Boy, what a day. It’s 9pm and I’m finally sitting down for the first time. I’m exhausted. I’m sitting on the couch watching Leo attack my running shoes and I’m too tired to get up and stop him. Luckily, they’re my backups. All of my energy has been reserved for this blog post. Blogging is relaxing and I’m so ready to wind down and share my week with you!
Lets start with tonight’s dinner. I hardly did any cooking this week because of everything going on right now (details soon.) I had sweet potato fries, a spicy black bean burger and a crab cake. I had the exact same meal last night too.
I finally cracked and bought eggnog today. It was either this or wine…I had to celebrate turning on the heat for the first time this season somehow. The Silk Almond Nog is so good and only 45 calories for 1/2 a cup! 🙂 And if you’re an eggnog lover, you know 1/2 cup is only the first gulp.
I had a kale and spinach salad for lunch topped with lobster salad and mozzarella.
I stopped at Starbucks while I was out and about today. I bought a grande skinny latte with two extra shots of espresso. It was my first cup of coffee for the day, so the extra espresso was necessary.
I didn’t have time to make or eat breakfast this morning, so I grabbed a bag of energy trail mix at the grocery store. This trail mix had dried pineapple, almonds, dried cranberry, dark chocolate espresso beans, yogurt coated peanuts, walnuts, and dark chocolate chunks.
Time to take this recap post all the way back to Monday!
I spent the day with my dad and helped him shop for my mom. It was their 30th Anniversary.
I made a salad for lunch. It had lettuce, tomatoes, almonds, hard boiled eggs, cucumbers and balsamic vinaigrette.
My dad made one of my favorites 🙂 Pot roast with potatoes and carrots. My parents used to make this all the time when I was growing up. It’s the perfect fall meal to warm you up! You can find the recipe here!
I woke up early to walk the pups in my parents neighborhood. I always stay out at their house if it’s late because I hate making the drive home at night. I also love waking up and having coffee with my parents.
My parents and I have voted together for the past eight years. We headed to the polls to vote and then had lunch at a little diner in York.
I met up with Meighan on Monday night for a run. We did four miles around Charlotte and it felt amazing. I’ve been taking new pre and post workout vitamins and they have been making a huge difference in my energy levels. I’ll be blogging about those soon! I’m determined to keep running through the winter, but I’m getting nervous with these cold temps. I’m shaking cold just taking the dogs out, so the thought of running in the cold terrifies me.
After our run, I grabbed some CVS snacks and then headed to Kyle’s to watch the Election night. I made vegan burgers and sweet potato fries for dinner. I stayed up until 4:00am watching the election results and then woke up at 7:00am. An internal alarm clock is not always your best friend.
I had coffee and took the pups for a quick dog walk. When I got back, my entire day was made 🙂 I’ve been watching Kelly live every morning for years and Megyn Kelly is one of my idols, so this was a double win. I definitely fan-girled hard. I finished my work on Wednesday around 5pm and then headed straight to bed. I needed to catch up on sleep because I was a sleepy crankster.
Day made ? pic.twitter.com/490QpnaSWF
— Taralynn McNitt (@TaralynnsTweets) November 9, 2016
I was back to my normal self on Thursday morning. I had proper sleep and I was ready to get back to my norm.
For breakfast I made quinoa and eggs. My eggs had 5 egg whites and one egg yolk. YES, that’s ketchup.
Grumples got his four miles in 🙂 We live for our walks. There is still a big pinch of fall left here in Charlotte. Some of you are already getting snow!
The boys were so tired by the time Thursday night rolled around. Me too…
I had my go-to! 🙂 Spicy black bean burger and sweet potato fries!
My mom had Veterans day off, so she came over bright and early on Friday morning to walk with Grumples and I.
After our walk, we headed to Terrace Cafe for a Veterans Day brunch. I wish my dad could have been there, but he’s been very sick. I will make sure to take him out for a Veterans Day breakfast when he gets better.
I had an egg white omelet with spinach, tomato, onion, bell pepper, and goat cheese. My omelet came with a side of fresh fruit and wheat toast. The fresh peach jam was amazing!
Happy Veterans Day to my beautiful mom and all of those who have served!
You better believe I helped my mom with her pancakes! Terrace Cafe has the BEST pancakes! I want them now!
I headed straight to the gym Friday afternoon! I did a circuit from the Simply Taralynn Fitness Challenge and ran three miles on the treadmill. I only planned on doing ten minutes on the treadmill, but when your run feels good, you go with it!
