My days are all out of whack cause of the holiday, but I can’t believe it’s Thursday! Woah. This weekend is going to be fun. I had plans to go out of town but scratched them for a relaxing weekend in Charlotte with friends and DIY projects. I’ve been obsessed with getting projects finished around the home. I didn’t get too much done last weekend because my brother came home, and we were all over the place. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed seem him. He has a super busy month ahead of him because he’s moving from D.C. to L.A.! I’m sad he’s leaving D.C., but happy I get to visit him in L.A. I’ve never been, so I look forward to exploring. I am planning a trip there late August.
I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend, celebrating America, and enjoying delicious treats! As I said earlier, my weekend was very eventful. I was excited to share this recap with you because it was a lot of fun! I did write a recap post on Monday, just in case you missed it! I know some of you had to work, but some of you were out and about. 🙂
On Sunday, we decided to explore Charlotte and go on a mini brewery tour.
It was so hot out that we could only handle so much. Our first stop on the list was Heist Brewery in NoDa. I prefer Heist in the fall because of the pumpkin beer. It looked like they had an impressive brunch bar going on.
My mom and Meighan ordered spicy bloody mary’s, and a side of donuts. I was the DD, so I stuck with water. To be honest, unless it’s wine, I prefer water!
We stopped at VBGB next, and this was so much fun. I love breweries with activities and games, and this one had them all. We were all pretty hungry, so we ordered some appetizers. We ordered the fried jalapenos with a side of hot cheese and totchos (which I highly recommend.) The totchos had fried tater tots topped with homemade beer cheese, fire sauce, roasted red peppers, corn, black beans, jalapenos, and sour cream. These were super spicy and vegetarian-friendly for my brother. I could only eat a couple of bites because my mouth was on fire, but they were really good!
Some of you may have already seen our giant Jenga game on Instagram story or snap chat, but it was so much fun! Luckily I didn’t lose, and there was no beer harmed in the falling of the Jenga pieces.
I have no idea how to play Chest, so nope.
We played a couple of games of cornhole (bags,) and that was so much fun. My dad and I are actually building some for their yard.
After sweating our faces off, we headed to the next brewery.
I was excited about this stop because KOMBUCHA! My mom and I split a flight.
Our flavors: Lost Rose, Strawberry, Good Ol’ Ginger, Mint Condition, Wake-Up Call, and Blueberry. The blueberry, ginger, and strawberry were my faves.
The little brewery stops were so much fun. Meighan is a fit firecracker, but she gave my dad and brother a run for their money when it came to the beer!
Everyone was super hungry, but I needed a pick-me-up ASAP. So did my mom, so we stopped at Central Coffee Company for cappuccinos. I also picked up their famous vegan zucchini bread for everyone in the car. They were just as obsessed as I was. My mom even went back and bought more to take to work with her. If only I could get my hands on that recipe.
We decided to make one more stop before ending the night. We headed to another popular spot in Charlotte, Macs Speed Shop. They have the best smoked meat and bbq! I split wings, sweet potato fries, and salad with my parents. The reason I love their wings because they are grilled and not fried. So much healthier.
On Monday morning, T.C. went to my gym with me for a workout. I had one of the best workouts! I was soaked in sweat and so sore the next day. I know it maybe scary or intimidating to workout on the main floor by all the body builders, but you’ll be more motivated to go hard. Just try to step out of your comfort zone and do it! Watch yourself in the mirror and pay attention to proper form.
Heres what I did: 3 Rounds of Cardio & 4 X 3 Rounds of Strength!
Cardio Round #1:
10 Minute-Mile Job on Treadmill
Circuit Round #1
10 Bicep Curls (10 lb weights)
10 Overhead Extensions (15 lb weight)
10 Squat Overhead Presses (10 lb weights)
Circuit Round #2
10 Bent Over rows (10 lb weights)
10 Tricep Kickbacks (10 lb weights)
10 Jump Squats
Cardio Round #2:
10 Minutes High-Intensity Stair Master
Circuit Round #3
50 Jump Ropes
25 Bicycle Crunches
15 Bench Presses (30-70lbs on bar)
Circuit Round #4
10 Chest Fly (10 lb weights)
10 Push Ups
Cardio Round #3:
10 Minute-Mile Job on Treadmill
As if the workout wasn’t enough, my brother and I headed to the Riverwalk to walk a couple of miles.
We definitely worked up an appetite! My brother is a pescetarian (mainly vegetarian), so I wanted him to try out Luna’s Living Kitchen. I knew he’d LOVE it. It’s one of my favorite spots in Charlotte. We started out with the “Yo La Mango” smoothie. They split it into two cups for us. It had mango, banana, matcha green tea powder, spinach, hemp milk, and I had them add kale as well. So tasty 🙂
We decided to order two meals to split. We went with my favorite, the Fire & Brimstone Burger, and Living Burrito.
The living burrito had sunflower seed refried beans, cauliflower rice, sprouts, pico de gallo, guacamole and cashew sour cream wrapped in a collard leaf, served with a side of house hot sauce and a local green salad. So so so tasty as well.
