This morning could have been a bad one. I stayed out at my parents last night so I could have dinner with them before Thanksgiving. They’re going to D.C. to see my brother and I’m going to Florida with Kyle. Their coffee pot decided to break (of course, the morning I stay over.) I contemplated on picking up coffees, but I wasn’t ready to give up just yet. I ended up boiling hot water, adding coffee grounds to the filter, and making a little drip coffee over the mug. I poured the hot water into the filter and pressed down on the bottom tray. It worked like a charm! I’m now sitting here with my fresh coffee ready to blog. I figured I’d start this recap before heading out tonight! I still have to pack, go for my run and catch up on some other work. You can follow me on snapchat if you want to follow my day! @taralynnmcnitt
This week has been all about omelets for dinner. I love how easy, filling and high protein they are. They’re perfect any time of the day. I just add 2 eggs, 4 egg whites, spinach, cheddar cheese, skim milk, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, Italian seasoning, and minced onion.
I made my roasted vegetables on Thursday for my mom’s work Thanksgiving. She asked if I could help her out with the cooking.
I also made my oatmeal cream pies, but added frosting to the top with a splash of cinnamon.
After baking away, I decided to head out for a run! It was so nice out and I ran in shorts! Running in shorts in November? Whatttttt. I’ll take that!
This week was the peek of fall in the Carolinas. The trees were amazing and everyone was out taking photos. I have so many fall photos towards the end of this post. The scenery made all of my walks and runs so enjoyable.
I headed to the grocery store Friday night and picked up ingredients for salad. This is one of my favorite combos.
It has spring mix lettuce, avocado, dried cranberries, honey flavored goat cheese, balsamic and walnuts. It’s good with grilled chicken on top.
Kyle had Friday off. We walked to Coco and The Director for coffee!
I ordered a non-fat quad. The reason I love going into Coco & The Director is because the staff is so friendly. They treat you like they’ve known you forever.
We headed across the street so Kyle could get his hair cut.
I had my go-to salad for lunch. Leo ALWAYS creeping.
Meighan also had Friday off, so we met up for a long walk! We did 8.6 miles.
Every time we walk by the Sunflower Baking Company, we always talk about going in there. Usually it’s closed, or we are too hot for coffee! We finally stopped in there Friday and ordered some large iced teas!
We had the iced white peach tea! They were so good! Now I have to try their coffee next time:) Maybe next week!
We had a girl’s Friday night at Meighan’s. Facials, dance offs (you may have seen on snap chat) food, and manicures.
We looked like smurfs.
We did not plan on going out, but somehow went from blue masks to full makeup within thirty minutes. Luckily, we were in the presence of Miss Charlotte! Allison did our makeup 🙂 Don’t get used to seeing my makeup look this good!
I went to bed at 3:30am…and woke up at 7am(ugh.) Thank you little Leo 🙂 I started my day with a cup of coffee, cinnamon oatmeal, and the Food Network!
The boys were cozy too. They melt my heart!
I walked to the Grocery store with Kyle later in the morning and I couldn’t get over the gorgeous trees.
We drove out to my parents house Saturday afternoon to pick up Leo’s crate. How adorable is he in his little seatbelt? I love it! We got him the Kurgo Dog Harness Seat Belt because he hops all over the car. This worked so well and he looked pretty content.
The temperature went from 70 and sunny to 48 and windy within a couple hours! It was cold and I was running on three and a half hours of sleep, but I didn’t want to make any excuses! I’m really trying to stick with running through the colder months and not make any excuses to quit. This pullover from Road Runner’s Sports is my go-to for cold runs. it’s perfect under sweaters too. You can use TARALYNN16 for 20% off!
The cold temperature and winds had us running a littler faster to warm up. We also were going uphill a lot of the time.
We only planned on running three miles, but ran four instead! We walked two on top of that.
We decided to warm up at Central Coffee Co! I always LOVE trying out new coffee shops. This coffee shop is in Southend and I think they have one in Plaza Midwood too.
I’m so glad I tried this place out. They made the PERFECT quad latte. I think I’m in love with their roast and this may have been the best latte I’ve ever had. Maybe I was just really hungry and lacking a lot of sleep, but I’m having withdrawals. I may grab one tonight before I head out of town!
The cute little coffee shop had delicious pastries and snacks.
I decided to try their vegan zucchini bread. It just looked so good.
& it was out of this world! I want the recipe so bad!!!! No one would have been able to tell that it was vegan. It was so moist and the flavor was spot on! I have been craving this ever since Saturday night. Even Kyle loved it!
Kyle and I ate like fifth graders on Saturday night. We had chicken strips, pizza rolls, and cheesy broccoli with pasta. We watched a movie and spent Saturday night catching up on sleep.
It was FREEEEEEEZING Sunday morning. I bundled up and took Grumples for a walk around Charlotte. I took SO MANY photos because it was so pretty! The Fourth Ward Park <3
Meighan and I met up around noon for a 8 1/2 mile walk. We decided to do the Greenway. It was so cold, but a much needed walk!
I made jalapeño black bean burgers for dinner on Sunday! You can find the recipe here 🙂
He’s getting so big!!!!
Kyle and I bundled up and walked to Coco & The Director so we could pick up hot cocoas!
They make their hot cocoas with house made chocolate sauce, milk and a vanilla bean syrup. They’re definitely gourmet.
Meighan and I met up for a workout Monday night. It was so cold, but NO EXCUSES! We planned on doing one fast mile around the city to warm up, but it turned into three miles. It was our fastest time yet! We always go off of each others energy and if we are both feeling good during a run, we don’t stop. It’s going to be hard running without her this week. I’ve never realized how running with someone is so much better than solo running. I used to tell myself I’d never run with another person, but now I hate running alone.
After our run, we did a circuit in the park. Dips, push ups, sit ups, high knees, jump lunges, burpees, squats, mountain climbers and a series of leg lifts 2x Meighan had the workout all written out and it was tough!
I’m still feeling the pain today!
I made an omelet for dinner, showered, and plopped on the couch with my popcorn to watch Dancing With The Stars!
It’s been such a fun week and I cannot wait for Thanksgiving! It’s time for me to go get my run in, start packing and head South! We are driving half way tonight and staying at a hotel with the pups! I can’t wait 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on snapchat for updates!
*Nice job on he WECOMPETE challenge this over the weekend!
Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!
Questions for you!
- What are you grateful for?
- Will you put up your Holiday decorations after Thanksgiving?
- Will you workout on Thanksgiving day?