The cold weather is almost gone. There isn’t much to complain about when you’re living in the south. Only a couple weeks out of the winter get really cold, but most weeks are mild. It was 17 degrees yesterday, icy over the weekend, but it’s going to be 70 degrees on Friday. AMEN to that. I am trying to get most of my work done by Thursday so I can spend the warm days outside. I have runs, hikes, and fun yard work planned. Did I just say “fun yard work?” Yup, I’m officially old.
I don’t know what got into me this morning. I was up at 5am, walked the dogs, had coffee, vacuumed, swept, mopped, did laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, and did a thirty minute yoga video. Sometimes I feel like I need to do a burst of chores before sitting down to blog. I have the energy of a five year old and sometimes it comes in handy. Now that all the energy has been released, I’m sitting down with my mug of cheerios to blog about my week 🙂
The boys did not like my morning vacuuming. I covered them because they looked so cute laying there together.
I’m super excited for it to get warmer because…running. It’s been almost a week since I’ve ran more than three miles, but I spent most of the week doing strength training. My Wednesday run was really good. I have 109 days left before my half and it’s time to get serious! I’ve never been more confident and excited. I am going to run three miles tonight, five miles tomorrow night, four miles on Saturday, and a hike on Monday! In-between those workouts, I make sure to strength train, stretch, and use recovery equipment for my muscles.
I bought some food for meal prepping to do today because last week was a bit random. I had a Van’s Gluten Free Waffles and a egg while omelet on Wednesday morning for breakfast.
Meighan came over on Thursday night and we organized more of my closet and took the pups for a really long walk. We made a chopped salad that had Italian leaf lettuce, goat cheese, bell pepper, hard-boiled egg, red onion, cucumber, and a vinaigrette. We also had Udi’s Pepperoni Gluten Free Pizza and Publix brand gluten free chicken nuggets. You can get the pizza’s online in a pack of six to save money. They’re so delicious.
Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread and Melt Spread and coffee before my spin class!
They were so excited for a snow day!
I headed to the grocery store to grab groceries and thank goodness I wasn’t looking for regular bread.
I did find pistachio Halo Top!!!!! & it’s so good. I also made LOADED blueberry muffins!
Since it was going to be cold and snowy all weekend, I decided to make a crockpot chicken soup.
I bought three pounds of chicken breast. I usually make my crockpot chicken soup with a whole chicken, but there were none left at the grocery store. The place was wiped out because of the storm.
This soup had: 3 lbs chicken breast, 2 cups sliced carrots, 4 celery stalks diced, 1 large yellow onion, 4 tablespoons better than bouillon chicken flavor, 2 tsp black pepper, 1 cup frozen peas, 2 tsps sea salt, 5 cups organic chicken broth, 2 cups water, 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic in water, 1/2 cup chopped green on onion, 1 can cannellini beans (drained), 2 tsps garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tablespoon italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon honey.
Add all the ingredients into the crockpot and turn on high.
Let the soup cook for about three hours.
Remove the chicken breast from the soup and shred with a fork. Add the chicken back to the soup and let it cook on medium heat for four more hours.
I made Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Pasta on the side to add to the soup! You don’t want to add the pasta to the soup or it’ll get soggy. We also sprinkled some parmesan in the soup.
The soup was so perfect for the cold night! Kyle and I had soup and watched a couple Netflix documentaries.
The meteorologist were going nuts on the local news channel on Friday night. They predicted seven inches of snow, icy roads and a horrible blizzard. I was so excited when I woke up on Saturday morning because I wanted the pups to play in the snow. BUT NOTHING! We had a little ice and that was it.
We waited a bit more in the morning…
AND FINALLY WE HAD SNOWFLAKES!
It wasn’t much, but it was still fun. Leo loved his first snow experience.
We let the boys run around my backyard and get as dirty as they wanted.
Throwback to Grumples fun snow days!
Leo was eating the snowflakes and I wanted to cry because it was so cute.
I love these doods so much.
After running around in the snow, I headed upstairs to do a bedroom workout. I love that you can do strength training anywhere.