The fire & brimstone burger comes with homemade gluten free quinoa-millet veggie burger spiced with chipotle sunflower hummus, onion, cucumber, guacamole and house hot sauce. It’s amazing.
I was so excited for my brother to try the Waldorf Salad. Theirs is incredible, and I could probably eat it by the bucket. My brother was also impressed. The Waldorf Salad has broccoli, green apple, celery, walnuts, raisins and red onions tossed with house cashew mayonnaise & garnished with sprouts.
My brother was getting practice at food pics.
It wouldn’t be a complete lunch in Charlotte without a stop at Not Just Coffee. Meighan met us at the 7th Public Street market for coffee when she got off of work. I ordered a small cappuccino, and T.C. ordered an espresso caramel macchiato. He loved their coffee, so it was an afternoon win!:) I had so much fun on Monday. I had fun going to the breweries, but the gym and healthy eats are more my style.
On the way back, we stopped at the peach stand in Fort Mill, SC, to check out their hot sauce and pick up some peaches for my mom.
The dogs were ready for a walk when I got back 🙂 Or ready for a magic carpet ride? They claim carpets. It’s funny.
Before cuddling up on the couch with Kyle to watch a movie, I prepared some egg cups for the week. I added sweet potato slices to the bottom of the pan, poured my egg mixture in, and places a little square of cheese on top. I also made homemade banana muffins and a giant fruit pizza for the 4th.
These are perfect for breakfast or a post-workout treat.
On Tuesday (4th of July) I headed to boot camp with Meighan and our friend, Caitlin. I woke up at 6 am to get coffee in, walk the dogs, and then we walked 1.5 miles to the gym. It was so tough because I was sore from my workout the day before, but I powered through. The hardest part was the sprints. We had to sprint for 30 seconds, walk for 30 and repeat that eight times. Sprints are great for burning fat and your abs.
Plank star jacks with gliders…ouch.
I was DRIPPING after that class. It’s funny because I can run ten miles in the heat and maybe sweat a tiny bit, but circuit training has me dripping within ten minutes of class.
After our workout, we headed to Little Spoon Eatery for brunch.
I was all about the coffee, and still too wound up from the workout to have an appetite, so I ate half and took the rest home to Kyle.
Kyle was sending me these snaps while I was at the gym, and they melted my heart. HOW CUTE ARE THEY!!?!? I just had to share.
After getting cleaned up from the workout, I took my book and a bottle of wine over to my parent’s house for the 4th of July. We spent time by the pool, and T.C. was enjoying his tube gymnastics.
My mom made burgers, veggie burgers, beans, shrimp, potato salad, corn, deviled eggs (omg hers are the best) strawberry dessert, and other little appetizers.
I had to take a photo of my dad’s ultimate 4th of July plate.
I had beans, a deviled egg, beans, a veggie burger & beef burger in a lettuce wrap, corn, and potato salad. I wanted to save room for coffee and dessert.
This is the fruit pizza I made the night before! It was so good, and there wasn’t a slice left. Becca came over for coffee and to spend time with my family. We played Fibbage, and it was so fun! She and my Dad won every round.
Leo had his eyes on the prize. 🙂 I headed home a little later, and fell asleep on the couch. I was SO ZONKED from the weekend and being in the heat. Plus all of the workouts. My energy was shot. No fireworks for me.
Yesterday morning, I finished up some work and then had breakfast after walking the pups. I had two egg cups and a protein shake before heading out on my bike ride.
My bike ride was going to be my rest day.
I headed to the Riverwalk, and it was so hot out that hardly anyone was on the trail. I felt like I was all alone and I loved flying down the hills. My bike speed read 23 MPH at some points.
Next time, I’ll bring a book and lunch so I can sit here and read. This is my favorite spot on the trail.
I was a sweaty mess. Luckily, I packed sunscreen so I could reapply over and over again.
Riding my bike is one of the best stress relievers. Listening to music (on the trails only), flying down the hills with the wind blowing in your face, and being out in nature is so therapeutic.
I enjoyed every mile 🙂
After my ride, I stopped for some coffee. I picked up a small cappuccino with skim. I also chugged two bottles of water.
I had an early dinner. I had a turkey wrap, peaches, lettuce with Greek dressing, and potato salad.
And so much for a rest day. Kyle was heading to the gym, and I decided to go with him. I had a second whim of energy and picked myself up for a Tabata class. I’m glad I went because the class was challenging, and it gave me a boost of reassurance. I took this class three weeks ago, and I couldn’t walk for two days afterward, and this time I was speeding through the workouts, and I feel great today. It’s crazy how strong you can get in three weeks if you stick to something.
Questions for you!
1. When friends/family visit you, what is one thing you must show them in your city?
2. Do you ever deal with rest day guilt?
3. What did you do for the 4th of July?
Now, I’m off to the craft store! I’ll be around tonight after the gym to reply to blog comments:)