I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m exhausted and already cuddled up with Grumples ready to watch my new favorite show, Empire. If you’re looking for a new binge worthy show, I highly recommend it! Since I’m plan on Christmas baking all day tomorrow and going out to pick up a few last minute gifts, I thought I’d throw in a recap post! I really like doing these, and it’s been a while.
The frustration with poison ivy has been real, and real miserable. This past week has been a little better and I’m finally in the healing stage. I haven’t been able to workout, the steroids have taken a toll on me and the itch is intolerable. The steroids just make me thirsty all the time, drying out my skin, and bloating me like a balloon. I finally ended the pack a couple days ago and I already feel better.
Since I wasn’t able to workout, I did a lot of casual walks with Grumples. We would go on them twice a day. Our walk Monday was a cold and rainy one. My doctor said to stick to walking, yoga, and weights.
For dinner on Monday night, I made a low calorie pita pizza! I love making these when I’m craving pizza for dinner. I just use a 60 calorie pita, 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 cup pizza sauce, and turkey pepperonis. The entire pizza is under 200 calories. Sometimes I make two, but I had this one with a side salad.
I played around with some of the goodies that General Mills sent me on Tuesday morning. It’s a “Mad About Plaid” party themed goody basket! It gave me the cutest ideas for gifts! It came with a couple of gorgeous moscow mule copper mugs from Pier One that make the cutest hot cocoa mugs, a really neat plaid bowl with a holiday design on the bottom, a mason jar full of pecans, Chex mix, a plaid table runner, and recipe cards. I love the idea of putting something like this together for the friends and family.
The liquid flannel recipe looked amazing and I cannot wait to make it on Christmas eve for the family. I’m even going to add eggnog! The candied pecan Chex Mix also looks fantastic. I love anything candied! The Chex website has all the recipes and more.
Grumples and I headed out for a four mile walk once the rain cleared up. This guy lives for long walks and he has gotten so much better. I don’t even have to put his harness on him because he doesn’t pull anymore which makes our walks so much more enjoyable. The only thing I have to be careful of is when he decides to lunge at cars or people on bikes. We are still working on that…
For lunch, I had two Greek yogurts with pecans, almonds, and Chex cereal.
Sometimes I get in drink moods where I need lemonade or something fizzy in my life. One of my favorites is the Hubert’s diet Lemonade. The strawberry one is my favorite and I get them at Earthfare. I bought some pineapple to eat on the way home!
I also picked up some smoked salmon California rolls for dinner. They’re my favorite.
That night, Grumples slept almost six hours in the same exact position and I had to take a photo of it because it was hilarious. All four of his legs were straight up in the air…I don’t know how that was comfortable.
Wednesday morning, I woke up at five to meet a trainer at the gym. She and I did a workout that focused on abs and arms. My arms are still on fire from that.
When I was done, I made a breakfast smoothie. It had one scoop of protein powder, 1 banana, frozen strawberries, peaches, 1 packet stevia, ice, and almond milk.
Not gunna lie, I went back to bed for a couple more hours after showering off from the workout. I was exhausted and the antihistamine wasn’t helping. When I woke up around eight, I made coffee and then took my last final.
Coffee: Medium/Dark Roast with 2 Tablespoons light cream and 1/2 packet stevia!
For dinner, I made another pita pizza and a side salad. My salad had iceberg lettuce blend, croutons, Applegate turkey slices, avocado, sweet and spicy peppers, and Italian dressing.
I spent twelve hours on Thursday packing packages for the shop. Right now, everything is 50% off and I’m making room for all the new items coming soon!
I actually really enjoy packaging everything; I find it very therapeutic.
I spent an hour at the post office because I wanted to make sure they’d all arrive in time for Christmas!
I left the post office around six and headed straight for Uptown for the Hornets game.
I was hungry and exhausted, but proud of myself for making it on time! The traffic was soooooooo bad.
It hadn’t eaten much Thursday other than a couple pecans, a bowl of cereal, and coffee, so I split some bbq pork nachos and it was worth every bite! When I’m busy or working on school work, I forget to eat, and then the hunger hits me all of a sudden.
Sugar free ice cream…yum 🙂 I didn’t even know you get get sweets at an NBA game, but they have an entire restaurant just for sweets there.
They game was awesome and they ended up winning in overtime. I feel like they go into overtime every single time I go to a game.
The city was so Christmas-y, so we drove around looking at decorations for a bit.
I decided to take a breather on Friday and spend some time with my dad. I had my coffee, a bowl of cereal, and worked a little bit before heading over to my parents.
I took Tino and Grumples so they could run around in the backyard all day.
That night, we went to Dom’s school to watch him perform The Loin King The Musical and they were pretty good! They had some awesome singers and great little actors up there. The kids that played Timon and Pumba were my favorite.
After the play, we treated ourselves to dinner at Hakana Sushi Bar in Baxter Village. It’s one of my favorite places. I started out with their house salad.
