It’s so hard for me to sit here and write this post right now. For the silliest reason, of course. I’m starving, and all of these food pics are making it worse. I just started a new workout regime, and it involves a lot of strength training, and I’m hangry every forty-five minutes! It’s only been a week, but it’s certainly kicking my butt.
Oh, and good afternoon! I guess I should have started with that first, but usually, hangry people don’t think logically. I think I’m going to need snacks to get through this. Be right back.
Now that I have a bowl of cherries, I can write clearly 🙂 Let’s get started with the recap!
Becca and I were supposed to float down the river last Saturday, but we had to switch some plans around. I decided to tag along with my parents and look for some patio furniture. Before we went shopping, I did laps in the pool and floated around soaking up some sun.
It was 3 pm by the time we were done shopping, and we were all hungry. I introduced my parents to Zoe’s Kitchen, and they loved it! I ordered the tossed Greek salad (per usual.) I wish there were a Zoe’s Kitchen closer to my house because I would eat there every day. The ingredients are always so fresh, and the salads are huge. Great for leftovers!
Latte after lunch 🙂 3 shots of espresso & skim milk! (8 oz)
I’m not sure what happened, but I used to hate sparkling water! I would have to add Crystal light or flavoring to make it tolerable. I thought it was awful, but lately, I’ve been enjoying it. The Dasani berry sparkling water is really good.
The deck isn’t done, and we have a lot to add to it, but we enjoyed sitting outside on Saturday night! While we were out looking for patio furniture, I couldn’t help but notice the ridiculous prices on outdoor furniture. I could buy a new living room set for half the cost of outdoor furniture! So what did my dad and I decide to do? MAKE IT OF COURSE!
We found the plan for the above set on Ana White’s website and will use this as a guide. We are actually thinking about making it into a sectional! I have found some cute cushions at a local store that I’ll be using! 🙂 We can make the entire set for $300 (that is including the cushions) instead of buying a $2500 set at the store. We also made a coffee table to match! I even picked up the hanging lights 🙂 I’m so excited to share the final pics of the deck project. We built the deck with treated wood so that I can stain it in a couple of weeks!
The dogs love sitting outside and watching all the birds and squirrels in the woods. It was so pretty out last Saturday, so I had iced coffee and enjoyed the rest of the evening with them.
I had such a random dinner on Saturday night. Not the healthiest, but sometimes cravings trump healthy. I had baked beans, sweet potato fries, and a spicy black bean veggie burger. I don’t know why, but Kyle and I are obsessed with these veggie burgers. They are so good!
I was so excited for our Sunday adventure! For breakfast, I made oatmeal with cinnamon and Swerve! Swerve is way better than Stevia or Truvia! Tastes the closest to sugar. Shaughna introduced me to it when I was in Hawaii.
We spent four hours on the river followed by a coffee date. If you missed this post, you can read it here!
Kyle and I decided to do taco quesadillas on Sunday night. We filled up tortillas with beans, cheese, ground turkey with taco seasoning, taco sauce, plain Greek yogurt, and cooked them on the panini maker!
These were so delicious and really easy to make!
After a 40 day hiatus, I decided to head out and go for my first run. I only did two miles, but it was pretty successful. I was tight and stiff, but I managed to keep a 9:50 pace. I walked four miles after my run and then did a complete stretch session. My groin is acting a little funny, so I’m hoping that the strength training and yoga will help.
I really missed running. My goal is to get about 12 miles of running a week starting this weekend.
I found this fingernail polish at CVS (also don’t forget to check out my new CVS post and how I save so much by shopping there.) It’s called Pink Stilleto!
And…find out that Whole Foods has a Mochi section…made my day!! You better believe I am going to be getting a mochi smorgasbord for a future date night.
The mint RX bars are my favorite. They taste like Thin Mint cookies! I also like Whole Food’s vitamin water.
I picked up a salad for lunch. It had chicken salad, broccoli, cucumber, onions, zucchini, quinoa, kale, and balsamic on the side. I met up with Meighan for an evening coffee walk!
We stopped at Coco & The Director, and I ordered a small cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso.
We took about a four-mile walk around uptown!
All of the flowers were in full bloom and so beautiful! Charlotte is literally the prettiest city ever!
I picked up a salad to-go for dinner at Duckworth’s. They have a really good grilled chicken salad! It has cucumber, lettuce, grilled chicken, onion, and tomatoes!
Tuesday morning cuddles with Leo <3 My shake had blueberries, Vanilla Orgain Vegan protein powder, almond milk, banana, and chia seeds.
I had leftover ground turkey and scrambled eggs with cheese for dinner! I glued myself to the couch with coffee from 9 am to 5 pm working. I got so much done!
I headed to my parent’s house on Tuesday night to have a glass of wine and do laps in the pool. Laps and wine go great together 😉 Doing laps is a great way to destress, and the wine helped a bit too. We took the pups for a long walk before it started to pour.
Becca and I met up for a four mile walk on Wednesday night! It was so nice out. 🙂
On Thursday morning, I went to a kettlebell class, and it was tough. I headed home to clean off, and make breakfast. I had scrambled eggs and blueberries! Coffee tastes so much better after a workout! 🙂
On Thursday night, I went out for Meighan’s birthday! I was excited because we went to dinner at Ruru’s Tacos & Tequila! I’ve wanted to eat there for so long! I immediately added Ru Ru’s to my Charlotte list because it was so good.
