Weekly Recap: If you are what you eat, then I am a salad.

I stayed up way too late last night. I don’t have the willpower when it comes to reality t.v. Monday. Three hours of the Bachelor Finale was rough, and it’ll only continue tonight. I’m not mad about it though 🙂

Even though I had little sleep, my dogs were up and ready for their walk at 6 am (Awesome.) How do I know they are ready for their walks? Unlimited face licks. I slowly rolled out of bed, regretting my late night decision, and laced up my shoes. I was just about to head out the door when I realized I was still wearing my pajama bottoms (not flattering ones.) I went upstairs to change and finally headed out for the walk. We made it about a mile when I realized that my pants were on inside out. Thought it couldn’t get any worse? Well, it started pouring. Today is going to be a great day.

I’m finally back in my pajama bottoms, wearing a hydrating face mask, coffee made, and a dog is sleeping on each side of me. Now, it’s time to recap.

Somehow my recap posts have migrated to Tuesdays. I actually love that more because it gives me time to post a weekend recipe, and then spend the rest of my Sunday night technology free.

Tuesday was filled with work tasks, cleaning, and running a lot of errands.

Breakfast: protein yogurt (Vanilla Orgain & SoDelicious coconut milk yogurt, unsweetened) topped with fresh fruit and unsweetened dried cranberries. I had a wheatgrass/lemon/ginger shot on the side.

Snacks: Brads Veggie Chips & Guacamole. Best. Combo. Ever. 
I headed out to my parent’s house on Tuesday night. My mom and I wanted to work sewing some new bandanas for the dogs. I brought my salad over there for dinner. It had Diced grilled shishito peppers, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, guacamole, sticky rice, and grilled chicken. I’ve been this salad on repeat.
Coffee and oats for breakfast on Wednesday morning. I mixed oatmeal with cinnamon, collagen, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Why is warm peanut butter so good? My dad and I took the dogs for a two mile walk before I headed out. 
We made reversible bandanas for them. I think they look pretty handsome! I mean, they clearly look thrilled to be wearing them. It’s not like I have treats in my hand bribing them to sit there and look cute…
For lunch, I had an RXBAR , a decaf cappuccino, and my protein yogurt topped with unsweetened cranberries and slivered almonds. I get asked about the milk I use and the espresso pods. To get my almond milk so frothy, I use The New Barn barista almond milk, and sometimes I use Oatly Barista Style Oat Milk (I just purchased the 4 pack on Amazon.)

Meighan and I had a walk planned for the afternoon, but it started pouring down rain. We decided to drive over to the At Home store to shop around. I ended up finding a giant full-length mirror for my bedroom. I needed to purchase this like years ago!
Told you it’s the same salad on repeat. For dinner, I had a kale salad loaded with sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, guacamole, rice, and Brussels sprouts. Meighan brought me this multi-green kombucha a couple of weeks ago when we did the woodworking class and got me hooked on it. I’ve actually been hooked on all things kombucha lately. I bought a case of it on Amazon because I love having it with my salads, or while I’m meal prepping. Plus, Kombucha is very very good for you! She got me a kombucha starting kit for my birthday, and I need to break it out this weekend.

I kind of already shared my Thursday adventures on my Instagram.

These are the type of days that make me appreciate and welcome all things thrown my way. Be optimistic and positive. 🙂
I left for my doctor’s appointment at 9 AM and didn’t make it back to my place until 2 pm. I finally got around to having my coffee and catching up on my work. 
After a very rainy walk with my dogs, (March is notorious for heavy rain in the south) I made a delicious dinner! I had been wanting to make collard green wraps for so long. These are definitely worth trying out! You can find the recipe here. I posted it on Friday 🙂 It was inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte, Luna’s Living Kitchen.
After blogging, walking the dogs, and fitting in a living room workout, I had breakfast before getting ready for the day. I had my protein yogurt with cranberries and slivered almonds. I also had my ginger lemon tea.

