Fridays are usually set aside for recap blogs, but I don’t feel like waiting that long. Grumples has been on his morning walk, I have a fresh pot of coffee brewing, and my blogging fingers are ready to go! It’s way too hot to do anything outside and I’d rather blog away before starting my afternoon chores. I was out and about all weekend, so most of them were neglected. I’m currently side-eyeing my basket of laundry in the corner.
Kyle and I were super excited for the Dead & Company show on Friday night. We had been patiently waiting for this weekend for months. We are both huge fans of John Mayer and bonded over him when we first met.
Dead & Company is a project formed by several Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart with the addition of John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge.
The concert was at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. I’ve been to several concerts at the Pavilion and they are always a blast. The outdoor concert environment is always wild.
After the concert, we met Becca uptown for dinner. I’m not sure if it was the excessive amount of pot smoke floating in the air at the concert that made us hungry, but we were starvin’ like Marvin!
Top: American Eagle
Shoes: Boutique in Paris
Shorts: American Eagle
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection
All of the bars and restaurants were packed because of the NBA finals. We decided to sit outside at Rock Bottom Brewery. I think they have the best salads. You know how much I love my salads! No shame. I ordered the grilled chicken Cobb salad. It came with bacon, lettuce, egg, avocado, grilled chicken,
cojita cheese, tomatoes, and ranch on the side. They also have a really good Waldorf salad that I highly recommend as well. The best part of Becca being a vegetarian is that I get to have her chicken on the side.
“One says that it came about in the 1930s at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, where it became a signature dish. It is named for the restaurant’s owner, Robert Howard Cobb. Stories vary whether the salad was invented by Cobb or by his chef, Chuck Wilson.”
I woke up super early on Saturday so I could walk to the grocery store to pick up some coffee and breakfast ingredients. I normally don’t cook up breakfast throughout the week. I stick to simple foods like cereal or hard boiled eggs, but there is something about Saturday mornings that make me want to have a big breakfast.
After making my coffee, I sat down to watch the news and respond to blog comments. It’s a Saturday morning routine. Grumples LOVES listening to Kyle play the guitar.
They sat there on the ground for a good forty-five minutes together. Just when I think my heart can’t melt anymore, it just keeps going.
After catching up on all the blog comments from last week’s recap post, I decided to get up and make some breakfast before working out. I usually stick to the go-to breakfast that consists of vegetable eggs, toast, bacon and fruit.
I started by chopping up green onion, green bell pepper, sweet yellow onion and roma tomatoes.
I sautéed the bell peppers, green onion and sweet yellow onion with two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan.
Once the bell peppers and onions were cooked, I turned off the heat and added the roma tomatoes to the pan.
Egg mixture: 5 egg whites, 1 egg yoke, 1 cup sautéed veggies, 1 tablespoon light cream, 2 tsps garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, and a sprinkle of black pepper
Spray a pan with cooking spray or use olive oil and heat on medium-high. Pour in the omelet mixture and cook both sides until the edges are lightly brown.
I made one of the egg mixtures into an omelet and one into a scramble.
Kyle and I walked to the gym together after breakfast. He set up a circuit for me to focus on arms. I’ve never really been a gym person, but I think he’s changed that. I used to be intimated by the weightlifters and the dedicated gym goers, but now I want to get in there more.
We walked through the Taste of Charlotte on our way back from the gym. It was SO HOT outside and we couldn’t stand to be out in it any longer. When the temperature is that hot, food isn’t appetizing. The only thing I crave when it’s that hot is watermelon. I ended up eating two cups of watermelon once we got back.
We took Grumples for a little walk around the block. This is the kind of weather that makes me feel bad for Grumples. It’s too hot for him to be outside and he doesn’t get as much exercise until the evening or early morning.
Kyle has made a huge difference in Grumple’s behavior. I mentioned that Grumps can be very hard to walk sometimes and he gets anxiety with some people. He’s a great dog and loves everyone, but as soon as he’s on a leash, he’s a different dog. Kyle got a new leash and harness for him and has been working with him. The difference is incredible. We have been able to walk by bikes, people, and other dogs without him acting out. He really listens to Kyle and I’ve never trusted anyone more with my dog.
After getting cleaned up after the gym, we headed to the South Park mall to shop. It was something to do that didn’t involve being out in the heat. Becca and I had our snapchat sessions while Kyle was trying on suits.
We went to Chopt for dinner. The day went by so fast and it was already 8pm! It really felt like five. I ordered the kebab cobb. It had local feta, charred red onions, mama lils spicy peppers, pita chips, romaine lettuce, avocado, falafel, chopped and tossed in red wine vinaigrette and Greek yogurt tzatziki.
I went into Lush while I was at the mall and picked up some of my favorite products. I love doing mini at home spas! Perfect way to end a Saturday night.
Becca and I do breakfast dates on Sunday mornings. It’s our thing. I picked up Becca at 7:30am and headed to the Grapevine on the river walk. I ordered a small cappuccino with skim milk. I was really impressed with the Grapevines cappuccino! The espresso was really smooth and rich.
We took our coffee to go and decided to go for about a mile walk. I love that the Grapevine is right on the water.
It was already 85 degrees at 8am and we were burning up. My hot coffee wasn’t helping the situation either. I know that we will be doing this a lot in the fall and hopefully walking the whole trail once it’s cooler.
