Five Favorites Friday: Beards and Thrones

Well, we’ve made it through this week. And all I can really say is Good Riddance!

This is definitely a difficult week for me all around, so I’m just happy to wave goodbye as we move into the weekend. I’ve been low on sleep and high on emotion all week, so I’m hoping that I’ll finally get the chance to relax (and sleep) this weekend and get back to my normal self!

Even in a week with a lot of lows, there were still some awesome points, so I thought we could focus on those instead!

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Yup, it’s that time again for Five Favorites Friday – where I talk about 5 completely and totally random things that I’m loving this week! I’m also linking up with Katie for Friday Favorites!

Favorite New Drink: Detox Water

Detox Water

I saw this recipe on Blogilates last week, and I was so intrigued that I just had to give it a try. It basically included 2 slices of lemon, 2 slices of orange, 3-4 slices of cucumber, and 3-4 mint leaves. I am not really sure how much I believe in the whole “detox” concept (I haven’t don’t enough research on it to really have a solid opinion), but regardless, it tasted AMAZING!

It was like fancy spa water! I let it sit overnight to really infuse all the flavors, and it was SO tasty! I went through like 3 water bottles full at work! Definitely a good way to get your water in! I loved it so much, I’ve actually started a Pinterest board with a ton of different detox water recipes, just because I’m intrigued to try new flavors!

Favorite Way to Spend Difficult Times: With Blends

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Wednesday was a rough day. And during those times, it’s always nice to have people that you can spend time with (and stay distracted with) who understand what you’re going through. On Wednesday both of our husbands were otherwise busy with other obligations, so my blend (and fellow Hokie) Lindsay and I got together for dinner and general distraction.

We went to a new-to-us restaurant, and both declared that we now have to come back at least 20 more times to try everything on the menu that sounded delicious! It was a small Italian restaurant, complete with a gelato and cannoli counter. Does it get better than that? I ended up with the roasted vegetable pizza, which was AMAZING! The eggplant truly made it! I’ve been eating leftovers for lunch the past 2 days, and it’s equally amazing reheated.

Favorite New Mail: Advocare 24 Day Challenge

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Yup, I jumped on the bandwagon. I’m going to go in depth next week about why I decided to do the 24 Day Challenge, and what I’m hoping to get out of it, but the exciting thing this week was definitely getting all of my stuff in the mail. Although don’t be deceived, those boxes are full of a ton of packing materials! Why people insist on using giant boxes + a ton of packing materials instead of just using a smaller box, I’ll never know!

I’m so pumped to tear these babies open and scope out what’s inside!

Favorite New Sunday Night Activity: Watching Game of Thrones

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Guys, I can’t even tell you how obsessed I am with this show. Chris and I started watching this past summer because of all the hype it got, and we got caught up just in time to start this season. We even caved and got HBO, because we couldn’t bear to wait for episodes to come out online! I highly recommend this show to anyone who likes… anything. haha. It’s full of drama and mystery and swordfights and dragons and crazy outfits.

It is HBO though, so I’ll warn you that there are also a lot of boobs. So probably not suitable for small children. But worth it anyway!

Favorite Ridiculous Picture of the Week: Chris as Andrew the Disciple

Living Last Supper

I’ll leave you with this gem. Our church put on a production of the living last supper last night, and Chris had gotten pulled in to play Andrew, Peter’s younger brother. Complete with the robes, wig and ridiculous looking beard. I told him he was never, EVER allowed to rock this look in real life. Although it was pretty hilarious to see him walking around like this all evening! He looks like he’s amish!

Well there you have it – a week filled with a lot of lows, but definitely some good points too. Sometimes you just have to focus on the glass being half full, right? So here’s to it finally being the weekend, and getting back to normal! I have a ton of fun things happening this weekend and next week, so I’m just excited to move forward!

So tell me: What are your favorite things from this week? Any exciting weekend plans? Any other advocare people out there?

Boys Behind The Blog: Facebook stalking and 90s shows!

First of all guys, I wanted to thank you SO much for all of your kind words yesterday. It’s always such a difficult day for me, but getting such kind and caring words from you guys really meant a lot to me.

I don’t like to make things too dark and depressing around here, so I thought it would be fun to bounce back today with something a little bit fun: A new Boys Behind the Blog!

Mal Smiles

If you’re not familiar with Boys Behind the Blog, it was an awesome idea created by the lovely Mal and Stephanie so that the boys that support us along the way could have a few minutes in the spotlight.

It’s such a fun way to get to know the guys, and here a little bit about their experiences as they support their blogging wives/girlfriends. If you want some laughs, I highly suggest you head on over and check it out!

