My Weekly Nutrition and Training Plan

May 30, 2014

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

I feel like a bloated hot mess. The long weekend threw me off of my eating some. Not awful, but a lot more than normal. At least I haven't had a sip of alcohol in nearly two weeks. Also for some reason, my leg workout made me awfully sore for 2 days. It was a great workout, but nothing too crazy. Nonetheless, I know when I weigh today I will probably have a slight gain. I am hoping no more than a pound and a half. Who knows though. I'm irritated but that just means this upcoming week I will be back with a vengeance. 

The below nutrition plan is what I eat Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday during the day I still eat clean but will eat whatever is left over or what I have around my apartment. Two nights a week I have "treat" meals - whatever I choose. They are usually Saturday and Sunday night, but it does vary. I switch up my eating every week. I plan the week before what I want to have for meals, make the grocery list, and prep the food on Sunday's. A lot of times people will ask me if I get bored eating the same thing everyday. The answer is no. It is only 5 days a week that I eat the same thing. I eat to live - not live to eat. It took me a long time to come to that.  I also do this to save money. I live alone so I can't really cook tons of different things during the week because it's too expensive and will go bad. There are also ways you can switch up your eating day to day. Like my Quest Bars for instance; I eat a different flavor everyday, same with my yogurt. You can read here for meal prep ideas!

Total down (since 11/25/13):  54 pounds! ...still.

Meal 1 (7:15 AM)

Meal 2 (4 10:30 AM)

Meal 3 (1:15 PM)
4 MorningStar vegetarian "chik'n" nuggets and kidney beans

Meal 4 (3:45 PM) 
1 pack of Kay's Natural protein chips and fresh grapes

Gym 4:30-6PM

Meal 5 (6:30 PM) [Post workout]
1 cup of Light and Fit 80 calorie Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries and chia seeds

Meal 6 (9 PM)

Bed time 11PM
Sunday: (Rest) - done!

Monday: (Rest) - done!

Tuesday: (Weights) - done!
-30 minutes of cardio: StairMill (80 SPM regular work and 70 SPM with skipping every other step, 60 SPM for resting work - alternating all 3 levels every 3-4 minutes. Rest work is only 1 minute)
-Weight Circuit:
   -Shoulders: 3 x 15
   -Back: 3 x 15
   -Biceps: 3 x 15
   -Chest: 3 x 15
   -Triceps: 3 x 15
-20 minutes cardio: Elliptical (Incline 9, Resistance 10)

Wednesday: (Core) - done!
-25 minutes of cardio: StairMill (80 SPM regular work and 70 SPM with skipping every other step, 60 SPM for resting work - alternating all 3 levels every 3-4 minutes. Rest work is only 1 minute)
- 3 sets of 45 second planks
- 3 sets of "Russian Twists" with a 10 pound weight plate
- 3 sets of 20 crunches
- 3 sets of 20 heel touches
- 3 sets of  10 elevated leg crunches
-30 minute jog on the greenway behind my gym and apartment

Thursday: (Weights & Squats) - done!
-20 minutes of high intensity interval training: Tredmill (Work: 3 minutes at 3.2 speed and 12 incline and rest 2 minutes at 3.4 speed and 0 incline. No holding onto the tredmill at all)
-15 minutes of cardio (Elliptical: Crossramp 9/10, Resistance 10)
-Weight Circuit:
   -Shoulders: 3 x 15
   -Back: 3 x 15
   -Biceps: 3 x 15
   -Chest: 3 x 15
   -Triceps: 3 x 15
-Back squats: 3 x 15 (1- 80 pounds, 2- 50 pounds)
-10 minutes of high intensity interval training: Tredmill (Work: 2 minute walk on a speed of 3.2 MPH with an incline of 12 [the highest is 15] Rest: 1 minute walk at 0 incline and a 3.4 MPH speed. Alternate)
-10 minutes cardio: StairMill (5 minutes at 80 SPM and 5 minutes at 60 SPM. No holding onto machine)

..Thankfully this was a KILLER workout. I felt like a champ.
Friday: (Rest)
Work then hair appointment, then car wash... no workout. @#$%^&

Saturday: (Weights)
-20 minutes cardio: Elliptical (Incline 10, Resistance 9/12)
-Weight Circuit:
   -Shoulders: 3 x 15
   -Back: 3 x 15
   -Biceps: 3 x 15
   -Chest: 3 x 15
   -Triceps: 3 x 15
-20 minutes of high intensity interval training: Tredmill (Work: 3 minutes at 3.2 speed and 12 incline and rest 2 minutes at 3.4 speed and 0 incline. No holding onto the tredmill at all)

I am Not a Fat Girl: I am FEARLESS.

