Running is Cheaper than Therapy: Eats, Workouts, & More

I miss being able to brag about the weather. I have no idea what happened, but it’s been so chilly here. It’s making me feel less bad about staying inside today, so I guess it’s a blessing.
I’m trying my hardest to eat super clean and fuel up on healthy protein and vegetables. I rarely add greens to my breakfasts, so today I added cooked kale and brussels sprouts.

I cooked the kale and brussels sprouts on the stovetop with cooking spray, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. For the eggs, I scrambled five egg whites together. I also had a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt while cooking! 
It’s day five of the fitness challenge, and I’m feeling the pain today. After this post, I’m heading out on my walk. I loved today’s circuit because it wasn’t high impact. It was relaxing, and I followed it up with a nice stretch. The circuit workout only took about 25 minutes.

Workouts that you can do in your living room are the best. You don’t have to waste time driving anywhere, and it’s hard to make excuses not to do them.

After my circuit, I took a bubble bath with muscle pain relieving bath salts.
Now that I have my coffee, it’s time to talk all about my week.

I didn’t have an easy week. I tried to do as many fun things as possible, but I was so stressed out. Both dogs were sick, which made me sick. But no worries, they are both doing much better! I’m praying for a relaxing and stress-free week. Going in and out of vet offices is no fun. 
Last week, I was on a lettuce wrap kick for lunches. They are quick, low carb, and high protein. This one had Applegate turkey slices, Applegate bacon, gouda, yellow mustard, and iceberg lettuce.

I had a long run planned on Tuesday because I had a crummy run week with the dogs being sick.

I dread the neighborhood run because of the hills, but I know I need to run them more because of my upcoming half marathon. The route is going to be hilly, and I want to be ready. My goal for the half is to finish. I don’t care about my time, and I don’t care if my miles end up being 11-minute ones. I just want to be able to say I ran the entire 13.1 miles. For me, having the endurance is more important than being fast.
I ended up being very proud of this run. It felt so good, and it reassured me that I could do this. I have to thank my running partner, Meighan, for inspiring me with a long “YOU CAN DO IT” text message. I had so much stress built up from the week, so I think that is what pushed me during this run. Exercise is such a great outlet, and it’s much cheaper than therapy 😉
My mom and I took the pups for a small walk when I got back. My mom came over to watch movies with me Tuesday night, and she kept an eye on the pups while I was out on my run.

I made a protein shake for dinner. It had 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 cup water. I also had Greek yogurt and a peanut butter waffle later in the night because I was so hungry. 
Post-run bath with my muscle pain relieving bath salts. 🙂
My mom and I went out for a long walk after coffee on Wednesday morning, and then I made us some protein shakes for breakfast.  She’s obsessed with my protein shakes and always asks me to make them. 

After my mom had taken off, I started working on the new fitness challenge! My lunch was pretty much a protein plate. It had scrambled eggs and ground turkey.
Sleepy boys!  Poor Grumples was NOT feeling well.

I found a new iced coffee to try at the grocery store while I was picking up healthy eats for the challenge. It was good, but not as strong as I usually like my coffee.

For dinner, I made roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, and ground turkey. They were seasoned with sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and olive oil.

I headed out to run errands on Friday. It looked like fall outside.

I decided to pick up some flowers and pots for my garden! I wasn’t going to plant anything until Saturday because it was going to drop down to 32 degrees on Friday night.

After running errands, I had a late breakfast. I used some of the leftover ground turkey in my omelet with sweet potatoes and spinach.

I had coffee and fresh fruit on the side.
I met up with Becca at the gym, and we did day one and day two of the challenge’s circuits. 
I picked up Chopt for dinner. My salad had chickpea falafel, grilled chicken, cucumber, tricolor quinoa, kale, arugula, romaine, and goat cheese.
Kyle came over on Friday night so we could watch Dateline 🙂 It’s our favorite thing to do on Friday nights. 
Saturday morning cuddles.

These are the Vogue cups I found at last week’s estate sale! I’m obsessed. I was supposed to go to some estate sales over the weekend, but I wanted to stick around with Grumples since he was still sick.

My shake had blueberries, banana, almond milk, ice, spinach, and vanilla protein powder.

I decided to plant all of the flowers while Kyle was at the gym.

I will most likely become a crazy flower lady by the end of the summer.

I need to make my wreath, add the new glass door, and paint the porch next, but I am so happy with the progress I’ve made. I think it looks so much better 🙂

After working outside for a bit, I made lunch and got ready for my long run with Meighan.

I had some leftover protein shake from breakfast and leftover Chopt.

We decided to drive all the way to Waxhaw for our run. We wanted a new scenery and hills. We didn’t really WANT hills, but we needed them.

