Ten Things Tuesday

Hey y’all! I hope you are all doing well and this week is off to a great start! Things are busy as usual over here but I can’t complain, thats the way I tend to like it. For today’s post, I am going to take you though a few recent favorites / what I have been up to over the past several weeks….

1. Bullet Journaling….have you heard of it?? I am in love with it! I read about it on Haley’s Blog a while ago but have really just gotten into it and it is great. A quick overview of it… Start the very first page with an index. Then on your next two page spread, label the left page with the Month and down the left side of the page write the dates. On this page you write your major events for the month. On the right page of that same two page spread label it tasks / goals you want / need to accomplish that month. Turn the page to your next two page spread. Here I start my week. The first thing I do is a week at a glance. In this section, I put my weekly workouts, personal training clients, and work schedule. Then you start with the individual days. Within the individual days an open circle represents an event, a bullet point represents a note, and an open box represents a task to be accomplished that day. I love it because there is no set amount of space you have per day and it is easy to keep up with everything day to day.

My first two page spread. Monthly calendar and Tasks / Goals page.
My first two page spread. Monthly calendar and Tasks / Goals page.

2. Long distance relationships….THEY ARE HARD! I love Dylan but dang it is tough. I definitely value the time we have together but I am certainly struggling not to plan out every second we are together and then not to plan when to see each other again when we are apart. I will say thank goodness for FaceTime though cause it allows us to have an “in person” conversation most nights which is amazing. Something about getting to see his face makes it seem like we aren’t apart quite so much. Any of you who have done the distance thing before, do you have any suggestions?

3. It’s my favorite time of the year…. lake days are in full swing now!! I am so lucky to live so close to the lake and I am taking full advantage of it nearly every weekend. My most recent favorite lake activity is wake surfing. And as lame as this is, I think it is because it doesn’t make your entire body hurt the next day and falls aren’t painful at all haha (does this make me sound old?!)!

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4. Speaking of the lake, ironman training is coming along. I just did a mile long open water swim this past Friday and it felt great. Biking and running are getting there as well. A lot of miles are being logged on the trainer and treadmill but I figure that is better than nothing and hitting the pavement in the dark isn’t my best bet. I have also adjusted my training schedule to where I am only (for the time being) doing one workout a day with a mid week rest day. I was getting really frustrated not having the time (or energy) to get in double workouts most days of the week like previously planned so now that I have taken some of the stress off of myself each of my workouts seem to be of much better quality and I am enjoying them more.

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5. Smoothie season! Y’all can thank Dylan for this one….here is my current favorite smoothie recipe:

  • 1 – 2 large spoonfuls of vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup (ish) Frozen Berries
  • 1/2 cup (ish) Frozen pineapple
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup (ish) orange juice

Sorry for the “ish” I am not much for the whole measuring thing. 

6. So I am not much of a movie buff but a couple weeks ago I finally watched Gone Girl and it was AMAZING! I didn’t have super high expectations going in so needless to say I was blown away. I think I need to watch it again to catch onto all the little details though. The main character was cray – cray! I have to give the writers props for coming up with her and the all the little twists and turns throughout the movie. Who else has seen it? What’d you think?

7. Finding what makes you happy. So as y’all know my days seem to be planned to the millisecond with work, training, and other commitments which can be great but can also be exhausting. Yesterday though, I finally had the realization that I was building my own coffin at the rate I was going as I was forgetting about the most important thing in life, myself and my personal happiness. This got me thinking about all the things that make me happy. Here is the list of things I came up with:IMG_9942

  • Playing soccer <— even made time and did this today!
  • Blogging <— look at me, two “happys” in one day!
  • Serving Others
  • Playing Recreational Sports….has anyone joined any of the adult leagues around the South Charlotte area? Thoughts? Suggestions?
  • Running with friends….I got on meet-up today so hopefully I will get connected with a running group or two in the area soon.
  • Being outside…hiking, paddle boarding, running, biking, and even just taking a nap in the sun.
  • Reading a good book (in the sun of course)…any suggestions? I tend to like something that is kind of educational. I really enjoy learning 🙂

What makes you happy? What is your go to stress buster activity?

8. Target swimwear is on point this year. I got a few bathing suits from there this year and I am loving them! They are cute and stay in place well…. Such a great combo!!

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9. I am thinking about changing up my hair style…. I just can’t decide, long or short?? I’m ready for a change but not sure what exactly I want to do. What’s your opinion?

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Short?
Long?
Long?