The dogs and I had a photoshoot for an upcoming campaign in the park on Friday afternoon. Leo was more excited about the treats hiding in my coat pocket… Oh and that striped t shirt? I just bought it at Target for $8 and it’s the softest shirt I own. It’s not that shrinking/only wear it once type of fabric either. I wore it pretty much all weekend long (don’t act like you don’t do it.)
I found these jackets at Belk! 🙂 They were Buy One, Get One Half off, so I had to get them both. I don’t even own a rain jacket, so that validated my purchase. I always wore my winter coat, so I needed these. I’ll be able to wear these in the fall, too. I like them because I can throw them on in the morning before walking the dogs. I’ll be using them today for walking in the rain 🙁

Pink Jacket / Plaid Jacket
Even though it was super windy, it turned out to be a beautiful day! We spent about three and a half hours shooting and we had a lot of fun. I’ll share more details on the shoot in April! 🙂 
And because it was the first time wearing makeup in like weeks…had to get that selfie!

I forgot to mention a very important event in my last recap post. Something you may be interested in, and if so, I can elaborate on a different post. For the past two years, I have been extremely self conscious about the peach fuzz on my face. Yes, it’s very light and hardly noticeable to the average person, but it’s all I see. I didn’t even like doing videos or Insta stories because I’d hate the “imperfection.” I used to put myself through torture each month getting my entire face threaded (Yup, you read that right.) I decided to try out dermaplaning with a chemical peel after reading up on it for the past year.

 Dermaplaning is an effective treatment for manually removing the top layer of the stratum corneum by using a scalpel to lightly scrape the face. This procedure dramatically smoothes and refreshes the skin. Dermaplaning also has the added benefit of removing facial hair. The facial hair that is removed is vellus hair that does grow back. Please note that the hair does not grow back thicker or thinner, lighter or darker but grows back the same as the hair follicle is not being impacted. This treatment is recommended every four weeks and is also an excellent addition to facials and chemical peels. –Dr. Capizzi Website

This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. Not only does my makeup go on smoother, but it got rid of 60% of the small calcium deposit bumps I had floating around my cheekbones. They are almost gone now! (I also started taking calcium supplements which is helping them as well.) If you’d like me to write more about it, or if you’re interested in trying it out, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment at Dr. Capizzi’s office. The price is very reasonable compared to all the other places I checked out, and it was a great experience. Just tell them I referred you! You can ask me questions in the comments if you want to know more about my first experience! 
We didn’t get back until 6:45 on Friday because of the traffic, and the only thing I had all day was protein yogurt. I was starving. I started eating while putting my yoga pants on at the same time because I couldn’t wait. I think I ended up eating an entire bag of skinny pop popcorn and a granola bar after this plate. This is why it’s important to eat balanced meals all day. If you don’t, you’ll be making up for it like a wild animal at night. 
On Saturday morning, I caught up on some laundry, hit the grocery store, and then made a delicious breakfast smoothie. My smoothie had wheatgrass powder, ginger powder, vanilla protein powder, collagen, ice, kale, unsweetened almond milk, honey, and bee pollen
Kyle and I spent almost all afternoon meal prepping. We usually binge-watch Fixer Upper while we cook. We cooked up some blue apron dishes, his weekly meals, grilled chicken, grilled turkey burgers, recipes for the blog, fresh salads, chopped fruit, rice, sweet potatoes, and more! You can see the entire meal prep video/overview under “fridge” on my insta-story highlights. Meal prepping a giant kale salad to eat all week long is one of my favorite things to do! You can top it with just about any protein, or have it as a healthy side.
Details on my kale meal prep salads are here!    & if you’re interested in meal prep vegetables, check them out here! 
We took a break and had a Blue Apron chili (details will be on the blog Thursday) but OMG…that chili was heaven.
Kale salad, chili, and a La Croix! The apricot peach is still my favorite flavor. 
I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! It’ll be up on Friday 🙂 The four-ingredient breakfast balls were such a hit, and I think you’ll love these the same!
I’ve been sharing my fridge pics every Saturday for some inspiration! 🙂 Here is this week’s fridge feature. I have big plans for all the leftover fruits and vegetables. Some are for weekend Blue Apron meals, too! Hope you’re excited for grilled tofu kebabs! Oh….it’s happening. Not going to lie, cooking and meal prepping in the kitchen with Kyle on Saturday was so much fun. It probably sounds so cheesy, but we made a great kitchen team! 
Our dogs were so well-behaved and listened great while we were busy in the kitchen on Saturday. We’ve been working on giving them the down/stay commands in the house. This means that when we tell them to lay down and stay, they can’t leave that spot. They were holding their down/stays while we were cooking for up to 30 minutes. When we first started, we struggled with them holding it for a minute. It’s been so great having them listen to us, and I think they enjoy having more structure/routine and discipline/rewards. They have been more cuddly with us lately, too. Not sure if that has anything to do with it!