I was so so so so proud of our run. I had a cramp at mile four but pushed through it, and eventually, it went away. This route was so hilly, and it was exactly what we needed for training. I don’t think this will be the last time we run in Waxhaw. We ran the back country roads, and it was lined with gorgeous old southern homes. I was too focused on the beauty of it all to pay too much attention to the difficulty of the course. 
And you can’t go to Waxhaw without stopping at the creamery. Meighan and I split coffee ice cream on the way home!
I picked up peanut butter cup for Kyle and a couple flavors for my parents.
Kyle and I made a Blue Apron, an awesome meal kit delivery service, on Saturday night. IT WAS SO GOOD, but I’ll post that Thursday with all of our other Blue Apron meals.

Sunday morning breakfast: Gluten-free blueberry waffle with peanut butter, Applegate bacon, and scrambled eggs!

Becca and I went to get coffee on Sunday morning at Amelie’s French Bakery in Rock Hill. It had been so long since we’ve had coffee there.

I had the latte with an extra shot of espresso

Later in the day, we grabbed lunch at Zoe’s kitchen. I had their tossed Greek salad.

And then we did some shopping 🙂

When I got back from hanging out with Becca, Kyle and I went for a walk around uptown. I was feeling so stress-free because Grumples was feeling better 🙂 We made another Blue Apron, and then watched the O.J. Simpson documentary.
I ended the night with popcorn and puppy cuddles!

Kyle’s mom sent me this quote for half marathon inspiration this morning, and I had to share it with you all!

Questions for you?

  1. What is one of your favorite outdoor activities?
  2. Do you have any weekend adventures coming up?




  • Anonymous

    love you!

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  • Ashton Jury

    Seriously I am loving those blue chairs you got! Such an amazing find! I’d have to say hiking is my go to out doorsy activity. Or just swimming if it warm enough, which these past few days here in Southern California it has been. I can’t wait to hear about your marathon! I have done 5 & 10ks and one Ragnar, but the thought of a half marathon has always scared me! I think you’ll be great, and I love that you’re doing it somewhere different. Good luck!

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  • Sarah

    Girl, you eat so much meat and cheese. As a meat eater and dietitian, put some plant based protein in your diet!!!! Lots of cholesterol will just give you the body and health you don’t want.

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  • Nicole

    You’ve probably blogged about this before, but I’m somewhat new to your blog, and I was wondering if this is your day job or do you blog on top of working another job? It’s so inspiring that people can purchase their own HOMES just from blogging!! Your house is also decorating goals.

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  • Amber

    Wow, I love your front porch and all the flowers! Wish it was warm enough in NY to start doing some landscaping.

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  • Amber

    Is your half in NYC?

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  • Jeni

    Estate sales are amazing! I got all of my furniture from different estate sales around Minneapolis, and I still swear by You really lucked out with the Vogue cups 🙂

    As far as weekend plans go, I work in a hospital so weekends are usually work days! Got my annual review on Sunday as well, and it’s at a coffee shop, if that counts as going out. 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is so cool! & thank you for that site. I will check it out. They had like twenty of them but I only bought two! I should have bought more 🙁

      Lol you can totally make that count 🙂 Good luck on your review! I’m sure it’ll be perfect.

      xo xo

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  • Lay

    I need a running partner 🙁 How did you meet Meighan?

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  • Zane

    Do you and Kyle live together?

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  • Stephanie

    Hello from a long time reader and first time commenter.

    How do you season your ground turkey so it doesn’t taste too bland? I love your blog and the easy, healthy recipes you share. Such an inspiration! Thank you!

    P.S, I just started running and can barely go 5 minutes before getting winded. I’m mixing up running and walking for now but trying to push myself a little further each time. You make it look easy so I thought I would give it a go. IT IS NOT EASY lol, so kudos to you and good luck on the marathon! If anyone can do it, it’s you girl!!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Stephanie!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂 I always enjoy it!

      I love to season it (when I do) with garlic powder, onion powder, gluten free soy sauce, and black pepper!

      The fact that you can even run five minutes if you’re just starting is impressive. I used to stop at like 30 seconds! I was such a bad runner. Keep it up! I HATED running a while back, but if you stick with it, you’ll get better and better! Thank you for the kind words!! That’ll definitely go through my head while I’m out there on the route!

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  • Katie

    I am just obsessed with your blog! Always waiting for the next recap. I love to see what you have been up to and you always have the best pictures to go along with it!