We decided to grab breakfast at the Famous Toastery in Tega Cay, SC. I ordered the egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, avocado with a side fruit and wheat toast.
While we were sitting at breakfast, we were informed of the tragedy that happened in Orlando. We sat there for an hour talking about how sad it was. We were both sickened and in shock by the news. It has me heartbroken for Orlando and the LGBTQ community. I’ll never understand how anyone can hold so much hate in their hearts. I wish this world had more love and acceptance. No one should ever feel ashamed or live in fear because of who they are. It’s sad that it takes a tragedy like this to bring everyone together. This is how our world should act every single day. You don’t have to agree with people’s lifestyles or choices, but you should always love them. LOVE EVERYONE! Please spread love, stop the hate, live your life without fear, be happy, and make others happy. One person CAN make a difference. Let people be happy with their lives and make people feel happy with their lives. Your happiness is can be contagious. You have the ability to make this world a better place. My heart goes out to the victims, the family and anyone affected by the horrific tragedy in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers also go out to Christina Grimmie and her family. I had the honor of taking photos for her and the Voice tour when she was in Charlotte. She was such a loving, talented and powerful young women! Heaven is going to be full of angels.
After my morning with Becca, I headed uptown to hang out with Grumples and Kyle.
I picked Kyle up some English breakfast black tea from Nova’s Bakery in Southend. He loves tea the way that I love coffee.
I had my Chopt leftovers for lunch. Those salads are so big and make great leftovers! I also had an afternoon cup of coffee with it.
Later that evening, I went out on a run with Kyle’s friend. I was going to go five miles, but it was 94 degrees outside. My face was numb and tingling by mile four and so I called it quits. Our pace was 8:12. I always run faster when I’m running with someone else. Our first mile was actually 7:48! I was definitely facing some dehydration and it was all my fault for not drinking enough water. I took a really cold shower after the run. The heat exhausted me and I ended up curling up for a nap on the couch. Those Sunday catnaps are the best.
Later that night, Kyle and I walked to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients for dinner. I really love cooking at home instead of going out and I’ve been doing it a lot more lately. After talking to his neighbor on our way to the grocery store, we decided on homemade turkey burgers because that’s what he was cooking up. It sounded delicious and I had the best recipe for homemade turkey burgers.
Turkey burger ingredients:
*2 lbs ground turkey, 1/2 cup chopped green onion, 1 egg, 1/2 sweet yellow onion, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1 1/2 cups hot habanero, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and use your hands to combine.
**My dad used to make burgers like this and he’d microwave a tiny meatball sized burger to test out all the flavors before grilling. If it was bland, he’d add more! You could do this to determine if your burgers need more seasonings or cheese!
This burger recipe makes ten giant burgers! Grease a sheet of tin foil and place to burgers on top. Grill until the centers are fully cooked.
We also made sweet potato fries and asparagus!
I seasoned the asparagus with black pepper, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and low sodium soy sauce. I wrapped it up in tin foil.
I microwaved the sweet potatoes until slightly soft and then cut them into fries. I laid them in a greased baking dish and seasoned them with rosemary, minced onion, chives, garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt.
Dinner was DELICIOUS!
Yesterday morning, I took Grumples to the park to run before it got too hot! We can’t take this heat!
Back to the weekly basic breakfasts! I had cheerios with flaxseeds and a cup of coffee before going out for a two-mile run.
Someone was zonked.
I also made homemade protein stuffed peanut butter cups yesterday afternoon! I’ll be posting that recipe next!
THEY’RE SO GOOD!!!
UPDATE: RECIPE IS POSTED HERE!
Later that afternoon, I caught up on some grocery shopping. I grabbed fruit, seafood, veggies and all kinds of other healthy weekly foods.
I was invited to have dinner and grill out by the pool with a friend last night.
I also fell in love with this lil rottwieler puppy. I think I need one (one day)!!!! He was so cute and flopping around everywhere.
We had asparagus, salad, shrimp, scallops and grilled potatoes. I almost forgot to take a photo of my dinner plate, so this was a halfway through shot.
Becca came over around 7:45 and I set up a kick-ass circuit workout. It took us about an hour and a half to get through it and we took 30-second breaks between sets. We also have decided to start recording one circuit workout every week for a new Youtube series. We are no video gurus, but we are going to try!
We worked every part of the body. We cycled between arm workouts, leg, butt, abs and so on!
Our cool down was all ab focused and then we ended with ten minutes of straight cardio. There was another lady in the gym that watched us do the workout and asked if it would be ok that she joined us next time. She said she was inspired by us and I loved hearing that!
Today we are both sore everywhere.
I love having a friend that loves to workout and eat healthy as much as I do! Filling your life with people who support your lifestyle is so important and it really makes a difference. I’ve never been happier!
After the workout, I made a protein shake for Becca and I. It had a banana, vanilla a protein powder, strawberries, unsweetened almond milk, and ice. We made the shakes to-go and took Grumples for a walk.
I made some hard boiled eggs for a late night snack and extra to keep in the fridge for easy-access protein and then fell asleep while watching the NBA finals!
Today I’m going to work on some new posts and then hopefully get out for a really long walk tonight!
Questions for you?
- Have you ever been intimated by a gym?
- What do you think about me starting a YouTube Channel for little circuit workouts?
- What is one thing you are grateful for right now?