I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I live for my adventurous weekends and spending time with my friends. I have so many fun plans for the next couple of days and I know it’s all going to fly by so fast. I just got done cleaning my place, working out, and now it’s time to sit down and blog about what I’ve been up to! If anything is up, it’s definitely the weather. It’s been SO hot here and it forces me to run early morning or at night. I think nighttime running may be my new forte. I wanted to get in a longer run this morning because I am going to see Dead & Company at the PNC Music Pavilion tonight. EEK! I am so excited. Today I ran five light miles at a 9:20 pace and then walked one. Kyle wants to run after the concert tonight (we will see how that plays out) so I may go another two later on!
I made a refreshing protein shake after my run. It had one scoop of vanilla protein powder (20 grams of protein), 1 pineapple core (I alway freeze the cores after cutting pineapples), 1 frozen banana, ice, 5 large frozen strawberries, packet of stevia and 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
It’s been over a week since I’ve done a full recap post. My Savannah trip kind of took over, but I had so much fun writing it! This post will be full of food photos, coffee and a handful of random shots! To be honest, I really didn’t do anything interesting other than eat food and workout. I wanted to get out and enjoy the sun as much as I could once I got back to Charlotte. On Tuesday morning, I set out for a 30 mile bike ride.
I made breakfast after the ride to fuel back up and to help me focus on work. I made a vegetable scramble with a side of toast and fresh fruit.
I caught up on all emails and worked all Tuesday afternoon. Becca and I decided to meet up for dinner that night because I hadn’t seen her all weekend. I was having some serious best friend withdrawals. *GOOD NEWS…the little kitty I named “Taz” was adopted and now has a loving family.
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We went to one of my favorite spots in Charlotte. If you live in the area and haven’t had the Cantina 1511, you need to! Its located in the Park Road plaza.
I finished all my work early Wednesday and set out for a really long walk. I couldn’t get over the beautiful weather!
Later in the evening, I made a spinach salad with goat cheese, a black bean veggie burger, and broccoli with red potatoes. So green, filling and delicious!
I ended up driving out to my parent’s house early the next morning to make breakfast for my dad. I hadn’t seen him in a while and I love spending time with him. I made my banana-egg pancakes with protein powder and blueberries!
These pancakes are my favorite and totally kill the pancake cravings. I love adding blueberries. All of these pancakes are under 300 calories and have over 25 grams of protein! I like to have mine with a side of Greek yogurt or bacon.
After breakfast I lathered on the sunscreen and spent a half hour doing weights. If you are ever confused or do not know where to start, try looking up some videos on YouTube or Grokker. There are so many great videos for beginners. I never really know what to do until I watch someone else.
I had frozen Greek yogurt, dried fruit and granola for lunch. I go through yogurt phases. Lately I’ve been keeping them in the freezer.
We were afternoon divas.
I met up with Becca for a night walk in Baxter Village later that night. After going three miles, we stopped to have dinner at Hakana. I ordered their house salad with ginger dressing on the side.
I also ordered their chicken lettuce wraps and asked them not to put any sauce on them. I really don’t like all the soy sauce they add and it tastes good on it’s own!
That night I framed up some of my favorite shots from my Savannah trip. I found rustic dark blue frames at Michaels!
I had a quick snack before heading to the Riverwalk on Friday afternoon. I had peaches from the Fort Mill peach stand, dried cherries, white sticky rice and sunflower seeds. Peaches and white sticky rice are one of my favorite combos! It sounds weird, but it works.
I took Grumples one mile before I took off. I hate leaving him, but it’s too hot for him run with me.
I love that the Riverwalk is shaded because it makes running easier.
I finished up eight miles and was so proud that I finished!
Kyle and I had dinner at my parents house on Friday night. My mom made one of my favorite dinners! We started with a shrimp cocktail thanks to my dad! She also made roasted veggies.
Her salmon is my favorite. She cooks and flavors it perfectly! She adds soy sauce, lime juice, black pepper, brown sugar and garlic powder.
Just talking about this meal makes me want it again!
Last Friday was National Donut Day and so my dad bought donuts for dessert. I thought that was so cute of him!
I love spending Saturday mornings replying to emails and comments. I wake up really early and spend that time cuddling up with Grumples with a cup of coffee.
When I walked out and saw this, my heart was about to explode. This makes me so happy.
After catching up on a few House of Card episodes, I made breakfast! I made a veggie scramble, bacon, toast and fruit!