On Friday night, Kyle, Steve (his roomate) and I walked to Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner.
I ordered a jalapeño turkey burger and a side of broccoli. I usually ditch the bun and wrap my burger up with lettuce.
Because we are artist.
Leave it to Kyle to always take photos of me sleeping with the dogs. This daylight savings time is killing me. I’m always ready to go to bed by eight.
I woke up in the middle of the night super sick. Thankfully I felt so much better in the morning. I sat out and had coffee on the porch with the pups. I love when Leo tries to be just like Grumples.
We decided to take Leo on his first walk uptown. We stopped at Not Just Coffee so I could grab a cappuccino. I pretty much lived off coffee all weekend.
I can’t believe how big Leo is getting.
Leo’s serious face.
Kyle was trying to imitate Leo’s facial expressions.
We had so much fun walking him uptown and he did so well! We are trying to introduce him to new people and new situations as much as we can. When we got back, I helped Steve make super loaded mashed potatoes for his friends giving. You can find that recipe here:)
Kyle and I headed to the hardware store to look for puppy gates. I felt like a kid when I saw all the Christmas trees up! They had Christmas trees that danced…what?!
I picked up Chopt for dinner. I didn’t choose the hardware store next to Chopt by accident. I have a new go-to! It has Kale, spinach, grilled chicken, falafel, goat cheese, hard boiled egg whites, cucumbers, roasted seasonal vegetables, chickpeas, tricolor quinoa, pita chips, fried onions and balsamic vinaigrette on the side.
I still wasn’t feeling 100% Saturday night, so I fell asleep at 8:30. I didn’t even make it to the beginning of the movie.
I rested all Saturday morning and started to feel better around noon.
Kyle and I headed to the 7th Street Market for Viva Raw juices and a coffee.
We tried the Cocoa Bliss and the Turmeric Almond Milk.
The Cocoa Bliss had almond milk, banana, raw cacao powder, almond butter, dates and cinnamon. It would make the best post-workout drink. Kyle and I are going to buy bottles and make a stash of our own. It’s going to be a fun little weekend project. The Turmeric Almond Milk had almond milk, dates, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla bean. I really liked that one because I love anything that has ginger in it!
I felt guilty after watching all the Charlotte marathoners pass through. I know I wasn’t feeling too great, but I needed to do something. They were all so inspiring. Shout out to Elizabeth from RunningforRobert for kiling it! & shout out to my girl Meighan for getting a PR during the relay!
I decided to go to the gym with Kyle and run (more of a jog) a few miles. Have you ever felt like quitting, but the person next to you is killing it on the treadmill? Talk about a boost of motivation and inspiration all in one! I was happy I did something. I finished my run with a deep stretch session and some sit-ups.
I had to snap some photos on the way back. Sometimes the rainy city can be a beautiful thing.
I had been looking for bow ties for the pups forever! I was having a hard time picking the perfect ones. Ironically, Calicopri reached out to me and offered to send some over for Mr. Grumples and Leo! When I saw the plaid ones, I couldn’t believe it. THOSE WERE THE EXACT ONES I WANTED.
I asked if she would be interested in providing a discount code for my readers and she said of course! If you use code: mrgrumples20, you can get 20% off your order 🙂 The code needs 11/27! She has the holiday ones up now!
The bows have a velcro strap that attaches to the dog collars.
I walked into a store when I was in Charleston last week and fell in love with some of the dog bows. I looked at the tag and almost had a heart attack. $50 for a dog bow tie? WHAT! Calicopri bow ties are just as nice and you can get them for as little as $10! & that’s without the discount code.
We went to a neighborhood chili cookout Sunday night. It was delicious and perfect because we didn’t have to cook anything. I was again in bed by 8:30 on Sunday night. I really need to work on my staying up skills.
I took Leo to the vet Monday morning for his shots and checkup. He’s 22.6 pounds now! He’s growing like a weed.
I was feeling so much better on Monday, so I headed out for a six mile run. It was beautiful out 🙂
The trees are still gorgeous as ever in Charlotte.
I stopped at Fresh Market after my run and grabbed some water, mixed nuts, and fresh fruit! I spent the evening watching Dancing With The Stars! 🙂 It’s been a great week and I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever have weeks where you literally cook nothing?
- Have you ever had a fangirl moment?
- Is daylight savings time effecting you?
- Have you bought eggnog yet?
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