I started uploading photos for this blogpost around eleven am. That was the first time sitting down for coffee after an eventful morning. As soon as I had my coffee, Grumples gave me “the look” and I dropped everything to take him on our four mile walk. It was raining, but that still didn’t stop us. I knew this was going to be an off day as soon as I woke up this morning. It’s been full of distractions and I’m finally settling down for the night, and so are the pups! This is the perfect time to write my recap post and share my week with you all! I’m hoping to have this long recap finished soon, so you can enjoy it with your cup of mornng coffee. I love reading all of your comments and replying with my cup of coffee.
I’m glad Grumples gave me “the look” because the rain stopped and it was a beautiful day. The leaves couldn’t have been prettier.
This happy face was worth it too.
The great thing about having a dog is that they push you to get outside and enjoy nature. Walking with the pups is very therapeutic and they make everything better.
I had leftovers from the week for lunch today. I love little random combos like this one. It had rice, chicken, turkey, kale, spinach, goat cheese and avocado.
I’m going to take this recap post all the way back to last Wednesday.
I started my day how I start most of my days…with a four mile dog walk. Grumples and I logged 85 walking miles for the month of October! He also lost a healthy 9 lbs since his last vet visit and thats all thanks to walking. I didn’t cut his food back at all, just increased his exercise and limited all the treats. He gets lots of green beans and peas for treats now.
After my walk, I had a bowl of plain Greek yogurt mixed with one scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder, topped with strawberries, pecans, honey, and banana.
Speaking of protein, I stopped at CVS on my way out to my parents house on Wednesday to pick up some No Cow Bars. These are my FAVORITE protein bar right now. The Lemon Meringue Pie Flavor is incredible. If you’re a lemon lover…start with that flavor. They’re gluten free, dairy free, high fiber, low carb, low calorie, high protein, low sugar, and the list goes on.
I put Leo in the pool with me for a little bit to get him used to the water.
He loved it so much……..(sarcasm)
I ran errands with my dad on Wednesday afternoon. We stopped at Lowe’s to grab some wood for a bench we are building and Tractor Supply to buy some dog toys and clippers for Grumples. I picked up some maple nut goodies because it brings me back to my childhood. My dad used to buy maple candies every time we visited the hardware store. It made him smile when I brought them out after dinner.
I made some seasoned and baked chicken wings for dinner. These had garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, black pepper, sea salt, dill weed, and honey.
Sweet potatoes for the side!
I woke up early on Thursday to get orders done for the shop. I made a delicious protein shake for breakfast. It was super simple and consisted of banana, Protein Powder, almond milk, and ice!
After hours of orders, I made an egg white omelet with Mexican cheese. I needed some fuel for the afternoon festivities…
of dog grooming…:)
I have taken Grumples to the groomers for the past five years. He always gets anxiety, has to be there for over ten hours, gets cut, and I couldn’t do it to him anymore. I decided to buy some clippers and do it myself.
I set out a blanket in my parents backyard and went at it. I was shocked because Grumples loved it. There were moments where he would lay on his back enjoying the belly shave. The legs were a challenge, but I’ll get better at it. I didn’t do too bad for the first time grooming! This was before his bath. We got all the mats out and I know he felt much better. I mean…look at that face!
The clippers worked great and I loved all the different settings it had. He didn’t get cut or harmed at all. If you’re interested in grooming your own dog, here are the clippers I purchased…Wahl Professional Animal PRO ION Home Pet Grooming Kit.
I headed to the craft store Friday morning to pick up some materials for my Halloween costume. I decided to go as a birthday piñata! It was only a $20 DIY costume!
I also had an iced coffee with one pump of pumpkin spice!
I spent Friday afternoon working on my costume. Even though it was inexpensive, it was pretty time consuming. I’ll do the DIY post soon.
Someone partied a little too hard.
Meighan and I went on a run Friday afternoon at the River walk.
As soon as I got home, I bought new running shoes. I knew it was time! That run was not great physically or mentally. I’m excited to get out there with my new shoes today.
I spent Friday night watching Black Mirror with the pups!
I made ground turkey, roasted vegetables, and rice for dinner.
Grumples and I woke up bright and early on Saturday to head out for our walk.
I love Saturday morning feels.
