Hello & Happy Thursday!
I hope your week is going well. I spent all day yesterday writing a “Charlotte Guide” and I cannot wait to post it once it’s done (I shared a little preview on snapchat this morning @taralynnmcnitt.) I think it’s my favorite post yet because it’s filled with all of my favorite spots. I’m constantly getting questions about Charlotte and I find myself being so repetitive with comments. I’m hoping this new post will be helpful if you’re planning a trip to Charlotte, or if you live here and want to try something new!
I had to put a hold on my Charlotte post becuase it’s time to catch you all up with a weekly recap!
When I got home yesterday morning, I made coffee and a cup of cheerios with almond milk. I glued myself to the blog for hours. I got up around noon and walked Grumples two miles and then walked Leo one mile.
I food prepped later in the evening. I made a big batch of my green beans, ground turkey, sautéed zucchini, sautéed radishes and carrot/cauliflower rice.
The green beans were cooked in olive oil, sea salt, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
I broiled the carrots in the oven at 400 degrees. I added about 1/4 of cup of water to the bottom of the pan and topped the carrots with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and sea salt.
I cook the radishes in olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. The zucchini was cooked up the same way.
I bought a bag of carrot & cauliflower rice at Trader Joes. I steamed it in the microwave.
The 98% Fat Free ground turkey was cooked up on the stove with cooking spray. I usually keep it plain.
After dinner, I walked the pups again, watched a movie, and got back to blogging about Charlotte! ♥
Before I get to blogging about my week, I want to start with Valentine’s day! I was so exacted to see Kyle later in the evening because I spent weeks making his gift.
I also picked up some yummy French Macarons at Dean & Deluca! My parents came over for coffee and I set them out for my dad. The purple one is Lavender, the pink one is almond, and the blue and white one is white chocolate.
After walking the dogs, my mom and I laced up for our run!
We have been so blessed this winter with gorgeous weather! It was 62 degrees and perfect for a run at the Riverwalk.
I am so proud of my mom. She kept up with me for the first five miles and then she let me finish the last three miles on my own at a faster pace. She’s 54 and crushing it!
The first five miles were 9:50, 9:29, 10:01, 10:03, 9:57 and my last three solo miles were 9:39, 9:01, 8:52, 9:01!
We ended our run with a good stretch session.
I love how beautiful the water looked.
For lunch, I had a kale & brussels sprout salad with a lemon poppy seed dressing, ground turkey, and hard boiled egg whites + one yolk.
I spent weeks making a 75 page book for Kyle! It had all of our photos and adventures together from the year. I love that Kyle appreciates things like this. It made me so happy to see the smile on his face while he read the book.
We ended up making smoothies and watching “The Killing” for the rest of the evening. We have about ten more episodes before it’s over…forever 🙁
I had the perfect Valentine’s day because it was spent with my favorite Valentine in the entire world.
Time to take this recap post all the way back to last Tuesday 🙂
I like to spend mornings at my parents house when I have a project to work on because I feel bad for the dogs. I love that they can run around in the backyard while I work.
I love that my mom always makes me breakfast. It doesn’t matter if I’m hungry or not, she insists on it. She made me an omelet, bacon and fresh fruit.
Later in the afternoon, I had hot tea with my honey spoons! Kyle’s mom sent me them for my birthday and they are so good in tea.
Leo was in desperate need of a bath, so I gave him a good scrub down. It was the most adorable thing when Grumples cuddled up next to him to keep him warm.
For dinner I made an omelet, turkey sausage, and sautéed radishes.
My Stitch Fix came and I tried all of my items on Wednesday. This was the first time I didn’t like anything, but the cool thing is that I can send it all back in the bag they provide for no charge at all. I sent a note to the stylist on what I want and some photos they can look at for style help.
I made a protein shake before heading to the gym. This had half a frozen banana, almond milk, spinach, and one scoop of protein powder. I had an intense workout written up for Becca and I.
The first time we tried this workout, we couldn’t get through it. The next time we attempted this workout, we got through it in under and hour and + some! I highly recommend trying this circuit if you want a good burn and sweat. It took me three days to get the feeling back into my legs.
I picked up dinner at Chipotle on the way home from the gym. My bowl had lettuce, half chicken, half steak, fajita vegetables, hot salsa and a little bit of guacamole.
I wasn’t the only exhausted one…
I finally got the curtains changed in my living room! It took me so long to find ones that I liked.
Kyle and I celebrated Valentine’s Day together on Friday Night. He took me to the Halcyon Restaurant at the Mint Museum. The Halcyon creates their dishes with flavors from the earth. They get their ingredients from artisinal farms, dairies and wineries in the Carolinas.
