I hope you all had a great weekends and I can’t wait to hear all about them. Mine was pretty relaxing, yet productive! We had a lot of fun celebrating Mr Grumples’s birthday, we made some yummy food and even found time to fit in a couple workouts. I have several posts lined up for the week and before those go live, I want to catch you all up on my weekend recap. I have coffee in my hand and I’m ready to devote the next hour to writing (gotta love that snapchat filter.)
Here is just some of the things I’ve been up to!
I bought a watermelon at the Springs Farm in Fort Mill on Friday night. I finally cut into it this morning and it is sweet and juicy! I love watermelon so much, especially in the summer. I love keeping it in a giant bowl in the fridge for when I feel like mindlessly snacking. It’s also great to grab after a long run in the sun. Great for hydration!
Let’s go back to Wednesday! (where I left off)
I picked Becca up at the airport around five and we headed straight to dinner to catch up on our week apart. She took a trip down to Oklahoma to visit her grandparents. It was so weird not having her around on the weekend to hang out with! We decided to have dinner at the Dandelion Market. I went there for breakfast last weekend and loved it so much. I knew their dinner had to be just as good + I had been craving grilled chicken wings all week.
They recommend two meals per person because they are smaller plates for sharing. I ordered the fruit-n-nut salad. It had poached apples and pears, cranberries, figs, candied pecans,
point reyes bleu cheese, mixed greens, citrus white balsamic and olive oil. I had them switch the blue cheese with goat cheese. Becca ordered the Mediterranean Trio and DANG…it was good! The trio had lemon garlic hummus, sun dried tomato tapenade, tabbouleh and pitas.
And for the chicken wings…
Brown sugared Chipotle grilled wings:) Do I need to say more??
After all of that delicious food…it as time to do the July Fitness Challenge circuit!
Before I did the circuit, I went on a three mile run. I’m trying so hard to get to 150 miles (walking & running) this month! I’m at 75 right now.
Becca came over and did the challenge with me.
Workout: 30 second plank, 20 burpees, 10 push ups, 50 jumping jacks, 20 alternating lunges, 10 jump squats, 40 crunches and 20 mountain climbers 4x
I met up with Becca and Aimee on Thursday night after my run for a night walk.
Freedom Park is so gorgeous ♥ I love all the little duckies.
I told them I’d catch up to them after catching my Pokemon. Goodness I am a child.
It was 9:15 by the time we finished our four miles and I was so hungry! I stopped at Chopt to pick up a salad to go. I had the usual…the Kebob Cobb. It comes with falafel, feta, local feta, charred red onion, Mama Lil’s spicy peppers, pita chips, romaine lettuce and Greek yogurt Tzatziki. I made my own version on Friday night.
I headed out for my run on Friday afternoon. I needed to get in my miles before the rain arrived. I did 3.5 and it was HOT! I keep running in the afternoon and it’s going to make me so strong when it comes to the cooler weather. I love my route right now because the flowers and trees are so beautiful. This is the reason I refuse to do treadmills.
Song I’m loving on my running playlist: Hold Up – Beyonce.
My parents stopped by on Friday afternoon. We headed over to Springs Farm to grab fresh peaches and watermelon.
My dad and I may or may not have split an ice cream cone…and it may or may not have been really good…
Becca and I went grocery shopping together on Friday night by accident. It was one of those phone calls that ended with the both of us in the same parking lot. It was POURING down rain and we hung out in the parking garage until it subsided. No one would be able to see in a storm like that.
I’ve been working so hard on being able to handstand walk. I get like two feet and fall. The more I work on my upper body strength, the easier it gets.
I love the rainbow after a storm 🙂
My Dinner Friday night: Whole Food’s falafel, carrots, hummus, whole grain pita chips, romaine, ground turkey, and leftover Greek yogurt Tzatziki dressing.
Kyle came over to hang out with Grumples and I on Friday night. It was rainy and the perfect excuse to watch movies. We watched some weird serial killer/cult movies on Netflix. SUPER WEIRD.
Kyle and I headed to Waxhaw on Saturday morning for breakfast and a walk.
I ordered the garden veggie omelet. It had egg whites, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onions with wheat toast and fresh fruit. I also ordered a side of bacon.
We walked around visiting the art galleries and antique shops. Waxhaw is the cutest town.
If you like antiques and art shops…Waxhaw is the place to be! The town is filled with them.
