (and love!) to cook. Now that we’re doing long distance we do eat out more when we see each other. It’s fun to get dressed up and go out together. And Like you said, the environment is fun. I personally like the treadmill and run on it nearly everyday! I work out before work when it’s still dark so for safety reasons I go to a gym. On the weekends though I try to get outside for something different. You just have to mix it up! Some days I do long runs, some running intervals, some run/walk intervals and some days short/recovery runs. I like your hill interval workout! I may have to swipe it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah, living together has a huge role on eating out or not! Smart thinking about running on the treadmill instead of the dark! Plus its cold out now! πŸ™‚ The interval workout was fun but intense! I’m sure you’ll be fine doing it! If it’s not hard enough just add more minutes or repeat! xo xo

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  • Desire

    MMMMMM those potatoes!

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  • Melissa Fitzgerald

    1. YES! We dine out together almost 4x/week and then look at each other and go, “What did we just DO?!” We live together now, and I’m trying to get him on board with cooking more meals at home. He’s slowly warming up to it. πŸ˜€
    2. I have this recipe somewhere for a crock pot pot roast that cooks in beef broth, soy sauce/coconut aminos, and tangerine juice… Out. Of. This. World.
    3. I don’t LOVE the treadmill, but I don’t hate it. It’s the only way I feel safe running because I have really, really awful knees (and shouldn’t really be running at all), so if something happens and I need to stop, at least I’m at my gym that’s 2 blocks from my apartment instead of out somewhere.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      lol that is us! We don’t live together so we always want to go out and do things and it makes it hard! Plus our friends are always meeting up at restaurants.

      The addition of tangerine juice sounds delicious! I’ll have to try that!

      That is smart thinking! Have you considered doing another workout other than running that is better for your knees? Like spinning?

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      • Melissa Fitzgerald

        Exactly, the friends make it hard too! Not to mention that we live in Chicago, where there’s always some new amazing restaurant to try… It’s so bad. I’m sure you understand ’cause you used to live here, right?

        When I get home later tonight, I’ll email you the recipe with the exact measurements! I won’t make pot roast any other way now.

        I have! I LOVE spinning, and that’s usually my go-to cardio. It’s so great! But sometimes I just have way too many thoughts in my brain, and nothing fixes it better than a good ol’ run!

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          Ugh. Love all the restaurants in Chicago! BUT, there are so many hidden healthy ones that are fun to go to toooooo! Have you tried Naked Pizza yet?! So delicious!

          I can’t wait to get that email & make it!

          I need to get back into spinning! i used to love it! πŸ™‚ But, we have 62-70 degree weather this week, so I get to go outside!!!!! woo hooooo!!!!

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          • Melissa Fitzgerald

            It’s funny you should mention Naked Pizza… I was SO looking forward to trying it when I first moved here because of your blog, but they closed! πŸ™ But if you can remember any hidden healthy gems, I’d love some suggestions! πŸ˜€

            Ah! I forgot to send it! I will send it tonight!

            SO JEALOUS of your outside weather. I went to SC for Thanksgiving and I never wanted to leave. (I actually spent Turkey Day at the Biltmore, which I only knew of because of your posts about it. I promise, I’m not a stalker.)

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            • Taralynn McNitt

              They did?!!?! what?! why?!……that is crazy ;( You’ve been to Hancock tower right?

              Thats a photo of the coffee I had there and they had a wonderful fresh lunch menu! Protein bar, LYFE Kitchen, and Nana are all good healthy ones!

              lol that is what my posts are for! πŸ™‚ how much did you love it!?

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              • Melissa Fitzgerald

                I love Hancock Tower! My best friend took me there for my 21st birthday. He knows I’m terrified of heights, so he kind of shoved me in the elevator before I realized where we were and then just yelled “SURPRISE!” I hated him for all of 10 seconds until I looked out the window. πŸ™‚
                Protein Bar is another favorite, but I’ll have to give LYFE and Nana a try! I lived about 2 blocks away from Nana for an entire year and never tried it. I’m kicking myself now!

