Monthly Archives: April 2012

Life Lately

{sunday driving with the mrs.; the top half of a favorite outfit; this week’s guilty pleasures- gossip girl and talenti salted caramel gelato;  a very yellow breakfast; a big bouquet of my favorite flowers (peonies), which are finally in season!; a bit of book club reading to round out a trip to the gym; a veg-tastic dinner; a mercifully large margarita}

Last Sunday I finally started to feel better in the early evening, so Kate and I decided to take a little country drive in the rain before running a few errands. We stopped at Fearrington Village (we got engaged at the inn there!) so she could pick up some coffee before continuing on. Somewhere around the Orange County (where we live)/Chatham County line, we came across what is basically our dream home (pictured above). It had a gorgeous front porch, pretty gardens, an awesome barn complete with a mural, and overlooked a pond. I’m sold! Sadly we aren’t looking for a house, nor was this one on the market, but it’s still fun to pretend, right?

This week was all about little indulgences: wearing work-appropriate outfits that felt like pyjamas, watching truly mindless television while eating insanely delicious gelato, making tasty (and actually pretty healthy) breakfasts, buying myself two bunches of my fave flowers, getting my sweat on, finally getting some pizza (I’d been craving some for ages!), and getting the most perfect cocktail. I mean, really, is there anything better than a good margarita?

Here’s to another great week ahead!


Weekly Planning: 4/29-5/5

Happy Sunday!

I feel like I say this all the time, but this week really did fly by. Eating went really well until Friday night, when take-out Mexican sounded better than a salad. Weird, huh? And then yesterday we followed up an event I had for work with a trip to my favorite Raleigh restaurant for margaritas, fried appetizers, and BLTs (at least we split a meal, right?). I didn’t track those meals, either, but I’m back on track this morning with a healthy smoothie and the MyFitnessPal website up in my browser. Here’s to a fresh start this week!

Since I didn’t take any photos (sorry!), here’s a run-down of what was in this week’s CSA box:

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/4 pound arugula
  • 1/4 pound lettuce mix
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 bunch green garlic

To use up the majority of this, we’ll have some big salads for several meals, and then I’ll probably sautee up most of the rest of the veggies to have on my egg sandwiches in the mornings. Waste not, want not!

Even though we’re getting a whole bunch of produce on a weekly basis, we still needed to do a massive trip to the co-op grocery store this past week to replenish all sorts of basics. While they tend to be over-priced on lots of packaged items, they have great deals in the bulk bin section, so we try to keep our pantry well-stocked. We spent a good chunk of this month’s budget on things like dried beans, brown rice, quinoa, steel cut oats, and olive oil. Since I did a clean-out and reorganization of our kitchen cabinets this week, I’ll post about that separately to show how we store it all.

Aaaanyway, here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

Unsurprisingly, we’ve got another busy week coming up, so I’m going to spend time later today doing glamorous things like prepping servings of carrots + hummus, chopping cantaloupe, and making Mama Pea’s black bean burgers for lunches this week, per a request from the Mrs.

On the exercise front, last week went pretty dang well even though, as usual, I deviated pretty far from the original plan. No worries, though! Thursday I was struck by a cleaning bug and spent my lunch break (working from home) and most of the evening cleaning, organizing, and rounding up items to donate to the thrift store. Lots of heavy lifting involved!

Here’s how the week went down:

  • Sunday: Swimming, 40 minutes
  • Monday: Sprint/walk intervals, recumbent bike
  • Tuesday: Walking on incline, elliptical, recumbent bike
  • Wednesday: BodyPump (on my own)
  • Thursday: Cleaning
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: Swimming, 65 minutes

I went swimming for the first time this year and enjoyed it so much that I went again yesterday! I managed to go even further, swimming just over a mile, which made me pretty proud of myself. I’m hoping to swim at least once a week until I get sick of it, haha.

