Typical Taralynn waited an entire week before writing a recap post and now this one is going to be super long (Ew, I hate talking about myself in third person.) I figured I better do something semi-productive while watching the Bachelorette: Men Tell All. This show is so bad, but I can’t stop watching. I know I’ll be watching Bachelor in Paradise too…why do I keep doing this to myself?
Let’s start with today & I hope I can keep everything in order.
This afternoon I went to the Riverwalk for a run. I figured the breeze by the river and the shaded path would make 97 degrees a little less painful. Why am I running in this heat? I have this theory built up in my mind that not taking a break will make me a stronger runner during the cooler months. I know it’s hot, but I don’t want any excuse to quit. Getting back into the whole running thing is always hard after a break (for me anyways) and I’ve been in that situation multiple times. I can’t wait to see my times and my progress once the weather takes a chill pill. Unfortunately I have no idea when that’s going to be because it’s going to stay in the upper 90’s for the next two weeks.
I ran eight miles and then walked two. I packed a cooler in my car with bottles of ice water because I knew I was going to need a serious hydration session on the drive home. I’ve also been keeping Sour Patch Kids gum in my pocket while running. SAY WHAT? The heat makes my throat so dry and the sour gum fixes that in threes seconds. I quit running so many times because it was hard to breathe with my throat being so dry. Problem fixed!
After running, I sat on the bench to catch my breath and stretched out before walking back.
I focussed on hydrating once I got back. I chugged my ice water and ate some fresh peaches and watermelon from the farmers market. I’ve been all about hydrating lately. I used to go days without picking up a glass of water and now I crave it like crazy. I think better, perform better and feel better when I’m hydrated.
I also crave coffee. What’s new? After hydrating, I thought I deserved a little chocolate protein latte. This had one shot of espresso from my Nespresso machine, coconut milk and two tablespoons of chocolate protein powder. It tasted like a mocha latte!
After walking Grumples, I made a salad for dinner. I love making giant salads.
My salad had romaine lettuce, ground turkey, croutons, banana peppers, shredded asiago cheese, croutons, white rice and Greek yogurt Caesar dressing.
Eyes on the prize.
& now I have my Greek yogurt waiting for me in the fridge for dessert! I mix a little honey and unsweetend cocoa powder with plain greek yogurt and freeze it for an hour.
Let’s start with last Monday.
I skipped the Bachelorette (thank you Hulu) so I could run four miles and meet up with Becca for a circuit at the gym. Running at night is so much easier.
The July Fitness Challenge has really motivated me to stick to my fitness routine and all of the support has been so wonderful! I’m thinking about an August challenge…
Monday night dinner: falafel, romaine, carrots, hummus and a veggie burger (in the oven.)
My Tuesday project 🙂
I’ve decided to start painting more and taking some time to do things that make me happy. I get really inspired while exploring and visiting towns.
I headed to Kyle’s on Tuesday night and we watched The Visit! Goodness, I love that movie!
I woke up at 5 am on Wednesday to have coffee before heading to a bootcamp workout at the gym with my friend Meighan. It’s funny how fast time flies by when you’re dreading something. I’m not an early morning workout person, I’m just an early morning person. My body has been used to the same routine for the past six years and I definitely put it through a shock.
We ended up running to the gym!
The workout was awesome! I wish I would have worn my running shoes instead of trainers for the track, but I still managed to survive.
I was so excited to get my coffee, plop on the couch and watch the news with Mr. Grumples. I knew I’d be sore for the next couple of days!
I made a protein shake for breakfast.
Banana + almond milk + 1/2 packet chocolate protein powder + stevia + ice + 1/4 cup oatmeal.
I headed out for a long walk after finishing up all my work. I knew if I didn’t walk, I’d be sore and stiff. It’s important to keep the muscles in motion when you’re sore.
It was one of those “snack all day” days. Popcorn, carrots, hummus, falafel and watermelon! I tend to be a snacker when I workout earlier in the morning. Do you guys have a favorite place to get falafel or a recipe you can recommend? I’ve been buying the jumbo falafel at Whole Food’s.
I made Popcorn for Kyle and I so we could watch our Wednesday night show! Oh, and Grumples…
I got five minutes into the show and was ready for bed. I’m officially old.
Have you guys ever heard of oil pulling? I’ve been doing it a couple times a week. I love it. I use the CVS Health Cold Pressed coconut oil. Some people have a hard time handling the texture and taste, but I secretly love it.
Becca also has me hooked on adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to my coffee. I had a tablespoon of cream with it too.
I let Becca do my hair on Thursday morning and she made me look like a twelve year old at a slumber party. Some people can pull off the double side buns…not sure it’s a great look for me.