So without further ado, here’s Chris!

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1. Your significant other’s blog- a blessing or a curse?

I like to think it’s a little of both. Getting to enjoy all the delicious treats she makes for all of you to see is definitely a plus. It’s also helped me to branch out and learn to like new foods. Maybe that’s because of the blog, or maybe that’s just her obsession with Pinterest. But sometimes I just want to eat the food and not wait for a picture to be taken! I also think I’m still getting used to the slightly judgmental stares that happen when the camera comes out at a restaurant or a public event. Many people just don’t understand the importance of WIAW.

Truth – WIAW is definitely important!


2. Do you read your wife’s blog?

I’m pretty sure Stephanie thinks I’m skewing her page statistics by how many times I view her page. Honestly, I like to read the comments everyone leaves just as much as I like to read the posts. Since most of the online communities I’m involved in revolve around comments and discussions below the post, I always find it interesting to see everyone’s opinions. So I’ll check in at least 3 times a day just to see what the new post is and what everyone has to say.

So sweet. But still, stop messing with my page views! ;-P

3. What is one thing you can do better than anyone you know?

I have to say that I’m probably the best Facebook stalker I know. If Stephanie were to ever talk about the story of how we met, it would start with me making fun of her. Well that evening, I went through a mutual friend’s Facebook and found her and the rest is history. Oh and she then gave me the nickname “Facebook stalker boy.” At least that was better than “that kid that was making fun of me.”

Hahaha, this one had me dying laughing. It’s absolutely true though. Although I’m not sure that’s something to be proud of… haha

Back when we were BABIES!!! Circa 2008!

4. What is your favorite TV sitcom from the 90′s?

There really is only one correct answer to this question. Hands down, the best sitcom of the 90′s was Boy Meets World. Home Improvement is definitely in the top 5 as well, but BMW was a valuable show. It taught morals. It contained valuable life lessons. It had one of the best TV couples of all time. To this day, I still laugh anytime I see a scene with Feeny and Eric. I can’t even begin to describe the excitement I’m trying to contain as they finally make a follow-on show for it. I have very high expectations for Girl Meets World, but the fact that so many of the original cast are still around gives me hope that it will meet the bar I have set for it.

He is really this excited about Girl Meets World!

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5. If you were opening a small business or shop, what would it be?

There are times when I’m watching Food Network that I really wish I could run a restaurant/bar. Despite the fact that I try not to steal the spotlight from Stephanie in the kitchen, I really do enjoy cooking. I rarely fall into any particular style of cooking, but I love to know that what I cooked made someone happy and that they enjoyed it. Plus, chefs get to wear those big hats which look like fun.

He is actually quite the good chef. He’s just more of the “fancy meal” kind of guy, and less the “crap it’s 8pm and we should probably throw something together” kind of cook.

 

There you have it – some fun answers from Chris! I hope you got to know him a little better!

So tell me: What does your significant other/family think of your blog? What is the best sitcom of the 90s?

neVer forgeT 4.16.07

7 years ago today was the worst day of my life.

It was one of those days where a mere 24 hour period felt like it lasted a week, every second stretching out for what felt like hours.

7 years ago today was a day that changed my perspective on the world, and how I live my life. When my safety and security were ripped right out from underneath me when I was least expecting it.

7 years ago today is when I encountered true evil, and it shattered my heart.

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7 years ago today was the horrible shooting at Virginia Tech that took the lives of 32 of my classmates and professors, and changed the lives of thousands.

It might as well have been yesterday.

This is always a hard week for me. My emotions run high and my heart aches to be in Blacksburg where it belongs. 7 years later and I’m still grieving for my classmates and the futures that they could have had. For the lives they could have changed.

Time has healed many wounds, but every year on this day it opens up just a little bit again, as I watch everyone else go on about there day like it’s just another chilly day in April. But I always remember what snow in mid-April means to me.

So on this day, I encourage you to spend a few extra minutes thinking about your loved ones. Take the time to say an extra “I love you” or do something kind for someone else. Help a stranger. Give a little something back. Do it to continue to spread love in this world,  instead of the hatred and evil that seems to run so rampant. Do it for those who will never get the chance.

Today I’m spending my evening working at the Food Bank. Not because that’s my idea of a perfect Wednesday night, but because many of my friends and classmates made a point to make volunteering and helping others a major part of their world. So I’m doing it for them.

So to Stack, Leslie and Madame, and all of the others who were killed, injured or affected on this chilly day in April in 2007 – today I’m living for you.

 

329 Strong. Je me Souviens. Springfield love.

neVer forgeT. <3

Typical Grocery Haul

So if I’m being 100% honest, spring is actually my least favorite season.