10. “Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself– Amy Poehler 

I love this quote. Personally it makes me think about what I am doing with my life and brings a few questions to mind… Am I being complacent? Am I taking appropriate risks? Am I putting myself out there to be successful? What am I capable of that I haven’t found out yet? I feel like it is always good to keep questioning what you’ve got going on. I feel like this helps you to keep growing as a person.

So there are my 10 things…feel free to play along in the comments with what you’re loving and what is new with you as well as answer a few of the questions throughout this post.

Have a great week! 

Becoming a Morning Person

Good Morning! Or should I say good afternoon? I have been up since 5am so as I type this I am a little over 5hrs into my day already. Sometimes when I think about that I can’t help my give a little grin knowing that I have already accomplished so much as others are hitting the snooze button and rolling over. So for today’s post I am going to give you some tips and tricks towards becoming a morning person….

1. Consistency is key. Getting in the habit of getting up at the same time or close to the same time everyday overtime will make getting out of your cozy bed that much easier.

2. Allow yourself enough time to sleep. This is personally my biggest problem. Not allowing yourself enough time to sleep makes for tough mornings full of little will power. The average adult needs 7 – 9 hours a night.

3. Plan ahead. Have your clothes and anything you need laid out for the next day. When you don’t have to think in the morning (especially when you’re exercising) it makes you that much more likely to get up and out the door.

4. Put your alarm clock across the room. Make yourself get up to turn it off.

5. Have someone you’re accountable to in the morning. You may cancel on yourself but you’re much less likely to cancel on someone else.

6. Drink a glass of water when you first get up. This will help wake up your brain and other organs.

7. Make your bed. This one sounds silly but my making your bed, you are telling yourself you are up for the morning and it makes crawling back in bed that much more less likely.

8. Open the blinds. Seeing natural light in the morning helps our internal clock to know its time to wake up.

I hope this helps all of you who are working on finding those extra few hours in the morning! Have a great weekend!

Treading Water

Hello Hello! Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and your Monday has gotten off to a great start. I had a great weekend. It kicked off Friday with an early visit from Dylan and an afternoon at the Wells Fargo golf tournament. Saturday morning started out bright and early at work before driving south to a good family friend’s wedding. How cool is this y’all…she wore the same dress as her grandmother and mother did many year before just made slight alterations. After the wedding Dylan and I headed to the lake for a little paddle boarding before he hit the road for Greenville and I back home to Charlotte. Upon arriving home, my long lost running girlfriend, Kimberly, showed up at my door. We had a great time, stayed up late chatting then in the morning went for a 5mi run before playing on the lake till the she had to hop on the train to head home. It was great getting to catch up with Kimberly and just get to discuss life with someone who knows me almost as well as I know myself. She has seen me go through ups and downs and has been there every step as I try to figure out my future. So that where today’s post comes from….

As Kimberly and I talked, it seems as if we are both “treading water.” Sometimes it is with great success and our heads are far out of the water and other times it is just as if we are about an inch above the surface and hanging on for dear life. We are both at about the one year mark into the professional world and still running with our heads cut off like we did in college; trying to juggle holding down a full time job, long commutes, maintaining relationships of the past, creating new relationships in new cities, keeping up with training, and finding the balance of family and fun. It seems like the days are never ending and free moments are few and far in between.

This state of “Treading Water” is something no one ever told me I’d be doing immediately out of college. I thought I would land the perfect job, marry the love of my life immediately after graduation, and be settled into a city with close friends. I never thought I would be working two jobs and would meet my boyfriend and roommate online. I could have never ever imagined it would be this difficult to meet new people and that I would work so many hours for such a little paycheck.

And this isn’t to say I’m not happy….in fact I am very happy. I have learned more about myself in the last year and a half than I have learned about myself my entire life. I have had to grow up… paying my own rent and bills and insurance and being 100% in charge of myself. Your early 20s are a time in your life of great change. It’s almost like you’re the awkward middle schooler again. One day you’re on top of the world and the next day you’re knocked right back down to the bottom to learn a new lesson yet again. Bosses expect that you know the lay of the land but really you’re like Bambi fumbling around to get your bearings and stand on your own feet.

So if I were to tell a new college graduate what life will be like in the year to two years following college, I would say be prepared “tread.” You’re going to have to pay your dues, be flexible, take opportunities when they present themselves, be patient, and work your butt off.

Have a great Monday y’all!

