Workouts, Meals, & More


Before I post anything else today, I need to catch up on a couple of events, workouts and meals! It’ll be a quick post, and then I’m onto a new giveaway and a couple of new product reviews that I think you’ll love!

Tuesday night, I said goodbye to the gym and went to watch the Hornets play with Nick, Joe, and Ben.


They were playing the Detroit Pistons, which is my second favorite basketball team. Of course, I wanted Hornets to win because they’re my home team now. I did make up a new term; every time Cody Zeller dunks, I call it the Zunk! 🙂

But they ended up losing…like blowout loss..


We usually go to Macs Speedshop or Nan & Byrons after the games for dinner, but this time we decided to stop at the grocery store and make salads. We are doing pretty darn good on this new plan!


Wednesday night, Nick and I went to the gym. I said in a previous post that I wasn’t going to lift because I hate a packed weight room with buff men. I literally get anxiety and I don’t know why. Nick convinced me to just do it and so I did. It wasn’t as bad as I thought but there were maybe three girls in there out of 100 guys. That is why I love going to my gym, LA Fitness because they have a woman’s room. I’m sure the more I lift the more I’ll get used to the testosterone intimidation.

My arms are still sore from lifting. I think that’s a good thing…

During the day wednesday I went on a six mile run and play an hour of basketball and so I really conquered my fitness goals. I made sure to fuel up on protein when I got back.


After a protein shake and a protein bar, I made a salad with grilled chicken, croutons, lettuce, olive oil, craisins, and parmesan.


Yesterday, I did four miles on a new path that had a ton of hills. My dog ran better than I did! I am so proud of Grumples.


After my run, I had a protein shake and then an hour after that, I had a salad with 4 oz grilled teriyaki chicken, croutons, romaine, parmesan and olive oil.


I relaxed the rest of the day by taking photos of some new products and giveaway posts coming up on the blog! These are my new earrings from Summer Ties! I’m obsessed with them.


I can’t wait to blog about Fitsnack today either! & maybe there will be a possible giveaway……;)


After doing some photos and laundry, I sat down on the couch with my cuddle buddy to work on some other advertising work. I always feel a lot more productive after eating healthy and completing a good workout. I am going to run the track tonight and skip any outdoor workouts. It’s way too cold here to go outside. I’m not used to weather in the 30’s yet.

I am also going to blog last nights dinner!:)

!xo enjoy your day xo!


  • Kelly

    Taralynn, I just posted my VERY FIRST blog here… and I actually talk about anxiety in the gym & how much I love LA Fitness! If you want to check it out:

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  • Sophie Folts

    I am so happy I found your blog tonight! I am from Charlotte, NC but living in NY now. I’m on little fitness journey right now and your blog has been so helpful and relatable. It’s comforting to read about places and activities I used to do in my hometown too. I can get so homesick for Charlotte.

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  • chef

    Do you ever work out early?

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  • kelly

    Just wondering… Do you use protein powder in your protein shakes? If so what kind?

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  • Moira

    (I totally screwed up and sent this in on the wrong post. Copy-pasting it here, because I doubt you’ll see it where it was originally! My bad!)

    Hi! Longtime reader, first time commenter. I hope this isn’t terribly nosy of me, but after this long I JUST found your “about me” page. I never realized you struggled with an eating disorder in the past! As someone with a major family history of the same (seriously, my mom’s side of the family can be a little scary sometimes), and who keeps serious tabs on her own attempts to lose weight (it can be so hard not to go too far), I’m always curious about how recovered people manage their own weight loss attempts. Is it ever hard to keep the focus on health instead of calories and pounds? I know that personally, going to a nutritionist and seeing the basics of “what you need” broken down for me helped (and dispelled a lot of the misconceptions my extended family had put on me about “bad carbs,” “bad sugar,” “bad fat”…you get the idea), but I know not everyone has the means to do that. So, I guess what I’m asking is…how do you DO it? Because, I mean, that’s not vague or stereotyped at all, right? 😉 Really though, I’d love to hear how you manage it from day to day. Little things like that always gives me a better outlook dealing with my extended family’s issues.

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  • DevonC

    Hi Taralynn, long-time reader! I just wanted to come here and say that lots of girls have that ‘lifting’ anxiety, but if you can power through that feeling you will see and feel amazing results!

    I used to run all the time, like miles and miles a day and lifting 5lb weights like crazy. Once I started to actually lift heavy weights my body composition changed so fast I couldn’t believe it. I still run because I love it, but I will never go back to lifting those 5 lb weights again! I was super nervous to try it my first time, I thought I was going to tip over or drop the weights and leave mortified, but I surprised myself and I’m sure you can too!

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  • Natalie

    Hello Taralynn,

    Will you be doing more of your ‘how to run your own blog’ posts? I’m eagerly waiting

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  • Kristin C

    Basketball is always a fun and effective workout.
    I played in high school and now I miss it a lot.

    Like your “zunk” word. Very creative 😉

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  • Brittany

    Awesome job hitting those weights, Taralynn! You shouldn’t be intimidated by the guys, at all – trust me when I say that speaking from personal experience, Linda is absolutely right! If you keep it up and lift hard (just like you run hard!), those guys (and other girls!) will grow to respect you! There is nothing more beautiful to me than a STRONG, confident woman ♥ If you stick with it, you might find that it’s so encouraging, fun, and even addicting to be able to lift more weight as the weeks pass …just like you love watching your mile times drop and your endurance increase! Establishing and maintaining a good balance with weights, cardio and diet is the key to healthy, happy living I think! Keep up the great work!!!!

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  • Natalie

    Did I understand correctly? Wed you ran six miles, played an hour of basketball, then went to the gym? That seems like a lot!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah! I wasn’t planning on the lifting weights, but Nick convinced me. I don’t do that kind of workout everyday, it just sort of happened. I definitely made up for it in protein shakes.

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  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    Sounds like a good day of eats and workouts to me–don’t worry about the lifting situation. I used to be intimidated too but you get used to it quickly and who knows, maybe they grow to respect you.

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