Today has been a day. It’s 8pm and I’m finally getting around to writing a blogpost. I had two hours of sleep last night and Leo was sick today. I get so stressed when my dogs aren’t feeling well. Luckily, he’s doing better tonight.
This past weekend was so much fun. I fit in some fun workouts, healthy meals, not-so-healthy meals, and much-needed girl time. We’ve had GREAT weather! It’s been in the high 50’s and 60’s and tomorrow is going to be 70 degrees! 🙂 It makes getting outside and being active so much easier. Can it be summer already!? PLEASE!
Leo’s vet wanted me to feed him boiled chicken and rice for dinner, so I headed to the store to pick some up. I decided to grab some things for dinner while I was there. One of my readers commented and recommended a place called “Burtons” in Charlotte. It’s fairly new and they have a huge gluten free menu + everything is made fresh daily. I tried it once and then tried it twice…I can’t get enough. Tonight’s dinner was inspired by a couple meals I had while I was out this weekend!
I toasted 1/4 cup of rainbow quinoa with 2 tsps olive oil, added water, and then let it simmer for twenty minutes on low.
I diced up chicken breast and cooked it in a pan on high with 1 tsp olive oil and low sodium soy sauce.
I sautéed shredded brussels sprouts and kale with olive oil. Once they were cooked, I tossed in a little bit of balsalmic vinaigrette.
I topped the sautéed kale and brussels sprouts with quinoa, avocado, roma tomatoes, and chicken! I was so mad at myself for forgetting goat cheese.
Time to take this recap post all the way back to Tuesday!
I found these mirrors at Home Goods for $25 a piece. I’m going to add a entryway table underneath, hooks and some photos next to them. I still need to paint the walls! I’m torn between some colors. I know I just painted the accent wall in the living room, but I’m already picking out colors to change it. I’m over the blue.
I had my leftover chicken and vegetable soup on Tuesday night for dinner. Grumples apparently wanted some too.
I met up with Meighan on Wednesday night for an uptown run! We like to do faster/shorter distance runs during the week.
Our first mile was the fastest, which is not what we like doing. We like going slow and then fast, but we totally butchered that plan on this run. The crazy thing about running is that you can’t force your body to go fast because it doesn’t feel good and it’s what causes most injuries. Your body naturally gets faster. If I were to run a 7:20 minute mile when I first started running, I’d be dead. My knees would fall off and I’d quit running. Now, I don’t even know when I’m going that fast.
*I just want to mention this* If you ladies are running at night, PLEASE wear reflectors and try to run with a buddy. There are tons of running groups out there too if you can’t find a running buddy. Meighan and I run in the city and on the trails, so we like to stick together. I see girls out running alone on side streets at night, on running secluded trails and it makes me so worried. There are so many things you can do to stay safe while running and I’ll be writing about that soon! It’s easy to go into your own little world with music and get caught up in that runner’s high, but you need to pay attention to your surroundings. I have some really strange and scary stories to talk about during some of my runs and I just feel so much safer while running with someone else. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. *rant over*
We ran to Southend for coffee at Central Coffee Co! It’s one of my favorite coffee shops in Charlotte. It’s not about the atmosphere there, it’s about the damn good espresso. I ordered a nonfat cappuccino.
I picked up a grilled chicken salad for dinner. I also had sea salt Good Thins on the side with hummus. My favorite hummus is the Sabra Supremely Spicy! I literally eat it on everything.
Thursday breakfast: 2 scoops vanilla whey protein, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup ice, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 packet stevia.
When I’m uptown, I take the pups on separate walks because there are so many people around. I took Leo to see Meighan at work on Thursday 🙂 He LOVED the office chairs.
Northeastern’s newest student! 🙂
Meighan surprised me with tickets to see An American in Paris for an early birthday gift! We got all dolled up and headed out for dinner and the show!
Every time we run uptown, we go past this restaurant called “Essex” and it looks amazing. The outdoor seating has the perfect Charlotte view and the food always smells great. We have been talking about going there for months and she got reservations! 🙂 We started with a glass of riesling!
This warm brussels sprout caesar salad was also an inspiration for my dinner tonight. SO GOOD.
And what is wine without a charcuterie board? I loved the cute little stump platter it came out on.
We walked down to the Belk Theater for the show!
I was blown away. The performers were so talented that it didn’t feel real. The dancing, singing, and acting were all on point. There wasn’t a dull moment in this performance. The set, the costumes…JUST EVERYTHING! If you get the chance to see this, PLEASE DO! It was just incredible.
I had such an amazing night and I feel so lucky to have the greatest friends in my life. ♥
I woke up early on Friday to have breakfast and get ready for the day. It was 75 degrees!
I decided that it was time to give Grumples a grooming. He LOVES it. I lay out a blanket and spend hours shaving him. It grows back so fast, so I try to go super short. I like to keep his face long though. If you’re interested in the shaver I use, I bought the Wahl Professional Animal PRO ION Home Pet Grooming Kit.
Grumples was all smiles after the shave! 🙂 Leo secretly dug a hole…
He was VERY proud of it when I found him. No shame…
I picked up a frozen pizza at Earthfare for dinner. I only make frozen pizzas when I have someone to split it with me! This one was SO good. It was pretty reasonably priced for being gluten free too.
I made a side salad to go with it. My salad had cucumber, spinach, bell pepper, goat cheese, and honey mustard vinaigrette on top.
I woke up really early, had coffee, and headed out for a neighborhood run. I say this a lot, but the hills are tough…
I was sitting outside to stretch and cool down, but Leo was at the door waiting to see me! He’s seriously the biggest cuddle bug! My run was really good and I love making time for fitness on Saturday morning!