We started with a charcuterie board and a glass of wine. We want to recreate this board this weekend! It was so delicious and I never thought cherries in sauce would pair perfectly with smoked salmon. We had gouda, smoked salmon, raisins, prosciutto, pancetta, mortadella, apple butter, pear slices, cherries in sauce, honey, fennel, flatbread, and ciabatta. You get to create your own board from a huge list of options.
I ordered the cast iron salad. It had brussels, onions, walnuts, sweet potato chips, goat cheese, and pomegranate vinaigrette.
Kyle bought us front row tickets to go see Into the Woods, The Musical! It was so good and the entire cast was super talented. They all played instruments throughout the show. We really enjoyed it.
We left the show around 10:30 and headed to Amelies for a late night Valentine’s day treat.
My hair looks so blonde when it’s down and so brunette when it’s pulled back! I feel like I have two hair identities.
Le Sombre Chai ♥
We picked out little Valentine’s Day treats. The French Macarons are my favorite.
I woke up early on Saturday morning to make breakfast and get ready for my run with Meighan. I made scrambled eggs, bacon, and a blueberry protein pancake.
We passed the cutest little foster dogs on the way to our trail ♥
I felt so bad, but I had to stop at mile three. My legs were so sore from the circuit I did earlier in the week and I had one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had. Overall, it was one of the worst runs I have ever had. I guess it’s the reality of running and you can’t always be in control.
The good thing is that it was 75 degrees, so we walked three miles back. We covered over eight miles, but most of them were walked and it was my fault. I really needed water, sunglasses, and Tylenol!
All the blossoms were out, so it was a pretty run 🙂
I took a tylenol and had an afternoon snack. I had apple slices, peanut butter and dark chocolate chips.
I felt better later in the afternoon, so I met with Becca for coffee at Lady M Cakes. We love this little spot for chatting! The coffee is so good and the tables are adorable.
Cappuccino + 1 extra shot of espresso with skim milk.
We chatted for a couple hours (yes that much to talk about) and then made a trip to Whole Foods so I could pick up some ingredients for dinner. My best friends and I are pretty talented in the word babbling department and there is never a silent moment.
I asked Kyle what he was in the mood for and he said “fajitas.” They are so easy to make, so I agreed! I’ll post that recipe up soon. It’s a game changer when you cook them up in a cast iron pan.
Becca and I headed to the gym on Sunday morning for a 30 minute arm workout. I didn’t write this one down because it was random, but amazing! Meighan gave me all of her circuit workout cards, so I’m going to share those with you guys soon! They are great for at home workouts.
After our workout, we stopped to get coffee at Dean & Deluca!
I got a nonfat cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso and cinnamon on top! I actually like lattes after my workouts because they have protein.
We decided to head out for a long walk and enjoy the gorgeous weather!
Queen’s road is one of our favorite places to walk. The greenways can get a little crowded in the spring!
We were so hungry (literally running on coffee) so we went to Zoe’s kitchen for lunch. I ordered a Greek Salad! It came with lettuce, grilled chicken, bell pepper, onions, tomato, cucumber, pepperoncini, and a olive oil & vinegar dressing.
Kyle and I decided to take the pups for a walk. I wanted to spend every second outside before locking myself in for the night to work.
Little Leo was loving the park!
We totally cracked into the gluten free donuts we found at Whole Foods and HOLY COW!!!!!!! THEY WERE SO GOOD! I saw the cinnamon sugar version of these at the grocery store yesterday and I didn’t dare by them because I knew they’d be amazing too.
After cracking into the donuts, I made coffee and sat down to blog about my new LG Watch Sport!
They are just too cute.
I had black bean and tortilla crusted tilapia and a caesar salad with gluten free croutons for dinner.
I made a protein blueberry pancake for breakfast on Monday morning!
I was pretty nervous on Monday morning. Grumples had a vet visit because he had a large lump on his leg and it has been there for a couple weeks. I finally decided to get it checked out because it wasn’t going down at all. The vet took some samples from the bump and fatty tissue came out, so he identified it as a lipoma, which is just a fatty tumor under the skin. He won’t have to get it removed unless it grows large, but hopefully it doesn’t grow at all. Leo was giving Grumples kisses all morning and it was the cutest thing. If you want to follow them on Instagram, @mrgrumples is their handle!
For dinner, I had a kale and brussels sprout salad with lemon poppy seed dressing, gluten free croutons, ground turkey, pepitas, craisins, shredded coconut, and hard boiled eggs!
And that has been my week so far! I’m about to lace up and head out for a run! 🙂 I hope to finish more of the Charlotte post tonight and it’ll be live Monday!
Questions for you!?
- Have you ever had a really bad running experience?
- What did you do for Valentine’s Day?
- Do you have any questions about Charlotte?