Now don’t get me wrong, right now I’ll hands down take spring over more snow, but as a whole it’s just not my favorite. It’s just so rainy and temperamental! And while I love all the pretty new blooms, it also means that the pollen is out in full force. I don’t know how it is in other states, but here in Virginia, the pollen is especially bad this year!

Normally I get pretty lucky and don’t feel too many effects from seasonal allergies, but man this year has it gotten the best of me already!

According to Chris, I was up several times last night coughing or sniffling. No wonder I feel so out of it this morning (not to mention the fact that my throat hurts like a bear!). That’s what we get for trying to enjoy the nice weather and sleep with the window open!

Anyway, I’m struggling a little bit this morning, so please bear with my fuzzy headedness! Any other allergy sufferers out there?

Grocery Haul

So I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m pretty nosy. I love seeing pictures of what other people buy at the grocery store, or what a typical weekly shopping trip looks like for them. It just always gives me some good ideas!

When I was putting away groceries this weekend, I realized that this weekend was a pretty perfect example of the kind of stuff we normally buy. It is going to be a really busy week for us, so we mostly just went with the staples to get us through – nothing too fancy or out of the ordinary.

So I thought I’d share a typical grocery haul with you today! For this trip I went to Wegman’s and Costco, although most everything came from Wegmans (unless noted).

Drinks/Dairy/Protein

Healthy Grocery Shopping Haul

\- Unsweetened Almond-Coconut Milk

- Orange Juice

- 1% milk for Chris

- Roasted red pepper & spinach chicken sausages (Costco)

- Organic large eggs (Costco)

Grains

Healthy Grocery Shopping Haul

- Buttermilk pancake mix (with no funky ingredients)

- Frosted Mini Wheats (Costco)

- Quick cook oats

Produce

Healthy Grocery Shopping Haul

- Multipack of mixed bell peppers

- 1 orange

- 1 lemon

- Mint leaves

- Frozen mixed berry blend

- Frozen mixed tropical blend

- Cherry tomatoes

- English cucumbers (Costco)

- Bananas

- Kale mixed salad (Costco)

- Pomegranate blueberry vinaigrette

 

Total = Approximately $75

 

Overall, this is a fairly typical grocery haul for us. We try to keep a lot of stuff stocked up in our freezer, so we’ll usually only buy 1-2 kinds of protein a week, whenever we start getting low, and we typically buy it in larger quantities to freeze. So this week was the chicken sausages, but on any given week in might be chicken breasts, ground turkey, pork chops or fish.

I also like to watch sales and pick up items like greek yogurt and whole wheat pasta when they go on sale at one of the 3 grocery stores near us. I’m not a huge couponer, but I do try and keep an eye on the sales for anything major.

There you have a typical weekly grocery haul for us! I’d love to hear what your cart looks like!

So tell me: What is in your typical grocery haul? Do you go to one store, or multiple?

Move It Monday: Skipping right over spring

Happy Monday!

Normally this statement is quite the oxymoron, but for whatever reason I jumped out of the right side of the bed this morning, and I’m in quite the chipper mood. Maybe it’s the fact that we had beautiful weather all weekend, or that I knocked several things off of my to do list.

Or maybe it’s just because life is good.

But I’m definitely feeling the Monday love today, and I hope to pass it along to you guys too!

Let’s take a look at my awesome weekend!

Friday

Friday ended up being such a beautiful evening here in Fredericksburg. It’s like spring has finally decided to come to stay!

I arrived home from work to this wonderful sight:

Building a Home Garden

Chris spent the day building our new garden!

Last year we did a small container garden, but we decided we wanted to step it up this year and get some real produce!

We had no major plans for the rest of the evening, so we basically lazed around, cleared out some shows on our DVR, and ate fajitas and guacamole. Aka basically my version of a perfect Friday night. I’m such an old lady.

Saturday

Sadly there was no sleeping in for me, as I had to be up bright and early to reprise my role as Mary for the children’s Easter party at my church (remember the time that I got to ride on a donkey and a small girl told me she spoke sheep?). You know you’re jealous of the costume.

Mary for Easter Children's Party

I basically got to sit around for a few hours and tell cute kids about Easter! Although most of them were afraid of me, in the same way that kids are scared of characters at Disney world, and hid behind their parents. Who knew that Mary was so frightening?

After the party I had a little bit of time to kill before my next church-related event (this is a super busy church week for us – so many Easter services and events!), so Chris and I met up in Old Towne Fredericksburg at a new-to-us restaurant that came highly recommended – Amy’s Café!