Here’s the plan for this week, which is all about squeezing in exercise whenever possible:

I’d been doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) several times a week earlier this year and got totally burned out on it. Since I haven’t been able to make it to BodyPump class the past few weeks, I’ve been craving some more weight lifting and strength training in my life, so this is the perfect way to get it in. Plus I sort of love just going to the gym and playing around on different equipment to improvise a workout. We’ll see how it goes!

What about y’all? Making anything exciting for meals this week? Any fun exercise ideas I should know about?


Life Lately

{sunday brunch with friends- mexican shrimp cocktail + chilaquiles!; strawberries; azaleas; delicious salad with tempeh; more strawberries from the farmers’ market; healthy breakfast; bibb lettuce; our first csa box!; delicious bruschetta made by our friend p; wonderful times hiking with friends}

This week went by so quickly! It was filled with good eats, the arrival of our town’s first Wednesday farmers’ market, along with some truly delicious strawberries. Another arrival? Our first CSA box of the season (check out this website for CSAs in your area)! This is our third year using the same CSA and I’m so excited for all the great produce that’s in store over the coming weeks. Plus it’s always nice to see the immediate effect the arrival of CSA season has on lowering our weekly grocery bill. In this week’s box we received bok choy, kale, green garlic, radishes, and turnips. Most are going into our lunch stir fry and we already ate most of the radishes in yesterday’s salads.

Last Sunday we met up with some friends for a seriously delicious brunch. Afterward I did a bit of clearance rack shopping and then we had over my friend A from grad school who was back in town for work. It was so fabulous to see and catch up with her! Our weddings were right after each other’s in October, so we weren’t able to attend. It was great to swap stories and hear about how married life’s been going so far.

The rest of the week was kind of a blur, filled with work, food, exercise, couple time, and {not nearly enough} sleep. On Saturday we got up bright and early to head out to Hanging Rock State Park to meet up with friends to camp for the weekend. Unfortunately, impending storms cancelled our plans to stay overnight, but we were able to squeeze in not one but two hikes before heading back home. First {after spotting this Mini Cooper decked out with eyelashes. I guess it was important to the owner we knew it was a she?} we did the .6 mile (round trip) Lower Cascades hike, which took us down to a pretty waterfall area. Kate and I had our lunch at that point, since we’d gotten a much earlier start than our friends who had stayed the night before. After this little jaunt we were ready to tackle the Hanging Rock hike. It was steep but it was great! I had a great time hanging out with friends while getting my sweat on. And the views from the top made it completely worthwhile. A perfect way to recharge and take in some more of this beautiful state.

Having our overnight stay cancelled meant we got to have our friend P over for dinner, which she graciously cooked for us {as an aside, I’m pretty sure there are few things better than having someone else cook for you in your own home}. It was SO good. Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and veggie sausage on the side. Definitely something for us to recreate as many times as possible this summer, especially since we’re currently growing both tomatoes and basil! We all caught up, chatted, and watched the movie “Sliding Doors.” A perfect low-key evening.

Sunday morning I woke up way earlier than necessary and decided to make the most of it with my first visit of the year to our gym’s pool. I swam 1,050 meters in 40 minutes and felt great. I came home to Kate cooking banana-walnut pancakes, which was equally awesome. We watched “CBS Sunday Morning” and then spent the morning listening to music and reading. Sadly, I started to feel super under the weather for the next few hours, so I spent most of the rest of the day curled up on the couch watching “Gossip Girl.” I rallied toward the end of the day to run a few errands and am hoping whatever threw me for a loop has long since passed!

Did you have any fun adventures last week? What’s in store for the week ahead?

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Weekly Planning: 4/22-4/28

This past week was seriously so good in terms of staying on track. I worked from home for most of the week (hooray, grant applications!), which made it so easy to eat healthfully. For some reason, I get much snackier at work than when I’m at home, so it was great to automatically be a bit less tempted. Kate and I also did really well about not eating out too much, which was helpful to our wallets and our health (not that all restaurant food is bad for you, just what we tend to prefer!).

Hoping that I can keep it up during the craziness that this week is sure to bring!