    My husband and I really like to get out with our pup and walk at the river here where we live. We only get to do it on the weekends so it is a nice little treat!
    I am headed back home for the weekend for my best friends baby shower and to hang out with my mom for a couple days! Have some thrift store and antique shopping planned and hitting TJ Maxx of course!
    I am watching the bachelor! Not sure why but I am. We don’t have cable so we watch it on Hulu on Tuesday nights so we always know what is going to happen from spoilers on facebook and instagram but oh well! It’s addicting for sure. Stupid but addicting. I’m guessing Raven wins. She is way too good for Nick, but I don’t see him choosing Vanessa.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Katie!

      That just made my day!!!

      I bet your pup enjoys that and a river walk sounds fabulous! I love that you and your husband spend that time together.

      Your weekend sounds like so much fun! Antiquing and thrift stores! I just found the CUTEST plates at the thrift store yesterday. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON TJMAXX.

      lol you and me both. I don’t know why I’m watching either, but I keep getting sucked in!

      I agree with your bachelor choices; it’s either raven or none of them! And if it’s Vanessa, we will all be shocked. He would have been better off with Corinne!

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  • Rayna

    Where did you get your blue running pants?

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  • Jessica

    LOVE your blog! I have been following for years. I recently made the brussel sprouts and kale combo … LOVE. I also just did the sautéed radishes.. holy cow! yum.

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  • Amy

    Do your dogs run with you?

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  • Jay

    Did you see last night’s revenge body episode?

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  • Harriet

    It’s great the the pups are feeling better!! Waxhow sounds like a great place to run!
    My favourite outdoor activity would be hiking as I love it when you get to the top and look back out over everything. This weekend adventure is a 3 day vw camp out and car show at the beach, to raise money for the coastguard… that is a great inspirational quote! From Kyle’s mum..
    I was once told this quote by my crossfit coach “Your body is capable of some impressive stuff.. Admire it.. Challenge it”
    Have a great week!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’m so happy they are feeling better too!

      Hiking is great! We are planning a fun hiking trip soon (when it gets warm of course)

      Your weekend plans sound great!

      Love that quote!

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  • Kelli

    What is one of your favorite outdoor activities?
    Love walking outside when the weather is perfect! Walking the huge trail by the river is my favorite. My husband and I just bought our first house, so I cannot wait until summer. House has a big fenced in garden in the backyard, cant wait to fill it up!

    Do you have any weekend adventures coming up?
    We have two friends, one from Georgia and one from South Carolina coming up to visit us here in Wisconsin this weekend and into next week. We are supposed to get a big snowstorm on Monday…. they are both really looking forward to experiencing that, haha…

    Sadly yes…. Every season I say its awful and that I shouldn’t waste my time. But somehow I get sucked in. EVERY. TIME. We had a “Bachelor Bracket” running at work. I had Kristina winning it. I liked her, I thought she was so sweet. I kind of hope Raven wins now. Something just bothers me about Vanessa.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelli!

      Oh my gosh! That sounds so amazing!:) I’m hoping to sell my house in about five years and get a new home with a big backyard in the middle of nowhere #dreams

      Lol I’m so over any snow or cold weather! I hope you guys stay safe in the snow and have so much fun with your friends!!

      Girl, me and you both! It’s so bad and 50% commercials. I agree 1000000000000 percent. I like Vanessa, but she’s from Canada. Her family wants them to move to Canada………I dont know how she can go on a U.S. show and expect the bachelor to move to a different country lol

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  • Sara

    Ever since you started dating Kyle you have become a different person. This isn’t a bad thing. I feel like you’re happier in your posts, you spend a lot of time with your friends, and he seems to bring out the best in you. I hope to find that one day. You two are meant to be together and I really feel like this is the one. 🙂 Sorry if that came off a little weird.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Sara.

      I’m glad you said something about my writing and posts. To be honest, I AM HAPPIER. I’ve never been this happy and I love every moment of my life. I couldn’t have said that in the past and it just goes to show that things eventually fall into place. Never settle on the “ok” things. Kyle is one of the kindest and sweetest people I know and I have learned so much from him. I feel so lucky.


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  • Mae

    Your braids 🙂

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  • Jennifer

    I love walking on super nice days, getting all the fresh air and exercise in!

    No weekend adventures for me this week. The temp keeps dropping and it will be low 30’s over the weekend so I don’t plan on doing much! haha maybe trying some vanilla bean frosted ricotta cookies

    Ugh yes, I have mixed feelings. This was kind of a dumb season in my opinion! My guess is Raven will win because Vanessa is too demanding haha

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jennifer!

      Yes 🙂 I finally got out for a gorgeous run today and I’m so excited for the warm weather to follow! It’s been a tad chilly here lately. Nothing to complain about though. We are talking 80 to 60. You better soak up that last bit of winter and enjoy it! Almost spring. HANG IN THERE!

      I agree with you. I think you and I have ALWAYS agreed on everything T.V./MOVIES related lol

      Have a great week!