Walking through all the neighborhoods was super fun because they all had their halloween decorations out. Grumples loves to growl and bark at them.
When I turned around to see what Grumples was growling at…seriously? Too soon!
When I got back from our walk, I started constructing my costume. I didn’t get to finish it Friday night because I was too tired. I ended up falling asleep at 9:30pm.
I made some scrambled eggs, toast with fig jelly (already ate the other half before the photo) and yogurt with grapes and pecans. I used my Nespresso to make a little cappuccino on the side. It had almond milk + espresso + stevia. I finally finished my costume four hours later!
I headed to Meighan’s to get ready to go out. We made a mixed drink that had pink lemonade, mojito mix, mint leaves, ice and vodka.
Maybe I went a little overboard…but it was Halloween!
We did the uptown halloween pub crawl. I couldn’t believe how many people were out! I loved seeing all the creative costumes.
We crashed at 7pm. We ordered food from the Rock Bottom Brewery and watched Halloween movies.
I had a chicken waldorf salad. It had lettuce, celery, cranberries, walnuts, chicken, apples, and honey mustard. It would have been so good with goat cheese on top!
The pups love scary movies.
Since I went to bed early, I was up early. I had coffee on the balcony with the pups and watched all the pub crawlers do the walk of shame in their halloween costumes. It was one of the best people watching moments.
Later Sunday afternoon, we walked to the 7th Street Public market for some lunch.
I was so ready for some coffee.
I ordered a cappuccino and a sweet matcha iced latte because I really wanted to try one. I knew Kyle would split it with me.
This was Leo’s first restaurant outing.
I tried out one of Rico’s rainbow aqai bowls.
The bowl had acai puree, granola, banana, strawberries, pineapple, mango, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries.
Leo was such a good walker! Meighan and I decided to skip our long run this Sunday and just walk it. We were both physically tired and knew running wouldn’t feel so great. We walked all around Southend and down the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. It was cool reading the “before I die” board. Some of the notes were so sweet.
The weather couldn’t have been anymore gorgeous.
On the way back, I picked up some things at the Vitamin Shoppe. I went in there for the Extra Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin Complex for my joints and came back with more goodies. I found the Lemon Meringue Pie No Cow Bar! I was super excited because I found the Quest Blueberry Muffin Protein Bar. I had it for breakfast the next morning and it was so good. It had little blueberry fruit chunks in it and I baked it like a muffin.
I also picked up Chipotle for dinner. I didn’t feel like cooking at all this weekend.
We did a totally of 8.26 miles.
My Chipotle bowl is always the same. I go with half chicken, half steak, a little bit of black beans, a little bit of rice, mild salsa, hot salsa, corn salsa, sprinkle of cheese, guacamole, lettuce, and the house dressing. Their salad dressing is so good. I wish they sold it in stores.
I watched another episode of Black Mirror and called it a night. The thing about this series is that one episode is enough. You have to sit back and reflect on the storyline after you watch it…Our discussions get a little crazy.
I went for a little walk early Monday morning. Queens road is one of my favorite roads in Charlotte and it’s one of the most famous roads.
I did a little grocery shopping at Target and the Fresh Market.
Before I stopped at Target, I drove all the way to the South Park mall, parked, got out of my car, walked about twenty feet, turned back around, got in my car, and left. I’ve been doing so good with not buying things I don’t need. I’ve been trying to get rid of things around my place and I knew I’d blow my progress by walking into that mall. I was proud of myself when I left.
I picked up some salad ingredients. The Fresh Market is my favorite little spot.
Have you guys ever had the Gevalia espresso coffee cups with froth packets? I was pretty impressed!
I spent the afternoon working on the computer while the pups people watched.
I decided to walk to Amelie’s French Bakery to pick up a Halloween treat.
Ive been on a cappuccino kick. I brought back the pecan macaroon and the caramel apple cheesecake.
I did a couple extra miles around the city because the skies were so beautiful and I couldn’t get enough.
For my halloween night dinner, I had a big salad!
My salad had strawberries, goat cheese, candied nuts, avocado, cranberries, blueberries, pieces of grilled chicken, pieces of turkey burley, kale, spinach and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
& that was my week so far!
Questions for you!
- What did you do on Halloween Night?
- Do you have any fun plans for November?
- Its going to be 82 degrees here today. What is the weather like where you live?