Is it just me? Or has this week been a slow one? It may be that I don’t have anything to plan or train for, and I’m kind of OK with that! For some reason, Leo wanted to get up at 5 AM this morning, so here I am. Since it’s going to be 87 degrees today, I’m going to be doing major closet rehab. I need to bring all the summer clothes out of the guest closet, transfer them to my closet, and put all the winter clothes in the guest closet. It may be an all day process, but it seriously needs to happen. It’ll make my packing for Hawaii much easier this weekend. I’ve been putting it off all month.
Before I get to my closet (doing everything I can to put it off), I’ve decided to post a little recap.
I felt much better waking up Tuesday morning. I could finally move my legs properly, and the pain from the run was easing up. I was nervous thinking that I wouldn’t be able to walk the dogs, or even drive, but it seemed like the runner’s knee took its course, and it was all uphill from here.
I had to catch up on so much Tuesday, so I made coffee, sat with my bouquet from Kyle (<–girl’s please read), and got to work!
I hadn’t seen Becca in weeks because of our schedules, so we met up Tuesday night for salads in the park!
When she got off work, we picked up salads from Chopt and took them to Freedom park to catch up. My salad had kale, onions, butternut squash, quinoa, cranberries, goat cheese, egg, avocado, grilled chicken, falafel, and cucumber. I had their balsamic dressing on the side.
I spent all Wednesday working on my New Jersey post! For breakfast, I made a Greek yogurt bowl. It had blueberry Greek yogurt, blueberries, chia seeds, flax seeds and honey. I went to the gym Wednesday to do weights and stayed far away from cardio.
I headed out to see my parents after the gym, and tell them all about my NYC trip. We sat around the pool and it was nice catching up! The dogs loved running around like maniacs in the backyard!
For dinner, my mom made fajitas. I just added the grilled chicken, steak, peppers, and onions on top of a salad with a sprinkle of cheese, Spanish rice, tomatoes, and sour cream. I will be posting the recipe for my cast iron fajitas soon. I have them in my recipe folder!
After the gym on Thursday, I made frittatas and butternut squash for dinner! You can find the recipe here.
All I did at the gym was lift weights, leg raises, and ab work. I’m trying to focus on strength training only.
On Friday afternoon, Becca and I met up for coffee and crafts. I had a little project I wanted to work on, so we went to Central Coffee Co. I ordered a small nonfat cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso and vegan zucchini bread. You can’t go there without ordering it! It’s the best!
We stopped at the Saurez bakery for some treats, and I found this Cinco De Mayo cookie! I had to get it.
Later Friday night, I walked down to a neighborhood Cinco De Mayo party to meet up with Meighan. I took Leo with me and he was a hit with all the ladies!
Kyle and I had dinner and wine at the Capitol Grille later Friday night. I ordered a kale salad and grilled chicken on top.
We took the pups to the dog park early Saturday morning! It’s our new favorite thing to do on weekends. The boys run and run! They are so energetic, so it’s nice for them to get it all out of their systems.
Leo had his first groom on Saturday afternoon! We used Aussie Mobile grooming. It’s great because they come right to your house, and groom your dog in a little over an hour.
Cute little jam session.
Kyle had the idea of making a buffalo chicken & blue cheese frittata. I decided to give it a shot, and now he’s obsessed. I will post the recipe soon! I can’t stand blue cheese or buffalo sauce, so you will only get the opinions of Kyle and Steve! They want me to make it again, so I guess it was pretty good!
I made another baked frittata, but a little more my style. It had eggs, sweet potato, spinach, and goat cheese. I’ll post that full recipe soon too!
It’s hard for me to take naps, but I was SO EXHAUSTED. One minute I was rubbing Grumples belly and the next minute I was sound asleep. This is a screenshot I saved from Kyle’s Snapchat. 🙂 Love my boys!
On Saturday evening, Kyle and I went to TJMaxx to get new dog toys for the pups. Can you tell we are obsessed with our dogs? They go through toys so fast, so we wanted to get fun ones for them to play with. They love to rip apart the animals and get to the squeakers. TjMaxx has so many dog toys for cheap, and the dogs love them!