May 29, 2014

It has been one year since I started Fitness Blondie. I never thought I would be where I am today while writing this post. Life is very different. 

I decided to take a few moments to look back and look ahead. I started this blog because I was adamantly stalking Danielle's. I read an article about her frugal ways on Yahoo! After that, I loved reading about her little family and day-to-day happenings, so I decided to start a blog. Also, thank you to the queen bee herself, Raven for taking me under her wing last year. She is my number 1 source of page views of all time. Sponsoring her blog is affordable and pays off, big time. Now she is one of my closest friends. She also makes me scared to ever take a selfie ever again. Seriously? Leave it to Raven.

I cannot believe it has been a year now. I do not know if you noticed, you probably haven't, but it has only been about 6 months or so since my blog has changed a lot. That is because I have changed so much. I am not near the woman as I was a year ago. And damn, it feels good to say that. 

I have slowly transformed back into the person I know I am meant to be. It's hard. It is exhausting. But it is the best thing I have been through in my entire life. As crazy as this sounds, this blog has basically documented all of my recent changes. It has brought me so much happiness. Sure, it has not all been great, but that happens when more and more people hear about you and you share the good, bad, and ugly. I do not just share the good times, I openly write about pain and struggles. People making fun of you, trying to pull you down, and not liking you, comes with the territory. The good thing about that - it can make you stronger. It has me. It's made my skin that much thicker and my work ethic that much better. Most of all, "Fitness Blondie" has allowed me to connect and meet so many amazing people. I have the best friends through blogging and writing, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for believing in me and inspiring me so much. The emails, the comments... you guys make the journey so worth it. 

When I hit the "new post" icon button, it is the best feeling. A white screen is liberating to me. I always have things I want to say and write. And I thank you guys for coming back to read, laugh, cringe, and follow along. I remember writing this post  last summer; and I am extremely thankful to look back and say I feel like I have a purpose now. I feel like there is hope. I feel like for once, my dreams are within in reach. IF I continue to work extremely hard and put in the dedication it requires. Which means giving up a lot of social and personal things. Ironically, that has fallen into place. Fate took a hold of that.

"Fitness Blondie" will hopefully keep growing. I am going to keep on with my weight loss journey, and then once the remaining 40ish pounds are off that I want to lose, it will be the maintaining stage. Which is going to be forever. It will hard, rewarding, and make me more creative and smart. 

OK, enough rambling. Now I want to get to the point...

Recently I started working on a new project. One that I have wanted to do for about 4 years, but have not been ready. Now I may have the platform to successfully do so. It is called "Fearless".

All of my life I remember being known for my looks. I believe a lot of people are if there is something "unique" or "different" about them. Mine just happened to be: "Oh the fat girl?". Years and years and years of "the heavyset girl", "the fat girl", "the big one with classes".

When I was in high school and bullying heavily began, I stayed true to myself. The people would tease me about my looks, my clothes. Yet, I never changed. A family member even told me once "Well if you're being bullied so much because of how you look and how you dress, why don't you change it?". There was no way in hell that was going to happen. I would rather take the bullying than change who I am. So that is what I did. Every year I still did my schools talent show... be it singing, gymnastics/acrobatics, or dancing. Regardless of how many people laughed or made fun of me. Because I loved it. Every Spring I would choreograph and song to dance or sing too. I remember in 5th grade I did a ballet dance to the "Little Mermaid" and in 8th grade I danced to Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?" (Anna, remember making the shirt that had my name on it? Ha!) You know, I probably looked a flaming hot mess out there on stage, but I did it because it was fun and I enjoyed it. I have a crazy, happy, positive outlook on life, even with the pain and struggles I have been through. That is because I know there are SO many people who have it worse than I. I thank God everyday for waking me up, in my apartment that I love so much, with my health, with the ability to go to work, to live in a country where I am free to dream and chase, and where my worth and value is not measured by marriage. I can go and make anything happen. That is why is despite hardships and pain, I love my life. I never let pain or problems take over my mind, I let the solutions and moving past it, take over. 