Lunch at Amy's in Fredericksburg

I wasn’t super hungry, so I ended up getting the veggie wrap with a balsamic pasta salad on the side. Sorry for the horrible photo, we were enjoying the sunny day on the patio. Great atmosphere, horrible for pictures.

Next up I headed over to a local retirement community to for a handbell choir concert. I’m honestly not a huge fan of old people (I know, I’m a horrible person, but it’s the truth), so this is not my favorite event of the year, but it makes them all so happy so it was definitely worth it for that fact alone. Even if old people kind of scare me in the same way that some people are scared of babies.

Anyway, after the bell concert, I ran home to meet up with Chris, and we headed out to a BBQ with his boss and some of his work buddies. We played a ton of different lawn games (cornhole, ladder golf, bocce, etc), ate hotdogs and burgers, and built a nice bonfire. Not too shabby for a party with a bunch of my husband’s nerdy engineer friends!

Although seeing all the engineers trying to fix the placement of a cornhole board was quite entertaining for all us non-engineers!

By the time we got home it was pretty late, so we watched an episode of Veronica Mars (almost through season 2 – I’ll have Chris caught up before you know it!) and hit the sack.

Sunday

Sunday was another church-filled day. I was up early to make it to the morning services to play bells, and didn’t end up getting home until about 12:30. I knew we had a run planned, so I made a half of a ham and cheese sandwich to hold me over. Probably wasn’t enough fuel, but I didn’t figure that one out until halfway through my run!

8 mile half marathon training run

It ended up being a ROUGH 8 miles. Miles 1-4 weren’t too bad, but after a little while the sun and the heat started wearing on me! It’s like we skipped right over spring and went to summer with this 80+ degree weather! I definitely wasn’t mentally prepared for this hot run, and ended up having to take a few walking breaks near the end to get through it.

Not the best run ever, but I got it done and I’m definitely proud of myself for not giving up and turning in early (like I thought about for pretty much all of mile 5).

Luckily when I got home I had a nice pineapple peach protein smoothie waiting for me!

Pineapple Peach Protein Smoothie

Definitely a nice way to cool down!

Once I cooled down and cleaned up, I spent the rest of the afternoon running errands and cleaning the house. Typical Sunday!

Dinner ended up being leftover fajitas (you can never have too much Mexican food!) before we settled in to watch Game of Thrones. I wont spoil it for anyone who hasn’t watched it yet, so all I’ll say is: AHHHHH!!!!!!

If you watched it, you’ll know what I mean. If you’re not watching it, you should get on that immediately!

Move It Monday

Once again I wanted to invite you all to join up with Erin and Rana for our new Move it Monday linkup. Tell us how you moved it this weekend, whether it was outside on the pavement or inside the gym!

Please make sure to visit all the co-hoster’s links, along with at least 1 other link from the linkup. As a community of bloggers, we think it’s important to spread the love!


So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Anyone else Game of Throne lovers? Anyone else training for a race in this heat?

Five Favorites Friday: Glamour Shots and Running Tunes!

Today’s post is coming at your SUPER late!

Why? Because I’m running on like zero sleep over the past few days, and have been running around like an chicken with my head cut off trying to get everything done. I may have overextended myself a teeeeeny bit. Oops!

So I’m not even going to give you a full intro – we’re just going to jump right in! Speedy Friday!

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Here are 5 totally random things that I’ve been loving this week!

Favorite Morning Treat: REAL Breakfast

oatmeal pancakes and eggs breakfast

Most of the time, I live off of cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Maybe an egg sandwich if I’m feeling really adventurous. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast, but I always just choose sleep over making something fancy.

Except this week. I was able to stay home to work on a project on Wednesday, so I decided to get fancy in the kitchen and make some oatmeal banana pancakes with 2 fried eggs. I am so in love with these pancakes – recipe will definitely be coming your way soon!

Favorite Food Re-Discovery: Sweet Potatoes

Pesto salmon, sweet potato and green bean clean eating dinner

I go through total food phases. One week I’ll be obsessed with something, and then I’ll forget about it for the next 3 months (anyone else??). Sweet potatoes is one of those foods – I have completely forgotten about these wonderful orange beauties for some reason! Well let’s just say that they’ve made a reappearance in a big way this past week, and I’ll definitely be loving on some sweet potatoes for awhile again!

Favorite Thing About Spring: Outdoor Running!

Spring half marathon training

(For some reason, as soon as I wrote that, I wanted to start saying “horizontal running” – pitch perfect, anyone?)

Now that spring has finally decided to show up for good, I have been absolutely LOVING running outside. The weather has been perfect (minus the pollen – yuck!), and it has made my half marathon training runs a million, kazillion times better than when I was having to get them done on the treadmill.