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  • Brooklyn

    I have the biggest craving for a plateful of greens right now (fridge is empty, in dire need of grocery shopping!) and that salad from Zoe’s Kitchen looks SO good!

    I’m so glad both pups are feeling better!

    I love those orange leggings in your first few pics, they are so cute!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I hate when the fridge is empty, and you’re craving something! Hopefully, you get something delicious tonight! 🙂

      I’m glad they are feeling better too 😉

      I’M OBSESSED with them. I got the leggings at Marshalls for $14.99 and had washed them twice so I can keep wearing them lol

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  • Shelby

    Your breakfast with eggs, brussels and kale looked delicious! I get into a breakfast rut of always making the same omelette with toast, so you’ve inspired me to do switch it up a bit. 🙂

    Also – my husband I just started watching the OJ documentary. It’s SO GOOD! I feel like it’s a huge history lesson for me because I didn’t pay close attention to the details whenever I’ve heard it discussed. Crazy time in America right?!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Shelby!

      Thanks so much 🙂 I am thinking about making egg cups with kale and sweet potatoes for an easy heat up breakfast! I love toast too.

      Yes yes yes! I agree. I didn’t pay much attention either, but it’s crazy!

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  • Izzy | pinch of delight

    Lovely post – glad the dog is feeling better!
    I wish I could go outside and exercise more but the weather is so bad and cold at the moment :/
    Izzy |

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  • Vanessa

    Wow, this is so much food inspiration! Great 🙂

    And I am still in love with the challenge, although I am only able to do so little of it. I’m still proud I am tackling this at all. And worked out every day so far.

    What is one of your favorite outdoor activities?
    I love biking, its such a great way to get around. Well, and since I live in the Netherlands its kind of a must anyways 🙂

    Do you have any weekend adventures coming up?
    This weekend is low-key, only an activity with my scouting group. But next week I’ll visit my boyfriend in the UK, I can’t wait to see him again!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Vanessa!

      Nice job on the challenge, and you can totally spread it out and make it a longer one! Rest days are necessary.

      Biking is great and I can’t wait to get back out there this summer.

      Awwwww I can’t wait for you to see him either lol I miss my boyfriend when we don’t see each other during the week, so I’m sure you miss him!

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  • Kristin

    I’m so behind on the bachelor! I’ve been keeping up with the spoilers though….

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  • Bethany

    If you ever end up going back towards Waxhaw, you MUST check out the Southern Olive on 521 in Indian Land! From the outside, it looks like an olive oil store (and it is…) BUT the owner is gluten free, and they have a TON of gluten free goodies!! I splurged and got the black cherry cheesecake bar, and it was to DIE for!!! They also have coffee and tea! I haven’t tried their coffee yet, but I’ve heard it’s so good! They get a new roast every week in small batches so it’s always fresh! It’s a gluten free hidden gem!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Bethany!

      Literally was just talking about going to the creamery again five seconds ago with my parents. My dad had a little operation on his tooth, so I’ve been bringing him ice cream. He’s OBSESSED.

      & I will totally check that place out. That dessert sounds amazing!! & YOU HAD ME AT COFFEE!!!

      Thanks so much for letting me know!!:)

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  • Jennifer

    Tara, I’ve been following your blog for years, and I just wanted to say I am so thankful for you and your blog. I am so glad to hear the dogs are doing better, I have been so worried about them!

    1. My favorite outdoor activity would probably be hiking. I’m not sure I have a lot!

    2. I am going out of town for a bridal shower this weekend! I fly often and I like to bring my own food when I visit people (to be a courteous guest and to plenty have healthy options). Most times I am unable to stop at a grocery store when I get to my destination, and I can only bring what I can pack. This limits me to dry goods and non-perishable items. Most often I pack granola bars and protein bars. Do you have any recommendations of healthy foods I can pack on my carry on? Or a blog post you can direct me to?

    3. I do not watch the bachelor but I’ve heard plenty of spoilers!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jennifer!

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me 🙂 & I’m also so happy the dogs are doing better. It’s so scary not knowing what is going on and we still do not know what had happened. We are thinking virus since they both had it. I even dumped out their expensive dog food and bought all new bags just in case it was the food! I was so worried!

      Hiking is so fun!

      So cool you travel often and I hope you have so much fun at the bridal shower. I love your dedication for bringing your own food! I think making a big batch of homemade trail mix is great, quest/no cow bars, apples, oranges, peanut butter packets, or other little foods that fit in your bag and wont make a mess!

      It’s such a good show. Actually more addicting than “good”

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  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    Love the quote Kyle’s Mom sent – Imma have to write that down somewhere.