Just a Pair of Running Shoes

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Good Morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. I know I sure did, I headed down to Greenville, SC Saturday after I got off work to visit Dylan. Being our typical selves, we kept busy and had a fun and active weekend. Which is what brings me to today’s post… staying active while traveling. This weekend, I wanted to get in a good workout without any equipment and in less than an hour as to not take away from the weekend festivities….

To start since I love running in a new city (yes, I have been here before but I am still learning my way around) I did a mile run which brought me to the bottom of a big hill. At this point, I did a few dynamic stretches. I am always working to keep my hips loose as they tend to get extremely tight especially when I am going to be running hard. From here I set that I was going to do 4-5 hill “sprints.” I put sprints in quotes because it was a .35mile hill so I was running hard but I wasn’t exactly top speed by any means. Run hard up then nice easy jog recovery on the way back down. At the top of my 4th rep, I walked back towards Dylan’s apartment for a quarter of a mile then ran the rest of the way back.

Once I was back at his apartment, I found a spot in the grass and did a 15min strength workout using only my bodyweight…

  • 3x1min plank (first 45sec plank finishing last 15sec with push-ups)
  • 3x1min squats
  • 3x:30 side planks (:30 each side)
  • 3x1min walking lunges
  • 3x:30 flutter kicks

So there you have it, a total body workout in less than an hour with only a pair of running shoes! Do you have any favorite workouts while you are traveling? Comment below letting me know your thoughts.

Have a great Monday! 

Hey, Yes I am Slacking….

Hey Hey Hey! Man I am a slacker… a post every 20days, I can do better than that….well maybe. Regardless of if I am slacking, thats how things go these days. I am busy from before the sun rises till long after it sets most days and exhausted every free second I have in between. So here is the run down of whats been going on these last 20 days:

  • Easter weekend was spent in Boone with my family and Dylan. We watched a little baseball, dyed some easter eggs, I kicked butt at the Easter egg hunt, Dylan made a delicious baked apple french toast, and we hiked Grandfather Mountain.

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  • Work is busy as ever, we are growing leaps and bounds at Jenny Craig…thank you Time! They published a study reporting that Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers were the top two most effective ways to lose and keep the pounds off.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll half Marathon was great. Thanks Kathryn and Coop for being such gracious hosts. Dylan and I ran a 1:48:34 and 1:48:35…guess who won between the two of us?! ….Yep, you guessed it, THIS GIRL! haha thanks for being a gentlemen Dylan. It was a tough course, and we were both a little disappointed by the event festivities both on the course and after but overall we were happy to have run a good race and I am sure we will sign-up for another race together sometime soon.

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  • My other job is growing immensely as well. After a very slow start, I now have 1 – 2 personal training clients everyday, Monday – Friday, at the Y. And as I mentioned before I am helping coach alongside two amazing women the triathlon team. Check out this awesome post practice team selfie!

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  • Now that the 31Day Detox is done, man I have had some yummy foods! I might have even slipped up and over did it on the sugar in that first week but I am on track again now. Not a stringent diet I am following but back to my variety in all things, moderation in all things approach I typically have.

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this couldn’t possibly be kilwins amazing praline ice cream…. 😉

  • Ironman training is up and running, I have felt exhausted these last couple weeks but I think I have a better plan this week and was (finally) able to catch up on a little rest this weekend so I am ready to get after training this week. Nearly 11hrs of swimming, biking, running, and strength training scheduled for this week.

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  • Living in Charlotte has opened up so many more opportunities to see family. I get to see my parents and grandma on nearly a weekly basis and when out of town guest pop in to stay with my parents, I get to see them too. I am loving this aspect of living in Charlotte. It was great visiting with my aunt and cousin at the beginning of the month.
  • The lake is open! Starting last weekend, the lake is open for business…well for play! After Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Dylan and I headed to the lake for a little R&R so we thought. We ended up jumping out behind the boat for some wake boarding and surfing then this weekend a little kayaking and paddle boarding. Chase even jumped in on the fun this past weekend!

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I think thats about it for me! Work, train, eat, and play! I guess I can’t complain. So what about you, how are things going on your end, what have you been up to?

Have a great week!

Tuesday Things

Hey Friends! How are y’all doing?! Things are a bit crazy here so to continue with the chaos I call life, I bring you my most unfocused blog post yet. Here are some things going on in my life and on my mind these days….

1. Hallelujah!! 31Day Detox is done in just a few hours. Most days have been totally fine but goodness I have had several days (<–read like last 10 days) I have wanted sugar and salt!!! I will write a full update on my 31Day Detox experience later this week.