I had a shopping day with Becca Saturday. I picked up some new frames and things to home projects. I was so excited about my finds:) (I’ll post soon)
I mentioned Burton’s earlier in this post. One of my amazing readers recommended this place and I went there twice in one week. If anyone asks me where they should eat in Charlotte…THIS IS NOW MY ANSWER! It has gluten free, paleo, vegetarian and so much more.
I ordered the superfood salad. It came with spinach, brussels sprouts, rainbow quinoa, cranberries, goat cheese, grape tomatoes, medium rare steak, and honey mustard vinaigrette. See where my dinner inspiration was coming from?
If you are a steak lover, I promise…this will be one of the best steaks you’ve ever had. I’m drooling over this again. I can’t wait for Kyle to try it out. The meal was so filling, but so healthy and fresh!
Becca ordered the lettuce wrapped paleo burger with brussels sprouts and she said it was one of the greatest burgers she’s ever had.
No box necessary.
I had a crazy sweet tooth (running does that to me) so I bought a gluten free coconut macaroon at Suarez Bakery. It’s a super popular spot in charlotte and they make the cutest cookies and cakes.
I made a super random omelet for dinner. It had shredded brussels sprouts, bacon, cheese, and 1 egg yolk, four egg whites. If you love brussels sprouts, which there definitely isn’t a shortage in this post, you’ll love this omelet.
And with supremely spicy hummus!
Always eating on Kyle’s snapchat…
We decided to play checkers on Saturday night and I remain undefeated.
We have been watching The Killing on Netflix. It’s a great show to get into!
I woke up early on Sunday morning to eat breakfast before heading to the trails with Meighan.
I had oatmeal with peanut butter, half a banana, two slices bacon, and a cappuccino from Starbucks. This is my perfect combo for an hour+ trail run.
It’s so much fun to get off the streets and run on the trails. There is so much to look at and it feels like an adventure. Pocahontas made it look so fun and easy.
Look how gorgeous this is? The Latta Plantation Preserve. It goes on for miles and the trails are breathtaking.
We ran the Hill Trail (2.21mi), Cove Trail (2.54 Mi), Split Rock Trail (1.15 mi)
There is one POWERFUL hill at the beginning. If you can run past that, you can do anything.
The best part is the Cove Trail. You run all the way to the water and it’s just unbelievable. I REALLY felt the runner’s high on this run.
We decided to start running more trials to help us with our half training. I am searching for trail running shoes!
The weather was perfect because it was overcast and 60 degrees.
I like sprinting uphill and taking it slow downhill. I make sure to lean back and trot down instead of sprinting to prevent knee injury.
We finished our last mile on the main road. It’s so weird to go from running on the trail to concrete. You can feel the difference!
Lots of elevation and obstacles! We were jumping over creeks, walking on giant rocks, hopping over fallen trees and skipping through the mud. That is what made it fun!
Best running partner in the world!
We had to keep ourselves basic, so we stopped at Clean Juice for post-run workout smoothies.
I ordered “The Intense One” It came with kale, ginger, lemon, coconut water, apple, spinach, spirulina protein, and whey protein.
I may have cracked and bought some sour gummy bears at Kilwins…….
I made a salad and pizza for dinner. My salad had mixed greens, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, and shredded brussels sprouts.
We tried out some new frozen gluten free pizzas. Against The Grain…taste like cardboard.
The Smart Flour pizza was AWESOME! Totally made up for the bad taste in my mouth after eating the Against the Grain. I told myself this was the last frozen pizza I was allowing myself this month! I’ve been on a frozen pizza kick, but I need to start making my own.
Another basic day in the works!
Meighan had Monday off so we made some plans to workout and hangout for the day. We wanted to do a day trip to hike in Asheville, but we were concerned with the chance of rain, so we decided to do something local instead. I stopped at Coco & The Director for coffee and a powder bar for breakfast.
I just bought a new coffee pot for my house and I’m bringing my older one over to Kyle’s, so I don’t have to go on coffee runs. This was a small latte with skim milk.
We decided to go to Pure Barre. I LOVE this class because it’s small movements and I’m alway so sore the next day. There is no crazy cardio or difficult movements. Anyone can do it! The only issue I had was that we paid $25 for a 45 minute class and we could hardly move in there. They packed 32 people into a tiny room and expected us to all be able to lay out the ground and do full out movements.I felt a little bit cheated. I think since you have to sign into the class, they should have limited spots. I think was kicked in the face at least twice. The room is meant for about 18-20 people to workout comfortably. It was just a pain in the butt. Other than that, it was a good workout and I’m still feeling the burn today.
It’s important to change up your workouts and fit in strength as much as you can as a runner. It’s so easy to just stick to running, but cardio is not going to cut it. To prevent injuries and continue to get stronger, you have to put your body through more strenuous activities. Weights! Weights! Stretching…& I’m totally due for yoga.
We had to get our basic on, so we headed to Clean Juice again. We were starving and it was right next door!
I had the same protein smoothie, but I had them skip on the apple this time. The banana made it sweet enough.
We headed to the mall after our workout so we could shop a bit. I have a wedding this weekend and needed a dress.
We were super hungry by four, so we decided to go to Burton’s. YUP! AGAIN:) I really wanted her to try it out!
We started with General Tso fried cauliflower. They even made it 100% gluten free for us. This dish was just unreal. Every bite was heaven and the aioli sauce on the side was perfect. The chef makes everything fresh from scratch daily.
I ordered the superfood salad again with grilled chicken. I PROMISE I’ll order something different next time, and there will be a next time! Just so delicious.
Becca came over for Bachelor Monday. I just can’t with this show. I can’t stop watching and I can’t stand watching. And I can’t with Corinne. It’s just a big mess. More respect for Vanessa and I hope Rachel is the next bachelorette.
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite workout class to take?
- Have you ever tried a restaurant twice in one week?
- Any fun projects coming up?