Protein shake! 🍌
I can’t stop looking at his little face. These little kittens have been roaming around Becca’s apartment complex. They’re are so stinkin’ cute. If Grumples was good with cats I’d probably take one.
I made bourbon salmon, broccoli and papas fritas on Thursday night for dinner.
We went out for a six mile walk after dinner.
Our walks are always so much fun. We talk about the weirdest things and end up laughing at the dumbest stuff, mainly ourselves.
Kyle and I headed to my parents house on Friday night for dinner.
My parents made hibachi on the grill. I got my dad a skillet grill for Christmas and he loves it.
This hibachi plate had broccoli, egg, shrimp, chicken, steak, bell peppers, squash, onion and zucchini.
The country roads are so beautiful and they remind me of Iowa. Grumples LOVES car rides and goes nuts when he sees cows or horses. He looks so funny when he sticks his head out of the window because his hair blows in the wind. We stopped at Earthfare to pick up some Friday night ice cream and headed back to my place to watch a movie.
I woke up early on Saturday morning to have coffee and a cup of oatmeal. I like to respond to comments, emails and watch the news during that quiet morning time.
It was our lucky day because they offered us the next class free. They didn’t have to do that, but we really appreciated it. The Charlotte Yoga studio is so cool. The entire floor is filled with art and we literally acted like five year olds and colored until class started. Not only was coloring fun, but so was walking around looking at the talented art from others.
I really liked our class. I am by no means a “yogi”, but I can hang. I didn’t feel intimidated or lost at anytime. Our instructor was so down to earth and helpful. Everyone was at their own level and she let everyone go at their own pace. I left the class feeling refreshed, inspired and at peace.
If you live in the Charlotte area, you really should try out the Charlotte Yoga Studio in Southend. It was one of the best yoga experiences I’ve ever had and it made me want to go again. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere was contagious.
When in Southend…go to the Common Market (before they close in a couple of days.) I’m so sad to see this place go. They sold the building to make room for an office building. I know they’ll be moving to a new location, but it’s still sad to see this staple spot leave the Southend. There is so much art and character that will be hard to naturally replicate.
We bought some ginger and spice Kombucha!
It was way too hot out for hot coffee, so iced coffee it was! How beautiful is this? I’m thinking inspiration for my next painting…
Not Just Coffee is a must if you’re in Charlotte. They have three locations now and I need to hit up the new one. I get a lot of questions about what to see, where to eat and what to do when you’re in the Queen City, so I’ve been working on a “Taralynn’s Choice” post.
We took our coffee across the street to check out what was new at Anthropologie. I’m so obsessed with all of their stuff. I could look around Anthro for hours.
This set up is so cute. I had to take a photo for inspiration…
That giant hanging flower arrangement was made out of died cupcake liners and torn balloons…why are so people so talented?
When I got back, it was running time! It was 95 degrees outside, but I couldn’t use that as an excuse to quit.
Plus I have the best running partner. We also did a couple stairs on our route. I think doing yoga made my run so much better because my muscles were loose and ready to go!
We headed to the South Park mall after our run. Snapchat is so fun 🙂
We stopped at Whole Foods on the way back so we could pick up some Halo Top (yes we are obsessed) fresh fruit, a yogurt parfait and some other snacks. I walk past these popped sea salt edamame chips every time I go to Whole Foods. I finally cracked and decided to try them. We dipped them in hummus and they were pretty good.
We relaxed the rest of the afternoon and then got cleaned up for dinner.
Can’t leave without a little serenading from Kyle ♥
We went to the Poplar Street Cafe & Wine Bar with some friends.
This place is so underrated. Why isn’t this place filled with people? Why aren’t there fights for reservations? It blows my mind…
I have been here twice now and it’s been exceptional both times. It’s such a cute and romantic little spot. It gives you a warm southern welcome as soon as you step on the property. The hanging lights in the trees, the front porch swing and the creaking old door looks like it was stolen from a Nicholas Sparks set…& it’s right in the city!
This place should be filled up at 7pm on a Saturday night.
They let us seat ourselves and it was hard to choose between the classy rooms or the outdoor patio. Last time we ate there, the manager gave us a little history tour of the house.
I wish their coffee and dessert bar was open early mornings and late nights on the weekends. I also think they should have weekend breakfasts! How cute is this little coffee bar? I just want to work there.
The waitress was so sweet and welcoming. She memorized all of our orders and they came out perfectly…I was so impressed. I don’t know how she did it! She even brought me a sample cheese plate to choose which one I liked for my salad. I didn’t even ask her to do that.
We started with asian chicken skewers and the hummus plate. All of the starters were great. Rich with flavor and enough to fill the whole table of four. I LOVED the hummus and the way they grilled the warm pitas for dipping. *they should serve veggies with that plate.
