I hope you’re all having a great week. Only one more day until Friday! 🙂 It is going to be a beautiful weekend and I have so many outdoor activities planned. I’m hoping this weekend is filled with wine, yoga, running and dog walking. I may even treat myself to some ice cream this weekend to celebrate the beautiful weather. Any excuse to treat yourself, right?
Before I go into the weekend, I want to share what I’ve been up to this past week! I love doing the recap posts because it allows me to reflect on the week and it inspires me to continue enjoying life to the fullest. As I said before, “I make everyday my favorite day ever.” Plus, coffee and blogging go hand in hand.
*after about six Snapchats from you guys…I finally headed to Pier One & bought the mug! Thank you for thinking of me 🙂
I’m taking this post all the way back to last Monday. I’ve blogged in-between there, but have missed a couple activities! It was beautiful on Monday so I decided to fit in a nice run in one of the hilliest neighborhoods. I regretted it the next day when my legs were super sore and I had to hike up a mountain.
A couple hours before every run I always have cereal and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s the only food that doesn’t cramp me and it fuels my body properly before a run. I always end my run with a 100-200 calorie protein snack for recovery.
Tuesday was all about Becca’s accomplishments and we hiked a mountain in Asheville to celebrate! You can read the post here 🙂 We also had dinner and coffee in Asheville before we headed back to Charlotte.
On Wednesday morning I did yoga with a friend at one of her groups in the park. It was really nice and peaceful. When I got home I had an English muffin and a boiled egg.
Wednesday night was all about Pizza and Harry Potter. We had pepperoni pizza and Hawaiian pizza from Carmelos in Fort Mill, SC. Carmelos is one of my favorite places to have pizza. They have the New York style pizza with the chewy cheese! They also have good salads.
One thing I’ve learned about living a healthy lifestyle is that you HAVE to treat yourself to your favorites now and then, otherwise you’ll feel deprived and crave the unhealthy foods even more. It’s also about moderation. Instead of eating numerous pieces of pizza, I have one slice with tons of salad. I mean, what’s the point of running all the time if you can’t enjoy a slice of pizza now and then? Moderation is KEY.
I always run three miles on Fridays. This was such a strange run because I ran in and out of rain clouds. I like to drive out to the country and run the open roads. There aren’t many cars and it’s absolutely beautiful. I did pretty well on my time too! To be honest, I wasn’t going to run on Friday at all. I kept telling myself not to do it, but then found a little motivation to just suck it up and go. After the run, I was so happy I did it and that feeling is what motivates me to run over and over again. The first five minutes of the run is always the worst five minutes. After you hit that point, it’s enjoyable.
Running is not only a great feeling, the views you get to see and the beauty that surrounds you is also a reward. It makes me realize how blessed I am sometimes.
When I got home, I showered off and then made a delicious protein shake. It had frozen mixed berries, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder.
We decided to stay in on Friday night and drink wine, some margaritas and food prep the Blue Apron! We blasted Taylor Swift and rocked the slippers and sweats!
Becca came over on Saturday morning and we headed to the Riverwalk to get a nice workout in. We decided to do some walk/run intervals. Those are the best for burning fat and increasing your heart rate!
The weather was perfect and the river was beautiful!
I was surprised at how empty the trail was. This is one of Charlotte’s hidden gems and one of my favorite spots.
There is something about a Saturday morning walk that makes you feel so good. It’s a great way to kickstart the endorphins and start your weekend the right way.
We did five relaxing miles! We usually go out for coffee on Saturday mornings, but Becca had an appointment so I headed home and made a delicious protein smoothie for breakfast!
My smoothie was made with frozen blueberries, banana, peaches, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder!
After Becca’s appointment, I met her uptown. We had been wanting to go to the 7th Street Public Market for a long time, mainly to try out Not Just Coffee! I’ve been stalking them on Instagram for about two years. The 7th Street Public Market promotes local farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs. When you walk in, you get a whiff of fresh baked goods, coffee and pizza all at once! It’s heaven. When I walked into the market, I walked past a farmer in hat, plaid shirt, jeans, boots and he was pushing a wheelbarrow full of produce. He had icy blue eyes and I nearly died after he shot a smile at me. Not only did he smile, he hat tipped me…I thought that only happened in the movies. I had Becca pinch me because I felt like I was in a Nicholas Sparks movie. I hurried up and headed towards the coffee so he wouldn’t notice my giant blushed cheeks. I don’t know why I’m sharing this story, but I’m sure you’ve had something happen to you like this at some point in your life 🙂
I get so excited when I see Lenny Boy Kombucha around Charlotte. It’s the first Kombucha I had ever tried and that is when I fell in love with it.
The produce at the 7th Street Public Market was so fresh and very inexpensive. They had fresh cheese, milk, eggs and meats.
Not Just Coffee was very busy. Why? because the coffee was so damn good. I am a coffee snob and have turned most of my coffee drinking friends into coffee snobs. This would please any coffee snob on earth. Did I say “coffee snob” enough? Coffee snob.
I ordered a latte with an extra shot of espresso.
The coffee was creamy, the espresso was smooth and rich. The beans were roasted perfectly and I couldn’t find one thing I didn’t like about the coffee, other than it was too pretty to drink. Drinking the coffee was like stabbing a gorgeous painting on the wall…I felt like I was destroying beautiful art.
Since we were already uptown, we decided to enjoy the afternoon up that way. We stopped at Rock Bottom Brewery for salad and I ordered an IPA because it sounded so good. It was called GODDESS.
I had the grilled chicken cobb. It came with bacon, lettuce, egg, avocado, grilled chicken, cojita cheese, tomatoes, and ranch on the side. SO GOOD!
Becca had the Waldorf salad it was fantastic! It came with walnuts, cranberries, arugula, apple chips, goat cheese and honey mustard dressing.