Plus I get to soak up some vitamin D, so it’s a double win!

Favorite New Podcast: High Impact Blogging

Speaking of running, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with listening to the High Impact Blogging podcast while I’m getting in my runs during the week!

This podcast was created by Laura Williams from Girls Gone Sporty. And while I am a GGS ambassador, I actually came across this podcast accidentally while looking for some new podcast options on iTunes. And let me tell you – it is awesome! Laura interviews a lot of the big name bloggers, youtubers, podcasters, etc in the fitness and healthy living field, and they talk about their stories, their tips, their blogging resources, etc. It’s an awesome listen for bloggers and non-bloggers alike!

Favorite Puppy Pic: Maddie’s Glamour Shots

Foster Dog BARK Va

I know, no Laney pic this week!

We’ve had our foster dog Maddie for a few months now, and while we’ve had some people come to look at her, no one who has quite been a good match. So now that the weather is nice and we’re able to actually spend sometime in the sunlight, we decided to have a little photoshoot to update Maddie’s pictures for the website!

How adorable is she?? Such a ham. Then again, you should have seen me practically crawling around in the grass to get these pictures! haha.

 

Well there you have it – 5 completely and totally random favorites that I’m loving this week! I’m also linking up with Katie for Friday Favorites, because she’s awesome!

So tell me: What are you loving this week? Anyone else go through food phases?

Lemon, roasted red pepper and artichoke quinoa

Some days you just have to open up the fridge and wing it, am I right?

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this sometimes.

The reality is, I do my best to meal plan and to go to the grocery store with a list and a plan in mind. And most of the time, I do. But some weeks, I’m just not feeling inspired. Either I can’t think of anything really great to make, or I just don’t have the time to do serious planning so I just grab staples and run.

Which was pretty much the case this past weekend. I was totally strapped for time, so I just ran to the store and grabbed all of our vital staples (aka apples, bananas, milk and bread) and got the heck out of dodge.

The only problem is that it leaves me in a bit of a bind when I get home from the gym at 7pm ready to eat my arm off, and I have to somehow come up with something to throw together for dinner. Some days, that ends up being cereal or a PB&J. But other days, I actually manage to throw together something worth recreating.

And that is exactly what happened on Tuesday night. After staring in my fridge for about 15 minutes (and opening/closing the door a dozen times because it kept setting off the alarm), I managed to throw something delicious and SUPER simple together!

Lemon, roasted red pepper and artichoke quinoa!

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Honestly, the longest part of this whole entire dish is waiting for the quinoa to finish cooking. It was so fresh and light that it would make a perfect meal throughout the entire summer. Or you could just take out the chicken and it would make an awesome side dish!

Lemon, Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Quinoa

Lemon, Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Quinoa

Ingredients:
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade (or 1 roasted red pepper diced, 3 artichoke hearts diced, and 1 tsp olive oil)
  • 2 large handfuls kale, washed and chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (add more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Directions:

    1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package.

    2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center.

    3. Add garlic and let cook for approximately 30 seconds. Add in kale and stir until fully wilted, approximately 2-3 minutes. Add in roasted red pepper and artichoke tapenade and cook for another minute.

    4. Remove from heat. Add in lemon juice, and add more to taste (please note, I really like lemon, so I chose to have a strong lemony flavor – add less if you’re not a lemon fan). Mix in with quinoa, and add salt and pepper to taste.

    5. Serve and enjoy!

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    This recipe was seriously so simple and so quick to make, it was almost silly. As I said, it would be so easy to change this into a side dish by taking out the chicken.

    For any of my veggie friends out there, you could also easily swap out the chicken for beans – white beans would be especially good!

    Overall, I’d have to consider this totally random meal a complete success! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I gobbled up the leftovers last night for dinner and it was just as good cold!

    So tell me: Are you a meal planner or do you usually wing it? What are your go-to throw together ingredients?

    WIAW: Fruity Edition

     
    Happy Wednesday!!
     
    I’m enjoying this lovely Wednesday at home, which is basically the most awesome middle-of-the-week treat ever. Thanks to having to work last Saturday, I had some flex time to burn and I decided that I might as well break up my week. Although sadly it’s not like I’m going to get to sit in my PJs and marathon TV shows all day. I actually have some work to do on a side project that I’m working on.
     
    I’m still staying in my PJs though, so I consider it a half-win.
     
    Anyway, let’s get to the REAL point of Wednesday!

    It’s What I Ate Wednesday time! As per usual, these were my eats from Tuesday! It’s now gotten to the point where my coworkers will remind me if it’s Tuesday and I look like I’m about to eat my lunch without taking a picture.
     
