Hi friends! Good morning!
I’ve only got a couple of minutes to chat, so let’s get right to some weekend highlights.
Friday started early with a 7 a.m. class I taught at the gym. Every class at our gym involves a personal trainer leading clients through a workout, so when people ask me what the classes are, I say weight training, circuit training, or HIIT on crack. That’s basically sums it all up.
Around 8:30, I came home and let Roadie out. It was zero degrees outside. No big deal.
I feel so bad about his little paws in the snow when it’s that cold. He refuses to wear snow shoes or booties, so he usually resorts to jumping and rotating his feet to only hold them on the ground for a couple of seconds.
It’s both funny and sad to watch. I also can’t find his winter coat, so I have been feeling extra bad letting him out lately. I’ve been working on getting him a new one, but surprisingly enough, it’s really challenging to find one that fits him properly. He has a big body frame and short legs, so the best I can usually find in his size usually has hearts or something sparkly on it. No dice.
I spent the morning on the computer and went back to the gym around lunch time to repeat the class I taught earlier that day for myself. It was the “HIIT on crack” class that involved equipment like a jam ball, box, kettle bell, bosu ball, and ring.
I steer away from sharing workouts that involve this much equipment on the blog. I figure that the majority of you guys don’t have access to all of this stuff, but please tell me if I’m wrong. I’d love to expand the library and get more creative with the workouts I post!
It was a quick and sweaty workout that had me huffing, puffing, and sore in just under thirty minutes!
I stuck around the gym for a little bit and then treated myself to a nutritious lunch at Tropical Smoothie on the way home. Have you seen the new Avocolada smoothie?
It’s made with avocado, kale, pineapple, spinach, coconut, and lime, and tastes just as good as it sounds. I must have had a subconscious thing for avocado that morning, because I got their smoothie and a half lunch by adding a half of their turkey guacamole sandwich. That was good, but I’ll most likely order a hot sandwich next time.
I went to a Pistons game later than night and it was an exciting one! The Pistons played the New York Knicks, and we went into double OT! Unfortunately, we didn’t come out with a win, but it was a very entertaining game to watch, nonetheless.
Sean Kingston performed at halftime, so that was also fun to see. I might have been jamming out to his songs in my seat.
After the game, Scott and I met a friend up at Bar Louie for dinner. He’s always ready to face plant into any type of food after games, so we almost always go out to dinner. It’s a late night routine I’ve just gotten used to.
I have only tried a handful of things at Bar Louie because I can’t tear myself away from the Chop Chop salad. It’s so good!
I usually have enough for lunch the next day because I fill up on appetizers for the table like tots (yum) and avocado fries. Yup. I most definitely had more after my avocado themed lunch. I’ll probably turn green soon.
Saturday consisted of normal weekend things… like finding Roadie curled up in the laundry basket again.
… and people wonder how we consistently (and involuntarily) accessorize in pet hair. There it is, folks.
I swear, Roadie thinks he’s a cat! He is surrounded by two of them and constantly gets cuddled by us, so I guess I can’t really blame him. He’s the best.
Scott and I felt zero guilt about sleeping in well past any alarms, then treated ourselves to breakfast at Tim Hortons once we were up and moving.
(While putting this post together, I realized how much I ate out this weekend. Whoops.)
It proved to be worth the trip, because I found a new health(ier) breakfast option to satisfy my breakfast cravings!
I forget what it’s called now, but an egg white sandwich with turkey sausage, spinach, and cheese on an English muffin is one of their new menu items. It was good and came with a side and coffee for a reasonable price. I chose the Greek yogurt parfait (um… awesome side choice!) and that did the job of keeping me full well into the afternoon.
Scott and I left for the airport mid-afternoon, and I spent the rest of my day running errands. I even got a car wash, which is rare around our neck of the woods this time of year.
Scott is currently in sunny California for a work trip, and extended his stay an extra day to enjoy Napa Valley today with some friends. I was going to go with him, but then I realized sitting at home by myself was a lot more fun.
I’m kidding. The flights out to California aren’t any form of cheap! Maybe next time…
Sunday came quick and started with a late church service with my friend Stephanie. I hadn’t seen her in quite some time, so we made plans to grab brunch afterwards. I just love those types of Sundays.
I suggested we drive over to Birmingham, since she hadn’t been to one of my favorite brunch spots in the area, Social.
If you ever get to experience this restaurant, don’t order their fresh sangria or mimosas.
They’re horrible… and by horrible, I mean amazing.
By the time we sat down (it was packed with a 45-minute wait!), I wanted coffee. Mmmm.
And, in true Social fashion, I predictably ordered a build-your-own skillet. I’ve been there three times now and can’t get away from it. It just keeps getting better every time I go!
Hash browns, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, egg whites, chicken, bacon, American cheese, avocado (ha!), and cilantro topped in roasted tomato salsa.
We rounded out our afternoon in Birmingham with a trip to Sanders. That’s always a good idea.
We split this ginormous mint chocolate chip ice cream and may have also ordered a handful of peppermint chocolates on the side. I’m so glad someone else appreciates my obsession with anything and everything chocolate mint.
I spent the rest of my day floating around and helping out a friend. It was a great little solo weekend!
Questions of the Morning
• What was one highlight of your weekend?
• Chocolate mint – yes or no?