Hey Hey Hey!
I’m so excited for the weekend to get here. Becca and I are heading to Charleston for our friend’s bachelorette weekend. We decided to head down early on Thursday morning to have a beach day before the crazy weekend begins, assuming the weather works with us. All of us girls are staying in a beach house and it’s going to get pretty wild (according to the group chats.) If you see me acting a fool in Charleston, my apologies in advance. I’m just kidding, I’m going to try to keep up with my workouts and healthy eats while I’m on this fun getaway.
I want to get caught up on my recap before I head out for the fun weekend. You can keep up with me on Instagram, Snapchat (@taralynnmcnitt) , Facebook or Twitter while I’m gone! 😉
I’m having the same thing as usual. I meal prepped a week ago, but froze some meals because I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat them during the weekend. I defrosted them, heated them up and they turned out great.
I’m waiting for the weather to cool down so I can walk Grumples tonight. We have been going on two long walks every day to keep his weight down. He’s doing so well.
Our first walk was at 6:30 this morning. I grabbed some coffee and we headed out on our stroll. I stayed out at my parent’s house last night, so the morning country views were a treat.
The sky was on fire and it’s worth every second of waking up early.
I made more coffee and sat outside with Grumples to watch the sun come up while working on emails. I know I say this a lot, but I live for my mornings. I get kind of sad when they’re gone. I love the peacefulness, the quiet time and that moment to myself. The coffee has a lot to do with it as well;) My day is completely off if I get robbed of my mornings. If I have to be somewhere early, I make sure to wake up two hours in advance. I usually wake up at 4 am before 8 am flights. I was like that in high school as well. I’d wake up at 5am with my parents on school days to have coffee and watch the news.
I made a banana blueberry protein shake for breakfast. It had a cup of blueberries, a small banana, almond milk, Vanilla Protein Powder and ice. So simple and so delicious.
I took my computer outside and worked from the back patio all afternoon. It was beautiful.
I went on a light run today since yesterday’s was pretty long. After my run, I had peaches, hard-boiled eggs, and some leftover sweet potatoes. I ate most of them before they were on the plate (oops.)
I took Grumples to the trails today for a mile and it was so hot! We were so zonked and just sat in the car in the air conditioner on blast for ten minutes before taking off.
I made some coffee and got back to work in the afternoon. I heard some of you had 50 degree weather today! That is unbelievable.
(And I’m back…took a break to go fit in my workout with Becca)
Tonight we did a total of 500 sit-ups alternating them with floor leg workouts. We also did some other random workouts and goofed around per usual. There is no one in my gym after 8 pm. My stomach is on fire right now from all those sit-ups.
**Another cool workout is running one minute with a 10-15 pound medicine ball, walking one minute, running one minute, and doing this for one mile. The medicine ball makes the run so tough!
I just had a bowl of plain Greek yogurt and half of a No Cow Bar for a post-workout snack. We are packing the yoga mats to the beach this weekend so we can do some strength training!
Time to take this recap all the way back to Thursday! Of course it’s going to start with a morning dog walk. I’m so serious about getting Grumples back into shape and healthy. He is healthy, just a little fluffier than I’d like him to be. Waking up super early in the morning is tough, but worth every second.
I made a cashew latte with my Nespresso Machine after my walk with Grumples and he made himself comfortable next to me. I think he loves all the walking and it’s great for training.
I met up with Becca at the gym on Thursday night. We both ran three miles and then did the usual hour of strength training exercises.
It was beautiful on Friday morning. After Grumples and I took a three-mile walk, I headed out to run six miles, do some stretching and strength training before it got too hot out.
I found an abandoned golf course with trails to run. It was breathtaking and looked like it was right out of a fairytale book. Don’t worry ladies, I run with pepper spray!
POST RUN STRENGTH WORKOUT
50 Mountain Climbers
15 Push Ups
1 Minute Plank
1 Minute Side Planks
30 left side crunches
15 Burpees, 30 sit-ups
50 Jumping Jacks
Working out outdoors makes me so happy. I get sad without my daily dose of nature. I’m excited for the cooler months and I’m not going to chicken out and quit running this winter. I’m going to have to get all the good running gear for the cold weather. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
I had a delicious smoothie after my workouts. It had frozen raspberries, pineapple, peaches, banana, Vanilla Protein Powder, ice, and water. I also had one of my pumpkin muffins!
Fridays are my power cleaning days. I get all my laundry done and do most of the scrubbing type chores. Grumples loves to follow me into every room. His favorite thing to do is jump under the covers when I’m making the bed or hop all over my folded laundry.
Kyle and I walked to Coco & The Director on Friday night!
I had a dirty chai tea latte. Deeeeelicious.
Our Friday night was very low-key. We just walked around uptown and then watched a movie.
I woke up at 5am on Saturday morning to have coffee and Low Sugar Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal before taking Grumples to the trails.
We drove to the Four Mile Creek Greenway (Squirrel Lake Park) We wanted to change up the scenery and explore a new trail.
I loved this trail and I cannot wait to go back for a bike ride or for a run.
Grumples did VERY WELL. We are trying to introduce him to new places and new sceneries. He did have a hiccup and bark at one bike, but other than that…he did great.
We walked 3.5 miles and then headed back uptown. We drove by a farmers market on the way back and I plan on going their next weekend! Have any of you been to the farmer’s market in Matthews?
I made scrambled eggs and more coffee for breakfast. I wanted something light because I was saving room for the Greek festival food!