    But if you’re not familiar with WIAW, I highly encouraged you check out Jenn’s blog for more information about this awesome blog phenomenon, and to see what other awesome bloggers are eating too! Thanks Jenn!

     
    Apparently my Tuesday was all about the fruits! I didn’t even notice until now! But I definitely got more than my daily serving of fruits in!!

    Breakfast

    PB&J Breakfast Oatmeal

    The usual – plain oats with frozen mixed berries, jam, nut butter (this one was white chocolate almond butter) and cinnamon. I seriously never get tired of this flavor combo!

    Snack #1

    For some reason I was a total snack beast yesterday. Around 10:30am I had a rice cake with a little bit of natural peanut butter, and then around 2pm I had a banana. Both of which I scarfed without a picture, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

    Lunch

    BBQ pork salad with apple lunch

    Today’s kale and spinach salad was topped with herbed feta, tomatoes, hawaiian pulled pork, and ranch dressing. Paired with a pink lady apple (my fave!) and some blog reading! I made the hawaiian pulled pork a few days ago and it made a TON so I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to use it up! Luckily it tastes awesome on salads!!

    Snack #2

    Greek yogurt with granola snack

    Recycled picture, but it was the same snack as always – greek yogurt topped with homemade granola. Another snack I never get sick of!

    Dinner

    Lemon, artichoke and sundried tomato quinoa

    Dinner was kind of random, because I really wasn’t feeling all that inspired by anything in our fridge. So I whipped up some quinoa, and just started mixing. Somehow I ended up with this really tasty lemon, sundried tomato and artichoke quinoa! I wont tell you exactly what’s in it yet, because I think I might have to share this recipe! It was so simple and incredibly tasty!

    Dessert

    Healthy berry cobbler

    Just in case I hadn’t had enough fruit today, I made my Lent dessert – frozen mixed berries that I heated for about 1.5 minutes, topped with a sprinkle of homemade granola for a crunch. Healthy berry cobbler!

    Workout

    3 mile half marathon training

    My workout came in 2 parts today. I started with an awesome 3 mile run after work. I was worried that it was going to stay chilly and gloomy all day, but by mid-afternoon the sun had come out and dried up all the rain (and the itsy bitsy spider…?) and the weather was perfect for running. So I got in a quick 3 miles before I headed off to my favorite yoga class!

    Yoga

    And now I’m going to get feet comments or creepy people looking for pictures of feet.

    But regardless, yoga was amazing, as usual. I seriously think this is the best yoga instructor I’ve ever had! She even remembered that 2 weeks ago I asked her a question about positioning, and came around to check and make sure the suggestions she gave me were helping!

    Well there you have it – my fruit-filled eats and my feet-filled workouts! haha. I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

    So tell me: What did you eat today? What did your workouts look like?

    Sh*t Healthy People Say

    Sorry for the crude title, but I just couldn’t help myself.

    I was having a conversation with my coworker the other day, and as we were talking about dinner plans, she said something along the lines of “I know you’re probably just going to eat a salad or something.” Umm, what? I mean, I like salads and all, but that wasn’t actually on the menu for tonight. I don’t eat salads ALL the time!

    It got me thinking about all of the things that other people THINK that “healthy” people say or do, which are falsely inaccurate.

    For some reason the general public often have a very different impression of “healthy” people than reality. Basically, it’s somehow understood that we are all veggie-eating, salad-only, runners who think of nothing but kale and brussel sprouts and only talk about our workouts.

    Which may be somewhat true, but not to the extreme that they seem to imagine. Don’t get me wrong, I like veggies and running, but I’m still human! I still enjoy eating a slice of cheesecake or spending 6 hours on the couch marathoning a TV show. So I thought we’d explore some of these inaccuracies for fun today.

    Sht Healthy People Say

    (Please note, these are all tongue-in-cheek responses. I do not mean to offend anyone with my statements here. I’m poking just as much fun at myself!)

    Sht Healthy People say 1

    What we’re really thinking: I kind of want to climb over this table and shove that entire gooey, deliciousness into my face.

    However, the practical part of my brain remembers that pizza probably isn’t the healthiest choice, and I’m making a genuine effort to eat clean and fuel my body with only the best foods. I know that most pizzas are full of oils and saturated fats that, while delicious, really shouldn’t be something that I’m eating every day, so I’m trying to make an effort to avoid them.

    But boy does that look way more delicious than my kale salad. I normally love kale, but somehow it just doesn’t compare to that amazingness. But focus, stay strong, kale is a better choice. Just ignore the pepperoni slice that just fell to the floor. Not even the 5 second rule applies here. 