Here’s how exercise went last week:

  • Sunday: Walk + yoga (at home)
  • Monday: Walk + yoga (at home)
  • Tuesday: A shortened, at home BodyPump
  • Wednesday: 20 minute walk
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: Sprint/walk intervals + upper body weights
  • Saturday: 90 minute hike with friends

 A little bit more low-key than I’d initially planned, but I kept moving and amped it up over the weekend. And it feels good! I’m hoping to keep my motivation up on this front through the week as well.

What have you been up to? What’s your plan look like for the week ahead?


Life Lately

{iced coffee + banana oats w/ almond butter, chocolate chips, + chia seeds (aka my new fave breakfast); irises in bloom; my best gal; cool enough for running tights!; a collection of brooches; hair curling, a process; pretty event space- the calm before the storm; pretty friends; someone’s regalia arrived!; left over flowers for us to enjoy; getting my sweat on; baby time!; diner breakfast with my gal; wandering the handmade market in carrboro; saturday afternoon with queso, guac, + wine on the patio}

I know this is a bit belated, but here’s what I was up to last week! It was quite the whirlwind, but full of wonderful things. I hope this week is treating you wonderfully thus far!


Weekly Planning: 4/15-4/21

In last week’s post, I talked about needing to get back on track and this past week I did just that, in kind of a big way. I tracked everything I ate thanks to the wonderful and magical MyFitnessPal iPhone app, did all of my planned exercising and then some, and, for the most part, ate really well.

Here are the workouts I ended up doing:

  • Sunday- One hour walk
  • Monday- 40 min. walk + 20 min. on the recumbent bike
  • Tuesday- 35 min. walk, 13 min. on the recumbent bike, + a bit of yoga stretching
  • Wednesday- BodyPump class followed directly by (most of) a BodyCombat class {I don’t recommend doing this the day before a big work function when you’ll be running all over the place}
  • Thursday- 3o min. walk
  • Friday- Yoga class
  • Saturday- 80 min. hike/walk


My muscles are wonderfully sore and I’ve just felt so much better about myself and the world around me since I’ve been exercising regularly. It’s also been fun to do things I haven’t done in awhile, like go to yoga, take a BodyCombat class (it’s like cardio kickboxing; I’m still not sure how I feel about it), and go for a hike.

On the food front, the beginning of the week was amazing in terms of sticking to healthful options with a few treats mixed in. As we got toward the end of the week, which was filled with fun outings and unhealthy options, I indulged a bit more than I should have, so today’s the day to reign it back in and get on track for the week ahead!

Speaking of, here’s what I’ve got planned for our meals:

As you can see, we’ve got some camping planned for next weekend (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the currently-forecasted rain doesn’t end up materializing), so my goal is to be really healthy until we leave for that adventure.

And here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish on the exercise front:

Now I just need to keep my eyes on the prize and stay motivated! Encouragement is always appreciated. 🙂

What are your plans to be healthier this week? Any new and fun exercise classes or workouts on the horizon?


Purchased: 3/3-4/9

honeybee gardens powdercolors stackable mineral colors eyeshadow in gypsy

target kimono cardigan; old navy fitted scoop-neck tees in citron and white; target wooden link necklace; old navy chevron crossover dolman sleeve dress

pink (!) simply vera skinny ankle jeans via kohl’s; target bikini bottoms; old navy one-shoulder swimsuit

{unpictured bamboo tank and tee, plus a pair of black exercise capris, all from t.j. maxx}

lc by lauren conrad boyfriend blazer via kohl’s {a truly awesome blazer}

old navy jersey maxi tank dress {also worn in the above photos, belted into a midi dress}

old navy perfect cardigan

old navy lounge cami {in white and black}

essie nailpolish in fiji via ulta

old navy chambray button-down {I snagged it from the clearance rack; sadly it’s no longer on the website}

old navy pocket tea-length swing skirt {I’m obsessed with this and wish they had them in more basic colors; I’d easily buy several more!}

Clearly March was a month of excess in more ways than one. I’m trying to get back on track this month by using only gift cards and a bit of money I’ve already set aside for some badly-needed new bras (TMI?). Hopefully my next ‘purchased’ post will be much more brief than this! Even though I’ll probably regret writing this later, I feel like there are only so many more things I can justify purchasing for my spring/summer wardrobe. At least that’s what I need to keep telling myself!