    1. I love hiking. But my FAVORITE thing in the summer is to skip dinner, grab 2 scoops of my favorite ice cream with a friend, or the Mr and head to a nearby park and walk around. The loop there is 5 miles, so I don’t feel bad about the ice cream at all.

    2. So much craziness coming up. This weekend I am meeting up with a long lost aunt for dinner. She reached out to me and I found out she only lives 2 hours away, so we’re going to meet in the middle for dinner. It’s been 15+ years since we’ve seen each other. Which is kind of wild.

    3. No Bachelor for me. Never watched it, and am really bad at watching TV live, I always forget that it’s on ’til it’s like halfway through a program.

    A quote I love is “Life’s battles don’t always go to the faster or stronger man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” It reminds me that the mental strength and confidence is half the battle!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jessie!

      Me too! Inspirational quotes always get me inspired.

      I love that too. I like to grab ice cream and walk the little town in Waxhaw. I think you would LOVE that place.

      WOW that is so cool! I bet you’ll have so much fun. I probably need to reach out to some of my long lost family members. I actually didn’t meet my grandma on my dad’s side until I was 20 and I hardly know any of that side.

      I never used to watch it until the past few years!

      I loved the quote you shared with me: ) SO dang true.

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  • Elisabeth

    It’s great that the dogs are better, it must have been such a stress!

    My favorite outdoor activity is probably running. I’m lucky to live in a place between mountains and sea, so I have an amazing view everytime I go running. Spring is already here and I’m not very far from the beach, so I think I’ll have a picnic soon : friends, food, and sunny weather is a must for me!
    I don’t watch The Bachelor (I’m currently trying to read more and spend less time on TV shows).

    And, I really love your food pics, it always makes me hungry ^^

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Elisabeth!

      So stressful and I wish they could talk.

      OMG YOUR VIEW sounds like goals. I neeeeeed <3 I’m getting sick of the same old sceneries.

      I need to be like you. I’m a t.v. addict.

      & thanks for stopping by! xo

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  • Emily

    I’m so glad the dogs are doing better! Sick dogs are the MOST stressful thing.

    I have a running question for you if you don’t mind. How do you stay hydrated on your long runs? I noticed that you don’t have a hydration belt on, so I was wondering how you drank during your runs. I’m also training for a half marathon (5 weeks to go!!!) and aside from stopping at my car every few miles to get a drink, I haven’t been able to figure out a good way to stay hydrated. I’m looking into a hydration belt, but I’ve found them to sometimes be a little big and clunky to actually use.


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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It really is!

      Luckily I don’t really get thirsty. I never really sweat until the end of the workout either, which is kind of strange. BUT, I stay super hydrated before my run and days leading up to the run. If my run is longer than an hour, I make sure to bring energy chews. You should try drinking potassium or electrolyte drinks before your run to help with levels. I love having bananas and coconut water before long runs!

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  • Bethany @Luluruns

    Hey Taralynn! Your week looks just fabulous! My favorite outdoor activity will forever be running, but I also love going for walks, hiking and horseback riding.

    That latte looks amazing – I’ll take three 😉 Can’t wait to hear how your half goes, you are going to do amazing!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey, girl!

      Thanks 🙂 I love ALL of those things too, but haven’t been horseback riding in so long!!

      & I can’t wait for the half actually!!

      oh that latteeeeee so good.

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    So much yummy food! 🙂 Your hair looks really cute in that braid too! Favorite outdoor activity is probably walking or swimming…when its warm of course!

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  • Kelly

    I am glad that you are trying to eat lean/clean/green, since I am doing the same and it is helpful to see someone else keep making good choices (then I can too!).

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  • Bella

    You have the greatest blog! Love your photography.

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  • Payton

    I’ve been reading your blog since 2010! You always inspire me!

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  • Amanda

    I love your blog!

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  • Anderson

    You will rock at your half marathon!

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  • Lauren @ Following the Path of Life

    Hi, Taralynn!

    I’m so glad your pups are doing better! What a blessing! And your runs look like they’re going amazingly well — you will definitely be ready for that half marathon. 🙂 And I agree–running is one of the best (and one of the cheapest) kinds of therapy — I’m always so thankful that God gave us the ability to run!

    Running is definitely a favorite outdoor activity, but I also love hiking/camping and riding horses. However, with living in town, running happens much more often than the other hobbies do.

    In a couple of weekends, my hubby and I get to road trip down to Denver to hang out with family! His brother and our sister-in-law live down there, and then another brother and sister-and-law are flying in for the weekend, so it’s going to be a grand Robinson reunion in the West. I’m sure tons of laughter and sarcasm will be involved.

    Nope, no Bachelor (or a TV!) for me.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lauren!

      I’m so happy as well.

      & thank you! I feel like I’m getting somewhere. I love getting your snaps because your running sceneries are AMAZING!!!!