I decided to treat myself to a Magic Mike 😉 Just a sexier name for a skinny margarita.
We decided to start with the 3 Amigos for an appetizer! I mean, how could you not? The three amigos consisted of warm sea salt tortilla chips, chunky guacamole, house salsa, and queso blanco! When at Ruru’s, treat yo self!
I decided to order the fajitas. I knew I was going to have leftovers, and fajitas are Kyle’s favorite, so I could bring them back for him to eat as well. They were really good!
They brought Meighan out a birthday dessert, and we all had a bite of it. HOLY MOLY! I’m going to use the word some people can’t stand, but it’s the only way to describe it…MOIST!!!! This was probably the best tres leches cake I’ve ever had.
If you’re looking for a refreshing and light drink, you should try their “Vote for Pedro.” It has rain cucumber vodka, lime juice, cucumber puree, and topped with ginger beer.
It started pouring down rain, but luckily we had a huge umbrella to sit under. We had so much fun:) Girl’s night needs to happen more often.
P.S. If you’re looking for a new blog to read, you should check out Sara’s! It’s called Oats & Rows! She blogs about health & fitness, and she’s very inspiring! I think you’ll love it! Also, her dog Winston (a frenchie) is the cutest!
I dropped Kyle off at the airport around 5:30 am on Friday morning. He had to make a day trip to New Jersey. I took the back country roads from the airport to my parent’s house. I decided to have coffee with them, and let the dogs run around.
My dad and I gave the boys a hose bath! I could lie and say they loved it, but it was a circus! It was more fun for us.
Becca and I went to see A Book of Henry on Friday night. We packed our own snacks (so bad I know.) We brought turkey jerky, trail mix, fruit snacks, and sparkling water! The Jammin’ Jamaican jerky is the best tasting jerky I’ve ever had! Becca agreed.
I decided to bust out my juicer on Saturday morning before heading to the gym. My juice had kale, cucumber, lime, carrots, ginger, lemon, and one apple.
While Kyle workout out in the weight room, I did a 45-minute circuit!
20 Jumping Jacks
50 Crunches (right/left/center)
20 Squat + Right Side Kicks
20 Squat + Left Side Kicks
1 Minute Wall-Sit
50 Crunches (right/left/center)
20 Mountain Climbers
20 Dumbbell Bench Presses
50 Jumping Jacks
100 Crunches (right/left/center)
Kyle and I made a Blue Apron for dinner! Blue Apron is an awesome meal kit delivery service. We made the Roasted Beef & Farro salad! It was so good 🙂 I left the olives out, and added a ton of kale! I love customizing the meals. It went well with my glass of wine.
I was so excited to give my dad his father’s day present! He needed a new wheelbarrow so badly! Not only did he get a new one, but he got one filled with his favorite, Budlight! He was SO SO SO HAPPY! He started wheeling his wheelbarrow around the yard like a little kid. And thank goodness Hobby Lobby sells Christmas decor all year round! That red bow was the perfect touch.
We had such a fun pool day 🙂 My mom was so proud of her photo bomb.
For lunch, I made a healthy salad. It had kale, goat cheese, radishes, blueberries, strawberries, and egg whites. I use a balsamic for dressing.
I headed to the gym with Kyle Sunday afternoon and took a kettlebell class while he lifted weights. I’m going, being honest; I’m not a huge fan of the kettlebell class at my gym because there is too much dancing and that’s not my thing. It’s only my thing when I’ve had wine, and Lil Wayne is blasting in my living room. It just felt kind of awkward, but I’m going to suck it up because it was a DAMN GOOD workout. My heart rate was going nuts, and I loved the cardio/weight alternation.
After we had walked the pups, Kyle and I cuddled up on the couch for a Sunday night movie 🙂 Instead of the ice cream in the freezer; I settled for coffee. Coffee helps me fight sugar cravings! I ended up getting a bowl of cantaloupe afterward. I needed some sugar.
I headed to a custom cuts workout class yesterday morning, and I absolutely LOVED it! It was an hour of mini circuits. Each circuit was five minutes long, and we would have to do as many sets of ten as we could. After the five minutes were up, we’d have to do walking lunges (around 25) around the room. I am feeling it today, and I can’t wait to take more of her classes.
After the gym, I made breakfast. I had an egg white omelet, chocolate chip waffle, wheatgrass, lime & ginger shot, and peach slices.
For dinner, I had sauteed veggies and ground turkey! I cooked radishes, carrots, broccoli, snow peas, and zucchini in olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
I’ll have leftovers for the rest of the week:) Tonight, I’m making another Blue Apron 😀 I’m still debating on taking a rest day or going to a class tonight. I may just get in more miles for the June Walking Challenge, and go to the gym early morning tomorrow. I’m excited to get back into taking classes.
Questions for you!
1. Anyone over the heat yet? (I kind of am)
2. What are five items you ALWAYS have on your grocery list?
3. What is your favorite fun fact?