Because they were so great, we decided to treat them with their favorite thing in the world, a trip to their grandparent’s house! This is heaven for them!

I had some hot tea and we worked on their commands a bit in the yard.
They had so much fun playing in the backyard for an hour, and they even enjoyed the drive out there because of all the cows. Their obsession with cows is adorable. 
My mom made stuffed bell peppers for dinner, and then we headed out for the night. Kyle and I finished the first season of Seven Seconds on Netflix, and I highly recommend it. So good! We also finished Waco on Friday night. That was such a sad event. We are going to start the real-life docu-series next. I’ll keep you posted. 
It was so cold on Sunday morning, so we bundled up before heading to dog training. I was really excited to tell John, our trainer, about the success we had with our dogs this week indoors. We told him about their down/stays and our success with walking them both.

This week, we worked on training them with the long leash. John held the long leash from a distance, and we were to give them a command to get them to stop mid-point. Leo was better at this than Grumples, but we’ll be working on this more. It’s important to be able to get your dog to listen to your command without the leash, or while they are in action.

Training is exhausting. Not only for the dog but for the owner. You’re also training yourself and constantly thinking about using the right words and correct commands for the dogs. You don’t want to confuse them, so it’s crucial to know the commands just as you would expect your dogs to know the commands. Using the word “okay” instead of “come” was a challenge. “Come” is from him to come without a mid-point stop, and “Okay” is for him to start walking, but sit when I give the command. Naturally, I wanted just to tell him to “come” to get him to move. It was challenging, but we managed to have a couple of successful rounds. John will be coming to my neighborhood soon, and it’ll be a whole new environment to work with them. Should be interesting!

Getting your dogs trained is so important, and I’ll never make the mistake of NOT doing it. This is something that you must stick with as a responsible dog owner. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, and it’s crucial.

If you want to read more about our training progress, check out my previous recap posts. When we hit the six-month mark, I’ll be doing a separate post with a big roundup. We are taking our dogs to Holland K9 Services! Check them out if you’re in the Charlotte/or surrounding area. 
When we got back in the late morning, we relaxed a bit. I had a cappuccino and started working on my birthday cake post.
I ended up having lunch at 10:30 in the morning. Our training was at 8:00 am so I was hungry! I had my meal-prepped salad with chicken, cold chili, and grilled turkey.
I have been making a point to run once a week.

In the summer, I was mentally and physically a mess. I wrote about it a couple of times (here and here.)

I was confused and going back and forth while ignoring what my body was trying to tell me. I had a comment made to me after finishing the first half marathon that just couldn’t let go of. I just finished my first half marathon and ran the last two miles through an incredibly painful injury that left me basically paralyzed in the legs for three days afterward. I honestly couldn’t walk without crying. The pain felt like knives scraping my bones. Yet, I was upset because of one comment made by someone close and forgot that I just achieved something I had worked hard for. I don’t even think the person who said it realized the effect it had on me, so I never brought it up again. That comment hit me like a ton of bricks. After weeks of recovering my legs, that comment kept haunting me. I decided to start going to HIIT classes. It became excessive. My body was NOT reacting to the stress I was putting it in.