After we had left the store, Kyle said he wanted ice cream. We decide to try out the Golden Cow Creamery in Southend. It’s a new spot near all the breweries. It’s cute inside, and they have great ice cream! Of course, I was the only one who left with ice cream. I chose the salted Oreo with rainbow sprinkles. The consistency of the ice cream was perfect, but the flavor was way too salty! Like eye squinting salty. I want to go back and try a non-salty flavor, because I know the ice cream is good. I will definitely retry!
We had plans to meet Becca and her boyfriend on Sunday morning for breakfast at Stacks. It’s been almost a year since I’ve had breakfast there! When I was living in Ballantyne, I used to go nearly every weekend after church.
I get the same meal every time. Garden veggie omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, fresh fruit, and a side of wheat toast. Kyle and I ordered bacon and a pancake to split.
After breakfast, we all walked around the town. Waxhaw is filled with little shops, and exploring there never gets old! There is always something new.
I quickly became obsessed with these candles at first sniff. I’ve never smelled anything as powerful, or inviting before! These soy candles are like treasure. I was excited when I found the website for the Essence of the Bean candles! Every scent was powerful and heavenly! Even Kyle loved them.
We decided to give the ice cream thing one more shot, and the Waxhaw creamery has never failed us. I ordered a scoop of pistachio!
When we got back from Waxhaw, Kyle and I took the boys back to the dog park to play for a half hour.
Later Sunday afternoon, Meighan and I walked Leo to Lenny Boy Brewing. We wanted Kombuchas! I was so proud of how well Leo walked and behaved. I wish we could have brought Grumples, but he would have quit walking by mile four. That’s his limit.
I tried their ginger and strawberry kombucha! BOTH AMAZING. It’s nice that there are other options at breweries and not just beer. Plus, kombucha is super healthy!
This was Leo’s first 6 1/2 mile walk 🙂 There will be more in our future!
I stopped at the store Sunday night to pick up ingredients for broccoli salad. Kyle was grilling, so I made the side. The broccoli salad is a favorite!
Kyle’s wings were pretty fantastic as well! We also grilled up jalapeno burgers from Harris Teeter. You can get them over the counter, and you won’t regret it!
I worked on my NYC blog post all of Monday morning! 🙂 I had plans to go to the gym, but I decided to take the dogs for a long walk, and grocery shop instead. Since I was out of town, my fridge was empty.
I picked up ingredients for salads. My salad above had kale, cucumber, avocado, strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, and grilled chicken. I used raspberry vinaigrette for the dressing.
If you’re wondering what dressings I use, these have been my favorites lately! You can NEVER EVER go wrong with Marie’s.
I spent Monday night watching Nicholas Sparks with my boys.
I took the pups for a three-mile dog walk at 6 am on Tuesday morning. Two times around my neighborhood is three miles, so it’s a perfect little path.
After our walk, I fed them, made coffee, and then we went back on the porch to sit. They enjoyed watching the kids catch the school bus, and I worked a little on the blog and emails.
I love that my grass if finally green and my rocks look SO MUCH BETTER than that nasty pine straw that was originally there. Once EVERYTHING is done, I’ll do before and after photos of my home. We are working on the back patio/porch now.
I headed over to the gym to take a barre class at 10 am. I was a little scared on how my body would hold up, but everything went smooth. I was very tight and not as flexible, but that’ll go away with time and a lot of patience. I’m pretty sore today from the class, so I’ll be taking a rest and just walking instead of weight training. It’s been nine days since I’ve ran, and I’m feeling so good. This running hiatus is going to be so good for me!
21 Grain Bread + Almond Butter for a post workout!
Dave’s Killer 21 Grain bread is so good! It’s only 60 calories, 9 g carbs, 1 g fat, and 3 g protein. I highly recommend this bread!
Afternoon snack: Honeycrisp apple 🙂 My favorite!
I had the same dinner again because this salad was amazing!!! I can’t wait to shop for ingredients later today and create a new salad to eat. I’m on my salad kick again. Imagine that. 😉
Questions for you!
- Do you have any weekend plans?
- Do you love or hate organizing closets?
- Where is your favorite place to bring your dog?
Now that I’m done writing, I guess that means I have to go work on the closet!
Have a great day!