                The Biltmore was AMAAAZING! My brother, sister-in-law, and I went to the winery and tasted all of the wines, and dinner at the Deerpark Tavern was absolutely insane. I cannot wait to go back!

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                • Taralynn McNitt

                  That view is breathtaking! So glad he made you go!

                  It’s funny how close we are to things and never try it sometimes! I’m like that too here in Charlotte!

                  So…on my 24th birthday…I tried ALL 24 wines. SO FUN! I ended up walking away with way too many bottles! The biltmore house red is my favorite!

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                  • Melissa

                    The Chenin Blanc and Christmas White are my favorites! Have you ever seen it decorated for Christmas? It’s breathtaking!!!

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  • Monica

    if I’m running long distance, definitely outside! but if Im just doing intervals, then i actually prefer the treadmill

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  • Jessie

    1. I actually think we dine out less. It’s fun for us to cook at home together. We’re both good cooks & budget conscious because we’ve got big dreams & other things we’re throwing our money at. Plus, a lot of times I’m hangry when I get home & having dinner almost on the table is such a blessing!
    2. Mmm White Chicken Chili from BudgetBytes. Or not a recipe at all, but chicken breasts + hot sauce for 4 hours on high, shred & used to top everything!
    3. Meh, love hate relationship…I’m terrible at feeling out paces, so I like that I can set it to my desired pace & watch the news or sports while I run. But, I get so boring, and there is no replacement for running outside.

    Love these little recap posts. πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I can see that πŸ™‚ Being hangry isn’t fun!

      Love White chicken chili! I actually have a recipe for it! My moms πŸ™‚

      I do like watching my shows while I run as long as I can’t hear myself breath lol (weird)

      & thank you!!!

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  • Katharine

    YAY! I love when you post new recipes. They’re my favorite.

    1. We eat out a ton. It’s just easier with our busy schedules, but we’ve both put on some extra pounds from that. We love to cook together so we’ve been making an effort to do that (and if we’re still busy/lazy… an omelet for dinner is the way to go)
    2. I found a crockpot recipe for La Madeleine’s tomato basil soup… it’s to die for!! And you can always make it lighter
    3. Running is NOT my thing. I’m missing a joint in my ankle (from flat feet) so too much walking/running around makes me feel like my ankles are broken. For cardio I just stick to spin class… my favorite πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      πŸ™‚ Glad you like them!

      It’s so easy for the pounds to creep up when youre dining out, even if you’re eating healthy! Dinner omelets are awesome!

      OK FIRST OFF THANK YOU! I LOVE TOMATO SOUP! and I’ve been looking for a good recipe. I need to make it to go with my Christmas movie marathons πŸ˜‰

      Spin class is bad ass! I’m always sore after it!

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  • Monica

    Unstuffed peppers- grass fed ground beef, frozen bell peppers, all the spices and tomato sauce you would put in your regular stuffed peppers, throw it in the crock pot and blammo.

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  • M. C.

    1. We definitely used to eat out a lot more when we first started dating, hence my current chubbiness and exercise obsession lol! It was a hard fight since he hates veggies with a passion, but we’ve figured out some recipes that make us both happy, one of them is your green bean recipe its so delicious!
    2. I like to make beef stew in the crockpot with carrots and pearl onions and a bit of rosemary and thyme. There’s nothing better than coming home to a house that smells like beef stew!
    3. We’re complete opposites here! While I do hate running on a treadmill I hate running in the heat even more. When the weather gets cool is when I finally begin to run outside cause I don’t feel like I’m going to pass out lol! It also means I have most trails to myself which is awesome for klutzy runners like me!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha! I think it’s fun to let one do the main dish and the other do the sides and alternate! Those are also my favorite! I might make those tonight πŸ™‚

      That beef stew sounds delicious! & I agree about the smell!

      Hahahaha I’m always falling on the trials, but I love them!

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  • Jennifer

    1) YES. My boyfriend loves food, and he’s always wanting to go out to eat when we’re together. I don’t mind going out to restaurants, but it gets old after a while! It’s just hard to cook for the both of us, because we both love completely different things. He loves Chinese/Mexican/Pizza, and I love Pasta/Salads/Grilled Chicken, etc. The only thing we can agree on is seafood! (I plan on making your Scallops soon for the first time and I’m so excited!!)

