Day 12, A Wheat Cheat, and Tomorrows Race…

Good evening! It’s Friday (see what I am saying about that whole social life gone astray thing?) and I am here to give you some some-what hopefully entertaining updates on my crazy, weird, yet boring life.

I am on Day 12 of the Lurong Paleo Challenge

See how pumped I am? I bought a shirt.

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Never thought I’d be that annoying person who constantly asks “Is there sugar in that?” “Is this gluten free?” and ends with “No Cheese please.” Ugh, who am I?

So, Thursday I had a big bad “no no” cheat. There was a FOURTH of a cupcake left after a work bridal shower. Who leaves a perfectly butchered, tiny slice of cupcake sitting around for just anyone who’s dieting to eat? RUDE. So, I gave in and ate the whole thing in one bite. It felt like I was biting into a rainbow. First sugar/wheat combo in 11 days and I was proud of myself… for like 2 seconds and then immediately felt guilty afterwards. I’m glad I got it out of my system…

Until this afternoon…

I had a seminar today at a hotel. Stupid me was thinking they would have salad and I would miserably eat dry salad for lunch. NOPE. We were on our own for lunch, and there was nothing but delicious food around the hotel. I went to a sandwich shop thinking I would get just a salad… but instead I came back with a southwest chicken wrap (at least it was whole grain wrapping?) It made my taste buds happy but my tummy all bloaty! I haven’t had that much wheat in so long. It tasted good but I feel weepy and tired and BLOATED.

So now that is out of my system I’ll be good for the rest of the weekend right? haha… We’ll see… We have husband’s work “family night” tomorrow night… my husband works for a beer company. So, you see how that is going to go. Also, my own work picnic is Sunday. So, they are sure to have Paleo options, yes? Doubt it.

Here is our “NOPE” cabinet by the way… it’s pretty horrible when you accidentally open it…

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In Paleo baking news: I have made Paleo Pumpkin Muffins! yum yum!

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Super awesome with morning coffee! I think I am going to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract next time but you can fine the recipe here.

I also made Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs using Spaghetti Squash. It was AWESOME!

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Yum yum yum. Definitely cured the Italian food craving I have been having. You can get the recipe here. SO delicious, y’all.

In other news MY FIRST 10K IS TOMORROW!

I am so nervous but I am just trying to think of it as just another long run. I don’t want to get caught up in going too fast too soon. That is what really scares me about this race. I have been running 5K’s constantly. I just need to remember to watch my pace and keep it at a good 10 min/mile. Also, it’s crazy that I am running this race after drastically changing my diet. I am a little worried about that too, but I am ready I am sure to rock this thing. Right?

Wish me luck!

Talk to y’all soon!

Found any good Paleo Recipes lately???

I’m a ‘Cold Weather’ Wimp

So, I haven’t been progressing much on the running front. Let me tell you why….

It’s cold. Yes, this is totally the worst excuse ever. Ever. Most people like running in 40 degree weather. Me? No. I absolutely hate it. My thin southern skin isn’t use to cold for such a prolonged amount of time. I could do a 40 degree day every now and then back home, but every day? It’s just  not for me, at all. I need that crisp 60 degrees. I yearn for it, actually. I have never been so effected by weather before. I want to go outside but then once I get out there I just want to come back in the house and curl up. It’s starting to frustrate me and I can tell the dog feels the same way. Today is the last day of winter and you wouldn’t know it, but at least I can start looking forward to warmer days.

The treadmill is a bore. So, since I haven’t been running outside I have been running on the dreadmill. At first I could handle it. I would close my eyes and think of my beautiful riverside running trail, but it’s starting to really get to me. I don’t know how people do it. Run and look at the same thing for 30 minutes. It nearly makes me go insane. I have been at least running 1-3 miles every other day on the treadmill, but lately I have been running only one. Simply because I get so bored that I’d rather mope around the grocery store just to get some human interaction.

