I wish I could sleep more!

Good morning! It is already a bright and sunny day here so even though I am up early, the beauty of the day has me feeling energized 🙂

Yesterday was a crazy day for me. It wasn’t that I had a million different things to do, but I felt like I was in a mad rush to do everything so that I would have time to do the other things. The night before I ended up going over to a friends house and there was a group of four of us who just played Xbox all night. So I didn’t get home until 1am maybe, and then I didn’t go to bed until after 2. I was up and out the door to go on a run by 8:15 in the morning. I wish I could get more sleep. That was one of my goals with mary and so far I am failing haha. Anyways, I went on a nice 5 mile run around the neighborhood. 1

After my run I threw together my breakfast. I am basically out of oatmeal so I went with an english muffin topped with raspberry preserves and almond butter, a two egg veggie scramble, berries and a Greek yogurt. Yumm-o!IMG_3204

After breakfast I worked on some things that I brought home from work for the online store at the Bulls. I love that part of my job! Once I finished with that I quickly whipped up something to pack for my dinner at work. Then I jumped in the shower and then was out the door to Chapel Hill. I needed to go to the Public Safety building so I could get a parking permit for my summer class that starts in less than two weeks. It was a success! I felt really rushed on time because I only had an hour and a half to get to Chapel Hill from my house, get parking, get my parking permit, return to my car, stop and grab something to take to work for my late lunch, and go to work. I ended up being about 10 minutes late but thankfully it wasn’t a big deal. I would have been on time if there were no other cars on the road. I think I hit every red light possible. Being late really gets me in “freak out” mode, so that is probably why it felt like such a crazy day. For lunch I had a ham and cheese sandwich and some fruit from Whole Foods. That was all I really had time to grab! 2

Work went really well. I did a lot more work for the online store. I brought my camera and laptop so I could take pictures of product and correctly resize them and photoshop them to put up on the web. I even got to work on some of that during the game! Which was a good and bad thing. Good because I was getting it done, bad because it meant I wasn’t needed all night out in the store (meaning it was not crowded at all for a Friday night). For my snack before game time I just had a Kind bar. My dinner was a sweet potato, onion, green pepper and taco turkey mixture. So simple and so delicious!3

I got home from work around 11:45 and fixed my snack (milk, pretzels, almonds) before calling it a night.

Now I am about to go get my day started! I woke up earlier than I would have liked, but oh well! I work 9-5 and I am really hoping to get another huge chunk of stuff put up on the web!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday! I know I wish I could be up in PA right now with the rest of my family celebrating my little cousin, Mitchell, who just graduated high school!

Adios!

Race Recap + a few days at work

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you all have been having a stupendous weekend so far!

Let’s see… I don’t even know where to begin! Quick rehash of Friday: I worked all day and then was able to watch the Bulls game since I worked the day shift. My friends Evan and Alden met me there and we had amazing seats (thanks to my boss). I had a great time! The game was good and then there were fireworks afterwards. Friday was my parent’s 27th anniversary and they went out to dinner so I didn’t want to be sitting at home by myself. I ended up eating my dinner when I got home after the game though… I just wasn’t interested in anything at the game. It would have been a good challenge for myself, but I’m not all about the ballpark prices haha. 1

Saturday morning I was up early for The Running of the Bulls in Durham! It was an 8k race that is in Downtown. The course was beautiful and I had so much fun. My friend from work, Casey, ran it as well. Her husband joined us too. We all ran at our own pace which was nice because we didn’t have to worry about another person. A few pictures from the race and from my Nike running app:IMG_31932 3 4 5 67 8 9 10 1112 13 14 15 16

So pre-race I ate my banana bread for some good energy. When I got home after the race I whipped up a veggie scramble, a chai latte and a banana with cinnamon. Yum!IMG_3191

Then I was off to the barn! I gave Vinnie a good grooming before riding. I had a great ride! He worked up a nice sweat too, but that was probably because it was late morning and it was getting hot out. So I hosed him off and then gave him tons of treats 🙂17 18

When I got home I jumped in the shower and got ready for work. I packed up my snack and dinner and then fixed my lunch. The combination of pretzels with chicken salad, carrots with guac, and a yogurt or something has been my go-to meal when I need something in a pinch haha.IMG_3192

Work yesterday went really well! We sold more in the store than we thought we were going to which is always, always, always a good thing. My dinner was leftovers plus blueberries, which was just what I was in the mood for.19 20 My feet were so tired by the end of the night. When I got home I had peanut butter tortillas and a greek yogurt for my snack. Then I was off to sleep.