The led me to create FEARLESS. Because I am not a fat girl. I am not a fit girl. I am a girl who is FEARLESS. 

"I Am Not a Fat Girl: I am Fearless" is going to be an overall guide and story. It's going to be about the first 24 years of my life, overcoming food addiction, the power of positive thinking, health and well-being, exercise, recipes, and more. It is by an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, with an extraordinary story to tell. It is to help anyone; black, white, male, female, young, cold, purple, blue, happy, sad... anyone, get through hard times with a cheap, realistic, and raw approach. My mission, as crazy and stupid as some may think it is, is to help people make the best out of their life. I hate seeing people hurt. I hate seeing people hate themselves. I hate seeing people suffer. I know what ALL of that is like. And because I do, I don't want anyone to go through it. I may be doing a small effort that no one will ever pay attention too, but at least I try.
No matter what you go through in life, who you are, who you want to be...

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Battling My Food Addiction and Emotional Eating

May 28, 2014

This is a topic that I have wanted to write about since I changed my life 6 months ago. I have so many things in my head and in my heart to share about my personal battle with food addiction. This is something that I will fight for the rest of my life. My eating habits were embedded into me when I was a child; at my most vulnerable and most crucial learning stages. Unfortunately, since the habits were embedded into me as a child, they had over 18 years to grow and develop. 

I would like to preface by saying we are all in a sense "addicted to food". We must consume it in order to live. Furthermore, it is the American and probably an all around human way to celebrate achievements, birthday's, anniversaries, etc. with food. However, there is a balance that is built around those. We must eat in order to survive and be healthy. Celebrating with food is not just about the food; it's about the togetherness, being social, laughing, and creating memories. Survival and celebrating include food, but food is not the main focus. For me, it was. 

Some may not believe there is such a thing as an addiction to food. I am here to state otherwise. I am openly admitting that I have a problem with food. I have an addiction. I had an obsession. I have an emotional dependency. I finally recognized this 6 months ago when I started my new weight loss journey. This time, on my new weight loss journey, I thought extensively and in depth about my issues with food. I decided that my new weight loss journey was going to be even better when I lost weight back in 2008. I am older, wiser, and this time I need to permanently instill proper eating habits, continue my education, and most of all, overcome my addiction and emotional dependency on food. 

I put on over 65 pounds between the end of 2012 and 2013. I was going through so many problems and hardships. The problems were in all sorts of areas; I felt as if I could not escape. Medical, personal, and professional. I was mentally and physically hitting breaking points. In order to survive emotionally, my brain was prompting me to find comfort, which lead me to food. I was lead to food because for the first 18 years of my life, so much of my happiness revolved around it. When I started to result back to that habit in 2012, I knew that food was not the answer; food was just a temporary void. I knew that and I would indulge in it anyway. For months and months, I heavily gave into my addiction. The more I gave in, the easier it became to make binging and bad foods a regular habit, and the faster I started to gain weight and undo years of training and weight loss.

When I was growing up, food was easily handed as a reward, a treat, a celebration and rarely were restrictions issued and healthy choices presented to me. I could have cake and ice-cream for breakfast, and I did, many times, and I could eat 6 slices of pizza at dinner, and I did, many times. When I would get bullied at school, my junk food was there for me. When a former family member would call me worthless and told me the only thing I would ever be good for is sex, and that I would never make anything out of myself, junk food was there for me. When I was sad, junk food was there. When I was happy, junk food was there. When I was bored, junk food was there. 

When I started my initial weight loss journey in September of 2008 I did not realize I had an addiction to food. I knew that I overate and binged at times, but I did not consider the root of my actions. I did not grasp just how huge the problem actually was. I was 19 years old and all I knew is that I wanted to enjoy my early 20's and not spend it showering with the light off because I could not stand seeing my naked body in a big bathroom mirror. 