Progress. It’s hard for me to want to train on the treadmill. Not only is it boring but it’s hard to get your pace right. I could sit there and change it constantly but, yuck. I don’t know how fast my body feels like going. Sometimes my body feels like running 7 mins/mile and sometimes it feels like running 11 mins/mile throughout my run. Its not something that I can really detect, when running outside my body just does it.

Once it starts to get warm I will start training again. As of right now, I’ll just stick to my 20 minute 2 miles on the dreadmill.

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Lately homesickness has been really bad. I think of things I could/would be doing back home. Walking Molly by the river, going to the farmers market with Dan and Molly at Piedmont every Saturday, cooking lessons with my grandmother, focusing on my career, having lunch with mom on her off days, eating endless amounts of King of Pops, running outside, drinking Sweetwater on a patio, venturing up to the mountains for some boiled peanuts, home grown peaches, tomatoes, and corn. Publix fried Chicken. Sunday night game nights with the family. Hiking Kennesaw mountain. Walking around Atlanta. The food truck park. Newtown (FREE) dog park (I think I speak for Molly on this one too). Braves opening day (I can’t imagine how sad I am going to be come GATech football season). I could probably go on and on and on and I’m sure I will in my head. I just wish it hasn’t been so hard on me. Daniel seems to be getting along just fine. I just kinda feel alone in it a little bit. I just hope that it warms up soon so that I’ll be somewhat cured from missing home so much.

Exploring

We have been so lucky to be able to take full advantage of our weekends to explore the city. It has been such a blast so far! Friday we spent it exploring a couple different restaurants in Maplewood as well as deciding on a living social deal to go to Jumpin’ Jupiter. Which was pretty fun and last minute so it was all spontaneous. For those of you who don’t know, St. Louis is FULL of different neighborhoods and restaurants. For my Georgia friends It’s like Old Roswell/Virginia Highlands but EVERYWHERE and all of them are different in their own ways.

The pretty bar at Jumpin Jupiter

The pretty bar at Jumpin Jupiter

Saturday our awesome new friends invited us out to the Delmar Loop to enjoy the Ice Carnival and Festival. We had a blast! There was so much to see and do and we even got lucky with the 60-65 degree weather! They had a bar crawl that was putt putt themed and a lot of the bars crafted putt putt holes which formed a course of 12 holes. We only got to like 7 or 8, but it was really fun and relaxed. We also got to visit the roof top of the Moonrise Hotel. Complete with a bar, a skateboard ramp, and an awesome view of St. Louis and the human dog sled races going on below. We really had an amazing time and I can’t wait to explore more neighborhoods around here.

Roof top of the Moonrise Hotel

Roof top of the Moonrise Hotel

Tonight we have been invited to a wine club meeting by our friends. It is going to be held in a 135 year old building displaying works of art from local artist. Everyone either brings a bottle of wine or an appetizer that everyone can try. Since its our first time we have decided we should bring both. I’m really excited and after my work out today I have to get out and get our groceries so I can make our appetizer.

We bought a Groupon with our friends for a fancy Brazilian restaurant and will be doing that this Friday. I’m really excited! We’re just living it up out here!

I have gotten homesick. I knew it was coming eventually. Yesterday I had a little moment. I just wanted to go home so bad and I really missed my mom and dad. Today isn’t as bad but I’m definitely missing my family. Hopefully our new friends and the anticipation of a busy, exciting weekend will help. Hope you are all feeling fine and having a lovely Tuesday!

Who Knows.