I finally decided to take control of my body once October hit. I made many changes in my lifestyle and the past five months have been the best physically and mentally. I don’t feel like an alien in my own body anymore, I don’t get depressed or anxious if I can’t make it to a workout, and I’m good at saying “no” now. I traded in the heavyweights and long runs for light jogs, yoga, stretching, hiking, random living room circuits, and long walks with my dogs. I’ll do a circuit at the gym now and then, but it’s never because I feel like I “have to.”

Before I started training for the half marathon or going to the gym every day, I used to love running for the joy of it. I’d run 3-5 miles, and that was it. I wasn’t stressed or feeling pressured. I’m now getting back to the fun miles and the joy of running again. This week, I hit four miles without realizing it. My pace increased (not a big deal), and I felt like my old self again, before training or getting caught up in exercise addition. I’m feeling better, and I’m excited to be back. Sometimes, you just need to hit that reset button. I didn’t plan on making this a rant or drawn out explanation, but I’m hoping it helps someone else who is in a rut or feeling like they’re out of control with exercise.

And after giving up all the extreme workouts, I actually fit my clothes again. It feels good to NOT be inflamed or walk around with swollen joints. 


Sunday night dinner! My meal prepped salad, chicken, turkey, and chili on top! (you’ll be seeing a lot of this…)
Monday morning breakfast 🙂 —–> already shared on Instagram yesterday!
🌿🍵🍌Today’s Breakfast smoothie: 1 tbsp unsweetened matcha green tea powder + 1/2 frozen banana + 1 tbsp wheatgrass powder + 1 tbsp ground ginger + 1/2 cup frozen peaches + 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk + 1/2 cup ice cubes + 3 tbsps collagen powder (collagen) + 1 scoop vanilla bean protein powder (vanilla protein powder)
I spent a lot of the day working on an upcoming post 🙂 The boys were cute cuddled up next to me on the couch!
Lunch salad on repeat! And if you’re wondering, those are clover sprouts on top! They add a delicious and nutritious crisp. 
The dogs and I took an afternoon walk after I finished one of my projects. I took them both together for three miles, and they were so well behaved! I was so proud of them. The both walked on my left side and didn’t act out at all. Life is so much better after training. No more unnecessary stress! I’m finally understanding their behavior. And they seem happier, too. 
Afternoon snack:
unsweetened coconut milk yogurt + Powdered peanut butter + vanilla protein powder with honey crisp apple slices! You could also add collagen powder to this. 
This made the most perfect fruit dip. 
You already know….dinner salad on repeat! 
I treated myself to some Halo Top with almond butter and no sugar added vegan dark chocolate chips for dessert while watching The Bachelor! I tried the dairy free vanilla maple and dairy free chocolate almond crunch. The chocolate almond crunch wasn’t as chocolate-y as I would have liked. The vanilla maple did not disappoint.
Before I sign off for the day and bundle up in my rain jacket to walk the dogs, I want to share which coffee roasts I’ve been drinking the past three weeks. I drink the Solitary Sumatra (Roasted in NY) at least once a month. I’m a big fan of that roast and love anything Sumatra! The King Bean (Roasted in SC) from my Charleston trip was really good! This past week, I tried out the Joe Van Gogh (roasted in NC) and enjoyed that as well:) I always prefer to purchase Whole Beans and grind them at home. 🙂

I hope you guys have a great week! I’m going to be making a Copy Cat recipe for the Whole Food’s granola bars that was recommended by a reader! I’ll keep you posted!

  1. Have you ever tried dermaplaning?
  2. Have you learned any life lessons lately?
  3. What are you eating on repeat?


  • Amanda

    How long do your kale salads last

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  • Anonymous

    I’m a cheeseburger

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  • ADDI

    I’m also a salad.