For about 3 years, my weight was under control. I slipped a little, here and there, which I expect, but I still continued a lot of the habits from when I was a child, without realizing it. It was October of 2012 that my addiction to food surfaced like never before. I turned to food for everything. Food consumed my thoughts. I constantly thought about my next meal and what was it going to be. I would still buy healthy food and food prep, but it all went to waste. It would come time to eat my clean meals and I wouldn't because it didn't make me happy. Going to buy pizza and ice-cream made me happy. I would avoid going out with my friends because all I wanted to do was go buy a bunch of junk food and be alone. At my old job, our office was right beside of a large grocery store. I could not tell you the times that I walked over there and purchased ice-cream, chips, subs, and more. Some nights I would crave fast food so bad, that at 10 PM, in my pajamas, I would go get it and put the bags inside of my purse or a large bag so no one could see me walk up to my apartment with it. I would get so sick feeling from being so full, but I would still continue eating because it made me happy. 

Because of the downfall that began in October of 2012, I passed up one of the biggest opportunities I have ever had in life. Well, I actually didn't "pass it up", I let it slip. In July of last year, producers of a big day time talk show were relentlessly contacting me to negotiate a weekly, permanent, weight loss and fitness segment on their show. I never returned calls or emails. By this time, I had been in a bad place for nearly 9 months. I was consumed by emotional pain and the weight was piling on.  In the back of my head, I always knew what I was doing was wrong. However, the temporary fill that food provided me ruled my coping and ability of reason.

I honestly felt like all hope was gone. I was in such a sad place in my life and everyday I tried to fake a smile to the people around me. I faked my happiness on Facebook, my blog, and to the outside world and people who knew me, you would have never known the inner battles I was facing. I constantly looked at my body naked in the mirror and I would just tug at the fat and cry. I would look at myself in disbelief that I was letting myself go. I was disgusted by myself. Even my mother noticed the changes in my behavior when she came down to stay with me. I would hate going to the gym because I knew people could see I was getting heavier. I would cry on my kitchen floor and in the shower because I felt like I was such a nobody. I was a young adult who was in a relationship that was awful, I had a dying job... I applied and interviewed constantly for new opportunities and nothing was coming through, I was healing from medical issues, and I was losing my passion for life. I felt like such a waste of life. I was a nobody, living a nobody life, barely getting by, living for my next meal, and simply existing. Last year was the darkest time of my life. I made food become my comfort to temporarily heal and deal with the pain. 

This past November, I finally started to come back to the woman I know I am. I obtained a new job that I am so damn grateful for and happy at, I ended a bad relationship, moved into a new apartment, joined the old gym I previously worked at, and it felt like a fresh start for me. I got to work. I knew this time losing weight, I wanted to face my addiction to food head on. I wanted to fight it. I wanted to change the way my mind thought about and saw food. I knew this time that I had a problem with food that needed to be addressed and dealt with. If you have an addiction to something, do not let the problem define you. Do not become a victim seeking pity. Let your fight define you. Let how you overcome the problem define you. 

I am writing about this now because I am really implementing changes. I coach myself every single day. And for once, I am really, really proud of the strength and control I now exude when it comes my nutrition. I believe that more people have emotional issues with food than they realize. By sharing my story, I hope to help at least 1 person. If just one person feels like they can fight and overcome their battle with my words, then my openness is worth it. 

When someones asks me how I have overcome this addiction and/or lost weight; the answer is always simple, and I feel like my answer disappoints a lot of people as well. I have done this simply because I accept that it is up to me to do so. I do this by coaching myself. I do this by educating myself and by making my mind and heart stronger. This is called motivation. Motivation is the number 1 thing a person needs to lose weight and/or transform their life from any problems they are encountering. However, here is the stipulation about motivation; it cannot be bought. It cannot be surgically implanted. It cannot be taken every morning with a glass of water. Motivation has to come from a person being mentally stronger than they have ever been. It comes from one being able to push through the "hard". 

"I tell myself that I am going to start looking at food differently. Food does not fix my problems. I tell myself this everyday. If I make a habit of telling myself this, I will eventually believe it". This worked. I believe it now. When I first started losing weight, I would tell myself this everyday and I would repeat it when I felt like I wanted to binge. It stopped me many times."When I find myself reaching for food. I always stop and ask myself; am I really hungry or am I doing this out of habit?" Engaging in this habit has saved me so many times, especially at night, which is my biggest problem. Actually, I stopped myself at least 4-5 times over the past few weeks. By doing this, I make myself stop and realize what I am doing. This causes me to think about my actions, not just give into a sudden craving. 

