Hello, and happy Monday!
This weekend was such a tease to Fall, but I’m not mad about it. We had weather in the sixties that stayed throughout the day. When I stopped into Starbucks before tennis on Saturday morning, a man was picking up coffee in his winter coat and a beanie. That may have been a bit much, but it still gave me all the fall feels. Of course, mother nature will snap back with 90’s temps this week, but it was a nice little break while it lasted.
Now that the dogs are walked and the coffee is made, it’s time to get this recap started ♥️ I hope you all have the best week and treat yourself to something fun.
I was excited about Monday’s adventure.
Becca and I headed out early morning to drive up to Triple Falls to check out the Bed and Breakfast where she’ll be celebrating her marriage in November! We walked around the grounds making notes about decorations, food, and all the fun party planning stuff. I can hardly wait to come back here and celebrate with her in November! All of this green is going to be oranges, yellows, and reds.
After spending some time at bed and breakfast, we headed to Triple Falls to have lunch before heading back to Charlotte.
We packed salads, fresh fruit, burgers, and ice water to have by the waterfall. This was such a relaxing spot, and the entire area was filled with butterflies! We stopped in Hendersonville (such a cute town) to grab a coffee for the road trip back. We’ve stopped there a few times because this town is so charming. It started to rain while we were walking the town, and when we walked out of the coffee shop, there were leaves all over the ground. It looked like we walked into a fall movie set. Of course, my heart was so happy! The fall tease this week was real. Since my dad took the pups out while I was gone, I had to bring him back a gluten-free carrot cake cupcake, his favorite!
On Wednesday, I ended up filming an updated “what I eat in a day” since my diet has shifted (for the better!) I’ve mentioned it a little on the blog that I’ve been focussing on whole foods and eating less added sugar. I haven’t been relying on protein powder, artificial sweeteners, peanut butter, oats, and other foods for energy and protein sources. My meals have consisted of vegetables, lean protein, fruits, nuts, and seeds. I decided to transform the way I was eating after finishing a round of Whole30. I have my Whole30 experience written out, and I’ll be sharing that later this week. Many people think the Whole30 is for people wanting to lose weight, but it’s not a weight loss diet at all. It’s an elimination diet to figure out what is causing discomfort of inflammation in the body. You shouldn’t be eating less, or lowering calories during the 30 days. I also wanted to have a chat with my doctor about her thoughts and what she thought of me doing it, and she was on board. I know many dietitians despise the Whole30, and that’s why I wanted to finish my round before I had anyone telling me not to do it. That’s the reason I didn’t choose to blog about it while I was doing it. Sometimes, it’s hard to stick to something when opinions are thrown your way a lot of the time. I wanted this to be my choice and not be influenced by the opinions around me. Now that I’ve done it, and have my own opinion formed from it, the opinions are welcomed. I know it’s not for everyone, and that’s why we have the right to make our own decisions. During my round, I found out that my body does NOT like soy, and I definitely had a sugar habit. My energy levels are up, my anxiety is down, my stomach is not bloated with pain at the end of the day, my skin is clear, and my joints aren’t stiff and inflamed as much. Now, everyone has their own experience with the Whole30, but mine was a really good one.
I look forward to sharing about it on the blog, and I’m excited about having an open discussion.
The crazy thing is that I hardly crave sweets anymore. I used to think that I needed dessert every single night, but since going without added sugar, the fruit is the only sweet thing that I crave. The one dessert I like to keep in the house are these three-ingredient brownies. They aren’t very sweet, but sometimes they hit the spot when I wasn’t something chocolately. Kyle loves them too! So many of you have messaged me about how you love this recipe, and I love seeing your own twists to them! You can find the recipe here! 💜
My tennis got rained out on Saturday morning, so my mom and I headed out for a shopping day. It was actually 64-degrees, so we headed into Bath and Body Works to grab our fall scents and some cozy candles! It was her birthday weekend, so I was happy we had the chance to hang out with each other! We made reservations for one of our favorite places to celebrate her birthday, the Garden Cafe! I’ve been going here for the past five years, and it never disappoints! I always tell people that it’s worth the drive from Charlotte. This place has such a cozy and homely vibe. For my dinner, I had a garden salad with blackened chicken, balsamic and oil for the dressing, and hot tea! It was so chilly that night.
After dinner, Kyle and I headed back to my parent’s house to play a game of bags and spend all the time outside while the cool weather lasted! I never thought I’d be bundled up in sweaters in August in the south.
I headed to play tennis with the group on Sunday morning. I was excited that it was still chilly out with no rain in the forecast. The tennis clinic lasted a little over three hours, and I was exhausted by the end of it. I changed real quick in the car and then headed over to the mall to meet up with Becca for a day of shopping. We wanted to pick out a few things for her wedding dinner tables.
By the time 3 pm rolled around, I was so ready for an actual meal. I usually have a giant breakfast with eggs but missed out on that since I was running late for tennis. I did bring fruit and a bag of nuts to hold me over, but I was ready for a jumbo salad at Zoe’s.
I ordered their tossed greek salad with chicken and had them leave out the pita, pasta, and feta. I usually add extra chicken, too.
While Becca and I were out, I saw these decorative pieces at Home Goods. I had been looking for something like this to go above my bed for so long! I needed something to replace the letters and wreath, but as having a hard time figuring out what to replace it with. I think I love these! I’m going fo the cozy cottage vibe 😊
Thank you for stopping by to read about my week! I have some fun posts coming soon with lots of Fall DIY, travel, and more! Oh, and that news I said I was going to share? I haven’t forgotten about it. I want to share so bad but we are waiting on a few more things to get finalized before I can. I thought I’d be able to share a lot sooner, so don’t’ worry, I’m just as annoyed with my vagueness as you are.
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Questions for you!
- Did you get a tease of fall this weekend?
- Are you looking forward to anything this week?
- If you had to give your bedroom’s decor a name, what would it be?