My eggs had 2 whole eggs, 4 egg whites, 1 tsp light cream, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Havarti cheese and black pepper.
Around noon, we headed to our friend’s cookout! Grumples got to go too and he was so happy:)
I met up with Becca at two for the YIASOU Greek Festival. We were so excited for this and mainly for the food.
The Yiasou Greek Festival has been happening in Charlotte for the past 39 years. It is made up of cultural exhibits, delicious and AUTHENTIC Greek food, entertainment, Greek art, and shopping booths.
The one thing I had been looking forward to the entire time…THE BAKLAVA ICE CREAM! Baklava is one of my absolute favorite desserts. I’m a phyllo dough junkie, especially when it’s coated in honey and butter. When I was in high school, I was assigned to make a Greek dessert for my report on Greece. I had to get up and talk about the country while everyone ate my Greek dish. The baklava was such a hit that the recipe ended up in my high school bulletin. All of the teachers were asking me to make them batches.
This baklava ice cream was worth the hype. It wasn’t a letdown and I could have eaten bowls on bowls of it. The calories, the fat, the carbs…none of that mattered to me. This was heaven in a bowl and I had ZERO regrets.
This baklava recipe had the perfect amount of honey, nuts, and butter. I am now inspired to make baklava again and add it to some homemade ice cream. I do have a killer baklava recipe if you’re interested! Here is the link.
I actually had the dessert first. I couldn’t wait. I’m known for sharing my desserts…not this time.
Becca and I decided to grab some food to take to the park for a late lunch.
Before I left, I made sure to buy one of everything…
& doubled up on the baklava.
The Greek festival was so much fun and great way to spend the afternoon with my best friend.
We headed to Romare Bearden Park to sit and have a late lunch.
We ordered a Greek salad and Greek Fries. Greek fries are delicious! They are super easy to make and you can cook them up at home. I am definitely inspired to make these for dinner soon. Greek fries are potatoes cut into wedges and cooked in olive oil, usually flavored with Greek seasoning, lemon zest, black pepper, sea salt, feta cheese and chopped fresh mint.
So the desserts were incredible. Every single one of them…
Baklava! Kataifi! Karidopita! Galaktobouriko! Melomakarona! Kourambiethes! Koulouria! Amygdalotas!
I sampled all the desserts and it was hard to control the urge to just eat them all! We took a long walk after our lunch and then decided to go get some green smoothies.
We went to One Life Raw Juice Bar. They have my favorite green smoothie there! I am a ginger lover and they don’t sell you short.
I ordered the Midwood Mixer (the green one.) It had cucumber, celery, kale, granny smith apple, ginger blended with banana pineapple, and mango.
I also grabbed a Kombucha for the Iowa Game! (nice job beating State!)
I had a chicken waldorf salad for dinner while watching the Iowa game. It had lettuce, grapes, walnuts, chicken, apple chips, cranberries, cucumbers, and honey mustard dressing.
I was up bright and early for a Sunday run. I went four miles uptown and it was gorgeous out!
I make sure to end about a half a mile from my starting point so I can enjoy the walk back. I hate ending a run without a walk.
I made scrambled eggs and had leftover chicken Waldorf salad for breakfast.
Kyle and I decided to go see a movie Sunday afternoon. I really wanted to see Sully, especially since it was directed by Clint Eastwood. The movie was phenomenal, an emotional roller coaster and so heartfelt. Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks should get an award for this film. It was beautifully done and I HIGHLY recommend going to see it.
We walked to the Romare Bearden park after the movie with Grumples so we could see the flags.
Each flag represented a life that was lost on September 11th. It never gets less sad as the years go by and each life that was lost will never be forgotten. It’s hard to understand why anyone could hold so much hate, but it’s important for us to stand together. Hug the ones you love, smile at strangers, hold the door open for the person behind you, and spread positivity wherever you are. Little gestures are contagious and can contribute to spreading the peace.
I met up with Becca for dinner on Sunday night. We both wanted Tex Mex, so we decided to try out Pacos Tacos.
I ordered the small Chopped salad. The small salad was HUGE. It had romaine, chopped tomato, jicama, sweet onion, avocado, scallions, garbanzo beans, cucumbers, corn, roasted red peppers & queso fresco tossed in a chipotle ranch dressing.
I also ordered fajitas because I wanted leftovers…no shame.
Kyle and I took Grumples for a night walk around uptown to end the weekend.
I was up bright and early Monday morning and ready to walk Grumples. I’m taking the vet very seriously and we are getting this weight under control. I don’t mind the extra exercise for me either! I feel like these morning walks are making me have more productive days and I sleep better at night.
Grumples and I walked four miles together and then I headed out for my six mile run. It was so so so so gorgeous out and I hardly broke a sweat. I am so excited because I’m not even out of breath after my six mile runs anymore. IF I can hit ten miles and not be out of breath, I’ll sign up for a half.
Not pictured but pre-run food: Low Sugar Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal & 1/2 banana. (one hour before)
After my run, I had my meal prepped ground turkey, brown rice and egg whites.
I headed out to my parents house to visit them and stay the night. I also wanted to watch Dancing with The Stars with my mom. I had spaghetti squash mixed with parmesan, garlic powder, melt spread, and grilled chicken.
I ended the night the same way I’ve been ending all of my nights lately, with a dog walk while the sun goes down 🙂
Questions for you!
- Have you gone to any festivals this summer?
- What is one tip for winter workouts you can share?
- Craziest moment to ever happen at a bachelorette party?