Good Morning, Everyone!
I finally have the time to sit down and blog. Life has been pretty busy on my end and also very exciting as well. I had yesterday scheduled out to blog, but of course life got in the way again. I had a bed delivered from the furniture store and they ended up shipping the wrong size. They sent a queen and I needed a king, so I had to cancel the order. I called my dad up and asked him how spontaneous he was feeling and then asked if he’d like to build a bed! He was extremely excited to have a new project and we headed to the drawing board. After we drew it all out, we headed to Lowe’s and built a bed in three hours under $150.00. That just saved me $600…I cannot WAIT to show you the final project. I have a couple teaser photos included in this post. While we were working on the bed, a camper pulled up in my parents driveway…IT WAS MY FAMILY FROM IOWA! They surprised us with a visit and I was so happy. No way was I going to sit on the computer while they were over, so I decided to just post my updates this morning!
& here it goes!
Wednesday was the last day of my mini getaway. My friend’s and I spent the day out shopping and grabbed some coffee at Starbucks. I always order a tall nonfat latte with an extra shot of espresso.
After shopping, we had an early dinner. I had an early flight, so wanted to get back to my hotel to pack. I had a seafood salad for dinner. It came with spring blend lettuce, cucumber, stuffed shrimp, crumbled crab, bacon, pita crisps, sliced almonds, onion, and tomatoes. I had a side of ranch and balsamic. I like to mix the two dressings. It was a very unique combo for a salad and tasted really well.
The car picked me up at my hotel at 6:30 am and I made it to the airport around 7:15. I didn’t want to get caught up in rush hour, so I headed out about an hour early. I had a coffee and a bowl of Cheerios as I waited at my gate. I also downloaded a couple of documentaries for the trip.
When I got to my layover, I grabbed some fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt for lunch.
On the flight back to Charlotte, I watched the documentary “Caffeinated.” It was such a great film and it really opened your eyes (not a pun) to how the coffee industry really works. I never knew how intense and detailed the coffee process was and how much work is put into creating that perfect cup of coffee. It makes you really appreciate your coffee and want to get better at drinking, preparing and buying it. I highly recommend watching this if you are a coffee drinker. I really appreciate the farmer’s after this and think we should be giving more money to them for the hard work they put into our morning coffee. All of the coffee they keep in their country is the coffee they can’t sell to us. It’s very educational.
I got back to Charlotte around five and headed to the grocery store to pick up some food for dinner and other necessities. I was so happy to see Grumples! We went for a long walk and then headed back to my place to have dinner and cuddle up together. I made a Caesar salad and some fried eggs. I ended up watching the Blindside (one of my favorite movies) and fell asleep so early.
I worked out as much as I could on my trip, but not a lot. I had been slacking on my running, so I wanted to get out there and run one more time before the race. I decided to just jog a bit and only do three miles. I know a lot of people think it’s horrible to run the day before a race, but I needed to do it as confidence booster. I’m not a natural runner or someone who has been doing it for years, so it’s hard for me.
The run ended up being beautiful and it was gorgeous outside. I didn’t have any pains, tiredness, or struggles. This gave me the confidence to run Saturday morning. I’m going to be completely honest, I hate races. I don’t like running to compete, I like running becuase it makes me happy. I get anxiety at races or feel overwhelmed with all the people around me. I do want to fix that and get better, so I’m not going to rule races out. I’m going to stick to small races and work myself up.
It was gorgeous Friday and I couldn’t wait to spend all day out in the sun. The peach trees all have buds down here in South Carolina! I was craving a smoothie after the run, so I headed to the grocery store to pick up some fresh kale and spinach to make one at home.
My smoothie had coconut water, spinach, kale, vanilla protein powder, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, frozen peaches, frozen strawberries, ice, and almond milk.
I topped my smoothie with dehydrated oranges and chia seeds. I loved how smooth and fruity it was. I have a feeling I’m about to go into my smoothie phase.
After my run, Grumples and I headed out to play. I get puppy withdrawals when I’m away too long! I ended up buying him tons of toys and annoying him to the fullest with kisses.
Grumple’s favorite thing to do is sit out on the patio, next to his bed and people watch. Sometimes I’ll bring a cup of coffee out and sit with him.
Becca and I went to dinner on Friday night. We planned on going to the Wine Bar over by the river but it was packed. We settled for having dinner at Fratelli’s in Baxter village and then heading over to the Grapevine for a glass of wine.
We started out with a plate of Bruschetta.
I ordered a grilled chicken salad, but they forgot the chicken. It was no big deal though, they brought it out after 🙂 I also had a little cup of minestrone soup. The salad was so fresh and delicious!
We sat out by the fire at Grapevine listening to people’s hilarious conversations. Yes, we are those girl’s. We followed up the wine with some Fro-yo. It’s been forever since I’ve treated myself to frozen yogurt 🙂 I had the vanilla almond milk froyo with some delicious goodies on top!
I woke up at 5:30 on Saturday so I could have my coffee, breakfast and relax before the race. I also made a new random playlist for the run. These are songs that just get me going for some reason. My top favorites are: How to Love, Snitch B*tch, Me, Myself, & I, and Same Old Love. I had about ten more songs on the playlist that aren’t in the screen shot. Lots of Eminem….