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last weekends date night dinner…. low country shrimp boil and baked apple slices with cinnamon

2. Sorry 5AM, we have divorced and 4AM has taken my heart. I have quite a few more clients at the Y as of recently and dang it has made for some early mornings. I used to think getting up in the 5 o’clock hour was rough but now I have separated from that thought and have become good friends with Miss 4AM! Holy crow I don’t know that I will ever get used to this one!

3. The triathlon team at the Y is up and running for our next 8 week session and this go around I am an official coach and loving it!! The other two coaches are teaching me so much and it really is such a joy to go to each of the practices whether I am leading it or just participating.

4. Speaking of triathlon….Ironman training is in full swing! It definitely keeps me especially busy with my typical 2 workouts a day. Veteran Ironman competitors, any suggestions on finding the balance and fitting it all in? I feel like some days there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished or I am just exhausted. I am hoping as I figure out more of a schedule this will get easier.

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look closely and you will see my new training partner Izzy! she is totally fascinated my by trainer. 

5. Starburst Jelly Beans…get in my tummy!!!! …ahhhh just a few more hours!!! Is anyone else quite as obsessed as I am about these deliciously, fantastic candies?!

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can you sense my excitement?! 

6. Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh half marathon is almost here!!! Dylan and I did our last really long run (14miles) this past weekend and will be in full taper mode come Sunday! I am so excited for this race for a couple reasons…

  • Dylan and I are doing it together….we have already agreed that this race we will do start to finish together unless something catastrophic happens. Those who know me well will understand just how excited I am about this!
  • We are staying with my good friend Kathryn and her hubby in their NEW HOUSE!!! I cannot wait to see her and the new place!!
  • I am going back to Raleigh!!! Need I say more?!

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a couple weekends ago, our 4:30AM 12 mile training run! head lamps and reflectors were a must!

7. I am always hungry. I think this is because I am starting to ramp up the miles in my training and the detox had me eating a lot of fruits and veggies which unfortunately don’t keep you quite as full.

8. Guess who has her first three days off in a row since Christmas….?!!?!? THIS GIRL!!!! This weekend I am taking off Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday!!! I am so ready for the break. I know I will still be training and running around crazy since I do date “the hyper one” as my mom calls him but I am so excited to step away from work for a full 3 days. I think this break will do me well. Plus I will be getting away from Charlotte and will be headed up the mountains with my family and Dylan for Easter weekend where it looks like lots of starburst jelly beans will be had, hikes will be taken, and baseball will be watched.

9. I am loving this warmer weather!! And added bonus Alexie just informed me that so many fun things happen in Charlotte come spring and summer….think concerts at the white water center and baseball games in uptown!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

10. We have had a great couple weekends in the mountains. Three weeks ago just for a day trip and two weekends ago for an entire 24hours! I love getting to spend a little extra time with my family and the hyper one.

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baseball games and mountain hikes with my favorite people

11. I miss blogging. I know I have had my ups and downs with my posting frequency but I really enjoy it so I hope I am able to find more time to get posts up more regularly in the coming weeks and months. Speaking of which….what would you like to see more of on the blog?? Also, fellow bloggers, what is your strategy in a busy week to get a couple posts up?

I guess I will call it quits here….I would love to hear whats been going on with you and what you’d like to see more of on the blog. Be sure if you are a veteran ironman competitor to let me know how you find the balance of life and training. If you are a blogger, what is your strategy for posting frequently when you’re busy. And if you are just as obsessed with Starburst Jelly Beans as I am or if you have a different favorite Easter related candy!

Happy Tuesday Y’all!

Life’s Not Perfect

… but it is pretty dang good. Lately I have felt like I have been running on E. I am working most every day of the week and filling the rest of my time with family, friends, training, and trying to stay on top of all the other necessities of life. It seems like I am nonstop from the time I rise to the moment my head hits the pillow. I mean twice this week I have fallen (like dead asleep) with the lights and my clothes from the day still on my back till 2 and 3 o’clock in the morning which is very unlike me. All of these things going on could give me the excuse to not take care of myself, give up on my 31Day Detox, postpone my half marathon and future Ironman, and to stop accepting opportunities to grow and learn. All this to say, when I am stretched this thin, sometimes (often while driving from one thing to the next) I stop my mind from thinking about what is next and what I maybe haven’t accomplished for the day to think about just how good things are. It is so easy to get caught up in the “bad” things and the craziness of life that we forget just how dang great life is. So I challenge you to stop and think, maybe on your commute to or from work or in a quiet minute of your lunch break tomorrow, about all the great things going on in your life. I did this today and here is what I came up with….

