ONE ACTIVE WEEKEND
Happy 5th of July!
I hope you all had fun weekends. It was SO hot here, but I managed to spend as much time outside as I possibly could. The July Fitness Challenge started Friday and I have been loving all of your posts. You guys have kept me motivated and inspired. I’m already excited for today’s workout! It’s not too late to join in if you haven’t already!
I want to catch you guys up on what I’ve been up to before I head out on my run! I was thinking about how easy running is going to be when it starts to cool down. The heat has added minutes onto my time and it’s so exhausting. If I don’t fuel up or hydrate, I’m sleepy for the rest of the day. I made the mistake of not running last summer and that set me back in the winter. I plan on sticking it out! If you are running in this crazy heat, make sure you’re eating tons of healthy food and drinking plenty of water!
One thing that helps is running in the evening. It cools down about 10 degrees, which makes it a little bit more tolerable. Its also pretty on the trails when the sun starts going down. I love all the wild flowers.
I wanted to get a head start on the July Fitness Challenge by food prepping for the week and it was one of the best ideas. I can’t believe I hadn’t done this sooner. I grilled plain chicken, ground turkey, zucchini, bell pepper, green onion, butternut squash and yellow squash.
I also made hard boiled eggs and stocked the fridge with other foods from my grocery list on the July Fitness Challenge page.
This really helped me stay on track and I plan on making a new food prep list for this week. Kyle makes his meals for the week and he has really inspired me to do the same. It made a huge difference in the way I eat.
I woke up bright and early on Friday morning because I was so excited for the challenge to start. I did my 45 minute walk in the morning with Grumples! He was ZONKED afterwards.
The next workout was the walk/run for one hour! That was SO HARD, but I loved it. I felt so good afterward and I can’t wait to do this again. I was drenched in sweat and had to chug the water when I got back. Make sure you get lots of water in if you are going to do this workout. You could also do it on a treadmill if you want a cooler environment and easy access to water.
You guys also did so awesome on the first day’s challenge!
My mom and dad met me at the Riverwalk for another afternoon workout!
We walked five miles along the river. My dad is one heck of a power-walker, so it’s hard to keep up with him. I felt like I was jogging!
We stopped for coffee at the Grapevine at the Riverwalk after our walk.
This was me after three workouts and zero coffee!
My parents invited Kyle, Becca and I out for dinner with them on Friday night. We went to one of my favorite spots! The Garden Cafe ♥
All of the food was fantastic per usual! I ordered a steak salad. We all split the fried green beans because you can’t go to the Garden Cafe without ordering some. You also can’t leave without dessert. We all split one of their signatures…the buttermilk pie!
♥ Love these two!
Such a fun Friday night! I love Charlotte, but it’s always nice to take a ride out in the country.
It was 99 degrees on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t stop us from taking a hike up Crowder’s mountain.
I packed my backpack with two giant bottles of water, protein bars, and some other snacks from CVS! Having a backpack full of extra weight made the hike even harder.
We made it up to the top in 35 minutes. That is a pretty good pace! I usually make it up in 45 minutes.
Steve (Kyle’s friend) getting his yoga on!
CVS is a great place to stop before hiking! They have all the essentials: trail mix, bottles of water, first aid, protein bars, and more! Their pistachios are my favorite and way cheaper than most stores.
I was EXHAUSTED on Saturday night. I took a shower, walked Grumples, had a salad and then passed out while watching a movie. I added my meal prep on top of some romaine.
We took Grumples for a walk on Sunday morning. He LOVES the fountain.
Grumples in the City!
I made homemade banana nut muffins on Sunday and they are heavenly. I’ll post that recipe soon!
Becca and I never go a Sunday without coffee together and so we stopped at Amelie’s.
I picked up a Tuna salad wrap from Trader Joes for lunch and then we headed to the pool for the afternoon.
I decided to cook up some homemade pasta sauce on Sunday night for dinner.
I served it with homemade meatballs, spaghetti squash and whole grain pasta.
This is one of my favorite recipes. I jarred up some extra for my parents because they’re always asking for it.
Becca and I headed out on Sunday night to pick up some snacks for a movie. I bought lightly sweet Boom Chicka Pop and dark chocolate almonds. This is a delicious little snack/dessert combo!
I woke up really early on Monday morning to start my day. I have a neighbor that always sits on her porch with coffee in the morning. Grumples and I always stop and chat with her. I brought my coffee to-go, so I could have a cup with her. I also brought her some of my delicious muffins.
I fit in seven miles on the 4th of July! It was hot and humid. I didn’t think I could do it, but I immediately changed my mindset and turned all those thoughts into positive ones. It’s crazy how powerful our mind is.
I had Becca meet up with me for a three mile walk after. She was such a great friend and brought me water! I’m so lucky to have her.
After our walk, I changed out of my sweaty clothes, washed my sweaty face and headed out to lunch at Zoe’s Kitchen!
I had the chicken salad and fruit plate. It was amazing. I want to order this again! It had cucumber, pineapple, romaine, grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe, green apple, pita slices and chicken salad. It was refreshing, filling, and the perfect summer treat!
It took a while for my post-run tomato face to go down! 🙂
I went home and showered, had a nap and then a cup of coffee before heading uptown for the 4th of July celebrations. I was really proud of myself for having such an active weekend. I plan on being just as active this week!
New favorite snack combo: Lightly Sweetened Boom Chicka Pop & Honey Mustard Pretzel Gold Fish!
There were so many people uptown for the fireworks.
We walked to picked up food to take back to Kyle’s for dinner and movies.
I had a salad from Rock Bottom Brewery. It had chicken, egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a side of ranch.
I was so worn out and had the best sleep of my life last night.
I had blueberry and strawberry oatmeal for breakfast this morning and now I’m about to head out for the challenge workout! I hope you all had a GREAT weekend.
Don’t forget to join and follow the July Fitness Challenge! xo xo
QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
- How did you celebrate the 4th of July?
- What is your favorite meal/recipe to food prep?
- What do you take on your hikes?