My pre-run food is always cereal with almond milk. It fuels me, gives me energy and my body handles it really well. You have to test out different pre-run foods and find out what works best for your body. Not everyone can eat the same thing before a race.
I headed over to the race at 8:00 am and did a quick mile and then stretched. I am not a morning runner, so it was a struggle. The route ended up being very hilly, but I was still pretty excited about my time. I ran the 3.1 in 28:28.
It wasn’t my fastest or best time, but it was still exciting for me. Last year, I finished the race in 31: something. I caught myself being disappointed in finishing it in 28:28, but then I had to remind myself that years ago, I would have never ran a race or ran a mile. I need to be proud of myself for doing things I never thought possible and proud of myself for constantly trying to better my life.
Right after my pep talk, they announced my name as the 1st place winner for the 20-29 female age group. I was so excited and so proud of myself.
My friend Becca was the best! She was there to support me and get excited with me.
We decided to treat ourselves to a delicious lunch at one of our favorite places, Luna’s Living Kitchen! It was so nice out, so we sat outside.
I ordered one of my favorite drinks from Luna’s, the coconut milk latte.
I ordered the fire & brimstone veggie burger. It had spiced chipolte sunflower hummus, onion, cucumber, salsa verde and house hot sauce wrapped in collard leaf. I had the broccoli Wald0rf salad on the side and I’ve been craving it ever since. The broccoli Waldorf has broccoli, green apple, celery, walnuts, raisins and red onion tossed with homemade cashew mayonnaise & lemon juice.
The food at Luna’s is so fresh and unique. I could eat it everyday.
We headed to Ikea after lunch to pick out some new bedding. I had to climb to the top to grab some boxes and I felt like a spider monkey…
After Ikea, we headed to get our haircuts. I had a deep condition treatment and two inches cut off. Next, we headed to Target to get toilet paper and we came out with everything but that…I bought tons of cozy clothes on sale. I love seaters, leggings and anything soft! Becca and I also made a pact to never say negative things about our bodies because we do it a lot. I think it’s so much more uplifting to say amazing things about yourself and others. You just feel better and negativity should never be welcomed. There is no reason to look in the mirror and see flaws, just see beautiful. We are all beautiful.
I headed to my parents house for dinner on Saturday night. We decided to cozy up to a bonfire and a movie.
My mom couldn’t stop talking about her radishes she found at the farmer’s market and she was so proud of them. It became the on going joke all night.
I made dinner for my family on Saturday night. I made delicious turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce and Greek yogurt coleslaw! The turkey burgers were mixed with egg, italian bread crumbs, pepper, low sodium soy sauce, garlic powder, italian seasoning, minced onion, cheddar cheese, and honey.
The coleslaw had coleslaw cabbage blend, light olive oil mayo, Greek yogurt, honey, pickle juice, yellow mustard, celery salt, chopped onion, and pepper.
The burgers were so amazing that I ended up going back for another and had to stop myself from eating a third. I want to make them again soon!
I met up with Becca Sunday morning for our weekend coffee date. We’ve decided to make this a tradition. I’m a very traditional person and get excited for “the usual.”
It was so chilly on Sunday and I didn’t mind it. It gave me another opportunity to wear my pants and a thick coat. After our breakfast, we headed to Southpark mall to shop around. I will be doing an outfit post in the morning 🙂 I want to start doing more fashion posts.
After walking the mall, we went to change into some workout clothes and get in a nice Sunday walk. It was pretty chilly out and we contemplated on going to a movie instead, but fitness was more important.
We did a seven mile trail and it was one of the prettiest places I’ve ever walked in Charlotte.
The name of the trail is the four mile creek Greenway.
It was like a hidden forest with random swamp spots.
We also played the “cuss word game”… If a cuss word comes out of your mouth, you have to drop down and do twenty sit ups + five burpees. We did this for seven miles and I’m still sore today!
It was five by the time we were finished walking and we were super hungry. The only thing I had all day was a dirty chai and a crescent. We went to Hobo’s in downtown Fort Mill for some salads and I had a glass of wine. I ordered a basic grilled chicken salad with ranch on the side.
After breakfast on Monday morning, I headed to my parents house so my dad and I could get started on our project! First I had my cereal 🙂
My dad amazes me. We drew up a plan in like ten minutes, bought all the materials, had a vision and just went with it. I told him what I wanted and he made it come to life.
Sometimes, I wish I had a truck.
I had a BLAST learning and building with him and I get to put it in my room tomorrow 🙂 We are going to deliver it to my place. I’m also adding side lights to the bed.
While we were staining the bed, our family showed up to surprised us! My dad and I hurried up and finished the bed and then we got to cooking and all hanging out drinking wine! They drove all the way from Iowa 🙂 I haven’t seen them in two years.
My dad made some delicious homemade fries and I made some of those special burgers!
I was in bed right after attempting to watch Dancing With the Stars.
I headed back to my place this morning to catch up on my work and get my room ready for the new bed 🙂 I’m definitely skipping out on a workout tonight. I may do a walk tomorrow, but my legs are killing me!
I hope you guys enjoyed the recap:)
Questions for you!
- Do you have any weekly traditions you look forward to?
- Do any of you enjoy running, but NOT running races?
- What is for dinner tonight?