I made it to D.C. at 3:45 am this morning. I am extremely exhausted, but I wanted to wake up early so I could blog, workout and get ready for the day. It’s going to be a pretty chilly and rainy weekend, so I packed accordingly and plan to visit a lot of the museums this time. I can’t wait to share all of my photos and adventures with you soon! Before all of that fun stuff happens, I wanted to catch you guys up on with whats been going on in my life. It’s kind of been a while!
Last Thursday is where I left off at…
On Thursday morning, I fit in a run + stairs workout. I ran my first mile in 7:49 (personal record) and then faced the hills the rest of the way. After my workout I had a smoothie with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, ice, plant based vanilla a protein powder, frozen blueberries, banana, spinach, kale, clementine and flaxseeds.
I was so excited for Thursday night because Karlee and My brother were in town. My aunt and uncle from New York were also in town. They both had weddings to attend on Saturday so they stopped at my parent’s for the night.
I brought over some roasted vegetables and spicy black bean quinoa burgers. My parents made grilled chicken, sausage and salads.
I am so obsessed with the Morning Star spicy black bean burgers. They have black beans, corn, brown rice and chili peppers for a little kick.
It’s always nice seeing these two! All of that running has paid off…my legs are officially bigger than my brothers.
I havnet seen my aunt Barb in almost six years! It was so good seeing her and my uncle, Rick.
It’s so nice to be able to hang out with family. We stayed out late listening to my brother play guitar and drinking wine.
My brother and Karlee stayed at my place on Thursday night, so before we headed over to my parent’s house for breakfast, I had them stop at Amelie’s French Bakery for coffee with me. I knew they’d love it.
They loved Amelie’s! They always show me their favorite coffee spots in D.C., so I thought it would be cool to show them mine.
T.C. ordered my favorite, the Le Sombre Chai and Karlee ordered the Caramel Latte.
It was a rainy morning and perfect for coffee.
TC made vegetarian sausage, eggs and hash browns for breakfast. I already ate half of my sausage before realizing I didn’t take a picture….whoops.
I was supposed to go out on Friday night but was feeling more of a low-key night. Becca and I decided to go to Panera for dinner and hit up the movies. I love the Panera Bread kiosks because it makes salad ordering so much fun! Yes, ordering salads is fun to me. I ended up getting the Chicken Caesar salad with all kinds of different toppings added to it! I also ordered a bowl of vegetable soup.
We went to The Boss and it was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. Even though it was silly, it was also pretty inspiring and a movie that empowers women. I highly recommend seeing this and I can’t wait to order it once it comes out.
After the movie, we headed to Amelie’s for a late night coffee and dessert. That lamp is my next project!
I woke up early on Saturday morning to meet Becca in Charlotte for juice. I was super hungry so I had some mixed nuts on the way. *tip…freezing your nuts (that sounds so cute) makes the flavor/texture 10x better.
The Berry Brooks Farm in Dilworth is a great little spot for local, organic, and natural health foods/products. They also have great juice.
I ordered their just green smoothie. It had spinach, kale, ginger, apple, lemon, parsley, cucumber, celery, and lime.
The day couldn’t have been any more beautiful.
We took a walk around the Dilworth neighborhoods with our juice.
Also took some new shots of my dress for the collection!
Later on that day, we decided to grab some lunch at Luna’s Living Kitchen. I like to go here at least once a month for a weekend lunch.
I always start with their coconut milk latte.
I ordered their broccoli Waldorf salad.
The Waldorf has broccoli, green apple, celery, walnuts, raisins, and red onions tossed withhomemadee cashew mayo. They also serve it with greens, avocados and seed crackers.
New shirt in the collection! This will also be available in black soon 🙂
I spent the night uptown on Saturday night.
My parens were in Charleston all weekend for a wedding, so…pool party at their house, right? It was more of just me, Becca, the dogs and a bottle of rum. This is what I’ve been waiting for all year!
Two beach balls down…
Pool side selfies!
Last time I was playing a drinking Jenga game, I thought it would be a great idea to turn it into a workout game. I bought a Jenga game and wrote out workouts on each of the blocks!
This was super fun and extremely hard!
Kona was also on vacation.
After spending almost all day out in the sun, we headed to Starbucks for some drinks. I ordered the “Taralynn’sccino” 🙂
We took the dogs out for a sunset drive in the country. It’s always so beautiful out that way and that is what I love about living in Charlotte. You can drive 30 minutes outside of the city and you’re in the country.
These are the roads I love running.
We decided to rent a movie and house sit for the parents the rest of the night. I was zonked.
I made roasted garlic parmesan brussel sprouts!
I chopped up some brussels sports and tossed them in olive oil, garlic powder, fresh organic parmesan cheese and baked them for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
I couldn’t get enough!
I waited for my parents to get home the next morning, so I worked outside and played with the dogs.
They go nuts when I hula hoop. They try attacking the hoop because they have no idea what it is or what I am doing.
For breakfast I made two eggs with a side of Peach Stand strawberries and a banana.
The best spot to work!
Later that afternoon, I headed to Crowder’s for a hike.
I loved seeing all the green! The last time I went to Crowder’s, it was bare.
Hiking without a hair tie was tough. I looked like Tarzan by the end of it. Who am I kidding? My hair is always Tarzan.
I walked over to the pond afterwords. It was so pretty and peaceful. You can actually rent little kayaks to take out on it.
For dinner, I had sushi in Baxter Village. I ordered the Charlotte roll with a house ginger salad.
After dinner, I grabbed some coffee and went for a walk.
Charlotte has an endless amount of trails. I love that!
I headed out to my parents house Tuesday morning to chill with my dad a bit.
I also got to enjoy my new Nomadix towel that I am completely obsessed with. Not only is it a beach towel, but you can use it as a yoga mat.
*Made from 100% recycled material (80% polyester / 20% nylon)
*The perfect size (27.5″x72.5″)
*Packs down small (3.5″x7″)
I can’t handle his cuteness!
I had some apples and peanut butter by the pool for a snack.
For dinner, I made some garlic parmesan (my favorite combo) spaghetti squash.
I had it with a steamed vegetable medley and two vegan burgers.
Konas last day in the Carolinas! I’m going to be so devastated when I have to say goodbye.
Mixed cereals and my coffee in a Christmas mug…this photo is a hotness and I love it.
I was excited about my trail run on Wednesday. I hit a personal record and my running is finally paying off. It was so hot out, but I was hydrated, fueled and ready to kick butt. I keep the Gatorade gels in my side pocket because my throat gets so dry from the trails. Those are life savers.
Running in gorgeous areas helps me keep going.
I always end every run with a fifteen minute deep stretch.
After my run, I made a side Caesar salad, spicy black bean burger and carrots and hummus. I also had a side of the boathouse farms protein juice.
I took the dogs to run later in the afternoon…
That zonked them out…
My mom met me for dinner on Wednesday night and we went to our favorite place, Genghis grill. I had a bowl with squash, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato, scallions, onions, bell peppers, snow peas, egg, steak, chicken and scallops. SO GOOD!
I had the leftovers for dinner last night before my road trip to D.C.
Today we are going to the museums and you can follow me on Snapchat: taralynnmcnitt or Instagram @taralynnmcnitt for updates!
Questions for you:
- What is your favorite poolside snack?
- Have you ever been to D.C. If so, what is a must do/see?
- What kind of fitness goals have you been hitting lately?