    LOOK AWAY!!

    Sht Healthy People Say 2 

    Truth: I really, really, REALLY would give anything to be there. And I’m currently fighting an epic battle in my brain to try and figure out if this is actually a legitimate excuse to get out of my 11-mile run that I’ve kind of been dreading.

    But I really need to make this run if I’m going to feel fully comfortable before this half marathon. I’ve had a few bad runs recently, and the weather has kind of messed up my schedule, so it is really vital to my training plan to get this run in. And it’s only 11-miles, that’s not that bad right? What am I saying, I would so rather be at this BBQ!

    Is there any way that I can move my run to Sunday? It’s only supposed to be rainy and 40 degrees, I can still manage right? No, no, no… focus. You need this run. There will be other BBQs, AFTER the half marathon is over. It’ll be worth it when you get that PR you’ve been working towards! Just remember that runner’s high at the end!

    Sht Healthy people Say 3

    Reality: Man, why do you look so cute when I look so gross? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some yoga pants. But I probably smell like that beefy guy that doesn’t seem to understand personal space at the weight rack. I hope you can’t smell me from here.

    I probably should have actually showered, or least put some dry shampoo in my hair, before I decided to run errands! But honestly I had to fit my workout in somewhere – I’m not exactly made of time here! So if I wanted to get in some grocery shopping between my workouts and my real life, this was the only way to get it done, stinky clothes and all.

    I guess on the bright side, at least I didn’t run into an ex-boyfriend or that hot guy from the office. THAT would have been awkward.

    Sht Healthy People Say 4

    What we’re really thinking: THIS SUCKS! I would give just about anything to get out of this 4:45am workout tomorrow. I’ve even considered accidently leaving my phone somewhere, JUST so I wouldn’t have to hear that horrible alarm. And I haven’t been out dancing in forever! I’m sure this one time wouldn’t hurt.

    But then again, I have been on this great schedule getting my workouts in first thing in the morning. And I just feel so great having them out of the way and over with before breakfast! Nothing energizes me quite like a 6:00am Bootcamp class! And if I went out dancing, I’d just be exhausted all day tomorrow, AND I’d miss my workout.

    Honestly, it’s probably for the best. We’ll just have to find a way to catch up over coffee or something at a more reasonable hour. Then again, dancing is kind of cardio…

     

    The truth is, we as healthy people are no different than anyone else. We just make conscious decisions to choose the healthier option. We choose kale salad over pizza and 4:45am workouts over staying out late. We make the effort to fit workouts in where we can into our already busy schedules, and prioritize training plans, workout classes, and general exercise a part of our lives.

    And sometimes that does mean that we make sacrifices. But we’re ok with that, because we know that it’s in the best interest of our own health and wellness.

    But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have an internal battle every time you offer us a slice of cake or a chance to skip a workout in favor of fun.

    We may be healthy, but we’re still human!

     

    So tell me: What are some things that you think “healthy people say” (can be serious or sarcastic)? Have you ever had a time when someone has assumed something about your healthy lifestyle?

    Exciting and Not Exciting News

    So yea. It’s Monday.

    Crap, apparently it's Monday again.

    That pretty much sums up how I feel about Monday.

    It probably has something to do with the fact that a) I had a work event for most of Saturday, so I kind of feel like I got jipped a little out of my weekend away from work, and b) we went to bed WAY too late last night thanks to trying to finish up our taxes. We were bad and totally procrastinated this year!

    So busy weekend + lack of sleep + one less day of actual time away from work = grumpy, Monday morning Stephanie.

    Thankfully this week is shaping up to be way less busy and stressful than last week, so I’m hoping that it it’ll turn into a nice, springy April week!

    Speaking of Spring, let’s take a look at what I did this weekend, now that the spring weather finally has decided to make an appearance!

    Friday

    To be honest with you, Friday was about the least exciting night ever. For real.

    I came home from work, took the night off from the gym, ate leftovers for dinner, watched some Veronica Mars with Chris, and was in bed by 9:45pm.

    Like I said, basically the most boring night ever. That’s just how we roll sometimes!

    But it was probably good, because Saturday ending up being one of the busiest days ever!

    Saturday

    Sadly I had to be up at 5:15am for a work event. Yes, 5:15 on a Saturday. Basically, they were trying to torture me. Thankfully it was not an event I had to dress up for, because I basically just threw my logo shirt and some jeans, grabbed breakfast to eat in the car, and made it to the event by 6:30am.

    And it was still dark.

