Weekend Recap!

September 23, 2014

Friday after work, I went to the gym as usual. I am still working hard on my book, and since I have quite a bit written, I decided to do my first round of editing. Thus when I got to the gym, I started the process. Talk about "killing to birds with one stone", ha. It worked great. I did 45 minutes of cardio on the Elliptical and an upper body weight circuit. 

When I left the gym, I went home to take a shower and get ready for the evening. I am still loving my new hair color!

Once I was ready, I met Alexis at she and I's favorite spot "Cantina 1511" for dinner and drinks. I told myself that my limit was one cocktail for the weekend... so a pitcher it was! Ha! We had "Passion Fruit Margarita's" and they were delicious... and strong. Dinner was amazing too, per usual. 

After our lovely dinner we went to the movies to see "The Maze Runner". That movie was so, so awesome. I now want to read the books and cannot wait for the next movie. I think it is a "must see". There was so much action, you were continuously on the edge of your seat wanting to know what was next, and the story line was strong.

I thought after a long day and a wonderful night, I would be more than ready for bed. Which I was, however my RLS had other plans. I slept so bad. I tossed and turned all night, and had really bad leg pain. I fell asleep around 1:30 and woke up multiple times throughout the night. At 8 AM I stopped fighting it and got up. 

Luckily it was such a beautiful morning. I made breakfast, got myself ready, then took off to the mountains to go hiking. I had 11 miles planned. The weather was perfect! I am now inclined to hiking in almost 100 degree weather, so hiking in a lovely 75 degrees was amazing. It really makes a difference too because I had probably the best hike I have ever done -- even after a crappy night of rest! I achieve my 11 miles with interval training. I did a lot of speed walking and jogging. I felt accomplished after!

I was starving after my hike so I took off back to Charlotte. When I got back into to town my first stop was "Smoothie King". My appetite was insatiable and I could tell my sugar was low, so protein smoothie was the perfect answer. I got my favorite combination: a skinny banana boat protein smoothie with fresh kale.

Once I purchased my refuel, I bought groceries for the week and then ran a couple of more errands. When I got home, I dived right into cleaning. It took 3 hours, but my apartment was sparking after. I was trying to wear myself out in hopes that I could sleep well and my RLS not keep me up.

When I finished cleaning, it was finally time to relax for the evening. I took a hot Epsom salt bath, made myself dinner, then cuddled up on the couch with a Cucumber Skinnytini and HBO. I watched "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" then the Jay Z and Beyonce "On the Run" concert special.

My plan for wearing myself out worked great because I was asleep by 11 PM. I was up early again yesterday as well. Something weird; I woke up at 8:12 AM on Saturday and Sunday. How strange. Once I was up, I made breakfast then prepped all of my food for the week. I have great meals planned and my prep was finished by 10:38 AM. That is a record for me!

I then took a shower, took my time getting ready, then went to get a sports massage. It just just what I needed. I got some good, awkward stretching, and my tissue worked on. It was my reward for a great hike.

I then had to run a few more errands and picked up a cupcake. My local grocery store has started selling "Gigi's Cupcakes" which is a famous bakery about 15 minutes away from where I live. I have never had their cupcakes before but I hear that best things about them. When I treat myself to a cupcake it is usually from SAS. However, this treat was amazing. I think it is my new favorite.

After got home, made myself dinner, and got things ready for the week, the rest of my evening was spent editing and writing. Oh the life of a wannabe author.


  1. I now LOVE food prepping - it makes me feel so prepared! The cupcake looks amazing! YUM!!!

  2. You are working so hard on this novel and it's super inspiring. I cannot get myself to work on anything right now, and I have so much I want to do!!! It seems like you have things moving in a great direction. Keep the momentum up!

    1. Comments like this keep me going girl, that means the world to me. Thank you babe!

  3. oh Gigi's.... my absolute favorite! We have them in Nashville too. *drool*

    1. You got that right babe! Wow that was a good cupcake.

  4. Sounds like a lovely, healthy mind, body and soul weekend. I adore the epsom salts baths. Inexpensive, relaxing, and really, really good for us! I am soaking my tootsies now in vinegar, epsom salts, and some tea tree oil!
    You are doing a great job taking care of you!
    Continued Goddess speed. Love, SMD's momma

  5. I love reading about you. I find you fascinating :-) I too love hiking..... In the cooler seasons I like to go to the local mountain trails and kill them. No summer hiking for me though.. too many snakes in the desert.... hey speaking of that, your hiking trail is STUNNING! breathtaking... gorgeous.... inspiring.... all the above. Do you get snakes in NC?

    1. Your comments always make my day so great Cindie! I can't only imagine the snakes you guys have out there in the dessert. Luckily, I have NEVER came into contact with a snake on my hiking trail. However, on the greenway behind my apartment that I jog on a lot, I have come in contact with them quite a bit. Ick ick ick

  6. What a crazy difference in hiking temps from your usual summer hikes. I'm sure it was enjoyable, it looked gorgeous. Have a great week Liz!

  7. Gigi's yummmmmmm. I love their peanut butter frosting & their wedding cake cupcake. My husband's favorite is the Kentucky Bourbon pie. It's such a man's cupcake. He's from around Charlotte (Kannapolis to be exact), and I'm itching to get back up there to visit his family and maybe try some of the places you've mentioned!

  8. Hope the book is going well! I know you will be successful in this for sure!

  9. Those Gigi cupcakes look amazing and you should try Nothing Budnt Cakes over by Blakeney! I like in Ballantyne and got a coupon in the mail and thought that budnt cakes sounded like weird old people food, ha but they are actually amazing!! And sounds like things are going good for you, you go girl!!

  10. Wow, I am so impressed with your food prepping! I really need to work on that!

  11. You are so productive. I need to take a page out of your book.

  12. I want to see Maze Runner, and I still need to see Walter Mitty. Those hike photos are gorgeous!

  13. I cant wait to see your hiking pictures when the leaves start changing!! It is beautiful now...I cant even imagine how much more it will be then!!!! Also, I really want a cupcake right now!

  14. Looks like the hike was much needed, and really helped center you. Hope the editing is going well.

  15. When you meal prep, do you put some in the freezer for the later part of the week or do the meats stay safe just refrigerated? I want to start doing this but having been a vegetarian for 20 years I'm a little unsure of the food safety aspect of meats. Love the blog, by the way. It's one of the few that leave me feeling positive after reading it. Even when you write about tougher times, you have a great attitude and it's inspiring.

    1. Oh Kelly, thank you so much. Man that comment means the world to me. I mostly keep my meals refrigerated, but I also freeze them sometimes - it just depends on what it is. Like my protein muffins, I will freeze then heat as needed. Freezing meals works fine too from my experience!

  16. I just love your hiking spot! I want one like that near me, guess I better move :) I am so excited about the progress you continue making in your life in reference to your weight loss and your book! I cannot wait to see it blow up once it is published.

    My meal prep hasn't been for the full week anymore because I get bored of the same food by about Wed/Thurs. So I meal prep twice week now.

  17. I really enjoyed the secret life of Walter Mitty. I watched on the run too. I really enjoyed it. That cupcake and skinnytini look delicious!

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