Today is going to be a great day. My brother and Karlee are coming to town tonight and so is my Aunt from New York! I’m so excited to see them. After this blog post, I’m going to hurry up with my work, go for a run and then get ready for their arrival. I figured It would be smart to fit in a new post before I get too busy this weekend and then stick you guys with a super duper long recap post on Monday.
Grumples is no longer a fluff ball. He just got his spring shave down. I dropped him off at the groomers early Tuesday morning and then headed to the Riverwalk with Kona.
I love going to the trails early in the morning because it’s cooler outside and there aren’t too many people around. It’s just peaceful.
We walked a couple miles and then took a break on the bench. Kona drank some water and then we watched the people kayaking on the river. I want to get a kayak so bad, but I don’t know how much I’ll use it. I may just rent instead.
He was so ready to continue the walk so he pulled me off of the bench and we headed back.
I’m going to miss having Kona here. Both of the dogs keep me so active and I have to double up on my walks.
We hit 4.42 miles and then headed back to the car. I had to snap a quick river photo for Shaughna first. He’s so good at sit and stay!
Grumples usually takes a while to get groomed, so I dropped Kona off at my place and then packed my running stuff to meet Rachel at the McMullen Creek Greenway Trail for a run.
After my previous walk, I needed some more fuel before running. I packed a bag with honey nut Cheerios, almonds, Brazilian nuts, Belvita crumbles and pecans. I love getting carbs and healthy fats before running for energy.
The trail is so beautiful. You hit bridges, gravel, dirt and the scenery changes up every .3 miles. I also love that most of the trail is shaded. It was 84 degrees out! I religiously watch the hourly weather now to make sure I fit in my workouts before it hits 80 degrees.
The last time I ran this trail, it was so brown and wintery. Seeing all the green made me so excited!
We made pretty good time!
When I got home, I had some leftover baked chicken, carrots and hummus.
I was so excited to pick up Grumples! He HATES going to the groomer, so I made sure to give him lots of love when he got back. I usually ask the groomer to just shave him instead of brush and style. His hair grows back fast and shaving is quicker and less painful.
For dinner, I made roasted vegetables and garlic parmesan crusted chicken.
Vegetables: brussel sprouts, sweet potato, carrots, onion, yellow squash, zucchini and bell pepper.
*I tossed the vegetables in low sodium soy sauce, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, Italian seasoning, dill weed, black pepper, sea salt, and a light honey drizzle.
*I baked the vegetables for 50 minutes at 385 degrees.
Mix 1 egg with 1/4 cup of milk in a small bowl. Dip the chicken breast into the bowl and then bread the chicken with whole grain Italian bread crumbs, fresh parmesan cheese, and chopped green onion.
Sprinkle garlic powder, sea salt, garlic powder and italian seasoning on each side of the chicken breast.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. All ovens cook differently, so keep checking on it.
I love roasted vegetables because I get to eat them for the next couple of days.
I was so excited that the chicken turned out so delicious because I kind of just winged it. I can’t wait to make this meal again. I was so tired, so I took the dogs for their last walk and then we all cuddled up on the couch and watched a movie.
I headed to Freedom Park yesterday afternoon to meet up with Rachel for a walk.
The park was absolutely beautiful and so green. I headed to the park early so I could fit in some miles before we walked together.
This was like something out of a fairytale.
I just ran for two miles so I could get 20 minutes of cardio before we walked.
The Little Sugar Creek Greenway was breathtaking. The sky was so blue and the sun was shining.
After our walk, Rachel and I headed to Not Just Coffee at the Atherton Mill and Market in Southend. I’ve been to the one at the 7th Street Public Market in Uptown but not this location. It was cute and quiet.
I usually get hot coffee, but I was so hot from the walk and I wanted something refreshing. After drinking some water, I ordered an iced latte with almond milk. I also had them add an extra shot of espresso.
Rachel had the hot latte. I had that last time and it was REALLY good. They make gorgeous coffee art.
The market has all kinds of local products and produce. I bought some of these dried apples and a couple containers of hummus. It’s a great place to buy fresh eggs, cheese, milk and meat.
For dinner I made a Caesar salad with leftover garlic parmesan chicken and roasted vegetables.
Becca and I both wanted ice cream last night, so we met up and took the pups for a ride to go get our ice cream. The night was so beautiful and I just craved being outside to soak it all up. And look at the gorgeous sunset over the Catawba river…
There is a cute little ice cream shop in York, SC that we drove to. It’s a gorgeous drive and if you take the country back roads, you get a pretty scenery that Charlotte doesn’t have.
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection
Shoes: Bass & Co
I’m all about treating myself in moderation while working towards my fitness goals. I ordered a small no sugar added butter pecan cone with rainbow sprinkles. Everything is better with rainbow sprinkles.
After ice cream, we drove out to my parents so the dogs could run around in the backyard for a bit.
I hope you all have a great rest of the week and do something to treat yourself!
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite summer treat?
- Favorite summer memory as a kid?
- What is your go-to ice cream order?
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