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  • Natalija

    Awesome recap and the bandanas look so cute! Loved the wraps with collard greens, they really inspired me to have healthier lunches. I have this thing with sweet potatoes and avocados where i just cannot stand their texture,though,for example,i love regular mashed or cooked any other way potatoes,so i was wondering what are you normally seasoning yours and if you could share some tips for making these health food staples taste more bearable for people like me? 🙂

    Reply to Natalija
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Matalija!

      Thanks for stopping by to read 🙂

      I usually stick to garlic powder/onion powder/sea salt/ black pepper! Those are my staples.

      I started to add vegetables gradually to my meals until they were basically my meals. If you don’t like vegetables, don’t start with a salad. Start with a sandwich with vegetable toppings. Do this with all your choices and eventually, you’ll create a taste for vegetables. That’s how I did it. I NEVER used to like them at all and now it’s all I eat.

      Start with this recipe! 🙂 SWEET GREEN BEANS FOR VEGGIE HATERS

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      • Natalija

        Thank you so much for all the advice! I love salads and love most veggies, it’s just avocados and sweet potatoes that I’d like to befriend,but somehow it’s not happening,I will be trying,though, your recipes always give me new ideas and encourage to try something different. Have a lovely week!

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  • Samira

    What a cute doggo you found! So good to hear he made it home. I’ve been eating sweet potatoes in everything lately, haha. At least it’s a healthy obsession! Also, I really love the jackets you got, and the sale makes it tempting. Can I ask what size you got? I think you’re a bit bigger than me, so if you got the sizes in the picture and they fit you like that, I think I’m SOL. 🙁
    One more thing – what’s the appeal of The Bachelor? It’s all I’ve been hearing about lately. I’m not usually a reality TV junkie, so what makes this one worth watching? Thank you for the Netflix recommendations, though! Excited to have something to watch this weekend now.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Samira!

      lol yes, sweet potatoes are a great obsession 😉 My boyfriend eats them at every meal.

      I am 5’8 145 lbs and I got the XS in the pink and the S in the plaid.

      There really is no appeal. It’s just a bad addiction lol It’s not worth watching at all. It’s just a trainwreck that I am addicted to.

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  • Anonymous

    So good to be able to read your posts again, my work is so busy at the moment I have just been work, gym, sleep on repeat for the last two months so need to catch up on all you posts. Okay your new rain coats are amazing!! Your boys are doing so well with there training! so impressive. You have inspired me to take my girl Mia to training, she is very obedient already, but there is always room for improvement plus with a new puppy coming later in the year it will help with training her as well. The dermaplaning sounds like it has helped you a lot, I have never tried it, defiantly going to read into it though and see who does it here in new Zealand. One life lesson I have learnt lately is when you drivers seat dies (springs and padding falls out) get it fixed or replaced asap, as it has put my spine and neck out of place twice in one week so trips to the chiropractor. the one thing I am eating on repeat is your breakfast balls, they are amazing! plus everyone in the house keeps eating them as well, so a massive hit!, cant wait for the next recipe. such a Fantastic recap post. I Hope you have a fantastic week!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Glad you have some downtown! It’s important 🙂

      Thank you for all the kind words and I’m so happy you put Mia in training! It can get difficult, but stick with it!

      lol sounds like a great life lesson! haha

      yaya!!! so glad you love the breakfast balls lol!!

      have a great week!

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    I hadn’t seen your insta story, and that was exactly the kind of reminder I needed in this moment! That was the perfect story to highlight not getting mixed up in the stress of a moment.
    Also, the number of times I’ve gone to the bathroom and seen that I’ve put my underwear on inside out is unreal. Like, come on girl, get it together haha.
    Never tried dermaplaning but I’ve heard great things about it!
    I think a life lesson I’ve been learning throughout the past few years is kinda like the one on your story, and that’s to be patient and realize that EVERYTHING has happened the way it has for a reason. And to also have faith that things will work themselves out.
    Currently eating brown rice, quinoa, black beans, and salsa all mixed up for lunch every day!

    That puppy cuddle puddle… Heart melted.