This morning I woke up and migrated to the couch to read a little and then work on the crossword puzzle. After that I made my breakfast. I had oatmeal topped with strawberries and walnuts, a chai latte and sauteed veggies topped with a delicious poached egg. SO GOOD!IMG_3194

I have been working on some things for my client for a while, but I decided I would take a quick break to pop in and say hello before I have to go back in to Durham for work! Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

This week is flying by!

Hello all! This week is absolutely flying by! I can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday already!

I feel like this always happens to me, but I typed up this whole post and then I completely lost it all! After I loose it all I just don’t have the patience to retype it all up. I know that’s not fair t0 my readers because I am sure some of you would love to read about my past two days! Luckily though, the past two days haven’t been super eventful so a quick summary will still do them justice.

Monday night’s cookout was so much fun! I had a great time hanging out with friends and grilling. Being social really does amazing things for your happiness.1

Yesterday and Today I worked 9-5 so my days were spent at the Bulls. Yesterday I had oatmeal before work and then my mom dropped me off a lunch from Whole Foods. On my way home I had yogurt and a kind bar and then it was raining so I just read some of my book, made banana bread and then helped with dinner. We had delicious grilled chicken, veggies and sweet potato. For my bedtime snack I had peanut butter tortilla shells and an apple.IMG_31792 3 IMG_3180

This morning I woke up early and headed outside for a 4 mile run around the neighborhood. It was the perfect temperature! I got showered and ready for work before I fixed my breakfast.4 IMG_3182

At work I focused on restocking all the hats in the store upstairs. We got the news that we will be losing the upstairs store but we will be getting another location for our second store. That will be craziness. My boss and I went to Panera Bread for lunch and it was tasty as always! 5

On my way home I snacked on pretzels and then when I got to the house I immediately registered for my summer biology course at UNC. It feels so good to be enrolled for that! Then I was off to the barn! I spent a lot of time grooming Vinnie before I lunged him. It was awfully hot today so I didn’t want to ride him. I talked to Renee for a while before I headed home. When I got home my parents had dinner ready. My dad grilled some amazing mahi mahi that we had with veggies and rice. Yum! I also threw some salsa and guacamole on my plate.6 IMG_3183

Well, I think I hit all the big things from the past few days. I am off to have my snack before bed! I am off of work tomorrow but I am meeting my new “client” in the morning. I am so excited!

Hope you all have been having a great week so far!

Visual recap of my beach weekend!

ImageFirst time for sushi! Image My dad got mahi mahi tacos and I sample a few bites.ImageQuick breakfast then a glorious run on the beach! ImageImageImageImageSubway lunch with the grandparents.Image Snack back at the RV before taking the camera outside for some nature pictures! ImageImageImageImageImageImageI tried to take pictures of the lightning Friday night on the beach but it wasn’t working.ImageImageImageImageDont my parents look so happy?ImageImageImageYes… I had a milkshake! Sugar coma/ ImageImageImageImage

Sunday night dinner at the Dead Dog Saloon. Very neat place down in Murrells Inlet! ImageImageThey had a whole wall of pictures of peoples’ dead dogs. A little sad but thoughtful  because they all said “in memory of…”ImageImageImageImage My mom and I split the trio. I had the shrimp and she had the scallops. We split the green beans and the crabcake. SO GOOD! ImageImageAnd then lunch today when I got home… Mexican sweet potato, carrots with guac and an apple. I’m sad the vacation is over but it does feel good to be home. Now I am off to a cook out with a bunch of friends! Happy Memorial Day! 