      Those sound like fun hobbies! I haven’t been horseback riding in so long.

      Ahhhh sounds like the perfect weekend! I need to visit Denver one day!!!

      xo xo enjoy your weekend.

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  • Emily

    Becca is looking SO great!

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  • Alison Williams

    I love to hike especially locally. (Crowder’s Mountain, etc.) I’m a gardener.. like I mentioned just a bit ago. I can easily spend 6-8 hours outside on a Saturday come Spring and Summer and not even think about working out on the weekend. BECAUSE THAT IS A WORKOUT. I love working in my yards and gardens. I get it honest. (from my Mama)

    I plan on going to South Carolina’s own National Park – Congaree this Spring or Summer. (I think people forget we have a National Park or don’t even realize we have one to begin with) Going camping for the weekend there. I’m a total National Park geek. We have some day trips to go hike to some waterfalls in North Carolina as well. Lots of fun outdoor weekends planned. I love the Carolina’s… and the Southeast in general. WE HAVE SO MUCH TO DO AND GREAT PLACES TO SEE.

    I don’t watch The Bachelor. I’m like the only chick who doesn’t watch. LOL! My TV stays on HGTV, Food Network & DIY only. Heehee. But I do dig Dateline when I remember to watch it.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Alison!

      You and me both!! I would love your job 🙂 My parents used to own their own gardening/lawn business when my dad retired from the navvy and she used to let me go help her with flowers. I bet yours are just gorgeous!

      & yes I love Crowders because it’s an easy drive, but also love exploring Asheville.

      I didn’t even know we had one, but I will definitely look into it! Would love all of your recommendations!!

      You still have amazing taste in channels!!!!

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  • Katie

    Hey Tara! Hope your fur babies are on the mend! Your flowers are gorgeous <3 Those pots are so so cute!

    My absolute favorite outdoor activity is hiking! I love going to new places to find trails I've never been on. My hubs proposed on a hike, so I am definitely partial 🙂
    I don't really have any weekend adventures planned. I am a nurse, so my schedule is kind of wonky. On the weekends, hubs and I usually catch up, play games, explore the area, and take our fur baby for some extra long walks.
    I AM WATCHING THE BACHELOR. I was actually sad to see Corrine go. She was SO entertaining. I think Rachel is going to be a fantastic Bachelorette. As for the finale, I am team Vanessa!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks so much, Katie!

      Hiking is so much fun & I also love finding new trails to explore. It’s so cute he proposed on a hike! Very fitting.

      Long walks sound great! I hope you have a fun weekend and get to spend some time outside!

      I WAS TOO! I did NOT like her the first couple of weeks but grew to LOVE her as the time went on. I love that she gives zero cares and does anything she wants! I don’t think him and Vanessa will work out. She seems more in tuned with what she wants. PLUS HE WILL NOT MOVE TO CANADA! I can’t blame him, though. #proudamerican His best bet would be Raven, if he chooses any of them.

      I’m very excited for Rachel’s season.

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  • Carly

    What a week! I’m so glad both dogs are feeling better! Sick dogs are the worst because they are just so sad and can’t just tell you whats wrong :/

    All of your food looks SO good! I need to get back on the meal prepping and planning wagon! What was your favorite Blue Apron meal from this box?

    Also, I’m so impressed with your running! I think your goal of just ‘running’ the 13.1 miles is the perfect plan, so much less stress than focusing on time or speed! I’ve started running again using your guide posted a while back, I feel slow but also see a bit of progress with each run! I also have been loving your circuts from the spring challenge!

    I think your porch looks great, I love all of your different pots for flowers, being a crazy flower lady is 100% acceptable!

    I can not wait for it to get warmer here! My favorite outdoor activity is hiking with my dog, or friends! Or just hanging out on the patio with good friends and good food!

    This weekend will be full of moving! We are moving 8 doors down in our apartment complex. Its not my favorite thing to do but is a really good excuse for some major spring cleaning all week! What are you up to this weekend?

    I am not watching the bachelor this season. I got too many episodes behind and kind of gave up. 😛 Next time around I’m all in tho! Such good drama! haha!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Exactly! Sometimes I wish they could talk!

      My favorite meal was the salmon dish we made! It had an orange/honey glaze!

      Thanks so much for the kind words about my running! I finally feel like I’m getting this. So glad youre back on the running wagon!

      Lol thank you! I love flowers so much, and I get it from my mom!

      YES can’t wait for warm weather either!

      Nice! Moving can be fun and GREAT for cleaning! I have NO PLANS so far, other than a long run with Meighan. I will probably paint the upstairs bathroom, paint a canvas and work on my bedroom.

      Lol the best drama!