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Life Lately

{sunday night dinner of fish, sweet potato fries, and broccoli; a quick jaunt to wilmington for work, plus a view from the river walk; beautiful carolina blue sky; a favorite outfit from the week, sketchily photographed in my office building’s gym; strawberries growing; close-up tulip; dinner out with friends, followed by a book reading; the spread for this month’s book club (we discussed ‘the immortal life of henrietta lacks’ by rebecca skloot); azaleas in bloom; BUYING OUR NEW CAR!!!; a celebratory meal afterward; a quick trip to ikea while in charlotte; friday night date with my favorite gal, including dinner at red robin (veggie burger + bacon!), a trip to the bowling alley to play big buck hunter, and froyo afterward; new flowers and plants- ranunculus, pothos, spider plant, and bluebird; saturday brunch with wonderful friends; saturday evening birthday party for a friend, complete with lots of baby time and unpictured dancing; easter sunday brunch, followed by a wonderful easter egg hunt put on by the mrs. for the second year in a row; some afternoon time on the patio with my latest read (‘wild’ by cheryl strayed, about her solo hike on the pacific crest trail); a sample of this week’s lunch (mediterranean quinoa salad); and, back where we started, sunday dinner (same as last week’s, but with my favorite roasted brussels sprouts instead of broccoli)}

Last week was quite the whirlwind, but sort of in the best way possible. Work was productive and exciting, Kate and I made our first major purchase together, and we got to spend a whole heck of a lot of time with friends, which is always a treat. I’m so thankful for this little blog, too, because even when I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious, I can look back on my week in photos and see that there was so much good in it. Much more than anything that had me stressing. I keep trying to remind myself that I can do anything, but I cannot do everything. I want to be fit and healthy, an amazing wife, daughter, friend, and employee, have a thriving and fulfilling career, be involved in many volunteer activities, grow and cook my own food, blog frequently, read a ton, cultivate several hobbies, be extremely well-rested, and have ample down time. Clearly achieving all of this at any given time is impossible. I feel as though I’m continually re-learning how to say “no” to things and prioritize what is most important. All while simultaneously figuring out exactly what those priorities are in the first place. I mean, I’ve got the big ones figured out (health, marriage, family + friends), but what falls in place after those and in what order? Is this part of what it means to grow up? I’m thinking it just might be.

How was last week for you? Anything new, exciting, or particularly grown up? And, since I posted this a day later than I’d meant, how is this week shaping up so far?


Weekly Planning: 4/8-4/14

Perhaps not surprisingly, this past week didn’t go exactly as planned. With day trips to Wilmington and Charlotte for work and car-purchasing, respectively, things were even more crazy than usual. This weekend brought lots of fun meals and parties spent with friends and good food. A bit too much food, a lot too little exercise. Yadda, yadda. Here’s the plan to get things back on track this week. This awesome post by Cassie on her motivation is serving as a much-needed kick in the pants. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to lose weight when I first started was to be as healthy as possible during any future pregnancies and to be the active mom I’d like to be.

On a related note, daaang y’all. We made this mediterranean quinoa salad today to have for lunches this week. I insist that you make it as soon as possible! We quintupled the recipe and added a bag of spinach that we wilted, as well as a lot more broccoli, and it was fantastic. I’m so excited to have it all week long!

Here’s a (hopefully) more realistic exercise plan for the week! With a big work event on Thursday and lots to do between now and then, I’m hoping to get my zen on via yoga at least once (if not twice) to simultaneously stretch and chill the heck out.

Kate and I also have a plan to get back on track in a literal sense by keeping track of what we eat for the next seven days (Monday through Sunday). I’ll report back next week!

What about you? What does this week have in store for you on the fitness front?