I got cleaned up after my workout so Kyle and I could grab coffee and head to my parents house to say hello.
Not a lot of places were open because of the ice, but luckily the Grapevine at the Riverwalk was open.
We wanted to let the dogs run around and play in the snow some more. They were LOVING their saturday.
When we got back to my place, we warmed up with some chicken soup!
We decided to head uptown for the night. We walked the pups at the park and enjoyed the snowy city.
I had a late night protein shake for dinner.
It had 3 cups spinach, 2 scoops vanilla whey protein (40g protein) 1 banana, 1 cup ice, 1 cup almond milk and 1 cup blueberries!
We also popped some popcorn and hopped on the couch to watch a movie!
We had a crazy sweet tooth later in the night, so I made toasted marshmallow hot chocolate!
We ended up watching an amazing documentary on Netflix. It’s called Finding Traction and it’s incredibly inspiring. WATCH IT! You’ll make up less excuses for yourself by the end of it.
I was sitting in bed commenting back on my previous post and I saw Kyle bundling up in his coat and gloves. The dogs had already been out, so I asked where he was going. He said he was going to grab me coffee…I don’t know how I got so lucky. He’s the sweetest guy I know. I didn’t want him to walk alone, so I insisted on going with him. I love snowy morning walks in the empty city.
Extreme coffee lovers will go the extra mile for their coffee.
We walked to the grocery store after coffee so Kyle could get ingredients for his weekly meals.
Kyle makes his meals every week and it’s so inspiring. I wish I was half as dedicated.
I met up with Becca later in the afternoon for a workout.
Pre workout: 1 scoop protein powder, half banana, 1 cup spinach, 2 cups water.
We killed our workout and I’m still feeling the pain today. This is a great workout and you can do it pretty much anywhere.
We picked up coffee at Smelly Cat in NoDa after our workout. I didn’t sell myself short on coffee this week.
Becca had been contemplating a tattoo for a while, so we stopped at Charlotte Tattoo in Plaza Midwood. They got her in and helped her come up with an amazing sketch.
It took him a couple hours to get the tattoo ready. I was so hungry, so I walked across the street to grab something to hold me over. I should have had a post-workout snack, but we didn’t expect that tattoo to take that long. We had nothing else to do, so we didn’t mind.
The only gluten-free option at Nova’s Bakery 🙂 & THEY WERE DELISH.
I got back home around 8pm. I made a quick Udi’s Pepperoni Gluten Free Pizza and gluten free chicken strips.
When I got home on Sunday night, I found this.
I seriously have the greatest friends! My birthday isn’t until January 31st, but I guess the festivities start early. Thank you so much, Meighan! 🙂
Breakfast yesterday morning: gluten free cinnamon raisin bread with melt spread, coffee and Greek yogurt!
I took both pups for a FREEZING walk later in the afternoon.
I had leftover chicken soup for dinner and watched the Bachelor.
Ugh….CORRRRRRINNNE! (if you watch, you know what I mean. And I’m kind of glad Liz went home, she was making me feel so uncomfortable.
This week I really like Vanessa, Alexis, Brittany, Rachel, Danielle M, and Raven. Their personalities are starting to show through more!
*post edit* GLUTEN FREE, SAY WHAT?!
*For the past month and a half, I have been gluten free. I’ve been battling endometriosis for about two years now. The pain can be pretty excruciating. Sometimes I don’t even want to leave my house. My doctor recommended a couple options to help with the pain and attempt to resolve endometriosis. He’s had a lot of luck with patients experiencing the same symptoms by having them cut gluten from their diets. I also mentioned in a post a while back about my swollen joints and stomach on some days, so I’ve decided to spend the next couple of months experimenting with how I feel on a 100% gluten free diet. I’m not doing it to “lose weight” simply to get better and I hope it works. I have definitely been feeling different. I have more energy, my moods have changed tremendously, and my knees do not ache during my long runs. It’s still early, so I will continue to see how the progress goes. I definitely don’t recommend going gluten free unless you consult with your doctor first.
Questions for you!
- What do you do on snow days?
- Favorite inspirational documentary?