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  • Lillie

    You did such a great job on your porch!

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  • Ollie

    You are so adorable!

    I love reading your blog in the morning. It inspires me for my day!

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  • Emma

    I love that you have been posting more consistently!

    Your blog is my favorite.

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  • Pája

    Hi Taralynn 🙂

    I am so happy that your pups are feeling better 🙂 and so jealous of the weather you have in your hometown. In my hometown in Czech republic is still cold. I am looking forward of good weather and possibility to go running. Sent you a lot of love from Czech republic. 🙂

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  • Myriam

    Hi Taralynn 🙂 Hope you’re doing fine and the doggies too!

    1) What is one of your favorite outdoor activities?
    Probably long walks around the city. I like the nature but the bugs… not so much >_< Wish I was different but I can't xD

    2) Do you have any weekend adventures coming up?
    Not yet but I wanna check Time Out and see if there's something interesting… I love going to second-hand markets, museums or just looking for cute cafeterias. You seem an expert in this last point 😀 My bf and I use to stick to Starbucks but would like to change this. I guess I'm always afraid i won't find soy milk (I'm vegan). Last weekend I had the presentation of a book I published 😀 It's called "Las sombras de Bécquer" ^^

    I'm from Spain and anyway, I don't usually watch TV shows (I don't even have a TV lol). I only watch series, now I'm watching Gossip girl again since I run out of new series!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Myriam!

      Thanks so much 🙂 They are doing much better, which makes me feel much better!

      I’m ALL for long walks around the city too!

      I love all of those things as well 🙂 You can always look at the menu online before you go! Congrats on the published book! That is so exciting. So proud of you.

      Lol I used to watch Gossip Girl religiously! Such a good show to binge watch!

      Hope you have a lovely week!


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  • Melissa

    Hi! How do you make your protein smoothie you made for your Mom? Also what protein powder do you? 🙂

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Love your recaps! I don’t have anything outdoorsy planned for this weekend, but I am meeting my boyfriend’s family for the first time on Sunday. Fingers crossed!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Charmaine!

      Thanks so much 🙂 I enjoy writing them!

      They will LOVE you! Just be yourself 🙂 I’m so happy for you! Please come back and let me know how it goes!

      xo xo

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  • Teresa

    Hey girl – so sorry you’ve been stressed about your pups. I hope they are feeling better this week! Grumples & Leo still look as adorable even when they aren’t feeling well.

    Can I just say, I’ve been training for the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle which will be my first 8K. Runs have been alright, but today was a particularly stressful day and when I got home from the office I did not feel like running. I sat down to blog and read your newest post – and then I saw the title “Running is Cheaper than Therapy”. I closed my laptop and went for a quick few miles before I even read the post. Totally right- Its unseasonably warm outside and it felt amazing. Thanks for the inspiration today (and most days!!) <3

    the questions!
    1. Outdoor activities – running, going on long walks, and reading or doing work on my balcony 🙂
    2. Weekend activities – Family St. Patrick's Day party (huge holiday in our family) and running a few of my kids dance performances (I'm an irish dance teacher too)
    3. YES! Watching Women Tell All as I type.

    Have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Teresa!

      Thank you & they are feeling so much better. Feeling relieved.

      That really just made me smile. I’m so proud of you for going out and just getting it done. No one ever regrets a run! Every mile counts 🙂 & I’m so happy my blog could give you that extra push.

      Love just sitting outside during the warmer months!

      That sounds like such a fun weekend. Chicago was always fun during St Patricks day!


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  • Shannen

    Your posts are so motivating! I’ve decided that once it’s warm enough to actually breath outside (which should be soon) I am going to start running. I envy people who make it look easy! But I’m dedicated to making it happen.
    My favorite outdoor activity is just walking and hiking with my dog. Her curiousity for the world just makes it so much more enjoyable.
    As for this weekend, I don’t have any plans. Maybe I’ll find a new place to explore.
    I’ve never been into the bachelor. I’ve tried before, it’s just not my thing. But dateline is great!
    Glad the dogs are feeling better!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Shannen!

      Thanks so much 🙂 I hate the weather you can’t breathe in. I know EXACTLY what you mean. I grew up in Iowa and the winters were brutal. It’s definitely not easy. It gets a bit easier, but it all depends on how much training you put in, what you put in your body, and how bad you want it. BABY STEPS.

      I LOVE walking my dog too!

      Sometimes having no plans is the best. I don’t have any other than a run this weekend! (yet)

      I don’t know why I let myself get sucked into these shows lol

      & yes it’s so nice they are doing better! I can finally relax!

      xo & have a great rest of your week!