What are you trying to be mindful of?

Another long day is in the books. I guess it wasn’t really that long, it just felt like it was never ending. 

I was up bright and early to head to the Y this morning before going in to work. On the way I ate a bagel with cinnamon cream cheese.Image At the Y I ran on the treadmill for a total of 30 minutes followed by a 5 minute cool down. I was so happy that I managed to hit 3.52 miles in 30 minutes! It was a really good cardio workout. After my time on the treadmill was up I did some stretching before doing a few planks. I was dripping sweat!Image

I quickly got showered and headed across the street to the ballpark. There was a 1 o’clock game today so I spent the morning helping with online orders before prepping the store for the game. I had a late morning snack of berries, green pepper and cheese.Image 

I was on the register for pretty much the entire game, which was fine with me. On my break I had an apple, carrots with guac and pretzels with chicken salad.Image I felt like I was eating so fast so that I could finish it all during my break. I really hate eating that quickly, but I guess I didn’t pack food that was good for a quick, but dense, meal. I still thought it was delicious, despite stuffing my face. We ended up doing a little more business in the store than we were predicting so I was pretty happy about that. After the game my boss left me by myself to close up the store and do the deposit so he could make it to his sons’ games. So once I got everything taken care of I headed home! On the way I had my snack of blueberry greek yogurt and a Kashi bar.Image

When I got home I was absolutely drained. I kind of sat around for a bit before Madelyne and I went out to the driveway and played with the volleyball. When we came back in we waited until dinner was ready. We had smothered chicken, baked potatoes and grilled zucchini. It was pretty tasty.Image

One of my tasks/goals Mary gave me yesterday was to keep track of my protein intake. Since she said it seemed like I was falling short on my proteins for the average day, she wanted me to record the amount of protein I have been eating. Today I tried to be mindful of how much protein I was getting in my diet. It was kind of difficult to come up with ways to make sure I was filling up my bubbles, what with waking up early to go to the gym and then work. Maybe each day I can think of more ways to add/maintain protein? Just something for me to be mindful about 🙂 

I felt like I wasn’t in a “happy-go-lucky” mood today. I think my social life just isn’t exactly where I want it to be, but I know all I have to do is change my way of thinking and it will morph into the social life I want it to be! I’ve just got to keep up with the life-long challenge/goal/task of not being hard on myself. 

Well, now that I’ve filled you in, I am off to relax!

Morning Workout and Dinner Creation

Happy Monday!

I had a full day at work sandwiched between an early morning workout at the Y and a relaxing evening at home.

This morning I woke up and got my things together for work before fixing a quick breakfast. I had waffles with cinnamon cream cheese and agave nectar in the middle. Yum! Image

At the gym I did a 30 minute run followed by a 5 minute cool down. I also did a few planks before jumping in the shower. Image

At work Megan and I spent the entire morning working on online orders. I took a break to have a morning snack of a banana and greek yogurt. Image

For lunch I had chicken tortilla soup, carrots and an apple. Then I finally started restocking from the busy game we had Sunday. Image

On my way home from work I snacked on a Kashi bar. Since these have become an easy snack for me, I should get creative with the pictures I take of them. I will be like an unofficial brand advocate haha! Image

I did the crossword puzzle when I got home and then the Penguins AND the Pirates games started! So I have been watching both of those with my parents. I also ended up cooking dinner tonight. We didn’t have anything planned and it was kind of a late start so I tried to make something quick and easy. I sauteed up a mixture of veggies (onion, green pepper, yellow squash and carrots) with fajita seasoning and I also cooked up ground chicken. Then I attempted to make a mexican queso-like cream sauce, which turned out well but it could have used a little more spice. I zapped a sweet potato in the microwave for myself and made that the base of my creation. I liked it and would definitely repeat this! Image

Alright, time to watch the third period of this Penguins game!