I always have to stop by the haunted house.
I love going into Provisions for healthy snacks and coffee. They were out of the medium roast, so I’ll have to stop back!
I grabbed an iced coffee to go at Crossroads Coffee Shop before heading back.
I headed out for a 3 mile run, but ended up being so hot that I ran the .5 back for a total of 3.5 miles. It was so muggy and gross out! I just wanted to get home. The run felt really good though and my body would have gone five more miles if it weren’t for the heat.
Keep up with my workouts on the July Fitness Challenge Page!
We took Grumples for a walk before we headed to the gym! I made sure to cool down with an ice shower before going.
I did an AWESOME ab + arm weight circuit for an hour. I felt so good afterwards and my stomach is still in pain. I plan on doing the same workout after my run tonight. It’s Bachelorette Monday so I spend that time in the gym when I can. No one is ever in there, so I blast my show while working out.
& the workout madness was over.
We headed back to my place to relax the rest of the night. I had some ground turkey mixed with white sticky rice and iced water! I have been food prepping rice and ground turkey because it’s so good mixed with a little low sodium soy sauce. Kyle has me hooked on it. I am making more tonight with my sweet sesame green beans.
*sidenote…I eat WAY more food than pictured on my blogs. With all the working out, it’s important to fuel your body properly. Not everything I eat lands on my blog, so please don’t assume that everything you see is the only thing I eat*
Our weekly and latest obsession…
We make a little Halo Top smorgasbord to go with our movies. We have only tried the lemon cake, strawberry and chocolate. WE LOVE ALL THREE! I can’t wait to try (if i can find) the other flavors. This would actually be a great post workout/run treat…it’s nice and cold…full of protein, healthy carbs, and has the right amount of calories…better than most protein bars! Halo Top can’t be compared to Arctic zero because it tastes like actual ice cream & it is ice cream, made with better ingredients. BYE ARCTIC ZERO!
The Chocolate Halo mixed with a little Whole Food’s honey roasted peanut butter…OMG.
Another night full of movies 🙂
I woke up early Sunday morning and had a bowl of mixed cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk for breakfast. I never know what cereal I want, so I mix them all 🙂 That’s problem solving 101. Apple cinnamon Cheerios, Strawberry Cheerios, Strawberry Tiny Toast and Nature Valley Granola Cluster cereal! I can’t be the only one who does this…
After breakfast, I went out for a three mile run uptown while Kyle worked out at the gym.
Favorite Sunday snack combo: Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus + Fire Roasted Jalapeño Pita Chips. The supremely spicy hummus is the best flavor of them all!
Kyle makes kale juices every day. This one had water, ice, kale and peach. ?
We spent the rest of the day celebrating Grumples’s birthday. Can you guy believe he is five?! He’s been apart of the blog all of his life. We took him on so many walks around the city and he loved every minute of it. Grumples loves Kyle so much and I’ve never seen him so happy around someone (other than me and my parents of course.) Kyle spoils him and it makes my heart so happy.
After one of his many walks, we headed to the Canine Cafe to grab him a cake for his birthday!
Head out the window video!
I love this lil man so much.
“You mean these are for me?”
DOG BEER!? & WITH GRUMPLES’S FACE!
Another walk to the park!
Bowser Beer and Cake!
Most dogs eat the treats so fast and Grumples was so delicate with his cake.
*Here is a video of him eating the cake!
I am so lucky to have Grumples.
“taralynnmcnittI can’t believe this guy is five today! He’s one of the most loving, silliest and happiest dogs I know! He comforts me when I’m sad, keeps me warm in the winter and has never left my side. My days of blogging wouldn’t be the same without him cuddled up next to me. He’s my best friend and I love him more than anything. ??? happy birthday @mrgrumples“
He also played with his favorite thing in the entire world…BUBBLES!!!
We made baked chicken wings for dinner and you can find my recipe for those here!! I’m going to try to keep my recipes separate from my recap posts to make the blog easier to navigate.
I made two flavors, a garlic parmesan and a sweet buffalo barbecue!
I had such a great weekend and I’m already looking forward to the next! It’s time for me to head out on my run, finish a circuit workout and work some more.
^^RECIPES COMING SOON ^^
Questions for you!
- What did you do this weekend?
- Do you give your pets something special on their birthday’s?
- What is one snack you’re loving lately?