    2) I’m asking for a crockpot for Christmas, since I just got my own apartment and don’t have one! But living with a friend, I had made crockpot applesauce with fresh picked apples… SO easy and SO delicious!

    3) It’s 50/50 for me. I like being outside because I get distracted by my surroundings because it’s constantly changing (which I like), but I also like the treadmill because I can keep up my pace and I know exactly how I’m doing! Unfortunately, I’m stuck with the treadmill a majority of the year due to the Minnesota cold. πŸ™

    Reply to Jennifer
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha story of my life! * I hope you can find a happy balance of the two!

      Homemade applesauce is so good and so simple too! πŸ™‚

      At least you stick to the treadmill. In Detroit, the treadmill was my enemy (runners knee) and so I stuck to jillian michaels!

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      • Jennifer

        I used to hate workout videos. I always got so bored. But I started the 21 day fix yesterday to kick start myself into healthier habits again… I’m SO SORE and actually really like the videos! It’s part of the BeachBody series and these videos are by Autumn Calabrese. They’re good!

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  • ML Bishop

    1. It’s actually nearly impossible to get my hub and I to go out to eat- usually we only do it if we have to, through family/friends visiting or just having nothing in the house. Which is funny because we live in an urban area with 90 bajillion incredible options surrounding us.

    2. I make the most ridiculously easy short ribs in the slow cooker. Just grab a pound of boneless short ribs, throw in bbq sauce (low sugar, such as Stubb’s) and cook for 8 hrs on low. Such an impressive meal for guests with some mashed potatoes or soft polenta and makes good leftovers for lettuce wraps or even an omelet. This recipe is killer because you can also change it up sauce-wise, like marinara or even teriyaki to accommodate what you have on hand or your mood.

    3. Yes! Living in Boston we have crazy cold winters so I love having the option plus I work out late at night sometimes and need indoor options.

    Reply to ML Bishop
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I need to be more like you guys! Temptation is hard.

      YUM! I will definitely be trying out your short ribs. THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD!!! No wonder you don’t go out to eat! πŸ˜‰

      I would be so cold in boston! Have you ever read Carrotsncake blog? She’s an awesome runner and lives in the Boston area! She runs outside and may have some awesome tips for you! πŸ™‚

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  • Emily Weir

    When my now husband first moved to town and we were dating, he always wanted to eat out since it was easier. Once I finally showed him how much healthier we could eat at home and the money we would save, he understood my reasoning. We do make a point of eating out once or twice on the weekends so we can try the new local spots and treat ourselves.
    For my favorite crock pot recipes, I really love doing soups and taco toppings. Soups are nice to come home to after long days at work, especially in the fall and winter. Taco toppings (meat, onions, peppers) gets the hard work over with so you just have to cut up the easy toppings and assemble. I think I’ll try some steak next time I have tacos after seeing this recipe though! πŸ™‚
    And for the treadmill, I hate it’s a necessary evil for my week day runs. Since I run before work, it’s usually dark out and I try to be smart as a female and not run in the dark by myself. I always choose running in neighborhoods and parks when I have the chance to though! πŸ™‚

    Reply to Emily Weir
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah, we definitely won’t stop eating out for good, but cutting back would be nice! I love the local Charlotte spots.

      Soups are the best! Especially for colder months. I love making minestrone! πŸ™‚

      I agree about running outside in the dark. I can’t do it unless I’m with someone. It’s a sick world and you can’t trust anyone! You’re awesome for waking up early to run! go you!

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  • Amie

    Hi! I am currently looking into getting an indoor grill…would you recommend the one that you have??

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  • Marissa

    1. Yes we used to eat out a lot. But once we realized how expensive & not super healthy we were eating we started cooking more. And I’m super picky about where and what I’ll eat out. I prefer cooking.

    2. Chicken quinoa chili. Yum.

    3. I tolerate it. Summers in FL are brutal so I have to run indoors when it gets too hot.

    Reply to Marissa
    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. Yes. That is us right now and we rarely agree on where we want to eat. He’d like to eat at a wing, pizza, or pasta place and id rather eat at a salad, juice bar, or organic shop lol. So we just need to cook a healthy “in-between” meal!