It has been quite some time since my last post. Husband and I have been extremely busy with October fun and not so busy with our “marathon training” which has been put on hold since my #1 motivator has also been busy with setting up our future. There is something to be said for people who already have it all figured out. A nice house, white picket fences, steady jobs, babies. We just haven’t reached that point yet, I don’t really think I want to, yet. We aren’t exactly able to plant our feet because at this point we have no idea where we’ll end up. I never really thought that leaving Georgia was an option. At first I thought absolutely not, but the more I think about it the more accepting I become of the idea, the more I ask myself “why not?” My only set back really, is leaving my family, friends, familiarity, Georgia Tech Football. 😉 I began thinking about where we would live here in Georgia and of course it does depend on where Daniel gets a job and where my job is right now, but do I really want to stay in my hometown for the rest of my life or do I want to get out there and experience life elsewhere for a change? There are one or two things that really get me. I see my mom and dad as often as possible, so Daniel must have the funds to send me to their house at least every month. That’s probably asking way too much.  What happens if/when I get pregnant? Do I really want to have/raise our baby outside of our home state? Regardless, at least one of our kids is going to Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure they don’t sell Georgia Tech anything outside the perimeter of Atlanta, but we’ll make them fans somehow. 😉 So, my fix to all of this is that when we decided to have children or at least when they become school age we would move back to Georgia, but there is just no guarantee that anyone would have a job for Daniel or me back here in Georgia when we decide its time to move back. Right now my thought is that we potentially have the chance to go experience other places, people, and sights. I just can’t imagine passing the chance to do that. There is no tie down right now, no baby, no mortgage, we are pretty much free to do and go where ever. Which is the absolute ideal situation for leaving Georgia. Who knows, we might have the decision made for us.

We have had so much fun this Fall (my absolute FAVORITE season of all). We have spent the last two weekends in Cabins in the mountains. For our first anniversary we went to Gatlinburg, TN and for my Dad’s birthday we stayed in Blue Ridge at the most beautiful cabin I have ever been to. The only thing we have left to do is our Cash Family Pumpkin Carving Bonanza! AKA what we all call BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). Dan and I still need to make a trip up to a pumpkin patch to retrieve our perfect carving pumpkins. I will (promise) to absolutely make a post after this yearly tradition (I always do) because it is so very special to me.

Last years Pumpkins!

 

Have a great weekend!

And This is Crazy…

Ok. So, I don’t even know what week I am on with my Half-Marathon training. All I know is that Saturday afternoon I will be enduring the longest run of my very life. 6 miles. Something I NEVER thought I would EVER do. Sure, I always said I would get there in the far FAR future. I mean c’mon, 1 whole hour of running (unless you are fast ;-)) that is A LOT of running (and then I remember, I am actually aiming for 13 miles of running – I must be crazy). As most of you know running has never really been a positive experience for me until last year. Years upon YEARS with coaches of sports such as Softball, Volleyball, Basketball etc. always used this wonderful thing against me. So here I am, ready to go on a 6 MILE RUN because I want to? I’m sorry, but that is just unreal to me. I guess I shall report back on Sunday with the details.

As far as the 5 mile run I did last weekend, after the 5k it was a FIGHT to the finish. Definitely a bummer compared to my 4 mile fun run this afternoon (or, that’s what it felt like). I just have to remember to eat before because if I don’t it’ll be an ugly show. I would also like to give a shout out to my girl Carly Rae Jepsen for my .25 mile sprint to the finish. Anyway, my busy weekend starts with my absolute FAVORITE parade (besides Macy’s Thanksgiving) the Dragon*Con Parade. My parents went all out this year, they have a house rented in Midtown and tickets to the actual convention. I am jealous but unfortunately, extremely broke… almost all of the time. After the parade will be our 6 miler and a BBQ with friends! Sunday is a day of rest and Monday morning you will find Daniel and I at the Hickory Flat Out 5k. Oh, a little trip back to the home town for some running is nice. I am pretty excited but, I am even MORE excited about the fact the Georgia Tech Football begins on Monday night! Hallelujah! praise god, ‘merica, football… whatever. All I can say is that I have my lacy mustard colored skirt and my flowing white top pressed and ready for take off. I’m ready, bring it!

I also have exciting news about a new Yoga center that I will hopefully be trying out next week (budget weather permitting). I think I am going to ask for a month unlimited for our anniversary 🙂 or my birthday, or christmas, or forever… who knows. I guess we’ll see!