    Luckily though, our event went off amazingly well, and the kids had an awesome time (which is really all that matters in the end anyway). And because we have an awesome team (and a ton of awesome volunteers), we were out of the event by a little after noon! Yay!!!

    I was completely and utterly exhausted by the time I got home after running around like a crazy person for 6 hours, but I knew that if I didn’t get my work out in immediately, it just wouldn’t happen. So I sucked it up and completed an Insanity workout, paired with a Blogilates arm workout.

    Then I took a nap.

    By the time I finally woke up, I was feeling much better. And I was absolutely famished. So Chris and I decided to go to an early (for us) dinner at a local Fredericksburg sushi restaurant that has been recommended to us about a million times – Umi Fredericksburg!

    Sushi from Umi Fredericksburg

    We started off with the Tuna spoons. I haven’t the slightest idea what was in them, because they were a secret non-menu item that came highly recommended to us. But it basically seemed like shrimp/crab wrapped in tuna, topped with a jalapeno slice and in this amazing soy sauce-ish broth. SO GOOD.

    Sushi from Umi Fredericksburg

    And then we basically ate our bodyweight in sushi – eel roll, philadelphia roll, spicy salmon roll, godzilla roll and the spicy girl roll. Holy cow, it was amazing. If you are ever in Fredericksburg, I highly recommend Umi!

    The rest of the evening was spent digesting and marathoning some more Veronica Mars! So glad that I was able to get Chris hooked on it too! If you’re a Veronica Mars fan too, then we’re pretty much automatically friends.

    Sunday

    Sunday was another early morning, because we had a lot of things to get done and not nearly enough time to do them! So we sucked it up and got up early to get our half marathon training run in.

    6 mile half marathon training run

    We started with a neighborhood 6 miler, which ended up being an awesome run! I can definitely tell that we’re already way better trained for this race than any of our previous runs. I wouldn’t quite call this run easy, but we held a great pace without much struggle, and I didn’t feel at any point like I was about to die. So I call that a major success!

    Chris had to run (HA!) to ref a soccer game, so I headed out on the second part of the training run on my own. To my arch nemesis, also referred to as “Hospital Hill”.

    (source)

    Hospital Hill also happens to be the miles 10-12 of the Historic Half Marathon that I’ll be running in May. As you can see… it’s kind of a beast. A 200+ foot elevation increase over 2 miles. Talk about a bear. And right at the end of the race too!

    Thankfully it’s basically in my backyard, so I’ve been trying to get out there and take some trial runs just to get used to it. And maybe make it slightly less scary!

    2 mile hill half marathon training run

    I didn’t run the whole shebang (for traffic reasons), but I ran the steepest section twice, just to get a feel for it. Especially since my legs were already fairly tired from my 6 miler, I thought it would be good practice for the end of the race. It’s definitely still a bear, no matter how many times I run it or go through it mentally.

    Rehydrating drink - Ignite Naturals

    I was definitely in need of some major hydration by the end! I’m still loving my Ignite Naturals IN Refresh drinks!

    After running some errands, in my sweaty running clothes no less, I ran home and cleaned up quickly because Chris and I had big plans for the afternoon – driving down to Williamsburg to check out a new puppy!

    We’ve been saying for the last year or so that we would really like to get another dog of Laney’s breed (which is pretty rare), so we’ve been keeping our eyes open to see if any shelters came across any. Her breed, Carolina Dog, comes from the SC/GA area and it’s fairly rare to see them up this way, so when we saw one come up in VA, we had to go check her out!!

    Sadly, it didn’t work out like we’d planned. When we got there, she actually ended up looking more like a mix than a real Carolina dog. And while we would have still considered her, once we brought Laney out to meet her we knew that it just wasn’t meant to be. This new dog wanted NOTHING to do with Laney, and kept trying to attack her. Bummer! Clearly she was meant to find another family.

    So we headed back home and joined up with Chris’ family for our usual Sunday night dinner.

    Move It Monday

    Anyway, that was basically my weekend! And because I had some bummer news with not getting the puppy that we were hoping, I figured I should balance it out with some good news!

    The lovely Erin from Erinside Job and Rana from Destination 26pt2 and I have joined forces to create an awesome Monday linkup!

    Basically we want you to share anything that involves getting your sweat on! Any workouts you completed, fitness challenges you accomplished, goals you’ve set, or basically anything where you move at all! We know that weekends can get crazy busy, but it’s still so important to find ways to keep moving, so we want to celebrate those successes!

    Here are the rules:

    Share your post in the link-up below. Please make sure to visit all the co-hoster’s links, along with at least 1 other link from the linkup. As a community of bloggers, we think it’s important to spread the love!

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