      2. YUM! love chili!

      3. I actually love running in that hot heat! I used to love the Georgia heat when I ran, and just can’t stand the cold!

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  • Rachel

    I recently added more red meat to my diet too! Being anemic sucks. I also eat canned oysters for a snack (like half a can) because they’re high in iron as well. I’m stuck running on the treadmill too. I don’t hate it but it sure doesn’t beat trail running. I recently dusted off my crockpot in hopes of creating some good recipes…just for the fact the hubby and I tend to eat out a lot! I’ll have to try to send off a Christmas card!

    Reply to Rachel
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It does suck! My boyfriend gets freaked out becuase I’m a 24/7 ice box. Canned oysters? eeeeek! No sure I’m brave enough to do that. The treadmill just seems like more work and maybe its physiological. Its like a breeze when I’m outside and I don’t get tired. But treadmills make me so tired and I know they aren’t accurate. I’m ready to start making more crockpot meals…maybe a chicken noodle soup this weekend! & yes!:) I’d LOVE that!

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  • Nicole

    I almost NEVER go out to eat or buy food to pick up, EXCEPT when I’m with my significant other! We both love (and are good at) cooking, but since we are long-distance usually when we spend a weekend together, we treat it like a mini vacation to explore our cities together and try new places.

    I just made a DELICIOUS pot roast in the crock pot yesterday! I cheated a bit and used Trader Joe’s vacuum-sealed marinated pot roast cut of meat… it’s already marinated in red wine and spices so it makes it even easier. I add small-dice onion, diced potatoes, sliced carrots, and garlic cloves, top with the roast, and then pour half a box of organic beef stock around the veggies. Cook on low for 8 hours, and it is fall-apart tender. I remove the meat, add a couple tbsp of corn starch to thicken the stock and veggie “gravy”, and then serve it with green beans! It also reheats really well so usually I make the entire roast and portion it for lunches and fast dinners throughout the week.

    Reply to Nicole
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’m glad I’m not the only one, although you have a better excuse!

      UGH LOVE POT ROAST! I made my moms last year and might have to do that again. Nothing better than crockpot carrots! Yours sounds incredible!! I do the same with the stock to make gravy and then add egg noodles! You should try that! It’s amazing all week long.

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  • Alison

    Those fajitas look great! What apps do you use for running and how do you stay motivated? You’ve probably written a post on this already, but I couldn’t find it.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      When I’m outside, I use my run keeper! It’s the best I’ve used and most accurate. Staying motivated is so hard…especially now that it’s colder! I just have goals in my head that I refuse to give up on! You need to sit down and set goals and figure out ways to stay motivated! πŸ™‚

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Favourite crockpot recipe involves anything with bone marrows! They’re so nutritious and I often cook them in a broth or soup.

    What does it take to get a PO box? How do you sign up for one? Does it cost to maintain one?

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  • Melissa

    I’m the same way about dining out with my boyfriend. When we’re together, I eat out almost 75% more! It’s crazy- I’m trying to cut back on it, too.

    My favorite crockpot recipe is shredded chicken tacos πŸ™‚ http://www.greenpalatelife.com/light-shredded-chicken-tacos-with-seasoned-sweet/
    They are SO SO SO simple and delish. They also feed you for about a week, haha.

    Also, if you’re feeling festive, I made my Cinnamon Apple Pie Moonshine in the crockpot πŸ™‚ http://www.greenpalatelife.com/cinnamon-apple-pie-moonshine/
    The drink (21+) is really tasty & they make great gifts.

    Xo,
    Melissa

    Reply to Melissa
    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. It’s nuts! Sunday night I was about to make those scallops for us, and then he suggested we get pizza, salad, and wings from Carmellos and I had a hard time saying no! But, he agreed with me today that he wants to cook more πŸ™‚ SO, HOPEFULLY it changes.

      2. Those chicken tacos look awesome.

      3. YUM! I may have to try that too! I know my dad would love that!

      xo xo

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