We split the chicken lettuce wraps…guys, I ate mushrooms. I always ask them go light on the soy sauce and they always do!
They have buy one get one sushi rolls. We split the Charlotte roll and the spicy tuna roll. Their spicy tuna roll isn’t as good as most restaurants, but their bagel roll and the Charlotte roll are my favorite.
I had been looking forward to Saturday ALL week.
I woke up, watched an episode of Empire, had my coffee and cereal, and then got ready for the day!
My mom and I had a whole day planned. First, we baked peppermint bark! Tomorrow, I’m making my peppermint mocha bark to go along with my other Christmas goodies. I’m going to put together goodie baskets for friends and family.
We headed to the Outlets around ten to get our Christmas shopping done.
We ran into Mr. Ralph (my boyfriends dad) at Banana Republic and he treated my mom and I to delicious Starbucks drinks. My mom got the skinny peppermint mocha latte and I got their peach tea. I love Starbuck’s teas. It was also really cold out Saturday morning, so tea was perfect for keeping me warm!
I felt really bad because the first two hours of Christmas shopping was a fail. I had managed to shop only for myself. I haven’t been shopping in a while because I’ve been so busy, so I got carried away! Whooooops. Treat yo self, right?
I wore my Golden Tote coat to keep me warm! My obsession with this coat is bad. I even wore it to bed the past three nights…
J Crew had an awesome sweater sale. I bought a couple new sweaters for the cold months coming up!
If you live in the Charlotte area, I highly recommend shopping at the Premium Outlets! They have so many stores and always great deals going on.
That’s my beautiful mama!
Plus all the Christmas decorations put me in the spirit even more!
After we shopped, I decided to take my mom to the Grapevine Wine Bar in Baxter Village. It’s one of my favorite places to go and sometimes I’ll go sit and have a glass of wine by myself. It’s so cozy and the people who work there love to talk. It’s never too busy or crowded, so I bring my school books and read. My mom had never been there and she loves wine just as much as I do.
I had a Pinot Grigio and my mom had a white Zinfandel.
I love Pinot Grigio because it’s not too sweet and not too dry. Its juuuuuust right! (cute poison ivy on the wrist)
After five years of living states away from my parents, I’m so happy they decided to move down south. It’s so nice to be able to spend the day with my mom and make new traditions.
Our bartender made us up a “surprise” tray and everything was delicious. We had crackers, candied pecans, sharp cheddar cheese, brie, honey, dried cranberries, prosciutto, salami, sweet pickles, and sweet roasted red peppers. All of those snacks bring out the flavor in wine. They also have the best bread on the planet. I’ve never had a bread that compares. It comes out warm, cooked with herbs, and lightly sea salted.
The atmosphere is also really fun in there with so much to look at. I love how crafty and earthy it is. I love their idea of making a backsplash out of wine corks.
Two beautiful ladies!
Later that night, I watched the Cowboys and Hornets game. I had an antipasto for dinner with a garlic knot. The antipasto had lettuce, provolone, salami, and homemade italian dressing. I also had way too many of Nick’s aunt’s christmas cookies. Those little melt in your mouth lemon cookies are too good to be legal.
I went to bed at like three am Saturday night because I couldn’t stop watching Empire.
I woke up early this morning to take out the dogs and to get ready for Church. I decided to go through some of my shopping finds before! I’m obsessed with the new shoes I got at Bass & Co! That is literally my favorite place to buy shoes and 50% of my shoes are from there.
I also scored on all the new skirts. The Loft had a great sale! I got seven skirts for $70!
It was cold this morning, so I wore my new J Crew winter sweatshirt with a diamond/pearl accent necklace.
I paired it with a black jean skirt, black tights (couldn’t find my charcoal ones) and booties.
After church, we picked up the dogs and headed to watch the Panthers vs. Giants game.
The dogs love riding in the truck with the windows down!
I had my yogurt, water, and coffee before preparing myself for my first run in almost two weeks.
I still hate running in weather below 60 degrees. My lungs were burning, but I still managed to finish four miles. I got slower towards the end because my legs were on fire from the hills. I’m still shocked I didn’t lose any progress after taking such a long break. I get scared/discouraged to run after stopping. I have to remember that it’s all in my head.
My pale legs and old running shoes were champs today!
Phyllis made taco dip for the game and homemade guacamole. The taco dip is so good and easy to make! You just top a layer of cream cheese with cooked beef flavored in a taco seasoning packet, salsa, cheese, and bake it for twenty minutes! You could easily make a healthier version with some simple swaps.
I love the veggies dipped in the taco dip and guacamole!
After my run, I popped on the couch with my snacks and watched he Panthers kick butt! This has been one successful week and I’m so excited for Christmas!
Three questions for you!
- What did you do this weekend?
- Do you ever get discouraged after taking a workout break?
- Are any of you traveling this holiday season?
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