1. Work is stressful, exhausting, and sometimes downright draining…..I have a job. I am able to support myself. I can pay my bills each month and have a full belly each night. It may be exhausting at times but I have the opportunity to impact the lives of others everyday. I may not always agree with my boss or co-workers but they are providing me with a new way of looking at situations and broadening my horizons to different ways of thinking.

2. I hate being in the car 2 hours everyday….I have a car that is comfortable, safe, and reliable. I don’t have to wait for public transportation daily; I can go where I please when I please. This gives me either time to think about my day ahead, clear my mind, release some stress jamming out to the radio, or catch up with friends and family on the phone.

3. Training isn’t going well; my runs haven’t been quite as frequent or as quality as I would have hoped at this point in my training…. I am able to run and I have an opportunity to improve. I have the luxury to do most my long runs with with my boyfriend. This allows for an hour plus of quality “us” time. Often at least one weekday run is done with a friend or coworker. This allows me to keep up with those that I often wouldn’t have the opportunity to. Running (training) has opened up a new world of people to me in the Charlotte area. Even if a run isn’t perfect or wasn’t as long as I would have liked, I was still able to get out the door and do something productive for my health.

4. It is so hard to eat healthy all the time; I just want to eat pop-tarts, french fries, and drink diet coke….Eating healthy allows me to fuel my body in a way that I can take on the crazy of each and every day. It helps keep me healthy and avoid illness. It allows me to function in a non sluggish way. It may at times be more expensive but I am able to stay healthy and active because I fuel my body appropriately.

5. I don’t have many friends in Charlotte….those relationships I do have here are amazing. I have my family here which has allowed the opportunity to grow in my relationship with both my parents and my grandma. My roommate has quickly become a great and life long friend. My co-workers at both my jobs greet me with smiles and stories everyday and are always making me laugh. Those people in my life that aren’t here in Charlotte are always just a phone call away.

So there you have it, my list of negatives turned positive. It felt good to stop and take that moment today and think about all the good. I hope you take the time to do the same in the next day or so. Please comment below, I would love to hear your list as well!

Keep smiling, life is pretty dang good. 

Six Things Sunday 4

Hey hey hey! How are y’all doing this beautiful Sunday? Things have been a bit crazy on my end these days. 

1. Woohoo! Team Whitney! Who all is happy with that? Also what do you think of the double bachelorettes?! I’m not so sure about it. But should make for some good crappy reality TV! 

2. First double digits run of the year is in the books! 10miles and it was great but dang I am feeling it this evening! 



3. 31day detox is coming along well. I am definitely missing cheese and chips and really any snacky foods. As a whole I am feeling much better and headaches are going away significantly. Lara bars are my saving grace. 

4. First Boone day of the year today and it was a pretty one. Unfortunately the app baseball boys weren’t able to pull out the W but loved the day trip. 



5. I made califlower AND it was actually good. Y’all I know I mention Dylan making it a few weeks ago and me actually liking it but I have to say my cooking skills….well they are definitely on the low end so this was a big accomplishment. It’s the little things right?!



6. Who else can say they can make a 4mile run a 6mile run?!… This girl! Tuesday night I went on a little adventure around charlotte. Started out with running into a rose bush and ended about 2miles longer than planned after missing a turn. Not my best moment. 

That’s it for this week! What have y’all been up to? Have a great week!! 

Six Things Sunday 3

Hey Y’all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are all ready to have a great week! To get you all caught up with me, lets dive right into this weeks edition of Six Things Sunday….

1. I’m having a love hate relationship with the time change today. Love that the days are longer but hate that I have been an hour off all day. Also knowing that its going to be super dark in the morning is bumming me out a bit.

2. Family weekend was great! I loved getting to hang with the family for 24 uninterrupted hours. To make it even better the weather was warm so we even got in a little lake time. So nice to get some fresh air after being stuck inside these last few weeks.

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3. Half marathon training is coming along well. I was able to get in my 8mile run today all around lake norman and for the most part felt great. This was the first significant distance I had run alone in a while and I definitely I missed my awesome running buddy from last couple weeks. Nonetheless, still a great run.

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4. 31Day Detox is well….its going. I am feeling better for the most part but I am definitely missing sugar and carbohydrates. I am eating lots of fruits, veggies, and protein but I can tell I am missing the extra carbs. Cutting out cheeses and the heavily processed foods have been great and much easier than I thought. We shall see what this week holds…

5. Who will he propose to?? The final episode of the bachelor is tomorrow!!! Who’s team are you on, team Becca or team Whitney? I’m on the fence but leaning towards team Whitney.