All of the meals/appetizers were very inexpensive and you get a lot of food.
Still not understanding why this place isn’t packed.
I ordered the Arugula Pear Salad:
Arugula / Anjou Pear /
Gorgonzola / Manchego / Walnuts / Olive Oil Lime Dressing + Chicken
The salad was giant and all of the flavors went so perfectly together. I was full after eaten half but it was so good I couldn’t stop. Their homemade dressing was a hit! I’d love to get my hands on that recipe…
This is a place I want to bring all of my friends and family who visit from out of town and a place I hope stays open forever. I just love it! It will definitely be added to the “Taralynn’s Choice” list!
So…I finally got my hands on the Vanilla Bean 🙂 & IT’S AMAZING!!!!
Now I have three more flavors to go!
These two are something else. ♥♥♥
I woke up early on Sunday morning to explore the abandoned buildings of the Carolinas with Becca. Becca likes to shoot abandoned buildings and history. She’s actually very good at it. You can follow her explorations on her Instagram. I decided to tag along with her this time.
My to-go breakfast was half a container of Siggi’s Vanilla yogurt topped with cereal. I like to add a little bit of local honey to the yogurt.
We stopped at Mama’s Coffee shop before heading out on the explorations. I’ve driven by this place for over two years and had never stopped.
Sometimes crazy decor can be tasteful but I wasn’t feeling this place. I think it was a personal preference, but the vibe reminded me of places I have visited in bad dreams. Little kids banging on the piano and people sitting on the couch filled with permanent marker. I’m not sure how I feel about fabric couches filled with permanent marker…they have obviously been there for a long time and you’d have to pay me to sit on it. The vibe just kind of weirded me out. It was a little over stimulated.
I may have judged this place by the cover because I secretly have a thing against yellow buildings. I’m starting to sound like the weirdest person ever. Becca agreed with me, so I was a little less worried about my sanity.
I’m more of a classy or rustic coffee shop goer. Would be cool if they painted the walls a solid clean color and then designated one wall just for drawing.
BUT, some people really do like crazy decor like this and I’ve heard that their food is really really good, so just because I wasn’t a fan of this place, doesn’t mean the next person won’t love it. They are known for their tasty sandwiches and desserts.
We drove all the way out to Lancaster, South Carolina. It was an abandoned heaven spot for Becca.
I stood in the middle of the street for almost five minutes before a car passed.
We were both ready for brunch after exploring in the heat! We decided to eat at the Terrace Cafe in Ballantyne. I’ve been a fan of this place since moving to Charlotte. I used to live right next to it and I’d walk there for breakfast.
I ordered their Veggie Omelet. It was an egg white omelet with onion, tomato and peppers. It was served with wheat toast and fresh fruit. I ordered the side of bacon:) They serve the toast with the berry best jam!
Becca and I headed to the gym after breakfast. We decided to keep our phones in the car and it was the best decision we ever made. We had the best two hour circuit (had no idea what time it was) and I kept finding myself getting the urge to look at my phone. It’s crazy how addicted I am and I didn’t realize it until I went without it for a couple hours. I am going to start doing this more. I feel like there are no distractions and no rush when I don’t have my phone. We finished our workout with a 30 minute sauna session.
I headed to the grocery store after the gym to pick up some things for Sunday night dinner. I was in the mood for chicken stir-fry & it’s so easy to make.
I chopped up the vegetables, cooked them with olive oil and classic stir fry sauce on high for twenty minutes. I used bell peppers, carrots, broccoli and onions. I added the broccoli once the other vegetables are almost fully cooked. I don’t like overcooked broccoli.
I cooked the chicken in a separate pan on high with olive oil and classic stir fry sauce.
I drained the chicken and then added it to the pan with the vegetables. I mixed in three tablespoons of sweet chili sauce, covered the stir fry and let it sit while I made the rice.
I’m obsessed with boil in bag Jasmine white sticky rice!
I want this meal all over again 🙂 I love how easy stir fry is to make and it’s very inexpensive for how much it makes!
Someone was hungover from the weekend and had Monday morning fever…& I’m not talking about me.
His favorite spot. I always pull the blinds up so he can keep a watch out.
I had some peach oatmeal before heading out on my run!
Five miles never felt so good! I was rushing because I was dinner motivated.
I had ground turkey, rice, baked zucchini and eggs. I usually dip everything in low sodium soy sauce.
Puppy Romper is in my shop 🙂
I had such a great week! ♥
Questions for you!
- The July Fitness Challenge ends in four days…should I do an August one?
- Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?
- If you could choose my next blogpost to write, what would you want it to be?