I headed home after lunch because Shaughna was coming down with Kona Boy! I’ve gone up to D.C. to watch Kona while they were in Hawaii and I always have a blast with him. This time, she brought him to me so he could hang out with Grumples and spend some time in the Carolinas while they headed off to Hawaii this time.
Grumples is currently in dog heaven and they play nonstop.
Shaughna stayed here with us on Saturday night. I love catching up on life with her and she’s always fun (hilarious) to talk to. We had several cups of coffee and just chatted away. Becca headed over as well.
Shaughna has been doing the Whole 30, so for dinner I decided to make something we could all eat. I LOVE making roasted vegetables, so I went with that! They are so filling and delicious.
I chopped up carrots, sweet potato, bell pepper, zucchini, brussel sprouts, squash and onion. I tossed them with olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, minced onion and onion powder. For ours, I added a little drizzle of honey.
I made some chicken breast with the same seasoning on the indoor grill!
I cooked the veggies for one hour at 400 degrees and continued to stir them every 20 minutes.
Since Becca is a vegetarian, I cleaned the grill off and then grilled some black bean veggie burgers for her.
I need to start making these meals more often! It was so good and super easy 🙂
Sunday morning these guys were ready to go on a walk! They keep me so active!
Usually we can take the dogs to the coffee shop and sit outside, but it was SUPER cold (for southern blood). We decided to walk them in the neighborhoods instead. I don’t like to go out to church or anywhere until the dogs get their workout in. I’d rather them be worn out and sleep when I leave.
I never used to post my outfit pics, but after numerous requests, I have been getting more photos! As I said before, I’m not fashionista or fancy dresser…I keep my outfits very simple and casual.
The coat is from Golden Tote! I felt like it brought out my inner Cookie Lyon! (Empire fans know what I’m talking about.)
This is how BASIC I am…
Shoes: Bass & Co
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection
We have actually decided to break our addiction and try something else this Sunday…I don’t know how I’ll live without my Chai & Homemade parfait. We have been going to Amelie’s French Bakery every Sunday for months!
We always split the croissant because it’s so delicious!
Sometimes I go with the dark roast coffee, but sometimes I simply want a Chai! Depends on my mood 🙂
It’s the best Chai around!
It’s the simple things in life like coffee traditions that make me happy.
After coffee, my mom came over to my place to walk the dogs with me. She loves dogs more than anything! It puts her in a happy place.
My mom stayed behind to relax and play with the pups so I could go for a walk/run at the Riverwalk with Becca. It was a GORGEOUS day and everything was so green. I am so lucky to have a friend like likes to explore and workout as much as I do. It’s fun to have a buddy instead of doing everything alone. I’m aware that I talk about her all the time, but she’s one of the greatest friends and we are always out exploring!
I hate the days that are super chilly, but super warm at the same time. I never know how to dress before heading out and I always end up getting so hot!
Six miles never felt so good!
Kona was happy to see me when I got back! Kona and Grumples are both humans in dog costumes. He jumps up and hugs you tight. I love it.
Sunday night consisted of Sushi and catching up on Empire! That show is my jam. I listen to the soundtrack nonstop.
There may or may not be a piece of sushi in my hand…
I sat out on the patio and caught up on work all Monday. It was so nice out!
I also had some friends over for wine, chips, guac and salsa! You can find those recipes here!
I love that it doesn’t get dark until 8pm! Becca and I decided to walk the pups before packaging orders for the shop.
I love walking the back neighborhoods (the hilly neighborhood I run) because there is little traffic and it’s so beautiful.
I headed to the kitchen to grab a glass of water and came back to this…
I headed to the gym to play basketball with a friend around 2pm on Tuesday. I love a good basketball workout! 🙂
After playing basketball, I whipped up a late lunch protein smoothie!
My smoothie is made with frozen blueberries, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spinach, kale, chia seeds & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder! I also topped it with almonds. I love when the almonds sink to the bottom and get super cold! It’s like the surprise at the bottom of the cereal box.
Later that night, I headed to my parents house for dinner with the pups.
They had so much fun running around in the backyard.
They were zonked when we got back to my place.
I went for a long walk on Wednesday morning with the pups. I was actually brave enough to take them by myself and they did pretty well. It’s Grumples that likes to pull a bit. They finally started walking side by side.
When I got home, I had an apple with peanut butter. I love this as a snack!
It was BEAUTIFUL out:) I decided to stop at the market and grab some fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Peach Stand in Fort Mill has the BEST strawberries and produce! I’m so lucky to live so close. The strawberries taste too good to be real and they’re sweeter than candy! They are literally flawless. I also bought a bottle of wine for Friday night. Strawberries and wine go together like peas and carrots.
When I got back, I went to the gym to lift weights. When I got home I made a little snack mix that had almonds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, toasted unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
I had a late lunch that consisted of leftover roasted vegetables and chicken from Saturday night.
Becca and I have been working on tons of projects lately, so after working for a couple hours last night, we decided to take a break and go grab some dinner.
I’ve been wearing so much pink lately. Becca said it looks like “pink threw up in my closet.”…She’s so wonderful lol
Super simple outfit again & almost the same as my Sunday morning coffee outfit 🙂
Shoes & Bag: Cato
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection
We went to Akahana Asian Bistro, one of my favorite spots in Baxter Village. I ordered the house salad with ginger dressing. I could have had five of these and called it a meal because it was so good.
For my meal, I had chicken lettuce wraps with MSG free/low sodium sauce! THESE ARE SO GOOD!
Now, I’m off to the post office to mail some orders and then out for my daily run! 🙂
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had a Nicholas Sparks Movie Moment?
- What farm fresh food are you super excited for this summer? (I love peaches)
- What is one thing on your itinerary for the weekend?