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  • Bailey

    Where is that pink jacket from?

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  • Sara

    Do you like salads?

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  • Emily

    You are totally my salad inspiration! 🙂 Do you use any kind of dressing in your salads?

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  • Linda @ the Fitty







    And if I truly am what I eat then I choose to eat a VS model and a pro runner.

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  • Meg

    Your salads look so delish! How do you keep them from getting too soggy when you meal prep?

    Reply to Meg
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I choose to use kale, which doesn’t get soggy. It only get’s better as it marinates:) If I Were to use any other kind of lettuce, I’d keep the dressing off!

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  • Kaileigh

    Oh my gosh, last weekend I had the flu and I watched the entire season of Seven Seconds in one day. I didn’t love the ending, but wow I haven’t been sucked into a show like that in SO long. So good!

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  • Stacy

    Do you like almonds on salads?

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  • Linda

    The healthade kombucha is my favorite! Have you had their Cayenne cleanse?

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  • Anonymous

    Your dogs are cute

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  • Ebony

    I am looking forward to your tofu kebabs. When do you think you’ll post?

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  • Ray

    How old is Grumples and how old is Leo?

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  • Allison

    Day 2 of bachelor upset me so much thank goodness I had this to read! Always brightens my day

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  • Brittney

    I have been eating your vegan kale salad with grilled tofu on top for the past week! Thank you for the recipe.

    One life lesson I’ve learned this past year is to not hold onto grudges or negative people.

    Have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is such a great life lesson, Brittney! I couldn’t agree more with you 🙂 & I’m so happy you’re enjoying the kale salad! 😀 Adding grilled tofu is a great idea:)

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  • Hannah

    I can’t believe what Arie did! I refused to even watch the second night!

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  • Carrie

    Does kale get soggy?

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  • Emilee

    The life lesson I’ve been needing to remind myself lately is to be happy with what I have. College has been very stressful, but it’s important to cherish the happy moments and be thankful that I can afford to attend school. Another good life lesson for the crazy Wisconsin not-sure-if-it’s-winter-or-spring weather is to dress warm or be cold! Haha, so many mornings I leave the house with just a sweater and then turn into an ice cube while waiting for the bus!

    I’ve been eating the same breakfast and breakfast-for-dinner for days: a fried egg, a couple slices of turkey bacon, avocado and tomato seasoned with salt and pepper, and a banana. Loving this combo right now.

    Have a good week!

    Reply to Emilee
    • Taralynn McNitt

      So true!

      Ohhhh brrr! Wisconsin has to be cold right now. Hope you get some warmth soon! lol

      That sounds like a delicious meal on repeat!

      xo xo xo

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  • Zee

    Hello 🙂 what app do you use to track your miles when you go running/walking?

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  • Haley

    Glad your dogs are getting better! I need to do the same.

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  • Dana

    I wish I liked Halo Top. .. I’ve tried it a few times and I can’t get used to the texture.

    I haven’t tried dermaplaning (I want to) but I did buy a tool at Sephora called a level setter that removes the peach fuzz, they’re only $8 for 3.

    Life lesson: sometimes when people ask for your “honest opinion” they don’t really want it, they just want you to agree with them. (Really I learned this one years ago, but it came up again this past weekend…and I never say things in a “mean” manner, more of “I feel…”)

    I eat yogurt constantly. And salad.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I feel like I don’t ever eat the real-deal ice cream so I can’t compare the texture but I feel like it’s so much like real ice cream lol

      hahahaha that is actually so true! lol

      both things I eat daily!

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  • Erica

    Does your brother still live in D.C.?

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  • Kyla

    * Never tried dermaplaning but I’m definitely interested in learning more & hearing about your experiences!

    * I loved your post about helping find the home of the lost dog (you’re such a good person!)- you never know what can happen and it’s good to be optimistic and positive!

    * I’m not a good “cook” so I’ve been pretty lazy in making daily protein Herbalife shakes! I’m addicted!