The biggest tip I can offer above those listed is that every single small healthy choice you make is a step in the right direction. Because when you do make good choices, and you do it often, it becomes a habit. You may feel overwhelmed with transforming your life, and that is why you take it one day at a time. Think of it as starting a new job. Most people walk into that not knowing anything. They learn all new processes, rules, and more. We all feel overwhelmed with that. However, we spend time learning and we work everyday. Overtime it becomes second nature. This is the same thing. The hardest part is just believing in oneself because it requires so much motivation and dedication... and no one can provide you that except for yourself. 

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The Hump Day Blog Hop!

Happy Hump Day everyone! We are halfway through the week and the hump day camel is too freaking cool, so lets have some fun and a blog hop to celebrate.

Are you guys fully recovered from the long weekend? I had 4-days, so coming back to work today, was hard!

This is a little different than a link up. To participate, simply add your blog link. There is no required entry or anything like that. This is about networking, making new friends, and finding new blogs.

All I ask:
1) "The Hump Day" blog hop button button be displayed anywhere on your blog page or a specific entry with a link back to me or the weekly co-host. (Please do this. These blog hops take a lot of work and preparation.)
2) You don't have to follow me, but in the words of Blake Shelton: it'd sure be cool if ya did.
3) Please follow the co-host. I love helping and promoting these amazing women in the blog world! I do this to not only meet new people, but help my friends make new friends and readers.
4) Mingle with your fellow Bloggers.

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Please join me in welcoming this weeks co-host: the beautiful Amanda from "Meet At The Barre" She also holds a fun link up on Friday's called "Friday Favorite's", be sure to check that out!

The Hustle Continues: My New Home Office!

May 27, 2014

I am so excited to share the pictures and tell you guys about my new little "home office space". It's not much, but it's mine, and I worked hard to get it this way! My 8-5 job keeps me busy. As I look back at my nearly 7 months there, I have grown tremendously with my responsibilities and functions. Thus sometimes I need to work at home to catch up or get ahead. 

Then there is my passion, my heart, my soul - Fitness Blondie. This may sound crazy, but this little blog truly means the world to me. It represents everything I love and stand for. It is my creative outlet, it is my online scrapbook to write about my daily life happenings and have memories to look back on, I have made the most amazing friendships (seriously you girls are the best in the world), I keep so motivated on my weight loss journey because I feel like I am held accountable, and most of all, I am able to take my struggles, my pain, and my journey and turn it into something to hopefully help other people.

All of that being said, I need to be motivated at home to continue working hard. Blogging during my lunch hour is not going to cut it, ha! I work at home a lot, but it is usually on my laptop, on the couch, and in front of the TV. I am ADHD and have been off of pharmaceutical medication for nearly 10 years. I take care of myself naturally, but it gets very hard at times. So I feel that working from my couch in the front of the TV is not the most successful way I can make the most out of my time. I thought the best way to solve this would be to create a home office! I live in a one-bedroom apartment. It's 900 square feet. I have a really big living area and decided that the space near my book self would be the perfect place to create the area!

I went to Target and found a cute, small desk - which is all I need, then found a gorgeous leather chair at Home Goods. It was originally $200 but I was able to get it on clearance for $30 because it a tiny scratch on the seat (who cares, right? Imperfections give character).

When I got home last week, I dived right into putting the desk together - with my trusty sidekick of course. It took me over 3 hours to do it, but I felt damn proud when I finished. There were 15 different types of screws and bolts and 13 pages of directions. Armed with only my little $20 tool kit from Home Depot and a smile, I got to work! It wasn't too bad.

I knew when my desk was put together that I wanted to have a framed picture of my blog. It just gives me that little sprinkle of hope and happiness when I am tired and/or exhausted. When I was creating it, I realized how I never print pictures anymore. By using Facebook and Instagram, plus this blog, I solely keep all of the memories online. To give more character to the new office space, I decided to add more pictures of family, friends, and good memories around my apartment. After all, that is the true meaning of life. Also, years ago, my mom bought me a "drama queen" picture frame and I never put a picture in it. I finally filled that frame as well; how fitting, ha! 

It took a couple of days, but it all quickly came together. Unfortunately my gorgeous new chair was too tall for my desk, but I quickly found a use for it. When my little assistant is not sitting on it, it acts as a mannequin in my bedroom for the next days outfit and accessories. 

Here is the final result. I really like it and it makes me want to work even harder!

The Perfect Healthy Summer Recipe!