 

I love this river and running beside it.

Stay tuned! My Best friend gets married next weekend!!!!

My First Lesson in Marriage

So far, marriage has been a downright blessing. We have only been married for 5 months but, I believe I have already discovered a valuable lesson. A few weeks back, Daniel and I went through our first stressful patch of craziness. The stress of moving, Daniel starting a new school semester, his work demanding more of him, me getting and new job, being newly weds in the first place all snuck up on us at once.  It was all just a cluster of stressful events one after the other. We had lived in our apartment for 3 weeks and never had a chance to enjoy it over the weekend together. With a little communication we recognized that things were just crazy right now and we really hadn’t had a chance to enjoy very much together, especially our new apartment/city. Even throughout this brief moment of craziness in our lives, we still had a few things that kept us grounded and connected. Three things: Budgeting, Running, and our monthly Anniversary/Unknown Dining date.  This is time we spent 100% together (well except when we’re running we never keep pace together) but it is me and him, doing something together. My first real lesson in marriage is that it is extremely important to have “together time” no matter what is going on. No, I am not talking that you both come home from work and sit in front of the TV together. I’m talking doing something together that benefits you as a couple.

For us, budgeting gives us a chance to look at each others needs and talk them over with each other. Do I really need a 60 dollar haircut? or does my car need its oil changed, how much money do we have to spend for going out together?  I thank God every day for Daniel’s interest in our money, budget, getting our loans paid off, and asking me my needs as far as spending our money together. When you talk about it and write it all out there is a better understanding of where, when, why, and how you spend your money and it eliminates pointless arguments in the subject of money.

Running. An activity that keeps us somewhat fit and something we both enjoy doing (except lately, hes had to drag me out of the house kicking and screaming) we have even signed up for a couple 5ks together and intend on doing more together throughout the running season. Even though we hardly ever keep pace with each other, its nice to know someone shares an interest and motivates you to be your best and do your best. Motivating each other has been a real treat. I think its a pretty special connection to have.

Eating. Daniel and I love to eat. breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and cool snacks. We love to go out to eat and enjoy a steaming hot plate of food that he doesn’t have to cook and I don’t have to clean afterwards.  This is probably my favorite time, is when I am sitting down beside him and sharing a conversation over food we didn’t have to prepare. No stress, no bullcrap, generally we ban cell phones unless we are taking pictures of or food or tagging each other on Facebook. This is why we started our Unknown Dining tour of Georgia after our really awesome experience on our honeymoon. As you (may) know each month on the 8th we pick a restaurant neither of us have ever been to and go together on our “monthaversary” and spend that time critiquing food and enjoying little holes in the wall that we find to be complete gems. Even though I commented on cooking being a pain, I will say that doing it together is a really special time for us, also. Lately I haven’t been a big help but we use to get in the kitchen together and I would chop while he sauteed. This is also time I really enjoy with Dan. Cooking together is always so much fun. We pump up some music and hang out in the kitchen taste testing and laughing.

Trying something new. We have decided to try some new things. This month we have completely made a spontaneous decision to take off to the beach for a weekend to watch our friends band play over St. Pattys day. We probably won’t be making a habit out of monthly spontaneous trips, but I am hoping we do more of this. I love being married and enjoying it with my wonderful husband. We are going to enjoy this time for now, with no straps to tie us down.

Me and you together, can do anything. Baby.

How do you and your husband spend quality time together?

Happy Eating! We’re going on our 4th Unknown dining date tonight!