I got ready for the day so I could hang out with Becca and Grumples got to spend the day with Kyle!
We went to Crossroads Coffee House in Waxhaw and walked around some antique stores!
You can read all about our day here!
We never can get enough coffee. We headed uptown to get Not Just Coffee later that afternoon and then spent the rest of the day at the pool.
After getting cleaned up, I headed uptown to hangout with Grumples and Kyle.
We decided to try out the new little cafe that opened down the street. It’s called the Poplar Cafe and it’s the cutest little spot! It’s a wine bar with delicious little eats. Kyle serenaded us with the piano. I’m not sure if there is anything he can’t do.
After dinner, we took Grumples for a little night walk. They always jump up on the fountain. I love watching them!
I woke up at six am on Sunday to go have breakfast with Becca at Amelies French Bakery in uptown. We also went for a stroll around uptown before breakfast.
I had the usual yogurt parfait and a dark roast coffee!
For lunch I went to the 7TH Street Public market and had a salad. My salad had feta, mixed greens, candied pecans, cranberries, croutons, grilled chicken and a side of balsamic vinaigrette.
We had kabobs on Sunday and watched the basketball game to end the weekend! Grumples doesn’t like many people and is very selective, but it looks like he admires Kyle as much as I do.
It was time to run on Monday morning! I just got these new cute running leggings from Prismsport and I am so obsessed. I also have the matching sports bra that looks awesome with cutout shirts. I will run in shorts if I have to, but I hate it. I always have to pull them down and it becomes a pain. I don’t care how hot it is, running in capris is so much better. I went 8.5 miles at a 9:45 pace. It was super hilly and really hot! I was more concerned about finishing my miles and not too worried about my time. That’ll increase overtime.
I had a really random post workout snack. It had dried pineapple, Larabar pieces, blueberries and frozen cherry Greek yogurt.
I think he was impersonating my post-run routine.
I made a quick random meal with leftovers before the Bachelorette came on. I had a Caesar salad with bacon pieces, a vegan Boca burger, leftover chicken lettuce wraps and harvest snaps. The Bachelorette is AWFUL this season. Hello, Chad show!
Before it got too hot on Tuesday, I took Grumples out for a park walk. He always pulls me to the playground so he can go up the steps. He loves it.
I fit my run in after our walk. I just did a quick three miles at a 8:45 min pace.
I had frozen yogurt topped with cereal, sunflower seeds and raisins after my run!
Later that night, I met up with Becca at Freedom park to walk six miles.
I had a good talk with the fisherman down below…
Freedom park is one of my favorite places to walk. *Fun fact* It’s actually where Kyle and I met.
I made a salad for dinner that night. I crave Olive Garden salads, so I always try to make at-home versions and they taste just as good! You can actually buy their dressing at most grocery stores. The salad had romaine, red onion, roma tomatoes, parmesan and croutons.
Someone else had their eyes on my salad as well.
I was so excited that my mug came! When I had coffee in Savannah, I fell in love with the same mug. I ended up ordering it off the internet before we even left the coffee shop.
I made scrambled eggs and peaches for breakfast while I packed up orders for the shop!
After working, I headed to the mall to shop around a bit. I love mall walking! I had a strawberry banana protein shake to-go!
I headed to Kyles later Wednesday night so we could go for a night run. He’s going to get me more involved in the gym and I’m going to get him more involved with running. I think we make a pretty good team!
Running at night was so much better. There was no heat pounding me and I was fully fueled with calories. I even slept like a baby that night! Our first mile was 8:25 and the second was 9:00. He did amazing for being a beginner!
My Thursday morning breakfast consisted of eggs and oatmeal!
Later that afternoon I had a tall quad skinny iced latte. It was the perfect pick-me-up while running errands.
I made baked chicken with a pineapple/low sodium soy sauce glaze and a GIANT salad for dinner. It was the same as my copycat Olive Garden salad from above. The reason I have so many croutons on my plate is because Grumples loves them too…….
It finally cooled down after dinner, so Grumples and I went for a two mile walk down the back neighborhoods.
The week has been so relaxing and calm. <3 Not every week is as smooth, but I’m always happy when they are! I have some fun blog posts, recipes and giveaways lined up for next week! I can’t wait to share everything with you!
- What is something you’re looking forward to this weekend?
- Do you enjoy working out in the morning or in the evening?
- What is one question you’d like to ask me?