6. I really hope this weekend wasn’t just a tease and this warmer weather is here to stay. I love being able to finally turn the heat off and enjoy this warmer weather.

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So that’s it this week, nothing too crazy. What is going on with each of you? Don’t forget to tell me who you think Prince Farming is going to pick tomorrow night!

Have a terrific week y’all! 

Greenville Weekend

Hey Y’all! How are you doing? I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to an even better start. Plus, you had The Women Tell All to finish off your Monday night so I know your week is already starting on a high note. By the way, who do you think Chris is going to pick? My gut says Whitney. I think he is falling hard for Becca but she’s not ready to be a wife in little Arlington, Iowa and Whitney is ready to be popping out some babies which is what I think Chris is looking for. Annnyyywaayyysss….back to this weekend. Best weekend I’ve had in a long long time. I feel like a new person after having a chance to get away for an ENTIRE day!!!

Saturday after I finished with work I headed to Greenville, SC to visit Dylan. I had only been down their once before and really only to watch a baseball game. So needless to say I was extremely excited to both spend some quality time with the boy but also explore a new city.IMG_9374

Upon my arrival Saturday night we went to Gringos, a little Mexican restaurant right in downtown for a few of my favorites….chips, guacamole, and a margarita. Mmmmm!!! SO Yummy!! The food was good, the atmosphere was good, but I will have to say the service wasn’t the best. Regardless, I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for any kind of funky taco as they had tons of options to choose from. I however, wasn’t in the mood for a taco so I opted for a quesadilla and it was pretty good.

Then for our post dinner adventure we headed to the streets to explore all of what downtown Greenville had to offer. First stop was the waterfall that goes right through the middle of downtown. And yes, you heard that right, there is a waterfall right in the middle of downIMG_9400town!! And incase you thought this city couldn’t get any more awesome than a waterfall, there is also a minor league baseball stadium there too!!! ….a waterfall, beautiful lights in all the trees lining the streets, great food on every corner, lots of people, and a baseball field…what more could you possibly ask for from a city?! I’m in love! Had it not been so cold Dylan may not have been able to drag me away from it at the end of the night.

Luck for me though, Sunday morning started out with a run all around Greenville. We started out on the greenway and looped through the city for a fun 6miles. It was a great run and I loved getting to see more of the beautiful city. As many of you know, cities are one of my favorite places to run so throw me in a new city with a great running buddy and I am basically in heaven. 

After a quick shower and lunch we headed back out the door for our next adventure of the day…. the Greenville Zoo!! I think Dylan was a little iffy initially on this one but he was a IMG_9381Red Pandagood sport for taking me and in the end I know he enjoyed it almost as much as I did. A few of our favorites were the lions, the white nosed coati, and the red pandas. I was a little disappointed there were no elephants but quickly got past that when I got to pet the silly goats…I don’t think I will ever out grow the petting zoo. Also, I 100% recommend going to the Zoo on a not so pretty day….we had nearly the entire Zoo to ourselves and it was awesome! No standing in lines, no screaming kids, and we were able to look at all the animals as long as we wanted to. AMAZING!

By the time we left the zoo and did a little more exploring of downtown Greenville I was more than ready to eat. Seeing that I had started my 31Days of real foods, Dylan happily cooked something that fell right in line with the restrictions I had put in place for myself over the next 31days. He made copy cat PF Chang’s lettuce wraps using deer meat with a side of beets. Both beets and deer meat were something new for me and I loved them both to my surprise. Slowly but surely, I think he is going to get me to be a little less picky. As of now he has added 3 foods to my list of likes, deer, beets, and cauliflower…pretty impressive if I do say so myself. Dinner was great but it hardly compared to dessert.

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Again chef Dylan (y’all I could really get used to this) whips out the utensils and is back to work. This time to make smoothies. I honestly don’t even know what all he put in my smoothie but I do know it was fantastic and hit the spot big time. I have been having cravings for sweets as of lately so having a smoothie was a great way to fend off my evening sweets crave. Plus they were a perfect ending to an amazing 24hrs!

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So what did you do this weekend? Any fun adventures? Also, Charlotte friends, we are always looking for day trip adventure in and around the Charlotte area, do you have any suggestions? And don’t forget to tell me who you think Chris is going to pick next week during the 3 HOUR (<–read as that is 100% totally ridiculous and not necessary) show!!

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Happy Tuesday Y’all!!