Atlanta = <3

I wouldn’t say that I am an absolute expert on the city, but I have been around. After walking a total of 8 miles around the perimeter of Georgia Tech’s Campus in one day I would like to say I have a pretty good grasp on this place. Well, I’ve found out that isn’t even half of what this town has to offer. I’ve done the whole Centennial Olympic Park/Coca Cola/Georgia Aquarium/CNN thing -and in one day to be exact. I’ve eaten in Atlantic Station and partied in Midtown. I’ve hung out at Piedmont Park on beautiful sunny spring days. I went to Fern Bank when I was younger, and watched shows at Shakespeare’s Tavern.  You might call me Un-Atlantan on this one-I have never been to the Fox Theater, but I can tell you how to get there. I mean, my Junior prom was at Turner Field and my Senior prom was at The Georgia Aquarium. Braves Games- if I go a summer without seeing at least one, I would consider myself unAmerican. There are tons of things to do in this city. I have really only scraped the surface. There is also Stone Mountain, Six Flags, The Varsity, Underground Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta etc. Yesterday I found something I haven’t done in Atlanta that was pretty cheap in price and so much fun. I finally went to Sweetwater Brewing Co. for a tour and tastings. So, I am thinking this is something rarely done and it will be a lot like a wine tasting, right? Wrong. This was like a serious social event. People were LINED UP outside the doors to get in. We mistakenly got there early – and good thing we did because the line was halfway across the block when they finally started letting us all in. You have a choice of a free small “DD” cup or to purchase the pint sized souvenir cup and 6 tickets to taste the beers.  Then you walk into a huge room like a bar and you fight to get to the front in order to score some beer. There is also an outside area for your smoking pleasure and a bar outside as well, so you can just keep you and your charming cancer stick scent out there. I can’t imagine how packed this place would be in the summer because walking anywhere was like pushing through an obstacle course. We went on the tour and the people that work there are pretty rad. It is a really cool place to experience and I would put it on my list of top ten favorite things to do in this city. So what are my top 10 things to do in this city?

1. The Georgia Aquarium

– Duh, originally I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. This place is what I always wanted to be about. I went to Georgia Tech night at the Aquarium and we got to go on the behind the scenes tour. Hello Whale Shark!!!

2. The World of Coca Cola

-I mean, before I started dieting I use to bleed this stuff.

3. Centennial Olympic Park

-While you’re visiting the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coke, you might as well stop and take in the history made here at the park. Yes, I have a brick.

4. See a Braves Game

-I grew up with Tom Glavine, David Justice, John Smoltz, Ryan Klesko, Javy Lopez, Greg Maddux, Steve Avery, Mark Lemke… you get it. Baseball was big with my Family. This is me and Dad after watching John Smoltz throw his 3000th strike out.

5. Hang out at Piedmont Park

-You never know what you might run into. In the summer they use to have this event “Screen On The Green” they’d bring out a theater style lawn screen and you could watch movies from it. I once saw Grease. Sometimes in the spring, the park has cool food vendors and other neat things to check out.

6. Stone Mountain

-Summer, Spring, Fall, and now Winter fun being had. They now have Christmas at Stone Mountain and Snow Mountain from Dec-Feb.

7. Night life in Midtown

-Fun places to eat and hang. My Favorite place to eat: Tin Lizzys. My Favorite place to hang: Flip Flops. There are also other clubs and bars that line Crescent Ave. Front Page News, Opera, Cosmo Lava etc.

8. Lenox Mall/Phipps Plaza

-Sure the shopping is for rich folks, but who wouldn’t mind a little window shopping at Tiffany’s?!?!

9. Visiting Little 5 Points

-This fun quirky place is home of the Vortex (delicious burgers at an artery clogging price!) and you can sometimes find cool shops like The Junkmans Daughter and art shows. Watch out for the beggers ;-).

10. Sweetwater 420 Fest/Sweetwater Brewing Co.

-The festival is the weekend closest to April 20th (FYI 420 is the name of one of their beers.) and I just checked out the Brewery yesterday and it was a BLAST.

Don’t Float The Mainstream!!!

p.s. I spared you all from me talking about my love for Georgia Tech… Yes, hanging out at Tech is in my top ten but not many people would actually go do it.

What are your Top Ten things to do in your City? If your city is ATL does your Top Ten differ from mine?

Happy Weekend Ya’ll!!!