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day! I am on a little 4-day hiatus enjoying the long weekend with my family, so I thought it would be a great time for a blog friend of mine share a delicious yet healthy recipe. This is perfect for all of the upcoming summer cookouts we all enjoy! 

Hi, everyone my name is Jessica and I blog over at SweetLove & Ginger. First of all I want to say thank you so much to Liz for letting me guest post for her while she’s away. It is really a great honor.

My blog is mainly about food, but I like to intermix a bit about myself, my life, hobbies, and my own fitness journey as well. One of my main focuses is maintaining a healthy balanced diet founded in clean eating. I don’t think that eating clean should be a chore, but something to be embraced as a lifestyle. I know it’s not easy for a lot of people but it doesn't have to be as hard as a lot of us think it is. I try to share this idea by simply sharing recipes that are usually easy and always flavorful and satisfying. All the thing that we are looking for right?

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite clean eating recipes. I love to make this up in the beginning of the week so I have an easy, satisfying lunch to grab on my way out the door. It’s also been a big favorite at parties and gatherings, even non clean eaters say it’s great!

Clean Tuna & Pasta Salad
1 cup tri-color brown rice rotini pasta
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 (12 oz) can of BPA-free, unsalted canned tuna in water
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup diced red, or yellow pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
½ cup loosely packed basil leave, diced
½ cup loosely packed parsley, diced
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper, and set aside. In a large bowl toss all other ingredients together including pasta. Drizzle dressing over the top and serve. (Serves 4)

To make this a complete meal on its own I like to serve it onto of a bed of mixed baby greens, spinach or topped with some fresh alfalfa sprouts. It a super versatile dish that can also take the addition of just about any other vegetable, such as beans, shredded carrot, cucumber, cheese or avocado. This preparation just happens to be my absolute favorite. Hope you enjoy.

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A Super Late Crazy, 3-day, Weekend Recap

May 23, 2014

Better late than never, I suppose! All I can say after this weekend is... wow. It was perhaps the best and worst weekend I have had in a long time. The family drama I witnessed and that ensued makes Jerry Springer look classy. My weekend with my mom was interrupted, of course, because that is how my life goes, but we made it work. Friday night after work, we went to our favorite restaurant "The Melting Pot" for dinner. We indulged in cheese dip and white chocolate brulee for dessert! It was so much fun. We only go a few times a year so it's always great to go. After dinner I met a new friend at a local pub for a nightcap.

Saturday morning we left Charlotte early to spend the day moving my mom into my brother's house. It was a long, long morning and afternoon. Hiking and weight lifting are great workouts but I think moving has to beat them all. Nothing exhausts me more. Once mom was moved in, we decided to stay the night with my brother, sister in law, and nephew instead of driving back to Charlotte.

Later that evening as I was getting ready, my nephew was watching me do my makeup and was so fascinated. It was seriously the cutest thing. He loved looking at himself in the mirror. As I was putting on my foundation and stroking the brush on my face, he was doing the same thing with a Q-tip. Seriously, no one can melt me like he can.

The above pictures are me with my sister-in-law and baby brother. I cannot believe my Bub will be 22 in less than two months... I mean that is just crazy to me. To my pleasant surprise, Saturday night turned out to be a really fun and good night.

Sunday morning my mom and I took off back to Charlotte. She and I both were exhausted. I haven't felt that kind of exhaustion in a long time. Plus not sleeping well on Saturday did not help either. She and I spent the day at my apartment taking it easy. I cleaned and got some food prep done. We then took showers and made ourselves look presentable.

We went to a really fun Mexican bar in Matthews for dinner and drinks. The drinks were awesome. Mine was so big though! I could not even make it through half, but it was delicious. I hate Margarita's, but the "top shelf" one I had was not bad. Mama had fresh Sangria, her favorite. It was strong - actually stronger than mine!

Monday, mom left early. I woke up aching. The soreness from the move officially kicked in. Nonetheless, I had a lot to do. I spent the morning running errands, spent 3 hours putting a desk together, and then more hours scrubbing my apartment and food prepping. Nonstop I tell ya! However, I can't wait to tell you guys all about my new little "home office space" I created and why! More on that next week.

Now it's time to tackle this work day, have a killer workout, and enjoy a 4-day weekend with my family! Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone - what do you guys have planned?