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  • Becca

    Thank you for sharing your fitness journey. I can relate! I am going through the same with treating my body horribly and you’ve inspired me to slow it down.

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  • Katy

    How did you do your hair like that?

    Reply to Katy
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I just added some styling foam (Aveda) and let it air dry. I used the straightener to give a couple of the straighter strands some mermaid curls.

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  • Lauren r

    I love your thoughts about work outs and exercise that feel good as opposed to forcing yourself to do things that don’t make you happy. I have a 1 year old and as a mom I get very little time to workout and I need to remind myself to do what I love (hiking, light jogs, etc)!
    Also…enjoy your child free workout days as long as you can, once the kids come it all changes 😂😂😂

    Reply to Lauren r
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lauren!

      Thanks so much! I think doing things with your 1-year-old that is active is enough 🙂

      Haha, I know dogs aren’t the same, but I try to do all my workouts with them! haha

      & no kids for a long time! lol

      have a great week!

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  • Krista

    If you haven’t tried the caramel macchiato vegan halo top, I’d totally recommend that one!! It’s awesome 🙂 the oatmeal cookie one is interesting too, but it has pieces of oatmeal throughout it, so it can be a little weird. I’m not usually a lunch or dinner repeater, but for a while, I was making a LOT of banana “nice cream” smoothie-bowl type breakfasts with plenty of protein and carbs added in/on them. It was awesome, because bananas are low on the GI scale, so I wasn’t starving afterward, but then we went to visit family and I got thrown out of my routine. I’m getting into ‘normal’ smoothies this week with Amazing Grass’s pineapple lemongrass multivitamin powder added in– it’s so tropical tasting and makes the best smoothies!!

    Reply to Krista
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’ll have to look out for that one!

      I did have the oatmeal cookie one and liked it with peanut butter added in! I mean, doesn’t peanut butter go with everything?

      That sounds like a delicious smoothie! 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    Has Kyle moved in with you? Sorry, I know that’s a little personal, but it seems like you’ve been dropping hints here and there that maybe he has?? Maybe I’m just crazy…lol

    Reply to Anonymous
    • Taralynn McNitt

      You’re just crazy. 🙂 haha

      Kyle comes on the weekends. His work is too far from my house and with Charlotte traffic it would be impossible for him to get there in the mornings without leaving super early.

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  • Chandler

    Hi Taralynn! Your recap posts make my day (any of your posts, really! 🙂 I can’t wait to try the birthday cake recipe. My birthday isn’t until May, but I think I’ll try the cake for it!

    1. I haven’t tried dermaplaning, but I’ve heard only good things, so I may have to try it! I’m on an intense medication right now that really affects my skin, so maybe when this treatment is over!
    2. I’ve been learning the importance of seasons. There are seasons of crazy busyness, lots of hard work, change, etc. and there are seasons of rest, relaxation, realizing not everything needs to get done immediately, etc. It’s hard for me to relax since I’m a go-go-go person, so this is very important for me to grasp!
    3. I’m eating on repeat homemade pinto beans (let me know if you want the recipe!) and Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower rice sauteed with olive oil, then drizzled with LOTS of fresh lemon juice, ground black pepper and garlic salt. Insanely easy, but absolutely delish.

    Take care! 🙂

    Reply to Chandler
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Chandler!

      Thank you! That put a smile on my face 🙂

      1. Yes, just get a consultation before you do if you’re questioning if it’s right for your skin! 😀

      2. True!


      Have great week, Chandler!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I wish I could get Halo Top here in Hong Kong. I’ve heard so much about it and am so curious to try it out! 🙁

    If you are what you eat, then I’m definitely okra and fish – and only one particular fish, the golden threadfin bream which you can get commonly in Hong Kong. I bake a whole one daily and basically eat one every single night. 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Reply to Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I so wish they had it in Hong Kong for you too!

      hahaahaha I don’t know why I’m so intimidated by okra! I see it at the store all the time and never make it or buy it! I liked dried/fried okra lol

      have a great week!

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