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  • Carrie This Fit Chick

    LONG time reader- first time commenter! LOVE your blog and always will- especially all the photos you take! THAT LATTE looks AMAZING and so does that off the shoulder top on you! YES IM WATCHING IT– GO RAVEN!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! Always makes my day 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words! I LOVE taking photos, maybe a little tooooo much.

      The latte was soooooo good 🙂 & that top was $14 from Marshalls YAY!!


      XO XO XO

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    Hey Tara, have you ever worked with a personal trainer or health coach before?

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  • Sara Tinklenberg

    Love all your posts! My favorite outdoor activity is finding new trails and taking long walks. I love listening to music or catching up with friends of family! My favorite time of year to walk is in the fall! And YES, I watch the bachelor! Three hours tonight?! I might fall asleep before it’s over. Best of luck as you continue training and thanks for all of the motivation 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Sara!

      I also LOVE trails and walking anywhere.

      THREE HOURS TONIGHT! Watching now. I think him and Vanessa would break up in a week. We know he doesn’t pick Rachel (thanks for the spoiler ABC) and Raven is too sweet for him, but He will either pick Raven or ZERO of them!

      & thanks for the kind words!


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  • Siobhan

    I loved this post! Just like I love all your other posts haha. My favorite outdoor activity is playing sand volleyball. I can’t wait for it to be warm enough again to start playing. I also love hiking and playing tennis. Alaska’s summers are gorgeous and I love spending as much time as possible outside, especially because the sun is out for so long! I’m excited for sunshine, and warm days.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you 🙂

      SAND VOLLEYBALL is so fun. They have a brewery here in CHarlotet with sand volleyball 🙂

      I just bought tennis rackets:) UGH, I wish you lived here. You sound like my sports twin.

      Im so ready for sunshin too!

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      • Siobhan

        Yay sports twins! That seriously made my day. And you could help me get into running haha. A brewery with sand volleyball sounds like so much fun! I usually just bring a six pack of Angry Orchard to the sand courts to share.
        I have a pretty old tennis racket, I should probably buy a new one with a nicer grip so my hand doesn’t hurt as much after playing.

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          You share your Angry Orchard? You’re a lot nicer than I am 😉 haha

          Have you tried getting your racket redone? Sometimes tennis shops fix it!

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          • Siobhan

            You drink Angry Orchard too! Very nice. Haha I do share, otherwise it takes me 6 months to get through a six pack, I’m a super lightweight.
            Good idea! I’ll have to look into that this summer. Getting my racket redone makes more sense than getting a new one, because everything else is still perfectly fine, the grip is just coming undone.

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  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    i seriously need to get back on the lettuce-wrap bandwagon! i was eating turkey sandwiches on collard wraps for a bit last year and those were SO good. can’t remember why i stopped honestly…

    that cafe looks SO cute and i love your french braids! the bachelor is my guiltiest pleasure, so i will be watching tonight for sure! i just got back from a family ski trip to colorado, so i’ll be unwinding tonight. i’m jetlagged, but will hopefully stay awake for the whole thing!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s a serious addiction. I was sent a Blue Apron with falafels and I’m going to put them in lettuce wraps! & I LOVE Collard wraps too!

      Thanks so much. I was having an awful hair day and I just decided to braid it! Easy fix 🙂

      IT’S ALMOST OVER 🙁 BUT Dancing With The Stars is next!

      How fun!! I’ve never been on a ski trip 🙁 PUTTING IT ON THE BUCKET LIST.

      Have a good night and don’t forget to come back and share your bachelor thoughts with me!!

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  • Anonymous

    What protein powder do you use?

    Reply to Anonymous
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Right now I’ve been using this one!

      Vanilla Protein Powder

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      • Amber

        Going off of this comment, can I ask how you make your banana smoothies!? Thanks!

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          Hi Amber!

          I just throw the frozen banana (i keep frozen extra ripe bananas in a big container in the freezer) almond milk, water, and protein powder in the blender!:) That easy!

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          • Amber

            You’re the greatest, thank you!! By the way, loving all the food you have been posting again lately! I love seeing what you eat, it inspires me to keep going. I check your blog every day, since probably 2011!

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            • Taralynn McNitt

              Hi Amber!

              Crazy you’ve been reading my blog since 2011!

              & I love posting food and lately I’ve been cooking so much more!! 🙂

              hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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  • Amanda|The Kitcheneer

    I’m glad the pups are feeling better! You SO got this half! I did Day 7 of your fitness challenge and I’m not looking forward to how sore I’ll be at tomorrow’s Crossfit class. We’re both gonna kick butt on our half’s this year! ???

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Amanda!

      I’m so happy they are feeling better too. The stress was unreal.

      lol you are brave for doing one before crossfit, which is even harder than my circuits!!

      I can’t wait to hear about your half!

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